One in this series of late-night talk/variety programs hosted by David Letterman. This program features actress Lea Thompson, actress Natalie Portman, and musical guest Stone Temple Pilots.

In his opening monologue, Letterman touches upon the following topics: the increasingly "silly" nature of Thanksgiving, including his ideas for combating tryptophan fatigue; the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; the First Family's trip to Camp David; the unexciting "Late Show" staff dinner, at which Letterman apparently dressed as a pilgrim; and a quiz celebrating the 70th year of the famous New York parade.

The first guest, Thompson, takes the stage and chats about her appearance in the parade; her past experience with the nighttime Hollywood Christmas Parade; the second season of her sitcom "Caroline in the City"; her plans to celebrate Thanksgiving without her family, who are all back in L.A.; memories of her former brother-in-law's unusual holiday celebrations; her plans to travel to Montana; and growing up as the youngest of five siblings.

Next, Letterman chats via satellite with his mother Dorothy Mengering as she prepares Thanksgiving dinner back in his home state of Indiana; he attempts to "Guess the Pie," eventually coming up with the correct answers of cherry and, more unusually, hickory nut. Letterman then presents the Top Ten List: the top ten "Thanksgiving movies" playing at seedy movie theaters in Times Square.

Portman, the 15-year-old star of the new film "Mars Attacks!" (1996), then joins Letterman and discusses her reasons for becoming a vegetarian and how it affects her Thanksgiving practices; working alongside other teen actors in Paris for the musical film "Everyone Says I Love You" (1996); and an awkward incident during a previous "Late Show" appearance in which she commented on a schoolteacher's "creepy" recommendation of Kerouac's "On the Road."

Finally, the Stone Temple Pilots perform "Lady Picture Show" from their album "Tiny Music ... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop." Includes commercials and promos.


  • DATE: 11:35 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:01:24
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: 119604
  • GENRE: Talk/Interview
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Comedy/Variety
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1993-2015
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Crest toothpaste^TV - Commercials - "Independence Day" home video^TV - Commercials - Zales jewelers^TV - Commercials - Philips Magnavox televisions^TV - Commercials - Partnership For a Drug-Free America program^TV - Commercials - The American Red Cross^TV - Commercials - Kay Jewelers^TV - Commercials - Sears stores^TV - Commercials - American Lung Association^TV - Commercials - The Special Olympics^TV - Commercials - "The Preacher's Wife" motion picture^TV - Commercials - AT&T telephone services^TV - Commercials - U.S. Coast Guard service^TV - Commercials - "Jerry Maguire" motion picture^TV - Commercials - The Nature Conservancy^TV - Commercials - Nike athletic products^TV - Commercials - Aptiva computer software^TV - Commercials - Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue fragrance^TV - Commercials - "The Nutty Professor" home video^TV - Commercials - Life watches^TV - Commercials - U.S. Centers for Disease Control AIDS information^TV - Commercials - U.S. Department of Transportation^TV - Promos - "Orleans"^TV - Promos - "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"^TV - Promos - "Walker, Texas Ranger"^TV - Promos - "Dolly Parton: Treasures"^TV - Promos - "Early Edition"^TV - Promos - "Hallmark Hall of Fame: Calm at Sunset"^TV - Promos - "Late Late Show with Tom Snyder"^TV - Promos - CBS Evening News^TV - Promos - "60 Minutes"^TV - Promos - "Cybill"^TV - PSA - Family Violence Prevention Fund^TV - PSA - National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.


  • Rob Burnett … Executive Producer, Writer
  • Jon Beckerman … Supervising Producer, Writer
  • Barbara Gaines … Producer
  • Joe Toplyn … Producer, Writer
  • Amy Rubin … Line Producer
  • Maria Pope … Senior Segment Producer
  • Jerry Foley … Director
  • Gerard Mulligan … Writer
  • Steve Young … Writer
  • Bill Scheft … Writer
  • Michael Barrie … Writer
  • Jim Mulholland … Writer
  • Tim Long … Writer
  • Rodney Rothman … Writer
  • Alex Gregory … Writer
  • Peter Huyck … Writer
  • Matt Harrigan … Writer
  • Eric Kaplan … Writer
  • Mark O'Keefe … Writer
  • Louis C.K. … Writer
  • Dino Stamatopoulos … Writer
  • David Letterman … Writer
  • Paul Shaffer … Conductor
  • Stone Temple Pilots … Music Group
  • David Letterman … Host
  • Lea Thompson … Guest
  • Natalie Portman … Guest
  • Dorothy Mengering … Guest
  • Jack Kerouac
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