Letterman reacts to a bikini-clad Demi Moore in 1995. The actress starred in the film “Striptease” and helped David with his Top Ten list by removing index cards, one by one, revealing the bikini.
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Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa goes all out with Letterman in 2001. (BARBARA NITKE )
Singer Janet Jackson points her finger to Letterman in 2004. (JOHN PAUL FILO )
Pop star Ricky Martin gestures while talking with Letterman in 1999. (Patrick D Pagnano )
Former Beatle Paul McCartney makes an appearance in 2009. (John Paul Filo )
First Lady Michelle Obama stops by in 2012. (Jeffrey R. Staab )
Actress Lupita Nyong’o giggles with the audience in 2014. (Jeffrey R. Staab )
Then-Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama visits Letterman in 2008. (Jeffrey R. Staab )
U.S. Olympic men’s slopestyle gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg interviews with Letterman in 2014. (Jeffrey R. Staab )
Democratic presidential nominee and Vice President Al Gore takes a crack at Letterman in 2000. (BARBARA NITKE )
Bill Murray takes a “selfie” with singer Lady Gaga and Letterman in 2014. (Jeffrey R. Staab )
Dan Rather, anchor of the CBS Evening News, is overcome with emotion as he talks with Letterman shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (JF Filo )
Actor Bruce Willis, left, laughs along with then-New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Letterman in 1996. (ALAN SINGER )
Screenwriter Diablo Cody has a chat with Letterman in 2008. (J.P. Filo )
Republican presidental candidate and Texas Governor George W. Bush poses for photographers with Letterman after concluding taping of a 2000 showing. (PAUL J. RICHARDS )
Former exotic dancer and “Big Brother” house guest Jean Jordan tells a story to Letterman in 2000. (BARBARA NITKE )
Actor Joaquin Phoenix waves to the audience in 2009. (J.P. Filo )
2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain gets comfortable with Letterman.
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson gets serious with Letterman in 1999. (BARBARA NITKE )
Actor Robin Williams chats with a bearded Letterman in 2008. (J.P. Filo )
April 4, 2014 11:42 AM PT
The late-night circuit is usually a well-oiled Hollywood hype machine through which movie stars and hot-shot directors can safely plug their latest films. Every once in a while, though, things go off the rails, a phenomenon that seems to happen with a bit more frequency on Letterman, whose arched detachment can allow those moments to play out in all their awkward glory.
In honor of the “Late Show” host’s announcement that he , here are five of the most memorable movie guests to grace Letterman’s couch. If there’s a common thread running through these appearances — other than Letterman’s acerbic wit — it’s that in the world of late-night TV, one doesn’t need an enduring movie to make a lasting impression.
Back in 1995, Drew Barrymore was sporting close-cropped, bleach-blond locks and playing crazy girls in movies like “Mad Love” and “Boys on the Side” when she gave Letterman an infamous birthday present.
After regaling Letterman with tales of a “nude art performance dance place” run by a woman named Ute, the 20-year-old actress , gyrated for a moment and flashed the late-night host, who was rendered briefly, uncharacteristically speechless.