Episodes: Ongoing (62 minutes)
TV show dates: August 30, 1993 – present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: David Letterman, Paul Schaffer, Bill Wendell, and Alan Kalter.
TV show description:
Derived from Late Night With David Letterman, this Emmy Award-winning late night talk show was born as David Letterman switched networks from NBC to CBS. It’s produced by Letterman’s production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated and follows much the same format as its predecessor.
Letterman is the host, opening the show with a monologue, followed by a live or pre-recorded skit and a “Top 10″ list. He then typically interviews one or two guests and many times follows it up with a musical guest performance. Paul Shaffer serves as the show’s music director, bandleader, and Letterman’s sidekick.
The announcer (Bill Wendell, then Alan Kalter) introduces Letterman at the top of the show with a unique tagline, such as “And now, a guy we knew would never amount of anything, David Letterman!” or “And now, Marcel Marceu’s protege, David Letterman!” This changes daily, usually playing off a current event.
Two of the best-known bits from the show are “Stupid Pet Tricks” and “Stupid Human Tricks.” Other sketches include “Great Moments In Presidential Speeches,” “Will It Float?,” “Is This Anything?,” and “Small Town News.”
Letterman also frequently plays audience participation games like “Know Your Current Events,” “Stump the Band,” and “Audience Show and Tell,” harkening back to the days of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.