Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Ball State. Dave often refers to his alma mater during the show.
|What television show was broadcasting outside in Rockefeller Plaza when Dave interrupted it by shouting out his office window with a megaphone that he wasn't wearing any pants?||David Letterman
The Today Show. Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel casually looked around for the cause of the disturbance, but they were pretty good sports about the whole thing.
|Who stood up during an interview and kicked toward Dave's head, freaking Dave out and ending the interview?||David Letterman
Crispin Glover. Definitely one of the stranger events in Dave's history. Glover appeared to be seriously disturbed during the interview.
|Who has been Dave's stage manager and comic foil since his earliest days at NBC?||David Letterman
Biff Henderson. Biff has been a great sport over the years and has been sent to many events, such as the Super Bowl and the World Series, to interview celebrities for the Late Show. He has also toured America and sent remote broadcasts back to the studio.
|What celebrity, as imitated by Chris Elliot, called Paul 'Ringo' and always ended his appearances with the 'banana dance'?||David Letterman
Marlon Brando. Chris Elliot had many wonderful recurring characters in the early days of the show, including the Fugitive Guy and the guy who lived under the seats.
|Who is the drummer in the CBS Orchestra led by Paul Shaffer?||David Letterman
Anton Fig. Anton is the newest member of the four core musicians who have been with Dave since his early days at NBC. The others are Paul Shaffer (bandleader and keyboards), Will Lee (bass), and Sid McGinnis (guitar). The horn sections and additional guitarists were added after moving to CBS.
|What celebrity stood up in the audience and asked where all the damn cats were on Dave's first show at CBS?||David Letterman
Paul Newman. Mr. Newman stormed out of the studio after Dave informed him 'Cats' was showing somewhere else.
|Who was the producer of Dave's show when it moved from NBC to CBS?||David Letterman
Robert Morton. 'Morty' often had to answer Dave's questions on-air and participated in his share of comedy sketches.
|What was the name of the 'discount magician' who often stopped in to visit Dave during his early days at NBC?||David Letterman
Kamar. Kamar rarely got completely finished with a magic trick due to Dave's constant interference and needling. Funny stuff.
|What is the name of Rupert Gee's restaurant which is found right around the corner from Dave's studio?||David Letterman
Hello Deli. If you are in New York City, stop by the deli to see Rupert and enjoy one of the sandwiches he has there named after celebrities who have visited him over the years.
Calvert DeForest. After moving to CBS he was called Calvert DeForest on-air instead of Larry 'Bud' Mellman.
|What is the name of Sirajul and Mujibar's store next door to Dave's studio?||David Letterman
Rock America. These guys sell a wide variety of New York souvenirs as well as many Letterman products.
|Who was the director of Dave's show when it moved from NBC to CBS?||David Letterman
Hal Gurnee. Dave often talked to Hal during the show. Hal used to participate in many of the comedy sketches.
Worldwide Pants. The logo gets flashed up at the end of each show accompanied by some odd non-sequitor phrase. This company also produces 'Everybody Loves Raymond'.
|What band played on David's comeback episode? (The first episode after he had quintuple bypass surgery aired February 21, 2000).||Getting to know David Letterman
Foo Fighters. Letterman invited the band Foo Fighters to play "Everlong," introducing them as "my favorite band, playing my favorite song." During a later Foo Fighters appearance, Letterman said that the Foo Fighters had been in the middle of a South American tour which they canceled to come play on his comeback episode.
Class Smart Alec. David was voted Class Smart Alec. I could easily see him as the Class Clown and Most Likely to Succeed. After hearing his "Top Ten Lists", it is easy to understand why he was chosen as a smart alec.
CBS. David was still disappointed with the choice of Jay Leno as the new host of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" [on NBC] (1962-1992) as Johnny Carson retired. Johnny wanted David to host the show but NBC thought David was too edgy. David left NBC as host of "Late Night with David Letterman" (1982 - 1993) to host his own show on CBS which was on the same time as Jay Leno's show.
Good Times. David wrote for the show "Good Times"(1974-1979). He did have a guest appearance on "Mork & Mindy" (1978-1982) playing Werner Erhard.
David was not involved with "One Day at a Time"(1975-1984) or "Charlie's Angels" (1976-1981).
Ball State University. David graduated from Ball State University which is located in Muncie, Indiana with a B.A. in telecommunications in 1969. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. This school is known for programs in architecture, exercise science, education, anthropology, entrepreneurship and communications.
David is joined by Joyce DeWitt who played Janet Wood on "Three's Company" (1977-1984), artist Jim Davis (the man who brought us the comic strip Garfield)
Worldwide Pants Incorporated.. David is the founder of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. The strange name comes from a joke David was trying to tell. The joke was "Guess what's in this guy's pants". However, the censors on NBC didn't like this joke so they muted the word "pants" in the punchline. How can the word "pants" be considered improper?. For the next two weeks, David used the word "pants" over and over to prove there was nothing wrong with this word. Some examples from this time period are "Nice pants, Pepe", "Time for Pants", "Mmmm, deep dish pants" or my favorite "Did you say pants?".
Madonna. Diastema is defined as the gap between the front teeth. While it only causes esthetic problems, it can be fixed in many ways. I suffer from the same issue and used bonding to resolve my issue. Orthodontics, bonding and veneers are the alternative to the toothy smile. David feels like it adds character so he never fixed it.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. David Michael Letterman was born on the 12 of April 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has an older sister named Janice and a younger sister named Gretchen. His parents, Harry Joe Letterman and Dorothy Letterman are of German descent.
|David Letterman left NBC in 1993 and was soon comfortable hosting his own late night show for rival network, CBS. When he made the move many staff members came with him. He even hired his mother as a correspondent to cover the Winter Olympics. Where did we FIRST see Dave's Mom reporting on the Olympics?||Late Night with David Letterman - and, More
1994 - Lillehammer, Norway. It was the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway that "Late Show with David Letterman" viewers first saw Dave's Mom (Dorothy Letterman) report on the Olympics. She did a great job, too! One of her most memorable interviews from the 1994 Winter Olympics has to be with then First Lady Hillary Clinton. During that interview Dave's Mom asked Mrs. Clinton if "her husband could fix Dave's speeding tickets". Dave must have been so proud!
|What had seemed inevitable for years finally occurred in May 1991 when Johnny Carson announced his retirement from television. Although many thought David Letterman would easily glide into the earlier time slot, who was given the host desk of NBC's "The Tonight Show"?||Late Night with David Letterman - and, More
Jay Leno. Even though David Letterman had at one time been the go-to-guy when Johnny Carson needed a fill-in host, since he had been busy filling his own host chair Jay Leno had become Carson's favorite guest host. Much has been written about this choice of Carson's replacement. The network executives of NBC were quoted as to have considered Leno to be more "polished, socially and politically" than Letterman. Yet at then 44-years-old, Letterman expressed his interest in a more mature show. He was willing to trade his blue jeans and sport coat for a trendy suit AND the earlier time slot that he thought would have an audience who could more identify with him.
|In 1980, NBC made plans for David Letterman to do his own show - in New York City. The show was a national US broadcast daily show called "The David Letterman Show". What time of day was this show seen on TV?||Late Night with David Letterman - and, More
Midmorning. "The David Letterman Show" proved to be a bit too much for mid-morning television viewers of the early '80s. Most markets ran the show between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The show was cancelled after less than twenty of the (initially) promised 26 weeks. NBC had envisioned a show that was more of a variety show. NBC expected a lot of celebrities reporting the news and calm, cool and collected demonstrations of recipes and such. Letterman (and Markoe) were determined to do mad-cap routines like "Stupid Pet Tricks" and filming David outside the studio in unique situations. In other words, it was an entire show saturated with comedy. Time would prove what many knew - it was the time slot that needed to change, not necessarily the material.
|David Letterman had lived in the Los Angeles, California area for about four years when he signed a retainer contract with NBC in 1979. Although he had made numerous guest appearances on several shows, he was still more interested in writing than acting. Who was his usual writing partner?||Late Night with David Letterman - and, More
Comedy writer Merrill Markoe. Letterman met comedy writer Merrill Markoe on the set of the CBS television show "The Mary Tyler Moore Hour" (1979). This variety show lasted less than one season, but the relationship between David and Merrill lasted much, much longer. They worked well together - personally and professionally - for more than ten years. Accepted as an intelligent and incredibly funny writer, Markoe is credited with many of the ideas and routines (or at least the basics thereof) that became a lasting part of Letterman's shows.
|While David Letterman was doing his stand-up comedy - mostly without pay - he caught the attention of an established comedian who approached him with a job offer: to write jokes for him. Letterman thought it was an odd request. Maybe the comedian just thought Letterman was "Dyn-o-mite". Who was it?||Late Night with David Letterman - and, More
Jimmie Walker. It is true! Jimmie Walker hired David Letterman to write jokes for him. Jimmie Walker was already an established comedian and the star of the American television show "Good Times" (1974-1979). Letterman was paid to provide Jimmie with fifteen jokes per week; Letterman was glad to get not only the money but an actual vote of confidence. Even many years later David Letterman could be quoted with saying that he would "always be grateful to Jimmie for that early support".
|David Letterman and then-wife Michelle moved to Los Angeles in 1975. His success was far from instantaneous. He did some time as a stand-up comedian. What then popular nightclub gave Letterman - and, many others - a break into the comedy business?||Late Night with David Letterman - and, More
The Comedy Store. The Comedy Store was THE place to perform if you were interested in getting into the comedy business in Los Angeles, CA in the 1970s. Johnny Carson is said to have been one of the first performers on its stage. Its list of alumni is long and noteworthy. David Letterman spent many nights there, and not just as a performer. He has told of seeing Jay Leno, Steve Martin and Robin Williams - to mention only a few - on stage there.
|About the time David Letterman had graduated from college he began to realize he really wanted to earn his living in comedy. While he still lived and worked in "middle America" what did he do for (American) television programs - that were produced half a continent away on the west coast in Los Angeles, CA?||Late Night with David Letterman - and, More
Wrote scripts for some network programs. Letterman was convinced that he was at least as funny as the people who were already writing comedy scripts for popular shows such as the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-1977) and the "Bob Newhart Show" (1972-1978). He would write scripts for these comedies - and, more - never knowing if they would be read by the show's executives let alone actually used for the series. All the while David Letterman was employed in a rather "fill in" position at local television stations in the Indianapolis area.
|Letterman had worked odd jobs through high school, but his first semester at college found him doing a job that he has always described as work "he just loved". What job gave the shy yet mischievous young man an opportunity to personally interact without threatening contact?||Late Night with David Letterman - and, More
Campus Radio DJ. David Letterman attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana during the mid-1960s. Ball State was often sheltered from much of the turbulence that was prominent on other campuses during that decade. Letterman discovered a haven for himself when he began his work as a DJ. He could talk, listen, talk, play some pranks and talk some more - all without having the dreaded face-to-face experience. His pranks, though, landed him in hot water and without a job before he graduated. This would certainly NOT be the only time his pranks ruffled feathers.
|David Letterman was born in an area of the U.S.A. called "The Heartland". He attended college at Ball State University in his native state. As an entertainer he has vowed his allegiance to the NFL's Indianapolis Colts who play their home games there. Where?||Late Night with David Letterman - and, More
Indiana. David Letterman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. To borrow a quote from the book "David Letterman" by Frances Lefkowitz, David was "the middle child of a middle-class family from the middle of the country". Letterman has been known to embrace a rather liberal stance on many issues throughout his career, but he does exude an unmistakable simple charm of the bourgeois.