"In '95, I got my first Letterman spot," Ray Romano says in a sneak peek clip as he prepares to lead CBS' tribute to the iconic late night host. "A week later after I did it, they offered me this development deal, and that became Everybody Loves Raymond."
The comedian and sitcom star is in good company when he says he "wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for David Letterman," and considers the 90-minute special to be required viewing for comedy fans.
"If you have children, you should wake them up," Romano says. "Because if they haven’t seen any of the old Dave, you’ve gotta see it. It's everything. The comedians, the actors, Bill Murray."
The special will look back on some of Letterman's signature segments like Stupid Pet Tricks and Top 10 Lists as well as some of his most memorable musical and interview guests.
"When Drew Barrymore stands on the desk, do this to your kids," Romano laughs, miming covering his eyes while recalling Barrymore's famous Late Show interview where she flashed her breasts at the baffled host.
"You're going to see everything," Romano sums up. "It’s a great thing to see if you’re a fan and it’s a great thing to see if you’re a new fan."
David Letterman: A Life on Television airs May 4 on CBS.