Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Late Night Guests: Second Fiddles

I was watching ''Late Night with Conan O'Brien'' last night and Tony Bennett mentioned something in passing. He said he was on Johnny Carson's debut ep of ''The Tonight Show.'' That is wild, weird stuff. I did not know that.

And that got me thinking. The first guest of a new late-night talkshow gets all the accolades for making a sacrifice, but the other early guests take chances, too. Most of us probably know that Bill Murray has turned himself into the consummate First Guest.® I don't know about you, but I couldn't name a single second guest.

Here is the list of second guests on network late-night talkshows that preemed in the last 15 years:
  • ''The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'' (Shanice)
  • ''Late Night with Conan O'Brien'' (Drew Barrymore)
  • ''The Late Show with David Letterman'' (Billy Joel)
  • ''Later with Greg Kinnear'' (N/A. only one guest)
  • ''The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder'' (Robert & Kathleen Gingrich)
  • ''The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn'' (Heidi Klum)
  • ''Last Call with Carson Daly'' (N/A. only one guest)
  • ''Jimmy Kimmel Live'' (Warren Sapp)
  • ''The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'' (Nicole Sullivan)

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