Season 5 Breakdown
Normal Episodes: 203
TV Specials: 0
TV Movies: 0
Normal Episodes: 203
TV Specials: 0
TV Movies: 0
Late Show with David Letterman Season 5 (1997-1998)
|5x01 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.
|Sep. 01, 1997|
|5x02 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.""
|Sep. 02, 1997|
|5x03 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.""
|Sep. 03, 1997|
|5x04 Geena Davis, Martha Stewart, Robert Carlyle |
|Sep. 04, 1997|
|5x05 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.""
|Sep. 05, 1997|
|5x06 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.
|Sep. 08, 1997|
|5x07 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 ...
|Sep. 09, 1997|
|5x08 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.
|Sep. 10, 1997|
|5x09 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.
|Sep. 11, 1997|
|5x10 Jennifer Jason Leigh, Starr Jones, Bee Gees |
Dave chats with CBS star ""Steve Urkel"" (Gerard), while Star Jones plugs ""The View.""
|Sep. 12, 1997|
|5x11 George Clooney, Bill Cosby |
Dave listens to the philosophies of second-graders in ""Dave Talks to Kids""; George Clooney promotes ""The Peacemaker.""
|Sep. 22, 1997|
|5x12 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.
|Sep. 23, 1997|
|5x13 Jennifer Lopez, Michael Lamonico, Phil 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.""
|Sep. 24, 1997|
|5x14 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, ""Meeg ...
|Sep. 25, 1997|
|5x15 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 ...
|Sep. 26, 1997|
Dave shows some of his favorite remotes, segments, and comedy clips from the first four years of ""The Late Show.""
|Sep. 29, 1997|
|5x17 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.
|Sep. 29, 1997|
|5x18 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.
|Sep. 30, 1997|
|5x19 Cameron Diaz, Adam Arkin, Veniamin |
Cameron Diaz promotes ""A Life Less Ordinary,"" while the famed contortionist Veniamin does a demonstration.
|Oct. 01, 1997|
|5x20 Matt Lauer, Ryan Kurlander, Sheryl Crow |
Dave comments on the Yankees playoff chances, then chats with new ""Today"" co-host Matt Lauer.
|Oct. 02, 1997|
|5x21 Elle MacPherson, Jon Tenney, Elvis Costello & the Fairfield Four |
Dave shows (bogus) NASA footage of Mir; the Dutch Mariachis sing ""Happy Birthday"" to Biff.
|Oct. 03, 1997|
|5x22 Dan Aykroyd, Jack Hanna, Boyz II Men |
Dave and Paul visit the ""International Hair Forum""; Dan Aykroyd promotes ""Soul Man"" and plays the harmonica.
|Oct. 06, 1997|
|5x23 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 ...
|Oct. 07, 1997|
|5x24 John Lithgow, Christy Turlington, Foo Fighters |
Dave watches leaves turn and nails dry, and an audience member's receives and smokes his first cigar.
|Oct. 08, 1997|
|5x25 James Belushi, Christina Ricci, Oasis |
Throughout the night, Leonard plugs his new show, ""Leonard Tepper's Hidden Video."" Later, Jim Belushi promotes ""Total Security.""
|Oct. 09, 1997|
|5x26 Uma Thurman, Mark Wahlberg, Eddie Izzard |
""Dr."" Bill DeLace comments on seasonal allergies; Mark Wahlberg promotes ""Boogie Nights.""
|Oct. 10, 1997|
|5x27 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.""
|Oct. 13, 1997|
|5x28 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 ...
|Oct. 14, 1997|
|5x29 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 d ...
|Oct. 15, 1997|
|5x30 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.
|Oct. 16, 1997|
|5x31 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.""
|Oct. 17, 1997|
|5x32 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 ""Bu ...
|Oct. 27, 1997|
|5x33 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 ...
|Oct. 28, 1997|
|5x34 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.
|Oct. 29, 1997|
|5x35 Kid Scientists, David Hyde Pierce, Andy Greene |
Lee Marek helps Dave out with a sextet of Kid Scientists.
|Oct. 30, 1997|
|5x36 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.
|Oct. 31, 1997|
|5x37 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.
|Nov. 03, 1997|
|5x38 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 ...
|Nov. 04, 1997|
|5x39 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 ...
|Nov. 05, 1997|
|5x40 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.
|Nov. 06, 1997|
|5x41 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.
|Nov. 07, 1997|
|5x42 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.
|Nov. 10, 1997|
|5x43 Claire Danes, Michelle Kwan, Lorrie Morgan |
Dave makes a bad phone call for an audience member, then comments on Marv Albert's legal troubles.
|Nov. 11, 1997|
|5x44 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 ...
|Nov. 12, 1997|
|5x45 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 L ...
|Nov. 13, 1997|
|5x46 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.""
|Nov. 14, 1997|
|5x47 Richard Simmons, Venus Williams, Wynonna |
Dave plugs the new CD ""Live on Letterman,"" then goes door-to-door offering to rake leaves.
|Nov. 17, 1997|
|5x48 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.
|Nov. 18, 1997|
|5x49 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.
|Nov. 19, 1997|
|5x50 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.
|Nov. 20, 1997|
|5x51 Kirstie Alley, Luke Perry, Shengyang Acrobats |
Dave shows a (bogus) ad for a Clinton phone sex hotline, while Kirstie Alley plugs ""Veronica's Closet.""
|Nov. 21, 1997|
|5x52 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.
|Nov. 24, 1997|
|5x53 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 ...
|Nov. 25, 1997|
|5x54 Stupid Pet Tricks, Anthony Edwards, Joost Elffers |
A high school marching band from Memphis storms through the audience after ""Know Your Current Events.""
|Nov. 26, 1997|
|5x55 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. ...
|Nov. 27, 1997|
|5x56 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.
|Nov. 28, 1997|
|5x57 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 ...
|Dec. 08, 1997|
|5x58 Helen Hunt, Terrell Davis, Chumbawamba |
|Dec. 09, 1997|
|5x59 Sir Anthony Hopkins, Eric Lindros, Enya |
|Dec. 10, 1997|
|5x60 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.
|Dec. 11, 1997|
|5x61 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.""
|Dec. 12, 1997|
|5x62 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 ...
|Dec. 15, 1997|
|5x63 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 ...
|Dec. 16, 1997|
|5x64 Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou, Ben Folds Five |
Dave annoys Paul with his impersonation of John Wayne speaking French: ""Bonjour, mon ami.""
|Dec. 17, 1997|
|5x65 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.
|Dec. 18, 1997|
|5x66 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 ...
|Dec. 19, 1997|
|5x67 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.""
|Dec. 22, 1997|
|5x68 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 ...
|Dec. 23, 1997|
|5x69 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 ...
|Dec. 26, 1997|
|5x70 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.""
|Dec. 29, 1997|
|5x71 Marilu Henner, Leila Kenzle, George Miller |
Dave talks about his plans for New Year's.
|Dec. 30, 1997|
|5x72 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 ...
|Jan. 05, 1998|
|5x73 Tom Brokaw, Tobey Maquire, Fiona Apple |
Leon's still here; a customer from Joe G's stars in the quickie movie ""Titanic: Death Boat â€˜98""; the outside-cam reveals radioactive steam coming out of the Chrysler Buildi ...
|Jan. 06, 1998|
|5x74 Norm MacDonald, Peta Wilson, Streb |
Recently deposed ""Weekend Update"" anchorman Norm MacDonald vents his anger to Dave; daredevil dance group Streb performs.
|Jan. 07, 1998|
|5x75 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.""
|Jan. 08, 1998|
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