New York’s Ed Sullivan Theatre has been host to a few illustrious names in its legendary history, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones… and more recently a group of Media Production students and staff got to add their slightly less illustrious names to that list when they visited a recording of The Late show with David Letterman during a field trip to New York.
The show is one of the longest running in US talk show history and hugely influential on the form of talk shows that have emerged since, the visit was made even more significant by the fact that Letterman only recently announced his retirement from a record breaking run of 30 years hosting and this would therefore be one of his last shows at the helm.
Of his visit to the famous TV show, third year student Ryan Ives reflects;
It was a great experience for us to be able to watch one of the final broadcasts of the Letterman Show. Being able to observe how the show is filmed first hand was an incredibly interesting experience, there was a lot more involvement by the producers on stage than i would have imagined and I was surprised that they didn’t clear the set when the show is being recorded, everyone just stays strategically out of sight behind the cameras.
Fellow final year student, Joe Canty continued;
Attending the recording was a slightly surreal experience, particularly when the people showing you to your seats urged you to dance your way to them! Letterman was full of charisma, his house band was really impressive and one of his guests that night included the Hollywood actor James Franco. All in all it was a fantastic insight into what it takes behind-the-scenes to bring a TV show to the screen. After the three of us left the show, all feeling like we would never forget such an experience, amazingly we met British singer George Ezra who seemed like a really nice guy and didn’t mind a few pictures and chatting to a few British fans… It was a magical trip, to a magical place, one that I am very glad I experienced and a trip that I can’t recommend enough! I look forward to returning to New York in the near future.
You can read more about the variety of professional projects and experiences the group undertook in New York here.
Late Show Image credit Alex Proimos CC BY 2.0