David Letterman, the longest-running host in late night history at 33 years, will begin his final 28 broadcasts of the LATE SHOW tonight, with a star-studded lineup of entertainment guests making their final appearances with him. As previously announced, his final LATE SHOW broadcast is Wednesday, May 20 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Some of the biggest names in entertainment will make their final appearances with Letterman over the next six weeks, including George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Sarah Jessica Parker, Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Short, Howard Stern, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey, The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Mumford and Sons, Tom Waits, Ralph Stanley and Amos Lee, and many more names to be announced in the coming weeks.
Guests confirmed for the week of April 13 include Sarah Jessica Parker, 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth and music guests Asleep at the Wheel (April 13); Billy Crystal, THE TALK co-host Julie Chen, and country music artist and “50th Academy of Country Music Awards” nominee Chris Stapleton (April 14); Michael J. Fox, actress Amy Sedaris and musical guests Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell (April 15); Kevin James, comedian Tom Dreesen, and musical guest Tracy Chapman (April 16); and Alec Baldwin and musical guest John Mayer (April 17).
Bob Mould, founding member of Husker Du, performs a medley of “Tomorrow Morning” and “Kid With a Crooked Face.” Jason Narducy, the bassist for the band, tweeted that “people in the studio audience confirmed that dust fell from the rafters as we played!”
The Foo Fighters are taking up residency at The Late Show.
The rock band fronted by Dave Grohl has booked a weeklong stay at CBS’ The Late Show With David Letterman the week of Monday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 17. The band will play covers of music from the cities that inspired their forthcoming eighth album, Sonic Highways. To kick off the week, Grohl will be interviewed by Letterman on Oct. 13.
The Foo Fighters’ week coincides with its eight-part HBO series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways. It premieres Oct. 17 and chronicles the making of the upcoming album Sonic Highways, which hits stores Nov. 10 via Roswell/RCA. Both the series and the album features local musicians from eight cities — Austin, Chicago, L.A., Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C. — some of whom will join the band on The Late Show.
Of all the tributes to Robin Williams, I feel a little bit strange saying I was waiting for David Letterman to come back from vacation to do his. Both comedians go back decades, and Williams appeared on his show over 50 times. Not only was Letterman’s tribute incredibly heart-felt, it put me back in that funk again over the loss of one of the funniest men in history.
Letterman went on to recount the time Williams invited him years later to guest-star on Mork & Mindy, the big break he says was a “double-edged sword” for being both a kind gesture and a show he had “no business being on.” Here’s a clip of Letterman’s appearance on the show.
Last week, Jerry Seinfeld presented a fourth-season episode of his smash web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, a uniquely personal and intimate look at comedy and life with such luminaries as David Letterman, Tina Fey, and Chris Rock. Held at The Paley Center for Media in New York, Jerry discussed the production of this compelling and hilarious project, but unfortunately coffee was not allowed in the theater. You can watch the video in full here.