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Watching Rare Early Comedy from Jay Leno and Freddie Prinze

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When one thinks about the standup comedy boom of the 1980s you probably think about comedians with household names like Seinfeld, Ellen, and Ray [...]

Watch Jay Leno Say Goodbye on His Last 'Tonight Show'

Well, here it is. After 22 years of hosting The Tonight Show, Leno took his final bow last night and gave the above heartfelt farewell to his audience and fans. Leno thanks the audience, the crew, writers, and producers for what he calls "the greatest 22 years of my life" and says he's looking forward to seeing Fallon take over later this month. Click through to watch celebs like Billy Crystal, Jack Black, Carol Burnett, and Oprah say goodbye to Leno through a surprise musical number and more.

Jimmy Fallon Gives Jay Leno a Lifetime 'Tonight Show' Guest Spot Invitation

On this morning's Today show, Matt Lauer sat down with Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon to discuss the upcoming Tonight Show host transition ahead of Leno's final episode tomorrow night, and Fallon was sure to make it clear that Leno is welcome as a guest on the New York Tonight Show anytime. He told Lauer:

I'm just looking forward to the new chapter in my life. I told Jay, I gave him a roundtrip ticket to New York — coach, because he's humble. He could always upgrade if he wants. Honestly, as many jokes as he wants. The stage is his, he knows that. So whenever he wants, [...]

Watch Jay Leno on Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Released yesterday, here's the latest episode of Jerry Seinfeld's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, with Jay Leno joining him in the passenger seat of some expensive rich person car. Leno and Seinfeld's conversation focuses a lot on their early days as standups, and you even get to hear Leno refer to Richard Pryor as "Richie Pryor."

'The Tonight Show' Almost Broke Bill Cosby Last Night

Bill Cosby was on The Tonight Show last night to promote his new standup special, but instead he spent the first few minutes deconstructing the entire idea of a late night show by walking into the audience rather than to Jay's desk, then managing to get through an entire segment without really talking to the host at all. Below, he talks about his very first appearance on The Tonight Show

Jay Leno Sneaks on 'The Arsenio Hall Show' to Announce Its Season 2 Renewal

During Arsenio's monologue last night, Jay Leno — notably not wearing a denim shirt — snuck up behind him with an important-looking envelope and proceeded to announce to Arsenio, the crew, and the audience that The Arsenio Hall Show has been picked up for a second season. He even makes a joke about stealing Arsenio's hosting gig from him for the new season, which is either a great or terrifying way to hear this kind of news.

Videolist: The Best of 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'

After over 20 years on the air, Jay Leno's Tonight Show will be airing its final episode tonight, the end of an era in late night television. Although Leno already did a "final episode" in 2009, tonight's looks like it will stick, and America will be saying goodbye to the man who's been America's #1 late night host for nearly two decades and the second longest-running Tonight Show host behind Johnny Carson.

While Jay Leno may have a mixed reputation at best amongst comedy fans and his peers in the comedy community, he's still been doing Tonight since 1992, so there are plenty of memorable moments from Leno's [...]

Conan and Kimmel Line Up Big Guests to Compete with Leno's Last 'Tonight Show'

Jay Leno's (second) final Tonight Show is set to air this Thursday, and Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel have lined up big guests to try to compete with his big finale. Leno's guests on his last episode will be Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks.

Kimmel is bringing Matt Damon in as his guest, which will be Damon's first time on Jimmy Kimmel Live since a well-received and much-watched stunt episode last January in which he took over Kimmel's show. Damon will be joined by his costars from the movie The Monuments Men: George Clooney, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, and Bob Balaban. This will mark the first Kimmel appearance [...]

CNN Wants to Snag Jay Leno After 'The Tonight Show'

Longtime late night host Jay Leno is embarking on the homestretch of his NBC contract, and he's already being courted by several outlets including CNN. According to THR, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker met with Leno in Burbank recently to discuss a possible late-night or primetime show, but Leno is apparently not entertaining any serious offers until his run with NBC officially ends on February 6th. CNN would be an interesting move for Leno, especially considering Zucker's status as former President and CEO of NBC. Zucker unveiled plans for a late-night comedy push at CNN last year, so Leno might be his ticket to making the news [...]

Looking at the Best Late Night Appearances By Other Late Night Hosts

Before he took over The Tonight Show, Jay Leno was famously one of the best guests on Late Night with David Letterman. Leno intuitively knew what Letterman needed from a guest – he was funny and prolific, making it easy on his host. For that reason, late night hosts make excellent guests, and with so many new shows popping up, there are even more opportunities for late night hosts to mix. Here's a look at some of the best late night appearances by other late night hosts, from David Letterman on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show to a baby Jimmy Fallon dropping by Conan's Late Night

Jay Leno's Final 'Tonight Show' Draws Highest Ratings Since 1998

Despite Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien's attempts to steal some of Leno's grand finale viewers, Variety reports that early ratings show last night's Tonight Show brought in its highest ratings in five years — the last time he hit the same amount of viewers was his return to The Tonight Show following Conangate in 2009. Last week's Tonight Show ratings beat out Letterman and Kimmel with an average of 4.99 million, compared to Letterman's 3 million and Kimmel's 2.4 million, and Leno's departure from the show comes off of a 67-week winning streak in total viewers compared to his late night competition. Not a bad way [...]

The Results Are In: Leno's Biggest Joke Targets Were Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson

Leno only has two more Tonight Show episodes left to host, so George Mason University's Center for Media and Public Affairs took it upon themselves to analyze all 43,892 monologue jokes Leno's told on the show between its premiere on May 25, 1992 and the January 24, 2014 episode. What they found: President Bill Clinton was Leno's most frequent monologue target with 4,607 punchlines at his expense, while other top butts-of-the-jokes included George W. Bush (3,239), Al Gore (1,026), and Barack Obama (1,011). They also found that Leno poked fun at Democrats 15% more often than Republicans, and while celebrities were brought up less often than political [...]

Jay Leno Talks Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and His Future on '60 Minutes'

Last night, 60 Minutes aired the above Tonight Show exit interview with Jay Leno. Highlights include Leno jokingly considering a History Channel show, his wife Mavis getting really mad about that whole Conan thing, and this exchange with Steve Kroft:

You would've preferred to stay. Well it's always nice to keep working, sure it is. But am I extremely grateful? Yes. Do I understand the circumstances? Yes, of course.

This is the part I don't understand. I mean you're still #1. Well I think because you have talented people who will only wait so long before they get another opportunity, you don't want to lose that opportunity. That makes [...]

Jay Leno and 'The Tonight Show' Are Being Sued for Defamation

Flight attendant Louann Giambattista is suing Jay Leno, The Tonight Show, and NBC over a segment that she says accused her of "engaging in bestiality and sexual misconduct with a rat." The segment stemmed from another lawsuit Giambattista filed against her employer Americna Airlines, in which she said that her co-workers had falsely said that "she was carrying her pet rats onto work flights, and concealing them in her pantyhose or underwear." Panelists Alec Mapa, Kira Soltanovich, and Jim Norton were given the topic as part of Leno's topical segment "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda," where Giambattista says she was "systematically criticized, defamed, and humiliated." Apparently a lot of people in her neighborhood watch The [...]