If you think you know everything there is to know about your favorite talk show or talk show host – think again. I mean who knew that – Ah, but that would be giving it away. Read on and see if you can answer these talk show trivia questions before reading the answers.
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That would be talk show legend Johnny Carson. In a January 2005 interview, former Late Show with David Letterman
producer Peter Lassally revealed that the former Tonight Show
superstar would send Letterman jokes for his monologue, well after his retirement and Letterman's move from NBC to CBS.
Did the word "OWN" give it away? Or is it pretty obvious that the answer is media giant Oprah Winfrey? After purchasing a Chicago-area production studio and transforming it into Harpo Studios, Winfrey made another notch in entertainment history. She became the third woman in America to own her own studio. The two women who preceded Oprah? Silent film star Mary Pickford and everbody's favorite redhead, Lucille Ball.
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The fine folks over at The Tonight Show
were the first to give viewers the opportunity to watch Jay Leno crack wise and interview celebrities in high-definition television. The show started broadcasting in HD on April 26, 1999.
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Throw a dart at a board filled with talk host headshots and you’re likely to get a right answer. Many talk hosts have wound up in the movies. Stephen Colbert took his turn in the movie Strangers with Candy
and on the TV show by the same name. Ellen DeGeneres was the voice of Dory in Little Nemo
and starred in the romantic comedy Mr. Wrong
. Even Jay Leno starred as police detective Tony Costas in the 1989 straight-to-video film Collision Course
. The better question might be, what talk show host hasn’t
starred in a movie?
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If you said Regis Philbin, well - good guess! But wrong. While the former talk show host is known for crooning a tune or two, the answer is actually Oprah Winfrey. Yes, that's right, Oprah! In 1998, according to Oprah.com, Oprah took voice lessons so she could sing the them, titled "Run On." She even produced a music video to accompany the tune. I wonder if that's on YouTube!
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More than one, actually. Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast
on Cartoon Network is the best known. The hit talk show featured Space Ghost, an animated 1980s superhero, as its host. His bandleader was Zorak, an evil insectoid. Then there’s Take Two with Phineas and Ferb
, which features the two 11-year-old boys from Disney’s animated hit, Phineas and Ferb
. And finally, let’s not forget Alf’s Hit Talk Show
, with its puppet host and former 80s sit-com star, Alf.
While it's probable that, while in office, U.S. presidents have pre-recorded or made appearances via satellite on talk shows, President Barack Obama is the first sitting president to be an actual talk show guest. Obama appeared on the March 17, 2009, episode of The Tonight Show
. He is, of course, not the first U.S. presidential hopeful to appear on a talk show. That tradition has gone on for many decades, though Bill Clinton's successful appearance on The Aresenio Hall Show
made it a prerequisite for nominees to do the talk show circuit.