Actor Paul Rudd, who grew up in Overland Park, told David Letterman that his “kegger at my mom’s house” comment on TV after the Royals won the pennant last year netted a couple of takers. John Paul Filo CBS
Actor Paul Rudd, who grew up in Overland Park, told David Letterman that his “kegger at my mom’s house” comment on TV after the Royals won the pennant last year netted a couple of takers. John Paul Filo CBS

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The Top 10 Kansas City Moments on David Letterman

The Kansas City Star

May 18, 2015 5:18 PM

David Letterman says goodbye to late night TV on Wednesday, so we thought we would count down “The Top 10 Kansas City Moments on David Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ and ‘Late Night.’”

No. 10 … Letterman asks Royals Hall of Famer George Brett if the pine-tar incident was the angriest he’d ever been. “Yeah, there’s no doubt about that.” (1986)

No. 9 … Letterman buys Debbie and Duke Duncan of Ottawa, Kan., a pizza during a show in January, then mentions their restaurant, Pizza Time, in a Top 10 list. (2015)

No. 8 … Letterman’s show showcased several Kansas City bands, including the Republic Tigers in 2008 and the New Amsterdams in 2003. And another this year (see No. 4)

No. 7 … Kansas City Chiefs kick returner and receiver Dante Hall sits with Dave the year he returned a kickoff or a punt for a touchdown four games in a row. (2003)

No. 6 … Kansas crop artist Stan Herd plows “Dave” in a field outside Eudora, Kan., for a segment called “Amber Waves of Dave.” (1989)

No. 5 … UMKC alumna Valerie Brown tells of joining the Army after 9/11 and helping found the local Student Veterans Organization. (2012)

No. 4 … Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear perform “Silent Movies” on “The Late Show.” (2015)

No. 3 … Letterman asked Kansas City baseball icon Buck O’Neil in 1998 how a Negro League team would fare against New York Yankees (which won their 24th World Series that year), and Buck said, “I think we might have beaten them.”

No. 2 … Paul Rudd tells Letterman that Royals fans actually showed up after he joked with a TV reporter that he was having a celebratory kegger at his mom’s house after the American League Championship Series. “But if they do win the World Series this year,” Rudd said, “seriously, two kegs at my mom’s house.” (2015)

And the No. 1 Kansas City Moment on David Letterman’s “Late Show” and “Late Night.” … Letterman unveils “The Buddy Biancalana Hit Counter,” in which he measured the Royals’ shortstop’s hits against all-time hits leader Pete Rose. Biancalana ended up with 113 to Rose’s 4,256. (1985)

To contact arts and entertainment editor David Frese, send email to dfrese@kcstar.com. Twitter: @DavidFrese

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