It is just around midnight, and you need a break from all the studying you have done so far. You flip on the TV and there are so many late-night options, from Nick at Night to Adult Swim. But if you are sick of the reruns and looking for something new, then your options are the late – night TV shows. From Jay Leno to Jimmy Kimmel to Carson Daly, there is a large variety in the late night market, and it may be hard to decipher the good from the bad. Here’s an analysis of each late – night show.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno- Starting with the most watched late – night show, Jay Leno took the desk from Johnny Carson in 1992 and has been getting the laughs since. His show is popular for his simple down – to – earth comedy and for the fact that Leno is just a normal guy. He likes cars, women and happens to have a knack for stand-up. While his comedy is geared more for middle-aged adults, college students can still enjoy the show. His skits like Headlines and Jaywalkers are hilarious and make you realize how stupid some people can really be.
The Late Show With David Letterman- Leno’s competition is his former friend and comedian David Letterman. Ten (even five) years ago Letterman’s show was a must-see, with great gags and awesome guests. While he still gets the guests today, his show comes off as lame, and it doesn’t even seem like Letterman is laughing. He looks bored, and so is the audience. It is time to find a replacement before his reputation is ruined. Even the untouchable “Top Ten List,” which people used to look forward to, has lost its touch. If you’re done studying and want to fall asleep quicker, then turn on Letterman.
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson- Following Letterman, if you’re still awake, is the Scottish Craig Ferguson. You may recognize him from the Drew Carey Show and?well that is about it. His show provides some chuckles, with skits like “Elevator Confessions,” but can be very hit – or – miss.
Late Night With Conan O’Brien- Airing opposite of Ferguson on NBC is Conan O’Brien. By far, Conan’s show is the funniest out of the bunch. From now – famous sketches like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Conan’s off-the-wall interviews with celebrities, he provides the most laughs. Almost every night, there is something you’ll still be laughing about the next morning. He doesn’t hold back and is the perfect kind of comedy for a college student. In fact, I suggest checking out his 10th Anniversary DVD which showcases some of the best stuff on his show. You will be laughing until your cheeks turn red. His show remains to be consistently funny, and he has already been guaranteed Leno’s spot in 2009.
Last Call with Carson Daly- While Conan provides all the laughter, his follow-up wants to bring you to tears for how bad the comedy is. Carson’s career has been reduced from hit – host of – TRL to a 2 a.m. nobody. Carson laughs at his own jokes more than the audience. Avoid this show at all costs. It will only make you angry that you wasted your time.
Jimmy Kimmel Live- Rounding out the bunch is ABC’s answer to the dominating late night from NBC and CBS. Kimmel’s hit Comedy Central show, “The Man Show,” was a riot. “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” sadly, is not as funny as it’s toned down for ABC. You’ll get a couple of chuckles for what would have been great laughs on his other show. Frequent guest appearances by comedians like Dane Cook help save the show, and his opening monologue has memorable sketches like his “Over Censoring” sketch where he bleeps out normal words from other shows and makes them sound dirty.
Overall, when you’re browsing through late – night TV, stick to mostly NBC, but if you get bored with Leno, then give Jimmy Kimmel a try. Just remember that when Conan O’Brien ends, hurry and shut off your TV, because Carson Daly will give you nightmares.