If you were watching David Letterman’s show on September 18, 1985, back when it was still on NBC and called Late Night with David Letterman, you saw a bit of TV history being made.
On that night, Letterman introduced his first “Top Ten” list. And, it all started almost 30 years ago, with the very first Letterman Top Ten List, the “Top Ten Things That Almost Rhyme With Peas.”
Here they are, in descending order:
And, the number one word that almost rhymes with peas is (drumroll):
A solid 5 minutes of a 21-year-old Dave Letterman and his broadcast from April Fool’s Day 1969 on WAGO-AM, the closed-circuit radio station he helped to found at his future alma mater, Ball State University. Note the woman he calls on the phone in this segment – that’s Michelle Cook, the very first Mrs. Letterman.
Via Open Culture
On Sunday evening, The Simpsons said farewell to David Letterman, who had announced his retirement from late night television, with a special Late Show couch gag. Instead of hopping onto their couch at home, The Simpsons landed at the Ed Sullivan Theater and took a seat next to Dave.
On January 30, 2009, David Letterman invited Mary Hicks, the mother of Bill Hicks, on as a guest to offering a public and formal apology for not televising Bill’s performance the night it was originally going to be aired.
The most recent episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee guest stars David Letterman.
“Speaking of dumb guys…always a segway.”
Fun fact: Jerry, like I would imagine all comedians do, remember the exact date they first appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
David Letterman is really into drums. There’s a thing he sometimes does after a band plays on his show: he walks up to the drummer, compliments them on their drums and asks if they’re rentals. The CBC noticed it happening often enough that they combed YouTube for a few dozen instances and created this supercut of Letterman talking to drummers.
Read about on Dave’s obsession with drums: http://r3.ca/0fwS