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In a similar way to ‘Doctor Who’ reincarnating, as society evolves, chat show hosts must be updated and replaced While today’s shows will still always feature actors and pop stars plugging their latest films and albums, the halcyon days of Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson are long gone. Today’s talk show formats have all come on leaps and bounds… the names of the following shows will be familiar, but the faces and messages may well have changed since the last time you tuned in.
Since September 2015, the latest incarnation of one of TV’s most revered shows is ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’. His stints with Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’ and his own spin-off ‘The Colbert Report’ make for much more politically-aware viewing and his no-nonsense, dead-pan style makes him the ideal man to fill David Letterman’s more punchline-orientated boots.
James Corden’s rise from playing Smithy in English sitcom ’Gavin and Stacey’ to hosting his own U.S. chat-show has been nothing short of meteoric. Always hilarious, charming and humble, cuddly Corden took over this late night slot from Scotsman Craig Ferguson and whether he’s interviewing, performing alongside greats like Matt Damon or singing carpool karaoke with the stars, his talent and creativity shines through.
Johnny Carson and Jay Leno helmed ‘The Tonight Show’ for fifty years but now there is a new kid on the block - former ‘Saturday Night Live’ alumni Jimmy Fallon. And in my opinion, he’ll wear the crown for many a year. Fallon’s incumbency (accompanied by his hip-hop band ‘The Roots’) returned the show to its spiritual home in Manhattan’s Ed Sullivan Theater. With epic Lip-Sync Battles and guest appearances from frequent and much-loved collaborator, Justin Timberlake, Fallon deservedly sits near the top of this list.
‘The Late Show’ isn’t the only show to return in autumn 2015 with a brand new host as Trevor Noah stepped into Jon Stewart’s ‘The Daily Show’ role. After a bumpy start, the South African comedian has finally found his feet, endearing himself and raising important issues to the people of America… but for those of you still missing Jon Stewart, he will return to HBO in 2016.
If informative political satire is what you’re after, this is the late night show for you. Ex-‘The Daily Show’ comedy correspondent and writer John Oliver impressed TV execs so much when he guest presented in Jon Stewart’s absence, the dour, monotone yet hilarious and astute English satirist was bound to get his own show.
Late night shows always keep me awake, but those four shows should send you off to the land of nod with a smile on your face and a song in your heart. If you’re like me and Jimmy Fallon et al are just too exciting and guffaw-inducing to go to sleep on, stream them the next day instead. However, if you’re after more hard-hitting, meaningful entertainment before you turn in for the night - you should check out these shows similar to ‘The Late Show’.
More intelligent, polemic satire with another Jon Stewart collaborator. Larry Wilmore and his panel of guests discuss current news issues, play games and “represent underrepresented voices out there.”
Bill Maher follows up his old show ‘Politically Incorrect’ by interviewing academics, politicians and celebrities in a show that doesn’t hold back when setting the record straight.
Whether you’re after the all-singing, all-dancing silliness of Jimmy Fallon or whether the anti-religious views of Bill Maher are more up your street, I think we’ve covered nearly all bases and am certain there must be something in this list that raises a titter and stimulates your brain-computer. Happy viewing!
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