Letterman, CBS sign 'Late Show' deal through 2015
updated 3:33 PM EDT, Fri October 4, 2013
Even when CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" veers into awkward, uncomfortable territory for the guest -- as it often does -- Letterman never loses his cool. In fact, the opposite happens: The show only gets better. Now, after more than 30 years in the business, Letterman's mastered the art of pressing just the right buttons to ensure great TV. In honor of the 20th anniversary of his CBS show on August 29, we did the tough work of narrowing down our favorite 20 "Late Show" moments.
Top 20 'Late Show' moments
It all begins
Johnny Carson's last TV appearance
Drew Barrymore flashes Dave
Farrah Fawcett's incoherent interview
Dave shows he's got heart
First broadcast after 9/11
Honoring Warren Zevon
Courtney Love channels Drew Barrymore
Tribute to Johnny Carson
Dave and Oprah bury the hatchet
Michael Richards' mea culpa
Dave and Bill O'Reilly call a truce
Paris Hilton gets grilled
John McCain in the hot seat
Joaquin Phoenix's strange act
Dave's shocking confession
Richard Simmons goes up in smoke
Dave and Jay Leno team up
Lindsay Lohan gets emotional
- Talk show host has been on late-night TV since 1982
- He moved from NBC to CBS in 1993
- Letterman: "I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground"
(CNN) -- David Letterman will remain on late-night TV at least through 2015, CBS announced Friday.
Letterman characteristically cracked wise about his new deal with CBS President and CEO Les Moonves.
"Les and I had a lengthy discussion, and we both agreed that I needed a little more time to fully run the show into the ground," Letterman said in a CBS news release.
Letterman's Top 10 mocks CNN
Letterman debuted his late-night show on NBC on February 1, 1982, making comical top 10 lists and "stupid pet tricks" part of pop culture.
He moved to CBS and "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Aug 30, 1993.
CNN's John Branch contributed to this report.