The Tonight Show

Jack Paar (1957-1962) Johnny Carson (1962-1992) Jay Leno (1992-2009, 2010-2014) Conan O'Brien (2009-2010)

The Tonight Show is the first and most successful late-night show in the world and the longest running variety show on U.S. television.

She had on September 27, 1954 under the name Tonight premiere. Precursor was a regional show from New York. First moderator was the comedian and musician Steve Allen. The show moved to 1962 on several occasions the hosts and their names. Then took over Johnny Carson and hosted the show for 30 years. Only since it bears the name " The Tonight Show." Nevertheless, it also includes the time before the Tonight Show.


The Tonight Show is running in the United States on the NBC television network.

In Europe, it ran for a long time on NBC Europe, CNBC Europe later on, initially three, delayed one business day since the end of 2008; since February 1, 2012 she became replaced by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.


The show consists of three parts: a monologue jokes about current issues and events are made ​​in the moderator, a valley part with usually two guests, as well as a music or standup comedy act. In addition, can appear short, played comedy deposits or singleplayer.


Johnny Carson (1962-1992)

Johnny Carson was introduced on 1 October 1962 as the new host of the Tonight Show. Then bore the name of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. First, the show was filmed in a studio City at Rockefeller Center in New York, in May 1972 she moved to the NBC Studios in Burbank, California to. Johnny Carson was on 22 May 1992 after 30 years Tonight Show moderation retire.

Jay Leno (1992-2009)

The stand- up comedian Jay Leno hosted his first Tonight Show on May 25, 1992. Continue the show was produced in Studio 3 of the NBC Studios in Burbank, California.

Among the best known components of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno heading belonged headlines, in the Leno funny headlines presented ( every Monday ), as well as jaywalking. Contact Jay on stage was his band leader, jazz guitarist Kevin Eubanks. In 2004, the long-time announcer Edd Hall was replaced by John Melendez. Melendez was employed for 15 years as Sidekick in Howard Stern.

International attended the Tonight Show a stir when the actor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy for the governorship of California in the mission.

On 27 September 2004, on the 50th anniversary of the show, NBC announced that Conan O'Brien would take over the Tonight Show in 2009. On 29 May 2009 Jay Leno hosted his last show to guest Conan O'Brien was his successor and as a music act James Taylor

Jay Leno hosted the fall of 2009 a new show in prime time on NBC, just before the Tonight Show. Some parts of his Tonight Show, such as " Jaywalking " and " Headlines", were also present in the new show. However, already in early January 2010 it was announced that the show will be after less than 5 months, the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics, deposed. Then Leno took back the moderation of the Tonight Show and triggered from O'Brien.

Conan O'Brien (2009-2010)

Conan O'Brien hosted the show from 1993 to 2009 Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which aired on NBC right after Jay Leno's Tonight Show. Recorded the show was in New York in the converted Tonight Show studio of Johnny Carson (now it was demolished ).

The first episode of the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien aired on June 1, 2009. Conan O'Brien moved from New York to Los Angeles. It was built a new part of the building with offices and a new studio at Universal Studios Hollywood for several million dollars. Never has the Tonight Show had such a great set.

The old studio in Burbank, California used Jay Leno from autumn 2009 for his, scheduled immediately before the Tonight Show new show " The Jay Leno Show." Will Ferrell was the first guest of the new Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. As musical guest Pearl Jam played.

Conan O'Brien took over many show elements of his former "Late Night" at the Tonight Show. His show band, "Max Weinberg 7 " (new name: Max Weinberg and the Tonight Show Band ), and a majority of the team moved to Los Angeles to work with. The long-time announcer Joel Godard show remained in New York and was replaced by former Late Night with Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter.

The new Jay Leno Show went to their broadcast date in the early evening a bad quotas and the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien could not reach the audience that she had under Jay Leno by far. Thus, to relocate the Jay Leno Show to the 23:35 slot - clock, wondering what would have meant a broadcast date after midnight for the Tonight Show. The theme installation / non- installation has been greatly discussed in January 2010 in the United States.

Conan O'Brien took the consequences and agreed with NBC about an exit from his contract. On 22 January 2010, he hosted the Tonight Show for the last time. Since November 2010, he presented at the cable station TBS a new show.

Jay Leno (2010-2014)

On March 1, 2010 Jay Leno returned to the Tonight Show. In April 2013 Leno announced that he wanted to leave the moderation of the " Tonight Show " with the spring of 2014 at Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy Fallon ( 2014 )

Jimmy Fallon moderated since February 17, 2014 The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. The show will be broadcast for the first time since 1972 from the Rockefeller Center where NBC has invested five million dollars in a new studio. The band The Roots will be the house band.


Frederick de Cordova rose in 1970 at The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on NBC, where he used the name Fred de Cordova. He was producer of The Tonight Show from 1984 and executive producer. In an interview in 1981, he described his work as " chief traffic cop, talent scout, fan # 1 and critics, all in one ." In 1992, he took his leave after 22 years as an employee of the show.