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David Letterman airs Robin Williams tribute

David Letterman wasn’t the slightest bit intimidated by Robin Williams the first time he met the comedian 38 years ago at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. That is, until Williams got on stage. “It’s like nothing we had ever seen before,” Letterman remembered. “We’re like morning dew. He comes in like a hurricane.”

Letterman’s show was taking a break last week so he wasn’t able to publicly remember Williams, who died August 11 at age 63, until Monday evening. The late night host took 10 minutes to tell stories about Williams, including one about the time Williams landed Letterman a guest spot on popular ’70s sitcom Mork and Mindy.
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Video: Dana Carvey channels Johnny Carson on 'Letterman'

Yes, that headline might make the following video sound like one of the most exciting comedy clips of the early 1990s. However: There’s an undeniable retro charm in watching Master of Disguise Carvey embody the King of Late Night on a show hosted by the man Carson wanted as his heir—especially when Carvey takes aim at ever-so-slightly dated topics like Rob Ford and Justin Bieber’s poor abandoned monkey.

In short, this is dad humor at its best. Hike up your Dockers and watch below.

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Dave Chappelle claims he's just 'seven years late for work' on 'Chappelle's Show'

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you just decided to stop showing up to work? Dave Chappelle has. And in 2005, he did — walking away from his hit Comedy Central series Chappelle’s Show midway through its third season.

The reclusive comedian explained his reasoning in an interview with David Letterman on Late Night Tuesday. “Technically, I never quit. I’m seven years late for work,” he joked. Work briefly continued in his absence, however, as the network aired three episodes from the show’s incomplete third season in 2006 before calling it quits.

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Lea Michele addresses 'Glee' drama on 'Letterman' -- VIDEO

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During Friday’s Late Show With David Letterman taping, Glee star Lea Michele got a little flustered when Letterman asked the actress to address certain rumors regarding her “knocking out a co-star.” Dave was referencing reports that Naya Rivera had been pushed out of the Fox musical comedy because of drama with Michele.

After getting her to confess that she did, in fact, know what he was talking about, Letterman told Michele that he had completely made up the rumor in order to see what she would say — watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

Barbara Walters and David Letterman don't want to retire, make 'suicide pact' -- VIDEO

Barbara Walters and David Letterman are pretty good at what they do. You might even call them icons in their respective fields. (You most definitely should, actually.)

So it’s no real surprise that when this pair of retiring television legends sat down for an interview on Late Show on Wednesday, they both admitted they’re having a hard time accepting that their jobs are coming to an end.

You’re retiring,” Walters said. “I do not want you to retire.”

“I don’t want to retire now either,” Letterman responded to applause. “I’ve changed my mind.” But, he conceded, “that ship has sailed.” The network’s already planning on repainting, after all.

Walters admitted that she feels the same way: “I said yes, I wanted to go; I’m not ready. Let’s walk into the sunset together,” she suggested, and they shook on it. READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris tells Howard Stern he declined to take over CBS late-night show -- LISTEN

With multiple Emmys, a long-running syndicated sitcom, a new movie coming out this month, and a recent Tony nomination, Neil Patrick Harris can already be considered legendary. So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the actor, currently wowing audiences on Broadway as a trans German rock star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, was asked to take over for the departing David Letterman on CBS’ The Late Show. READ FULL STORY

James Franco explains nude selfies to Letterman: 'If you don't want to see it, don't follow me'

And now for another installment of Being James Franco.

While on Letterman Thursday night, Dave naturally asked him about all the weird stuff — like nude Seth Rogen paintings — Franco’s been posting Instagram. After pulling up Franco’s own infamous nude-ish selfie, Letterman spoke for us all, asking, “Honest to God, why?”

Franco had an interesting response: “Instagram isn’t something I put a lot of thought into,” he began. (Duh.) He then explained he’s doing it all for his fans: “I didn’t ask you to look at it! It’s what the people want! If you don’t want to see it, don’t follow me.”

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Seinfeld, Stewart, Fey & more salute insult master Don Rickles: The night's best jokes

“On the Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedy, there are four faces, in my opinion: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Cosby — and Don Rickles,” Jerry Seinfeld declared at the top of Tuesday’s all-star tribute to legendary insult comic Rickles. The show — taped two days before Rickles’ 88th birthday — will air on Spike TV Wednesday, May 28.

Clearly, the biggest names in comedy agree with Seinfeld’s assessment. The evening, filmed in Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater, included tributes and mini-roasts of “the Merchant of Venom” from Bob Newhart, Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and David Letterman, as well as some good-natured ribbing from Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro (who worked with Rickles on 1995’s Casino), and a truly bizarre, rambling reminiscence from Johnny Depp. (The general gist: When they first met, Rickles didn’t make fun of Depp — and the actor’s had a complex about it ever since.)

Give or take a few old-fashioned groaners — blame These Changing Times, which make the sort of racial humor Rickles often employed feel outdated — the event was packed with laughs from beginning (when Newhart, who’s been best pals with Rickles since the dawn of time, dropped in via video) to end (when Rickles finally got a chance to fire back). Even more impressive: The octogenarian, famous for improvising putdowns, apparently performed his final set  without the help of either notecards or the teleprompter. Here’s a preview of the night’s funniest gags, in roughly chronological order:

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Shailene Woodley explains clay eating to a confused David Letterman -- VIDEO

It’s time for another Enviormentalism 101 class from your favorite college professor, Shailene Woodley. If you’ve been following the Year of Shailene, you know that the Fault in our Stars woman is a nature-loving, leaf foraging woodland creature (but, ugh, not a feminist).

So it’s no surprise that when Woodley stopped by Letterman Monday night, Letterman had a few questions for her — particularly about clay eating. “Clay is one of my favorites because if you look at indigenous cultures around the world, people are eating clay almost daily,” she explained to a shocked Letterman. “It’s just a part of their diet. Pregnant woman eat clay too, because it’s really good for their bodies and their babies. Look it up! It’s really interesting!”

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How each late night host tackled the Donald Sterling scandal -- VIDEO

Billionaire Donald Sterling made headlines last week when TMZ posted audio recordings of the Los Angeles Clippers owner making racist comments. Specifically, the audio captures Sterling telling his mistress that he doesn’t want her associating with black people in public and asking her not to bring “them” to his games.

Everyone from President Obama to Snoop Dogg have offered their two cents on the controversy — and on Monday night, it was late night’s turn. See what each host had to say about Sterling, including what kind of animal he resembles, below:

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