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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.

Watch David Letterman, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, and More Pay Tribute to Don Rickles

Last night, Spike TV aired a tribute special to ultimate bro's bro Don Rickles. It was a veritable who's who of big name comedians and also, Johnny Depp for some reason. Above, check out David Letterman's speech about moving to LA in his late 20s and meeting Rickles. The special also featured a super funny performance from Amy Poehler and Tina Fey that we posted when it was released as a preview last week.

Check out a collection of Rickles tributes from the special below, including ones from Jon Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld:

Here's What David Letterman Said About Craig Ferguson's Retirement from Late Night

"[Craig Ferguson's] show was unlike any other late night show, and I’m telling you, to be unique in the world of television – virtually impossible. So, congratulations to Craig on a great run, and we all wish you well!"

- David Letterman last night, paying tribute to his fellow retiring CBS late night host, Craig Ferguson.

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 [...]

Inside Adam Resnick's Proudest and Most Embarrassing Projects

Nearly three decades into his career as a professional comedy writer, Adam Resnick has been responsible for more than his fair share of cult hit movies and TV shows, but this year sees him diving into a completely new frontier altogether: the literary world.

Resnick's first job was as part of David Letterman's prolific mid-'80s writing staff, where he met Chris Elliott and started a long, fruitful partnership that led to the two of them creating cult hits like Get a Life and Cabin Boy together, both initially maligned by critics but eventually beloved by a loyal group of fans and the generation of comedy writers that followed. A [...]

Watch Stephen Colbert and David Letterman Have a Chat on 'Late Show'

Letterman's Late Show successor Stephen Colbert was a guest on the show last night, and the two talked about the time Colbert accidentally landed an internship at the show, much to the dismay of his college girlfriend. Click through to watch Colbert recite a Top 10 list he and his writing partner Paul Dinello submitted to the show in 1997 just before they got a series order for Strangers with Candy.

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 [...]

Carson, Letterman, and Stewart: Three Early Failures and the Lessons Learned From Them

In 1995 David Letterman was the king of late night. Johnny Carson had retired three years earlier, and while Jay Leno had higher ratings, Letterman won the Emmys and the respect of critics and viewers. Wearing a blazer and holding a lit cigar, Letterman sat next to Jon Stewart on the final episode of his cancelled MTV program: The Jon Stewart Show. They discussed Letterman’s career, Stewart’s future, and cancellation. Letterman told Stewart, “Cancellation should not be confused with failure.”

In the last 50 years, three of the most popular talk show hosts have had shows that were cancelled before they hit their stride. Carson, Letterman, and Stewart were given [...]