The Tonight Show

The Late-Night TV Monologue is Dull and Anachronistic—And Should Retire With Jay Leno
February 06, 2014

Jay Leno told Jimmy Fallon to make his monologue longer. Jimmy would be a fool to listen.

The Chin Abides
January 26, 2010

At long last our national nightmare is over: Jay Leno is headed back to his spot atop “The Tonight Show,” and Conan O’Brien—more adorably known these days as Coco—has left the building with his gazillion-dollar consolation prize, quite possibly to set up shop at Fox. Who would have imagined the battle between two filthy-rich late-night gabbers could command so much public attention, overshadowing even our obsessions with Jon Gosselin’s love life and Tiger Woods’s compulsion to play hide-the-putter with cocktail waitresses?

The Choke Artist
April 23, 2007

Jason Zengerle on the inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver—and his critics.