Is the Good-Natured Jimmy Fallon the Logical Heir to the 'Tonight Show' Chair? | New York Magazine
in the past year, in the relative safety of his 12:35 a.m. time slot, Fallon has been cultivating a distinct, and refreshing, strain of humor: the comedy of unabashed celebration. If other late-night shows have come to feature a familiar crankiness—directed at politicians, our trashy culture, or rival talk-show hosts—Fallon, by contrast, now presides over a goofy, raucous, playful, innovative hour of shameless shenanigans. It’s Jimmy Fallon’s late-night house of joy. [Read More]
‘Late Show’ Posts First Demo Victory Over ‘The Tonight Show’ Since Leno’s Return | Deadline
David Letterman's ratings gains over Leno continue. The two were tied for the past 3 weeks at a 0.9 rating and now, for the first time, Letterman came out on top last week for a clean sweep: victories in adults 18-49 (1.0/4 vs. 0.9/4 for Leno), adults 25-54 (1.3/5 vs. 1.2/5) and total viewers (3.8 million vs. 3.6 million). [Read More]
The Unsocial Network - an excerpt from Bill Carter's new bookabout late night’s explosive 2010 showdown | Vanity Fair
Plunging ratings. Tense negotiations. A bewildered, increasingly outraged Conan O’Brien and an anxiously pragmatic Jay Leno. In this excerpt from his new book, Bill Carter unfurls the behind-the-scenes story of late night’s explosive 2010 showdown. [Read More]
Comedians Laugh as Jay Leno Sinks
With Jay Leno's Tonight Show ratings now below what Conan O'Brien's were, many in the comedy world see it as just desserts for Leno. [Read More]
Nick Vatterott Whips Out Giant Set List On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Nick Vatterott is one of the few I can un-ironically call a merrymaker. I laugh at Nick the way a kid laughs at keys jangling, shiny keys. Unlike jangling keys, there's always a strong premise behind his work. Since I am a fan of Nick, I was so glad to see him perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Friday. It starts out pretty normal and slowly evolves into something else entirely… [Read More]
Jay Leno's Younger Viewers Slip Away | WSJ
Comedian Jay Leno's audience among young viewers has shrunk in the seven months since NBC reinstalled him in his longtime perch on "The Tonight Show" and ended Conan O'Brien's brief stint as host. [Read More]
More From Casey Affleck on Joaquin Phoenix' mockumentary 'I'm Still Here' | NY Times
Once Casey Affleck started explaining his real intent in filming “I’m Still Here,” the faux documentary that seems to follow Joaquin Phoenix on a descent into celebrity hell, he just kept going—and things got more interesting. Letterman writer Bill Scheft said “Dave knew about it and Dave loved it because he could play along.” Mr. Scheft said he occasionally tried to tell people that Mr. Phoenix’s weird appearance was an act. But they would tell him he was wrong, that Mr. Phoenix, “is a schi... [Read More]
Jimmy Fallon looking for college students for stupid people tricks-type show feature
It looks like Jimmy Fallon is taking a page from David Letterman’s late night play book. Yesterday afternoon, an email circulated around the campus of New York University informing the student body that producers at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon... [Read More]
Chris Gethard appeals to Diddy on Jimmy Fallon show
In case you missed Friday’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon because you were out laughing your ass off at a comedy club like me, all you need to know is #DiddyGethard. And if you find that hashtag as inappropriately funny as I do and want to know more,... [Read More]
Joaquin Phoenix Returning to Letterman's 'Late Show' | NY Times
The physical form of Joaquin Phoenix is headed back to David Letterman’s “Late Show” – will he bring his mind this time? On Monday, press representatives for CBS’s “Late Show” said that Mr. Phoenix, the living art experiment and occasional star of films like “We Own the Night” and “Walk the Line,” will be a guest on Mr. Letterman’s late-night program on Sept. 22. [Read More]