Choosing your favorite late night talk show host is like selecting a late night slice of pizza: regardless of your selection you’re going to end the night with a smile. While all of our nominees may have different styles of comedy they all share one important trait: they make us laugh. A lot.
Let’s take a look at five funny moments from our “Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host” nominees.
1. Conan O’Brien
No late night host is more adept at mining comedy from everyday life than Conan O’Brien. O’Brien’s brand of trenchant, offbeat humor is best utilized when he’s allowed to interact with an unsuspecting participant. Watch one of O’Brien’s classic encounters with Conan producer and frequent comedic foil, Jordan Schlansky.
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2. David Letterman
David Letterman is easily one of the most revered late night talk show hosts in the game. Unlike some of his younger peers, the 66-year-old legend doesn’t shy away from unleashing his acerbic wit during celebrity interviews.
3. Jimmy Fallon
Is there anyone on late night television having more fun than “King of enthusiasm” Jimmy Fallon? Fallon’s infectious brand of innovative late night hijinks are on full display below as he participates in a competitive lip sync competition with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephen Merchant.
4. Jimmy Kimmel
From Matt Damon to Ben Affleck to Ryan Reynolds, Jimmy Kimmel has carved a niche as the late night destination for hilariously inventive celebrity videos. Kimmel’s blue collar charm and propensity to push the comedic envelope has made his talk show appointment viewing.
5. Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert the character is hilarious, but Stephen Colbert the person may just be one of the funniest hosts in late night television. “Thank you ladies and gentlemen. You are sunshine on the roses of my patriotism.”
Who captured your “Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host” vote?