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|The Tonight Show with Jay
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night
show currently hosted by Jay
Leno, on NBC.
It made its debut on May 25, 1992, following Johnny
Carson's retirement as host of The
Tonight Show. The nightly broadcast at 11:35 p.m.
(Eastern) originates from NBC's studios, in Burbank,
On April 26, 1999, the show began broadcasting in 1080i HDTV,
becoming the first American nightly talk show to be shot in high
definition. The show is shot in 16:9 aspect
ratio with a 4:3 center-cut for standard definition television
Leno's incarnation of The Tonight Show has followed the
same basic format as that of his predecessors: an opening
monologue followed by comedy routines, interviews and
performances. Unlike Jack
Paar or Johnny
Carson, however, as of 2009, Leno has rarely utlilized guest
hosts, preferring to host the series by himself. There has only
been one occasion in which a substitute host has appeared, on May
12, 2003, when Leno traded places with Katie
Couric and hosted the The
Today Show as part of a publicity stunt.
NBC announced in 2004 that Leno would leave The Tonight Show
at the end of May 2009, handing the reins to Conan
O'Brien. However, following rumors of Leno being interested in
moving elsewhere to launch a competing program, NBC signed Leno to
a new deal for a nightly talk show in the 10:00 p.m. ET timeslot.
The primetime series, tentatively titled The
Jay Leno Show, will debut in fall 2009, following a
similar format to the Leno incarnation of Tonight.
with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show intertitle.
The show follows an established six-piece format. The first
segment is a monologue
by Leno, with quick one-liners about current events and brief
comedy sketches occasionally mixed in. Unlike fellow late-night
comics David Letterman or Conan O'Brien, Leno -- with his
background in stand-up comedy -- emphasizes the monologue perhaps
more than any other segment in the show, usually telling jokes for
the first six or ten minutes of the broadcast. The second segment
is a full comedy sketch, often a humorous mini-documentary by a
"Tonight Show correspondent" (e.g., Ross
the Intern or Tom
Green), or a trademark of Leno's, like "Headlines."
As the nightly broadcast approaches midnight, the first guest
appears. The interview is divided into two segments, then followed
by the fifth segment, which is the interview of the second guest.
The sixth and final segment is almost always a musical
performance, however, a stand-up comedian will occasionally
Immediately following the last performance segment, Leno walks
on camera to thank the performers, bid farewell to the audience
and recommends watching Late
Night with Jimmy Fallon, which immediately follows The
Tonight Show. As the closing credits roll on-screen, the
gentle strains of The Tonight Show's closing theme music,
"Kevin's Country" — composed in 1992 by Tonight
Show Band leader Kevin
— play the show off the air.
(Monday): Humorous print items sent in by viewers. These
real-life headlines are usually headlines with typographical
errors, or unintentionally inappropriate items.
|Jaywalking: A pre-taped segment where Leno asks
people questions about current news and other topics in public
areas around Los
Angeles (usually Hollywood
Avenue or Universal
Studios). Most responses are outrageously incorrect (one
person believed that Abraham
Lincoln was the first president, another could not
identify a picture of Hillary
Stern has said the segment was lifted directly from
his radio show.
|Battle of the Jaywalk All-Stars: Some of the
stupidest "Jaywalkers" are brought back onto the
show to be asked simple questions to see which one is less
|The segment's name is a play on the host's name and the
illegal practice of jaywalking.
|Some of the interviewees prove so popular with viewers
that they become regulars on The Tonight Show
itself. Such examples are Jaywalk All-Stars Kip and
Kim, who have a recurring segment on the show entitled What
would Kip and Kim Do?, where people in situations ask
them for advice. Their responses are often ridiculous and
done to make the audience laugh. Another frequent
Jaywalking guest, Angela Ramos, quickly became popular
(due to her nasally high-pitched laugh) and joined the
show for a time as a correspondent.|
|The Audience Wants to Know: Selected audience members
are chosen to ask Leno questions, and in response, Leno shows
a video clip relating to the subject.
|Celebrity Interviews: Leno will conduct an interview with a
celebrity or recent major news name. The person in question is
an obvious parody designed to utilize humorous responses. This
often occurs "via satellite," but the character's
portions are done on the musical performance part of the
Willard and Gilbert
Gottfried are the most common actors used for the segment,
as well as Steve
Bridges impersonating George
|Comedic Products: Depending on the season, Leno will bring
out comedic spins on gifts, media releases and
"inventions that didn't work out." (for example: A Day
After Tomorrow home game for the summer months). It
also came out in a different iteration, as being supposedly
sold through the NBCCC (Nothing But Cheap Crap Channel), with
Leno playing the channel's resident host, Bob Johnson.
the Fruitcake Lady: Marie
Rudisill, an outspoken older woman and aunt of Truman
Capote, responded to questions about relationships, sex
and family. She was originally on the show to promote her
cookbook about fruitcake. This segment was discontinued after
|Videos We Found on YouTube:
A prototypical Leno segment where he shows amusing videos
supposedly found on YouTube. However, the videos are not
viewed on YouTube but video files instead. "Zoo
Tube" features similar videos of animals.
Mandel: Using a hidden camera, Howie would play practical
jokes on average citizens. This bit became much less common
after the beginning of Howie's program Deal
or No Deal.
|Ross the Intern: Ross
Mathews, a highly effeminate intern for the show, is sent
to participate in special events. As part of a running
gag, Leno started introducing Ross as his illegitimate
|Pitch To America: Whenever a screenwriters
is held in the U.S., a Tonight Show camera crew sets up an
area where screenwriters
can walk up and make a pitch
for a movie script or television
show that he/she has been working on. More recently, the crew
goes to a trade show, where inventors pitch their product, and
the audience is asked if it "sold" or "not
sold" (similar to the Stuff We Found on eBay
|Stuff We Found on eBay:
Leno brings up some of the oddest stuff that he has supposedly
found while searching on eBay, and the studio audience must
determine whether the object was sold or not.
|Pumpcast News: A fake news anchor, played by Timothy
Stack, displayed on a TV screen at a gas station harasses
and bothers the customers pumping gas.
|Pumpernickel Bread Special: A segment where Leno invites
celebrity chefs, such as Martha Stewart, to share hilarious
|Duller Image Catalog: Leno will present outrageous and crude
products created by the staff. A play on The
Sharper Image Catalog.
|The Fine Print: At his desk Leno presents regular everyday
products but when zoomed in to reveal the fine print there is
a message telling what the product's real intentions are
(example: a bag of chips that warns if you eat the product you
will get fat).
|Photo Booth: A real free photo booth is set up at Universal
Studios Hollywood and people inside are bothered and made
fun of before getting their picture taken. The booth's voice
is provided by comedian Kira
|99 Cent Shopping Spree: Leno shows off items
collected from a local 99 cent store. These products are real
and are shown if they have any assembly mistakes (hair combs
in a bag labeled sun glasses), poorly translated words on
directions or packaging, or if they are just tacky items.
|Celebrity Jeopardy: A jeopardy game that includes
people in costumes portraying famous people in the news. George
W. Bush, and Martha
Stewart, are commonly portrayed. Gilbert
Gottfried, who is always included on the panel, portrays
other uncommon characters such as the Easter
Bunny or Pontius
Pilate, and is characterized by his frequent use of the
phrase, "Son of a bitch!" at some point
during the segment.
|Truth in Labeling: Leno displays products whose names have
been changed by the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) and are now renamed for
their most common uses. For example a United
States one hundred-dollar bill called "gas
|Dealing with the Public: Leno plays real police or
911 audio/video recordings that are ridiculous, stupid or
|Sidewalking: A camera and microphone are set up in a
public location (e.g., on the street, on a college campus),
individuals step up to the microphone and perform whatever
|Teenage Wasteland: Teenagers perform a stunt or
talent they possess.
|Does this impress Ed Asner?: Individuals perform
stunts or show off a talent in front of Ed
Asner. Asner comments on whether or not the act impresses
him. Similar to the former Late
Show with David Letterman stunt, "Is This
|Midnight Confessions: Members of the audience tell a
story about something in their life about which they are
embarrassed. Often, at the end of the confession, a product
appropriate for the situation is presented to the person
(often by Gilbert
|Wheel of Consolation: In the final weeks of American
Idol the person voted off comes on The Tonight Show
and is given a chance to spin the wheel of consolation, which
contains three elaborate sounding prizes. The wheel is rigged
to stop on a certain item, when the contestant receives a play
off of the item won. For example, if the wheel stops on
'Breakfast with Royalty,' the Burger
King mascot presents the contestant with a breakfast
|They Walk Among Us: Leno presents images of
celebrities and their supposed look-alikes, who were
discreetly taped in Burbank. He says they were products of cloning
experiments gone wrong.
Irwin bringing in Snakes and Crocodiles. Discontinued
after Steve Irwin's death.
|Tonight Show phone in. Tapes of celebrity voices are played
while Jay talks with them.
|Beyondo - Jay would work with Kevin Eubanks on trying to
summon people from the great beyond. Discontinued.
|Iron Jay - pumping iron questions with a muscle headed Jay
Leno. Jay's body was made to look bigger. Discontinued.
|Mr. Brain - Jay acting as a brainiac, taking questions from
the audience. His head was made to look bigger with mirrors
and the camera. Discontinued.
|Virtual Jay - Computer-generated animation of Leno.
According to the skit, when Leno heated up a burrito with the
foil still on it in the microwave while at his computer, it
caused an electrical shock to come from the microwave to Leno
to his computer, thus causing Leno to "travel"
through the Internet. It usually involved gags to emphasize
some of his recurring jokes at the time (e.g. "Virtual
Jay" in a page with the picture of a desert and then
realizing that he was in Dan Quayle's webpage during his
failed 1996 run for President). Discontinued.|
|In September 2000, with California in an energy
crisis that forced power outages, Jay Leno did an episode
in the dark using only candles and flashlights known as
"The Tonight Show Unplugged" in response to
California's power crisis.
|Following the attacks of September
11, 2001, The Tonight Show was off the air for
about a week, as were most similar programs. The first
post-9/11 episode began with a still image of an American flag
and a subdued opening without the usual opening credits.
Leno's monologue paid tribute to those who lost their lives
and to firefighters, police and rescue workers across the US.
Leno had questioned whether a show that regularly poked fun at
the government could continue after the attacks, but in his
monologue he explained that he saw the show as a respite from
the grim news of the world, akin to a cookie or glass of
lemonade handed to a firefighter. Senator
John McCain and the musical group Crosby,
Stills, and Nash were featured guests. For an extended
period after the attack, a short clip of a large American flag
waving was shown in between the announcement of the musical
guest and Leno's introduction during the opening montage.
|On August 6, 2003, actor Arnold
Schwarzenegger appeared on The Tonight Show and
confirmed he would be running against California
Davis for the California
recall election. Schwarzenegger won the election on
|On January 24, 2005, Jay had a special episode that paid
tribute to Tonight Show predecessor Johnny
Carson, who had just passed away the day before. There
were no opening credits, and the monologue simply gave
condolence to Carson. There were no segments used, however,
Leno played clips from The
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson before commercials.
All the guests were people who had worked with Carson or had
been on his show, including Ed
Rickles, and Bob
|On July 20, 2006, as Colin
Farrell was being interviewed by Leno, Farrell's stalker,
Dessarae Bradford, evaded security, walked on stage as cameras
were rolling, confronted Farrell, and threw her book on Leno's
desk. In front of a silent, stunned audience, Farrell escorted
her off the stage himself, told the camera crew to stop
filming, and handed her over to security. As Bradford was led
out of the studio, she shouted "I'll see you in
court!" Farrell's response was a smooth, "Darling,
you're insane!" Outside the studio, NBC
security handed her off to Burbank
police, who eventually released her. While waiting to begin
filming again, a shocked Leno sarcastically called for "a
round of applause for NBC security" from the audience.
After Farrell apologized to the audience, describing Bradford
as, "my first stalker,"
the show then continued filming and the incident was edited
out of the broadcast aired that night. Farrell later requested
a restraining order in court against Bradford.
|On January 2, 2008, The Tonight Show (along with Jimmy
Kimmel Live! and Late
Night with Conan O'Brien) returned to air without
writers, with the WGA still on strike. This was in response to
the deal by David
Letterman's production company Worldwide
Pants with the WGA to allow Late
Show with David Letterman and Late
Late Show with Craig Ferguson to return with writers.
Leno's guest that night, Republican Presidential candidate Mike
Huckabee, was criticized for crossing the WGA picket
line to appear on the show.
Huckabee would go on to win the Iowa
caucuses the very next day.
|On June 13, 2008, Leno delivered the news of Tim
Russert's death to his audience during his monologue, and
set aside some time in it to remember his old colleague. Leno
then stated that he would continue the show as normal
End of Leno on Tonight
On September 27, 2004, the 50th anniversary of The
Tonight Show's debut, NBC announced that Jay Leno will be
succeeded by Conan
O'Brien, in 2009. Leno explained that he did not want to see a
repeat of the hard feelings and controversy that occurred when he
was given the show over David
Letterman following Carson's retirement.
It was announced on July 21, 2008 that Jay Leno will host his
final episode of The Tonight Show on Friday, May 29, 2009 while
Conan O'Brien will take over hosting duties commencing the
following Monday, on June 1, 2009. On December 9th, 2008, it was
announced that Jay Leno will be hosting a
new nightly show by Fall 2009, which will air at 10pm EST,
during the network's prime time period.
Production of new episodes was suspended due to the 2007
Writers Guild of America strike. Leno, himself a member of the
Guild, decided to honor the picket lines, resulting in the show
going into repeats, effective November 5. Shortly after the strike
started, it was rumored that guest hosts would fill in for Leno
during the duration of the strike, beginning November 19, 2007.
The show aired reruns from different periods of Leno's tenure as
host until January 2, 2008, when after two months the show
returned with Leno writing for himself without any replacement
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