Top Ten Letterman Late Show Clips on YouTube (But Good Luck Seeing Them All)

Top Ten Letterman Late Show Clips on YouTube (But Good Luck Seeing Them All)

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When David Letterman’s first ‘Late Night’ show was broadcast in August 1993, nobody could have really foreseen the way that it would change the face of late-night TV, both in the U.S. and beyond. His innovative approach to the genre not only blazed a trail for Conan, Fallon, Kimmel and many other ‘traditional’ broadcasters, but gave the viewing public an appetite for quirky, compelling, and hugely entertaining content which millions of online video creators are fulfilling.

Letterman’s very last ‘Late Show’ airs tonight (20th May) and in homage to the late-night chat show king, we present our own ‘Top Ten List’ of the most viewed Letterman clips on YouTube. 5 from the official Late Show YouTube channel, and 5 of the most viewed videos uploaded by other channels.

UPDATE: On the 11th June 2015, all video content was removed from the official Late Show channel, and the channel itself was taken offline a day later. Why? Because now the show is over, all digital rights to the video clips revert back to the show’s copyright owner – Letterman’s own TV production company, Worldwide Pants. Letterman may decide to upload these clips to another YouTube channel but until then, they remain private.

We have removed the official videos in the list but the user-generated content remains.

Top 5 Letterman Videos on The Late Show YouTube Channel

#5 Future Islands: “Seasons (Waiting On You)”

This May 4th 2014 upload features Future Islands network TV debut with their single “Seasons (Waiting On You)”. Described as “one of the year’s most memorable pop culture moments“, this video has generated 4.1 million views.

Video removed from YouTube due to a digital rights management issue.

#4 Amy Schumer Shows David Letterman Her “Vagina”

In fourth place is another recent clip, but one that went super-viral. Comedian Amy Schumer is flavor of the month right now, and a combination of the buzz surrounding her, and the fruity subject matter generated 4.4 million views and around 7000 social engagements. The clip was picked up by many of the large news sites and celebrity blogs (Perez Hilton, Huffington Post, CBS), as it was announced that ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ was to be commissioned for a fourth season. Absolutely loving the YouTube description for this – “Not really”.

Video removed from YouTube due to a digital rights management issue.

#3 David Letterman Remembers Robin Williams

The sudden and hugely unexpected death of comedian Robin Williams in August 2014 prompted a huge outpouring of grief from many, and Letterman’s memories of the man resonated with a huge number of viewers, both of his show and online. Letterman knew Williams for 38 years and considered him a close friend. This poignant clip has generated over 4.5 million views on YouTube.

Video removed from YouTube due to a digital rights management issue.

#2 Letterman: Cpl. Kyle Carpenter Describes His Injuries

The second most watched Letterman upload belongs to Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter made an appearance on the Letterman show a just a couple of days of receiving the medal in a White House ceremony. Part of a national tour, the veteran discussed his experiences in Afghanistan with the talk show host, and also around 4.5 million views.

Video removed from YouTube due to a digital rights management issue.

#1 Tina Fey’s #LastDressEver – David Letterman

The No 1 most watched video upload has generated an impressive 15.7 million views, and is the second appearance by a female comedian. Tina Fey’s spot saw her strip down to her Spanx underwear and declare she would never again wear a fancy frock to chat with another late-night host in honor of Letterman.

Video removed from YouTube due to a digital rights management issue.

Top 5 Non-Letterman, Letterman YouTube Clips

CBS have decent visibility for Letterman content, but they fall behind other channels in terms of views and engagement. Let’s take a look at the 5 most popular ‘non-Letterman’ Letterman clips on YouTube:

#5 The Cup Song (You’re Gonna Miss Me) by Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick, star of the 2012 hit film ‘Pitch Perfect’ performed the a shortened version of the hit song ‘Cups” in a Letterman appearance that attracted 9.2 million views.

#4 Katy Perry – Peacock (Live on Letterman)

The 4th most popular piece of non-CBS Letterman content on is Katy Perry’s performance of ‘Peacock’ which has generated just under 10 million views for the VEVO upload.

#3 9-Year-Old Plays Banjo on David Letterman Show – Sleepy Man

Letterman’s audience went wild for this clip of 9 year old Jonny Mizzone who wowed viewers with his rendition of Earl Scruggs “Flint Hill Special”. 10.5 million views have been generated for this clip alone.

#2 Jeff Dunham and Walter on Letterman

This upload is almost 9 years old and features Jeff Dunham and Walter on The Late Show with David Letterman from September 2006, and has attracted 11.1 million views.

#1 Adele – Make You Feel My Love (Live on Letterman)

Adele is arguably one of the most popular performers on the planet right now, and the perfect storm of a VEVO upload of a live appearance on Letterman generated an incredible 25 million views and an insane 1 million engagements (968K via Facebook online).

Interestingly, given the engagement and hype surrounding Facebook video, the team behind the Letterman show are only posting YouTube videos to the official ‘Late Show with David Letterman‘ Facebook page. They are not uploading any native video content natively to speak of, but then again, Letterman announced his retirement over a year ago, so perhaps its understandable they took their foot off the brake.

GoodBye Dave, We’ll Miss Ya!


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