Best Late Night Hosts

The Top Ten

1 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.

come on, he literally deprecates himself for the joke, even though he well knows he's smart, Harvard Educated smart, no one else on this list would be that selfless.

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.

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

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.

2 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.

Love him. Such a natural and so original. Never full of him self. (Just can't watch the ones who think their polit opinions are actually important -- I want to relax and be entertained, not listen to an activitist.) He could do jokes/put downs, but was genuinely happy to have become an American citizen -- being proud of our country is rare among "stars" these days. Bonus points for sexy voice and not hard to look at. Sad day when he left late night TV.

The absolute best!
So incredibly funny & multi-talented! A first rate comedian, impressionist, interviewer and singer. The one late night host I stayed up late for.I cried the night Craig left the airwaves

The funniest comedy show I've ever seen. Craig's show is improv only, and he's the best there is at it.

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.

3 Jimmy Kimmel James Christian "Jimmy" Kimmel is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a late-night talk show that premiered on ABC in 2003. Kimmel hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012 and 2016, and the Academy Awards in 2017 and ...read more.

Pretty decent late-night host. Besides Conan, he's the best current late-night host.

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.

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.

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.

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

Jimmy is the best host, I swear he has a good relationship with every celebrity in Hollywood. He is such a nice person, he's always so positive. His games are really funny and entertaining.

Jimmy Fallon is AWESOME. I swear to God, there's no one better than him.

I Love Jimmy Fallon he's very creative and the most interesting host, he brings new ideas and new life because of his all around talent. Its not just smart but musically inclined too

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

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

My favorite host of late night shows. Warm, smart, friendly, great sense of humor, and topical.

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.

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

The most intellectual and rebellious host. His interviews always had a bit more too them

Letterman was a great interviewer and a good comedian. I really miss him...

"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!

7 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 greatest talk show host ever

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

8 John Oliver John William Oliver is an English comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. Oliver started his career as a stand-up comedian, both in the United Kingdom and United States.

Honestly, his Trump jokes never fail to make me laugh. Oliver is funny and is almost always worth staying up for

Ha fortnight danse LOL!

Yes

9 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.

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 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

10 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.

He is naturally very quick and hilarious in his delivery.

Love His attitude and reactions

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

Best personality. Most diverting show

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? Rainn Wilson Rainn Dietrich Wilson is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom The Office, for which he has earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

The Contenders

11 Trevor Noah

Trevor is droll and funny, also worldly without being world-weary.

So funny and gives a different view on topic because of his backround

Should be higher than Fallon as well. Noah almost never fails to make me laugh

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

12 Seth Meyers

Late Night with Seth Meyers is pretty funny, in my opinion. I like the jokes (it’s comedy I enjoy) and I prefer him over Fallon and Kimmel

He's funny. I like the late night storytime.

13 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!

14 Steve Allen

Talented pulse great side kicks and super guest.
he shared the spot light

Helped humor become a part of American Life

The greatest

Best of all!

15 Dick Cavett
16 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.

Brilliant

Great

17 Arsenio Hall
18 Chelsea Handler

Shes funny really funny

19 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.
20 Dick Clark
21 Eric Andre

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

Amazing host of the funniest show.

22 Carson Daly
23 Samantha Bee Samantha Bee is a Canadian-American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actress, media critic, and television host.

Full Frontal is hilarious. Samantha Bee should be a little higher than 25 (even though she’s newer)

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

24 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!

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