Late Show with David Letterman

David Letterman moved to CBS and into The Ed Sullivan Theater in 1993, creating LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN.

In the 1990s, I got tickets and saw the show in person three times. I remember most of the guests I saw at the show, but verified the  guest lists in 2023 at

  • April 13, 1995 (sat in the second row)
    • Guests: Bob Costas, Penn & Teller, Jeff Ross, Béla Fleck (musician?)
  • December 15, 1995 (sat in the second row)
    • Guests: Greg Kinnear, Janeane Garofalo, White Zombie (band that set of the fire alarms)
  • February 3, 1998 (sat in the first row)
    • Guests: John Goodman, Mitch Hedberg, Jeff Gordon


I was also outside the theater on other occasions, including the time that Leslie Nielsen crashed a car into some garbage cans outside the side door of the theater like in the NAKED GUN movies (and the TV show POLICE SQUAD before that). In 2005, I took the photos of the Theater and neighborhood shown here.

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In the early days of LATE SHOW, Letterman met the theater’s neighbors. During some of my visits to New York City, I met them too.

A couple of doors down to the north of the theater was the souvenir shop K&L Rock America, where Bangladeshi businessmen Sirajul and Mujibur worked. I met them in 1995.  Their shop closed in 2003.


Around the corner in the other direction, near the side entrance of the theater on 53rd Street, is the Hello Deli and its owner, Rupert Jee.  I first met Rupert in 1995.  I took photos of Rupert and the Deli in 2005.  As of the day this page was created, the Deli was still open. Rupert continued to appear on the show until Dave’s retirement from The Late Show in 2015.


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