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Jay Leno does not deserve to come back to the coveted Tonight Show
spot. Conan is the guy who earned the spot that he truly wanted ever
since he saw Johnny's show as a kid by doing 16 years of truly
influential, groundbreaking and critically applauded comedy. The level
of quality and quantity of material that Conan turned out every night
on Late Night was truly outstanding and in the opinion of this reviewer
has not been matched by many other comedy shows and certainly not any
other talk show host in history. Conan's gratitude and adulation when
he finally received his dream job did not go unheard and he
specifically thanked Jay Leno on no more than three significant
situations: On his Late Night farewell, as a guest on Jay Leno's last
show and on his first Tonight Show.
In extreme contrast, when Jay Leno unashamedly began his return to the 11.30 slot, just like in 1992, Leno had absolutely no words, positive or otherwise, to say about the person who had just left the chair. Instead Jay Leno continued doing the very same easily digestible, hardly strenuous material he had been doing for 18 years. Anyone who had any hope that Leno might evolve to somehow warrant his un-relinquishing need to hang on to the show has been proved wrong by his March 1st premiere.
After a typical monologue(making almost no mention of Jay's premiere) spliced randomly with unfunny new sight-gag 'segments' like "The World's Tightest Pants" Jay did a taped piece involving him looking for a new desk. This was the cue for another unfunny segment where C list celebrities like Randy Jackson and Adam Corolla invaded people's homes while Jay sat at their various desks. That was the limit of the punchline. Jay then revealed his desk as if it was some momentous occasion and interviewed a hyper Jamie Foxx whose attempts to get the crowd to cheer along Leno were humorously futile. Same unfunny business as usual for Jay Leno...
Jay Leno and his version of THE TONIGHT SHOW are simply not funny. His style of humour is cornball. His lame jokes do not elicit laughs from the audience but groans. His voice is irritating. His regular features like JAYWALKING are stupid and not original. Wearing a denim shirt with jeans looks ridiculous. What he has just done to Conan O'Brien is unforgivable. My bet is that many people in Leno's committed audience (retirement home patrons) have either forgotten him or died and won't be back. I say his ratings will be flat and within one year he will be yanked from NBC for good. Bets?? Many people in the entertainment business will boycott his show. He will never woo the younger audience NBC very much needs. Hot bands will refuse come in his show. Jay, please go away.
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Nor never could be. As there is only one Carson. And one Ed McMahon and
one Doc Severson. But still, Jay works his own charm and is seen as a
really nice and down to earth guy. Sure he is not also Letterman nor
funny as Letterman.
But Jay treats the guests at least with decency and kindness. Plus he tries to make them at ease. Unlike Letterman does. But like Johnny, Letterman has his own sense of humor. While Jay has charisma and niceness about him.
But nobody can ever top Johnny Carson nor never will! But Jay is about pretty close!
Obviously being in the UK I might not see this show in the same light as
it's seen in the US, but I discovered the show in April-ish 2003 when it
started broadcasting on the little known UK channel Ftn (also broadcasts on
CNBC Europe, although only a couple of episodes a week)...
Soon grew to love the show's topical humour (we've normally heard of the particular subject in the UK) as we don't really have a show that broadcasts on the same level for the whole year. The guests are also obviously well known to us, so pretty much the whole programme makes sense and is always worth a watch!
Only when it comes to the musical performances do I get a little stuck as not all the bands have much (or if any) UK exposure.
I must say out of all late night shows, he's my least favorite. I guess what I hate the most, and I know many will agree, is when he tells a joke in the monologue and goes on for about 5 minutes about the same damn subject. Also I find his humour to sometimes be too patriotic. Although he does often have excellent guests, it doesn't make it a much better show...
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I'll always be sad I skipped out on my tickets during one of Jay Leno's
last shows in LA in 2013. Jay headlined this show for over 20 years,
and I grew up watching Jay crack good-natured jokes at every
celebrity's and politician's expense. I miss seeing him every night, in
a definite case of "you don't know how much you need it until it's
Jay's monologue was always the best part of the show, and the intermediate bit between the monologue and the guests was usually pretty great. "Headlines" was always a favorite of mine, as was Beyondo. Though the Jay-walking segments weren't my favorite, they managed to inspire me to become a better person and citizen. I usually skipped the necessary corporate/studio promotional material - aka guest interviews - because they didn't have enough of Jay. Still, Jay had great chemistry with everyone, and I never had to worry about an awkward interview.
The show hit its peak with Ed Hall's self-deprecating humor and Kevin Eubanks heading the band while cracking up at Jay's unfiltered banter. They always had a touch of old-fashioned class mixed in with their dirty jokes and ridiculousness, and that's something Conan's more yuppie d*****baggery (I still like Conan) and Jimmy Fallon's new-age clearly- forced silliness (an astute viewer can tell Jimmy hates his job) can't quite pull off. One thing I absolutely hated: Ross. He's gone on to work with perennial nasty, wrinkled old bag Chelsea Handler, so I can see why I was never a fan.
Jay was the consummate professional, loyal to his staff, and a really great guy. He made fun of everybody on an equal basis, and tried to stay away from the mean-spiritedness that can ruin an entire night for a viewer or the lampooned public figure. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was great, and I miss the joy Jay brought to his work and into American homes.
It's true. The majority of his guests are hilarious, but Jay hasn't a
what to do when they're being hilarious. Just recently, I saw Robin
Williams on there promoting "One Hour Photo". He was talking about his
now in college when he was 16. Leno just sat in his chair, completely
As many others have said, he needs to get some improv. lessons from Conan, and, if it's possible, a speech modification.
Jay Leno is seriously not funny. His jokes (which most of the time aren't even his) are dull and even when they could be funny, the way he says them ruins the jokes. He should learn a thing or two from Conan, now he is hilarious and he has the ability to make up jokes on the spot that are actually funny, yet Leno can't. Yes, Leno does have good guests some of the time, but he has no clue how to interview them. He just sits there most of the time while they talk, instead of interacting with the guest. Some of the things Leno says to the guests sound perverted and creepy. It also looks like he's sometimes making the guest feel uncomfortable.
How 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' is still on the air is beyond me. Not
only is Leno always hung up on news or topics that seem to be so boring that
the audience doesn't even laugh at, he also doesn't 'connect' with his
guests. He sits there in his chair through the however many minutes he
(supposedly) interviews the stars and lets them do all the talking.
Sometimes I feel bad for the guests because they keep carrying on a
conversation with themselves while Leno just stares at them. It should be
the other way around.
His jokes are dull and it's easy to tell that he doesn't come up with the majority of them. Thanks to his writers, the show has the tiniest bit of flare needed for the tiniest bit of laughter.
The comedy sketches that he puts on make no sense and even he doesn't understand them once in a while. I wish that this show would be cancelled and finally a funny man can step up to the plate. Yup, Conan O'Brien's the one.
1. O'Brien - - 2. Letterman - - 3. Leno
And what's the matter with Kevin Eubanks? He always sits there with his guitar acting like he doesn't speak English. Lighten up, Kev.
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is a great television program/show
(whatever you wanna call it). It is one of those American shows good to
watch especially at night.
This is a type of program which isn't intended to be a great production, ambitious, brilliant or artistic. It is made for pure fun and entertainment, ingredients which are very well combined. And all of this with Jay Leno's humor, which is funny and not dirty. Jay Leno is such a talented, cool and funny guy. He's perfect for this night show and he makes it a pleasant television experience. In fact, I think that this wouldn't be the same without him.
I wonder if there's any celebrity that hasn't gone to Jay Leno's show yet. It is above all things a program where famous people go and talk to Jay Leno, with full audiences watching the show. In fact, the number of celebrities that already went to this show is countless.
Conan O'Brien's show is an alternative to this one. Basically it is exactly the same thing (sceneries are equal and everything else). However, I personally prefer Jay Leno, so I recommend his show more than the show of Conan O'Brien.
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