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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Jimmy Fallon Predicts How His 'Tonight Show' Run Will Go

Jimmy Fallon is set to take over The Tonight Show on Monday, February 17th, and he gave an interview to Vulture talking about the transition. Here he is giving what'll probably be an accurate prediction of his initial ratings:

"I’m sure we’ll do great the first week because the Olympics will give us a good lead-in. And then after the Olympics, you know, we have a normal ten-o’clock lead-in, so the ratings will go down. That’ll be a headline: 'Fallon loses 40 percent of his audience.' [Once Seth Meyers takes over Late Night on February 24th], our ratings will go up a little bit because people will be intrigued about [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Johnny Carson Would Probably Approve of 'The Tonight Show's Move Back to New York

February's issue of Vanity Fair includes a new profile of late night legend Johnny Carson and gives particular focus to the Tonight Show host's 1972 move from New York to Los Angeles. It's a fascinating read about a man who Nora Ephron called "New York's most reluctant celebrity" and paints a hopeful picture for the Tonight Show's move back to its original New York City home. Here's an excerpt from the piece:

"When he moved to L.A. he was very, very concerned that it was a creative mistake," recalls David Steinberg, who began his long and successful career as a comedian on The Tonight Show in 1968, when it [...]