12
Aug
07

Letterman #1

’82 was a heady time for Rob Warmowski, Mather High School sophomore. Between seeing my formative hardcore punk rock shows at Club C.O.D., being cast as a lead in the high school musical comedy stage production, and writing stupid programs in Integer BASIC on my pal Chris’s Apple ][+ computer, I didn’t know where to turn for televised entertainment that matched the intensity level of real life.

Helpfully, the NBC television network came to my aid by launching Late Night with David Letterman that year. This show bore little resemblance to the CBS program running today, the difference being akin to that of cream vs. skim milk. The early Letterman shows were a terrific pastiche of visual gags stolen from Ernie Kovacs , real counterculture figures and the best comedy in the NBC building. As Saturday Night Live limped along into irrelevance, Late Night picked up the slack magnificently with humor written from a then-new, media-savvy perspective which might be summed up as “Gee, maybe we watch too much of this TV stuff.”

Show #1 opening with the greatCalvert DeForest:

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