The two hilarious men at the center of arguably the best late night talk double shot ever, have just committed to staying behind their CBS desks for at least the next three years according to EW.com
With this new deal inked, Letterman is set to become the longest continuously running host in late night comedy history. Dave's run of course began as host of the innovative Late Night With David Letterman on NBC in 1982, and when he was passed over for the Tonight Show gig in favor of Jay Leno, Letterman almost immediately jumped to CBS and has been hosting The Late Show at 11:35 there ever since. When this current contract ends, Dave will have surpassed 34 straight years on the air. The previous record holder was the legendary Johnny Carson, who retired after 30 years of hosting The Tonight Show.
Also part of the deal is the renewal of Dave's cleanup batter Craig Ferguson for the same length of time. The Scottish comedian and former Drew Carey Show star took over The Late Late Show from Craig Kilborn in 2005, and has grown increasingly popular with audiences every year he's been on the air. Ferguson's style of conversational comedy was something new and alien to late night audiences, and while it took a while to catch on, Craigyferg seems to have won over America. Including yours truly. As part of the new terms, Craig's show will finally leave the small, dark "basement" he's often lamented during the monologue and relocate to a bigger studio at CBS' Television City Studios in LA.
Regarding the new agreements with Dave and Craig, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler had this to say: "David Letterman is a late night legend with an iconic show and Craig Ferguson continues to evolve the genre in exciting and innovative ways,” said CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler. “These new agreements deliver ongoing high-quality entertainment for our audience and continued strength and stability for CBS in late night.”
Do you watch and enjoy Dave & Craig's shows? Or do you think they're overrated?