Great Talk Shows, Music, & Hosts

OSH 198 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: LFH 102
Instructor: Brian Murphy

Course Description

A late-night talk show is a genre of talk show popular in the United States, where the format originated. It is generally structured around humorous monologues about the day's news, guest interviews, comedy sketches and music performances. Typically the show's host conducts interviews from behind a desk, while the guest is seated on a couch. Many late night talk shows feature a house band which generally performs cover songs for the studio audience during commercial breaks and occasionally will back up a guest artist.  

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Steve Allen 1954

Jack Paar 1957

Joey Bishop 1961

Mike Douglas 1961


Johnny Carson 1962

Merv Griffin 1962

Dick Cavett 1968

Tom Snyder 1973


David Letterman 1982

Joan Rivers 1986

Arsenio Hall 1989

Charlie Rose 1991


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Jay Leno 1992

Conan O'Brien 1993

Jon Stewart 1999

Carson Daly 2002

Jimmy Kimmel 2003


Bill Maher 2003

Tavis Smiley 2004

Craig Ferguson 2005

Stephen Colbert 2005


Jimmy Fallon 2009

Seth Myers 2014

John Oliver 2014

James Corden 2015

Trevor Noah 2015


Mr. Brian Murphy is a pianist, composer, clinician, instructor and arranger who has recorded and performed extensively in U.S., Canada, and around the world. Brian has collaborated with the great Tito Puente on a number of award-winning albums. He has conducted workshops on improvisation and has received grants. He has guided Honors Jazz Ensembles in the development of their music related skills: ear training, sight reading and interpretation, chord & inversion recognition, the importance of playing in tune and keeping steady time, how to listen and communicate within an ensemble, the conversational element of improvisation, trading 2, 4 and 8 measure phrases.  He was in 2008 New World School of the Arts (Miami) Adjunct Professor for Advanced Jazz Ensemble. 

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