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So What Was David Letterman's College Radio Show Like?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2010 4:42PM
LettermanSince we saw that rather stunning Letterman/Leno/Oprah ad on The Super Bowl last night, I thought it might be interesting to post this audio from Dave's 1969 radio show at Ball State University (WAGO).

He's young here (it was 41 years ago!), but you can already see his style of humor in place. Not sure why it sounds so echo-y and metallic. That's either because of the age of the audio or perhaps that's what it sounded like on AM radio back then. The Internet Archive has more info about the show, and according to them, the woman that Dave calls is his then-wife Michelle.

[via Pop Candy]

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Here's why Edd Hall did that Letterman sketch the other night

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 21st 2010 11:05AM
Edd HallI think we can all agree that Jay Leno's hiring of ex-Howard Stern sidekick John Melendez to replace Leno's original announcer Edd Hall was one of the stupidest, most odd decisions in Tonight Show history, right? (Right?) So I wasn't surprised to hear Hall's voice on one of the comedy bits that Letterman used to insult Leno earlier this week. But why did Hall do it?

You can probably guess the answer. He says that he even though he likes both Leno and Letterman, he "doesn't feel any allegiance to Jay" and he "never left on bad terms with Letterman." Hall started his career on Letterman's old Late Night show at NBC. He says that no one at Leno's show has called him about what's going on in the late show wars and that he didn't do it to "get" Jay, he just thought it was a funny comedy bit. He did a second one that's going to air soon.

[via TV Tattle]

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What You Missed Last Night: the first promo for Leno's return to The Tonight Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 20th 2010 8:01AM
OK, so it's from David Letterman, but still, it's a promo! Letterman ran this last night.

What I love about it is not only how they point out what Leno took from other shows for The Tonight Show, but they got ex-Tonight Show announcer Edd Hall to do the voiceover!

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What You Missed Last Night: more Letterman comments about NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 13th 2010 10:20AM
I'm not trying to post David Letterman's posts about NBC every single day, but he has made a lot of interesting (and very funny) observations about Leno, Conan, NBC, and the late night wars in general. He's been there since the beginning of all this, of course, and is probably grateful he's now on the sidelines.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Late Show and other shows at SlashControl.]

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What You Missed Last Night: Letterman's comments about NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 12th 2010 12:45PM
While all of the crazy things are happening over at NBC (something they must be a bit embarrassed about but at the same time loving the attention that Jay and Conan are getting), one of the winners might be David Letterman. He's over there on CBS, safe in his job, chuckling that he already went through all of this years ago. Last night he made some comments about it, first in his monologue and then (after the jump) at his desk.

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Best TV of the '00s: Late Night Moments

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 2nd 2010 1:01PM

Joaquim Phoenix on David Letterman
More of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the funniest or most surprising late night moments of the last ten years.

In the past decade, late night shows continued to bloom in popularity. However, some of our favorite late night shows were shuffled around while some got new hosts.

No matter what network executives decided to do to the line up of US late night shows, their hosts and guest stars gave us plenty fantastic, OMG!, and WTF? moments that generated tons of watercooler talks and forum discussion threads.

Below are some of the best late night moments of the past decade as chosen by some of the TV Squad bloggers. We realize there are tough choices in this category, so we hope you'll add your own favorites in the comments section below.

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Paul Shaffer didn't do his Cher impression last night (but here it is anyway)

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 24th 2009 11:22AM
Every Christmas, on the same Late Show episode where Dave and Jay Thomas try to knock the meatball off of the Christmas tree, Paul Shaffer does his impersonation of Cher singing "O, Holy Night." He didn't do it last night on the show, but he did do it, and CBS has it as a web exclusive.

By the way, Thomas didn't even get to throw a football last night. Dave knocked the meatball off before he could even get a football in his hands.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Late Show and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Letterman ruins A Charlie Brown Christmas

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 23rd 2009 6:07PM
Everyone enjoys A Charlie Brown Christmas (you do enjoy it, right?). But what if a certain late night television host was inserted into it? Let's take a look!

He's not sure which network the special is on this year (and he calls it It's A Charlie Brown Christmas), but animated Dave is amusing. They should make a web series featuring him.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Late Show and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Jay Thomas returns to the Late Show to save Christmas for the world

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 22nd 2009 8:15PM
I don't care how bad your Christmas is going. It doesn't matter if the family tree caught fire and burned every present under the tree, including that fireproof safe your aunt sent you at the last minute. Jay Thomas will save it for you.

Every year at Christmas time except in 2007 because of the Writer's Guild Strike, the actor and comedian goes to David Letterman's Late Show to help Dave knock the meatball off the Christmas tree and tell the greatest showbiz story I've ever heard in my life. If you don't want to spoil the story for you and your family when he returns to the Late Show on Wednesday, go ahead and watch it anyway. It will STILL be just as funny. I've heard it a thousand times and Thomas' style and delivery just makes it funnier.

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What You Missed Last Night: Dave slams his cupcake into a tree

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 18th 2009 1:04PM
That headline isn't a code for anything else you might be thinking, I'm saying he actually slammed a cupcake into a tree, during his annual Christmas toys show.

It was the Late Show Christmas tree, to be precise. Guess they'll have to redo the whole thing now. (By the way, that cupcake costs $25,000.)

[Watch clips and episodes of The Late Show and other shows at SlashControl.]

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David Letterman is on Twitter?!?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 9th 2009 10:26AM
LettermanDon't get too excited (says the guy who put an exclamation point and two question marks in the post title). I really can't see him sticking with it and posting tweets all the time (I'm sure it's just a temporary thing to give him something to joke about), but last night he tweeted while he was doing the show.

What's funny is that most of the tweets from the Late Show Twitter account are just basic "here's who's on the show tonight" type posts and links to show video, and then yesterday the tweets suddenly changed to shorter, more odd posts. Dave tweeted "Do you smell veal and peppers?" and "I'm making toast!" (Dave likes jokes about food and drink.) He also asked "I like Barbara. Do you?" in reference to last night's guest Barbara Walters (who is on Twitter herself).

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So how did Letterman handle the Tiger Woods story last night?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 8th 2009 1:36PM
David Letterman was on vacation last week when the Tiger Woods story broke so he couldn't comment on it. And considering what he went through recently, how would he handle it? Last night he talked about it in his monologue and even had a Top Ten list (with help from Tom Hanks).

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Michael Bublé sings the least popular standards on The Late Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 30th 2009 2:27PM
This is from a few weeks ago, but I think it's worth posting. Letterman's "Top Ten" list can often be hit or miss (sometimes just miss) but the show hits a home run with this one. It's Michael Bublé singing the top ten least popular standards.

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What You Missed Last Night: Top ten Northwest pilot excuses

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 27th 2009 1:31PM
We've all heard about the Northwest Airlines pilots that flew their plane full of passengers 150 miles past their destination. First they said they were arguing and not sleeping, then yesterday it came out that they were on their laptops. Probably on Facebook.

Last night, David Letterman had a list of the top ten excuses the pilots made.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Late Show at SlashControl.]

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What You Missed Last Night: Paul Shaffer on Jimmy Kimmel Live

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 21st 2009 3:14PM
It's not a regular thing to see late night hosts appear on other late night shows. But I think it was great that The Late Show with David Letterman's Paul Shaffer was given the okay to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live to not only plug his new book but also play with the band. I can't imagine Kevin Eubanks coming over to The Late Show and doing the same.

He also talked about his love for Las Vegas and Jerry Lewis. They don't do the split screen right though. Shouldn't they be looking straight ahead instead of at each other?

[Watch clips and episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live and other shows at SlashControl.]

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