Dave in run for a record

Let­ter­man is about to over­take his idol, Johnny Car­son

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

IN­DEL­I­CATE ques­tions and in-your-face mock­ery have made host David Let­ter­man the king of the com­edy-cum­cur­rent af­fairs shows on US late-night tele­vi­sion.

Although he turns 65 to­day, he won’t be go­ing away any time soon.

Let­ter­man has signed a new con­tract with CBS which en­sures he will be fronting The Late Show with David Let­ter­man for an­other two years, mean­ing by 2014 he will have hosted his own show for 32 years, al­beit for two sep­a­rate broad­cast­ers.

That would sur­pass the record of an­other US tele­vi­sion leg­end, Johnny Car­son and his Tonight Show, which aired for 30 years.

Noth­ing is sa­cred to Let­ter­man, whose sar­casm makes him a kind of court jester who will try al­most any­thing to get a laugh. Amer­i­can au­di­ences love him for his bit­ing ir­rev­er­ence.

He has picked up more than a dozen Emmy Awards and has had many more nom­i­na­tions for the top US tele­vi­sion prize.

Politi­cians and celebri­ties can ex­pect ex­quis­ite tor­ture dur­ing ap­pear­ances on his Late Show, which is a talk show mixed with Let­ter­man’s hu­mor­ous mono­logues.

The son of a florist from the state of In­di­ana, Let­ter­man first gained an au­di­ence on his univer­sity’s stu­dent ra­dio sta­tion.

A lo­cal tele­vi­sion sta­tion then hired him as a lo­cal an­chor and weath­er­man. He up­set his bosses by once con­grat­u­lat­ing a trop­i­cal storm for be­ing up­graded to a hur­ri­cane. Weather fore­cast­ing was not where Let­ter­man wanted to end up, and so he moved to Los An­ge­les.

As oc­ca­sional pre­sen­ter on var­i­ous TV shows, he fi­nally caught the at­ten­tion of Johnny Car­son’s team, and, sooner than he ex­pected, he got the chance to fol­low his idol Car­son’s foot­steps.

From 1978 he was reg­u­larly fill­ing in for the host on Car­son’s Tonight Show on NBC.

It was not long be­fore NBC of­fered him a later slot of his own af­ter Car­son’s hour, the gen­e­sis of Late Night with David Let­ter­man in 1982.

Mon­day to Fri­day, late, Ten, Ten SC.

David Let­ter­man

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