Talk shows are great. And most people would like to agree with that. After all, they provide quality entertainment for the entire family. And oftentimes put a smile on your face when you are having a bad day. I am a big fan of talk shows myself and there isn’t a day when I am not watching Jimmy Kimmel Live! on my Charter cable. It’s just that entertaining! Today, a new generation of talk show hosts has started to take center stage. There are comedians like James Corden and Trevor Noah who are now dominating this space.
Although it is great to have a fresh perspective, no one can ever forget about the legends who made the art of celebrity interviews famous and popularized on talk shows all over the globe. From Johnny Carson to Ellen DeGeneres, there are many hosts who paved the way and whose influence can never be forgotten. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the best talk show hosts of all time.
1. Johnny Carson
Since this is the list of best talk show hosts of all time, it is justified to start off with the legend himself, Johnny Carson. There has been no one like him. He is the definition of The Tonight Show. And it will be safe to say that he contributed a lot to making talk shows what they are today. He was known for asking interesting questions to his guests and was always interested in what they had to say. His magnetic personality is what used to engage the audience and guests both.
2. David Letterman
David Letterman is a comedy veteran. He has been a part of the late-night television industry for a whopping 33 years. He made his debut on television with the show, Late Night with David Letterman. This show is what transformed late-night television forever. He retired in 2015. During his years as a host, he got to interview many famous celebrities like Robin Williams, Ozzy Osbourne, Harrison Ford, Jay Leno, Andy Kaufman, and Bill Murray to name a few. He now currently hosts, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on Netflix.
3. Conan O’Brien
A Harvard graduate, Conan O’Brien served as a writer for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons before he was selected to host The Tonight Show. However, he could only do it for seven months before Jay Leno was given the position. In 2010, O’Brien returned and introduced his own talk show simply titled, Conan. Over the last few years, he changed a few things which included shortening his show to 30 minutes, ditching suits, and removing the desk between him and his guests. He also hosts a podcast entitled, Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend.
4. Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert found success when he played the character of Chuck Noblet on the TV show, Strangers with Candy. At first, Colbert thought of pursuing his career as an actor but then he got interested in improvisational theatre. He has also performed at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Colbert is also the New York Times Best Seller and has bagged an impressive nine Primetime Emmy Awards.
5. Jimmy Kimmel
A successful writer, comedian, and television host, Jimmy Kimmel has a huge following all over the world. He first realized his passion for hosting when he was in high school. Kimmel found a job as a co-host of The Me and Him Show which used to air on a local radio station in Seattle. He then went on to host a number of comic TV shows before he made it big and introduced Jimmy Kimmel Live! In 2003. The show began in 2003 and airs on ABC. It has been nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards.
6. Jimmy Fallon
There are many reasons why Jimmy Fallon is on this list but the most important one of them all is that he is just one great late-night host. He has a unique hosting style and a sweet personality which would allow the most introverted of celebrities to open up and feel comfortable. There are also many fun segments on his show which makes it so fun to watch. Plus, he plays different games with guests which just makes the show so much exciting.
Talk shows have single-handedly changed the American entertainment landscape. But this couldn’t have happened without the efforts of all the great hosts such as the ones mentioned above. So, which host do you like the most?