Top One Hundred Things To Remember After May 20th, 2015

May 21, 2015 — 3 Comments


100. Brother Theodore

99. “Wake the kids! Call the neighbors!”

98. The Guy Under the Seats (Chris Elliott)

97. Calling out John McCain

96. Crispin “Hellion” Glover

95. Fill-in Guest Extraordinaire: Tony Randall

94. Just Shades

93. Just Lamps

92. World Wide Pants

91. Monkey Cam!

90. “That” Madonna interview

89. Dr. Ruth

88. Sneakers with suits

87. Pencils stuck in the acoustical ceiling tiles in Dave’s office

86. Canned Ham

85. Bob & Ray

84. Siskel & Ebert

83. “Have you ever had the hump of a camel?”

82. The Amazing Randi & Peter Popoff

81. Wasn’t clear Bette Davis knew who Dave was — or didn’t care

80. The Alka Seltzer Suit

79. “It’s time to play, Will it Float?”

78. Working the drive-through at fast food joints

77. The thing about the woman breaking into his house was funny until it was just tragically sad

76. Jane Pauley and Dave going through the yearbook from their high school

75. Brokaw showing up the first night at CBS

74. Tom Selleck impersonates a motorboat

73. Cybil Sheppard shows up in a towel

72. A vat of onion dip

71. Unrequited Love Interest: Richard Simmons

70. Mujibur & Sirajul

69. When the NBC show finally went to 5 nights instead of 4

68. The on-air apologies/mea culpas

67. Tom Snyder — smooth and sly every time.

66. Presidents & First Ladies

65. Marv Albert!

64. Marv Albert’s Wild & Wacky Sports

63. The Charles Grodin appearances

62. Dave’s play by play of the Jay/Conan debacle

61. Dave introduces Stern to the U.S.

60. The Ed Sullivan Theater

59. Dropping, smashing, crushing, and throwing stuff

58. Using a bullhorn to interrupt the Today Show broadcasting outside at 30 Rock

57. Warren Zevon got the whole hour for his last public appearance

56. “Show Bidness!”

55. The night Cher called Dave an a-hole

54.  Paul Newman in the crowd the first night at CBS

53. Bruce Springsteen and The World’s Most Dangerous Band on the last night at NBC

52. The night Dave announced he would retire

51. The time the GE security guy wouldn’t shake Dave’s hand

50. Throwing pencils, the sound of breaking glass

49. The Terri Garr years

48. “Our director Hal Gurtner, ladies and gentlemen.”

47. “It’s Gurnee, Dave.”

46. Sonny & Cher reunite to sing “I Got You Babe”

45. Regis!

44. Any bit with kids

43. That theme song! (And those announcers — thank you, Bill Wendell & Alan Kalter.)

42. The last 20 shows

41. The microphone was always there for Martin Short

40. “New York, New York – the town so nice they named it twice…”

39. Letterman leaves Joan Rivers to interview herself

38. “From the home office…”

37. Every Alec Baldwin appearance

36. Kevin Spacey’s Al Pacino impression — sitting next to Pacino

35. Paul McCartney Rooftop Concert

34. Making things right with Bill Hicks’s Mom

33. The night Jerry Lawler slapped Andy Kaufman

32. The night Levon Helm didn’t show up

31. Museum of the Hard to Believe

30. Matt Damon’s Matthew McConaughey impression

29. The Velcro Suit

28. “Bermuda! It’s a cuckoo kinda place! It’s a nutty, nutty kind of space, Bermuda!”

27. Off Center Favorite: Amy Sedaris

26. “Joaquin, I’m sorry you couldn’t be here tonight.”

25. Darlene Love singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

24. Bits with Dave’s Mom

23. The night Conan showed up post-Tonight Show debacle

22. Rupert Jee

21. The night Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro appeared together

20. Tina Fey always delivered the funny and more

19. Writers’ Strike Episodes

18. First night back from heart surgery

17. First night back after 9/11

16. Monologue the night of Johnny Carson’s death

15. Biff!

14. Jack Hanna

13. Thrill Cam!

12. Viewer Mail

11. Stupid Pet Tricks & Stupid Human Tricks

10. Top Ten Lists

9. Larry Bud Melman (God bless you, Calvert DeForest)

8. Merrill Markoe (creator of Stupid Pet Tricks, Stupid Human Tricks, Viewer Mail)

7. The last time Johnny Carson ever appeared on TV

6. Mount Rushmore: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks

5. The Stand Ups: Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Rich Hall, Norm Macdonald, Tom Dreesen, George Miller, Larry Miller, Steven Wright, Jake Johannsen, Jon Stewart, Ray Romano, Brian Regan, Elayne Boosler, Ritch Shydner, Dennis Miller, Eddie Izzard, Gilbert Gottfried, Rita Rudner, Fred Stoller, Bobcat Goldthwait, Judy Tenuta, Will Shriner, Emo Philips (amended) (Thanks, Kime!)

4. The CBS Orchestra

3. The World’s Most Dangerous Band

2. Paul Shaffer

And the #1 Thing To Remember After May 20th, 2015: “You know him, you love him, you can’t live without him…”


3 responses to Top One Hundred Things To Remember After May 20th, 2015


    Of course there is not right or wrong but I would amend a few and add a few.

    I would add “Big Ass” to Canned Ham.

    I would add Tom Dressen, Jake Johanssen, and Eddie Izzard (“You like the lining don’t you?” which DL mimicked on the last show)

    Don Rickles: “What do you want me to do, drop my pants and fire a rocket?”

    “Beauty is my bidness.” Although you did mention bidness.

    Dave on the streets: “Don’t look now but there is veteran actor Ceasar Romero (and various others who were not really the actor he said but looked sort of like them).

    Pedestrian theme songs.

    Mujibur and Sirajul

    Dave getting the Shingels.

    Dave telling Harvey Pekar to “Shut the f*** up”

    Calvert Deforest offering people a hot towel. And as Larry “Bud” Melman with toast on a stick.

    We could both go on adding endlessly, I know.



    Love all your additions — I will definitely amend the stand up comedians with your additions (all stellar).

    (Mujibur and Sirajul are already on the list)

    The Pedestrian Theme Songs was an inspired bit! I loved it everything about it.

    We could probably give Calvert Deforest his own list.

    Thanks, Kime!



    America’s new catch phrase: They pelted us with rocks and garbage! I personally liked one of the runners up: Take down the model airplanes and rent the room Mom, this one’s not coming home! Great stuff all.


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