Best Late Night Hosts

The Top Ten

1 Conan O'Brien Conan O'Brien Conan Christopher O'Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows; since 2010, he has hosted Conan on the cable channel TBS.

His self deprecating goofiness is impossible to not ball up in laughter over!

He is simply the funniest, goofiest and best.

Best thing to happen to Conan was being removed from NBC. He is doing his best work ever. When I go back and watch old NBC clips, they are stagnant when compared to what he is doing now on TBS. His remotes are brilliant, and refreshing to watch against the regular old late night humdrum. He is at his best when he improv's. Plus, he takes care of his staff better than any one else that I've seen.

THE...BEST...

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2 Craig Ferguson Craig Ferguson Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author and actor. He was the host of both the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game, for which he has won two Daytime Emmy Awards, and of Join or Die with Craig Ferguson on History.

the best

Did the most with less than any other Late Night show host

Late Late night has never been the same without Craig. I miss him.

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.

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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 funny and brings new things to the show

Totally charming! Love his show, it's super funny!

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

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4 Jimmy Kimmel 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.

He is truly funny. It's natural to him, not just a scripted dialog like Leno

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5 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!

Funniest Talk Show Host!

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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.

The best. We need his kind of humor again. Johnny with the animals, snakes, spiders, etc, was worth staying up late for.

Top Five List
1. Johnny Carson
2. David Letterman
3. Conan
4. Leno
5. Freguson

No Jimmys...no Jimmys.

Simply put, you can compare all these and future hosts to Johnny, but Johnny is compared to no one.

The greatest talk show host ever

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

Amazing!

I love watching stephen every night

The Best of The Best!

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.

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8 Jay Leno Jay Leno James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and television host. After doing stand-up comedy for years, he became the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009.

The best ever. Even better than Johnny Carson. There is a reason current late night talk shows are losing popularity. They have become hateful and very politically motivated.

The funniest late show host of all time. I give him the edge over another favorite, Johnny Carson. Jay does not cross the political line. He is the most balanced of all late night hosts

I haven't watched a late show since Jay Leno left...too biased!

He is not funny. at all. his act gets boring really fast.
TEAMCOCO FOR LIFE

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9 John Oliver John Oliver John William Oliver is an English comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host.

Ha fortnight danse LOL!

Yes

10 James Corden James Corden James Kimberley Corden OBE is an English actor, comedian, and television host. He hosts The Late Late Show with James Corden, a late-night television talk show on CBS.

Oh I love this man

Very talented in so many ways. Love, love, love karaoke carpool!

Best personality. Most diverting show

He is naturally very quick and hilarious in his delivery.

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The Contenders

11 Jon Stewart Jon Stewart

The best intelligent humor! But I like conan too

HOW THE HELL IS JON STEWART 9TH, NEEDS TO AT LEAST BE HIGHER THAN FALLON AND KIMMEL

The best!

12 Seth Meyers
13 Trevor Noah Trevor Noah

Trevor is the funniest and he is witty and very intelligent he has a new bright future ahead of him

Refreshingly unbiased!

He is hilarious watch any of his videos you'll see

He makes Intelligent jokes. Simple, but intelligent. Trevor Noah rocks!

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14 Dick Cavett
15 Chelsea Handler

Shes funny really funny

16 Steve Allen
17 Arsenio Hall
18 Dick Clark
19 Carson Daly
20 Eric Andre Eric Andre

Funny comedy great show make more yeah I'm looking at you andre

21 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.

Love her!

22 Charlie Rose
23 Graham Norton Graham Norton Graham William Walker, better known by his stage name Graham Norton, is an Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, and actor based in the United Kingdom.

Great - Jiorl

24 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

25 Craig Kilborn

I miss his late night talk show. He is one of the BEST.

This guy was the best!

26 Mo'Nique Mo'Nique
27 Guillermo Rodriguez

GOAT sideshow to KImmel

He's so funny love him hahah

28 John Kerwin
29 Andy Cohen
30 Jack Paar

When he was a host, he was the biggest name on television. He was by far the most unpredictable and always the best at telling a captivating story. - DullGrey

31 Michael McIntyre Michael McIntyre Michael Hazen James McIntyre is an English comedian, actor and presenter. In 2012, he was reported to be the highest-grossing comedian in the world.
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