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The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History

Updated June 29, 2020 3.3k votes 301 voters 15.6k views57 items

List RulesVote 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 Carson1
    94
    48

    Johnny Carson

    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

    AgeDec. at 80 (1925-2005)

    BirthplaceCorning, Quincy Township, Iowa, United States of America

    John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host,... more on Wikipedia
  • Conan O'Brien2
    101
    69

    Conan O'Brien

    Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Conan

    Age57

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Conan Christopher O'Brien (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • David Letterman3
    74
    63

    David Letterman

    Late Show with David Letterman, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction

    Age73

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host, comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • Craig Ferguson4
    56
    47

    Craig Ferguson

    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

    Age58

    BirthplaceSpringburn, United Kingdom

    Craig Ferguson (born 17 May 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jon Stewart5
    61
    55

    Jon Stewart

    The Daily Show, The John Stewart Show

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • Seth Meyers6
    46
    43

    Seth Meyers

    Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Age46

    BirthplaceUSA, Evanston, Illinois

    Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) is an American television host, comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Stephen Colbert7
    62
    66

    Stephen Colbert

    The Daily Show, The Colbert Report

    Age56

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Stephen Tyrone Colbert ( kohl-BAIR; born May 13, 1964) is an American comedian, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jimmy Fallon8
    72
    79

    Jimmy Fallon

    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

    Age46

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    James Thomas Fallon (born September 19, 1974) is an American comedian, actor, television host,... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Harvey9
    59
    64

    Steve Harvey

    The Steve Harvey Show

    Age63

    BirthplaceWelch, West Virginia, United States of America

    Broderick Stephen Harvey (born January 17, 1957) is an American comedian, television host,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jimmy Kimmel10
    60
    68

    Jimmy Kimmel

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Age52

    BirthplaceMill Basin, New York City, New York, United States of America

    James Christian Kimmel (born November 13, 1967) is an American television host, comedian,... more on Wikipedia
  • Dick Cavett11
    33
    33

    Dick Cavett

    The Dick Cavett Show

    Age83

    BirthplaceGibbon, Nebraska, United States of America

    Richard Alva Cavett (; born November 19, 1936) is an American television personality, comedian... more on Wikipedia
  • Trevor Noah12
    51
    59

    Trevor Noah

    The Daily Show

    Age36

    Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political... more on Wikipedia
  • Wayne Brady13
    23
    23

    Wayne Brady

    The Wayne Brady Show

    Age48

    BirthplaceColumbus, Georgia, USA

    Wayne Alphonso Brady (born June 2, 1972) is an American actor, singer, and comedian who is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Graham Norton14
    38
    44

    Graham Norton

    The Graham Norton Show

    Age57

    BirthplaceClondalkin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

    Graham William Walker (born 4 April 1963), known professionally as Graham Norton, is an Irish... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeremy Clarkson15
    29
    33

    Age60

    BirthplaceDoncaster, England

    Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster, journalist and... more on Wikipedia
  • James Corden16
    52
    65

    James Corden

    The Late Late Show with James Corden

    Age37

    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Hillingdon, England

    James Kimberley Corden (born 22 August 1978) is an English actor, singer, comedian, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jay Leno17
    50
    62

    Jay Leno

    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Jay Leno Show

    Age70

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, New Rochelle

    James Douglas Muir Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an American comedian, actor, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Martin Short18
    16
    20

    Martin Short

    The Martin Short Show

    Age70

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice... more on Wikipedia
  • Phil Donahue19
    18
    23

    Phil Donahue

    The Phil Donahue Show, Donahue

    Age84

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, United States of America

    Phillip John Donahue (born December 21, 1935) is an American media personality, writer, film... more on Wikipedia
  • James Lipton20
    15
    20

    James Lipton

    Inside the Actors Studio

    Age94

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    James Lipton (September 19, 1926 – March 2, 2020) was an American writer, lyricist, actor and... more on Wikipedia
  • Larry King21
    31
    45

    Larry King

    Larry King Now, Larry King Live

    Age86

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger; November 19, 1933) is an American television and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jack Paar22
    23
    33

    Jack Paar

    The Jack Paar Tonight Show

    AgeDec. at 86 (1918-2004)

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Jack Harold Paar (May 1, 1918 – January 27, 2004) was an American author, movie actor, radio... more on Wikipedia
  • Dennis Miller23
    21
    30

    Dennis Miller

    Dennis Miller Live, Dennis Miller

    Age67

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Dennis Michael Miller (born November 3, 1953) is an American talk show host, political... more on Wikipedia
  • Regis Philbin24
    27
    39

    Regis Philbin

    Live! with Regis and Kelly, Live with Regis

    Age89

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Regis Francis Xavier Philbin (August 25, 1931 – July 24, 2020) was an American media... more on Wikipedia
  • Garry Shandling25
    14
    20

    Garry Shandling

    The Larry Sanders Show

    Age70

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Garry Emmanuel Shandling (November 29, 1949 – March 24, 2016) was an American stand-up... more on Wikipedia