Late night television talk shows have been popular since their conception in the United States. With comedians and television personalities making appearance on shows like The Tonight Show or Late Late Show etc It all started back in 1954 when The Tonight Show aired on NBC featuring Steve Allen, who is renowned as the father of late night talk shows.
Though the times have changed, the format of late night talk shows has not and they all follow a similar format. However, every host has a different way of doing things on their show. Most shows follow a format such as this:
- The opening monologue– a stand-up type opening where the host makes a few jokes about current events, news, and pop-culture.
- Entertaining sketches, or comic bits such as the “Man on The Street” bit where people are asked simple questions out on the street and laughed at for getting them wrong.
- Interviews with celebrities, possibly due to a new movie release or album etc.
- A guest comedian or musical act
The shows have a few key players, other than the host, that support the show’s success; the band and the announcer. Often times the band and announcer help out with comic bits or play off of what the host is talking about to create a sense of interaction for the audience to see and feel like they are a part of.
List of Late Night Talk Shows in the United States Today
The Tonight Show
The Tonight Show has been hosted by Steve Allen (1954–1957), Jack Paar (1957–1962), Johnny Carson (1962–1992), Jay Leno (1992–2009, 2010–present), and Conan O’Brien (2009–2010).
- The Tonight Show page on the Museum of Broadcast Communications website
- The Tonight Show Official Webpage
Late Night has been hosted by David Letterman (1982–1993), Conan O’Brien (1993–2009), and Jimmy Fallon (2009–present). The longest-serving host to date was O’Brien, who hosted Late Night with Conan O’Brien for 16 years, from September 1993 to February 2009.
Late Show (David Letterman)
The Late Show has been hosted by David Letterman since August 30th, 1993.
Late Late Show (Craig Ferguson)
Late Late show comes on following David Letterman’s show in the United States.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live! made it’s debut on January 26, 2003 right after Super Bowl XXXVII.
Last Call with Carson Daly
Last Call premiered on January 8, 2002.