Did you know that yesterday was National Talk Show Host Day? It was! I should’ve thrown a party, but I was too busy catching up on sleep. Apparently, all the money and fame the talk show hosts get just isn’t enough; they needed a whole day to recognize that they pretty much have the coolest jobs in the world (she said jealously). They (though I’m not 100% sure who “they” is…) picked October 23rd because its the King of Late Night–Mr. Johnny Carson’s–birthday!
So in honor of National Talk Show Host Day, I wanted to share with you my favorite hosts–both daytime and night-time–as well as my favorite talk show host moments.
I won’t lie; I don’t get to watch Jimmy as much as I’d like to. Mostly because it comes on late at night. Pre-baby I was in bed before 9:30 p.m. Now that Little Miss is here, I pretty much sleep whenever I can, so television is the last thing on my list. But if I were to stay up late, it’d be for Jimmy. He’s absolutely HILARIOUS. I loved him on SNL and I love him now! At least, the clips I see on Hulu/Facebook of his interviews and sketches crack me up! Like this one! And this one! Plus, he’s so cute when he talks about his new baby, Winnie Rose.
Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb
These chicas are some of my favorites in the morning! They are so funny, and, I’m pretty sure they’re always plastered. They have no shame and no filter. That is why I think we’d all be BFFS. Plus, Hoda’s got great taste in music.
When I was in college I watched Conan ALL. THE. TIME. I kinda had a little crush on him. He’s so funny and even though he sort of looks like Ron Howard, I find him oddly attractive. Anyway, moving on… I felt bad for the guy when the whole Jay Leno retiring “scandal” happened. Even though I love Jay, I still felt a pang of sadness for my ginger when he got canned from The Tonight Show. However, through it all, Coco has still kept it funny and not lost his ability to crack me up!
Tom Cruise Acting Like a Monkey on Bath Salts on Oprah
Remember when Tom Cruise first got with Katie Holmes? You know, before he mind-controlled her to have his babies and never smile ever again? Yeah, that was the best. And who could forget this moment when he totally when bat-crap crazy on Queen Oprah’s show?
Andy Kaufman Gets The Crap Knocked Out of Him on Letterman
Granted, I wasn’t alive for this moment, seeing as how it happened in 1982. However, I have watched a lot of Andy Kaufman as Latka on Taxi when Nick at Nite was actually worth watching. But when I saw this clip, I couldn’t believe it really happened! On live TV no less! See what we miss with this new 8-second delay crap? Thanks a lot, Janet Jackson.
Britney Spears Proves Why She Should’ve Been Put on a 5150
Remember when Brit-Brit did it again and lost her marbles in 2006? I seriously thought homegirl was going to harm herself to the point of no return. I’m so glad though, that she was able to turn her life around. It gives me hope for Amanda Bynes and Lindsey Lohan. (Come on, Momma Spears, reach out to these girls!) I watched this interview live back in ’06 and recall sitting there with my jaw pretty much on the floor the entire time. It left many of us (Matt Lauer included) scratching our heads thinking: “What the what?!”
Teachers FINALLY Get The Rewards They’re Due
Even though Oprah has moved on from our televisions in the afternoons, she gave us great moments. Like this one. Its probably my favorite talk show moment EVER. Oprah invited teachers to her show and then dropped a bomb: underneath some of the seats were keys to brand-new cars. What these hard working mind-molders didn’t know was that EVERY chair had a set of car keys under it. Watching this clip gives me chills each time. I’ve got such a tender spot in my heart for teachers and I LOVE that O to the Prah paid it forward.