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The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History 

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Updated June 29, 2020 1.8k votes 214 voters 9.9k views 57 items

List Rules Vote up the men who have been the best at hosting talk shows.

Most of the best male talk show hosts are on late night talk shows. From Conan O'Brien and David Letterman to James Corden and Daniel Tosh, the best late night talk shows are often hosted by men. Even so, there are plenty of men like Regis Philbin, Steve Harvey, and Jerry Springer are household names who have hosted some of the best daytime talk shows on television. The best male late night talk show hosts include some of the best old talk show hosts as well, such as Jack Paar and Johnny Carson. Whether they were great at conducting interviews, knew how to ask the hard questions, or just made a show something you can't miss, these male talk show hosts are the best. Some talk show hosts, like Trevor Noah, have the skills to be the best - not just best Black talk show hosts but one of the best talk show hosts period - even though they are newer to the scene.

Of these great male talk show hosts, which of these men have been the very best? Vote up the men who have done the best job hosting late night talk shows, chat shows, daytime talk shows and more.

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Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Age: Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

Birthplace: Corning, Quincy Township, Iowa, United States of America

John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known as the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson ...more
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Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Conan

Age: 55

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

Conan Christopher O'Brien (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows; since 2010, he has ...more
3
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Late Show with David Letterman, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction

Age: 71

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer and automobile racing team owner. He hosted late night television talk shows for 33 ...more
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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Age: 56

Birthplace: Springburn, United Kingdom

Craig Ferguson (born 17 May 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author, and actor. He hosted the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game (2014–17), for which he won two ...more
5
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Daily Show, The John Stewart Show

Age: 56

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, activist, political commentator, actor, and television host. He hosted The ...more
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Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Steve Harvey Show

Age: 62

Birthplace: Welch, USA, West Virginia

Broderick Stephen Harvey (born January 17, 1957) is an American comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, the Steve talk ...more
7
Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Age: 51

Birthplace: Mill Basin, New York City, New York, United States of America

James Christian Kimmel (born November 13, 1967) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a late-night talk ...more
8
Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Age: 44

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

James Thomas Fallon (born September 19, 1974) is an American comedian, actor, television host, singer, writer, and producer. He is known for his work in television as a cast member on Saturday ...more
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James Corden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Late Late Show with James Corden

Age: 40

Birthplace: London Borough of Hillingdon, United Kingdom

James Kimberley Corden (born 22 August 1978) is an English actor, singer, comedian, and television host. He hosts The Late Late Show with James Corden, a late-night television talk show on CBS. ...more
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Dick Cavett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Dick Cavett Show

Age: 82

Birthplace: Gibbon, Nebraska, United States of America

Richard Alva Cavett (; born November 19, 1936) is an American television personality, comedian and former talk show host notable for his conversational style and in-depth discussions. He ...more
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Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show

Age: 68

Birthplace: USA, New York, New Rochelle

James Douglas Muir Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and television host. After doing stand-up comedy for years, he became the host of NBC's The ...more
12
Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Age: 54

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Stephen Tyrone Colbert ( kohl-BAIR; born May 13, 1964) is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is best known for hosting the satirical ...more
13
Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Graham Norton Show

Age: 55

Birthplace: Clondalkin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Graham William Walker (born 4 April 1963), known professionally as Graham Norton, is an Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, actor, author, and commentator based in the United ...more
14
Trevor Noah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Daily Show

Age: 35

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is known for hosting The Daily Show, an American ...more
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Dennis Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller, Dennis Miller: The Raw Feed

Age: 66

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dennis Michael Miller (born November 3, 1953) is an American talk show host, political commentator, sports commentator, actor, and comedian. He was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 ...more
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Tucker Carlson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Fox and Friends, Split: A Divided America, Hannity

Age: 49

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson (born May 16, 1969) is an American conservative political commentator who has hosted the nightly political talk show Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News since 2016. ...more
17
Phil Donahue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Phil Donahue Show, Donahue

Age: 83

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Phillip John Donahue (born December 21, 1935) is an American media personality, writer, film producer, and the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show. His television program, later known as ...more
18
Jeremy Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Clarkson

Age: 58

Birthplace: Doncaster, England

Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the motoring programmes Top ...more
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Jack Paar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Jack Paar Tonight Show

Age: Dec. at 86 (1918-2004)

Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States of America

Jack Harold Paar (May 1, 1918 – January 27, 2004) was an American author, movie actor, radio and television comedian, and talk show host. He is best known for his stint as the second host of The ...more
20
Wayne Brady is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Wayne Brady Show

Age: 46

Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States of America

Wayne Alphonso Brady (born June 2, 1972) is an American actor, singer, and comedian who is a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It ...more
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Regis Philbin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Live! with Regis and Kelly, Live with Regis, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee

Age: 87

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (; born August 25, 1931) is an American media personality, actor, and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s. After graduating from the ...more
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Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Late Night with Seth Meyers

Age: 45

Birthplace: USA, Evanston, Illinois

Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) is an American television host, comedian, writer, political commentator, and actor. He hosts Late Night with Seth Meyers, a late-night talk show that ...more
23
Martin Short is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Martin Short Show

Age: 68

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice artist, singer and writer. He is known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night ...more
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Jerry Springer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
The Jerry Springer Show

Age: 75

Birthplace: Highgate, London, United Kingdom

Gerald Norman Springer (born February 13, 1944) is an English-born American television presenter, former lawyer, politician, news presenter, actor, producer, and musician. He hosted The Jerry ...more
25
Larry King is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History
Larry King Now, Larry King Live

Age: 85

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger; November 19, 1933) is an American television and radio host, whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys, an Emmy award, and 10 ...more