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'Late Night:' 7 comics who could succeed Jimmy Fallon
With Saugerties High School grad Jimmy Fallon reportedly in line to take over for New Rochelle native Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show," the entertainment world is buzzing about who would fill Fallon's "Late Night" chair at NBC.
Newsday Westchester is no exception. Here are a few candidates who might be a good fit.
-- Howard Stern, who kicked off his DJ career in Briarcliff Manor: Even before last week's report that Fallon could succeed Leno, there were whispers that NBC was grooming the "America's Got Talent" judge and self-proclaimed King of All Media to take over for Fallon. One guy who thinks Stern would thrive? His former sidekick, Artie Lange.
-- Tom Cotter and Kerri Louise, who live in Stony Point: Cotter made it all the way to NBC's "America's Got Talent" final and finished as runner-up. But many didn't realize just how funny he was with his wife, fellow comedian Kerry Louise, until they both wound up riffing with each other on Stern's radio show. That kind of candid chemistry would work well on late-night TV.
-- Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele; Peele attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville/Yonkers. Speaking of dynamic duos, the stars of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele" would give late-night TV a young, diverse and electric new energy. And Peele's spot-on impersonation of President Barack Obama is tailor-made for the current-events commentary that's practically a late-night prerequisite.
-- Bill Murray, Palisades resident: Like Fallon, Murray is a "Saturday Night Live" alum with charm. Who wouldn't watch Murray as he banters with guests or invites a camera crew to watch him crash a pickup game of kickball?
-- Rosie O'Donnell, Nyack resident: Late-night may afford O'Donnell one last chance to recapture the magic of her original daytime talk show, with or without the Koosh Balls.
Which of these comic options would be the best fit for "Late Night" on NBC? Vote in Newsday Westchester's poll. Is your favorite Hudson Valley comedian not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments section.
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