Monthly Archives: May 2015

David Letterman Set Teardown Day 4

Today consisted of random things from the offices, rubber chicken signed by David Letterman, baseballs, party supplies, pool inflatables, Late Show coffee mugs (which were too far to reach), gumball machines.  The remaining pieces of office furniture were brought to the street and crushed by a garbage truck.

The offices were completely empty including the BYE signs that had been put in the windows.

Highlight of my day was the megaphone used by Bill Murray in the April 2014 show with Lady Gaga and Martha Stewart.  Bill was a surprise guest who brought Gaga down 53rd street.


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David Letterman Set Teardown Day 3

Today (Tuesday) marks day 3 of the teardown of David Letterman’s set at the Ed Sullivan Theater.  There was speculation that the marquee would be taken down today, but it was not.  Possibly, later this week.  I’ll keep a lookout.

The demo crew instead worked on removing the spiral staircase (as seen on tv), emptying the basement and offices.  Most, if not all, of the office furniture was trashed.

The security was pretty tight.  They yell at everyone that stops too long at the dumpsters.  Some items I spotted…box of prop body parts, random lighting, a list of all employees (including David Letterman and Vinnie Favale as heard on the Howard Stern Show) and their extensions taped to one of the desks, brand new unused towels with tags, whiffle balls.  In addition, there was a laundry cart full of prop sports equipment.  One security guard was nice and gave a cue card to a guy that been hanging out there for days.  Same guy had witnessed valuable antique furniture being trashed.

This past Friday night the demolition crew members were seen loading up their cars with items they had set aside.  The pieces are fetching a crazy high premium on eBay.

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David Letterman Set Teardown Day 2

On Friday, the aggressive teardown of the David Letterman set at the Ed Sullivan Theater continued.  In the morning, Paul Shaffer’s Late Show Band’s set was been sliced into pieces using a jigsaw so it could fit in the dumpster.   Meanwhile, crews started bringing in building supplies to begin work on Stephen Colbert’s set.

By late afternoon, the studio was empty.  You couldn’t even tell the Letterman show once filmed there.  Employees were still packing up their keepsakes.  Very sad.

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David Letterman Set Teardown

The David Letterman show wasted no time dismantling Dave’s set.  Some items were packed up and put on Moishe moving trucks.  Shockingly, they threw out the city scape that was seen behind Dave every night.  Why didn’t they donate it to charity or to a museum?

They also threw out every seat in the Ed Sullivan theatre.  I guess there will be new seats for Stephen Colbert.  I hear Joey Boots fetched one.

Businessmen in suits spent the afternoon dumpster-diving.

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Final Episode of Late Show with David Letterman Celebrity Arrivals

It’s a sad, sad day in New York City.  David Letterman goes off the air tonight.

Today, we captured the onslaught of celebrity arrivals for the final taping.

Chris Rock, Steve Martin, Peyton Manning, Jim Carrey, Barbara Walters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld.

The after party was at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

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