best late-night talk show hosts

Ranked: The Best Late-Night Talk Show Hosts

Is there anything better than getting the news in a funny, engaging, easily digestible form? We don’t think so, and late-night talk shows provide us with exactly what we’re looking for. Although there are a ton of different late-night talk show formats and styles, it’s the hosts that make or break the show. We ranked the six best talk show hosts on air so you can get your laughs and news from the best in the business.

6. Conan O’Brien (Conan)

Conan is a hilarious late-night staple that we always include in our late-night show line-up. Conan O’Brien is one of the most seasoned hosts in the business, and his show and writing staff work like a well-oiled machine.

5. Jimmy Fallon (The Tonight Show)

Jimmy Fallon is one of those late-night hosts you wish you could hang out with. His show is unique because he’s more focused on playing games and doing off-the-wall bits with his high-profile celebrity guests than doing standard, sit down interviews. Tuning into The Tonight Show guarantees a beloved celebrity doing something absurd, and for that, we’ll love Jimmy Fallon forever.

4. Seth Meyers (Late Night with Seth Meyers)

Since Seth Meyers and the show’s producer, Lorne Michaels, both come from Saturday Night Live, there’s no chance it was ever going to be anything but amazing. Late Night’s unique humor paired with Seth Meyers’ top-notch, improv-honed delivery easily makes him one of the best late-night talk show hosts on the air.

3. Trevor Noah (The Daily Show)

Taking over for beloved late-night host Jon Stewart was no easy task, but Trevor Noah is doing a stand-up job. Trevor Noah is a unique late-night show host because he uses his perspective as a South African to shape and sharpen his narrative, making his take on current events different from anything else you’re going to find. The Daily Show also continues to have some of the funniest writing in the game, qualifying Trevor Noah for a spot as one of the best late-night talk show hosts.

2. John Oliver (Last Week Tonight)

John Oliver is especially good at getting you all of the details and information about current events and politics you may have glossed over in a way that will make you laugh as much as it will educate you. Suffice to say, we’re big fans of Last Week Tonight.

1. Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee)

Samantha Bee may be one of the newer faces to late-night TV, but she’s quickly made a name for herself as the best late-night talk show hosts in the biz. She’s sharp and funny, and turns a critical eye to everything, with a particular focus on stories about women and other marginalized groups. Honestly, we need more Samantha Bees in the world in 2018.

No matter which host you choose to watch, you’ll be sure to find plenty of laughs and unique perspectives on current events. Tune into your favorite late-night talk show host on Sling today!


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