(WTFbrb) Rank(s) Late Night Talk Show Hosts

With the week coming up (how rare is that!), WTFbrb assesses weeknight talk-show hosts based on how smart they are, how smart they think (or pretend) they are, how mean they are to people who come on their show, how funny they are, and how newsy they are:

Smart Thinks Mean Funny Newsy
Leno 3 4 3 4 3
Letterman 4 5 5 3 1
Conan 5 2 2 5 1
TV’s Craig Ferguson 2 2 2 4 2
Jimmy Kimmel 5 3 3 2 1
Carson I am not that unemployed (:
Jon Stewart 5 4 3 4 5
Stephen Colbert 4 5 4 5 4

WTFbrb hopes this helps.


  1. Mars Said,

    February 27, 2006 @ 9:12

    Is 5 the most mean/smart/etc, and 1 is the least, or is it the ot her way around?

    If 5 is the most, I’ll go ahead and agree with you - except that I think that your assessment of Leno was a little too generous.

  2. Zubin Said,

    February 27, 2006 @ 10:53

    Mars, let the numbers speak. (:

    But yes, I was thinking of 5 as the most.

    The thing about Leno is he is like the Simpsons, he is funny to a broad range of people. I guess he’s the “huggable bear” of talk show hosts (to Letterman’s nerdy copperhead, Conan’s silly puppy, etc). He also has the benefit of Kevin Eubanks, probably the best of the “sidekick musicians”, especially at providing the “ba dum…ching” to the jokes.

    Speaking of these sidekick musicians, who would have thought that would’ve become such a staple position on these shows, huh. IIRC, TV’s Craig Ferguson doesn’t have one: the exception that proves the rule!!!

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