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.)
This is that last edition of From the Archives that will be published during a time that David Letterman is on TV. That’s really weird [...]
David Letterman trotted out the cast of How I Met Your Mother last night to compete against Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show debut. Here's the show's stars, Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, Colbie Smulders, Jason Segel, and Neil Patrick Harris, doing Letterman's Top 10 list.
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.
Amy Sedaris went on Letterman last night for the zillionth time and was super funny, especially when teasing Letterman about his show being in trouble and about getting pulled over while eating an apple.
Here's Boardwalk Empire's Michael Shannon on Letterman last night, and at the top of the interview, he tells a story about filming a small part in Groundhog Day as a teenager and being convinced that Bill Murray hates him. It's not the best Bill Murray story, but any Bill Murray story is better than no Bill Murray story.
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.
From Letterman last night, here's Will Ferrell singing "Christmastime is Here" with a boys' choir, who he's been traveling and performing with all over the country recently. All of the practice Will Ferrell's been doing on tour definitely shows.
Bill Murray's appearances on Letterman are always something to look forward to, and last night was no exception. Murray, who was Letterman's first guest on both his shows in 1982 and 1993 respectively, dropped by to celebrate Letterman's 20th anniversary on The Late Show and he pulled out all the stops. Here's Murray's entire 20-minute appearance on the show last night, in which he enters dressed as Liberace, jackhammers open a hole in the stage to retrieve a time capsule from 1993, and caps it off by singing "I Will Always Love You" to Letterman.
David Letterman's CBS series The Late Show turns 20 this week, and Bill Murray, the show's first ever guest, is returning for the milestone this Thursday. In addition to having been Letterman's first Late Show guest in August of 1993, Murray was also his inaugural guest on NBC's Late Night in 1982. As evidenced in our recent videolist of Murray's best Letterman appearances, it's always worth looking forward to when he pops up on the show and it should be a fun, unpredictable way to ring in this milestone for Letterman.
Louis C.K. sat down for a chat with The New York Times' Bill Carter at the Directors Guild last night, and he ended up discussing David Letterman's retirement and the late night world. C.K., who did a series of three episodes about taking over for Letterman two years ago, said that he has no interest in ever hosting a late night show (via Vulture):
"I'd never be that guy … I wouldn’t want it and nobody would want me to do that job … The only reason I would think of doing it would be just to see how badly it would go … My specialty [is going] [...]
CBS announced today that they've extended David Letterman's Late Show contract through 2015. Letterman's previous contract ran through 2014, but his new contract will keep him behind his CBS desk one year past longtime ratings rival Jay Leno's (second) retirement from The Tonight Show. Leno's (second) final Tonight Show is set for February 6th, 2014. Letterman's Late Show celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. As far as his eventual retirement goes, Letterman told Oprah last year that he and CBS boss Les Moonvess "have an agreement.” He added, "When he wants me to go, all he needs to do is call and say, ‘You know Dave, it’s time [...]
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