Best Late Night Hosts

The Top Ten

1 Conan O' Brein

Conan is incredible. Watching his show always feels a lot different than other talk shows, and it's mostly due in part to the relationship between Conan and his guests. No matter who they are, they always seem to display a very "at-home" and relaxed sort of vibe. For years now, Conan's been a huge inspiration in my life because of his friendly demeanor and hilarious talent. From Andy, to Deon, Jimmy Vivino and The Basic Cable Band, to the directors, and other members of the crew, every single one of them adds a little of their own touch to the show and in turn an incredible shows are constantly produced for viewers. I sincerely hope I can look forward to seeing Conan O' Brein for many, many more years to come. He really is incredible.

Conan was born to host late night... And andy was born to be his partner. Why isn't space ghost an option, by the way?

Conan is the most authentic late night show host, and is the funniest as well! There will never be another Conan. Guys like Fallon, Kimmel, or Ferguson are replaceable

Funniest, goofiest ever.

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2 Jimmy Fallon Jimmy Fallon James Thomas "Jimmy" Fallon is an American comedian, television host, actor, singer, writer, and producer.

He is the greatest. Really my favorite talk show host. He is actually funny and not boring like every other host, except maybe Craig. My favorite and I hope he does well on the tonight show. Congrats Jimmy.

Show's kinda interesting but only because its become more of a game show instead of a talk show, Jimmy Fallon's actual persona has no charm, no humour, all he does is fake laugh and clap like a seal, most people who like him only knows about 3 talk show hosts (him, kimmel and corden), how the hell is he 2nd please move him down CRAIG DOES NOT DESERVES TO BE LOWER THAN JIMMY FALLON

I was sad to see jay Leno leave, but with someone as good as jimmy Fallon taking his place, there is no doubt in my mind that he will do great and become a new late night legend.

I used to think he was OK, but now over the years he began to suck. - trainlover

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3 Craig Ferguson

You get the sense that he writes a lot of his own material, and a lot of it is improvised. He's a genuinely funny guy, unlike these other guys who just have funny people working for them.

Funniest guy of them all his show is the one that stands out. He has no sidekick other than a robot. He performs his own sketches (aquaman, puppets)

I am from the Middle-east moving to LA, I really hope that I can meet Craig by any chance. He literally makes me laugh whenever I watch his show online.
He, unlike other talk show hosts, improvises most of his material and sketches. When he interviews people, you can hear an actual conversation between two human beings and not a Question and Answer dialogue, that is why I voted for him and I wish him good luck on his career.

For someone whom I believe to be Irish, the man could make me piss my pants, even though that's not true. But between his monologue and the acts with the horse and the gay robot, I'd LMFAO. The game show was pretty awesome too. - trainlover

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4 David Letterman David Letterman David Michael Letterman is an American former television and radio host, comedian, writer, producer, and actor.

"The creepy thing is that it has been reported that I have had sex with women on this show. Now, my response to that is: Yes I have. "

Haha, Letterman is brilliant!

Great comedian, great interviewer. Period!

Letterman is the best of all times!

The definition of Polished. Pure class.

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5 Jimmy Kimmel

If you are measuring hosts by the interviewing skills the Kimmel is at the top of the list. You actually learn something about his guests because he actually interviews them.

Can't stand this puke. What traitor has a bloody Muslim and a disgruntled white house criminal on his show and think it's funny. I don't have to name names. They speak for themselves. - trainlover

I think Kimmel is brilliant, a natural wit. I really like his style. Far and away the best current talk show host, currently, and there are some good ones.

Way better than Fallon. To like Fallon, you need to be able to laugh at certain things he does. To like Kimmel, you have to be a normal person.

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6 Johnny Carson Johnny Carson John William "Johnny" Carson was an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, actor, and musician, best known for his 30 years as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Most of these hosts will tell you that they look to Johnny Carson for inspiration. There's a reason for that. Because he was the best.

He invented the modern talk show. There's a reason why no one could ever top him and why he was the host of the tonight show for 30 years.

The greatest talk show host ever

Hands down the king

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7 Jay Leno Jay Leno

Jay is so funny even looking on his face is really funny. I enjoy his segments like his monologues, headlines, usa vs world, jaywalking, making fun with Arnold Schwarzenegger etc. I want this guy on number 1 spot soon.

Jay leno is the most consistent late night host. I have been watching him for 22 years and never stop enjoying him. I've watched them all and my opinion has not changed Jay Leno is the best.

The best in the last twenty years. I think some Americans that don't like him just don't keep up with News enough to last. I said some Americans... not all! He has the best monologue!

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8 Stephen Colbert Stephen Colbert Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, media critic, and television host.

Another host who actually interviews a guest rather than just continuing their comedy act. I have to say I like a host who is entertaining but also actually does an interview and let's you get to know a little about the guest.

Faux or not... he is having one heck of a time and his audience are along for the ride. The glint in his eye and the questions he ask politicians are hardly ever heard in the mainstream press. - mgenet

Incredibly funny and doesn't kiss peoples asses...

Pompous political, traitor loving moron - trainlover

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9 Jon Stewart Jon Stewart

The best intelligent humor! But I like conan too


The best!

10 Dick Clark

The Contenders

11 Carson Daly
12 James Corden James Corden

He is naturally very quick and hilarious in his delivery.

He's cute & funny!

13 Arsenio Hall
14 Chelsea Handler

Shes funny really funny

15 Seth Meyers
16 John Oliver
17 Wanda Sykes Wanda Sykes Wanda Sykes is an American comedian, writer, actress and voice artist. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. V 1 Comment
18 Charlie Rose
19 Mo'Nique Mo'Nique
20 Samantha Bee Samantha Bee Samantha Bee is a Canadian-American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actress, media critic, and television host.

Sam Bee may be new, but she kicks ass and is definitely better than Conan. Conan is annoying, and Sam Bee just got her chance to roast him in her cold open. Make way for the new queen of late night

, she's awesome!

Funny bitch

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