On Wednesday night, David Letterman celebrated the 30th anniversary of hosting the Late Show, combining his time on NBC and the show’s current run on CBS.
In true Late Show fashion, some of the staffers, including some that have been there all 30 years, read the show’s nightly “Top 10″ list. The topic: “Top 10 Things Staffers Would Like to Say to Letterman on His 30th Anniversary.”
Some of the best? “I stopped watching in ‘92” and “Thirty Years – - We’ve never met.”
Guests for the night included Howard Stern and Bill Murray. Howard and Dave looked through photographs and made fun of each other for their haircuts during one of Howard’s 41 appearances on the show since the 1980s. Murray, who was Dave’s first guest on the show on February 1, 1982, brought out a cupcake with 30 candles on it and almost set the stage on fire.
Barack Obama, Justin Bieber, and George Clooney offered “anniversary greetings,” or the staff just took video from their appearances on the show and dubbed them with some guy’s voice saying anniversary greetings.
Dave takes the record for hosting a late night show. Johnny Carson, Dave’s idol, hosted the Tonight Show for 29 years and eight months.
Happy 30th Anniversary, Dave. The Late Show With David Letterman airs weeknights on CBS at 11:35 p.m. ET.
Check out a clip from Dave’s anniversary show here, courtesy of YouTube:
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