About Jay Leno
Jay Leno is a popular American comedian and television host. He is best known for hosting The Tonight Show from 1992 to 2014, with a short hiatus from 2009 to 2010. He started his comedic career doing standup routines in front of small crowds and appearing on television with minor roles in sitcoms. His standup career gained a significant boost after he made his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1977, along with multiple appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. By 1982, he was established enough to be a regular substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. After Carson’s retirement in 1992, Leno was chosen over David Letterman as his successor, which led to nearly 25 years of competition between the two. In 2014, after 22 years as host, Leno stepped away from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon taking over for him.
Since stepping away from his hosting role Leno has managed to stay busy. He has appeared on numerous late-night television programs, alongside hosts such as Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and James Corden. He also continues to host an hour long program related to his passion for classic automobiles, named Jay Leno’s Garage. Since 2014, he has toured regularly and has averaged about 200 live shows per year throughout the United States and Canada.
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