Late Show

By Noel Sheppard | May 31, 2013 | 6:04 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno has been outfront amongst late night comedians in humorously attacking Barack Obama for the numerous scandals facing the White House.

Viewers must be loving it, for as The Wrap reported Friday, Leno trounced CBS's David Letterman in the May sweeps:

By Noel Sheppard | May 22, 2013 | 11:53 AM EDT

As NewsBusters reported last week, even David Letterman is now telling jokes about Barack Obama.

The CBS Late Show host continued to do so Tuesday saying, "He's in so much trouble politically, the President, he's thinking about killing bin Laden again."

By Noel Sheppard | May 16, 2013 | 5:17 PM EDT

For years, NewsBusters has reported how few comedians dare to tell jokes about President Obama.

On the CBS Late Show Wednesday, host David Letterman humorously addressed this saying, “I don't make jokes about him because I don't want the FBI tapping my phone, my phone. That's why” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | May 9, 2013 | 10:30 AM EDT

CBS Late Show host David Letterman made a comment Wednesday that would almost certainly evoke criticism from the LGBT community if he weren’t a liberal.

In a discussion with morning talk show host and former football player Michael Strahan about the recent self-outing of NBA player Jason Collins, Letterman said, “I fancy myself a big supporter of the gay community, and I've always enjoyed lesbians” (video follows with commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | May 6, 2013 | 9:49 AM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, CBS Late Show host David Letterman spent a week last month attacking Senators as stooges - mostly Republicans, of course - for opposing recent gun control legislation.

One such Senator, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, told WABC radio's Aaron Klein Sunday, “That’s kind of a badge of honor. Any time you get Rachel Maddow or Letterman or those people to call you names that means you are winning."

By Brent Baker | April 27, 2013 | 5:21 PM EDT

In a new low for David Letterman – on both a professional and comedic level – each night this past week he devoted a Late Show “Stooge of the Night” segment to a Senator who dared to oppose the gun control bill, a law which would have done nothing to have prevented the Newtown tragedy.

Nonetheless, Letterman got very political in putting a picture of each Senator on the screen, yet the audience at his Manhattan theater remained befuddled, nearly silent after each announcement with, at best, scattered nervous laughter before Letterman followed up with a lame crack at their personal appearance. Those shots (Jeff Flake: “Reminds me a little of Gomer Pyle”; Ted Cruz: “How about a background check on his barber?”) generated a little laughter.

By Noel Sheppard | April 10, 2013 | 11:11 AM EDT

Lindsay Lohan appeared on the CBS Late Show Tuesday and besides being rather contrite was also willing to joke about her problems as well as her next stint in rehab.

At one point she took a drink out of host David Letterman’s coffee mug and said, “I thought this was going to be vodka.”

By Noel Sheppard | April 5, 2013 | 12:32 PM EDT

Actor and comedian Martin Short took a comedic swipe at the Huffington Post on the CBS Late Show Thursday.

After relaying inaccurate information about the shakeup at NBC's Tonight Show to host David Letterman, Martin said, "Huffington Post usually knows" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 4, 2013 | 10:56 AM EDT

David Letterman had some fun Wednesday evening with the announcement that Jimmy Fallon will be replacing Jay Leno on NBC's Tonight Show.

The Late Show host began his opening monologue with a series of jokes about the issue including, "I happen to know Jay's got another job on a network that has greater viewership, higher ratings - Univision. He's going there."

By Noel Sheppard | March 26, 2013 | 3:56 PM EDT

It must be getting tough for the folks at the CBS Late Show to find material.

On Monday, host David Letterman during his opening monologue actually stole a joke from Woody Allen that’s almost 50 years old (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 21, 2013 | 10:41 AM EDT

David Letterman on Wednesday took some shots at Hillary Clinton’s obvious pandering for gay votes with her flip-flop on same-sex marriage earlier this week.

After saying Clinton will give free pantsuits to every gay couple that ties the knot, the CBS Late Show host aired a mock video demonstrating just how far Joe Biden is willing to go to win in 2016.

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2013 | 5:52 PM EST

You would think that Abraham Lincoln’s wife is sacred, especially on the national holiday known as Presidents’ Day.

That’s clearly not the case at the CBS Late Show where one of the jokes during the evening’s Top Ten list trashed Mary Todd Lincoln’s looks (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):