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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]