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When Johnny Carson Just Didn't Know What to Make of Weird Al

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.)

I feel like every article written about "Weird Al" Yankovic since, oh, let's say 2001, begins with a thesis statement that basically amounts to [...]

Maya Rudolph Takes the Jimmy Fallon Character Development Class

Ahead of the premiere of Maya Rudolph's NBC variety show next week, Jimmy Fallon decided to enroll her in his own personal character development class to test the limits of her on-the-spot silly voice skills. Click through for the other two clips from her interview.

Back to Nebraska with Johnny Carson

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.)

I've no doubt discussed in more than one of these articles how big a star Johnny Carson was. Back in the days of three [...]

This Week in Comedy: Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Premieres

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-Jimmy Fallon took over as host of The Tonight Show on Monday (watch his first episode here). His first week featured fun appearances from Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and Jerry Seinfeld.

-Mel Brooks warmly remembered Sid Caesar on Conan.

-Tina Fey's next movie is an adaptation of the darkly comic memoir The Taliban Shuffle, in which she'll play a journalist in the Middle East.

-Scott Thompson provided the Colbert Report with more Sochi Coverage as Buddy Cole. We then looked at why The Colbert Report should use its correspondents more often.

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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, [...]

Dave Chappelle Is Making His First Late Night Appearance in Over Six Years Tonight

Comedian Dave Chappelle has been dipping in and out of the spotlight ever since his abrupt exit from Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show in 2005. He's only done two late night appearances since then (in 2006 and 2008 on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien), but he's set to return to the late night world tonight with an appearance on Letterman, his first time on late night TV in over six years. He's also doing The Tonight Show on Friday, with both appearances being in promotion of his string of shows at Radio City Music Hall next week. These shows will be his first announced NYC performances in over a [...]

Watch a Time-Lapse Video of Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Studio Being Built

Here's a time-lapse video of the studio for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon being built in 60 seconds, in case you've ever wondered how a late night talk show studio was built but don't have time to watch a months-long video in real time.

Your New 'Tonight Show' Host: Jack Paar!

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.)

Last week Jimmy Fallon assumed the throne of the Tonight Show, making him the sixth host of the show in its sixty-year history. The program [...]

Will Ferrell Gives a Riveting Figure Skating Performance on 'The Tonight Show'

Donning a classy tux-inspired costume, Will Ferrell delivered a flawless, inspiring, and ice-free figure skating routine set to the theme of Downton Abbey on The Tonight Show last night. Click through for the return of Fallon's old Late Night segment "Ew!" featuring Ferrell dressed as a Harry Styles-obsessed girl as well as Fallon's other guest First Lady Michelle Obama.

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 [...]

Ricky Gervais and Jimmy Fallon Played Word Sneak, Despite Gervais's Objections

Ricky Gervais was on The Tonight Show last night, and he and Fallon played "Word Sneak", the game in which each person has a list of five words that they need to try to sneak into natural conversation. Naturally, it devolved pretty quickly, with Gervais only half-committing to the game, but it still ended pretty perfectly.

David Brenner Tells His Life Story

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.)

Earlier this month we lost legendary stand-up comic David Brenner. Since that time, much has been written about the man, favorite jokes have [...]

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Bring "The History of Rap" to 'The Tonight Show'

In case you missed Justin Timberlake's visit to The Tonight Show on Friday, he and Fallon brought back their hit "The History of Rap" Late Night segment with a fifth installment, in which Jimmy gets overly excited to sing "Straight Outta Compton." Click through to watch a clip from Fallon's interview with Timberlake where they recap their Christmas 2013 SNL episode together and go over Timberlake's foolproof Jimmy Fallon impersonation technique.

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 [...]