Best Late Night Hosts

The Top Ten

1 Conan O'Brien Conan O'Brien

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


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2 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.

Hilarious and very good at improvising and has a lot of fun talking with his guests.

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3 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.

Jimmy is the best, he is funny and I watch him all the time. I'm very sad his mother passed away.

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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.

You just gotta love Colbert, his satirical humor is on point. Even in this dark times his jokes never fall to put a smile on my face. He brings the big guns to the table for every single one of his monologues on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, making each one feel unique and fresh.

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

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 John Oliver

The Contenders

11 James Corden James Corden

He is naturally very quick and hilarious in his delivery.

He's cute & funny!

12 Seth Meyers
13 Dick Cavett
14 Arsenio Hall
15 Steve Allen
16 Chelsea Handler

Shes funny really funny

17 Dick Clark
18 Carson Daly
19 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
20 Trevor Noah Trevor Noah

Funniest host...EVER

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1. Conan O'Brien
2. James Corden
3. Jimmy Fallon
1. Johnny Carson
2. Jimmy Fallon
3. David Letterman
1. Johnny Carson
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