David Letterman
David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American
People of the United States
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 television host and comedian
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. He hosts the late night television
Late night television
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 talk show
Talk show
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, Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman is a U.S. late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS. The show debuted on August 30, 1993, and is produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated. The show's music director and band-leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, is...

, broadcast on CBS
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. Letterman has been a fixture on late night television since the 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman
Late Night with David Letterman
Late Night with David Letterman is a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC that was created and hosted by David Letterman. It premiered in 1982 as the first incarnation of the Late Night franchise and went off the air in 1993, after Letterman left NBC and moved to Late Show on CBS. Late Night...

on NBC
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. Only Letterman's friend and mentor Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
John William "Johnny" Carson was an American television host and comedian, known as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 30 years . Carson received six Emmy Awards including the Governor Award and a 1985 Peabody Award; he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987...

 had a longer late-night hosting career in the United States.

Letterman is also a television and film producer. His company Worldwide Pants produces his show as well as its network follow-up The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is a Peabody Award-winning American late-night talk show hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson. Ferguson, the third regular host of the Late Late Show franchise, follows Late Show with David Letterman in the CBS late-night lineup...


Nothing, believe me, nothing is more satisfying to me personally than getting a great idea and then beatin' it to death.

Late Night with David Letterman|Late Night with David Letterman (5 March 1993)

We're told that they were zealots fueled by religious fervour.. religious fervour and if you live to be a thousand years old will that make any sense to you? Will that make any goddamn sense?

During his first show after the September 11 attacks|September 11th attacks (17 September 2001)

In My Pants!

The Wahoo Gazette (30 October 2002)

Now all of us can talk to the National Security Agency|NSA — just by dialing any number.

On the National Security Agency's eavesdropping program, on The Late Show with David Letterman|The Late Show with David Letterman, Monologue (25 January 2006)

Nice job… What the hell is U2 supposed to play?

To Paul Shaffer|Paul Shaffer, after the CBS Orchestra played "Pride (In the Name of Love)|Pride (In the Name of Love)", The Late Show with David Letterman|The Late Show with David Letterman (5 March 2009), during U2's week-long guest appearance.