BEST LATE-LATE-NIGHT HOSTS
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.
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