Late Night


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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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
Nina Tassler on hiring Stephen Colbert to host The Late Show
Paul Shaffer on David Letterman and working on his shows
Leslie Moonves on his "More with Les" segments on the Late Show with David Letterman
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
Steve Allen on the comedy writing team of Herb Sergeant and Stan Burns on his Tonight Show
Who talked about this genre

Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on hosting the second Steve Allen Show, a late-night show on WNBT
Steve Allen on the comedic talents of Dwight Hemion, Herb Sergeant and Stan Burns on his Tonight Show
Steve Allen on Pat Weaver deciding to bring The Steve Allen Show to network and re-titling it Tonight
Steve Allen on America becoming a late-night television audience and creating a new genre
Steve Allen on Tonight Show producer Bill Harbach; on the impact of the show; on booking talent and memorable guests
Steve Allen on the openings, stunts and skits on The Tonight Show
Steve Allen on The Tonight Show regulars - Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence, and Eydie Gorme
Steve Allen on musical guests, sketches, audience interviews, and tough issues on The Tonight Show
Steve Allen on shooting outside the studio for The Tonight Show; on censorship and the Blacklist
Steve Allen on the prime-time Steve Allen Show

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

Pat Boone

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Pat Boone on performing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Kevin Bright

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Kevin Bright on his work on the pilot of In Living Color

Bernie Brillstein

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Bernie Brillstein on meeting Lorne Michaels and the beginnings of Saturday Night Live
Bernie Brillstein on the many casts of and production of Saturday Night Live

George Carlin

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

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
Dick Cavett on writing for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and his friendship with Carson

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
William Clotworthy on Saturday Night Live' s production schedule, Lorne Michaels, and the cast of the show
William Clotworthy on working with cast members of Saturday Night Live

Andy Cohen

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

Dick Gregory with Emerson College

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

Eddie Brill with Emerson College

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Eddie Brill on his early stand-up career, and on becoming the audience warm-up guy for Late Show with David Letterman
Eddie Brill on his warm-up routine for Late Show with David Letterman

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, and on becoming bandleader on the night show Broadway Open House (precursor to The Tonight Show)

Phyllis Diller

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Phyllis Diller on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show; on Ed Sullivan

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on being on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar; on Paar's wit
Hugh Downs on Jack Paar's famous walk out on The Tonight Show on February 11, 1960
Hugh Downs on politicians and diverse guests appearing on The Tonight Show

Dick Ebersol

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Dick Ebersol on the time slot that would become Saturday Night Live
Dick Ebersol on Dick Ebersol on the buildup to, casting, and premiere of Saturday Night Live
Dick Ebersol on Brandon Tartikoff's role in Ebersol's return to Saturday Night Live and on reviving the show
Dick Ebersol on a typical week of putting together an episode of Saturday Night Live
Dick Ebersol on dress rehearsal and the live show of Saturday Night Live

Kevin Eubanks

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Kevin Eubanks on first getting a job with Branford Marsalis' Tonight Show band
Kevin Eubanks on becoming comfortable with television and working with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno
Kevin Eubanks on being promoted from band member to leader on The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno and adjusting to his new role
Kevin Eubanks on Tonight Show musical guests
Kevin Eubanks on the unplugged version of The Tonight Show during the energy crisis in September 2000
Kevin Eubanks on the first Tonight Show back after 9/11
Kevin Eubanks on Jay Leno's 2009 exit from The Tonight Show and move to a 10pm show (The Jay Leno Show)
Kevin Eubanks on Jay Leno's move from The Tonight Show to a 10pm show (The Jay Leno Show)

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

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

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on being unit manager on The Tonight Show  with Jack Paar
Stewart MacGregory on the infamous "water closet incident" from The Tonight Show  with Jack Paar
Stewart MacGregory on being unit manager for Saturday Night Live

Garry Marshall

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

Bob McGrath

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

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on Fridays

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
Garrett Morris on his Saturday Night Live characters and cast-mates

Tony Mottola

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

Bob Newhart

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

Don Ohlmeyer

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

Bernie Orenstein

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Bernie Orenstein on writing for The Les Crane Show

Don Pardo

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Don Pardo on becoming the announcer on Saturday Night Live; on meeting Lorne Michaels
Don Pardo on announcing for SNL

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

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on late night television

Paul Shaffer

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

John Shaffner

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

Garry Shandling

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

John Singleton

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

Nina Tassler

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

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on the first episode of Saturday Night Live following 9/11
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

Alan Zweibel

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