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In the world of stand-up comedy, there are few names as standout as Jay Leno. After his foray into the industry during the 1970s and several appearances on the biggest talk shows of the day, Leno started off down a path that would catapult him into the public consciousness and make him a household name. Probably best known for his long-running tenure as host and producer of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, he returned to his stand-up roots in 2014 and continues to perform at venues across the US, Canada and beyond. Find Jay Leno tickets at a venue near you today at StubHub.
Jay Leno's early career
Although today he’s best known for his television presenting work, Jay Leno once enjoyed a successful career as a stand-up comic. Early in his career, Leno also made numerous appearances in television and film in acting roles, but it was with his comedy routines that he really appealed. In 1977, he first appeared on The Tonight Show performing one of his routines, not knowing that he would later go on to front the show himself. He would go on to appear on the show numerous times over the years, with his sets becoming longer as he earned the love of audiences and the respect of the then host Johnny Carson.
Jay Leno -presenting The Tonight Show
From 1987 onwards, Jay Leno began work as a substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, stepping in when Carson was on vacation or couldn’t fulfill his commitments as host. When Johnny Carson elected to leave the show in 1992, he was hotly tipped as a replacement host, despite facing tough competition from other substitute presenters including Joan Rivers and David Letterman. Against the odds and to his own surprise, Jay Leno was named as Carson’s replacement and he gladly stepped into the role. Leno quickly established himself as a heavyweight in the talk show world, honouring the existing format of The Tonight Show, while bringing in numerous new elements and segments that would become synonymous with his run on the show.
His time at NBC’s The Tonight Show proved to be the most fruitful period of his career. Viewing figures remained high during his time in command and his tenure was one of the longest in talk show history. He enjoyed an impressive run on the show, balancing his responsibilities as host with other television work and a continued career as a stand-up. After Leno stepped down in 2014 and passed the torch to Jimmy Fallon, he delved back into his stand-up career in a big way, delivering upwards of 200 performances a year. Enjoy the classic material of this legendary stand-up yourself when you grab Jay Leno tickets online at StubHub.