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CHAPTER THREE:
DAVE'S TV BREAKTHROUGH

David calmed his nerves before his first appearance on the Tonight Show by perfecting his act. He was so prepared, that he nailed his act and impressed many NBC Executives. For Dave, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to break into the field that he so desired to be in, Late Night television. As a result of Dave's performance, he was invited back to re-appear on the Tonight Show several times.

Dave was offered a job to Guest Host on the Tonight Show. He must have pinched himself and thought that he was in a dream. And the NBC Executives kept watching David's style, wit and professionalism.

So much so, that in 1980, Letterman was asked to host an Executive Dinner for NBC Exec, Fred Silverman. David Letterman was offered the job. He pulled through with shining colors, and had the entire room in stitches before the evening had ended. And now - David Letterman was offered his VERY OWN SHOW!

It was June 1980, and Dave's show would debut as a Daytime Talk Show. Merrill and Dave pitched all of their ideas to NBC. They wanted to keep the show fresh and up-to-date. The show would hopefully appeal to the younger Baby-boomer/Yuppie generation. The college kids were targeted as well. Merrill was promoted to Producer. As a result of Merrill's inexperience producing a show, no one knew exactly what they were doing. This turned out in itself to be funny. Dave capitalized on the mistakes by poking fun at them himself. The result was raw, crude television. The audience just laughed with him at his mistakes. This must be why he does the same thing on his show to date. Laughing at one's mistakes usually erases them in my view! This was a brilliant move on Dave's part.

The crude humor was hilarious, but NBC found it a little raw for their liking. So they hired Barry Sand as the shows producer. Merrill sent Dave on wacky/goofy/ outings in NYC. This is when Dave started his "pestering the public" type segments.

The show was so fresh that it was quite crude/unusual at times - but Letterman and his staff continued on - learning as they went - and did not falter even when the show was canceled...

 

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