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David Letterman Says Goodbye to Mornings

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

As we move closer to the end of the long Letterman era of television, It’s interesting to remember that this will actually be the third [...]

David Letterman's Final 'Late Show' Episode Is May 20th

The date of David Letterman's final Late Show has been revealed. CBS announced today that the very last Late Show with David Letterman will air on Wednesday, May 20th next year. "David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten," CBS exec Leslie Moonves said in a statement. "It’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May." Letterman has been host of Late Show since 1993 and previously hosted Late Night from 1982-1993. May 20th will make his 6,028th episode [...]

Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show' Will Remain at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater

Stephen Colbert is staying in New York. According to an announcement by CBS's Les Moonves and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Colbert will host Late Show from David Letterman's current spot at the Ed Sullivan Theater when he takes over sometime next year. No official date for Letterman's departure or Colbert's takeover has been announced, but Bill Carter at The New York Times writes that "there will need to be a hiatus between the two — most likely for several months — as Mr. Colbert installs a new set to the theater and his staff moves in to old Letterman offices. The most likely plan is a [...]

Long-Time Letterman Writer Bill Scheft on 'Late Show', Writing Novels vs. Writing Jokes, and Stephen Colbert

Tonight, when David Letterman saunters on to the Ed Sullivan Theater stage to deliver his monologue, flanking him will be two men whose tenures date back to the groundbreaking Late Night With David Letterman: To his right, bandleader Paul Shaffer; and to his left, writer Bill Scheft, who Late Show viewers have undoubtedly come to know as the bespectacled man off in the corner, surveying the proceedings. If hosting a late-night talk show is an hour-long prizefight, Bill Scheft is Letterman's corner man.

Since joining Late Night in 1991, Scheft has garnered 16 Emmy nods; while also serving as writer for two Oscars, head writer for 3 ESPYs, and special [...]

Dave Chappelle Is Making His First Late Night Appearance in Over Six Years Tonight

Comedian Dave Chappelle has been dipping in and out of the spotlight ever since his abrupt exit from Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show in 2005. He's only done two late night appearances since then (in 2006 and 2008 on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien), but he's set to return to the late night world tonight with an appearance on Letterman, his first time on late night TV in over six years. He's also doing The Tonight Show on Friday, with both appearances being in promotion of his string of shows at Radio City Music Hall next week. These shows will be his first announced NYC performances in over a [...]

David Letterman Sends Jay Leno an Invitation to Appear on 'Late Show'

Longtime late night nemeses David Letterman and Jay Leno might have a chat before Letterman exits Late Show in May. TV Insider is reporting that reps from Late Show have reached out to Leno with an invitation to appear as a guest on the show before it ends its run on CBS, but Leno has yet to formally accept the offer. Leno and Letterman most recently reunited in a 2010 Late Show Super Bowl ad with Oprah, but the last time Leno appeared as Letterman's late night guest was May 7, 1992 prior to the premiere of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Leno said last year [...]

Looking Back at 'The Building,' Bonnie Hunt's First TV Creation

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

The very funny Bonnie Hunt has had a lot of TV shows. Her first starring role came in 1990 in the soap opera satire Grand. [...]

Here's Elaine Stritch Yelling at Her Pool Boy David Letterman in a Classic Clip

In honor of the passing of Broadway great Elaine Stritch, CBS's Late Show uploaded these super funny segments from a 1996 episode in which Stritch sporadically interrupted the show to scream at her pool boy, David Letterman.

Casey Kasem Reads a Top 10 List in This Classic 'Letterman' Clip

In honor of radio broadcaster Casey Kasem passing away this weekend, Late Show with David Letterman uploaded this clip of Kasem coming by the show in the fall of 1993 to read the night's Top 10 list: a list of the Top 10 numbers. It's a pretty fun, absurd bit that Kasem really did with.

Leno Bashing, Partial Nudity, and an Uncomfortable Host: Howard Stern's 11 Most Memorable Appearances on Letterman

For 30 years Howard Stern has been a guest on Letterman's late night show. Whether it was on Late Night or Late Show, Stern’s common topics generally include therapy, sex, Paul Shaffer, and Jay Leno. Stern has been one of Letterman’s most engaging guests; he’s one of the few that overpowers Letterman and becomes the interviewer, usually making the host grimace. Stern is part of the elite group of guests that Letterman clearly likes having on — even if the conversation isn’t always to Letterman’s fondness. Letterman is like Stern's older brother who's disappointed yet always entertained. Stern has made over 20 appearances on Letterman’s shows and continues to be [...]

A Wild Year in Late Night

2014 saw more changes in the world of late night than any other in recent memory. David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, and Stephen Colbert announced they would be leaving their long-running shows while Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and John Oliver started new, widely popular ones. Let's break down all of these late night milestones that took place in 2014.

Inside the Confusing Origins of David Letterman's Top Ten List

The following excerpt is reprinted with permission from Brian Abrams's new book AND NOW…An Oral History of "Late Night with David Letterman," 1982-1983, which is currently available to purchase at Amazon Kindle Singles.

By the summer of 1985, head writer Steve O’Donnell was no longer scouring for new personnel to come up with remote concepts and “Viewer Mail” pieces. (Monologue material stayed plentiful, as staffer Gerry Mulligan continued to oversee that part of the show.) Including co-creators Merrill Markoe and David Letterman, 13 individuals populated the writers’ room, and submissions from prospective writers continued to stack high on O’Donnell’s desk. An unassuming 23-year-old Tufts University grad named [...]

Watch Hannibal Buress and David Letterman Have a Chat

From Letterman last night, here's comedian Hannibal Buress making his first non-standup appearance on the show, having a delightful conversation with David Letterman about the Funny Or Die tour, kickboxing classes, and Hannibal's fake Starbucks name.

Jerry Seinfeld Tried to Convince Chris Rock to Take Over for Letterman

"I was talking to Chris Rock the other day about taking the Letterman job. I was trying to convince him to take it. He says, 'Absolutely no possible way.' Both of us are out when you hear 'makeup everyday.' You hear that and I'm out."

-Jerry Seinfeld in an interview with Esquire on why he doesn't consider being a celebrity a burden, the new season of Comedians in Cars, and why he wanted Chris Rock to take over CBS's Late Show.