Late Show with David Letterman is an American 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 and CBS Television Studios. The show's music director and band-leader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, is Paul Shaffer. The head writer is Matt Roberts and the announcer is Alan Kalter. Of the major U.S. late-night programs, Late Show ranks second in cumulative average viewers over time and third in number of episodes over time. The show leads other late night shows in ad revenue with $271 million in 2009.

In most U.S. markets the show airs at 11:35 p.m. Eastern/Pacific time, but is recorded Monday through Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m and 6:00 p.m. The second Thursday episode usually airs on Friday of that week.

In 2002, Late Show with David Letterman was ranked No. 7 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. CBS has a contract with Worldwide Pants to continue the show through 2014; by then, Letterman will surpass Johnny Carson as the longest tenured late-night talk show host.

Series Cast

  1. David Letterman as Self - Host

    David Letterman

    Self - Host

    4252 Episodes

  2. Paul Shaffer as Self -Musical Director

    Paul Shaffer

    Self -Musical Director

    4252 Episodes

  3. Alan Kalter

    Self - Announcer (voice)

    3813 Episodes

  4. Bill Wendell

    Self - Announcer (voice)

    439 Episodes

  5. Edd Hall

    Voiceover Announcer (voice), Narrator (Mailman Kept Mail at His House) (voice), 'The Queen visits a TV Show' Voiceover (voice), 'Tonight Show' Announcer and 3 more...

    13 Episodes

  6. Scarlett Johansson as Herself and Self

    Scarlett Johansson

    Herself, Self

    4 Episodes

  7. Emily Blunt as Herself

    Emily Blunt


    1 Episode

  8. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Herself

    Maggie Gyllenhaal


    1 Episode

  9. Neil Young as Himself

    Neil Young


    1 Episode

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Last Season

Season 22

2014 • 139 Episodes

Season 22 of Late Show with David Letterman premiered on September 2, 2014.

Episode 149

(22x149, May 20, 2015) Season Finale

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Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman


Status Ended


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Type Talk Show

Original Language English


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