Mike McDaniel, of the Houston Chronicle, ranked the late show lesser-knowns today.
In McDaniel’s critique of Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson, and Jimmy Kimmel, Ferguson received the highest overall score.
McDaniel graded each of the late night hosts in the areas of “recent laugh lines”, “interviewability”, and “overview”. Also included in his assessment are the “details”: recurring skits/acts, sidekick, band, and airtime.
Ferguson’s “interviewability” was touted as “easily the best of this bunch. Operates without notes and really converses with his guests.” (I couldn’t have said it better myself.)
O’Brien earned a 7.5 out of 10, Ferguson got an 8.5, and Kimmel nabbed a paltry 6.0.
While each of the comics/hosts have a subjective appeal, one certainly can’t argue the fact that no one can ever replace the Master of Late Night, Johnny Carson. But, these three are trying their best to honor the man who set the bar so high. With plenty of current affairs material and an endless supply of talent willing to appear on the shows, Ferguson, Kimmel, and O’Brien, can all occupy their respective niches and keep us entertained.