Bill Murray Brings Liberace-Style Glamor to CBS’ ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ for the Show’s 20th Anniversary Tonight

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.


via press release:


Bill Murray makes a grand entrance Liberace-style on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN when Murray, the first guest to visit the LATE SHOW when it premiered on Aug. 30, 1993, helps the host mark 20 years on the CBS Television Network, Thursday, Aug. 29.

Arriving onstage in a white vintage Rolls-Royce below a sign onstage in script lettering that reads “Billy,” Murray, resplendent in a white Liberace-style outfit, complete with a cape, a white toy poodle and wearing Liberace’s signature hairstyle, Murray gets escorted out of the Rolls by a young, blonde man wearing a gold-and-white chauffeur uniform to take his seat next to Letterman.

David Letterman (standing and applauding):  “Wow, that was wonderful, Bill.” (audience applauds)

Paul Shaffer:  “Bravo, bravo, bravo.  Wow…”

Letterman:  “Wow.  Delightful…I didn’t know you had a dog.”  (audience, Letterman laugh)

Murray:  “I had to get something that went with this outfit.”  (audience laughs)

Letterman:  “Well, you really have – my heart has now taken flight.” (audience laughs)

Murray:  “Thank you, Dave.  You know, I love you, audience, I love you, but I don’t have time tonight, ‘cause I’m only here for one reason.” (points to Letterman)

Letterman:  “Oh, that’s very special.” (audience applauds)

Murray’s entire interview, including the special “billboard” he took out for Letterman for his 20 years at CBS and his unearthing – using a pickaxe and a jackhammer – of a time capsule near Letterman’s desk onstage with “artifacts” from Aug. 30, 1993, can be seen on the LATE SHOW tonight (11:35 PM-12:37 ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

As of tonight’s broadcast, the multiple Emmy Award-winning LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN will have broadcast 3,897 episodes and four primetime specials in its 20 years on CBS.  Since its debut on the Network on August 30, 1993, the critically-acclaimed show has been honored with nine Emmy Awards, including six for “Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program,” and a staggering 73 Emmy nominations.  Over the past 20 years, the groundbreaking LATE SHOW has remained one of the funniest and most creative shows on television.  The broadcast, hosted by Letterman, a 2012 Kennedy Center honoree and a pioneer in the late night talk show field beginning with the 1982 premiere of his iconic “Late Night with David Letterman,” remains the longest running late night television host in history at 31 years and counting.

Also featured on the LATE SHOW tonight is a performance by musical guests Lenny Kravitz and Gladys Knight, who is making her first appearance on one of Letterman’s late night talk shows, as well as a special “LATE SHOW Photo Album” to close out tonight’s broadcast, featuring iconic images from the show’s 20 years at CBS.

The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated.  Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.

blog comments powered by Disqus