The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History

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
    1
    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1925-2005)
    • Birthplace: Corning, Quincy Township, Iowa, United States of America
  • Conan O'Brien
    2
    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Conan
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America
  • David Letterman
    3
    Late Show with David Letterman, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Jon Stewart
    4
    The Daily Show, The John Stewart Show
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Craig Ferguson
    5
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
  • Larry King
    6
    Larry King Now, Larry King Live
    • Age: 88
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Dick Cavett
    7
    The Dick Cavett Show
    • Age: 85
    • Birthplace: Gibbon, Nebraska, United States of America
  • Steve Harvey
    8
    The Steve Harvey Show
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Welch, West Virginia, USA
  • Regis Philbin
    9
    Live! with Regis and Kelly, Live with Regis, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1931-2020)
    • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Wayne Brady
    10
    The Wayne Brady Show
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, USA
  • Jimmy Kimmel
    11
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Trevor Noah
    12
    The Daily Show
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Martin Short
    13
    The Martin Short Show
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Jimmy Fallon
    14
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Graham Norton
    15
    The Graham Norton Show
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Clondalkin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Jack Paar
    16
    The Jack Paar Tonight Show
    • Age: Dec. at 85 (1918-2004)
    • Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States of America
  • Stephen Colbert
    17
    The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
  • Steve Allen
    18
    The Tonight Show, The New Steve Allen Show
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1921-2000)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • James Corden
    19
    The Late Late Show with James Corden
    • Age: 44
    • Birthplace: London Borough of Hillingdon, United Kingdom
  • Chris Rock
    20
    The Chris Rock Show
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Andrews, South Carolina
  • Phil Donahue
    21
    The Phil Donahue Show, Donahue
    • Age: 86
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
  • 22

    Greg Gutfeld

  • Jeremy Clarkson
    23
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Doncaster, England
  • Bill Maher
    24
    Real Time with Bill Maher
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: New York, New York
  • Jay Leno
    25
    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, USA