Who Will Rule Late Night?
If you didn't know already, beginning in June Conan O'Brien will be the new Tonight Show host following in the footsteps of Jay Leno, Johnny Carson, and Steve Allen. O'Brien was successful on his Late Night show which won Emmy Awards for Best Writing over the years. His show featured characters like the Masturbating Bear, Preparation H Raymond, and bits like "In the Year 2000." Conan's nonsensical humor has amassed a loyal following that will continue to watch him on The Tonight Show. Tonight Show audiences who have never watched Conan before will get to see how funny he is and whether he can carry the popular late night talk show.
In recent years, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno has been number 1 in late night, while the Late Show With David Letterman has been number 2. But with Leno gone, Letterman can finally take that top spot. Many people still feel that Letterman should have been The Tonight Show host instead of Leno after Johnny Carson retired. David still remains successful after all these years despite not getting that Tonight Show gig. His popular Top 10 list and deadpan humor attract a wide audience every night. It wouldn't be surprising if Tonight Show viewers switched to the Late Show after Leno leaves..
Jimmy Kimmel Live is an underrated show that slips under the radar because of prominent late night talk shows like The Tonight Show and The Late Show. Over the last few years, Jimmy Kimmel Live has matured into a very good show. With a funny cast that includes Cousin Sal, Uncle Frank, and a short stubby security guard named Guillermo, the show has the potential to be the best late night talk show. The show has risen to popularity due to bits like "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship" and music videos featuring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Jimmy Kimmel and his show continue to get better every night.
Jimmy Fallon is a newcomer to late night, so it's too early to determine if he will or won't be a successful late night talk show host. His show has received mixed reviews so far, but Fallon has the talent and creativity to make his show great. He is friends with a lot of celebrities. So landing celebrity guests won't be a problem.
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