Photo:
Entertainment
1k voters

The Best Late Night TV Sidekicks

Updated October 4, 2019 3.3k votes 1k voters 11.8k views

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.
...more
  • 1
    522
    147
    The Penguins of Madagascar, Conan
    Sidekick to Conan O'Brien
  • 2
    Sidekick to Jimmy Kimmel
  • 3
    Sidekick to Craig Ferguson
  • 4
    128
    80
    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Concentration
    Sidekick to Johnny Carson
  • 5
    121
    80
    Broad City, The Eric André Show
    Sidekick to Eric Andre
  • 6
    135
    100
    Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with David Letterman
    Sidekick to David Letterman
  • 7
    141
    132
    Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
    Sidekick to Jimmy Fallon
  • 8
    66
    50
    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
    Sidekick to Conan O'Brien
  • 9
    90
    77
    Comedy Bang! Bang!
    Sidekick to James Corben
  • 10
    70
    61
    Saturday Night Live, Portlandia
    Sidekick to Seth Meyers
  • 11
    38
    45
    America's Got Talent, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US)
    Sidekick to Joey Bishop
  • 12
    33
    47
    Chelsea Lately
    Sidekick to Chelsea Handler
  • 13
    32
    48
    The Real Ghostbusters, The Apprentice
    Sidekick to Alan Thicke
  • 14
    29
    57
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show
    Sidekick to Jay Leno
  • 15
    19
    43
    The Odd Couple, My Little Pony
    Sidekick to David Letterman
  • 16
    17
    42
    Women in Prison, The Hathaways
    Sidekick to Jack Paar
not on the list?add item #17add new item
Hey There! Please only add items that are relevant to this list topic.