Late Night TV shows like the Tonight Show and The Late Show make staying up late worth it. They provide comedy, insight, a chance for celebrities to show a different side of themselves and to promote their upcoming projects. They also provide a platform for musicians and comedians to reach a wider fan base. Shows like the Tonight Show and Lettermen have had many memorable moments and outstanding guests over the decades. However, these shows are not without their mishaps, mistakes and controversies. Possibly some of the best moments of shows like this are when things go completely wrong or a guest can get out of control. Here are some bloopers, blunders and infamous moments that have occurred on late night television.
5 Drew Barrymore's Birthday Surprise for Lettermen - Late Show with David Lettermen April 12, 1995
When wanting to wish someone a happy birthday, most people just give a nice card or sing the happy birthday song, but Drew Barrymore goes above and beyond that for David Lettermen. Drew Barrymore appeared on the Late Show with David Lettermen on April 12, which just happens to be Lettermen's birthday. Lettermen asked Barrymore about a recent incident at a club where she danced naked. Instead of describing the incident to Lettermen, she felt it was best to show him. She then jumped on his desk and danced seductively before flashing a stunned David Lettermen who, for the first time, was speechless. She jumped back down into her seat and they finished the interview. By the way, the birthday surprise wasn't the dance, it was the nice flowers she gave him at the beginning of the interview.
4 Howard Stern VS Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno November 30, 1995
3 Andy Kaufman fights Jerry Lawler - Late Night With David Lettermen July 28, 1982
2 Ed Ames’ Tomahawk Throw - The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson April 29, 1965
1 Madonna VS David Lettermen - Late Show With David Lettermen - March 31, 1994
Madonna holds many records. One of those records occurred with her appearance on CBS's Late Show with David Lettermen. It became one of the most censored episode in the history of late night talk shows. Things started to take an awkward turn during Lettermen's introduction. He said, "She has sold over 80 million albums, starred in countless films and slept with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry." Madonna appeared moments later and didn't seem impressed. She was also holding on to a pair of her underwear, which she gave to Lettermen who seemed a bit confused by it. They went back and forth with insults and jabs at each other. Madonna made several sexual innuendos, kept referencing her underwear, swearing uncontrollably and refusing to leave. Several times, the producers cut to a hilarious shot of an elderly couple that was clearly uncomfortable. Lettermen and Madonna eventually made up and Lettermen walked her on stage at the 1994 MTV Music Awards. This incident led to some of Lettermen highest ratings.
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