Stephen Colbert

Stephen used to be a correspondent on The Daily Show until 2005 before moving onto his own spin-off show, The Colbert Report, which aired directly after The Daily Show on Comedy Central, in which he played a political character.

Stephen started off on Saturday Night Live and The Dana Carvey Show, has appeared in The Simpsons and he’s a talented comedy writer.

He’s also had quite a few acting roles in films and on TV, including Bewitched in 2005, and an appearance in Law & Order.

In April 2014 it was announced Stephen would take over the Late Show on CBS when David Letterman retires in 2015. This news came one week after Dave’s retirement announcement.

The Colbert Report aired its final show in December 2014.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert premiered on the 8th September 2015 after the extensive renovation work on the Ed Sullivan Theater was completed.

James Corden

James Corden is a British actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer & TV host born in London, England.

He’s best known in the UK as being the co-creator, co-writer and star of sitcom Gavin & Stacey on the BBC. James won the BAFTA for Best Male Comedy Performance for Gavin & Stacey in 2008 and the programme itself won BAFTA’s Audience Award for Programme of the Year.

Corden has experienced stage success in London’s West End and on Broadway in hit show One Man Two Guvnors. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role in the Broadway production in 2012. Prior to One Man Two Guvnors he had seen huge success on stage with The History Boys in London and on Broadway.

One questionable entry on his filmography is Lesbian Vampire Killers with fellow Gavin & Stacey star Matthew Horne which was universally panned by critics, but could be seen as a cult favourite now.

In 2010 he started hosting Sky One sports comedy panel show A League Of Their Own.

James has appeared in the long-running BBC drama Doctor Who, and has hosted the BRIT Awards on ITV in 2009 (with Mathew Horne and Kylie Minogue) and 2011-2014.

He has found success in film with roles in The History Boys, Gulliver’s Travels, The Three Musketeers, One Chance (playing Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts), Begin Again (alongside Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine) and Disney film Into The Woods.

James Corden’s tenure as host of The Late Late Show on CBS began on the 23rd March 2015.

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy started off with a brief appearance on sitcom Spin City and moved onto legendary live comedy show Saturday Night Live.

Jimmy became a featured player for the 1998-1999 season and went on to be a full cast member in summer 1999.

During his time as a cast member on SNL he gained a lot of fans through his impressions of people such as Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler. He’s also well-known for his song parodies.

One of his most famous SNL moment is his Barry Gibb Talk Show skit with Justin Timberlake which he also performed with Justin on the first edition of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

He then became co-host of the SNL Weekend Update in 2000 before leaving the show in 2004.

Jimmy has appeared in several films including Taxi, Almost Famous, Fever Pitch, Factory Girl and had a part in the highly-rated Band Of Brothers TV series.

He also tried his hand at music in 2002 when he released a comedy album entitled The Bathroom Wall and, more recently, his album Blow Your Pants Off.

Jimmy’s talk Show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon started in March 2009 – he took over from Conan O’Brien who left to host The Tonight Show.

Once Jay Leno retired for a second time Jimmy took over The Tonight Show.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premiered on Monday 17th February.

The Tonight Show Band: The Roots

The Roots are The Tonight Show’s house band.

The Roots are a critically-acclaimed hip-hop band from the US.

Previously they were the house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

As well as providing the musical interludes on the programme they take part in various segments.

Steve Higgins

Steve Higgins is the announcer for The Tonight Show.

Steve was previously the announcer for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and followed Jimmy to The Tonight Show when it premiered in February 2014.

He’s also had writing and producer roles on Saturday Night Live.

Lorne Michaels

Lorne is an executive producer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

He also has the same role on Late Night With Seth Meyers (and previously on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon).

Lorne co-created legendary NBC comedy show Saturday Night Live and was originally a producer and a writer on SNL, and moved on to become the executive producer.

Lorne Michaels has been a strong supporter of Jimmy Fallon.

Since Jimmy left SNL in 2004 he’s always said he’s be great for a late night talk show, saying “Jimmy’s built for this kind of show. He’s funny, he’s charming, he’s got a really good way of connecting with people”.

Seth Meyers

Seth joined Saturday Night Live in 2001 and became head writer for the 2006-2007 season.

He hosted the SNL Weekend Update from the 2006-2007 season, following Tina Fey’s departure from the show.

During his time on SNL, Seth impersonated many celebrities, politicians and others in the public eye – including John Kerry, Michael Caine, Prince Charles, Ryan Seacrest, Sean Penn, Tobey Maguire, Peyton Manning, Tom Cruise and Kevin Federline.

He also had several recurring characters on SNL – including Zach Ricky, Nerod, David Zinger, DJ Johnathan Feinstein, Dan Needler, William Fitzpatrick and Boston Powers.

Seth left SNL on the 1st February 2014 to take over as host of Late Night.

Late Night With Seth Meyers premiered on Monday 24th February 2014.

The 8G Band

The 8G Band are the house band for Late Night With Seth Meyers.

Fred Armisen is the band leader.

Fred was once a member of punk rock band Trenchmouth, played with Blue Man Group in Chicago and was a featured player in the cast of Saturday Night Live.

He worked on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Crank Yankers and Adult Swim amongst others.

He also had several small but memorable roles in popular films including Eurotrip, Deuce Bigalow, Anchorman, The Pick of Destiny and Confessions Of A Shopaholic.

He’s been good friends with Meyers for years through Saturday Night Live.

Conan O’Brien

Having been a writer for various TV shows in the 80’s, Conan joined Saturday Night Live in 1988, where he was a writer for three years.

Between 1991 and 1994 Conan was a writer on The Simpsons.

In 1993 David Letterman, expecting to be promoted to the Tonight Show, defected to CBS.

NBC quickly needed to find a replacement for Letterman, and essentially build the show from scratch. Lorne Michaels, the executive producer of Saturday Night Live who hired O’Brien as a writer in the 80’s chose him to front the show, with Andy Richter as a sidekick.

Whilst the first years were noted for being less than perfect, the show quickly grew a gathering and has had constant viewing figures for many years.

Conan O’Brien is perhaps best known for his “wacky” on-air style.

He frequently knocks over his microphone (“Bessie Lou”), claps to the tune of “I’m gonna go to hell when I die” after a joke in poor taste and often tells the audience to “stay cool, my babies”.

Conan can often be seen doing impressions of celebrities Donald Trump (to the theme from The Apprentice) and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who always eats a sausage at the end.

In 2006 Conan mentioned fictional website at the end of a segment. NBC had to purchase the domain name, and since then much has been made of Conan visited Finland where the show is very popular, apparently in some part due to his likeness with Tarja Halonen , the female president.

Conan can also be seen in Pale Force, a cartoon by Jim Gaffigan who regularly appears on the show. Letterman has been a guest on Late Night and supported him when it was announced Conan would host The Tonight Show, which Letterman had hoped to host years earlier, in 2009.

Conan took over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno in June 2009 – maintaining a similar opening theme tune to Late Night, and similar features, sketches and humour – and the usual monologue at the start of each show.

Conan was controversially axed from The Tonight Show in early 2010, and Leno returned to host the programme.

O’Brien embarked on a huge theatre tour of the US with a show combining a mixture of comedy and music.

Conan now hosts a late night talk show on basic cable channel TBS which follows a similar running order to The Tonight Show and Late Night on NBC.

Andy Richter

Andy was involved in Late Night With Conan O’Brien up until 2000 as Conan’s sidekick.

When Conan took over The Tonight Show, Andy returned to provide voiceovers and get involved with some other portions of the show.

He’s had several TV shows including Andy Richter Controls The Universe and Quintuplets.

When Conan was ditched from The Tonight Show, Andy followed him to TBS.

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy started out on radio before moving onto Comedy Central in 1997 when he appeared on the show Win Ben Stein’s Money. He also appeared on Comedy Central’s The Man Show and created show Crank Yankers for the channel.

Kimmel started hosting his new ABC nightly talk Show Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2003 which was only actually live for a while after it launched – it became pre-recorded in the second series due to a swearing incident with Thomas Jane.

In 2012 he hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Kimmel married his girlfriend Gina in June 1988 – they have two children together. They split in 2002 and he dated comedian Sarah Silverman until 2009. He started dating Jimmy Kimmel Live co-head writer Molly McNearney in 2009 and they were engaged in 2012.

Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore is a satirist, writer, producer, TV host, actor, media critic and comedian from Los Angeles.

He’s been involved in TV shows (either appearing himself or part of the writing team) including The Facts of Life in the 1980s, Into The Night With Rick Dees, In Living Color and teen sitcom Sister Sister. He was also involved in producing and writing for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Jamie Foxx Show, and he created the much-loved sitcom The Bernie Mac Show (for which he won an Emmy for writing the pilot episode).

More recently he was consulting producer on the US version of The Office.

Wilmore made his debut appearance on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart in 2006 as their “Senior Black Correspondent”.

Larry Wilmore released a political humour book “I’d Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts” in 2009.

He makes occasional appearances in films including I Love You Man in 2009 and Dinner For Schmucks in 2010, and in 2011 he joined Happy Endings on ABC as a recurring character.

In May 2014 it was announced he would host a new show on Comedy Central to replace The Colbert Report following the announcement of Stephen Colbert becoming the new host of the Late Show on CBS after David Letterman’s retirement in 2015.

The new show was originally titled The Minority Report but was later changed to The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.

The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore airs directly after The Daily Show from January 2015.

John Oliver

British-born John Oliver is a comedian, political satirist and actor best known for his work on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and on the satirical comedy podcast The Bugle.

He was quite a regular guest panellist on BBC Two’s Mock The Week topical comedy programme prior to joining The Daily Show.

He’s also known for playing Professor Ian Duncan on the hit US TV series Community.

John got his big break in the US when he signed with Comedy Central to become the “British correspondent” on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

He stayed on The Daily Show for several years, and enjoyed a stint hosting the programme when Jon Stewart took a break in 2013.

At the end of 2013, John left The Daily Show and signed up with HBO to host his own weekly satirical news show called Last Week Tonight every Sunday night from 27th April 2014.

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