With the recent (exciting) announcement that Stephen Colbert wll succeed David Letterman as Late Show host, it has gotten me thinking that if Colbert can get some positive notices, he could signify a new beginning for late night talk shows, and possibly become one of the best.
But then I thought – there are lots of legendary late night hosts, but who is THE best in history? Recently, there have been Carson vs. Letterman debates, so let’s settle this once and for all – who is the greatest late night talk show host in American television history?
I think I covered the good ones (who will consider Craig Kilborn one of the best, honestly?).
I wish that Jimmy Fallon could just relax and let his jokes flow. He visibly puts too much effort into orchestrating them as they happen, which is a shame because he does have a good show going, with his viral videos and whatnot.
Conan is probably good, but I still feel so burned after his TBS premiere was so unashamedly pedestrian.
Kimmel is reliable.
Carson really is the king of chat shows in the US. Lettermen a close second.
Conan’s Late Show in the 90’s is the best Late Night show ever. The Tonight Show w/ Conan and Conan felt/feel like stifled, pedestrian versions of his earlier stuff. Still good for laughs but lacks the ambition and creativity of the earlier shows.
I’ve never liked Kimmel. Fallon isn’t a great interviewer. Furgeson is funny but his schtick has grown tired. Leno hasn’t been funny in decades. Letterman was a true pioneer. But the king is Carson.