Best Talk-Show Hostt of All time

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1. David Letterman

Writer | Late Show with David Letterman

Television would never be the same after David Letterman made his second attempt at a television show in 1982. But his career before becoming host of the show was quite an interesting and long one. Letterman was born in Broad Ripple, a neighborhood in Indianapolis. His childhood was relatively ...

2. Johnny Carson

Soundtrack | The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson, the legendary "King of Late Night TV" who dominated the medium's nether hours for three decades, was born in Corning, Iowa, but moved with his family to nearby Norfolk, Nebraska when he was eight years old. It was in Norfolk, where he lived until he was inducted into the US Navy in ...

3. Stephen Colbert

Writer | The Daily Show

Stephen Tyrone Colbert (pronounced "col-BEAR") was born on May 13, 1964 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He is the son of Lorna Elizabeth (Tuck) and James William Colbert, Jr., a doctor and medical school dean at Yale, Saint Louis University, and MUSC. He is the ...

4. Oprah Winfrey

Producer | The Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid, and Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman.

While Winfrey has been cited as the richest African American of the 20th century, she does not come from a rich, or even middle class, ...

5. Jon Stewart

Producer | The Daily Show

Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz in New York City, New York, to Marian (Laskin), a teacher, and Donald Leibowitz, a physics professor. His family is Ashkenazi Jewish (from Austria, Ukraine, Poland, and Belarus). Stewart moved to Lawrenceville, New Jersey during his childhood. He ...

6. Ellen DeGeneres

Producer | Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. She is the daughter of Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is musician and producer Vance DeGeneres. ...

7. Graham Norton

Actor | Another Gay Movie

Graham Norton was born on April 4, 1963 in County Cork, Ireland as Graham Walker. He is an actor and writer, known for Another Gay Movie (2006), So Graham Norton (1998) and Father Ted (1995).

8. Conan O'Brien

Writer | Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien grew up in a large, Irish Catholic family in Massachusetts. At an early age, he began a love of comedy and goofing off, this carried on when he entered the prestigious Harvard University, acting out many pranks in his time, as well as become the president of the Harvard humor magazine...

9. Jay Leno

Producer | The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Jay Leno began his career in night clubs, where he worked 300 nights a year before hitting it big in 1992 with his own late-night talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992). By that time he had appeared on television, acted in a few films (American Hot Wax (1978)) but hit paydirt with his ...

10. Jimmy Kimmel

Producer | Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel was born on November 13, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as James Christian Kimmel. He is a producer and writer, known for Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003), The Man Show (1999) and Win Ben Stein's Money (1997). He has been married to Molly McNearney since July 13, 2013. They ...

11. Ricky Gervais

Writer | The Office

Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and ...

12. Jimmy Fallon

Writer | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon was born in 1974 in Brooklyn, New York, to Gloria (Feeley) and Jimmy Fallon. He is of Irish, German, and Norwegian descent. He was raised in Saugerties, New York, which is in upstate New York. He has performed stand up, impressions and characters across the country, in some of the ...

13. Whoopi Goldberg

Actress | Ghost

Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in...

14. Trevor Noah

Writer | The Daily Show

Trevor Noah was born on February 20, 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a writer and producer, known for The Daily Show (1996), Trevor Noah: Daywalker Revisited (2010) and Trevor Noah: The Nationwild Comedy Tour (2015).

15. Craig Ferguson

Writer | I'll Be There

By August of 1994, Craig Ferguson was established as one of Great Britain's leading comedians - he had just had huge success at the Edinburgh Festival. In January 1995 he moved to Los Angeles where he now works as an actor-writer-director-producer-creator.

16. James Corden

Actor | Into the Woods

Describing himself as the "chunky unit", James Kimberley Corden was born in Hillingdon, London and raised in Buckinghamshire, the son of Margaret (Collins), a social worker, and Malcolm Corden, a musician. He studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School before going on to Holmer Green Senior ...

17. John Oliver

Writer | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver was born on April 23, 1977 in Birmingham, England as John William Oliver. He is a writer and producer, known for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014), The Smurfs (2011) and The Smurfs 2 (2013). He has been married to Kate Norley since October 2011. They have one child.

18. Phil McGraw

Actor | Scary Movie 4

Phil McGraw was born in Vinita, Oklahoma, to Anne Geraldine "Jerry" (Stevens) and Joseph J. "Joe" McGraw, Jr., an equipment supplier for oil fields. He earned his doctorate degree in psychology from the University of North Texas [1979]. In 1980 he founded Courtroom Sciences, Inc., a full-service ...

19. Steve Harvey

Producer | The Steve Harvey Show

Steve Harvey was born on January 17, 1957 in Welch, West Virginia, USA as Broderick Stephen Harvey. He is a producer and actor, known for The Steve Harvey Show (1996), Family Feud (1999) and Think Like a Man (2012). He has been married to Marjorie Harvey since June 25, 2007. They have one child. He...

20. Bill Maher

Writer | Real Time with Bill Maher

Bill Maher was born William Maher in New York City, New York, and grew up in River Vale, New Jersey. His father, William Aloysius Maher, Jr., who was of Irish descent, was a radio announcer and news editor. His mother, Julie (Berman), was a nurse, who was from a Jewish family. Maher was raised in ...

21. Wendy Williams

Actress | Think Like a Man

Wendy Williams was born on July 18, 1964 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA as Wendy Joan Williams. She is a writer and actress, known for Think Like a Man (2012), Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) and Think Like a Man Too (2014). She has been married to Kevin Hunter since November 30, 1997. ...

22. Samantha Bee

Writer | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Studied at George Brown Theatre School in Toronto. She waited tables for five years, did some theatre work and the odd commercial. Even kept her comedic bent alive in the Toronto sketch comedy group, the Atomic Fireballs, she formed with three other women.

23. Seth Meyers

Writer | Saturday Night Live

Seth Meyers was born on December 28, 1973 in Bedford, New Hampshire, USA as Seth Adam Meyers. He is a writer and actor, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Documentary Now! (2015) and New Year's Eve (2011). He has been married to Alexi Ashe Meyers since September 1, 2013. They have one child.

24. Jonathan Ross

Actor | Spice World

Comedian, talk show host, game show host, film critic, radio DJ and awards show compere, Jonathan Ross is the most successful British broadcaster of his generation. After attending the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London and gaining a Modern European History degree, he worked as ...

25. Kapil Sharma

Actor | Comedy Nights with Kapil

Kapil Sharma is an Indian stand-up comedian, TV anchor and singer.He was selected among top 100 celebrities in 2013 Forbes India magazines and he was ranked 96th in that list.Currently he is hosting the Indian comedy show "Comedy Nights with Kapil".

Career Sharma hosted a comedy show Chhote Miyan ...

26. Bill Simmons

Producer | 30 for 30

Bill Simmons, "The Boston Sports Guy", first gained notoriety as a freelance sports columnist with his own website on AOL. Later, he was added to the roster of ESPN's "Page 2" columnists and propelled the page and himself to widespread popularity. He was recruited as a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live!...

27. Andy Cohen

Producer | Project Runway

Andy Cohen was born as Andrew Cohen. He is a producer and actor, known for Project Runway (2004), Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (2005) and Queer Eye (2003).

28. Karan Johar

Writer | Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...

A close friend of Shahrukh Khan, he assisted Yash Chopra's Yash Raj Films during the early days of of his career, making his directorial debut with the mega-hit Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). He also had a popular chat show named Koffee with Karan (2004) The success of "KKHH" made him one of the most ...

29. Chelsea Handler

Actress | This Means War

Chelsea Handler was born in Livingston, New Jersey, to a Mormon mother, Rita (Stoecker), who was born in Germany, and an American-born Jewish father, Seymour Handler. She was the youngest of six children. In 2002, Chelsea was one of the stars of Oxygen's Girls Behaving Badly (2002). Chelsea got her...

30. Larry Wilmore

Writer | The Bernie Mac Show

Larry Wilmore was born in Los Angeles and grew up in suburban Pomona. He graduated from Damien High School in La Verne in 1979. He studied theatre at California State Polytechnic University but dropped out, because he wanted to get his Actors' Equity Association card and begin his career as a ...

31. Howard Stern

Actor | Howard Stern on Demand

Howard Allan Stern was born on January 12, 1954, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, to Rae (Schiffman), an inhalation therapist, and Bernard Stern, who co-owned a cartoon/commercial production studio. His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Stern's ...

32. Ryan Seacrest

Self | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Born and raised in Atlanta, Seacrest has been the heart and soul of television and in radio for many years, beginning as the host of such kids shows as, Gladiators 2000 (1994), Fox Family Channel's Wild Animal Games (1995), and Click (1997), which ultimately led him to his afternoon gig at Los ...

33. Gordon Ramsay

Producer | Hell's Kitchen

Gordon Ramsay was born on November 8, 1966 in Glasgow, Scotland as Gordon James Ramsay. He is known for his work on Hell's Kitchen (2005), Love's Kitchen (2011) and Masterchef (2010). He has been married to Tana Ramsay since December 21, 1996. They have four children.