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3 David Letterman quizzes and 35 David Letterman trivia questions.
  Late Night with David Letterman - and, More    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
As a young man David Letterman was shy, quiet and uncomfortable speaking in front of people. Would we ever guess that to be? Yet there was always an entertainer within him. What else do you know about him?
Average, 10 Qns, cowboybluedog, Apr 24 13
cowboybluedog gold member
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  Getting to know David Letterman   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
David Letterman has a strange sense of humor. He makes me laugh!
Average, 10 Qns, casper200405, Feb 29 08
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  David Letterman    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Lil' tidbits from Dave's years at NBC and CBS. These should not be difficult for faithful, long-time viewers of the most original and innovative show on late night television.
Difficult, 15 Qns, jaxneises, Jun 17 16
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David Letterman Trivia Questions

1. Where was David born?

From Quiz
Getting to know David Letterman

Answer: 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.

2. What is the name of Dave's production company?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: Worldwide Pants

The logo gets flashed up at the end of each show accompanied by some odd non-sequitur phrase. This company also produces 'Everybody Loves Raymond'.

3. David suffers from a small physical appearance issue called diastema. What other celebrity is a member of this club?

From Quiz Getting to know David Letterman

Answer: 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.

4. Who was the director of Dave's show when it moved from NBC to CBS?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: Hal Gurnee

Dave often talked to Hal during the show. Hal used to participate in many of the comedy sketches.

5. David is the co-owner and founder of what production company?

From Quiz Getting to know David Letterman

Answer: 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?".

6. What is the name of Sirajul and Mujibar's store next door to Dave's studio?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: Rock America

These guys sell a wide variety of New York souvenirs as well as many Letterman products.

7. 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?

From Quiz Late Night with David Letterman - and, More

Answer: 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.

8. What is Larry 'Bud' Mellman's real name?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: Calvert DeForest

After moving to CBS he was called Calvert DeForest on-air instead of Larry 'Bud' Mellman.

9. David attended and graduated from what university?

From Quiz Getting to know David Letterman

Answer: 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)

10. What is the name of Rupert Gee's restaurant which is found right around the corner from Dave's studio?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: 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.

11. What 1970s sitcom did David write material for?

From Quiz Getting to know David Letterman

Answer: 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).

12. What was the name of the 'discount magician' who often stopped in to visit Dave during his early days at NBC?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: Kamar

Kamar rarely got completely finished with a magic trick due to Dave's constant interference and needling. Funny stuff.

13. 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?

From Quiz Late Night with David Letterman - and, More

Answer: 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.

14. What television network did David go to in 1993?

From Quiz Getting to know David Letterman

Answer: 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.

15. Who was the producer of Dave's show when it moved from NBC to CBS?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: Robert Morton

'Morty' often had to answer Dave's questions on-air and participated in his share of comedy sketches.

16. David was voted what at his Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis?

From Quiz Getting to know David Letterman

Answer: 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.

17. What celebrity stood up in the audience and asked where all the damn cats were on Dave's first show at CBS?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: Paul Newman

Mr. Newman stormed out of the studio after Dave informed him 'Cats' was showing somewhere else.

18. What band played on David's comeback episode? (The first episode after he had quintuple bypass surgery aired February 21, 2000).

From Quiz Getting to know David Letterman

Answer: 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.

19. Who is the drummer in the CBS Orchestra led by Paul Shaffer?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: 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.

20. What celebrity, as imitated by Chris Elliot, called Paul 'Ringo' and always ended his appearances with the 'banana dance'?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: 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.

21. Who has been Dave's stage manager and comic foil since his earliest days at NBC?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: 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.

22. Who stood up during an interview and kicked toward Dave's head, freaking Dave out and ending the interview?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: Crispin Glover

Definitely one of the stranger events in Dave's history. Glover appeared to be seriously disturbed during the interview.

23. 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?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: 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.

24. Where did Dave go to college?

From Quiz David Letterman

Answer: Ball State

Dave often refers to his alma mater during the show.

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