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Foo Fighters-Backed Letterman Closing Montage Is Mindblowing

Larry ‘Bud’ Melman! Drew Barrymore flashing! The GE fruit basket incident! Andy Kaufman! Late Show with David Letterman packed those and more into a furious closing montage last night that featured 562 different memorable moments from Letterman’s 33 years on late-night TV. (We counted.) The sports portion of the… »5/21/15 10:45am5/21/15 10:45am

Letterman Guests: "Top Ten Things I've Always Wanted To Say To Dave"

David Letterman’s final Top Ten list featured some of the late night host’s most legendary guests each announcing “something they’ve always wanted to say to Dave.” Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Peyton Manning, Tina Fey, and Bill Murray all… »5/21/15 12:16am5/21/15 12:16am

Adam Sandler's Tribute To David Letterman Was Actually Funny

Adam Sandler, believe it or not, used to be funny. Maybe that’s because we were thirteen when we first heard They’re All Gonna Laugh At You and it seemed much funnier at the time than it probably would today, but Sandler’s work on SNL and in his first few movies still holds up decently. But consider us surprised when… »5/13/15 12:51am5/13/15 12:51am

​Keith Olbermann Explains Why He Got Into That Dumb Twitter Fight

Keith Olbermann is a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight, and part of their taped conversation has already been uploaded onto YouTube by the show. In it, Olbermann and Letterman discuss the the dumbass Twitter fight he got into with Penn State fans and students that led ESPN to suspend him from his… »3/10/15 11:44pm3/10/15 11:44pm

Mike Florio Calls Out David Letterman For Being A Comedian

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was a guest on The Late Show last night, and the segment was lighthearted and puffy, as are most of the interviews David Letterman conducts on his show. Obviously, Letterman made some jokes about the Ballghazi scandal, because David Letterman is a comedian and that's what… »2/12/15 1:24pm2/12/15 1:24pm

Here Is The All-Time "Albert Achievement Awards" Blooper Reel

Veteran announcer Marv Albert has been running blooper reels as a guest on David Letterman's program for decades. In his 126 appearances on either Late Night With David Letterman or Late Show, the "Albert Achievement Awards" (set, always, to that ragtime vamp) have established the canon of sports bloopers. Tonight,… »1/08/15 1:23am1/08/15 1:23am

Man, Myth, Legend: David Letterman and the End of a Late Night Era

A couple of weeks ago, I trekked into Times Square on a gloomy Thursday to pay homage to the king one last time. I was eleven when Dave took the spot after Johnny Carson, not quite old enough to watch it every night — and we wouldn't own a VCR to tape it for a few more years — but at an age where I caught it… »12/23/14 1:40pm12/23/14 1:40pm

Keith Olbermann's Tribute To David Letterman Is Great

Keith Olbermann is never better than when he's talking about someone he respects (perhaps because there aren't many of them). Last night was one such occasion, when Olbermann devoted an entire segment to David Letterman's announcement of his impending retirement. "All I keep thinking," Olbermann said, "is I'm watching… »4/04/14 11:47am4/04/14 11:47am

David Letterman's 1984 Playboy Interview. A Candid Conversation with the Comedy Genius In His Youth

One of the greatest comic voices and broadcasters of the last 50 years has decided to call it a day. David Letterman announced his retirement today. We had our first Playboy Interview with Dave in 1984, back before Leno and the late night wars, back before CBS, back before the scandals, back when he was the crown… »4/03/14 5:42pm4/03/14 5:42pm

Who Was The Best Oscars Host Of The Past 25 Years?

11. James Franco and Anne Hathaway (2011). Always beware of courting the "young," particularly two young people who are basically 50-year-olds in grownup clothing. Franco, stripped of all self-referential schtick, turned into an empty suit with nowhere to hide, and Hathaway's desperate attempts to pep up the room made… »3/03/14 12:53pm3/03/14 12:53pm

Late Night: David Foster Wallace's First Published Fiction For a Major National Magazine

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Five years ago this week, David Foster Wallace took his own life. Twenty years earlier, before Wallace was widely known, he published a piece of original fiction in Playboy called “Late Night.” Alice Turner, Playboy’s fiction editor for 22 years, introduces the short story by remembering how she first came across the… »9/13/13 2:57pm9/13/13 2:57pm