Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman is a U.S. late-night talk show
Late-night talk show
In American television, the late-night talk show is a specific kind of comedy-oriented talk and variety show that airs late at night. Characteristics of the genre include topical monologues in which the host makes fun of the day's news, comedy sketches, celebrity interviews, and musical performances...

 hosted by David Letterman
David Letterman
David Michael Letterman is an American television host and comedian. He hosts the late night television talk show, Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS. Letterman has been a fixture on late night television since the 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC...

 on CBS
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. The show debuted on August 30, 1993, and is produced by Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated. The show's music director
Music director
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 and band-leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra
CBS Orchestra
The CBS Orchestra is the house band, led by Paul Shaffer, that plays for David Letterman's CBS late-night talk show, Late Show with David Letterman...

, is Paul Shaffer
Paul Shaffer
Paul Allen Wood Shaffer, CM is a Canadian musician, actor, voice actor, author, comedian, and composer who has been David Letterman's sidekick since 1982.-Early years:...

. The head writers are brothers Justin Stangel
Justin Stangel
Justin Stangel is one of the head writers and producers of the Late Show with David Letterman. His brother Eric Stangel is also a head writer and producer....

 and Eric Stangel
Eric Stangel
Eric Stangel is one of the head writers and producers of the Late Show with David Letterman. His brother Justin Stangel is also a head writer and producer....

. The announcer is Alan Kalter
Alan Kalter
Alan Kalter is an American television announcer from New York City. He is best knownas the announcer for the Late Show with David Letterman since September 5, 1995.-Career:...

, who replaced Bill Wendell
Bill Wendell
Bill Wendell was an NBC television staff announcer for almost his entire professional career.-Biography:...

 in 1995
1995 in television
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. Of the major U.S. late-night programs, Late Show ranks second in cumulative average viewers over time and third in number of episode
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s over time.

In most U.S.