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An award-winning comedian and talk show host often credited with changing the tone of late-night entertainment, David Letterman was born in Indianapolis on April 12, 1947, and got his start in local television and radio before honing his stand-up skills and goofy antics at The Comedy Store.

He eventually found a mentor in Johnny Carson, who often tapped him to guest host "The Tonight Show," and ultimately landed his own short-lived TV gig -- albeit in the morning -- with "The David Letterman Show" (1980).

But the funnyman's talents shone most brightly after the sun went down as host of "Late Night with David Letterman" (1982-93) and "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993-?), a pair of Emmy-winning programs that would add "Stupid Human Tricks" and Letterman's signature "Top Ten List" to the annals of American pop culture. He is also somewhat infamous for hosting the Oscars in 1995.

David Letterman in Spin City: Vol. 2

Spin City: Michael J. Fox: His All-Time Favorites: Vol. 2

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If you thought the laughs were over for Spin City, think again! Michael J. Fox handpicks more of the funniest episodes from the hit TV sitcom, in which he stars as Deputy New York City Mayor Mike Flaherty. The rest of the cast, including Heather Locklear, Richard Kind and mayor Barry Bostwick clearly enjoy their time on the show, and Fox introduces each hilarious episode himself.

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