April 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm #347665
Basically every host of late night has a sidekick to riff off of, from Andy Richter for Conan, Guillermo for Jimmy Kimmel, or even Geoff the talking skeleton for the previous incarnation of The Late Late Show.
So, who’s your favourite?
I think Steve Higgins is underutilized on The Tonight Show for how talented he is. His Shaggy-off last week was great, (and not only because he mentioned me in his second rap) and I just generally love his banter with Jimmy. And as much as I find Seth Myers to be unsatisfying as the Late Night host, I always love seeing Fred Armisen whenever he’s around.
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Ever? Ed McMahon
Now? Andy RichterApril 27, 2015 at 6:57 pm #347668
Andy Richter, easily.April 27, 2015 at 6:58 pm #347669
Guillermo is one of the best parts of Jimmy Kimmel Live.April 27, 2015 at 6:59 pm #347670
Ever? Ed McMahon
Now? Andy Richter
Ya, McMahon is a legend for sure. I was asking specifically about current sidekicks, but no conversation would be complete without his name being mentioned.
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Not only because I am an unabased Craig Ferguson super-fan, but because Craig Ferguson’s show wouldn’t be complete without Geoff, voiced and controlled by Josh Robert Thompson (a top-notch comedian himself) – how is it possible that a mechanical robot skeleton can be so damn endearing and human? Just by JRT and Craig’s brilliant chemistry, Geoff becomes less of a novelty and a real sidekick, albeit just not a human one. Craig Ferguson is the greatest late night talk show host in history, only Johnny Carson and David Letterman are better than him – and a huge part of his appeal has been Geoff Peterson, and both are set to become television icons.April 27, 2015 at 11:18 pm #347672
Andy Richter is easily my favorite. He is the only one who outshines the host, actually.April 27, 2015 at 11:52 pm #347673
Richter is wonderful. His banter with Conan keeps the show from looking like all the other regular Late Night shows and he is a master at timing.
Higgins is great too but sometimes his quick timing is under his breath with Jimmy Fallon not even hearing it but the viewers hearing it. But I love the recurring gag when Higgins says something hilarious and he starts waving and walking away and Jimmy yells “Ladies and Gentlemen, his final show before retirement, Steve Higgins!” and he walks back and says something why he returned. Also look up The Real Housewives of Late Night. He is the best in that and I wish they brought that down from Late Night to the Tonight Show.
Reggie Watts is starting to find his footing as James Corden’s side kick too. I love the daily bit where when he introduced Corden he changes what city Corden is originally from “All the way from Rome, Italy… Mr. JAMES CORDEN!” and then the next night it would be “All the way from Atlanta, Georgia…..”. And he has a daily segment where he gets to ask one random question to one of the guests is great.
Geoff was great too and added to the oddness of Craig’s show.
Guillmero has never done much for me to really appreciate. He seems like more of an afterthought a lot and Kimmel only using him for humiliation like wearing a funky costume or such
Fred Armisen seems like he’s checked out and his brain is in Portland all the time. He isn’t even there all the time because of Portlandia so he really isn’t affective
Paul Shaffer sometimes has something good to add to Letterman but sometimes there is no need for him to pipe in.
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