Chris Elliott was an important part of David Letterman's Late Night ever since it began. While working as an NBC page, Elliott met and impressed Letterman, who hired him onto the show as part of its original writing staff in 1982. Elliott wrote for Late Night alongside other influential comedy scribes like Jim Downey, Merrill Markoe, Andy Breckman, and George Meyer, and he quickly started appearing on camera, making his acting debut on the show just a couple of weeks into Late Night's run.
Elliott soon became a beloved part of the show, often playing himself or a bevy of snotty recurring characters like The Guy Under the Seats, Marv [...]
Chris Elliott appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, and since his career really began when he started writing and performing bits on Letterman's Late Night show, it's not a huge surprise that his appearance, ostensibly to plug his new returning Adult Swim show Eagleheart, really was just one giant, marathon-themed sketch. Even Dave seemed impressed.
British comic Simon Amstell has been visiting the US again, and he swung by The Late Show with David Letterman on Friday to talk about, as per usual, aloneness and social awkwardness. He does it so well.
Here's Steve Martin's appearance on Letterman from Friday night, which he mostly spends busting Letterman's balls about his frequent anniversaries and his taste in suits. It's always fun to watch these two talk to each other.
After NBC chose Jay Leno to become the new host of The Tonight Show, David Letterman launched Late Show with David Letterman on August 30, 1993, changing the late night television landscape forever. On the verge of becoming the longest tenured host in late night history next year, Letterman has proven that his ironic and cantankerous sense of humor could work and be allowed to evolve at the earlier hour. While he continues to believe that he is living in his shadow, he's the contemporary equivalent of what Johnny Carson used to be, the standard and implied influence for all current and fast approaching late night talk show hosts. [...]