Bill Murray Will Help Dave Celebrate 20 Years on CBS This Week

by | August 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM | Late Show with David Letterman, TV News

Bill Murray (right and inset) -- seen here in February 2012 -- will help David Letterman (kneeling) kick off his CBS show's 20th anniversary celebration this week. (Photos: CBS)

Bill Murray, who was David Letterman’s first guest on both of his late-night shows, will return to Letterman’s “Late Show” on Thursday to mark Dave’s 20th anniversary on CBS.

Letterman’s first “Late Show” was on Aug. 30, 1993. Murray, now 62, was the first guest that evening — booked for the show because he had also been Dave’s first guest on NBC’s “Late Night” when that show debuted on Feb. 1, 1982.

This Thursday, Aug. 29, Murray will return to “Late Show” for his 26th appearance on the show, CBS announced Monday.

When they get together on “Late Show,” Letterman and Murray often mention how Murray was Dave’s first guest on both of his late-night shows, although Murray’s appearances on or around the anniversaries of those shows — such as this week’s late-August appearance — have been rare. One reason: Like other late-night shows, the “Letterman” show frequently goes dark for the final week or two of August.

But this year, possibly because of this 20th anniversary, Letterman is hard at work in the latter part of August, while most of the other late-night shows — “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Conan” — are airing repeats up to the Labor Day weekend.

One other exception to the August vacation tradition: Jay Leno, who’s been off for two weeks but returns Monday night (Aug. 26) for a week of new “Tonight” shows.