Tonight, David Letterman take the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the final broadcast of the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN.
Before we say goodnight to David Letterman, lets look back on an impressive tally of milestones throughout his more than three decades in broadcasting.
As of tonight, May 20, 2015, there will have been 6,028 broadcasts of Letterman’s late night talk shows:
Late Night with David Letterman” had 1,810 broadcasts and ran for 595 weeks.
The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN has had 4,214 broadcasts, as well as four primetime specials, and has run for 1,135 weeks.
The first face to appear on both “Late Night” and the LATE SHOW was that of Calvert DeForest (or, as he was known on “Late Night,” “Larry ‘Bud’ Melman”).
Bill Murray was the first guest on the premiere broadcasts of both “Late Night” on Feb. 1, 1982 and the LATE SHOW on CBS on August 30, 1993. As of May 20, 2015, he will have appeared on Letterman’s late night talk shows 44 times.
12 appearances on “Late Night”
32 appearances on the LATE SHOW
Over 33 years, Letterman’s talk shows have received 16 Emmy Awards and 112 Emmy Award nominations.
“Late Night” won five Emmy Awards and received 35 Emmy nominations.
LATE SHOW won nine Emmy Awards and received 72 Emmy nominations.
Letterman’s 1980 daytime program, “The David Letterman Show,” earned two Emmy Awards and five Emmy nominations.
As of tonight, May 20, 2015, there will have been 19,932 guest appearances in more than 33 years on Letterman’s late night shows:
Late Night – 5,850 guest appearances
LATE SHOW – 14,082 guest appearances (approximate)
Over the years, two of Letterman’s signature segments have been Stupid Pet Tricks and Stupid Human Tricks. The very first Stupid Pet Tricks segment made its debut on Letterman’s morning show, “The David Letterman Show,” on June 26, 1980, and the first Stupid Human Tricks segment premiered on “Late Night” on Oct. 3, 1983.
There have been a total of 126 Stupid Pet Tricks segments on Letterman’s late night shows:
“Late Night”: 73 segments
LATE SHOW: 53 segments
There have been a total of 89 Stupid Human Tricks segments:
“Late Night”: 30 segments
LATE SHOW: 59 segments
The “king” of “Late Night” appearances was sportscaster Marv Albert, with 73 to his credit. Other top guests were:
Richard Lewis – 48 appearances
George Miller, Tom Brokaw – 40 appearances
Jay Leno – 39 appearances
Teri Garr, Robert Klein – 30 appearances
Regis Philbin holds the title of “Most LATE SHOW Appearances,” with a total of 136. Other top LATE SHOW guest appearances (as of May 20, 2015) are:
Jack Hanna – 75 appearances
Tony Randall – 70 appearances
Marv Albert – 52 appearances
Tom Brokaw – 49 appearances
The very first Top Ten List, “Things That Almost Rhyme with Peas,” was presented on “Late Night” on Sept. 18, 1985. In 33 years, Letterman will have presented 4,605 Top Ten Lists on his late night programs.
“Late Night”: 1,009 Top Ten Lists
LATE SHOW: 4,605 Top Ten Lists
Letterman’s fictional Top Ten Office has made its home in 11 different cities. The state of Nebraska earns the distinction of having the most Top Ten Home Offices than any other state, with a total of three. The Top Ten Home Offices from all 25 years are:
Milwaukee, Wisc. (the first “Late Night” home office)
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oneonta, N.Y. (the last “Late Night” home office)
Sioux City, Iowa (the first LATE SHOW home office)
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Wahoo, Neb. (the current LATE SHOW home office)
The “Late Night” and LATE SHOW theme songs were both written and composed by Paul Shaffer.
On “Late Night,” Letterman donned a number of different “suits.” Most memorable was the “Suit of Velcro,” which he first wore on Feb. 28, 1984. While wearing the suit, he ran, jumped on a trampoline and hurled himself at a Velcro wall, to which he stuck. Other “suits” include:
Suit of Alka-Seltzer – Wearing protective goggles and an oxygen tank, he was lowered into a 1,000-gallon tank of water, whereupon his suit began to fizz and vaporize.
Suit of Magnets – He attached himself to the door of an oversized GE refrigerator.
Suit of Marshmallows – An attempt to roast the marshmallows by a propane torch failed, so the studio audience got to snack on Dave.
Suit of Chips – Dave was lowered into a glass tank filled with 1,000 gallons of yogurt dip.
Suit of Rice Krispies – He “snap, crackled and popped” after being dunked in a large tub of milk.
Suit of Suet – Dave donned a suit of suet-and-birdseed packets and entered a pen of farm animals (including goats and chickens) that fed on him.
Suit of Sponges – He was dunked in a 1,000-gallon glass tank of water and tipped the scale at 500 pounds.
Goodnight Mr. Letterman.
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Movies Opening This Weekend – May 22, 2015 [videos]
Posted on May 19, 2015, 1:01 am
Tomorrowland is a film shaped around one of the most revered lands within Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Tomorrowland has captured the imagination of millions of us who visit these parks. It’s given us a glimpse into the future through the eyes of Walt Disney himself. I have a strong feeling this movie will have plenty for not only the younger audience member, but for some of us a little older who knew a different Tomorrowland then the one we see today.
I hope you enjoy the movie or movies you see this weekend, I know I will.
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. [watch trailer]
[R] 120 min – Action | Comedy Director: Paul Feig Stars: Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Morena Baccarin, Melissa McCarthy
A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. [watch trailer]
The News Hounds
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Only 3 Shows Left for Letterman
Posted on May 18, 2015, 9:21 am
As David Letterman steams towards the final show this Wednesday night, we take pause to celebrate with him.
Tonight David welcomes guests Tom Hanks along with Eddie Vedder from the rock band Pearl Jam.
Who knows, will Tom handcuff himself to Letterman like George Clooney did last week?
And if you missed his moment with Oprah, check it out. [WATCH HERE]
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Is Liam Hemsworth Quitting Acting For A New Job?
Posted on May 15, 2015, 11:17 am
Say it isn’t so, Liam Hemsworth can’t be giving up acting. Well, to be fair we don’t think he is, at least not today.
But, Liam is new face of fragrance from Diesel called Only The Brave. Hemsworth, will be featured in the new upcoming campaign in Europe this July as the next installment of the Only The Brave saga.
I was said that Hemsworth was chosen for his strength, his determination and ability to live life on his own terms.
You don’t think it has anything to do with his rugged good lucks, do you?
Photo Credit: Diesel
Harry Shearer Leaves The Simpsons
Posted on May 14, 2015, 8:09 am
The Simpsons has been renewed for two more seasons. But what do you do when the voice of several of the residents of Springfield leaves the show?
Looks like Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner got the ax. Harry Shearer, who has been providing the voice of these folks, announced via Twitter that he has parted ways with The Simpsons.
On Wednesday, Shearer tweeted “- from James L. Brooks’ lawyer: “show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best.”
And a follow-up tweet, “This because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best.”
Shearer was the lone holdout as Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, and Hank Azaria all have re-signed.