(I have a cupboard full of mugs, each of which represent…something. In this space, until I run out of mugs, I’ll try to explain what that “something” is….)
From August 30, 1993 until May 20, 2015, David Letterman reigned as TV’s top late night talk show host. CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman wasn’t the highest rated talk show during that time, but it was the funniest and the most interesting.
That’s not my opinion. That is a scientific fact.
Before coming to CBS for Late Show, Letterman presided over Late Night With David Letterman from 1982 until 1993.
Sadly, I never was in the Ed Sullivan Theater audience for The Late Show, though I did visit some of the nearby businesses that benefited from the show’s presence. One of these was the Hello Deli, operated by Rupert Gee, who became world famous through Late Show exposure.
I was kind of a Letterman evangelist in those days, so, when business took her to New York shortly after The Late Show launched, a PR agency colleague picked up this cup for me. I have always treasured it.
This mug simply represents that I was a huge fan of David Letterman whose shows helped shape comic sensibility for a generation. His shows brought me incalculable pleasure over the years.
The Good News: Those shows can do the same for you, thanks to Letterman Super fan DonZ (aka Don Giller) who taped, literally, nearly everything David Letterman did on TV and offers it to the world free of charge on his YouTube channel!
If you have some time on your hands lately, and think you could use a laugh right now, check out DonZ’s channel.
One of my favorite Letterman moments was the last ever joint appearance of Sonny and Cher, on Late Night. Here’s the whole show: