"Keep Cool My Babies!" Smart-alecky, ribald and whimsical, Late Night with Conan O'Brien rose to become a critical darling and dorm favorite after a rocky start in 1993. There are many recurring characters (including Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Vomiting Kermit, Eyeballs O'Shaughnessy, NASCAR-driving gun-toting Jesus, Masturbating Bear) and comedy bits (including New State Quarters, What in the World, Celebrity Survey, Actual Items, Conan Hates My Homeland) that entertain us night after night. New episodes air Tuesday through Friday, with reruns on Mondays and occasional breaks where reruns air all week long. It airs weekdays at 12:37 a.m. ET/PT. (Simulcast in HDTV) Next-day encores air on CNBC at 7pm ET.
Type: Talk Show
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Late Night with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman. It premiered on NBC on February 1, 1982, and concluded on June 25, 1993. Letterman began hosting Late Show with David Letterman on CBS in August 1993. The series has since been reformatted as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers. In 2013, this series and Late Show with David Letterman were ranked #41 on TV Guide's 60 Best Series of All Time.
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The destruction (with comic effect) of certain items, including “Crushing Things with a Steamroller,” “Throwing Things Off a Five-Story Building,” and “Crushing Things with an 80-Ton Hydraulic Press.” Poetry with My Dog Stan Charlie the Bubble-Eating Dog (who never actually ate bubbles) Visits with Meg Parsont in the Simon & Schuster Building, in which Dave would have Hal Gurnee “turn on the external camera” pointed across the street to the office window of Simon & Schuster employee Meg Parsont. Letterman would converse with Parsont on the phone, as well as surprise her with gifts, guests, etc. delivered to her office. Parsont would make a return appearance on Letterman's Late Show in 1993. Elevator Races NBC Bookmobile Peaboy (played by intern Dave Ellner wearing green tights and green Adidas, blowing athletic whistle, throwing frozen peas at audience) Visits with Letterman's mother, Dorothy Mengering, via remote or telephone from Carmel, Indiana. After he moved to CBS, he later sent her as a reporter to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway as part of CBS's coverage. Young Inventors Marv Albert with The Wild and the Wacky from the World of Sports Visits with Jack Hanna, who brought animals from the Columbus Zoo, of which he was the director. Hal Gurnee's Network Time Killers: Introduced during the summer of 1988 (after Late Night had returned from a lengthy hiatus due to a Writers Guild strike), the feature included Hal Gurnee introducing bizarre time-killing features from his director's perch in the control room. What's Hal Wearing? Various 'cam' shots, including Late Night Thrill Cam and Late Night Monkey Cam Los Problemas de la Vida Contidiana: Dave (“como Dr. Suarez”) shows off his Spanish language skills in this spoof of Latin telenovelas
The Top Ten List, from various “home offices”: The very first, “Things That Almost Rhyme with Peas,” was presented on “Late Night” on Sept. 18, 1985. In 33 years, Letterman had presented 4,605 Top Ten Lists on shows. Stupid Pet Tricks: The very first segment was presented on the morning show, “The David Letterman Show,” on June 26, 1980. Stupid Human Tricks: A sister segment to the above-mentioned Stupid Pet Ricks, the first segment premiered on “Late Night” on October 3, 1983. Nightcap Theater Mr. Curious Viewer Mail, a segment of humorous replies to letters sent in by viewers. After delivering his reply, Dave would then unceremoniously toss each letter out the “window” behind him with the familiar glass-shattering sound effect (see above). Usually seen weekly, initially on Thursdays, later on Fridays. Henry Mancini was at one point hired to compose a special “viewer mail” theme song (“first we read them, then we answer them”), though after its first few appearances it was quietly dropped. Flunky the Clown: A lazy, somewhat misanthropic “staff clown” played by writer Jeff Martin. Dave Fires Old Henry: A recurring bit during Viewer Mail where something goes wrong, and the blame is pinned on longtime NBC staffer “Old Henry” (played by Wolfgang Zilzer AKA Paul Andor). In spite of the fact that Henry is two months away from retiring, Dave unceremoniously fires the old man to much disdain from the studio audience. (Henry often proved so sympathetic to the audience, Letterman would have to reassure them it was just a joke.) When Zilzer/Andor's health began to fail, he was succeeded in the role by writer Gerard Mulligan. Supermarket Finds Dave's wearing of various suits: the “Suit of Velcro” (Feb. 28, 1984), “Suit of Rice Krispies.”, “Suit of Alka-Seltzer”, “Suit of Magnets”, “Suit of Marshmallows”, “Suit of Chips”, “Suit of Suet” and “Suit of Sponges”. Dumb Ads Lucky Numbers Small Town News – a compendium of odd newspaper items, similar to Jay Leno's later “Headlines” segment on The Tonight Show. Ask Mr. Melman (Larry “Bud” Melman) Dave's Record Collection, real records but presented out of context, like a record of advertising jingles. In May I Make a Phone Call for You? he would assist audience members who needed to place a call but were afraid to, because it was usually to communicate bad news. Letterman would make the call for the audience member. Short plays presented by the Peace Through Dramatization Players featuring Marie O'Donnell and Jeff Martin, with less frequent appearances by Steve O'Donnell, Chris Elliott, and other Late Night writers and staffers. The plays would involve a “typical” American family (always attired in bright red sweaters) discussing a current topic of some sort, before Letterman would drop by to enlighten them with new information. By 1986, a regular feature of these sketches would be writer Larry Jacobsen appearing as race car driver Bobby Rahal; Rahal would be announced with much fanfare, but would never have any lines in his appearances. Also featured was “Rex”, a stuffed dog who played the family dog in many later sketches. A series of characters portrayed by Chris Elliott. Each of these characters made numerous appearances over the course of a few months before being retired, usually amidst much mock fanfare. Then Elliott would appear a few weeks later playing the next in his series of “Guy” characters. The Conspiracy Guy (October 1983-January 1984): Elliott would pretend to be an audience member and ask Dave a question. Things would quickly devolve into his character shouting and making crazy accusations about Dave before being forcibly removed from the set by two goons (played by Late Night writers Joe Toplyn and Sandy Frank). The Panicky Guy (April 1984-June 1984): Elliott would again pretend to be an audience member, who panics and runs from the studio at the slightest threat of danger (similar to doomed characters in disaster movies). Once in the hallway he would be run over and crushed by an advancing floor waxer, with his hands raised in terror. In one variation, he played a German Panicky Guy in Lederhosen, who was run over by a hand dolly full of cheese wheels. Regular players in the Panicky Guy sketches were astronaut Gordon Cooper (always heard over the phone, chatting with Elliott about the sketches); and Paula Niedert (a Late Night staffer and Elliott's wife) as his love, and later his wife. The Guy Under the Seats (October 1984-April 1985, plus a “lost” episode aired in December 1985): A short character-comedy bit by Elliott who emerges from a hatchway underneath the seats in the studio audience, and asks Dave for help in finding something. When Dave is unable to help, Elliott goes back under the stairs. Immediately following this brief interruption, Letterman then cajoles Elliott back up to take a bow, and discuss the sketch and the character, often in great and tedious detail. These conversations are usually much longer than the ostensible 'sketch' that had just been performed, and at some point Letterman will make an innocuous comment or innocent joke that causes Elliott to overreact. The sketches generally culminate with Elliott threatening Letterman with some metaphorically articulated future comeuppance, and withdrawing back under the seats with the admonition “But until that day, I'm gonna be right here, making your life ... a living hell.” The Laid Back Guy (May 1985): A one-shot character, whose major characteristic is his long flowing blonde hair and an extremely Californian “laid back” attitude. Performed when the show spent a week in California. The Fugitive Guy (July–November 1985): Every so often, Letterman would introduce “Roger Campbell” (Elliott, wearing an extremely bad toupée), either as a segment guest or as a new member of the Late Night crew. In each appearance, “Campbell” would have a different job (e.g., gymnast, cue card holder, tambourine player for the band), and would grow increasingly nervous as Letterman amiably asked Campbell innocuous questions about his job and his life. Fairly quickly, Campbell would break down under the “grilling,” and would then hear the approach of “the one-legged man” (Late Night writer Matt Wickline) and flee. This sketch was a parody of The Fugitive, and included a title sequence that parodied the original Quinn Martin TV series theme (with billing for Elliott, Wickline and Sandy Frank, usually seen as an unnamed assailant “Campbell” would have to fight while escaping.) The Fugitive Guy sketches concluded with a final episode where Campbell confronted the one-legged man in an abandoned amusement park. The Regulator Guy (February–April 1986): A series of cheesily expensive-looking promos for a Terminator-like action character aired on “Late Night” over a period of several months, with Elliott playing the super-cool half-human, half-mechanical “Regulator Guy,” even speaking with a bad Schwarzenegger-esque accent. Repeatedly promoted during “Late Night” as “Coming soon to NBC!”, with Letterman even interviewing Elliott about the upcoming show, the “Regulator Guy” appeared only once in a sketch on Late Night. This appearance was a (deliberately) cheap and poorly-done affair, with the result that the Regulator Guy was cancelled part-way through his debut episode. The New Regulator Guy (May 1986): Shortly after “The Regulator Guy” was retired, Elliott came back with a re-tooled version called “The New Regulator Guy.” This character similarly did not last long, and ended with Letterman interviewing the New Regulator Guy's newly created sidekick character, Ajax, while completely ignoring Elliott (much to his faux-chagrin). Skylark (May 1987): A flashy Las Vegas entertainer billed as a professional Chris Elliott impersonator. “Marlon Brando” (July 1987 to January 1988): Letterman would announce special guest Marlon Brando, and a padded Elliott (usually carrying his belongings in grocery bags, and often wearing battered clothing or a Hawaiian muumuu and lei) would appear, doing an exaggerated mumbling Brando impression while being interviewed by Letterman. Later appearances would culminate in Brando's shambling, ritual “Banana Dance” (performed to Bent Fabric's “Alley Cat”). Chris Elliott, Jr. (January–September 1988): A take-off of Morton Downey, Jr., with Elliott as an aggressive, audience-baiting talk show host. Elliot also appeared in other sketches over the years. In a recurring bit at irregular intervals, Letterman would announce an appearance by a Late Night regular such as Jack Hannah, Marv Albert, Jay Leno or Paul Shaffer -- but Elliott would come out in costume as the guest. Elliott would then perform an interview segment in character with Letterman, ineptly parodying the guest's catch phrases and behavior.
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