Old shows get new hosts, and old hosts get new shows. We certainly got a lot of attention when Colbert joined “Late Night,” Fallon left “Late Show” for “The Tonight Show,” and Trevor Noah took over “The Daily Show.”
As talk show viewers are well aware, the transitions described above are only the most recent. Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno both recently left their long-running talk shows, The Tonight Show and Late Night, respectively. It’s anyone’s guess whether talk shows will continue to shake up their talent. Our favourite talk shows are worth watching whether their hosts have been on the air for a year or twenty.
THE DAILY SHOW
“The Daily Show” establishes itself as a showcase for new talent. Many contributors have moved on to their own shows or larger productions, including John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and Olivia Munn, to name a few. In comparison to the majority of his cast and crew, Trevor Noah is a spring chicken, so it will be interesting to see how the show develops.
LATE NIGHT WITH STEPHEN COLBERT
Stephen Colbert has been on television in some capacity since the mid-1990s. But there was one catch: he was always playing a part. As the new host of “Late Night,” Colbert sheds his alter egos in order to present as himself. Colbert’s skill as an interviewer is now even more apparent, as he is both funny and critical. It’s unclear whether he will continue the Late Night legacy of a single host spanning decades, but he appears to be in his element for the time being.
LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
While it does not have the same viewership as the major networks, John Oliver’s HBO talk show is full of witty banter. Oliver sheds his former “Daily Show” alter ego as well, but where Colbert finally reins in his partisanship, Oliver blasts it. Oliver’s smarminess can wear thin towards the end of some episodes, so it’s not for everyone. No one can fault him, however, for his wry comic style and on-camera delivery.
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON
Jimmy Fallon, who hosted “Late Night” before moving on to “The Tonight Show,” brings his sense of levity and music to NBC. While avoiding the more political elements that helped Colbert become a star, Fallon does a good job of lampooning the general public. His best episodes feature bizarre interviews and silly musical numbers.
Conan is still alive and well on his eponymous “Conan.” The host of a talk show has more creative freedom than ever before. Conan, who relies heavily on older source material, continues to elicit laughs, despite the fact that his style hasn’t changed much since the 1990s. What isn’t exactly new provides plenty of nostalgia for longtime viewers, and Conan artfully elicits laughs at the most unexpected times.