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The Best Male Talk Show Hosts in TV History

Updated June 29, 2020 3.5k votes 327 voters 16.6k 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
    97
    47

    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
  • Conan O'Brien2
    104
    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
  • David Letterman3
    78
    61

    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
  • Craig Ferguson4
    58
    45

    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
  • Jon Stewart5
    63
    56

    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
  • Jimmy Fallon6
    80
    82

    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
  • Dick Cavett7
    37
    32

    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
  • Stephen Colbert8
    64
    69

    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
  • Steve Harvey9
    62
    67

    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
  • Seth Meyers10
    46
    49

    Seth Meyers

    Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Age46

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

    Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973) is an American television host, comedian, writer,...  more
  • Trevor Noah11
    56
    63

    Trevor Noah

    The Daily Show

    Age36

    Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political...  more
  • Jimmy Kimmel12
    61
    71

    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
  • Jeremy Clarkson13
    32
    33

    Age60

    BirthplaceDoncaster, England

    Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster, journalist and...  more
  • Wayne Brady14
    25
    25

    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
  • Regis Philbin15
    35
    38

    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
  • Graham Norton16
    39
    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
  • James Corden17
    53
    67

    James Corden

    The Late Late Show with James Corden

    Age37

    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Hillingdon, United Kingdom

    James Kimberley Corden (born 22 August 1978) is an English actor, singer, comedian, and...  more
  • Phil Donahue18
    22
    24

    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
  • Jay Leno19
    51
    64

    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
  • Martin Short20
    20
    22

    Martin Short

    The Martin Short Show

    Age70

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Martin Hayter Short (born March 26, 1950) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice...  more
  • Larry King21
    34
    44

    Larry King

    Larry King Now, Larry King Live

    Age86

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Larry King (November 19, 1933 – January 23, 2021) was an American television and radio host,...  more
  • Jack Paar22
    23
    31

    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
  • Tucker Carlson23
    36
    51

    Tucker Carlson

    Fox and Friends, Split: A Divided America

    Age51

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson (born May 16, 1969) is an American conservative political...  more
  • Dennis Miller24
    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
  • Steve Allen25
    14
    20

    Steve Allen

    The Tonight Show, The New Steve Allen Show

    AgeDec. at 79 (1921-2000)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American...  more