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After Johnny Carson's retirement from the show, Jay Leno stepped in as his permanent replacement. The format of the show has remained largely unchanged, consisting primarily of an opening humorous monologue, followed by several celebrity interviews, comedy sketches and musical numbers. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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25 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Jimmy Brogan, who co-wrote Jay Leno's opening monologue from 1992-2001, was usually seen sitting off to the side of the audience. Once in a while, Jay would make a bet with Jimmy if a certain joke worked or not, and the loser would pay the winner in front of the camera. See more »

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[Jay Leno tells a joke about Bush "outsourcing" the presidency]
Jay Leno: That seemed kinda mean, didn't it? Who is writing all these Bush jokes? Ellen, put on the camera in the cue card room.
[switches camera to John Edwards writing monologue cue cards]
Jay Leno: Who's writing in there?
John Edwards: Hey Jay - you do your job, and let me do mine.
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Composed by Branford Marsalis
(1992-2009)
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14 April 1999 | by (Taunton, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Do you know how all the young basketball players sing about how they want to "Be like Mike." After watching Jay Leno and having dreams of being a comedian, I want to "be like Jay" one day. Not only is his show hilarious, Jay is a hard worker. I can't remember the last time I saw a repeat.

His opening monolouge is great. I can be guaranteed of laughing out loud at least once every show. Jay carries so much class and pride on his show(unlike some other bad host, whose name is David Letterman).


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