Late Show with David Letterman


'Late Show with David Letterman' Season 5 Episodes

Late Show with David Letterman S5E1
Episode 1  •  September 1st, 1997

Terry Bradshaw, Carmen Electra, Eddie Brill

Dave shows highlights from the annual Labor Day staff cookout on 53rd Street; Terry Bradshaw and stagehand Corky Ramirez both inexplicably break into song.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E2
Episode 2  •  September 2nd, 1997

Steven Seagal, Brittany Starr, Beck

Warren is caught watching tennis on TV; Dave harasses teen talk show host John Hall; Beck performs "Devil's Haircut."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E3
Episode 3  •  September 3rd, 1997

Joan Lunden, Chris Rock, Fiona Apple

Viewers at home receive the rare opportunity to see the new audience orientation tape (starring Leonard Tepper). Later, Fiona Apple performs "Criminal."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E4
Episode 4  •  September 4th, 1997

Geena Davis, Martha Stewart, Robert Carlyle

Late Show with David Letterman S5E5
Episode 5  •  September 5th, 1997

Kevin Kline, Jamie Foxx, Sugar Ray

On Warren's last night filling in for Paul, he receives a "Deputy of Comedy" badge. Later, Sugar Ray performs "Fly."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E6
Episode 6  •  September 8th, 1997

Danny DeVito, Patrick Rafter, Tim McGraw

Paul returns from filming "Blues Brothers 2000" with a shaved head. Meanwhile, Dave, Biff, Regis, Al Roker, and Bob Barker harass people in Central Park.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E7
Episode 7  •  September 9th, 1997

Salma Hayek, Joan Cusak, Louie Anderson

Dave calls the pay phone island outside so that an unsuspecting tourist could participate in a comedy skit. When nobody picks up a phone, Dave goes on the street and invites a guy from Vermont to perform a musical number with Tony Randall.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E8
Episode 8  •  September 10th, 1997

Noah Wylie, Damon Wayons, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot

Dave is so fascinated by Paul's shaved head (introduced last night) that he has to talk about it at the beginning of the show.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E9
Episode 9  •  September 11th, 1997

Andie MacDowell, Cynthia Cooper, Nanci Griffith & Darius Rucker

Paul writes a song for a trucker who participated in "Know Your Current Events," while Dave chats with WNBA MVP Cynthia Cooper.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E10
Episode 10  •  September 12th, 1997

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Starr Jones, Bee Gees

Dave chats with CBS star "Steve Urkel" (Gerard), while Star Jones plugs "The View."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E11
Episode 11  •  September 22nd, 1997

George Clooney, Bill Cosby

Dave listens to the philosophies of second-graders in "Dave Talks to Kids"; George Clooney promotes "The Peacemaker."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E12
Episode 12  •  September 23rd, 1997

Nicole Kidman, Gregory Hines, God's Property

Biff delivers a housewarming gift to a Hooters franchise that just opened, and they send back buffalo wings. Later, an NBC nurse tends to Nicole Kidman's cold.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E13
Episode 13  •  September 24th, 1997

Jennifer Lopez, Michael Lamonico, Bill Engvall

Dave discusses aerosol cheese with last minute guest Chef Michael Lomonaco who says, "It's great when you're driving, actually. You get a little squirt when you're driving."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E14
Episode 14  •  September 25th, 1997

Alec Baldwin, Jonathan Lipnicki, Deana Carter

Richard Simmons interupts "Know Your Current Events"; Drew Carey presents "Top Ten Signs You Work in a Bad Office"; 7-year-old Jonathan Lipnicki promotes his new sitcom, "Meego."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E15
Episode 15  •  September 26th, 1997

Kim Basinger, Ray Ramano, Jackson Browne

In a return to the popular theme nights of yore, the entire LATE SHOW audience consists of freshmen from NYU. During the show, Candice Bergen presents a special college-themed Top Ten list.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E16
Episode 16  •  September 29th, 1997

Fourth Anniversary Special

Dave shows some of his favorite remotes, segments, and comedy clips from the first four years of "The Late Show."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E17
Episode 17  •  September 29th, 1997

Fran Drescher, Ryan Tripp, Brooks & Dunn

Bob Borden finally gets to meet Jaleel "Urkel" White, while Paul composes a musical number about pastries that resemble celebrities.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E18
Episode 18  •  September 30th, 1997

Michael J. Fox, Sarah O'Hare, Patti Smith

Dave gives a local named Tom Worzall ten seconds of air time, then chats with Wonderbra model Sarah O'Hare.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E19
Episode 19  •  October 1st, 1997

Cameron Diaz, Adam Arkin, Veniamin

Cameron Diaz promotes "A Life Less Ordinary," while the famed contortionist Veniamin does a demonstration.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E20
Episode 20  •  October 2nd, 1997

Matt Lauer, Ryan Kurlander, Sheryl Crow

Dave comments on the Yankees playoff chances, then chats with new "Today" co-host Matt Lauer.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E21
Episode 21  •  October 3rd, 1997

Elle MacPherson, Jon Tenney, Elvis Costello & the Fairfield Four

Dave shows (bogus) NASA footage of Mir; the Dutch Mariachis sing "Happy Birthday" to Biff.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E22
Episode 22  •  October 6th, 1997

Dan Aykroyd, Jack Hanna, Boyz II Men

Dave and Paul visit the "International Hair Forum"; Dan Aykroyd promotes "Soul Man" and plays the harmonica.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E23
Episode 23  •  October 7th, 1997

Bryant Gumbel, Harland Williams, Everclear

Joe G. stars in the new crime drama "Joey Ventura," and clips from the show are scattered throughout the night; Dave gives Paul crap for bumping into a cameraman; Bryant Gumbel promotes his soon-to-debut news program.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E24
Episode 24  •  October 8th, 1997

John Lithgow, Christy Turlington, Foo Fighters

Dave watches leaves turn and nails dry, and an audience member's receives and smokes his first cigar.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E25
Episode 25  •  October 9th, 1997

James Belushi, Christina Ricci, Oasis

Throughout the night, Leonard plugs his new show, "Leonard Tepper's Hidden Video." Later, Jim Belushi promotes "Total Security."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E26
Episode 26  •  October 10th, 1997

Uma Thurman, Mark Wahlberg, Eddie Izzard

"Dr." Bill DeLace comments on seasonal allergies; Mark Wahlberg promotes "Boogie Nights."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E27
Episode 27  •  October 13th, 1997

David Duchovny, Emily Mae Young, Todd Barry

1997: Stagehand and accomplished thespian Kenny Sheehan is seen in clips from "The Today Show," "Guiding Light," "Cosby," "The People's Court," and "Spin City."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E28
Episode 28  •  October 14th, 1997

Tom Brokaw, Stevie Starr, Green Day

After Dave shows clips of past bunny antics, the Late Show presents "How Many Guys in Bunny Suits Can Get in the Times Square Disney Store?" The answer: Three. Later, Stevie Starr shows Dave the magic of forcing yourself to regurgitate.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E29
Episode 29  •  October 15th, 1997

Nathan Lane, Chalize Theron, Carly Simon

Paul introduces this year's National League champions, the Atlanta Braves, until Dave tells him that the Florida Marlins actually won. Later, Carly Simon and Jimmy Webb perform a duet.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E30
Episode 30  •  October 16th, 1997

Mike Wallace, Kelly Montieth, LL Cool J

Dave presents "The Story Behind the Story: The Rolling Stones," which looks at the dramatic and emotionally draining production of a "Behind the Music"-type show.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E31
Episode 31  •  October 17th, 1997

Robert Pastorelli, Harmony Korine, Smash Mouth

WCBS-TV presents a skit about a pancake that looks like Paul. Later, Robert Pastorelli promotes his new drama "Cracker."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E32
Episode 32  •  October 27th, 1997

Mariah Carey, Anthony Clark

Dave shows (bogus) footage of businessmen jumping out of windows on Wall Street; we take a look at "What Dave Did with the Extra Hour from Standard Time"; Mariah Carey sings "Butterfly."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E33
Episode 33  •  October 28th, 1997

Maria Martiromo, Penn & Teller, Amy Grant

Following yesterday's sell-off on Wall Street, Dave shows footage of deceased stockbrokers ascending back through windows after today's market recovery. Later, Penn and Teller perform a new trick.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E34
Episode 34  •  October 29th, 1997

Ellen Barkin, Bobby Bonilla, Angelo Massagli

Biff plays "Let's Scare the Crap Out of Rupert Jee," while Dave interviews Bobby Bonilla of the World Series Champion Florida Marlins.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E35
Episode 35  •  October 30th, 1997

Kid Scientists, David Hyde Pierce, Andy Greene

Lee Marek helps Dave out with a sextet of Kid Scientists.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E36
Episode 36  •  October 31st, 1997

Stupid Human Tricks, Naomi Campbell, Bobby Brown

In honor of the new movie "Boogie Nights," Dave shows bogus clips of Paul and Nadine Hennelly in 70's-era porno films. Meanwhile, Tony impresses Dave with his clown costume.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E37
Episode 37  •  November 3rd, 1997

John Travolta, Cybill Shepard, Kuznetsov Troupe

Dave shows a picture of production associate Tara Callahan, who ran in the New York Marathon; John Travolta plugs Face-Off; Martin Short appears for exactly thirty seconds.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E38
Episode 38  •  November 4th, 1997

Danny Aiello, Helena Bonham Carter, Mandy & Dora Lee Patinkin

1997: We go to Joe G.'s in search of a political candidate, and we find an unsuspecting patron named Lee Holt. Later in the show, Lee becomes the subject of a hastily-produced attack ad.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E39
Episode 39  •  November 5th, 1997

Sarah Ferguson, Kelly McGillis, Leann Rimes

Dave, Paul, Alan, Calvert, and Anton (as "Buddy") star in "Late Show: The Movie." Also, Rudy Guiliani (poorly) disguises himself as a audience member in the latest edition of "Who Asked For It?"

Late Show with David Letterman S5E40
Episode 40  •  November 6th, 1997

Harry Connick Jr., Pamela Lee

Dave shows a fake ad for a PBS documentary about the band KISS. Later, a lady in the audience who Dave accidentally threw a blue card near is now wearing a cervical collar.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E41
Episode 41  •  November 7th, 1997

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Heather Matarazzo, B.B. King & Tracy Chapman

Casey Kasem introduces the "Late Show Chair of Mystery." Also, BB King and Tracy Chapman perform a soulful duet.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E42
Episode 42  •  November 10th, 1997

Wesley Snipes, Naomi Judd, Martina Hingis

"Master Mentalist" Pat Farmer does a demonstration on Kenny Sheehan; singer-restaurateur Naomi Judd cooks a family recipe for Dave.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E43
Episode 43  •  November 11th, 1997

Claire Danes, Michelle Kwan, Lorrie Morgan

Dave makes a bad phone call for an audience member, then comments on Marv Albert's legal troubles.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E44
Episode 44  •  November 12th, 1997

Marv Albert, Daniel Scribner & Tylin Hall, John Fogerty

The greatest six minutes in Late Show history: When the Top Ten card is missing, Dave runs out of the theater, is hit by a cab, runs into Al Roker, and goes into Flashdancers and takes the card off one of the strippers. Shortly afterwards, Paul, missing his sheet music for the Top Ten, runs out of the theater, is hit by a tour bus, runs into Regis Philbin, and goes into the NY Stock Exchange, where he finds his sheet music on the floor. Just as Dave begins the Top Ten, Biff is missing his headset, so he runs out of the theater, is hit by a police horse, runs into Gavin MacLeod, and goes into a Burger King to grab a headset off a sales clerk. When he finally returns, there is no time left for the Top Ten.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E45
Episode 45  •  November 13th, 1997

Bill Murray, Alison Eastwood, Matchbox 20

Live from the Edwards Air Force Base, Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton race to earn the title of "World's Fastest Movie Star." Also, Bill Murray plugs "The Man Who Knew Too Little."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E46
Episode 46  •  November 14th, 1997

Don Rickles, Heather Graham, Lou Reed

During Mailbag, Gerard performs a Broadway-style number about the possibility of him getting fired. Also, Heather Graham plugs "Boogie Nights."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E47
Episode 47  •  November 17th, 1997

Richard Simmons, Venus Williams, Wynonna

Dave plugs the new CD "Live on Letterman," then goes door-to-door offering to rake leaves.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E48
Episode 48  •  November 18th, 1997

Tom Arnold, Kordell Stewart, Elvis Costello

It's another "Quarterback Challenge" as Pittsburgh Steelers field general Kordell Stewart and Dave aim footballs at a water tower across the street from the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E49
Episode 49  •  November 19th, 1997

Sigourney Weaver, David Brenner, Trischa Yearwood

Dave (supposedly) calls the Butterball Turkey Handling Hotline, while two mailmen (Leonard and Gerard) present a U.S. Post Office-sanctioned message about on-the-job safety.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E50
Episode 50  •  November 20th, 1997

Danny DeVito, Sarah Michelle Gellar

Tony Mendez interrupts Dave, pointing out that he's missing a cue card. It turns out it was with Tony Randall all along.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E51
Episode 51  •  November 21st, 1997

Kirstie Alley, Luke Perry, Shengyang Acrobats

Dave shows a (bogus) ad for a Clinton phone sex hotline, while Kirstie Alley plugs "Veronica's Closet."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E52
Episode 52  •  November 24th, 1997

John Cusak, Natalie Portman, Stomp with Bill Irwin

Paul leaves the show to hosts his own spinoff chatfest; comedian Bill Irwin; the cast of "Stomp" performs.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E53
Episode 53  •  November 25th, 1997

Kids Tell Jokes, Marisa Tomei, James Taylor

Dave brings in cab driver Carlos Andrede, who becomes the master of ceremonies in the hastily-produced "Carlos Andrede Thanksgiving Day Parade," featuring performances from Miss New York 1998 and the Rutgers University Marching Band.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E54
Episode 54  •  November 26th, 1997

Stupid Pet Tricks, Anthony Edwards, Joost Elffers

A high school marching band from Memphis storms through the audience after "Know Your Current Events."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E55
Episode 55  •  November 27th, 1997

Kevin Spacey, Art Donovan, Wallflowers

It's time for another call to Dave's mom to play "Guess the Pies"; tonight, she's baked coconut butterscotch pecan pie and cherry pie as well as a sculpted head of Dave made of stuffing. Also, George Clarke starts singing to the new live CD.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E56
Episode 56  •  November 28th, 1997

Jon Stewart, John Witherspoon, Days of the New

During Mailbag, Dave bags groceries. Also, in spoof of those high-related FOX specials, Dave and Paul reveal one of the magician's secrets.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E57
Episode 57  •  December 8th, 1997

Courteney Cox, Peyton Manning, Shania Twain

Grover Washington, Jr. sits in; Dave shows a Sing and Snore Ernie that he bought yesterday, and it's head tragically comes off with blood gushing out; Dave and Heisman Trophy candidate Peyton Manning go one-on-one in the latest Late Show QB Challenge.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E58
Episode 58  •  December 9th, 1997

Helen Hunt, Terrell Davis, Chumbawamba

Late Show with David Letterman S5E59
Episode 59  •  December 10th, 1997

Sir Anthony Hopkins, Eric Lindros, Enya

Late Show with David Letterman S5E60
Episode 60  •  December 11th, 1997

Nathan Lane, Hazelle Goodman, Mitch Fatel

The outside cam reveals Buddy (Bill Clinton's dog) trying to get inside Hooters. Also, Nathan Lane sings a brief song about Hanukkah.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E61
Episode 61  •  December 12th, 1997

Alex D Linz, Jerry O'Connell, Bryan Adams

During Mailbag, Dave and Paul give birth to septuplets. Also, child actor Alex D. Linz plugs "Home Alone 3."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E62
Episode 62  •  December 15th, 1997

Kevin Costner, Tyra Banks, Nina & Nickolai

Dave and Tony go to Giants Stadium so Tony can be a kicker, with a little help from Giants coach Jim Fassel, plus kickers Brad Daluiso and Danny Kanell; a man claiming to be the new president of Iran promotes the "Live on Letterman" CD; Tyra Banks shows Dave her $3 million bra.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E63
Episode 63  •  December 16th, 1997

Pam Grier, Tom Everett Scott, James Brown

A plastic Statue of Liberty, a giant meatball, and a pile of bagels are placed on top of the Late Show Christmas Tree. Later in the show, a preacher in the audience puts sauce on the meatball.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E64
Episode 64  •  December 17th, 1997

Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou, Ben Folds Five

Dave annoys Paul with his impersonation of John Wayne speaking French: "Bonjour, mon ami."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E65
Episode 65  •  December 18th, 1997

Leslie Nelson, Michelle Yeoh, Hanson

Dave shows a (bogus) clip of him as a 50's-era child actor, while Biff receives Foster's Lager ® from an Australian audience member.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E66
Episode 66  •  December 19th, 1997

Pierce Brosnan, Lou Holtz

"James Bond" (Tom Manino) comes up from the audience at Dave's insistance. Later in the show, Pierce Bronson and his doppleganger go one-on-one. Also, Paul wears his christmas present from Dave: a Jerry Springer-style wig.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E67
Episode 67  •  December 22nd, 1997

Joan Lunden, Angelo Massaglini, G. Love with Special Sauce & Dr. John

In honor of the week's top-grossing film, Titanic, the stage floods with water. Also, Rupert introduces "Rudolph, the Littlest Reindeer."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E68
Episode 68  •  December 23rd, 1997

Terry Bradshaw, Billy Zane, Darlene Love

It's "Holiday Tradition Night" on the Late Show: Another Darlene Love/Bette Sussman performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," along with another Paul Shaffer impression of Cher's "O Holy Night," not to mention another Late Show QB Challenge with Jay Thomas. Also, Biff goes to Queens to look for Santa.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E69
Episode 69  •  December 26th, 1997

Quentin Tarantino, Anne Heche, Kenny Wayne Shepard Band

During Mailbag, "The Biff Henderson Celebrity Telephone Interview" interrogates a man claiming to be Dick Clark. Later in the show, during Dave's interview with Anne Heche, Ellen Degeneres walks onstage with "their" baby (actually Michelle O'Callaghan's).

Late Show with David Letterman S5E70
Episode 70  •  December 29th, 1997

Bridget Fonda, Matt Damon, Allan Harvey

David Sanborn sits in; Ms. Markey's kindergarten kids in Bowie, MD each write an essay titled "If I Could Have One Wish"; Bridget Fonda promotes "Jackie Brown."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E71
Episode 71  •  December 30th, 1997

Marilu Henner, Leila Kenzle, George Miller

Dave talks about his plans for New Year's.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E72
Episode 72  •  January 5th, 1998

Samuel L. Jackson, Howie Long, Louie C.K.

Like he does every year, Dave regales us with another one of his far-fetched New Year's stories. After Leon Pendarvis brings him down to earth, Dave confesses that he and Biff celebrated by photocopying their face at Kinko's.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E73
Episode 73  •  January 6th, 1998

Tom Brokaw, Tobey Maquire, Fiona Apple

Leon's still here; a customer from Joe G's stars in the quickie movie "Titanic: Death Boat ‘98"; the outside-cam reveals radioactive steam coming out of the Chrysler Building.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E74
Episode 74  •  January 7th, 1998

Norm MacDonald, Peta Wilson, Streb

Recently deposed "Weekend Update" anchorman Norm MacDonald vents his anger to Dave; daredevil dance group Streb performs.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E75
Episode 75  •  January 8th, 1998

Minnie Driver, Paul Simon, Cast of The Capeman

Marc Anthony and the Broadway cast members perform a song from Paul Simon's new musical "The Capeman."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E76
Episode 76  •  January 9th, 1998

Penelope Ann Miller, Terry Pledger, Collective Soul

CBS Mailbag: Chris Schmitt of Ottawa, Kansas asks why Biff has a scowl on his face. Biff comes onstage as a lobster is hooked on his backside. Later, Dave explains the formula for comedy success: "Lobster + Ass = Funny!"

Late Show with David Letterman S5E77
Episode 77  •  January 12th, 1998

Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham

Mick Fleetwood sits in, and later he plays drums for tonight's musical guests, fellow Fleetwood Mac members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E78
Episode 78  •  January 13th, 1998

Bill Pullman, Jim Breuer, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham

Mick Fleetwood sits in again, now joined by pianist Allen Toussaint. Also, tonight's "May We See Your Photos, Please?" is a surprising disappointment, as there was only one customer, and he was dropping off a roll of film.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E79
Episode 79  •  January 14th, 1998

Peter O'Toole, Martin Scorcese

"Dave Sucks" is spray-painted onto the World Trade Center, while "The Masked Magician" (Pat Farmer) performs a dangerous trick on Kenny Sheehan.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E80
Episode 80  •  January 15th, 1998

Kenneth Branagh, Spice Girls, Jim Nantz

Biff has hot towels for the audience, while the Spice Girls perform "Stop."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E81
Episode 81  •  January 16th, 1998

Ben Stiller, Sandra Bernhard, Jars of Clay

Mailbag: Biff stars in the Swedish sitcom knockoff "Mjørk and Minde." Also, famed session keyboardist Chuck Leavell sits in.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E82
Episode 82  •  January 26th, 1998

Michael Isikoff, Sarah Ferguson

Dave finds three girls in the audience that have never slept with President Clinton; Bob Borden covers the Super Bowl, so Dave implies that Sparky Mortimer can actually get some studying done this year; for one night only, the Top Ten Office moves to Worchester, Pennsylvania; Dave chats with the Newsweek reporter that broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E83
Episode 83  •  January 27th, 1998

Robert Duvall, Kennedy, Emmylou Harris

Dave brings out his top intern Duane, who might be a Chippendale dancer on the side. Also, Dave complains about Late Show knockoffs and shows as an example "The Simon Harvey Show" from Australia. The host: Tony Randall.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E84
Episode 84  •  January 28th, 1998

Michael Keaton, Brian Williams, Blues Traveller

John Popper sits in; Dave does the first of his many all-Clinton monologues.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E85
Episode 85  •  January 29th, 1998

David Spade, Justin Miller, Jeff Garlin

Ruth Brown sits in, while Dave makes crepes with child cooking prodigy Justin Miller.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E86
Episode 86  •  January 30th, 1998

Ethan Hawke, Merrill Markoe

Paul performs a song promoting Tom Selleck's appearance next week, while Dave and Merrill Markoe pretend to flirt.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E87
Episode 87  •  February 2nd, 1998

Tom Arnold, Steve Forbes, Jake Johannsen

Throughout the week, guitarist Mike Campbell fills in for Felicia, who has the flu; Dave mentions that yesterday was the sixteenth anniversary of the debut of Late Night; Tom Arnold promotes his struggling, self-titled WB sitcom.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E88
Episode 88  •  February 3rd, 1998

John Goodman, Mitch Hedberg, Jeff Gordon

Anton introduced as Prince Randusi of Senegal; Mike Campbell is still here; ten interns present the Top Ten; John Goodman shows a clip of him jumping into a fountain pool.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E89
Episode 89  •  February 4th, 1998

Dan Akroyd, Naomi Campbell, Duncan Sheik

Dan Aykroyd promotes Blues Brothers 2000, which, might I add, co-stars Paul Shaffer. Also, Duncan Sheik performs "Everyone, Everywhere."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E90
Episode 90  •  February 5th, 1998

Dan Rather, Honeymoon the pig, Cast of Ragtime

Dave chats Pam Amba and "Honeymoon," the pig that saved her life.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E91
Episode 91  •  February 6th, 1998

Drew Barrymore, Shania Twain

It's the opening of the Winter Olympics, so Dave announces miniature Ski-Jumping Dogs in the backdrop. Also, live via satellite, Dave chats with his mom in Nagano, Japan.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E92
Episode 92  •  February 9th, 1998

Richard Simmons, John Elway

Throughout the night, ski-jumping dogs perform in the backdrop; Felicia returns; Dorothy Letterman makes her first report from Nagano.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E93
Episode 93  •  February 10th, 1998

Bill Cosby, Blues Brothers

Remote: Dave goes door-to-door in New Jersey again, this time to ask about the Winter Olympics. Also, to promote their new film, the reunited Blues Brothers Band (including Paul, Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, and a twelve-year-old boy) perform "Sweet Home Chicago."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E94
Episode 94  •  February 11th, 1998

Stupid Human Tricks, Cindy Crawford, Jonny Moseley

Jonny "Big Air" Moseley, Gold-medal winner for Mogul Skiing, shows off the large pieces of whitebread being served to the American Olympians.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E95
Episode 95  •  February 12th, 1998

Adam Sandler, Jack Hanna

While playing "Know Your Current Events," a soon-to-be unemployed stewardess for United Airlines tells Dave, "Passengers are our worst enemy." Also, ten US Olympic hockey players present the Top Ten, while Dorothy interviews Kristi Yamaguchi, Jim Nantz, and K. C. Boutiette.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E96
Episode 96  •  February 13th, 1998

Bruce Willis, LeAnn Rimes & Bryan White

Live via satellite, it's Dave's mom at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, where she introduces a skiing monkey. She also presents the Top Ten.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E97
Episode 97  •  February 16th, 1998

Heather Locklear, Tom Selleck

Live via satellite in Nagano, Japan: Dorothy's feeling under the weather, Biff and his wife Carolyn chat with Winter Olympic athletes. Also, Tony shows us a cue card supposedly burned in an office fire that weekend, while Dale Earnhardt, Sr. presents the Top Ten.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E98
Episode 98  •  February 17th, 1998

Mike Myers, Paula Cole

Mike Myers chats with (live via satellite) his mother, while Dorothy interrogates Picabo Street.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E99
Episode 99  •  February 18th, 1998

Nathan Lane, Bingo Granny

Regis, Paul, Mujibur and Sirajul help Dave learn how to skate a la Kristi Yamiguchi, while Dave and Jerry Foley observe and interview "Future Olympic Hopefuls."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E100
Episode 100  •  February 19th, 1998

Bob Dole, Marilyn Manson

Almost halfway into the show, Dave suddenly leaves and gets into a cab that drives to Mexico, then San Francisco. Dave then boats across the Pacific, stops in Japan and sweeps the ice during an Olympic Curling competition in Nagano. Also in Nagano, Dorothy stumbles upon Bob Dole, while Biff searches for celebrity look-alikes.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E101
Episode 101  •  February 20th, 1998

Stupid Pet Tricks, Jonny Moseley

In "Day in New York City with Olympic Judges," the one female judge gives Dave's performance in bed a 2.8; during Stupid Pet Tricks, Biff demonstrates a trick he learned in Nagano; throughout the night, Jonny Moseley ski-jumps outside the theater on 53rd Street.

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Episode 102  •  February 23rd, 1998

Jeff Bridges, Nikki Stone, John Fogerty

Paul Newman drops by to annoy Dave; outtakes from last week's "Olympic Hopefuls" piece are shown; Dave persuades a less-than-homesick Dorothy to go back to Indianapolis.

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Episode 103  •  February 24th, 1998

Kelsey Grammer, Sarah Tueting & Cammi Granato, Sarah McLachlan

Dave points out that Rob Burnett made a cameo on last night's episode of Cosby; the editors of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue reveal that most of the photo shoot was done at the White House; Dave chats with Cammi Granato and Sarah Tueting of the gold medal-winning US women's hockey team.

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Episode 104  •  February 25th, 1998

Susan Sarandon, Eric Bergoust, Aretha Franklin

David "Fathead" Newman sits in on sax; Bob Borden reports from the Grammys; Dave shows an ad for "Saddam's Beret Bazaar."

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Episode 105  •  February 26th, 1998

David Schwimmer, Chris Witty, Shawn Colvin

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Episode 106  •  February 27th, 1998

Kate Winslet, Tara Lipinski, Ray Romano

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Episode 107  •  March 2nd, 1998

Patrick Stewart, Frank Urbancic, Joan Cusak

As usual, Dave cheats in his annual competition with the World Grocery Bagging Champion. This years' sucker: Frank Urbancic. Also, Dave shows a (bogus) clip of President Clinton skiing, then shows a preview of the upcoming CBS special "Pat Farmer: Master Escape Artist" (co-starring Kenny Sheehan).

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Episode 108  •  March 3rd, 1998

Kid Scientists, Gabriel Byrne, Richie Sambora

In the latest "Kid Scientists" segment, Lee Marek and his prodigies demonstrate the concept of heat. Also, Richie Sambora performs "All That Really Matters."

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Episode 109  •  March 4th, 1998

Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Fonda, Loreena McKennitt

Biff's latest celebrity interview involves a fat, bald guy claiming to be Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Episode 110  •  March 5th, 1998

Siskel & Ebert, Karl Malone, Mark Chesnutt

Gerard hosts "The Making of the Top Ten," a short documentary that reveals more about the writers' animosity towards Dave than the comedy bit that's being profiled. Also, Mark Chesnutt sings "Useless."

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Episode 111  •  March 6th, 1998

Norm MacDonald, Richie Stachowski

Mailbag: Dave and his bodyguard (Bill DeLace) have a falling out. Also, Dave chats with 12-year-old inventor/entrepreneur Richie Stachowski, creator of Water Talkies.

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Episode 112  •  March 16th, 1998

Emma Thompson, Alex Zanardi, Willie Nelson & Emmylou Harris

Dave wears glasses for the duration of the show (a sign of things to come); Sean Pelton fills in for Anton, whom Dave dubs "Anton Zippy Stickwork;" Wilford Brimley sits in "Paul Shaffer's Chair of Mystery;" Formula One racing star Alex Zanardi cooks.

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Episode 113  •  March 17th, 1998

John Travolta, Jack Johnson, The Chieftains

It looks at first like the studio is being filled with green beer, but it turns out that one of the camera lenses have been tinted; "Leonardo DiCaprio" (Gerard) gloats over his newfound stardom; Dave chats with child actor Jack Johnson.

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Episode 114  •  March 18th, 1998

Bill Murray, Eddie Izzard, Gheorge Meuresun

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Episode 115  •  March 24th, 1998

Dennis Hopper, Robert Klein, Patricia Heaton

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Episode 116  •  March 25th, 1998

Charles Grodin, Edward Burns, Marcy Playground

Dave shows a (bogus) ad for British Airways that is bursting with disclaimers; Laurie Diamond milks a cow backstage; another edition of "Please Stop Calling Me Chief" provides entertainment only to Dave; Charles Grodin acts remarkably hostile during his interview.

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Episode 117  •  March 26th, 1998

Dolly Parton, Bob Hoskins

Biff hangs with the New York Yankees during Spring Training, while everybody in the audience gets free tickets to fly on British Airways.

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Episode 118  •  March 27th, 1998

Al Franken, Lauren Holly, Ani DiFranco

Paul is introduced as "Ramone Conde"; Dave introduces Mishi, the world record holder for smallest man alive, and later Mishi holds a kitty to demonstrate his miniscule size on camera; Helen Hunt (live via satellite) presents the Top Ten.

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Episode 119  •  March 30th, 1998

Evander Holyfield, Joseph Loveland, Michael Moore

Paul is introduced as Al Roker; throughout the night, Pat Farmer throws basketballs from the roof and into a bathtub on 53rd Street; Dave complains that the balls are "fruity"; Dave chats with a man who found $70,000 in a garbage can, then returned it to its rightful owner.

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Episode 120  •  March 31st, 1998

Don Rickles, Mimi Rogers, Steve Miller

Biff reports on Yankees Spring Training, where he follows/stalks Paul O'Neill. Also, Steve Miller performs "Fly Like An Eagle."

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Episode 121  •  April 1st, 1998

Alec Baldwin, Heather Graham, Barenaked Ladies

Paul is introduced as Cubby O'Brien; Heather Graham meets The Guy on Fire; Alec Baldwin helps Heather in a weird April Fool's gag in which they sign off and wish everybody a good night a la Saturday Night Live.

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Episode 122  •  April 2nd, 1998

Tom Brokaw, Ice Cube, Natalie Imbruglia

Bruce Willis is live via satellite in Idaho from the set of his upcoming film "Breakfast of Champions." All night long he's inside a television monitor that bungee jumps off the roof, then gets dropped onto glass, a bathtub of pudding, and finally gets smashed from six stories onto the street. Also, Tom Brokaw gets annoyed by Dave and in mid-interview walks right back to 30 Rockefeller Center.

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Episode 123  •  April 3rd, 1998

Tom Hanks, Matt Medenweldt, Scott Weiland

Tom Hanks interrupts the monologue because he and Dave are dressed alike; throughout the night, spelling bee champ Edmund Gillette stands next to Rob's desk and spells words; during Mailbag, Alan Kalter reacts badly to a letter asking if he's a freak by visiting the letter-writer (Jay Johnson) and punching in his face; Tom gets a new suit.

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Episode 124  •  April 6th, 1998

Matt LeBlanc, Natasha Henstridge, The Lynns

Dave appears in student films as a side income, while Bob Borden runs throughout the city searching for Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Episode 125  •  April 7th, 1998

Quentin Tarantino, Steven Weber, Clint Black

Clint Black sits in; Dave comments on the hot new drug Viagra, then shows a bogus ad for The Teletubbies.

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Episode 126  •  April 8th, 1998

James Belushi, Lacey Chabert, Robbie Robertson

Throughout the night, Bob Borden tries to set off car alarms directly outside the theater; Dave announces that The Guy on Fire is willing to perform for $2700 a pop, though the guy will come out sans flames for only $700; Jim Belushi attempts singing a old Perry Como song.

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Episode 127  •  April 9th, 1998

Val Kilmer, Jimmie Walker, cast of Cabaret

After mentioning a minor disagreement from earlier today, Dave announces his "blood feud" with director Jerry Foley; Mujibur and Sirajul appear on Jerry Springer, and no one's surprise, beat the crap out of each other; Dave starts ostracizing all the people who support Jerry in the ongoing squabble; Alan Cumming and the cast of the Broadway revival of Caberet perform the opening number.

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Episode 128  •  April 10th, 1998

Billy Crystal, Hatty Jones, Tori Amos

During CBS Mailbag, a viewer asks if Dave has any plans to air his show from the space shuttle. Somehow as a response, astronaut Buzz Aldrin is seen hitting golfballs on the theatre roof.

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Episode 129  •  April 20th, 1998

Gwyneth Paltrow, Harmony Korine, Wyclef Jean

Dave announces the birth of Jerry Foley's son; after showing footage from last year of Rob Burnett unwittingly scaring his young daughter in a Easter Bunny suit, he tries on a different outfit with more or less the same results; Harmony Korine almost says something coherent while being interviewed about his new book, which he wouldn't particularly recommend, so Dave tells him to go back to his hotel and take a shower.

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Episode 130  •  April 21st, 1998

Claire Danes, George Miller, Matthew Ryan

The Guy Not on Fire announces that he is now available for commercials and endorsements, and later in the show he is seen in an ad for Sizzler. Also, Danny DeVito comes out onstage twice to protest Dave's jokes about him being a car hood ornament.

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Episode 131  •  April 22nd, 1998

Jason Alexander, Isabella Rossellini, Steve Earle

The Guy Not on Fire appears in his first paid ad (for Elite Computers); a chat with Jason Alexander is interrupted by another inane special report by Alan Richardson; Steve Earle and the Dukes perform "I Still Carry You Around."

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Episode 132  •  April 23rd, 1998

Ricki Lake, Vaughn Cordle, Rita Wilson

"Know Your Current Events" is interrupted so that The Man Not on Fire can pitch the Biore® self-heating mask. Later in the show, Dave admits that he's on a guilt trip for bumping an audience member for the shameless plug.

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Episode 133  •  April 24th, 1998

Jennifer Aniston, Jerry Springer, Al Green

Amongst the festivities of "Chicago Night": Jerry Springer's bouncers stand on opposite sides of the stage; The Man Not on Fire appears in an ad for Gold Coast Drugs; the Top Ten home office is temporarily moved to nearby Schaumberg, Illinois; local blues singer (and frequent guest) Taj Mahal presents the Top Ten; Bob Borden goes on a frantic pursuit through the Windy City attempting to get an interview with Oprah.

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Episode 134  •  April 27th, 1998

Marisa Tomei, Ryan Leaf, Alana Davis

Dave persuades an audience member named Gary to shave off his beard; The man who was on fire, then wasn't and is now on fire again promotes Kraus Chiropractic in Iowa; Gary orders a sandwich at Hello Deli; Dave and recent NFL draft pick Ryan Leaf throw footballs at a manhole.

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Episode 135  •  April 28th, 1998

Jack Hanna, Ray Allen, Dave Matthews Band

Willie "Blue Moon" Watts sits in on pedal guitar; Dave announces that there have been some technical difficulties they may prevent Johnny Depp from appearing on the 1000th show later in the week; The Man on Fire sings the praises of Feline Pine kitty litter.

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Episode 136  •  April 29th, 1998

Patrick Swayze, Hugh Hefner

The latest roll call suggests that The Guy on Fire has officially sold out when he runs across the stage (in flames, of course) holding a sign for Highland Metals, Inc.

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Episode 137  •  April 30th, 1998

Gena Lee Nolan, Mark Wahlberg, Brian Regan

A monkey assumes power in the control room, while the Top Ten is interrupted by Antoine's Po' Boys and Deli spokesperson The Man on Fire.

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Episode 138  •  May 1st, 1998

Stupid Human Tricks, Norm MacDonald, Pearl Jam

Tonight's "Stupid Human Tricks": Richard Anthony of Ontario reaches back over his shoulder and gives himself a wedgie; John Rites of Nebraska fits three McDonald's burgers into his mouth; and Mike Garcia and Craig Love of Milwaukee do an impression of a helicopter as one spins on the other's head; Gene Siskel makes his first public appearance since undergoing brain surgery that April; Dave announces Johnny Depp cancelled due to the technical difficulties from earlier in the week, and Paul goes on a tirade about it.

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Episode 139  •  May 4th, 1998

Elle MacPherson, Jon Favreau, Usher

Maynard Ferguson sits in again; Paul runs the Kentucky Derby; Dave shows a microphone plaque he got from the staff.

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Episode 140  •  May 5th, 1998

Donald Trump, Jayson Williams, Cast of Home Coming, Trisha Yearwood

The cast of the faux musical "Homecoming" performs a show-stopping number. Also, Trisha Yearwood performs "Never Let You Go Again."

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Episode 141  •  May 6th, 1998

Sally Field, Philip Bigler, Lyle Lovett

Biff tries out tobacco juice spin art; Dave shows a clip from last night's show in which he mixed up "Viagra" with "Niagara"; Biff teaches Sally Field how to spit tobacco juice.

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Episode 142  •  May 7th, 1998

Matt Lauer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Green Day

Dave promotes his new talk show summer camp, while Green Day performs "King for a Day."

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Episode 143  •  May 8th, 1998

Marilu Henner, Jim Lovell

Biff goes to Texas to learn to be a cowboy, and to make tonight's audience (residents of Houston) feel more at home, Lyle Lovett shows up to sing an old Hank Williams song, with Biff riding his horse onstage.

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Episode 144  •  May 11th, 1998

Fran Drescher, Bob Berman, Faith Hill

Dave visits a group of sailors on the audience, and one of them does a push-up onstage; Dave shows the audience today's (bogus) edition of The Family Circus; Faith Hill performs "This Kiss."

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Episode 145  •  May 12th, 1998

Christopher Reeve, Hanson

Dave shows another bogus "Family Circus" cartoon; Paul is discovered cheering on Hanson with a small army of teenyboppers outside.

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Episode 146  •  May 13th, 1998

Warren Beatty, Wayne Knight, Bonnie Raitt

Dave notices the standby audience really has nothing to do, so makes them do a jigsaw puzzle. When they finish it at the end of the show, we see that it's an image of Al Chez.

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Episode 147  •  May 14th, 1998

Jim Breuer, Tara Lipinski, Foo Fighters

Dave gripes about the eight-minute late start for the show tonight due to golf coverage. Rapidly becoming despondent, he picks up a bottle of tequila and tosses back a few at the desk. Also, Dave mentions that the CBS program Diagnosis Murder had the unfortunate distinction of airing a brand new episode up against the Seinfeld finale, and shows a clip that proves that they were phoning it in.

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Episode 148  •  May 15th, 1998

Richard Simmons, Beau Jaques and the Zydeco Highrollers

Continuing a sweeps period trend of having the audience represent a different city, Dave greets 700+ residents of New Orleans, Louisiana. Keeping up with the theme, Mayor Mark Morial presents Paul with a key to the city, Na'lens native John Goodman presents the Top Ten, and Biff visits Bourbon Street.

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Episode 149  •  May 18th, 1998

Matthew Broderick, David Wells, Natalie Merchant

The outside cam peers through the window of Dave's office to show the world a very hideous billboard promoting the sitcom Friends. Matthew Perry drops by to vandalize the advertisement.

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Episode 150  •  May 19th, 1998

Sandra Bullock, Jeff Foxworthy, Cast of One Small Step

The outside cam returns to the Friends ad that Matthew Perry wrecked last night, and Dave explains why he shouldn't be sued; Rob Burnett draws another doodle of Dave's lawyers; the Top Ten list is interrupted by the office manager in Wahoo, Nebraska (voice of Charles Grodin).

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Episode 151  •  May 20th, 1998

Drew Carey, Scarlett Johannson, Soul Asylum

Biff reports from a Bulls-Pacers playoff game; teen actress Scarlett Johansson promotes The Horse Whisperer; Rob Burnett is dressed to the nines tonight, so Dave asks him to host the last twenty minutes of the show.

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Episode 152  •  May 21st, 1998

Ted Danson, Mae Whitman, The Flatlanders

A hairstylist that appeared in tonight's "Know Your Current Events" cuts Dave's hair for twenty bucks. He later gives her a $1000 tip.

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Episode 153  •  May 22nd, 1998

Harry Connick, Jr., Hank Azaria

A parody of VH-1's "Behind the Music" features Paul Shaffer's rise and fall and rise again, with testimonials from Kris Kristofferson, Eddie Vedder, Sting, Erik Estrada (who replaced Paul as bandleader), Lou Reed, and WCBS-TV's local news anchor Dana Tyler (see recap).

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Episode 154  •  June 1st, 1998

John Goodman, Esther Canadas, Sarah McLachlan

Dave updates his map of the various locales in which he has received speeding tickets; Dave mentions that the son of Dave Dorsett was selected in today's MLB draft; Biff promotes his new culinary program "Cookin' Naked with Biff"; Art Garfunkel shoots free throws, and then goes one-on-one with a lookalike staffer named Gary.

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Episode 155  •  June 2nd, 1998

Norm MacDonald, Jacques Villeneuve, Randy Travis

All night long, animals lick the camera lens. Included are a pot-bellied pig, lemur, a skunk, a miniature horse, and a guy dressed as a cat (Film Coordinator Rick "Shecky" Scheckman). Also, Dave announces his new catchphrase: "Holy crap!"

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Episode 156  •  June 3rd, 1998

Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Bradley, Chase Butrell

Sarah Jessica Parker promotes her new HBO comedy Sex and the City, while "Paul Shaffer's Chair of Mystery" reveals the uglier side of Julia Roberts (played by Kenny Rogers).

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Episode 157  •  June 4th, 1998

Evander Holyfield, Laura Linney, Fastball

After being bumped the last two nights, Late Show intern Jeremy Weiner finally gets his moment in the sun in "Dave Hangs with Interns," a segment that lasts around five seconds.

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Episode 158  •  June 5th, 1998

George Carlin, Bob Saget, Emmylou Harris, Indigo Girls, Luscious Jackson, Rebekah

Live via satellite at the Beverly Hills Hotel in sunny Southern California, Walter Matthau gets a haircut. Also, Luscious Jackson, Emmylou Harris, and the Indigo Girls perfrom together to promote Lilith Fair '98.

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Episode 159  •  June 8th, 1998

Whoopi Goldberg, Janeane Garofalo

Tonight's remote: Delivery guys deliver stuff to Dave's "apartment" in Flushing Meadows; items include a tree, a clown, beer, a sofa, a TV, and a singing telegram.

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Episode 160  •  June 9th, 1998

Bill Cosby, Andy Dick

Dave tries to call Merv Griffin, but ends up chatting with his clueless receptionist; Dave shows a subpoena caddy he claims Martha Stewart made for President Clinton; Bill Cosby performs stand-up in a chair.

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Episode 161  •  June 10th, 1998

Bob Newhart, Nicole Sullivan, Wendy Liebman

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Episode 162  •  June 11th, 1998

Harrison Ford, Dane Cook

A Starbucks is opened inside the band section, while actor-comedian Dane Cook makes his television stand-up debut.

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Episode 163  •  June 12th, 1998

Charles Grodin, Paul Rodriguez

Dave obsesses over some new words in the Merriam Webster Dictionary, and then reads definitions from an advance copy to the audience.

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Episode 164  •  June 15th, 1998

Naomi Campbell, Luke Buchheit, Sinead O'Connor

Live from the Beverly Hills Hilton, Casey Kasem arm wrestles bellhops; Dave and Tony look for the best steak restaurant in NYC; Dave chats with a boy from Jersey who had seven prom dates.

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Episode 165  •  June 16th, 1998

David Duchovny, Stevie Nicks

The outside cam reveals the long line of people waiting with anticipation to see the next "Charts and Graphs" segment on June 30. Also, Dave is started to find that tonight's Top Ten has no title, but counts down anyway.

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Episode 166  •  June 17th, 1998

Ellen Barkin, Jeff Altman, Sonic Youth

An audience member walks out in disgust when Dave reminds everyone that the next "Charts & Graphs" segment in not for another two weeks. Also, Tony forgets a cue card and Dave gives him considerable grief.

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Episode 167  •  June 18th, 1998

Sam Donaldson, Gloria Reuben, Babyface & Des'ree

Dave promotes the overhauled Late Show site, while Tony Randall brags about having a baby (his second) at age 78 with his own Top Ten list.

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Episode 168  •  June 19th, 1998

Anthony Edwards, George Miller, Sean Lennon

Overexcited soccer commentator Andres Cantor presents the Top Ten; Sean Lennon performs "Home."

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Episode 169  •  June 22nd, 1998

Piedmont Bird Callers, George Clooney, Steve Yzerman

The Piedmont Bird Callers, once a favored act on Johnny Carson's show, make their third-ever appearance on Letterman. Also, Dave chats with Steve Yzerman, captain of the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.

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Episode 170  •  June 23rd, 1998

John McEnroe, The Pretenders

Al Norwood stirs Dave's coffee with the boom mike; Biff attempts to play the sax; Dave shows a clip of his supposed cameo in the "X-Files" movie.

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Episode 171  •  June 24th, 1998

Jennifer Lopez, Chris Eigeman, Largo

Tony gives Dave the finger, while up-and-coming singer/actress Jennifer Lopez promotes Out of Sight.

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Episode 172  •  June 25th, 1998

Dennis Quaid, Chloe Sevigny, Grant Lee Buffalo

Inspired by watching an episode of Wall Street Week where the panelists sit at a coffee table, Dave asks Biff to "host" the guests in the green room.

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Episode 173  •  June 26th, 1998

Mary Tyler Moore, Ron Eldard

Mailbag: Paul goes to desperate measures in order to get a raise, while Mujibur and Sirajul go on a wild goose chase for one of Dave's blue cards.

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Episode 174  •  June 29th, 1998

Lisa Kudrow, Mike Piazza, Billy Bragg & Wilco

Throughout the night, Pat and Kenny throw stuff off the roof, including two 5-gallon water jugs, a pinball machine, twenty gallons of paint, and a TV/VCR set playing a Jerry Springer tape.

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Episode 175  •  June 30th, 1998

Martha Anne Godwin, Kristen Johnston, Lucinda Williams

After several weeks of hype, hoopla, and anticipation, Dave finally does a "Charts and Graphs" segment; Dave claims that there's a webcam of him on the CBS site; child hollerin' champion Martha Anne Goodwin attempts to shatter Dave's eardrums.

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Episode 176  •  July 1st, 1998

Tom Brokaw, Steve Zahn, The Hummingbirds with Stevie Wonder & Paul Simon

Thinking that it's robbing him of half of his audience, Dave shows phony clips of the X-Games competition being aired on cable; The Dixie Hummingbirds (featuring Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon) perform "Loves Me like a Rock."

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Episode 177  •  July 2nd, 1998

Ben Stiller, Hatty Jones, Spice Girls

In honor of Independence Day, Biff does a report from Colonial Williamsburg; Ben Stiller promotes There's Something About Mary; The Spice Girls make their first television appearance since the departure of Geri "Ginger" Halliwell.

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Episode 178  •  July 3rd, 1998

The Beltway Bunch, Stupid Pet Tricks, Bob Dole

During Mailbag, various staffers show the audience their baby pictures; Dave introduces a musical comedy troupe called "The Beltway Bunch" (a rip-off of The Capital Steps), and Tony runs them offstage; just before introducing tonight's "Stupid Pet Tricks," Dave thanks Merrill Markoe (who underwent surgery earlier in the day) for giving him the idea to do this segment.

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Episode 179  •  July 13th, 1998

Don Rickles, Matt Drudge, Cherry Poppin' Daddies

Dave points out an audience member that resembles Rupert; Dave gives a little league baseball team a pep talk; Cherry Poppin' Daddies perform "Here Comes the Snake."

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Episode 180  •  July 14th, 1998

Matt Dillon, Daniel Boulud, Arj Barker

Soul singer Chuck Jackson sits in; Dave shows the audience what a laugh track looks like; the audience is forced to sit through another edition of "Please Stop Calling Me Chief."

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Episode 181  •  July 15th, 1998

Antonio Banderas, Chris Elliot

Some guy in a kimono sits in with the band; in honor of Antonio Banderas' new movie, Rob doodles on a legal pad to show what Dave would look like if he was Zorro; Chris Elliott and Gerard Mulligan do a taste test.

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Episode 182  •  July 16th, 1998

Anthony Hopkins, Cowboy Junkies

Know Your Current Events: the husband of one of tonight's contestants volunteers to be put to sleep by hypnotist Dr. Neil Cavey. Feeling anxious due to all the attention, he never falls asleep.

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Episode 183  •  July 17th, 1998

Gabriel Byrne, John Witherspoon, Tricky & P.J. Harvey

The "Top Ten Cool Ways the Government Could Spend $63 Billion" is followed by an investigation by WCBS reporter David Diaz, who scrutinizes the lack of effort put into the long-running comedy piece. Interviews with Gerard, Biff, Richard Jewell and FBI Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) leave the mystery unsolved.

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Episode 184  •  July 20th, 1998

James Caan, Buck O'Neil, Lenny Kravitz

Live out on the street, we see the traffic "congestion" created by New York hosting the Goodwill Games; Dave changes his tie midway through the show; James Caan shaves his mustache.

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Episode 185  •  July 21st, 1998

Janet Jackson, Scott Farrell, Nanci Griffith

In the latest roll call, Dave signs "Zorro" (Anton), an audience member with an enormous cold sore, and "Lynette the Late Show Opera Singer" off the checklist.

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Episode 186  •  July 22nd, 1998

Tony Danza, Peter Farrelly, Brian Wilson

Biff stands on the sidewalk in 95 degree heat as he tries to determine once again whether a Popsicle® or a Fudgesicle® will melt faster; around the corner from the theater, Dave hoses down passerby; The Farrelly Brothers promote the sleeper hit of 1998, There's Something About Mary, while they strut their "knowledge" of sumo wrestling.

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Episode 187  •  July 23rd, 1998

Marilu Henner, Gloria Estefan

Biff visits Branson, Missouri, while Marilu Henner unsuccessfully tries to persuade Dave into doing some calisthenics.

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Episode 188  •  July 24th, 1998

Pauly Shore, Pam Grier, Natalie Imbruglia

A new feature debuts, as Dave announces #3 on the Top Ten List at the start of the show; Mujibur and Sirajul lose their virginity on an internet webcam, and later they hop in bed with Pauly Shore; Natalie Imbruglia performs "Smoke."

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Episode 189  •  July 27th, 1998

Jenny McCarthy, Adam Arkin, Tori Amos

Dave has a lengthy discourse on an article he read in Martha Stewart Living; "Late Show Meteorologist" Skip Hopson reports from 53rd Street; Tori Amos performs "Spark."

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Episode 190  •  July 28th, 1998

Kids with animals, Gary Sinise, Goo Goo Dolls

A softball game between Late Show staffers and the cast of Miss Saigon is rigged by Dave; Anton goes into "Buddy Rich, Jr." mode and performs drums solos throughout the night; The Goo Goo Dolls perform "Iris."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E191
Episode 191  •  July 29th, 1998

Yasmine Bleeth, David Brenner, Barenaked Ladies

Dave shows a personal ad from the Washington Post that looks like it was written by President Clinton; Alan fantasizes about waffles; Paul serenades Yasmine Bleeth.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E192
Episode 192  •  July 30th, 1998

Samuel L. Jackson, Jenni, Smashing Pumpkins

Dave chats with Jennifer Ringley, the Seattle-based college student best known for operating the voyeuristic website JenniCAM.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E193
Episode 193  •  July 31st, 1998

Jamie Lee Curtis, George Freestone

Dave points out an audience member who looks like Kenny Rogers; during "Late Show en espanol," Tony walks out in a suit and bad wig and does a Letterman-type monologue; Dave chats with George Firestone, America's oldest living Boy Scout.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E194
Episode 194  •  August 3rd, 1998

Drew Barrymore, Dee Dee Meyers, The Verve

During a segment in which he shows real and doctored Clinton and Gore news articles, Dave announces that his pants are too tight.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E195
Episode 195  •  August 4th, 1998

Noyz Boyz, Nathan Lane, Boy George & Culture Club

Paul and Anton Fig participate in a game called "Average Television Viewer vs. Late Show Television Viewer."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E196
Episode 196  •  August 5th, 1998

Penn & Teller, French Stewart, Wynton Marsalis

During the annual "New for Summer" segment, Mujibur and Sirajul are declared "Late Show Prom King and Queen." Later, Penn and Teller perform their new magic act.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E197
Episode 197  •  August 6th, 1998

Jerry Seinfeld, Hunter Scott

Dave feels highly suspect of the audience's intelligence during "Know Your Current Events"; John Popper sits in with the band; Dave chats with Hunter Scott, a 13-year-old WW II history buff.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E198
Episode 198  •  August 7th, 1998

Tom Arnold, Doris Roberts, Blues Traveler

John Popper is still sitting in with the band, while Doris Roberts promotes "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E199
Episode 199  •  August 10th, 1998

Leslie Nielsen, David Roth, Teresa Witherspoon

Biff goes outside to annoy people with a bullhorn. Later, Dave meets David Roth, a noted coin magician.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E200
Episode 200  •  August 11th, 1998

Kevin Spacey, Bobby Rahal, Harvey Danger

Throughout the show, stockbrokers jump out of a fifth-story window.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E201
Episode 201  •  August 12th, 1998

Ray Liotta, Sela Ward, Liz Phair

"Riverdance" performs live via telephone from Cincinnati. Later, Liz Phair promotes her new album, "WhiteChocolateSpaceEgg."

Late Show with David Letterman S5E202
Episode 202  •  August 13th, 1998

Angela Basset, Pete Townshend

Paul and somebody named "Mary Beth" host a spoof of "Regis & Kathie Lee" with Inky Mendez playing Gelman. Regis suddenly pops out of the audience, heckles them, and gets thrown out of the theater.

Late Show with David Letterman S5E203
Episode 203  •  August 14th, 1998

Wesley Snipes, Robert Klein

Wesley Snipes promotes the movie "Spawn."

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