Jay Leno
TV personality
Jay Leno
James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno /ˈlɛnoʊ/ is an American stand-up comedian and television host. From 1992 to 2009, Leno was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00 p.m. , also on NBC. After The Jay Leno Show was canceled in January 2010 amid a host controversy, Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010.
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Dylan Brody on His New Comedy Special
Huffington Post - 7 days
"Do you want insight or do you want funny?" Dylan Brody asked at the beginning of our conversation. His new stand-up comedy special is filled with both. Brody began as a "machine gun comic," firing off an average of four laugh lines per minute. He wrote for Jay Leno, opened for David Sedaris, and was dubbed "brilliant" by Robin Williams. Now Brody is more of a storyteller, a self-described "artful anecdotalist." "Dylan Brody's Driving Hollywood," premiering February 14, 2017 on NextUPComedy, is a very funny and beautifully constructed series of autobiographical tales ranging from his wildly ambitious second grade theatrical production to discussing collective nouns in a phone call with his mother, to a hopeful drive to meet with someone who could give him a career boost. He weaves them together so that by the end they are all connected and they illuminate each other. Brody said he began "reverse engineering" jokes as a child, watching George Carlin on television and later h ...
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Friday's TV Highlights: 'Joshua Bell's Seasons of Cuba' on KOCE
LATimes - 2 months
SERIES Last Man Standing Jay Leno reprises his recurring role on a new episode of the Tim Allen sitcom. 8 p.m. ABC Hell’s Kitchen Crystal Hefner, Melissa Rivers, “Twilight’s” Ashley Greene and Drew and Jonathan Scott from “Property Brothers” are the celebrity diners in this new episode. 8 p.m....
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Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Designated Survivor' on ABC
LATimes - 3 months
SERIES Jay Leno’s Garage NASCAR driver Joey Logano gets behind the wheel of a vingage ’60s-era race car in this new episode of the comedian’s auto-centric series. 7 and 10 p.m. CNBC Arrow In the series’ 100th episode, which continues a multiple-crossover story that links all of the CW’s superhero...
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What One Of America's 'Most Talented Kids' Is Up To A Decade After His TV Debut
Huffington Post - 3 months
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On '57th & 9th,' Sting urgently shares what's on his mind
LATimes - 3 months
In 2013, Sting sat for an hour or so interview in a small dressing room at what was then Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show.” The veteran English musician was in town talking up “The Last Ship,” an album of songs from a musical he’d composed that was headed to Broadway, and in the course of the conversation...
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Inside Jay Leno's incredible garage
CNN - 5 months
A glimpse into the vintage automobile collection of one of Hollywood's most famous stars, Jay Leno.
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Ritch Shydner: Veteran Comedian And Chronicler Of The 1980s Comedy Boom
Huffington Post - 5 months
Comedian Ritch Shydner All photos courtesy of Ritch Shydner Ritch Shydner's new book, "Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980s Comedy Explosion", has just been published. In the 1980s, Ritch made numerous appearances on TV, including "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He did an HBO half-hour special, "One Night Stand." He played Al Bundy's co-worker on "Married with Children", and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as "Designing Women" and "Roseanne." Ritch was able to translate his modest success on TV into an obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin's, "Roxanne," and Eddie Murphy's, "Beverly Hills Cop II," before moving on to minor roles on smaller pictures. Ritch wrote for sitcoms such as "Roseanne", "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," and HBO's "The Mind of the Married Man." He wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy's Grammy-nominated comedy albums, "Totally Committed," and "Big ...
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Jay Leno’s Advice for My Dyslexic Son
NYTimes - 6 months
Successful people with dyslexia told my son that there was no secret to success — except persistence, humor, improvisation and grit.
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Wednesday's TV highlights: 'Royal Pains' and more
LATimes - 8 months
SERIES Jay Leno’s Garage Your host checks out a “Mad Max”-inspired car culture in a new episode of his reality series. 7 and 10 p.m. CNBC America’s Got Talent This special episode offers highlights as well as previously unaired clips from the audition rounds. 8 p.m. NBC MasterChef Host Gordon...
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Wednesday's TV highlights: 'Royal Pains' and more
LATimes - 8 months
SERIES Jay Leno’s Garage Your host checks out a “Mad Max”-inspired car culture in a new episode of his reality series. 7 and 10 p.m. CNBC America’s Got Talent This special episode offers highlights as well as previously unaired clips from the audition rounds. 8 p.m. NBC MasterChef Host Gordon...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jay Leno
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Leno has also hosted an hour long Jay Leno's Garage special on CNBC and it has been announced that the show will become a weekly primetime series on the cable channel in 2015.
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  • 2014
    Leno's final show as the host of the Tonight Show was on February 6, 2014 with his final guest Billy Crystal and musical guest Garth Brooks, along with a few surprise guests, including Jack Black, Kim Kardashian, Jim Parsons, Sheryl Crow, Chris Paul, Carol Burnett, and Oprah Winfrey.
    More Details Hide Details Leno has maintained an active schedule as a touring stand-up comedian appearing in, on average, 200 live performances a year in venues across the United States and Canada as well as charity events and USO tours. He has also made appearances on his successor's Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and on Late Night with Seth Meyers, as well as being a guest on the finale of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and doing a cameo drilling and torturing James Corden in a boot camp for talk show hosts on the premiere of The Late Late Show with James Corden. He declined an invitation to appear on Late Show with David Letterman despite speculation he would make an appearance on the show's finale.
    He hosted his last episode of The Tonight Show on February 6, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details That year, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Leno was born in New Rochelle, New York. His homemaker mother, Catherine (née Muir; 1911–1993), was born in Greenock, Scotland, and came to the United States at age 11. His father, Angelo (1910–1994), was an insurance salesman who was born in New York, to immigrants from Flumeri, Italy. Leno grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, and graduated from Andover High School.
  • 2013
    On April 3, 2013, NBC announced that Leno would leave The Tonight Show in spring 2014, with Jimmy Fallon as his designated successor.
    More Details Hide Details Leno sang the "Tonight"'s parody of Tonight Show with Fallon.
  • 2012
    In August 2012, Leno auctioned his Fiat 500, which was sold for $385,000 with all the proceeds going to a charity that helps wounded war veterans recover by providing them temporary housing.
    More Details Hide Details Since 1985 Jay Leno has been the Grand Marshal for the Love Ride, a motorcycle charity event which since its founding in 1984 has raised nearly $14 million for charities benefiting muscular dystrophy research, Autism Speaks, and in 2001, the September 11 attacks recovery. Leno owns approximately 286 vehicles (169 automobiles and 117 motorcycles). He also has a website called Jay Leno's Garage, which contains video clips and photos of his automobiles in detail, as well as other vehicles of interest to him. Leno's Garage Manager is Bernard Juchli. Among his collection are two Doble steam cars, a sedan and a roadster that were owned by Howard Hughes, and one of nine remaining 1963 Chrysler Turbine Cars. He has a regular column in Popular Mechanics which showcases his car collection and gives advice about various automotive topics, including restoration and unique models, such as his jet-powered motorcycle and solar-powered hybrid. Leno also writes occasional "Motormouth" articles for The Sunday Times, reviewing high-end sports cars and giving his humorous take on automotive matters.
  • 2010
    On July 1, 2010, Variety reported that total viewership for Jay Leno's Tonight Show had dropped from 5 million to 4 million for the second quarter of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Although this represented the lowest second-quarter ratings for the show since 1992, Tonight was still the most-watched late night program, ahead of ABC's Nightline (3.7 million) and David Letterman's Late Show (3.3 million).
    Leno returned as host of The Tonight Show following the 2010 Winter Olympics on March 1, 2010.
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    He appeared on the January 28, 2010, episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in an attempt to repair some of the damage done to his public image.
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    Leno has faced heated criticism and some negative publicity for his perceived role in the 2010 Tonight Show conflict.
    More Details Hide Details Critics have pointed to a 2004 Tonight Show clip, in which Leno said he would allow O'Brien to take over without incident. At the time, Leno stated he did not want O'Brien to leave for a competing network, adding, "I'll be 59 when switch occurs, that's five years from now. There's really only one person who could have done this into his 60s, and that was Johnny Carson; I think it's fair to say I'm no Johnny Carson." Leno also described The Tonight Show as a dynasty, saying, "You hold it and hand it off to the next person. And I don't want to see all the fighting." At the end of the segment, he said, "Conan, it's yours! See you in five years, buddy!" Rosie O'Donnell was among O'Brien's most vocal and vehement supporters, calling Leno a "bully" and his actions "classless and kind of career-defining". Bill Zehme, the co-author of Leno's autobiography Leading with My Chin, told the Los Angeles Times, "The thing Leno should do is walk, period. He's got everything to lose in terms of public popularity by going back. People will look at him differently. He'll be viewed as the bad guy."
    In their new roles, neither O'Brien nor Leno succeeded in delivering the viewing audiences the network anticipated. On January 7, 2010, multiple media outlets reported that beginning March 1, 2010, Jay Leno would move from his 10 p.m. weeknight time slot to 11:35 p.m., due to a combination of pressure from local affiliates whose newscasts were suffering, and both Leno's and O'Brien's poor ratings.
    More Details Hide Details Leno's show would be shortened from an hour to 30 minutes. All NBC late night programming would be preempted by the 2010 Winter Olympics between February 15 and 26. This would move The Tonight Show to 12:05 a.m., a post-midnight timeslot for the first time in its history. O'Brien's contract stipulated that NBC could move the show back to 12:05 a.m. without penalty (a clause put in primarily to accommodate sports preemptions). On January 10, NBC confirmed that they would move Jay Leno out of primetime as of February 12 and intended to move him to late night as soon as possible. TMZ reported that O'Brien was given no advance notice of this change, and that NBC offered him two choices: an hour-long 12:05am time slot, or the option to leave the network. On January 12, O'Brien issued a press release that stated he would not continue with Tonight if it moved to a 12:05am time slot, saying, "I believe that delaying The Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn't The Tonight Show."
    After The Jay Leno Show was canceled in January 2010 amid a host controversy, Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    First guests included Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey (via satellite), and a short sit-down with Kanye West discussing his controversy at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, which had occurred the night before.
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    Jay Leno's new show, titled The Jay Leno Show, debuted on September 14, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details It was announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that it would feature one or two celebrities, the occasional musical guest, and keep the popular "Headlines" segments, which would air near the end of the show.
    Leno left The Tonight Show on Friday May 29, 2009, and Conan O'Brien took over on June 1, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details On December 8, 2008, it was reported that Leno would remain on NBC and move to a new hour-long show at 10 p.m. Eastern Time (9 p.m. Central Time) five nights a week. This show followed a similar format to The Tonight Show, was filmed in the same studio facility and retained many of Leno's most popular segments. Late Night host Conan O'Brien was his successor on The Tonight Show.
    On April 23, 2009, Leno checked himself into a hospital with an undisclosed illness.
    More Details Hide Details He was released the following day and returned to work on Monday, April 27. The two subsequently cancelled Tonight Show episodes for April 23 and 24 were Leno's first in 17 years as host. Initially, the illness that caused the absence was not disclosed, but later Leno told People magazine that the ailment was exhaustion.
  • 2008
    Leno said in 2008 that he was saving all of his income from The Tonight Show and living solely off his income from stand-up comedy.
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  • 2007
    During the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, Leno was accused of violating WGA guidelines by writing his own monologue for The Tonight Show.
    More Details Hide Details While NBC and Leno claim there were private meetings with the WGA where there was a secret agreement allowing this, the WGA denied such a meeting. Leno answered questions in front of the Writers Guild of America, West trial committee in February 2009 and June 2009, and when the WGAW published its list of strike-breakers on August 11, 2009, Leno was not on the list. In 1998, Leno competed in a tag-team match at the WCW's Road Wild pay-per-view. Since 2001, he has voiced The Crimson Chin, a recurring superhero in the Nickelodeon animated series The Fairly OddParents.
  • 2005
    During the 2005 trial of Michael Jackson over allegations of child molestation, Leno was one of a few celebrities who appeared as a defense witness.
    More Details Hide Details In his testimony regarding a call by the accuser, Leno testified that he never called the police, that no money was asked for, and there was no coaching – but that the calls seemed unusual and scripted. As a result, Leno was initially not allowed to tell jokes about Jackson or the case, which had been a fixture of The Tonight Shows opening monologue in particular. But he and his show's writers used a legal loophole by having Leno briefly step aside while stand-in comedians took the stage and told jokes about the trial. Stand-ins included Roseanne Barr, Drew Carey, Brad Garrett, and Dennis Miller, among others. The gag order was challenged, and the court ruled that Leno could continue telling jokes about the trial as long as he did not discuss his testimony. Leno celebrated by devoting an entire monologue to Michael Jackson jokes.
  • 2004
    Later in 2004, Conan O'Brien signed a contract with NBC under which O'Brien would become the host of The Tonight Show in 2009, replacing Leno at that time.
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    In 2004, Leno signed a contract extension with NBC which would keep him as host of The Tonight Show until 2009.
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  • 2002
    Leno's older brother Patrick Leno, a Vietnam Veteran and graduate of Yale Law School, died in 2002 at the age of 62 as a result of complications from cancer.
    More Details Hide Details He is known for his prominent jaw, which has been described as mandibular prognathism. In the book Leading with My Chin he stated that he is aware of surgery that could reset his mandible, but does not wish to endure a prolonged healing period with his jaws wired shut. Leno is dyslexic. He claims to only need four to five hours of sleep each night. Leno does not drink or smoke, nor does he gamble. He spends most of his free time visiting car collections or working in his private garage. Leno said that he does not spend a penny of his money that he earns from The Tonight Show. Instead, he lives off his money from his stand-up routines. Leno reportedly earned $32 million in 2005. In 2001, along with his wife, he donated $100,000 to the Feminist Majority Foundation's campaign to stop gender apartheid in Afghanistan, to educate the public regarding the plight of women in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Mavis Leno is on the board of the Feminist Majority.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    In 1993, during his first season as host of The Tonight Show, Leno's mother died at the age of 82 and in the following year, his father died at the age of 84.
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  • 1992
    In 1992, he replaced Carson as host amid controversy with David Letterman, who had been hosting Late Night with David Letterman since 1982 (aired after The Tonight Show), and whom many—including Carson himself—had expected to be Carson's successor.
    More Details Hide Details The story of this turbulent transition was later turned into a book and a movie. Leno continued to perform as a stand-up comedian throughout his tenure on The Tonight Show.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Starting in 1987, Leno was a regular substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    After an uncredited appearance in the 1977 film Fun with Dick and Jane, he played more prominent roles in 1978 in American Hot Wax and Silver Bears.
    More Details Hide Details Other films and television series from that period include Almost Heaven (1978), "Going Nowhere" (1979) from One Day at a Time, Americathon (1979), Polyester (1981), "The Wild One" (1981) from Alice, and both "Feminine Mistake" (1979) and "Do the Carmine" (1983) from Laverne & Shirley. Leno's only starring film role was the 1989 direct-to-video Collision Course, opposite Pat Morita. He also appeared numerous times on Late Night with David Letterman.
  • 1976
    During the 1970s, Leno appeared in minor roles in several television series and films, first in the 1976 episode "J.J. in Trouble" of Good Times and the same year in the pilot of Holmes & Yo-Yo.
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  • 1973
    Leno obtained a bachelor's degree in speech therapy from Emerson College, where he started a comedy club in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details His older brother, Patrick (May 12, 1940 – October 6, 2002), was a Vietnam War veteran who worked as an attorney. Leno made his first appearance on The Tonight Show on March 2, 1977, performing a comedy routine.
  • OTHER
  • 1950
    Born on April 28, 1950.
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