2014’s Most Memorable Late Night Moments

colbert_lettermanIt’s been a truly momentous year for the late night talk show circuit with Letterman and Leno announcing their retirement from their longtime posts, creating a veritable mosaic puzzle of moving host pieces including the start of new eras at The Tonight Show and Late Night, a round of new Daily Show hires, and the crowning of Stephen Colbert as David Letterman’s soon-to-be Late Show successor. The world of late night now extends beyond the major networks, and 2014 saw TBS’s Conan and The Pete Holmes Show, Comedy Central’s Daily Show, Colbert Report, and @midnight, and HBO newcomer Last Week Tonight delivering their fair share of memorable celebrity interviews, pretaped segments, and recurring bits. In no particular order, here are some of our favorite late night clips of the year:

“Stephen Colbert” says goodbye

Joan Rivers makes her final late night appearances

Todd Glass tells Jon Stewart about the time he busted out of the shed

Conan O’Brien visits the American Girl store

Jessica Williams gives NYC women some anti-street harassment tips

John Oliver interviews Stephen Hawking

Cameron Esposito bravely advocates for straight people on Conan

“Second Chance Theatre” debuts on Late Night

New Material Seinfeld drops by The Pete Holmes Show

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow act out Friends fan fiction with Jimmy Kimmel

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