otp: late night tv


The Tonight Show has aired on NBC since 1954. It is the longest currently running, regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States and the third-longest-running show on NBC after Meet the Press and Today.

The Tonight Show hosts, in order: Steve Allen (1954–57), Jack Paar (1957–62), Johnny Carson (1962–92), Jay Leno (1992–2009), Conan O'Brien (2009–10), Leno’s second tenure (2010–14), Jimmy Fallon (2014–present).

Above: Johnny Carson faces an audience while reading the opening monologue from cue cards.

late night tv gothic

• theres a rerun of a game from 1996. what sport? you don’t know but you’re pretty sure you don’t care about the teams playing

• the exact same episode of law & order:svu is playing on three different channels. always at the same time of night, every night. have you even ever seen this episode

• that wednesday night rivalry commercial for the nhl has played seven times. you aren’t watching the nhl network

• all of your local news affiliates are playing infomercials except for that one that always plays local foodie shows that no one you know watches

• sportscenter is repeating until 3 in the morning. you don’t know if this is hell or a shitty remake of groundhog day

• twenty infomercial channels in a row are playing either “More Sex, Less Stress”, “CIZE Dance Workout!”, “Sexy Adult Toy Shopping”, or “Do You Poop Enough?”. you feel attacked

• the thing you’re trying to watch isn’t on for an hour. it’s been coming on in an hour for five hours

• you channel flip far enough that you run into the porn channels you didn’t even pay for. you cry, for you don’t know why they are there


“Strangers when we Meet” live with interview via Late Night with Jay Leno 1995. David’s eyes are mesmerizing, singing this.


Ba'noodle Dub

Another fine dub by Jaboody, cutting through all the bullshit of the infomercial, and getting right to the point.


Happy Birthday Katie (glenn-rhee)!
 You got the kind of look in your eyes as if no one knows anything but us
I want you to know it’s enough for me, ‘cause all that you are is all that I need

“What’s conspicuously missing from late-night, still, is women. How gobsmackingly insane is it that no TV network has had the common sense—and that’s all we’re talking about in 2015, not courage, bravery, or even decency—to hand over the reins of an existing late-night comedy program to a female person? While Amy Schumer has acknowledged that she turned down The Daily Show, happy where she is at Comedy Central, that doesn’t mitigate the fact that Chelsea Peretti, Megan Amram, and Jen Kirkman, to name but three contenders, are alive, sentient, funny, and presumably open to taking a meeting. (And how great would Lea DeLaria be as an M.C., going places Ed McMahon never dared to go? It’d be weird, wild stuff.)”