Monday, March 2, 2009

Trivia: Talk Show Firsts

In honor of Jimmy Fallon's debut tonight, the folks at TV Tango sent us this fun list of the first-ever guests on 40 different late night talk shows of the past and present.

Can you name the first guests to appear on the debut episodes of these current shows?

1. "Late Show with David Letterman"
2. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
3. "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
4. "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"
5. "The Colbert Report"
6. "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
7. "Chelsea Lately"

The answers: 1. Bill Murray; 2. Billy Crystal; 3. George Clooney; 4. David Duchovny; 5. Stone Phillips; 6. Michael J. Fox; 7. Steve-O.

We'd be curious to know who was the first guest to appear on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," but perhaps that info is lost in the mists of time.


  1. Anonymous said...

    The first guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien was John Goodman if I remember correctly

  2. Anonymous said...

    Johnny Carson's guest on his first night (October 1, 1962) hosting the Tonight Show were; Tony Bennett, Mel Brooks, Joan Crawford, Groucho Marx, Ed Metzger, Jack Sperling (The Pete Fountain Quartett), Steve Stevens (Paperboy 1962) and Rudy Vallee. I seem to remember Johnny saying that Groucho Marx was his first guest.