Late Night


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Late Night describes series aired after 11 PM, that focus on current topics.  (For nonfiction series fitting this description, see News & Documentary.)

Highlights
Florence Henderson on becoming a regular on Jack Paar's Tonight Show
02:05
Nina Tassler on hiring Stephen Colbert to host The Late Show
02:52
Paul Shaffer on David Letterman and working on his shows
09:36
Leslie Moonves on his "More with Les" segments on the Late Show with David Letterman
02:42
Bill Dana on the genesis of the "Man on the Street" segments on The Steve Allen Show, and working with Don Knotts, Tom Poston, Louis Nye on those sketches
10:28
Steve Allen on the comedy writing team of Herb Sergeant and Stan Burns on his Tonight Show
05:30
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Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on hosting the second Steve Allen Show, a late-night show on WNBT
05:37
Steve Allen on the comedic talents of Dwight Hemion, Herb Sergeant and Stan Burns on his Tonight Show
04:56
Steve Allen on Pat Weaver deciding to bring The Steve Allen Show to network and re-titling it Tonight
01:33
Steve Allen on America becoming a late-night television audience and creating a new genre
02:36
Steve Allen on Tonight Show producer Bill Harbach; on the impact of the show; on booking talent and memorable guests
16:17
Steve Allen on the openings, stunts and skits on The Tonight Show
09:00
Steve Allen on The Tonight Show regulars - Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence, and Eydie Gorme
02:45
Steve Allen on musical guests, sketches, audience interviews, and tough issues on The Tonight Show
28:30
Steve Allen on shooting outside the studio for The Tonight Show; on censorship and the Blacklist
13:10
Steve Allen on the prime-time Steve Allen Show
11:24

Shelley Berman

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Shelley Berman on how he got on Tonight with Steve Allen

Steve Binder

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Steve Binder on watching early late night host Jerry Lester
00:51

Pat Boone

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Pat Boone on performing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
07:24

Kevin Bright

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Kevin Bright on his work on the pilot of In Living Color
09:31

Bernie Brillstein

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Bernie Brillstein on meeting Lorne Michaels and the beginnings of Saturday Night Live
19:20
Bernie Brillstein on the many casts of and production of Saturday Night Live
28:02

George Carlin

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George Carlin on the material he was forced to censor when appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show
03:29

Dick Cavett

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Dick Cavett on being a huge fan of The Jack Paar Show aka The Tonight Show and eventually writing for Paar
13:23
Dick Cavett on writing for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and his friendship with Carson
02:27

William Clotworthy

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William Clotworthy on doing Standards and Practices for Saturday Night Live; on drug humor, pressure from outside groups, and a typical work week
23:45
William Clotworthy on Saturday Night Live' s production schedule, Lorne Michaels, and the cast of the show
27:33
William Clotworthy on working with cast members of Saturday Night Live
16:29

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on announcing the death of Osama bin Laden on Watch What Happens Live
00:57
Andy Cohen on why Watch What Happens Live is one of the accomplishments he's proudest of in his career
01:56
Andy Cohen on participating in "The Real Women of SNL" sketch on Saturday Night Live's The Women of SNL special
01:03
Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live
06:28
Andy Cohen on how writing a blog for the Bravo website led to him hosting Watch What Happens Live
01:56

Dick Gregory with Emerson College

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Dick Gregory on how he came to appear on Tonight Starring Jack Paar
08:47

Milton Delugg

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Bandleader Milton Delugg on NBC exec Pat Weaver's idea to have morning, noon and night shows on NBC; on becoming bandleader on the night show Broadway Open House (precursor to The Tonight Show)
01:56

Phyllis Diller

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Phyllis Diller on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show; on Ed Sullivan
02:38

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on being on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar; on Paar's wit
05:46
Hugh Downs on Jack Paar's famous walk out on The Tonight Show on February 11, 1960
09:42
Hugh Downs on politicians and diverse guests appearing on The Tonight Show
07:48

Dick Ebersol

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Dick Ebersol on the time slot that would become Saturday Night Live
27:08
Dick Ebersol on Dick Ebersol on the buildup to, casting, and premiere of Saturday Night Live
01:01:37
Dick Ebersol on Brandon Tartikoff's role in Ebersol's return to Saturday Night Live and on reviving the show
17:54
Dick Ebersol on a typical week of putting together an episode of Saturday Night Live
01:00:56
Dick Ebersol on dress rehearsal and the live show of Saturday Night Live
21:19

Kevin Eubanks

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Kevin Eubanks on first getting a job with Branford Marsalis' Tonight Show band
14:12
Kevin Eubanks on becoming comfortable with television and working with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno
02:10
Kevin Eubanks on being promoted from band member to leader on The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno and adjusting to his new role
35:32
Kevin Eubanks on Tonight Show musical guests
13:08
Kevin Eubanks on the unplugged version of The Tonight Show during the energy crisis in September 2000
02:23
Kevin Eubanks on the first Tonight Show back after 9/11
04:45
Kevin Eubanks on Jay Leno's 2009 exit from The Tonight Show and move to a 10pm show (The Jay Leno Show)
03:44
Kevin Eubanks on Jay Leno's move from The Tonight Show to a 10pm show (The Jay Leno Show)
06:39

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on becoming a regular guest and a guest host on The Tonight Show aka The Jack Paar Show
15:10

Buck Henry

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Buck Henry on how working with The Premise theater group helped influence his writing later on SNL and That was the Week That Was

Louise Lasser

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Louise Lasser on hosting Saturday Night Live, and on Norman Lear's reaction to the show
04:37

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on being unit manager on The Tonight Show  with Jack Paar
01:24
Stewart MacGregory on the infamous "water closet incident" from The Tonight Show  with Jack Paar
04:31
Stewart MacGregory on being unit manager for Saturday Night Live
12:08

Garry Marshall

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Garry Marshall on writing adlibs under the desk on Jack Paar's Tonight show
01:29

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on singing "Danny Boy" in Japanese on The Tonight Show
00:31

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on Fridays
12:11

Garrett Morris

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Garrett Morris on one of his most beloved characters - the news announcer for the hard of hearing, created by Chevy Chase for Saturday Night Live
01:04
Garrett Morris on his Saturday Night Live characters and cast-mates
28:55

Tony Mottola

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Tony Mottola on becoming a guitarist for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson  
08:10

Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart on guest-hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
04:23

Don Ohlmeyer

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Don Ohlmeyer on the Late Night battles - Leno v. Letterman
09:35

Bernie Orenstein

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Bernie Orenstein on writing for The Les Crane Show
02:15

Don Pardo

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Don Pardo on becoming the announcer on Saturday Night Live; on meeting Lorne Michaels
01:37
Don Pardo on announcing for SNL
23:18

Joan Rivers

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Joan Rivers on becoming permanent guest host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and her difficulties with NBC
06:55

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on late night television
02:53

Paul Shaffer

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Paul Shaffer on David Letterman and working on his shows
09:36
Music arranger-composer/performer Paul Shaffer on the early years of Saturday Night Live
06:41

John Shaffner

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John Shaffner on designing the set for The Tonight Show Starring Conan O'Brien
09:57

Garry Shandling

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Garry Shandling on getting discovered as a stand-up comic and getting booked on The Tonight Show
06:59

John Singleton

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John Singleton on interning on The Arsenio Hall Show
05:09
John Singleton on working with composer Stanley Clarke, who he met on The Arsenio Hall Show, on three of his movies
01:16

Nina Tassler

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Nina Tassler on changes in CBS's late-night lineup
12:13

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on the first episode of Saturday Night Live following 9/11
01:26
Jeff Zucker on the then-upcoming switch from Jay Leno to Conan O'Brien as host of The Tonight Show  and Leno's planned The Jay Leno Show
04:41

Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel on his experience on appearing on and writing for Late Show with David Letterman
04:40