On December 29th, 1997, I, Bill Lehecka, made my fourth trip to the Late Show
with David Letterman. The situation surrounding this trip was interesting.
It was two days after seeing the Knicks game, and I'd been home from college
for about a week. For this trip, I took one of my good friends, Chris
"CLV" Verdone. I've always wanted to take CLV to the show, but he's
been busy. Finally, he was available. Also, a huge Nor'Easter
was coming. It was set up to be an interesting evening.
One of the new aspects of this trip was that I originally received
tickets to the show on December 16th. However, I would still be at
school taking finals. This time, a number was sent to me if I needed
to change my ticket date. I called it, and I changed the date to
December 29th. I was instructed to arrive at the Theater at 4:30.
Like the previous trips, I drove out to the Huntington Train Station and
got the train into Penn Station.
For this trip, I decided to take a side trip to Rupert Jee's Hello
Deli. I entered, and noticed how small it was. I went up to
Rupert and ordered a Roast Beef Hero. It was tasty, I tell you.
CLV didn't eat anything. i asked him if he wanted anything, and he
said no. We then made our way to the front doors of the Ed Sullivan
Theater to pick up our tickets. I was instructed to go to the side
entrance. I went over there, and was further instructed to go to
the Roseland Theater across the street. This was odd to me.
But once I made my way over there, I realized that EVERYONE was waiting
in here. I thought it was because of the Nor'Easter coming.
Below is a picture of CLV waiting amongst the chaos. We finally waited
in line to get our tickets.
Because of the impending storm, CLV and I waited inside the
Roseland Theater across the street.
We were given old Standby tickets while waiting in line. The color of
that show's tickets was supposed to be pink, but we got the white standby
ticket, as seen above. We then were instructed to go to the theater
single file. At this time, it was raining pretty hard. The
storm was coming. We got into the the theater quick, and we were
We were seated in the same exact section I was always seated, on
the floor, band side. I was very frustrated by this because this
is the only perspective of the show I've seen in person. But I was
happy to get out of the cold. The preshow started off the same way
as usual. Eddie Brill came out to warm up the audience. The
video was "Dave Talks to Kids" again. The preshow went as normal,
the band came out, Paul came out, then Dave came out. Dave told us
about the Nor'Easter coming, and he advised us we might have to sleep over.
We chuckled. The question before the show was some guy asking what
type of legal cigar Dave recommends, but the show was about to start, not
enough time to answer the man's question. The show went on as usual.
The Side of the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater.
Dave did his monologue without a hitch. Something funny, though, happened
during the show. Dave all of a sudden changed his jacket into a white
jacket. It was like seeing the old Dave all over again. I forget
the comedy bits, oddly. The guests were Bridget Fonda, Matt Damon,
and Allan Havey. With Bridget Fonda, she and Dave rarely spoke to
each other during the commercial breaks. The whole interview was
lacking. The audience was sleeping during this point. The second
guest, Matt Damon, was excellent. He at least showed some life out
there. Allan Havey was a good comic, as well.
This is the phone bank the show uses sometimes to get people
off the street for a comedy bit.
Well, the show ended, and we were ushered out. It was really raining
out now, and CLV and I were looking for cover from the storm. We
went into Joe G.'s Pizza (AKA DaValentino Pizza) and I had a couple of
slices, which were excellent. After our meal, we went out again.It
was raining so hard, everything got wet (which explains the condition of
the ticket above.) We decided to make phone calls back home. In the
photo pictured at the right, CLV uses the phone bank Dave has used in various
skits during his tenure at LS. All in all, Chris and I enjoyed
the trip. Granted it wasn't what I have been through in the past,
it's always fun to take friends to the show. On to the New Year's
Eve show, or do we?