FACTS FROM 25 YEARS IN LATE NIGHT
As of Feb. 1, 2007, Letterman will have hosted 4,506 broadcasts of his late night programs:
“Late Night with David Letterman” had 1,810 broadcasts and ran for 595 weeks.
The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN has had 2,696 broadcasts, as well as four
The first face to appear on both “Late Night” and the LATE SHOW was that of Calvert DeForest
(or, as he was known on “Late Night,” “Larry ‘Bud’ Melman”).
Bill Murray was the first guest on the premiere broadcasts of both “Late Night” and the LATE
SHOW and will be the guest on the Feb. 1, 2007 LATE SHOW broadcast, 25 years after his first
appearance on Feb. 1, 1982.
Over 25 years, “Late Night with David Letterman” and the LATE SHOW with DAVID
LETTERMAN have won 14 Emmy Awards and have been honored with a staggering 89 Emmy
nominations. Additionally, Letterman’s daytime program, “The David Letterman Show” earned
two Emmy Awards and five Emmy nominations.
As of Feb. 1, 2007, there will have been 14,772 guest appearances in 25 years on Letterman's late
Late Night – 5,850 guest appearances
LATE SHOW – 8,922 guest appearances
As of Feb. 1, 2007, there will have been 750 appearances by 521 different sports figures:
"Late Night" – 327 appearances by 233 different stars
LATE SHOW – 423 appearances by 288 different stars
Letterman has presented 110 Stupid Pet Trick segments:
"Late Night" – 72 segments
LATE SHOW – 38 segments
Letterman has presented 73 Stupid Human trick segments:
"Late Night" – 30 segments
LATE SHOW – 43 segments
As of Feb. 1, 2007, there will have been 3,417 music performances and appearances by 1,820
"Late Night" – 1,099 appearances by 605 different artists
LATE SHOW – 2,318 appearances by 1,215 different artists
The “king” of “Late Night” appearances was sportscaster Marv Albert with 73 to his credit.
Other top guests were:
Richard Lewis 48 appearances
George Miller, Tom Brokaw 40 appearances
Jay Leno 39 appearances
Teri Garr, Robert Klein 30 appearances
Regis Philbin holds the title of most LATE SHOW appearances with a total of 95. Other top
LATE SHOW guest appearances (as of Feb. 1, 2007) are:
Tony Randall 71 appearances 3
Marv Albert 44 appearances
Jack Hanna 43 appearances
Dan Rather 42 appearances
Richard Simmons 41 appearances
Tom Brokaw 36 appearances
“Late Night’s” top musical guests (including sit-ins with the band):
David Sanborn 24 appearances
Tower of Power 10 appearances
Warren Zevon, Belinda Carlisle 9 appearances
Lyle Lovett, Dolly Parton, Lou Reed: 8 appearances
The LATE SHOW’s top musical guests (including sit-ins with the band):
Warren Zevon 26 appearances
Elvis Costello 18 appearances
Lyle Lovett, David Sanborn 16 appearances
Emmylou Harris 15 appearances
Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson 14 appearances
Darlene Love, Natalie Merchant, Bonnie
Raitt, Tricia Yearwood 13 appearances
The very first Top Ten List – "Things That Almost Rhyme with Peas” – was presented on Sept.
18, 1985. In 25 years, Letterman will have presented 3,325 Top Ten Lists on his program:
“Late Night” – 1,009 lists
LATE SHOW – 2,316 lists
Letterman’s fictional Top Ten Office has made its home in 11 different cities. The state of
Nebraska earns the distinction of having the most Top Ten Home Offices than any other state,
with a total of three. The Top Ten Home Offices from all 25 years are:
Milwaukee, Wisc. (the first “Late Night” home office)
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oneonta, N.Y. (the last “Late Night” home Office)
Sioux City, Iowa (the first LATE SHOW home office)
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Wahoo, Neb. (the current LATE SHOW home office)
Letterman and his writers have published four best-selling Top Ten books, each a collection of the
funniest, silliest and just-plain absurd Top Ten Lists taken directly from the late night programs.
The Late Night with David Letterman Book of Top Ten Lists (1990)
An Altogether New Book of Top Ten Lists (1991)
David Letterman’s Book of Top Ten Lists and Zesty Lo-Cal Chicken Recipes (1995)
David Letterman’s New Book of Top Ten Lists and Wedding Dress Patterns for the Husky Bride
" The LATE SHOW has also produced its own CD, “Live on Letterman,” which was released on
Nov. 18, 1997 and featured music performances on the LATE SHOW from artists such as Lenny
Kravitz, Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach, Dave Matthews Band and Sheryl Crow.
The “Late Night” and LATE SHOW theme songs were both written and composed by
Letterman has taken his show on the road 18 times in 20 years at 16 different venues.
On “Late Night,” Letterman donned a number of different “suits.” Most memorable was the “Suit
of Velcro,” which he first wore on Feb. 28, 1984. While wearing the suit, he ran, jumped on a
trampoline and hurled himself at a Velcro wall, to which he stuck. Other “suits” have included:
*Suit of Alka-Seltzer – Wearing protective goggles and an oxygen tank, he was lowered into a
1,000-gallon tank of water, whereupon his suit began to fizz and vaporize.
* Suit of Magnets – He attached himself to the door of an oversized GE refrigerator.
* Suit of Marshmallows – An attempt to roast the marshmallows by a propane torch failed, so the
studio audience got to snack on Dave.
* Suit of Chips – Dave was lowered into a glass tank filled with 1,000 gallons of yogurt dip.
* Suit of Rice Krispies – He “snap, crackled and popped” after being dunked in a large tub of
* Suit of Suet – Dave donned a suit of suet-and-birdseed packets and entered a pen of farm
animals (including goats and chickens) that fed on him.
* Suit of Sponges – He was dunked in a 1,000-gallon glass tank of water and tipped the scale at
Comedian Chris Elliott played many memorable characters on “Late Night.” Among them:
The Guy under the Seats
Morton Downey Jr.
The Fugitive Guy
The Nervous Guy
The Panicky Guy
The Regulator Guy
The Conspiracy Guy
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