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Philbin, crew of Letterman show to share memories in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN – Regis Philbin will moderate a panel of producers, writers and members of the crew of “Late Show with David Letterman at 5:30 p.m. July 30,  at the Willow Bay Theater in Jamestown

The program will be part of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and the celebration of the groundbreaking for the National Comedy Center. 

This will be the first time since David Letterman’s retirement that the group will discuss how they helped craft Letterman’s shows for the last 33 years.

“This event embodies the spirit of the National Comedy Center, and we’re thrilled to host Regis Philbin and these major influences of comedy,” said Journey Gunderson, the center’s executive director.

Philbin holds the record as the most frequent Letterman guest, with about 150 appearances.  Philbin took part in countless comedy bits on the show and his banter with Letterman was legendary. Over the last five decades, Philbin has hosted numerous shows, including: “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “The Regis Philbin Show.” 

The panelists for the evening are: Barbara Gaines, executive producer and associate producer of the Letterman show; Jerry Foley, director and supervising producer; Steve O’Donnell, head writer; Steve Young, head monologue writer; and Biff Henderson, stage manager. Gaines and Foley have been nominated for 2015 Emmy Awards.