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Which guests did David Letterman get rid of the quickest? Was Shirley MacLaine really one of them?

After about 02:33 in the November 8, 2017 video Bill Murray and Jimmy Kimmel on David Letterman's Specialness Murray says: (Bill:)... You know that that was the fun part of it and he, and in the ...
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How did Conan film this episode?

As far as I know Conan films all his shows in a studio in front of an audience However there are few episodes, like this one There was another one where there were two ...
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Carson: "It was so X"; Audience: "How X was it?"

Carson: "It was so X"; Audience: "How X was it?" Is there a name for this class of humor or standup routine or trope, or whatever this is called? Are there references specifically ...
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Do late night shows inform celebrities who their co-guests are going to be so they can agree to appear on the show with them?

I got thinking about this ever since I saw an old Letterman video featuring Howard Stern, in which Howard gave an account of how he had a conflict with Sharon Stone the last time he was on the show. ...
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Why does the talk show host always sit on the right?

With some possible exceptions, why do most talk show hosts always seem to be seated on the right with the guest on the left? Is there a particular reason for this or is it just how it is?
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What is the black box behind the guest side of the desk on The Daily Show?

There is a black box on the floor on the guest side of the desk on The Daily Show and I've been wondering for a while what it is for. Does anyone know? At first I thought it was a sound monitor (...
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What happens to talk show giveaways that don't match the audience?

Inspired by an answer to this question. In his answer, BrettfromLA says he received a package of Hanes underwear. Many gifts, such as money, gift cards, or CDs, would be usable by any recipient. But ...
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