Christmas Day is filled with marathons of A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life, which gets old fast. Instead of sitting back and watching the same movie over and over again, take a look at What! What’s a Dial?‘s Top 5 Holiday Favorites.
5. Letterman Quarterback Challenge
In 1998, David Letterman and Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde tossed footballs at a meatball placed on top of the Late Show Christmas tree. Testaverde was unable to knock the football off. However, comedian Jay Thomas came from the green room and knocked the football off in one shot. This led to the tradition of Jay Thomas going on the Late Show and telling the story of his encounter with the Lone Ranger, which always precedes the annual Quarterback Challenge.
In December 1987, David Letterman parodied old Christmas special’s on Late Night by turning the show into Dave Letterman’s Old-Fashioned Christmas. During the show, Dave “sang” with Ted Nugent. It’s a shame Dave doesn’t sing more often, since he has an amazing voice.
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