Power Rankings: Late Night Talk Show Hosts

Jimmy Fallon
Former cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from 1998-2004. Current host of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Future host of “The Tonight Show.”
Johnny Carson
Here's Johnny!!!! Need I say any more about the most well-known late night talk show host of all time? He is the standard by which all others are graded by, including Leno and Letterman.
Conan O’Brien
O'Brien is the late night man for TBS, with his show “Conan.” He does great for them, and what can you really add about a guy who graduated from Harvard and is also a writer, actor, comedian, and producer?
Jimmy Kimmel
Host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” He is the self proclaimed "Three-headed dog stars must pass on their way to No-Dancing Hell.”
Arsenio Hall
Things Arsenio Hall and the Cleveland Browns have in common: 1) Both have a dog pound, 2) Both had their initial runs prematurely ended and 3) Both had revivals (the Browns in 1999, and Arsenio’s in September 2013.)
Jay Leno
Long-time talk show host of “The Tonight Show,” he was Johnny Carson's stand-in. He's also done some acting and has a fantastic car collection.
David Letterman
He started as a weatherman and is now one of the most recognizable people that reside in your living room JoyBox.
Space Ghost
Every other late night talk show host gets a one-hour program and human sidekicks/band leaders, whereas Space Ghost was only given 15 to 30 minutes and forced to share the stage with a giant praying mantis.
Craig Ferguson
Highly-talented and successful Scottish comedian, who also writes, produces and plays the drums. Never takes himself too seriously.
Magic Johnson
Five-time NBA champion and three-time NBA MVP, hosted short-lived late night show “The Magic Hour” in 1998.

The Power Rankings are compiled by MyBriefs staff writers Joseph Laguerre, Franklin Lee, Graham J. Noble, Tyler Pisani and Christopher Wilson and are sponsored by Panda Express.

1 comment:

  1. This needs to be redone with the new landscape of late night talk shows. Bye Craig Ferguson---I really miss you. Seeing Dave go will be rough. Dave was Johnny Carson's Boy---Carson's pick to replace him on the Tonight Show, as we all know. Before Johnny died, he was writing monologue jokes for Letterman. Anyone in the "biz" (as a writer & more for Maine's only late night talk show, I'm almost in said "biz") will tell you, Carson is #1. No one would put up with any other stat. Johnny & Dave created the 12:30 spot.

    I believe that Fallon is the most talented out of all of them. His impressions are many and spot-on, and his singing/dancing abilities are unmatched by the others.
    He's going to own 11:30 for the next 30 or 40 years.

    My personal fav is till Conan, though. I think that he, Andy and the writers come up with the quirkiest, highest comedy level ideas.


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