For Some Late-night Hosts, The Laughs Come Cheap

Freelance writers send in jokes, hoping to hear them on TV. The pay? $75 to $100. It may violate the WGA's contract, but enforcement is tough. "Beautiful day in New York City," David Letterman mused on the "Late Show" recently. "Am I right about that? A gorgeous day. It was so nice today that AIG gave a bonus to Al Roker."

Sections:  news   entertainment   
Topics:  comedy   david letterman   late night talk show   late show   talk show   wages   wga   writer   
  • Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson hit catwalk for 'Zoolander 2'Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson hit catwalk for 'Zoolander 2'
    PARIS (AP) — To deafening cheers, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller stormed the Valentino catwalk during Paris Fashion Week Tuesday in a headline-grabbing stunt to announce the decision to make 'Zoolander 2. More
  • NBC Confirms Fallon Will Succeed LenoNBC Confirms Fallon Will Succeed Leno
    “The Tonight Show” will begin a new era in February when Jimmy Fallon succeeds Jay Leno as host of the most storied and successful program in late-night television. NBC plans to announce on Wednesday its plan to install Mr. Fallon as the show’s sixth host at the conclusion of the network’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia. More
  • Steve Harvey’s New Daytime Talk Show Pleases NBC
    A successful new daytime syndicated TV talk show, “Steve Harvey,” has helped cement Mr. Harvey’s status as one of the foremost entertainers in America. More
  • NBC reportedly moving ‘Tonight Show’ to New York when Jimmy Fallon takes overNBC reportedly moving ‘Tonight Show’ to New York when Jimmy Fallon takes over
    NBC, once the king of primetime, morning infotainment, and late-night television, is now an also ran in primetime, and is struggling behind ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the morning. More
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck Not Leaving 'The View,' Barbara Walters SaysElisabeth Hasselbeck Not Leaving 'The View,' Barbara Walters Says
    Barbara Walters insisted on Monday that Elisabeth Hasselbeck will not be leaving "The View," following earlier reports that the co-host was departing the show. A number of outlets reported on Friday that Hasselbeck's contract would not be renewed. The reason, according to the reports, was that Hasselbeck's conservative views were clashing with the audience. More
  • Howard Stern’s Longtime Sidekick Jackie Martling Opens Up On ... - Radar
    ... knew he brought Stern endless laughs on ... Adam Levine , Louis C.K. , Lena Dunham , Jonah Hill and all three late night network hosts, at the ...
    10/7/2015 - 12:47 pm | View Link
  • Why Late-Night TV Has Become the Place to Be for the 2016 ... -
    Malley had some laughs on Late Night ... that off, they shouldn't go on those shows." And although several of the late-night hosts are still new to
    10/6/2015 - 6:35 am | View Link
  • Why Late-Night TV Has Become the Place to Be for 2016 Candidates -
    Malley had some laughs on Late Night ... that off, they shouldn't go on those shows." And although several of the late-night hosts are still new to
    10/6/2015 - 4:01 am | View Link
  • SNL's worst hosts of all time - AM New York
    ... the best hosts of "Saturday Night ... I hope." Despite the laughs he got ... apparently wasn't very well suited for live, late-night TV. ...
    10/2/2015 - 5:40 am | View Link
  • Wanda Sykes on marriage, politics and the importance of “Empire” - Metro Weekly
    — I want great judges and hosts, I ... Although, when you look at the late night ground, it’s all white guys. ... Laughs. ] Yeah, but I’m ...
    10/1/2015 - 3:57 pm | View Link
  • More
  • Why Late-Night TV Has Become the Place to Be for the 2016 Presidential Candidates
    "Unlike dealing with journalists, these hosts are not looking for gotchas ... there can be a lot of potential landmines on the quest for laughs. Bonjean, a partner at the Washington-based public relations firm Rokk Solutions, echoes the sentiment, saying ...
    10/6/2015 - 1:07 am | View Link
  • Can new 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah find his voice in a crowded late-night TV landscape?
    Noah got solid laughs, and seemed equally at ease the following day ... Vanity Fair's recent group photo of late-night hosts didn't just raise hackles because of the lack of women (though "Daily Show" veteran Samantha Bee will host her own late-night ...
    09/28/2015 - 12:52 am | View Link
  • Late-night TV newcomers steer Decision 2016 laughs
    A presidential campaign is beginning without late-night television hosts who helped us laugh through past ones, both a cultural loss and an opportunity for new voices. This story is only available from the Arkansas Online archives. Stories can be purchased ...
    09/27/2015 - 12:03 pm | View Link
  • Comedians catch wind of 'fangate,' use escapade for late-night laughs
    Fangate' quickly became fodder for late-night comedians on Thursday Fangate made good fodder for late-night talk show hosts Thursday. It appears the comedians were big fans of the escapade during Wednesday night's Florida gubernatorial debate between Gov.
    10/17/2014 - 2:10 am | View Link
  • Late night hosts get the last laugh after Justin Bieber's arrest
    A bad day for pop star Justin Bieber turned into a banner night for late-night TV hosts. The singer's arrest in Florida ... See who else had some laughs at the singer's expense in our clip.
    01/25/2014 - 5:22 am | View Link
  • More
  • The Real (TV series)
    The Real is an American talk show that is hosted by Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley. The series premiered as a four ...
    10/8/2015 - 10:34 pm | View Website
  • Is the Good-Natured Jimmy Fallon the Logical Heir to the ...
    T he most frequently leveled criticism of Jimmy Fallon is that he laughs too much. He laughs before jokes, after jokes, during jokes. He is TV’s most ...
    10/8/2015 - 8:18 pm | View Website
  • Saturday Night Live | Late Night Comedy & Full episodes | NBC
    Saturdays at 11:30/10:30c on NBC. The Emmy Award-winning comedy show Saturday Night Live returns with new episodes on October 3, 2015 for its 41st season.
    10/8/2015 - 11:35 am | View Website
  • Late-night laughs: Measles edition
    When politicians talked vaccinations during the recent measles outbreak, late-night hosts Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien just had to chime in.
    10/6/2015 - 12:49 pm | View Website
  • The Hosts — Professor Blastoff
    KYLE DUNNIGAN is a standup comedian and actor, best known for his role as Craig aka The Truckee River Killer in the hit Comedy Central series Reno 911!.
    10/6/2015 - 6:30 am | View Website
  • More

Comment On This Story

Welcome to Wopular!

Welcome to Wopular

Wopular is an online newspaper rack, giving you a summary view of the top headlines from the top news sites.

Senh Duong (Founder)
Wopular, MWB, RottenTomatoes

Subscribe to Wopular's RSS Fan Wopular on Facebook Follow Wopular on Twitter Follow Wopular on Google Plus

MoviesWithButter : Our Sister Site

More Entertainment News