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David Letterman

Knowledge Identifier: +David_Letterman


David Letterman

American television host and comedian add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1947.

Countries: United States (83%), United Kingdom (6%), (5%)

Main connections: CBS, Late Show with David Letterman, Stephen Colbert

Linked to: Ball State University, Worldwide Pants Incorporated, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Indiana University




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David Letterman was born in 1947 add something


Vaudeville - From the structure of vaudeville, with a comic host doing a monologue and introducing a series of acts, originated highly successful television shows, from Milton Berle in 1948 to David Letterman's late night show of the 1980s


The show featured comedy segments and running characters, in a style heavily influenced by the 1950s and 1960s programs of Steve Allen add something


He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and he graduated from what was the Department of Radio and Television, in 1969 add something


In 1969, Letterman married Michelle Cook; the marriage ended by divorce in 1977 add something


Biff Henderson - He worked as a stage manager on the 1969 version of "To Tell the Truth" began his most famous work with David Letterman on "The David Letterman Show ", "Late Night with David Letterman " the current "Late Show with David Letterman "


George Miller (comedian) - He appeared on national television programs several times in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and was a friend to many in the West Coast comedy scene who later enjoyed tremendous success, including David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld


In 1971, Letterman appeared as a pit road reporter for ABC Sports' tape-delayed coverage of the Indianapolis 500 add something


In 1975, encouraged by his then-wife Michelle and several of his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers, Letterman moved to Los Angeles, California, with hope of becoming a comedy writer add something


In the summer of 1977, Letterman was a writer and regular on the six-week summer series "The Starland Vocal Band Show", broadcast on CBS add something


Letterman became a favorite of Carson's and was a regular guest host for the show beginning in 1978 add something


Howie Mandel - He was booked to open for David Letterman at shows in the summer of 1979


On June 23, 1980, Letterman was given his own morning comedy show on NBC, "The David Letterman Show" add something


It was originally 90 minutes long, but was shortened to 60 minutes in August 1980 add something


The show was a critical success, winning two Emmy awards, but was a ratings disappointment and was canceled in October 1980 add something


Carol Leifer - David Letterman discovered her performing in a comedy club in the 1980s and she has since been a guest on "Late Night with David Letterman" over twenty-five times as well as numerous other shows and venues


In his capacities as either a writer, producer, performer, or as part of a writing team, Letterman is among the most nominated people in Emmy award history with 52 nominations, winning two Daytime Emmys and five Primetime Emmys since 1981 add something


George Meyer - After a series of short-term jobs he was hired in 1981 by David Letterman, on the advice of two of Meyer's "Harvard Lampoon" cowriters, to join the writing team of his show "Late Night with David Letterman"


George Meyer - In 1981, he was given a job by David Letterman as a member of the writing staff on Letterman's new late night show and moved to New York, having been recommended by fellow "Lampoon" writers Tom Gammill and Max Pross


Letterman has been a fixture on late night television since the 1982 debut of "Late Night with David Letterman" on NBC add something


"Late Night with David Letterman" debuted February 1, 1982; the first guest on the first show was Bill Murray add something


Hal Gurnee - Gurnee directed the Emmy award-winning but short-lived NBC daytime program "The David Letterman Show", moved with Letterman to "Late Night with David Letterman" in 1982


Bill Maher - Thanks to Steve Allen, he began appearing on Johnny Carson's and David Letterman's shows in 1982


Warren Zevon - Zevon had been a frequent guest and occasional substitute bandleader on Letterman's television shows since "Late Night" was first broadcast in 1982


NBC - In February 1982, NBC canceled Tom Snyder's "The Tomorrow Show" and gave the time slot to 34-year-old comedian David Letterman


Although Letterman attracted the highest ratings to the annual telecast since 1983, many felt that the bad publicity garnered by Letterman's hosting caused a decline in the "Late Show"'s ratings add something


Letterman has been nominated every year since 1984 add something


Hook-and-loop fastener - Television show host David Letterman immortalized this during the February 28, 1984 episode of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC


Buddy Biancalana - In 1985, during the countdown to Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb's hits record, David Letterman instituted a Buddy Biancalana countdown calendar


Letterman and Lasko, who had been together since 1986, wed on March 19, 2009, during a quiet courthouse civil ceremony in Choteau, Montana, where he purchased a ranch in 1999 add something


Letterman appeared in the pilot episode of the short-lived 1986 series "Coach Toast", and he appears with a bag over his head as a guest on Bonnie Hunt's ca add something


Anton Fig - Anton Fig has been the drummer for the Paul Shaffer-led house band of David Letterman's late night television shows since 1986, when he debuted with "The World's Most Dangerous Band" on NBC's "Late Night with David Letterman"


Beginning in May 1988, Letterman was stalked by Margaret Mary Ray, a woman suffering from schizophrenia add something


Carol Leifer - In 1988, she had her own special on Cinemax titled "Carol Doesn't Leifer Anymore", which was produced by David Letterman


Oprah Winfrey appeared on Letterman's show when he was hosting NBC's "Late Night" on May 2, 1989 add something


Subsequently, while still recovering from surgery, Letterman revived the late night tradition that had virtually disappeared on network television during the 1990s of 'guest hosts' by allowing Bill Cosby, Kathie Lee Gifford , Dana Carvey, Janeane Garofalo, and others to host new episodes of "The Late Show" add something


Gilbert Cates - Cates is credited with re-energizing the Academy Awards shows he produced 14 times between 1990 and 2008, recruiting Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve_Martin, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart as hosts


Story Musgrave - In the early 1990s, Musgrave was stalked by Margaret Mary Ray, a schizophrenic woman who had previously served time for stalking comedian David Letterman


In 1992, Johnny Carson retired, and many fans believed that Letterman would become host of "The Tonight Show" add something


Jay Leno - Although this represented the lowest second-quarter ratings for the show since 1992, "Tonight" was still the most-watched late night program, ahead of ABC's "Nightline" and David Letterman's "Late Show"


NBC - Some blamed him for losing David Letterman to CBS after giving "The Tonight Show" to Jay Leno following Johnny Carson's May 1992 retirement


In 1993 and 1994, "The Late Show" consistently gained higher ratings than "The Tonight Show" add something


It was Letterman's first association with NBC since he left the network in 1993 add something


The new show debuted on August 30, 1993 and was taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theater, where Ed Sullivan taped his eponymous variety series from 1948 to 1971 add something


Andy Dick - In 1993, on the 3rd night of David Letterman's new CBS show, Dick appeared as "Donnie the CBS Page Who Likes to Suck Up", during which he gave a watch to Letterman


CBS - In 1993, the network made a breakthrough in establishing a successful late night talk show franchise to compete with NBC's "The Tonight Show" when it signed David Letterman away from NBC after the "Late Night" host was passed over as Johnny Carson's successor on "Tonight" in favor of Jay Leno


Jon Stewart - When David Letterman left NBC in 1993, Stewart was a finalist to replace him, but Conan O'Brien was hired instead


Rupert Jee - He first appeared on the "Late Show" during a "Meet the Neighbors" segment on September 20, 1993 , and has since been a frequent accomplice of host David Letterman during the show's many comedic segments


Carson's final television appearance came May 13, 1994, on a "Late Show" episode taped in Los Angeles, when he made a surprise appearance during a 'Top 10 list' segment add something


But in 1995, ratings dipped and Leno's show consistently beat Letterman's in the ratings from the time that Hugh Grant came on Leno's show after Grant's arrest for soliciting a prostitute add something


On March 27, 1995, Letterman acted as the host for the 67th Academy awards ceremony add something


Man on the Moon - He appeared as himself in the Howard Stern biopic Private Parts as well as the 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon", in a few episodes of Garry Shandling's 1990s TV series "The Larry Sanders Show" and in "The Abstinence", a 1996 episode of the sitcom "Seinfeld" add something


After she committed suicide in October 1998, Letterman told the "New York Times" that he had had great compassion for her, and publicly expressed sympathy add something


On January 14, 2000, a routine check-up revealed that an artery in Letterman's heart was severely obstructed add something


Bruce Vilanch - Before becoming head writer for the event in 2000, Vilanch previously collaborated with hosts Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman and Billy Crystal


Al Gore III - In 2000, while on The Late Show with David Letterman he read Letterman's Top 10 List (which for this show was called, "Top Ten Rejected Gore – Lieberman Campaign Slogans") to the audience.


Mike Daisey - It began in Seattle's Speakeasy Cafe Backroom in February 2001, where it received the attention of various media outlets, from "Entertainment Weekly" to South African Public Radio to David Letterman


In March 2002, as Letterman's contract with CBS neared expiration, ABC offered him the time slot for long-running news program "Nightline" with Ted Koppel add something


Nightline - In 2002, ABC attempted to hire David Letterman from CBS, a move that would likely have forced "Nightline"s cancellation


Nicole Scherzinger - She had first seen them performing on The Late Show with David Letterman in November 2002, where Carmen Electra sang "Big Spender" from the Bob Fosse musical Sweet Charity.


For example, in 2003 and 2004 Letterman ranked second in that poll, behind only Oprah Winfrey, a year that Leno was ranked fifth add something


Letterman again handed over the reins of the show to several guest hosts in February 2003, when he was diagnosed with a severe case of shingles add something


Bruce Willis - He filled in for an ill David Letterman on his show February 26, 2003, when he was supposed to be a guest


Strangers with Candy - In 2005, Worldwide Pants produced its first feature film, "Strangers with Candy", which was a prequel to the Comedy Central TV series of the same title add something


In early 2005, it was revealed that Carson still kept up with current events and late-night TV right up to his death that year, and that he occasionally sent jokes to Letterman, who used these jokes in his monologue; according to CBS senior vice president Peter Lassally , Carson got "a big kick out of it add something


The feud apparently ended in 2005 when Winfrey appeared on CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" on December 2, in an event Letterman jokingly referred to as "the Super Bowl of Love" add something


The Daily Show - In 2005, the show's longest-serving correspondent, Stephen Colbert, became the host of the spin-off "Colbert Report", earning critical and popular acclaim, and has been selected to replace David Letterman as host of CBS's "Late Show" in 2015


On December 4, 2006, CBS revealed that Letterman signed a new contract to host "The Late Show with David Letterman" through the fall of 2010 add something


Craig Ferguson - He stated in a 2006 interview with David Letterman that he intends for the book to be the first in a trilogy


In 2007, Worldwide Pants produced the ABC comedy series, "Knights of Prosperity" add something


Winfrey and Letterman appeared together in a Late Show promo that aired during CBS's coverage of Super Bowl XLI in February 2007, with the two sitting next to each other on the couch watching the game add something


On September 7, 2007, Letterman visited his alma mater, Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, for the dedication of a communications facility named in his honor for his dedication to the university throughout his career as a comedian add something


On September 10, 2007, Letterman made his first appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at Madison Square Garden in New York City add something


Worldwide Pants made significant news in December 2007 when it was announced that Letterman's company had independently negotiated its own contract with the Writers Guild of America, East, thus allowing Letterman, Craig Ferguson, and their writers to return to work, while the union continued its strike against production companies, networks and studios who had not reached an agreement add something


Chamillionaire - The first single was "Hip Hop Police", featuring Slick Rick, which both Chamillionaire and Slick Rick performed on the CBS television network program Late Show with David Letterman on September 14, 2007.


Bernie Mac - On March 19, 2007, Mac told David Letterman on the CBS "Late Show" that he would retire from his 30-year career after he finished shooting the comedy film, "The Whole Truth, Nothing but the Truth, So Help Me Mac"


Oprah Winfrey - On September 10, 2007, David Letterman made his first appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show", as its season premiere was filmed in New York City


According to business news reporter Eve Tahmincioglu, "CBS suppliers are supposed to follow the company's business conduct policies" and the CBS 2008 Business Conduct Statement states that "If a consenting romantic or sexual relationship between a supervisor and a direct or indirect subordinate should develop, CBS requires the supervisor to disclose this information to his or her Company's Human Resources Department add something


In 2008, a "Rolling Stone" interview stated "he hosted a doctor and nurse who'd helped perform the emergency quintuple-bypass heart surgery that saved his life in 2000 add something


In June 2009, Letterman's Worldwide Pants and CBS reached agreement to continue the "Late Show" until at least August 2012 add something


On June 8 and June 9, 2009, Letterman told a sexually-themed joke on his show each night about a daughter of Sarah Palin add something


On his October 1, 2009, show, Letterman announced that he had been the victim of an extortion attempt by someone threatening to reveal that he had had sex with several of his female employees, and at the same time, he confirmed that he had had such relationships add something


He was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury and pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted grand larceny on October 2, 2009 add something


On October 3, 2009, a former CBS employee, Holly Hester, announced that she and Letterman had engaged in a year-long "secret" affair in the early 1990s while she was his intern and a student at New York University add something


On October 5, 2009, Letterman devoted a segment of his show to a public apology to his wife and staff add something


Sacha Baron Cohen - Aita included David Letterman in the suit based on comments made during the 7 July 2009 appearance by Baron Cohen on the "Late Show with David Letterman"


Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute - Opening ceremonies in September 2009 was attended by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and comedian David Letterman


In 2010, a documentary "Dying to Do Letterman" was released directed by Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina featuring Steve Mazan, a stand up comic, who has cancer and wants to appear on the Letterman Show add something


The previous contract had been set to expire in 2010, and the two-year extension is shorter than the typical three-year contract period negotiated in the past add something


Eventually, on March 9, 2010, he pleaded guilty to this same felony and served a 6-month jail sentence, followed by probation and community service add something


On September 7, 2010, he made an appearance on the premiere of the 14th season of "The View", and confirmed that he had been considered for hosting again add something


The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson - Ferguson's initial contract as host was for six years, until the end of 2010; as of August 2007 he was telling television critics he might not be interested in a contract renewal, though by February 2008, he was publicly professing his loyalty to David Letterman, saying "I will sit behind Dave as long as he sits there


Cee Lo Green - Green toured during 2010 and 2011 with an all-female backing band named "Scarlet Fever", performing for Taratata, the BBC, Late Show with David Letterman, W's Symmetry Live Concert Series, Saturday Night Live, the Jimmy Kimmel Live/ special show following the Academy Awards, and many other venues.


The Tonight Show - In October 2010, David Letterman beat Leno's program in the ratings, for the first time since Leno returned to hosting "The Tonight Show


Letterman was the first recipient of the Johnny Carson award for Comedic Excellence at The Comedy awards in 2011 add something


On the February 3, 2011, edition of the "Late Show", during an interview with Howard Stern, Letterman said he would continue to do his talk show for "maybe two years, I think add something


On August 17, 2011, it was reported that a Muslim militant had posted a death threat against Letterman on a website frequented by &Al-Qaeda supporters, calling on American Muslims to kill Letterman for making a joke about the death of an &Al-Qaeda leader killed in a drone strike in Pakistan in June 2011 add something


Jake Johannsen - Johannsen is a favorite of David Letterman and on May 20, 2011 made his 40th appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman"


In April 2012, CBS announced it had extended its contract with Letterman through 2014 add something


Known for rarely giving television interviews, Letterman appeared as an exclusive guest on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on May 29, 2012 add something


Airdate June 2, 2012, Regis Philbin, guest host add something


On September 12, 2012, The Kennedy Center announced that Letterman would be one of its honorees at its annual awards presentation on December 2, 2012 add something


Winfrey interviewed Letterman in January 2013 on "Oprah's Next Chapter" add something


In June 2013, he appeared in the second episode of season two of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee add something


On November 5, 2013, Letterman and Bruce McCall published a fiction satire book titled "This Land Was Made for You and Me " add something


During the taping of his April 3, 2014 show, David Letterman announced that he had informed CBS president Leslie Moonves that he will be retiring from hosting "The Late Show" in 2015 add something


Stephen Colbert - On April 10, 2014, CBS announced in a press release that Colbert "will succeed David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show", effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast


Stephen Colbert - On April 10, 2014, Colbert was chosen to succeed David Letterman as the host of the "Late Show" on CBS after Letterman retires in 2015


Busboy Productions - On April 10, 2014, it was announced that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as the host of the "Late Show" on CBS in 2015


The Daily Show - On April 10, 2014, it was announced that Colbert will replace David Letterman as the host of the "Late Show" on CBS in 2015


The Colbert Report - On April 10, 2014, it was announced that Colbert will replace David Letterman as the host of the "Late Show" on CBS sometime in the year 2015


Comedy Central - On April 10, 2014, it was announced that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as the host of the "Late Show" on CBS sometime in the year 2015


Aretha Franklin - On September 29, 2014, Aretha performed to a standing ovation with Cissy Houston as backup a compilation of Adele's - "Rolling in the Deep' and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" on the David Letterman show


In 2015, ABC announced Letterman Open New Show add something


Philbin again interviewed Letterman while guest-hosting CBS' "The Late Late Show" on January 27, 2015 add something


He will host the "Late Show" for the last time on May 20, 2015 add something


Dave Grohl - On May 20th, 2015, David Letterman selected Grohl and The Foo Fighters to play 'Everlong' as the last musical guest on the final episode of The Late Show with David_Letterman


Larry Wilmore - With Stephen Colbert moving to CBS in 2015 to succeed David Letterman as host of "Late Show", Comedy Central announced on May 9, 2014, that Wilmore would host a new series to replace "The Colbert Report"


Paul Shaffer - In May 2015, the Ride of Fame honored Paul Shaffer with a double decker sightseeing bus in New York City to commemorate his long run as the leader of the CBS Orchestra for the Late Show with David Letterman


Dave Grohl - On May 20, 2015, David Letterman selected Grohl and The Foo Fighters to play "Everlong" as the last musical guest on the final episode of The Late Show with David Letterman


Conan O'Brien - With the retirement of David Letterman on May 20, 2015; O'Brien became the most tenured of all late-night talk show hosts, at 22 years


Stephen Colbert - Colbert succeeded David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show" on CBS, beginning his tenure on September 8, 2015


In 2016, Letterman joined the climate change documentary show "Years of Living Dangerously" as one of the show's celebrity correspondents add something


Rupert Jee - He made an appearance on the January 7, 2016 episode of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", marking his first appearance on "The Late Show", following the retirement of David Letterman


In 2017, Letterman and Alec Baldwin co-hosted "The Essentials" on Turner Classic Movies add something


On May 16, 2017, Letterman was named the next recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the award granted annually by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts add something


Letterman has announced that in 2018 he will be hosting a six-episode series of hour-long programs on Netflix consisting of long-form interviews and field segments add something


The show will be entitled "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman", with the first episode released on January 12, 2018 add something


Malala Yousafzai - In March 2018, Yousafzai was the subject of an interview with David Letterman for his Netflix show "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction"


The second season premiered on May 31, 2019 add something