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Late Show with David Letterman
Format Talk show
Variety show
Created by David Letterman
Written by Rob Burnett (head writer 1993–1996)
Joe Toplyn (head writer 1996–1998)
Rodney Rothman (head writer 1998–2000)
Justin Stangel and Eric Stangel (co-head writers 2000–2013)
Matt Roberts (head writer 2013–present)
Presented by David Letterman
Starring Paul Shaffer
and the CBS Orchestra
Narrated by Bill Wendell (1993–1995)
Alan Kalter (1995–present)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 21
No. of episodes 4,010 (as of April 3, 2014)
Executive producer(s) Robert Morton
Peter Lassally
Rob Burnett
Barbara Gaines
Maria Pope
Jude Brennan
Location(s) Ed Sullivan Theater
New York, New York
Running time 62 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) Worldwide Pants Incorporated
CBS Productions (1993-2006)
CBS Paramount Television (2006-2009)
CBS Television Studios (2009-present)
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run August 30, 1993 – present
Related shows Late Night with David Letterman
(NBC, 1982–1993)
Other websites
Official website

Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show. It is hosted by David Letterman. It is on CBS. The show has been on the air since August 30, 1993. The show has won many Emmy Awards and TCA Awards.

The band of the show is conducted by Paul Shaffer. The announcer was Bill Wendell from 1993 until he retired in 1995. Alan Kalter started announcing in 1995. Tony Mendez is also on the show. The show has had many guests including political figures, athletes, writers, actors, directors/producers, and singers.

There were many well-known episodes such when President Barack Obama was interviewed. Madonna cursed many times during an interview on the show. That episode was one of the most censored episodes in American television history. During David Letterman's birthday, actress Drew Barrymore jumped on Letterman's desk and flashed her breasts at him.

On April 3, 2014, Letterman announced that he will retire sometime in 2015. Letterman's contract ends around August of that year.[1]


  1. Carter, Bill, "David Letterman to Retire in 2015", New York Times, April 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-03.

Other websites

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