David Letterman celebrates his 30th anniversary in late night tomorrow (1st February).
Letterman started his late night talk show career at NBC on the 1st February 1982 hosting Late Night With David Letterman which aired after The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
He then left NBC when he didn’t get The Tonight Show hosting job (which of course as we all know went to Jay Leno).
His CBS talk show the Late Show With David Letterman was brought on air on the 30th August 1993 and has run alongside NBC rival show The Tonight Show With Jay Leno ever since (apart from the short stint where Conan O’Brien took over The Tonight Show from Jay).
NY Daily News reports “statisticians at CBS say that by Wednesday, Letterman will have hosted 5,443 shows and welcomed 17,904 guests in three decades”.
To mark the special event friend of the show (and radio broadcaster) Howard Stern will be a guest on the Late Show tomorrow night. This will mark Howard’s 41st appearance on a Letterman show (his 21st appearance on CBS’s Late Show).
Another friend of the show Bill Murray will stop by on tonight’s show (31st January).