CBS signs Stephen Colbert to 3-year extension
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert will be sticking around for four more years.
CBS announced Thursday that Colbert has signed a new contract that will keep him as the "Late Show" host through...
Review: Emma Thompson kills in ‘Late Night’
Watching "Late Night," an enjoyably zippy if scattershot comedy about a veteran late-night host and her fresh-faced new writing hire, a persistent thought runs through your head: How have we been...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An Alaska man who was once imprisoned for plotting to kidnap David Letterman's son has pleaded not guilty to new accusations of threatening to kill a person.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An Alaska man who was imprisoned for plotting to kidnap David Letterman's son 14 years ago has been arrested.
The Independent Record reported Thursday that Kelly Allen...
David Letterman: I stayed on network TV for too long
NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman says he stuck around on network television about 10 years too long.
He made that admission during an appearance Thursday on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show....
Man accused of plotting to kidnap Letterman’s son is freed
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A man once accused of plotting to kidnap retired talk show host David Letterman's son and nanny has been released from a Montana prison for a second time after serving additional years for violating parole.
Missouri researchers share lessons from humongous fungus
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — It was discovered nearly three decades ago. At the time, it was thought to be heavier than a blue whale, bigger than 23 football fields and more than 1,500 years old. The news of its discovery appeared in almost all the major media outlets and even made David Letterman's Top 10 list.
Delaware police chief pleads guilty to DUI, resigns
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware police chief charged with drunken driving after his vehicle got stuck on railroad tracks last year has resigned and pleaded guilty.
News outlets report that 48-year-old Brian C. Hill got a year's probation for the misdemeanor offense after withdrawing his not-guilty plea on Monday. He also must complete a class and pay some fees.
Letterman backs Democrat running against Pence’s brother
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Comedian David Letterman has endorsed an Indiana Democratic congressional candidate who's running against Vice President Mike Pence's older brother for an open U.S. House seat.
Letterman delivered a 10-minute speech in support of Jeannine Lee Lake during a private fundraiser on Thursday at Lake's Muncie home.
Lake, who publishes a bimonthly Muncie newspaper, faces Greg Pence in the heavily Republican 6th District.
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David Letterman and Jimmy Carter launch Habitat project
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter and comedian David Letterman have helped launch a Habitat for Humanity building blitz in northern Indiana.
The retired late-night TV host praised Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, for their dedication to the nonprofit during a Sunday event at the University of Notre Dame that kicked off a five-day Habitat for Humanity effort to build 23 homes in adjacent Mishawaka.
Robin Williams speaks for himself in new HBO documentary
NEW YORK (AP) — When filmmaker Marina Zenovich sought to make a documentary about Robin Williams, she found that she could do it largely in the late comedian's own voice.
"Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind," uses a wealth of archival footage to put viewers inside his thought process — mirroring a routine Williams used as an up-and-coming comic in the 1970s.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Z says he cried with joy when his mother came out to him as lesbian.
In the April 6 episode of "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" on Netflix, Jay Z says he was happy his mother was free.
The rap mogul says he'd known his mother was gay, but they discussed it for the first time eight months ago.
Next up at the Kennedy Center? A new focus on hip-hop
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was late October 2017 and a packed house of VIPs had gathered at Washington's Kennedy Center to watch David Letterman receive the Mark Twain award for a career in comedy. A stream of comedians took the stage to sing Letterman's praises, and several couldn't resist taking good-natured shots at the crowd.
Martin Short deadpanned, "It says a lot about America when people from different white backgrounds can gather together like this."
Through a series of interactive installations, visitors will be able to explore how the mind and the body react to musical stimulation.
When: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 9-5 p.m. Friday-Wednesday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Rush Limbaugh rips ‘idiot’ Jimmy Kimmel, notion that liberalism is linked with higher intellect
Radio host Rush Limbaugh took aim at ABC's Jimmy Kimmel on Monday after the latter framed left-wing politics as a sign of intelligence.
The star of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" made waves in political circles over the weekend by telling a Los Angeles crowd that late-night television "requires a measure of intelligence" that attracts liberal men like Jon Stewart and David Letterman.
Toward the end of David Letterman’s recent interview with Barack Obama, the subject turned to luck. The former president acknowledged the role it has played in his life. Yes, he had talent, he said, and he had worked hard, but neither of those could fully account for how a mixed-race kid who had known his father for only one month had wound up president of the United States. He had been lucky. Letterman, absurdly bearded, agreed. He, too, had been lucky. Not only that, he had been clueless. When...
David Letterman brings low-key chat and Obama to Netflix
Unlike his mentor and idol Johnny Carson, David Letterman has opted not to entirely disappear from the public eye after leaving late night. The irascible host, however, chose to return on his own terms, hosting a low-key talk vehicle in Netflix’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman.”
Barack Obama to be David Letterman’s first Netflix guest
NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman has lined up former president Barack Obama to be his first guest when he returns to a TV talk show later this month.
Obama will join Letterman on Jan. 12 for the launch of the new "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" on Netflix.
Ohio town replaces New Year’s walleye with a high-tech fish
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio town along Lake Erie that celebrates New Year's Eve with an annual walleye drop will ring in 2018 with a new high-tech fish.
Organizers in Port Clinton say the 600-pound walleye made of fiberglass will have LED lights that can show off a variety of effects.
The designer of the new walleye tells The Blade newspaper in Toledo it also has an expandable control system that can accommodate new technologies in the future.
Ring in the new year with Gilbert Gottfried at Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono.
The comedian will perform Sunday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m. in Gypsies Lounge & Night Club. Tickets for the 21-or-older show are $35 and $55.
Darlene Love shows why she’s the ‘Queen’ at her ‘Love for the Holidays’ show at INB Performing Arts Center
For anyone who may have needed a refresher on her career, Darlene Love had them covered before Wednesday’s show at the INB Performing Arts Center, part of her “Love for the Holidays” tour.
As the lights dimmed, a video showing career highlights began to play.
The video was no more than two or three minutes, but it could have been much longer.
How Darlene Love Became ‘Christmas Queen’
By Geoffrey Himes
Special To The Washington Post
Darlene Love thanks her old friend David Letterman for her nickname "Christmas Queen."
Every December between 1986 and 2014, except one, the talk-show host brought the singer on his show to belt out her classic holiday number "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." On the strength of that, Love, 76, still stages her "Love for the Holidays" show across North America and Europe between mid-November and early January.
Senator Al Franken cut from PBS David Letterman tribute
LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS and WETA say Minnesota U.S. Senator Al Franken will not appear substantially in David Letterman's Mark Twain Prize special airing Monday night.
Representatives said Sunday that PBS will air an updated version of the previously filmed event in which Franken will only be visible at the end of the show when the cast joins Letterman on stage.
Al Franken, David Letterman dine together at St. Paul deli
Afro Deli in St. Paul welcomed a couple of guests of honor on Friday: U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and former late-night TV show host David Letterman.
The eatery, which specializes in casual fusion African, Mediterranean and American food, posted a grinning photo of the celebrities with its crew on Facebook.
We love when old friends bring new ones, Afro Deli said in the post.
Politics on display as Letterman receives Mark Twain Prize
WASHINGTON (AP) — David Letterman was never known as a particularly political comedian, preferring a detached irony-drenched tone that favored the surreal and silly over topical humor. But there was an unmistakable political tint to much of Sunday night's ceremony to present Letterman with the Mark Twain award for American humor.
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South Dakota bar replaces loading dock to continue tradition
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — After nearly 40 years of smashing bottles underneath its boards, The Ice House is replacing its famous loading dock.
The nationally recognized institution, which got its name by being the first place in the Yankton area to artificially produce ice in 1928, was named one of America's best dive bars by Esquire magazine and was also featured on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
No joke: TV host Letterman honored with Mark Twain Prize
WASHINGTON (AP) — David Letterman was celebrated at the Kennedy Center Sunday night for his record run on late-night TV, innovative comedy routines and for helping the nation start to heal by reassuring that it was OK to laugh again after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Fellow entertainers gathered to honor Letterman where he was receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The Latest: Kimmel says Letterman helped nation after 9/11
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on David Letterman receiving the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (all times local):
Fellow comedian Jimmy Kimmel is honoring David Letterman by recalling the monologue he gave after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Speaking at a ceremony at Washington's Kennedy Center, Kimmel says Letterman "let us know it was OK to move on and OK to laugh again."
David Letterman among Jimmy Kimmel’s guests during NY visit
NEW YORK (AP) — Late-night legend David Letterman will be among the guests when "Jimmy Kimmel Live" returns to Brooklyn, New York, for a weeklong visit.
ABC says other guests slated for the week of Oct. 16 include Billy Joel, Tracy Morgan, Amy Schumer and Howard Stern.
Paul Shaffer, longtime bandleader on CBS' bygone "Late Show with David Letterman," will sit in each night with Kimmel's houseband, Cleto and The Cletones.
Indianapolis closing 3 high schools as enrollment slides
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three Indianapolis high schools will close next spring, including the school that produced comedian and former talk show host David Letterman.
The changes were approved Monday by the Indianapolis school board, 5-2. Kelly Bentley, who voted in favor of the plan, says a "no" vote would be easy "but it would not be the right thing."
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Jay Thomas, ‘Cheers’ actor, dead at 69
Jay Thomas, a comic and character actor whose credits include roles on "Cheers" and "Murphy Brown," has died after a battle with cancer, according to his publicist Tom Estey. Thomas was 69.
"Jay Thomas was one of the funniest and kindest men I have had the honor to call both client and friend for 25 years plus. He will be dearly missed by so many," Estey said in a statement to CNN.
NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman, who said goodbye to his long-running talk show two years ago, will say hello to TV again with a new show for Netflix.
Netflix announced Tuesday that the six-episode series has Letterman combining two primary interests: in-depth conversations and in-the-field segments sparked by his curiosity and humor. In each hour-long episode, Letterman will conduct a long-form conversation with a single guest and explore topics of his own outside the studio.
David Letterman is too "embarrassed" to consider himself a "star".
The 70-year-old former talk show host admitted he insisted his program was known as 'Late Night With David Letterman' rather than 'Late Night Starring David Letterman' because the title producers wanted felt "ridiculous" to him.
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University alum and comedian David Letterman has donated more than 1,000 memorabilia items -- including 15 Emmy Awards he won as talk show host -- to the eastern Indiana school.
The (Muncie) Star Press reports (http://tspne.ws/2tpSNwR ) that Ball State is appraising, researching and doing inventory on the items.
Q&A: Franken, Letterman take on climate change
LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Letterman and Sen. Al Franken were both feeling frustrated about pessimism around the topic of climate change — so they got together to talk about it. Thankfully they invited some cameras along, too, with the help of Funny or Die and the Primetime Emmy Award-winning "Years of Living Dangerously."
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Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
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Not the kind of joke that was in Johnny’s repertoire
Remember when late-night TV used to be entertaining — and actually funny?
You used to be able to turn off the tube and go to bed with a smile on your face.
Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Joan Rivers, Jay Leno and early David Letterman, Arsenio Hall — they were entertainers, first and foremost.
Their main shtick was topical jokes, quips and silly sketches. Their material was PG with an innocent hint or wink of R now and then.
Teaching what everyone needs
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Do a little research on Eric Corty and you'll likely stumble across a 2008 study he conducted on the topic of sexual intercourse and how long it should last. Its publication found him besieged with interview requests from around the world and even some commentary from talk show host David Letterman.
Years later, he's still getting interview requests.