‘Stupid Pet Tricks’ & ‘Late Night With’
They are well-known segments on Late Night with David Letterman, and, later, The Late Show with David Letterman. Created by Merrill Markoe for David Letterman’s short-lived NBC morning show, The David Letterman Show, the concept was carried over to Letterman’s Late Night,
and debuted on that series in 1982. The show originally solicited pets to appear using this simple ad in the New York Times classifieds: HAVE YOU TAUGHT YOUR PET TO DO SOMETHING ODD? Late Night with David Letterman on NBC will feature pets who have been trained to do unusual things. Pets must be amateur & owners must be willing to appear w/ them at auditions & on the show. The inuagural segment featured a dog named “Muggsy” who would sneeze on command, and another dog that would answer the phone. Based on the instant success of “Stupid Pet Tricks”, Letterman devised a similar off-shoot: “Stupid Human Tricks”, which was identical in nature to the Pet Tricks, except that people were now doing the wacky stunts. The rights to both “Stupid Pet Tricks” and “Stupid Human Tricks” were retained by Worldwide Pants, Inc., and were not lost when Letterman moved to the Late Show on CBS in 1993.
As a result, they are still performed to this day on the Late Show. The Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS. The show debuted on August 30, 1993, and is produced by Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated. The show’s music director and bandleader of the house band, the CBS Orchestra, is Paul Shaffer. The head writers are brothers Justin Stangel and Eric Stangel. The announcer is Alan Kalter, who replaced Bill Wendell in 1995. In most American markets the show airs at 11:35 pm Eastern/Pacific time, but is recorded Mondays at 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, and Thursdays at 4:30 pm. The second Monday episode usually airs on Friday of that week. Letterman was previously the host of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC from 1982 to 1993. Shaffer, Wendell, and several members of the band were also with the NBC show.
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