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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Top Ten Moments of David Letterman's Early Career

In honor of David Letterman's final Late Show on May 20 - and to celebrate his 33 years as the longest-serving late night talk show host in TV history - I thought it would be fun to feature a series of Top Ten Lists of some of his most memorable moments. So let's begin with his early (pre-Late Night) career (in chronological order):

1) He began his career in 1970 as a weatherman on Indianapolis television station WLWI and as the host of Clover Power, a Saturday morning talk show in which he interviewed 4-H members about their projects.

2) In 1975, he moved to Los Angeles, where he began performing comedy at The Comedy Store.

3) In the summer of 1977, he was a writer and regular on the six-week CBS series, The Starland Vocal Band Show, and then he performed a stand-up act on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert on September 28, 1977.

4) In 1977, he hosted an unsold game show pilot called The Riddlers, which featured Jo Anne Worley, Joyce Bulifant, Robert Urich, Michael McKean and Debralee Scott.

5) In the fall of 1978, he was a cast member - along with Swoosie Kurtz and Michael Keaton - on Mary Tyler Moore's CBS variety show, Mary, which was canceled after only three episodes.

6) He appeared on such game shows as The $20,000 Pyramid (in December 1978) and Password Plus (in May 1979).

7) He played ERK leader Ellsworth on Mork & Mindy on February 8, 1979.

8) In 1979, he performed stand-up comedy on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and he was a guest on December 20, 1979.

9) He was the host of The David Letterman Show, a live morning NBC talk show from June 23 to October 24, 1980, with guests Andy Kaufman and Steve Martin.

10) He made a guest appearance as "Man in Suit" on the ABC sitcom, Open All Night, on December 26, 1981.

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