Premiered May 25, 1992
NBC Late Night Talk Show

Host:   Jay Leno
Musical Director (2010-):   Rickey Minor
Musical Director (1995-2010):   Kevin Eubanks
Announcer (2010-):   Wally Wingert
Announcer (2004-2009):   John Melendez
Announcer (1992-2004):   Edd Hall
Bandleader (1992-1995):   Branford Marsalis
Percussionist/Vocalist:   Vicki Randle
Drummer:   Marvin 'Smitty' Smith
Correspondent:   Ross Matthews
Various Characters:   Wendi Kenya
Various Characters:   Jack Riley
Various Characters:   Brad Sherwood
Various Characters:   Alexandra Wentworth
Various Characters:   Fred Willard
Various Characters:   Mike Marino
Various Characters:   Jennifer Lyons
Various Characters:   Brandon Molale
Angela Ramos:   Herself
Various Characters:   Scott Ward
Excess Hollywood Correspondent:   Kris McGaha

"This is not your father's Tonight Show," quipped Jay Leno
after one particularly hip musical act. The hefty, jut-jawed
comic took over the show from the legendary Johnny
in the blinding glare of high expectations and from
the start tried to give it his own spin, while not alienating
the huge Middle American audience Carson had left him. It
was a tough balancing act. Doc Severinsen was replaced by
hip, black, jazz musician Branford Marsalis, and there was
no Ed McMahon-style sidekick. The guests were still
standard Hollywood A-list, but musical guests tended
toward the off-the-wall. Among Jay's recurring bits are
comic newspaper "Headlines", "Ask Jay Anything", fitness
expert "Iron Jay", the smartest man in the universe
"Mr. Brain", and "Beyondo". Kevin Eubanks took
over as Jay's bandleader in January 1995.

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" features a nightly monologue (the longest in late night),
news-making guests, and ongoing comedy segments, including "Headlines," "Jaywalking"
and "Battle of Jaywalking All-Stars." The result is a unique and humorous look
at the daily happenings in the news and in pop culture.

The program is also a proven barometer of political clout.
In 2009, the show made history by being the first late-night show to host a
sitting president when Jay Leno welcomed President Barack Obama as a guest.


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