questionswho's the worst late-night talk show interviewer?

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I just don't watch any of them for the same reasons you stated.

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I don't do talk shows either. I watch the History Channel. Way better IMHO.

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I try to go to bed at to me what I consider a decent time (before 11pm, 10pm is my target), so I miss out on the talk shows and just don't bother on the weekends. I know my Mom watches Letterman.

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Leno is the worst... Jon Stewart posts longer parts on his site when the interviews go over

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I like Daniel Tosh (if he counts). And, Stephen Colbert (especially the "Better Know a District" bits). And, of course, the Ali G Show was great for celeb interviews.

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letterman is the worst. Charlie Rose is one of the greatest.

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Letterman's the only host I've seen insult someone he interviews to their face and amazingly, the guests let him get away with it. He's one of the few who's earned that level of respect.

Fallon spoofed his interview style pretty well on SNL. He is overly enthusiastic about everything the guest says, sometimes to the point of appearing fake or saccharin.

As for Leno and Conan, they are just too overbearing and need to dominate the conversation either with interjections, personal musings and, in Conan's case, theatrics (dancing, animal noises, overtly sexual remarks, etc.).

Colbert has an interesting dichotomy because he's playing a character. When he interviews someone who really interests him, he breaks character and reacts as himself. When the guest is boring, almost as conservative as his character or the audience isn't reacting well, he has the ability to quickly make an absurd & irreverent comment as his hyper-conservative persona.

Charlie Rose, however, is simply the king.

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Carson. Johnny Carson, that is.

Leno used to be decent, but has pretty much fallen backwards and is as annoying and boring as all of the others. I've pretty much given up on talk interview shows. The hosts are grating; the questions are superficial, self-indulgent and insulting to the intelligence; and the humor is course and humorless.

I spend my time watching Netflix or reading books.

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IMO -- Letterman, because his only concern is setting himself up for a joke or two, usually at the interviewee's expense and rarely funny.

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Conan O'Brien is absolutely the worst ever. At least the others (even Jimmy Fallon) come across as reasonably intelligent at times. Conan is virtually always stupid, and so is all of his so-called comedy. Complete idiot.

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@thetexastwister: Its good that you read and watch movies, but you obviously never watched Carson. He was the best talk show host ever, in many, many people's opinions.

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Carson Daly is the worst talk show host. The only thing I ever found amusing on his show was when he showed a coffee cup he says he got from someone that says something like, "World's 17th Greatest Talk Show Host". I chuckled as I think he realized how true it was...then I realized that 17th was being generous.

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Leno is pretty bad.

Not late night, but no one is better at celebrity interviews than Howard Stern.

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i don't see any mention here of jimmy kimmel - i think he is a great late nite host/interviewer! am really looking forward to his show moving from the 12:05 a.m. slot to the 11:35 p.m. slot.

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@thetexastwister: My mistake, I meant to say that Johnny Carson was the best of the late night interviewers. Doggone it. I hate it when I mistype something. Drat!!!!!!

Johnny Carson was a fun to watch. All the others suck rocks.

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between the ferns Zach Galifanakaisisas = best. Leno = worst

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@thetexastwister: That's funny, I read what you meant. not what your wrote. I had to go back and re-read to see what had happened. I guess Johnny Carson is so widely respected that it never even occurred to me you would say he was bad, and I read what you wrote as him being the best. What I loved best about Carson was his gentleness, especially with the regular people he had on the show. He could be sharp and incisive with a performer or a politician, but he was as sweet as pie when he was interviewing somebody's grandma. My favorite Carson bit was Stupid Pet Tricks.I was Maher, Colbert and Daily these days. But Maher annoys me more every show with using his position as hot to press his own political and persons beliefs rather than just arbitrate a debate among his often impressively erudite guests. I hate all of his bits, I watch it for the intelligence of the guests.

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@moondrake: Dang, sorry about all the typos above. My assistant interrupted me and I kept typing while we talked.

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@moondrake: Yes, Johnny Carson was the best at that. Somehow he always seemed to find the right rapport with each of his guests. If I remember correctly, he could morph into different roles seamlessly while conducting interviews. Carson could be a setup man one moment for a guest and then be a perfect comic foil the next.

Another thing I appreciated about Carson's humor was that while he could make jokes about politicians he rarely betrayed his own political views. Letterman and the others have shown their colors and have made their jokes increasingly political. Usually making snide or even vicious cutting remarks that Carson would never have allowed on his show.

But most of all was his quick wit and willingness to make himself look goofy for a good joke or to make someone else look good on the show. >>>>> a little more

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@moondrake: I remember great moments such as Ed McMahon's failed live Alpo Commercial where Johnny impersonated a dog to help Ed save face.

Another was a joke about Taco Bell not being allowed in the Soviet Union while other fast food franchises were being invited "...because of Taco Bell's slogan 'Make a Run For the Border.'"

A knife thrower who accidentally throws a knife onto the target's crotch and Johnny saying (I think) "I didn't know you were Jewish."

When a tiger lunges at Johnny, he sprints across the stage and leaps into Ed McMahon's arms with a comically frightened look on Carson's face.

My favorite: When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait he claimed that Americans in Kuwait were "guests of the Iraqi Government." After then President George H. W. Bush made his stern reply Carson summarized it as, "... alright, but if one of those 'guests' is hurt, I'm sending 50,000 really close friends for dinner."

What are your favorite moments of Johnny Carson?

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@crethwilm: Yeah, I actually meant that Carson was the best, not the worst. My fault for not catching the mistake. I loved his time on The Tonight Show. He had so many great moments and could find a great rapport with his audience and guests with such ease.

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@thetexastwister: Your memory is much sharper than mine. But his comfort and ease with all his guests (including the furry ones) and his aptitude for making them feel at ease (including most of the furry ones) was wonderful to watch. I think the thing I remember most clearly was when he had the bug guy on his show, and this ENORMOUS bug was sitting on Johnny's head, and the guy said "Don't worry, it doesn't bite. At least I don't think it does." And it seemed like the guy was being honest, not making a joke and Johnny gave him the funniest look. But he stayed calm and carried on after milking the moment for its humor. Johnny Carson was always someone I was glad to welcome into my living room, while some of these other hosts I can enjoy watching, but I am glad they are on the other side of the glass.

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@moondrake: I think I remember seeing that moment during a retrospective of his career. The look on his face while staring at the camera was absolutely priceless. You are absolutely right, Carson was the master at making everyone feel comfortable being around him.