As a confirmed night owl, I find myself watching late night TV quite often . . . while I just finish one more block, sew on that last length of binding, or quilt one last section before stopping for the night. Most of the time, I'll turn on Jay Leno--I love his bits on typos in print ads, the police blotters in small towns, and wedding announcements of people with funny name combinations. But oftentimes I find the humor in his monologue predictable, and his delivery slow and repetitive, as if he feels he must pound the audience over their heads with the punch line several times before moving on to the next joke.
I can kind of understand NBC wanting to replace Leno. Maybe he's just tired and has run his course as a late night host. But you know what? I'm certainly not enthusiastic about NBC's replacement ideas. Remember Conan O'Brien? Conan was okay, but I always preferred Leno, and the late, late night spot seemed right for Conan. Besides, that whole mess where Leno left and Conan moved into the early spot was confusing and off putting. And now they're talking about doing the same thing with Jimmy Fallon.
I think Fallon's sense of humor is aimed at a 20-something audience. Yes, NBC likes that about him, but I rarely watch more than the first few minutes before I just need to turn it off. One of Fallon's popular, reoccurring bits is his Friday night thank you notes, which seem kind of stupid and annoying. I don't know; maybe it's just me, but most of the late night hosts don't seem intelligent in the way Johnny Carson did. Yes, Carson's humor was pretty dumb sometimes, but he always seemed to be in tune with the news and what was going on in the world and he came across as just a little bit more intelligent and thoughtful than today's crop of late night TV hosts, didn't he?
David Letterman was interesting to watch sometimes when he was new and fresh many years back--he was different, then, from everyone else. But for me, Letterman jumped the shark when he started throwing stuff off the roof of the building. Does anyone find it entertaining to see watermelon splattering everywhere?
A couple weeks ago, I turned to Jimmy Kimmel, and I kind of like him so far. He comes across, at least, as a kind, likeable, and happy sort of guy--not one be hurtful for the sake of a joke. The bits I've seen him do have been fairly entertaining and haven't left me thinking negative thoughts about him, his sense of humor, or his lack of kindness like I do about some hosts. So far, I haven't seen very much of his show, but I'll probably turn it on more often now. Maybe I'll continue to like his stuff or maybe I won't; hard to tell this soon.
I've posted a poll in the sidebar--I'm interested to see which of our American late night TV hosts you like best. Please vote if you have a preference. Thanks for listening to my little bit of a rant!