With Stephen Colbert set to be the next host of “The Late Show” and Jimmy Fallon having settled into “The Tonight Show;” we will see them go head to head in the world of network late night at some point in 2015.
But long before then we are likely to see a Colbert and Fallon showdown at the upcoming Emmy Awards in the race for Best Variety Series.
In each of the last two years, his “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” was nominated for Best Variety Series so it looks likely that he’ll bring “The Tonight Show” back as a nominee for only the second time since 2004 (in 2010 Conan O’Brien’s version was able to crack the field).
Standing in Fallon’s way of ultimate Emmy glory is last year’s winner “The Colbert Report.” The "Report" broke the 10-year winning streak of Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” Both of these Comedy Central shows make fun of the newsmakers of the day.
Colbert’s performance as a character offers something unique in the category. His exposure and buzz have magnified since being named to the new job. Add to that Letterman's gracious passing of the “Late Show” baton, as evidenced by Colbert's appearance on the show Tuesday, and he could be unbeatable.
Below, watch Fallon and Colbert collaborate on a rendition of the YouTube sensation "Friday" back in 2011 before they had their new jobs.
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