Late-night talk show

Late Night Show is a neologism and anglicism with a broadcast television series in the late evening with the audience and a television show is circumscribed in specific format.


The late-night show combines the genres of comedy and talk show. Basic standards of ritualized shows are in addition to the presenter with ability to stand-up comedy presentation of ambiguous headlines from current newspapers, amusing film clips from news or other television programs, self-produced short films, short pieces of music a present live band and two or three individually interviewed guests. This late show brought at that time no more high ratings; for prime time over 40% of German viewers are reached, late at night, only about 20 %.

The classic late night show begins with a monologue that deals with current issues, followed by a main part and a part of Talk, as well as a music section. Other features are:

  • The band along with band leader, who acts from time to time as a contact ( Kevin Eubanks, Max Weinberg, Paul Shaffer, Helmut Zerlett, Herbert Jösch )
  • Possibly a sidekick ( Andy Richter, Manuel Andrack, Sven Schuhmacher, Katrin Bauerfeind, Elton )
  • The always- correct dress the moderator.


As the title suggests, this TV show is given a time slot in the late evening. The American terminology distinguishes the "prime time " ( prime time ) from 20:00 clock, the "late prime time" from 22:00 clock and "late night " from 23:00 clock until the early morning hours. This time slot is occupied by the late-night shows, which are broadcast there from Monday to Friday from 23:30 clock. A study by Newsweek showed that only about 50 out of 600 guests in the American late-night shows were African American, although the latter is twice as many shows as all white Americans.

The Tonight Show was the world's first and most successful late-night show, first aired September 27, 1954, entitled Variety Show on NBC. Its format was the model for future shows of this genre, also in Germany. There followed since 30 August 1993, the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, a model for the Harald Schmidt Show. At 23:30 clock run on NBC and CBS in parallel with the late-night shows, the ABC news program Nightline and then only since January 26, 2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live running!.


Thomas Gottschalk started on RTL on 28 September 1992 as the Gottschalk Late Night from 23:15 clock one evening show in which, however, lacked essential elements of classic late-night show. For commercial television was in Germany pioneered this format. The first show was constructed according to the American model from 16 May 1994, the RTL night show, which was set on 17 November 1995 due to low ratings as Gottschalk's show ( 27 April 1995 ).

The Harald Schmidt Show started from 5th December 1995 Sat.1 and was based entirely on the original - the same (local) time at CBS broadcast Tonight Show - Late Night with David Letterman. However, the back wall in the studio did not show the backdrop of New York's Brooklyn Bridge, but the skyline of Cologne. Even the "Cue Card Girl" with keyword boards was present. The Harald Schmidt Show had to be classified as a hybrid format between late- night talk and comedy show. It was recorded in Cologne Capitol cinema with an audience of 250. Since 1999, she was no longer produced by Brain Pool, but from Schmidt's own production company Bonito and recorded since then in Cologne- Mülheim in the Studio 449. Abendlich looked around the 1 million viewers the show ( market shares between 11% and 14%). She was not a special rate of success, but with regard to viewer popularity barely swaying and reliable. This show, however, was not terminated because of poor ratings, but because of persistent differences between Harald Schmidt and the new sat.1 chief on December 29, 2003.

The year after Harald Schmidt came from 23 December 2004 in ARD, with some modifications in the first late night show on public television. In the Cologne theater at the Rudolf Place ProSieben produced since March 8, 1999 TV total, a Late Night with Stefan Raab. However, the format differs from the usual content, because the show focuses primarily on the presentation of excerpts from German TV broadcasts programs that are suitable for Raab's comedy. She is the longest-lived Late Night on German TV. Since October 2013 moderated Jan Böhmermann man's late-night show on Neo Magazine ZDFneo.

Well-known late-night shows (where in the text does not mention )

Today, there are, among others, the following names that are associated with the term late-night show:

  • Jay Leno ( The Tonight Show, 1992-2009, The Jay Leno Show 2009-2010 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010-2014)
  • Conan O'Brien ( Late Night with Conan O'Brien from 1993 to 2009, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien from 2009 to 2010 ), Conan (since 2010)
  • David Letterman ( Late Night with David Letterman from 1982 to 1993, Late Show with David Letterman since 1993)
  • Jon Stewart ( The Daily Show, Craig Kilborn with 1996-1999, and since 1999 with Jon Stewart)
  • Craig Ferguson ( The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, since 2005)
  • Jimmy Fallon ( Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009-2014 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since 2014)
  • In Germany:
  • Ina Müller: Inas night, ARD since 2007
  • Free rooms with Christine Westermann and Götz Alsmann: WDR 1996
  • Benjamin of Stuckrad - Barre: Stuckrad Late Night, 2010-2012; Stuckrad -Barre since 2012
  • Joachim Winter Scheidt and Klaas Heufer circulation: MTV Home, 2009-2011; neoParadise, 2011-2013; Circus Halli Galli, Since 2013
  • Kurt Kroemer: Kroemer - The International Show, 2007-2011; . Kroemer - Late Night Show, since 2012
  • Late Lounge with Roberto Cappelluti ( hr- TV, 1999-2004)
  • Grünwald Freitagscomedy (Bavarian television, since 2003)
  • SWR3 ring free! ( SWR, 2003-2006)
  • Night Hawk ( Tele 5, 2003-2005)
  • Sarah Kuttner - Die Show / Kuttner. ( VIVA / MTV, 2004-2006)
  • Anke Late Night ( Sat.1, 2004)
  • Harald Schmidt ( German, 2004-2007, 2009-2011)
  • Late Knights with Nils Bomhoff and Etienne Gardé ( GIGA, 2006-2009)
  • SWR3 late night ( SWR, since 2007)
  • Schmidt & Pocher (ARD, 2007-2009)
  • Attention! Hartwich (RTL, 2008)
  • Walter Late Night ( OK43, 2008)
  • The Oliver Pocher Show ( Sat.1, 2009-2011)
  • Stuckrad Late Night ( ZDFneo, 2010-2012 )
  • NeoParadise ( ZDFneo, 2011-2013)
  • Stuckrad Barre ( Tele 5, since 2012 )
  • Circus Halli Galli ( ProSieben, since 2013)
  • In Austria:
  • Dirk Sterman and Christoph Grissemann: Welcome Austria, since 2007
  • In Switzerland:
  • Viktor Giacobbo Viktors program 1990-1994; Viktor's late program 1995-2002; Giacobbo / Müller - Late Service Public since 2008
  • Mike Müller: Giacobbo / Müller - Late Service Public since 2008


In Austria in 1994-1996, the Hermes Phettbergs Cute ran conductivity show, whose name alludes to late night. From 2004 to 2010, hosted by Alfred villages show called Dorfers Donnerstalk was broadcast on ORF 1 in the comedy track Thursday night. The style of the show is reminiscent of a late-night show, but also deals with fictitious persons or comedian that should represent mostly politicians. However, this show has already been broadcast by 21 clock and thus not in the " late-night time rail ".

In 2007, Welcome Austria, sent in alienated Based on the eve Illustrated Welcome Austria, the first time (moderated by Dirk Sterman and Christoph Grissemann ), and from autumn 2007 to a cabaret late-night show at the Thursday night evolved.


In Switzerland, late-night shows were so far not been very successful. Swiss Television DRS tried between 1997 and 1999 with the mission "Night Moor " with Dieter Moor. A few months earlier, the show was " subtleties " with Raymond fine after only one mission, on the one hand due to the bad criticism, on the other hand, due to a sudden illness of the presenter, been deposed again.

On 17 October 2005, with " Black'n'Blond " a new late-night show on SF zwei. It was chaired by Roman Kilchsperger and Chris von Rohr. The format, however, was discontinued after the summer break in 2006 due to low ratings. On 27 January 2008, the Swiss television broadcast on SF 1 for the first time the new late-night show Giacobbo / Müller. Unlike Black'n'Blond the ratings are at a normal level.


In the Netherlands there is only one late-night show, but is a very successful and enjoys high ratings. In relation to German or American late-night shows is JENSEN! very open with the very provocative occurring Moderator Robert Jensen.