David Letterman is one of the most important American television hosts and comedians. 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; he is the first host to have had the longest late-night career in the United States of America. In 1996, David Letterman was ranked #47 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. His often surreal and absurd comedy, together with his irony, is heavily influenced by comedians like Johnny Carson and Steve Allen. Letterman is considered the cornerstone of U.S. television entertainment, characterized by a sense of humor typically opposed to the East Coast and in contrast with Jay Leno, his main competitor.
He is best known for the Late Show with David Letterman, a late-night show and the most famous American talk show in the world, which debuted on August 30, 1993. It is produced by Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Over the past thirty years in the retro-style armchair next to Letterman, hundreds of guests have come and gone and joked with the host of the most sarcastic talk show made in the USA. The first-ever guest of the show was Billy Murray, with who Letterman had a very surreal conversation that described the spirit for which the talk show was created.
In 1998, the Italian director Roberto Benigni was invited by Letterman for the release of the Italian comedy-drama film “Life is beautiful”; the couple created one of the finest episodes of the show. Moreover two particular episodes are worth mentioning. On September 20, 2009 a special night was entirely dedicated to the President of the United States of America dedicated to Barack Obama who ironically joked with Letterman during the show. The other particular episode was when Johnny Cash attended the David Letterman Late Show after his retirement; he was there for an interview and to wisecrack behind Letterman’s desk, but he couldn’t talk because of never ending applauses from the audience, while he was on stage.
The first week of programming received a lot of accolade, even though some detractors were not convinced by the formula of the show. The Late Night Show picked up 1.5 million viewers making NBC obtain about 30% more viewers in that time slot than before.
The Late Show has won several Emmy Awards and is imitated without success around the world. The Late Show does not seem to grow old and the host preserves his desire to do political satire at the highest level. This show often exceeds the ratings of Jay Leno, to whom Letterman addresses merciless jokes. Letterman also continues to host great artists during the show, which contribute to his remarkable ratings.