Talk Show Hosts That Irritate

There are different degrees of chat shows. Some of us like one whilst others are preferred by others. It’s human nature I expect. But the formats of chat shows do vary a bit. And so, too, do the presenters or hosts.

Some of them annoy me. I just can’t help it. They are being invited into my living room and they just fill the atmosphere with irritation. Some are a bit cuddly and cheeky whilst others are gross and dislikeable. I do sometimes judge people harshly.

Some hosts are, let’s face it, just plain smarmy. A “better than thou” attitude just doesn’t rock with me and I dislike the approach although I can see the appeal for others. But not in my living room please.

There has been a great change in talk show format over the last 30 years. The main issue several years ago was simply to talk. There was a certain innocence and a certain expectation that had no hidden agenda. That has now changed and the people being interviewed are really just plugging their latest book, film or other thing which gives them publicity. I hate it.

Some chat show hosts suck up to this, presumably to add to the ratings (or, at least, prevent them dropping). That is when they can become a bit smarmy. But at the other end of the scale is the host that is overly aggressive and trying to get one over on their guest. That is an equal sin to the smarm.

Through a series of talk show hosts, both in the UK and the USA, there is one that stands out for his composure and sincerity. Michael Parkinson is somewhat of an idol in the K. He treats his guests with respect whilst, at the same time, avoiding the trap of gratuitous self-publicity for the guests.

That is the type of talk show host I like.

TV Talk Show Host Day

Talk show hosts have the gift for gab and always seem to be able to root out those deep, dark secrets! Flip on the television anytime of the day or night and you’ll find your favorite personality yapping, dancing, cooking, and crafting away – and the best part is that these TV friends don’t require any maintenance at all. In light of Talk Show Host Day (yes, there is such a silly thing and it is happening today) and Halloween on the horizon, we are highlighting silly costume antics that a few of our favorite talk show hosts have taken part in.

That crazy crew at The Today Show has long been known for wearing crazy costumes on the set of studio 1A in honor of Halloween. The spectacle all started several year back when the normally business-like Matt Lauer dressed up as Jennifer Lopez in her infamous green print dress with the plunging neckline. Lauer seems to have a thing for going in drag because a few years later he appeared on the show in a long blonde wig, bubble-gum pink and a little purse dog to transform into Paris Hilton.

Lauer is not the only member of The Today Show who likes to dress up in Halloween costumes. In 2008, the cast created a fairytale fete on the plaza with all dressed in a variety of childhood favorite storybook costumes. Matt Lauer was dressed as a giant egg to be Humpty Dumpty and Meredith Viera was almost hard to spot as she morphed into Pinocchio. Ann Curry was princess perfect in a Cinderella costume while Kathy Lee Gifford was a little scarier in a hairy Big, Bad Wolf costume

Last year, the gang went the sci-fi route by dressing up in Star Wars costumes and getting wild in a galaxy far, far away. Meredith wore a Princess Leia costume while Matt was Luke Skywalker. A CP30 portrayal was spot on by Kathy Lee while Hoda wore the Yoda costume! You don’t have to be part of a television entertainment ensemble to dress up in themed group costumes – there are so many great costume ideas, many inspired by our friends on the small screen.

Jimmy Fallon – Not Your Typical Late Night Talk Show

I have always liked Jimmy Fallon. I never thought of him as the best stand-up comedian or comedian, for that matter, but he makes me laugh or amuses me often enough to not tune out when he is on. Others are turned off by his seemingly too ordinary stance. He breaks up during sketches and too much of a hipster when it comes to his looks. I didn’t enjoy his acting stint as much. I thought it was a territory he shouldn’t bother with. He is not an actor.

When he got the late night gig I was more than happy for him. I always knew that for some someone who has that much talent, he still unable to establish a world he can say is his. I thought he did okay in the first show considering and I admired him even more for taking up Robert De Niro, an actor known for being difficult. Some nerves he got over there. He was a bit jumpy, a bit nervous and it showed. However, come Wednesday, he was way better. The nervousness was gone and I could see he was starting to have more fun with what he was doing. His interview with Cameron Dias and the succeeding dance-off was hilarious.

What I noticed is the fine job he was doing with his interviews rather than his monologue. His interviews were “natural” for lack of a better term. He doesn’t seem to have the well researched and best set ups that a Leno and Letterman provides. He comes across as this boyish spectator who is simply interested in knowing things about or from his guests. I am not sure if this is what the late night viewers are used to. He seems young. There is a fun vibe. Like he is simply happy to be in that seat, he is enjoying this. It’s like watching a kid run around in circles the whole day. You’re just happy to be with him.

Even his skits are like that. There was the space train movie with DeNiro or the one with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg appearing from the audience to have a photo with Fallon. Oh and there was this bit with a Bon Jovi fan. Fallon challenged her to a karaoke of a Bon Jovi song and Bon Jovi appeared during the chorus that floored the fan. It didn’t quite happen the way everyone was expecting it to be but it was fun. Again, like watching a kid set up some game. The result is never what you expected it to be but sometimes it is better and always, it is funny.

Even the band is a different from all the other sophisticated bands of the other late night talk show. They have not been fully utilized yet but I am sure the writers and Fallon will find their groove eventually to make them more a part of the show than they are now.

I am not saying that Fallon is THE late night talk show that will succeed Leno and Letterman. It is too early in his career for anyone to determine that but he is doing okay. In fact, he is good enough to make us not think about that part of his future. He makes us enjoy him and this moment.
Not bad. Not bad at all.