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Late Show with David Letterman

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The Resume

    (August 30, 1993-May 20, 2015)
    Late night talk show on CBS
    Located in the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway
    Host is David Letterman
    Music performed by Paul Schaffer and the CBS Orchestra
    Frequent gags include 'Top Ten List,' 'CBS Mail Bag,' 'Stupid Pet Tricks,' 'Stupid Human Tricks,' 'Dumb Ads,' 'Small Town News,' 'Stump the Band,' 'Know Your Current Events,' 'Fun with Rupert,' 'Dr. Phil's Words of Wisdom,' 'Dick Assman,' 'George W. Bush Joke That's Not Really a Joke' and 'Is This Anything?'
    Guest hosts include Charles Grodin, Regis Philbin, Paul Shaffer, David Brenner, Tom Snyder, Tom Arnold, Bill Cosby, Kathie Lee Gifford, Nathan Lane, Janeane Garofalo, Dana Carvey, Bruce Willis, John McEnroe, Regis Philbin, Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vaughn, Elvis Costello, Will Ferrell, Megan Mullally, Brad Garrett, Tom Dreesen, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Shaffer, Bill Cosby, Luke Wilson, Tom Arnold, Tom Green, Kelsey Grammer and Jimmy Fallon

Why Late Show with David Letterman might be annoying:

    Tom Arnold was the first guest host to fill in for David Letterman due to a non-illness related absence ('Tired Ass Syndrome').
    The show was primarily created after Dave got pissed about being passed over for being the new host for the Tonight Show.
    They use a lot of irrelevant skits like throwing things off of a building or seeing how many people in costumes can be put inside a donut shop.
    They relied heavily on top ten lists for a long time.
    They beat NBC's 'Tonight Show' in the ratings until the mid 1990's, and never recovered.
    Some feel that his 'Late Night' show on NBC was a lot more refreshing as it involved less Dave and more whacky guests.

Why Late Show with David Letterman might not be annoying:

    The show continues to champion some of the same humor and skits established with 'Late Night' on NBC.
    They won the rights to their running jokes and gags after NBC tried claiming ownership of them.
    They returned to the airways six days after September 11, with an emotional Letterman stating in the opening monologue, 'We're told that they were zealots fueled by religious fervor... religious fervor... and if you live to be a thousand years old will that make any sense to you? Will that make any goddamn sense?'
    The show frequently uses the crew members and neighboring businesses in comedy bits. It has made household names of Meg Parsont, Mujibar and Sirajul and Rupert Jee.
    They have no problem with taking pot shots at their own network, CBS, and the company that owns it, Westinghouse.
    Johnny Carson made a rare appearance on the show in the mid-1990's, causing an uproar of cheers.
    It made the list of TV Guide's '50 Best Shows of All Time,' outranking 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' (Jay Leno's Tonight Show failed to even make the list).

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Year In Review:

    For 2023, as of last week, Out of 436 Votes: 41.97% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 76 Votes: 47.37% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 112 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 49 Votes: 46.94% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 30 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 31 Votes: 41.94% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 25 Votes: 44.00% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 21 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 21 Votes: 61.90% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 51 Votes: 70.59% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 28 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 92 Votes: 68.48% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 102 Votes: 65.69% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 71 Votes: 57.75% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 119 Votes: 58.82% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 179 Votes: 44.13% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 314 Votes: 46.82% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 196 Votes: 54.59% Annoying