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Poll results: Who's your favorite late night talk show host?

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  • Carson Daly

    1 3.13%
  • Craig Ferguson

    3 9.38%
  • Jimmy Fallon

    0 0%
  • Jimmy Kimmel

    0 0%
  • Jay Leno

    3 9.38%
  • David Letterman

    8 25.00%
  • Conan O'Brien

    8 25.00%
  • Jonathan Ross, you bloody inferior Yanks!

    0 0%
  • Graham Norton, you ignorant stupid Americans!

    0 0%
  • Other

    9 28.13%
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    The Late Night Talk Show Thread

    With all the controversy surrounding Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and NBC, I'm wondering who you think is among the best of the best late night talk show hosts. There's a poll where you can pick your favorite, but a list of your favorites in order of preference, who you think might make a great host, or any other commentary, is a welcome addition to your vote. Or ... just say anything you want about the late night shows.

    My order of preference:

    1) Craig Ferguson: he's just a natural, like Johnny Carson. He also has the Howard Stern-like talent of getting his guests to open up and talk about themselves.
    2 [tie]) David Letterman: a fan of his since his late daytime talk show.
    2 [tie]) Conan O'Brien: when he first replaced Letterman as host of Late Night, the critics balked, but I thought he was going to go far, and gain a cult following.
    4) Jay Leno: nice guy, good interviewer, but kind of on the bland side. He and Ferguson probably have the most old-school Johnny Carson spirit, though. I didn't think his 10:00 show was that bad.
    5 [tie]) Jimmy Fallon: fan of him on SNL, but still a weak interviewer. Deserving of a chance.
    5 [tie]) Jimmy Kimmel: he's allright, I guess.
    7) Carson Daly: too LA-centric, too much pandering to the MTV crowd. Douchebag vibe. Scab.
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    I haven't been able to stay awake or alert enough, so is that another way to say I am old.
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    Conan, then Letterman...its been a tough year picking between the 2, thanks NBC for fixing the problem!
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    I haven't been able to stay awake or alert enough, so is that another way to say I am old.
    I think it's to say "Jack Paar! Johnny Carson couldn't hold a candle to him! Get the hell off my lawn!"
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    I haven't been able to stay awake or alert enough, so is that another way to say I am old.
    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    I think it's to say "Jack Paar! Johnny Carson couldn't hold a candle to him! Get the hell off my lawn!"
    I am '57 vintage just not a nightowl anymore.
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    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Haven't watched any with regularity in about 20 years - if I flip past Letterman just as he's launching into his Top 10 list I'll pause there long enough for that segment...that's about it.
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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba View post
    Haven't watched any with regularity in about 20 years - if I flip past Letterman just as he's launching into his Top 10 list I'll pause there long enough for that segment...that's about it.
    Same here.
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    I'm not old enough to remember Jack Paar (ok, I do recognize the name), but I haven't been able to stay awake to watch late night talk shows in years.

    I love Jon Stewart... fortunately, the previous night's show is usually re-broadcast the next day at 7 pm. That's a perfect time slot for me.

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    I enjoy many late night programs now that there is the ability to watch them the next day. I like the Daily Show and Colbert Report for their newsiness, but I don't really consider them late night shows.

    As for the main late night guys, I voted for Craig Ferguson. Anyone who does an entire show as a puppet has my vote. The guy just gets it. He doesn't work so hard at it that it isn't funny (Kimmel), and unlike many hosts (Fallon) he can do an interview. So my list would go:

    1. Craig Ferguson - Likeable, easy going, unique.
    2. David Letterman - Always original, great monologue (he graduated from Ball State which helps too)
    3. Conan O'Brian - I may be of the younger generation who likes his quirkiness.
    4. Jimmy Fallon - I like how hard he tries, he just isn't great in that format.
    5. Jay Leno - I have never liked him. He butters the jokes way to much.
    6. Jimmy Kimmel - Too much off the deep end for me.
    7. Carson Daly - TRL for late night. Not my cup of tea. Probably good if you are on some type of drugs.
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    John Stewart for me!

    I liked Jay's Headlines, but I did think he was a weaker interviewer. Can't stand Letterman, Conan is still learning, and the rest I haven't seen their late-night shows.
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    I voted for David Letterman because I'm awake long enough to see his show before the guests. The few times I've seen Craig Ferguson, I liked what I saw (wish he was on eariler and might look up his shows on hulu). The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is great as well and try to watch it at 11:00, but occassionally watch the repeat the next day.

    Edit: I like Conan's severance package of $32 mil
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    Quote Originally posted by kjelsadek View post
    Same here.
    I'm in this group as well. By this time of night, I'm dorking around on the computer or reading.
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    Either Conan or Letterman.

    I noticed that with Leno the only funny things are Headlines and when he interviews stupid people on the street - in both of those things he's not actually writing funny material just pointing out funny things that already exist.

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    I like Leno and Conan. NBC brass are morons, though. They should have just let Leno retire on his own, yet set a secured contract for Conan to take over when that happened.

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    Sorry, but the Arsenio Hall Show was the best late night show ever. It was diverse, entertaining, and funny. Everything else pales in comparison. I miss that show. If I had to choose out of the current crop, then I'd have to go with Jimmy Kimmel. Letterman is a sentimental favorite.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    I haven't been able to stay awake or alert enough, so is that another way to say I am old.
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    I am '57 vintage just not a nightowl anymore.
    Quote Originally posted by Whose Yur Planner View post
    I'm in this group as well. By this time of night, I'm dorking around on the computer or reading.
    The 6 pm news is my late night talk show and the 10 o'clock news is my afterhours talk show. What the hey, I don't need comedians to tell me that stupid people are stupid and the "news" talking heads are just shills for the entertainment industry anyway. I'd rather try to get a good nights sleep than wait for Leno or Conan or Letterman or...
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    Quote Originally posted by Planderella View post
    Sorry, but the Arsenio Hall Show was the best late night show ever. It was diverse, entertaining, and funny. Everything else pales in comparison. I miss that show.
    That's the one late night show I used to watch with regularity back in my undergrad days...very funny at the time, great musical guests.
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    I don't typically watch late night talk shows, but usually end up absorbing quite a bit from cable news, SNL, etc. My order of preference:

    1. Leno- Best monologues, IMO. Headlines, Jay Walking also pretty funny.
    2. Kimmel- His show is hit or miss, but he's done a lot of other funny stuff.
    3. Conan- Every once in a while I find something he does really, really funny. But usually his shtick is too over-the-top for me.
    4. Ferguson- Don't really watch, so this is a neutral opinion.
    5. Fallon- Never thought he was funny.
    6. Letterman- Really creeps me out sometimes and I don't find his top-10 lists funny. The way he handled the affair was especially creepy.
    7. Carson Daly- Fail

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    This Bear didn't see a punch-card chad-arama for Johnny Carson. That is my choice. Yeah, he's been gone forever....still was great, though.

    No faves among the names listed. If Bill Maher had a late night show I would be choosing him. (He does come back to HBO in about a month. Yea! )

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    Late Night Talk Show Host KEL!!!

    Forget the rest vote for the best. Kel Mitchel from Good Burger. He is hysterical and we love him here in NEW YORK!!!! Whn

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    I'm going to echo Bear, what about Johnny Carson? Carson made it all look so easy. He had fairly good writers and I would rate his monologues near the top of the pack. His true genius, however, lay in his ability to exude a certain peppy blandness during the guest portion of the show. He almost always found the perfect balance to strike between being active or passive depending upon how interesting his guests were. If, say, Jonathon Winters or Robin Williams were guests he knew well enough to shut up sit back and do nothing but let them loose and laugh along with Ed. If it was some upcoming but insecure starlet he somehow managed to put them quickly at ease and seized an active role in doing more of the talking. If it was Burt Reynolds, he had the good sense to make sure it was John Davidson's night to be guest-host
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    Meh, I gave up on network late-night some time back. I stick with The Daily Show and Colbert Report for my evening entertainment. I'm usually lucky that I can flip to the local news for weather during one of the commercial breaks in Daily Show, see the whole weather segment, and make it back to Daily Show just as he comes back from commercial.

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    y-a-a-w-w-n-n-n...

    TV is unplugged. I set it up to catch Lance hosting SNL back in 2005. Moved a couple of times since then and never bothered. (Why did I go get a digital converter box then? Maybe someday...)

    My entertainment needs are handled by various sites providing an especially good Top Ten list (which I sometimes emulate in my writing). Usually at that time of night I am LMAO at failbook.com.

    Johnny Carson got off a few legendary retorts, and they were circulating during my grade school years (at Brontosaurus Elementary). Did he really say, "you'll have to put the cat down first"??

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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman View post
    Meh, I gave up on network late-night some time back. I stick with The Daily Show and Colbert Report for my evening entertainment. I'm usually lucky that I can flip to the local news for weather during one of the commercial breaks in Daily Show, see the whole weather segment, and make it back to Daily Show just as he comes back from commercial.

    Couldn't have said it better myself.
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    I don't even watch late night TV, so I really don't care. At that hour, I'm typically doing one of three things: on the internet, talking to the girlfriend, or sleeping. If I am watching TV, it's typically something like reruns of sitcoms or Family Guy/Simpsons, or Fox News.
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