• Publication date: April 7, 2009

The Late Show with David Letterman It is the hosts� skill which gives the show�s success

The successful �The Late Show with David Letterman� is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS. It gains great famous through its talented host and the well- known figures in the American community as its guests.

The successful �The Late Show with David Letterman� is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS. It gains great famous through its talented host and the well- known figures in the American community as its guests.

The show debuted on August 30, 1993, and is produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated. The show's music director and bandleader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, is Paul Shafferm, whereas brothers Justin Stangel and Eric Stangel are the head writers. The announcer is Alan Kalter, who replaced Bill Wendell in 1995.

�The Late Show� has various repeated absurdist segments, including those involving cast members' and audience participation. It will also take a camera crew into the Hello Deli to show games such as "What's on the iPod?" and "Beat the Clock," or onto 53rd Street or the roof to record various stunts there.

On the other hand, it is Letterman character, which adds to the success of the show, as he himself is known for his quirky physical comedy, which he has used in varied degrees throughout the years. Examples are throwing his blue note cards through the prop window behind him or throwing pencils at the camera (always followed with a sound effect of shattering glass), slapping the camera, pausing to take a long drink of his coffee, exaggeratedly loud coughing and clearing his throat, showing the inside lining of his suit, showing his receding hairline.

Letterman- previously the host of �Late Night with David Letterman� on NBC from 1982 to 1993- often pokes fun at himself in a wide variety of ways, ranging from the content of his show, his personal life, his physical appearance, and his staff's supposed frustration with him.

Many frequently invited guests have gone on to become favorites of the show, displaying an on-air friendship with Letterman that sets them apart from the more typical interview subjects. Some of them are Charles Grodin, Regis Philbin, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Bruce Willis, Drew Barrymore, Ricky Gervais, Matthew Broderick, Tom Brokaw, Richard Simmons, Frank Caliendo (sometimes in character as John Madden or George W. Bush), Harry Connick, Johnny Depp, Elvis Costello, Billy Crystal, Jack Hanna, Jennifer Lopez, Paul Newman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tony Randall, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Isabella Rossellini, Amy Sedaris, Jerry Seinfeld and so many others.

Reaching 3,046 episodes till January 9, 2009, this talk show won many awards, such as: Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series in 1993- 1994, and the same award in 1997-1998, 1998- 1999, 1999- 2000, 2000- 2001 and finally in 2001- 2002.