Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Cover Story - BY JAY BOB­BIN

David Let­ter­man His offbeat style might have been an odd match for the day­time slot he ini­tially oc­cu­pied, but gap­toothed comic Let­ter­man found his place in the late-late night hours ... and made so many seg­ments part of main­stream hu­mor, he car­ried them with him an hour ear­lier when he moved from NBC to CBS. Co­nan O’Brien The for­mer “Simp­sons” writer could ( and fre­quently did) credit David Let­ter­man with cre­at­ing a taste for off-the-beaten-path comedy in the wee hours, set­ting up O’Brien to be able to fol­low in those foot­steps when he suc­ceeded Let­ter­man on NBC’s “Late Night.”

Craig Fer­gu­son Fer­gu­son’s trade­mark stream-of-con­scious­ness left au­di­ences (and CBS ex­ec­u­tives) con­stantly un­sure of what to ex­pect from his years on “The Late Late Show,” and while some of the re­sults were head-scratch­ing, oth­ers were deeply com­pelling – such as the con­ver­sa­tion he had with Arch­bishop Des­mond Tutu. Jimmy Fal­lon “Satur­day Night Live” alum Fal­lon fol­lowed Co­nan O’Brien into the “Late Night” host­ing seat, re­ly­ing heav­ily on comedy seg­ments with guests – as he still does, now that he’s host­ing “The Tonight Show” – to make his mark as some­one who was, and still is, ea­ger to please his au­di­ence.

James Cor­den The cheru­bic Bri­tish im­port, who has made his mark with such seg­ments as “Car­pool Karaoke” – putting him at the wheel while he and a mu­sic su­per­star guest belt out the lat­ter’s hits – and by en­gag­ing mul­ti­ple guests at once will keep at it for some time to come. He re­cently re-upped to con­tinue host­ing CBS’ “The Late Late Show” through the sum­mer of 2022.

David Let­ter­man Co­nan O’Brien Jimmy Fal­lon

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