's Late Show with David Letterman
regularly features different sketches that follow the monologue and precede interviews with guests. Often these are repeated absurdist
segments, involving various cast members, Dave's friends, audience participation, edited or contrived news or promotional videos, or competitions or stunts staged outside the Ed Sullivan Theater
. Many of the same sketches originally debuted on Letterman's previous series, NBC
's Late Night with David Letterman
Currently, the show's regularly scheduled segments consist of "Small Town News" on Mondays and "Fun Facts" on Fridays. Thursdays often feature a rotating set of three audience participation segments: "Know Your Current Events", "Stump the Band", and "Audience Show and Tell."
"Stupid Pet Tricks" and "Stupid Human Tricks", two of Letterman's trademark bits from Late Night
, continue to be presented on the Late Show
, though much less frequently.
There are also running gags
, which may continue for about a month, such as playing "José Feliciano's Old Turkey Buzzard
" or other sound effects when a card "crashes through the window" or telephone calls from "Len Easton, California Highway Patrol" or Joe McCain
on a telephone that Dave acknowledges is a prop that is not connected. Dave expresses amusement or annoyance when these recur.
This article focuses on sketches that have been featured on the Late Show
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