David Letterman celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Late Night with David Letterman” on CBS Television Network on Thurs., Aug. 29, 2013. Comedian Bill Murray helped Letterman mark 20 years on the late night talk show. Attached is a video clip from the television show that aired on CBS Television Network on Thurs. night.
Bill Murray was the first guest to visit the “Late Show” when it premiered on Aug. 30, 1993. Murray, dressed as Liberace, had a special surprise for Letterman, a time capsule from 20 years ago.
Bill Murray made a grand entrance onstage in a white vintage Rolls-Royce below a sign onstage in script lettering that reads “Billy,” Murray emerged resplendent in a white Liberace-style outfit, complete with a white cape, a white toy poodle and wearing Liberace’s signature hairstyle. Murray gets escorted out of the Rolls by a young, blonde man wearing a gold-and-white chauffeur uniform to take his seat next to Letterman.
Letterman stood and applauded with the audience and greeted Murray, saying, “Wow, that was wonderful, Bill.” Paul Shaffer agreed with a few bravos, “Bravo, bravo, bravo. Wow…”
Letterman commented on the white poodle, saying, “Wow. Delightful…I didn’t know you had a dog.”
Murray replied“I had to get something that went with this outfit.”
Letterman enthused, “Well, you really have – my heart has now taken flight.”
Murray indicated he was on a mission, saying, “Thank you, Dave. You know, I love you, audience, I love you, but I don’t have time tonight, ‘cause I’m only here for one reason.” Murray pointed to Letterman.
Letterman: “Oh, that’s very special.”
Murray then tool out a cutter and started to cut a hole in the floor carpeting to search for a time capsule that he planted on the debut show, 20 years ago. Before he found the time capsue, he tore the set apart with a pickaxe and a jackhammer. He uncovered the time capsule near Letterman’s desk onstage with “artifacts”
The bit can be seen in the attached video clip from “Late Show with David Letterman.”
As of Aug. 29, 2013, there have been 3,897 episodes and four primetime specials of “Late Show with David Letterman,” according to press information from CBS Television Network. The show has been honored with nine Emmy Awards and has received 73 Emmy nominations. Host David Letterman is the longest running late night host in television history, with 31 years and counting. Letterman was honored as a 2012 Kennedy Center honoree in Dec. 2012.
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