TV The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks  

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The thing about late night TV sidekicks is that,when they work, they can elevate the quality of a late night show by a wide margin. Whether their ability to riff on a joke to make it even better, or just the way they laugh at something to really get the audience to feel invited to join in, they can sometimes make or break a new late night show or popular segment. They also take a lot of pressure off the host, particularly when there's a guest who might not be feeling the interview, or is just feeling self-conscious. So it's time to vote for the greatest in late night television history, on this list of the best late night TV sidekicks! Vote up your favorites, and downvote the ones you don't really care for. 

One late night talk sidekick you might find surprising is Regis Philbin - one of the rare cases of a sidekick actually going on to host their own show. He was Joey Bishop's sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show from 1967 to 1969. Typically, late night host sidekicks are on the couch or leading the band, like Kevin Eubanks and Reggie Watts. Sometimes, in the case of Fred Armisen, they have their own killer careers and are mostly just hanging out with their friends because they can. When it comes to late night television host sidekicks, there's a wide swath of choices - even one who is more machine than man in Craig Ferguson's Geoff Peterson robot sidekick.

So take a look at this late night sidekicks list and vote up your favorites! Whether you like Steve Higgins or Paul Shaffer, you'll find all the most popular sidekicks from throughout late night TV history listed here.

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Andy Richter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Andy Richter The Penguins of Madagascar, Conan, Late Night with Conan O'Brien - Sidekick to Conan O'Brien

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Guillermo Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Guillermo Rodriguez Sidekick to Jimmy Kimmel

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Geoff Peterson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Geoff Peterson Sidekick to Craig Ferguson

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Ed McMahon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Ed McMahon The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Concentration, Legends of the Superheroes - Sidekick to Johnny Carson

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Paul Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Paul Shaffer Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with David Letterman, Hercules - Sidekick to David Letterman

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Max Weinberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Max Weinberg Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien - Sidekick to Conan O'Brien

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Reggie Watts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Reggie Watts Comedy Bang! Bang! - Sidekick to James Corben

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Steve Higgins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Steve Higgins Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday - Sidekick to Jimmy Fallon

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Fred Armisen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Fred Armisen Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, The Looney Tunes Show - Sidekick to Seth Meyers

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Hannibal Buress is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Hannibal Buress Broad City, The Eric André Show, Chozen - Sidekick to Eric Andre

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Arsenio Hall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Arsenio Hall The Real Ghostbusters, The Apprentice, The Arsenio Hall Show - Sidekick to Alan Thicke

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Chuy Bravo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Chuy Bravo Chelsea Lately - Sidekick to Chelsea Handler

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Kevin Eubanks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Kevin Eubanks The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show - Sidekick to Jay Leno

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Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Regis Philbin America's Got Talent, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US), The Neighbors - Sidekick to Joey Bishop

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Peggy Cass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Peggy Cass Women in Prison, The Hathaways - Sidekick to Jack Paar

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Tony Randall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks
Tony Randall The Odd Couple, My Little Pony, Love - Sidekick to David Letterman