Less than one year from now, Jimmy Fallon will inherit late night TV’s most highly-coveted showcase: The Tonight Show.
Though the road to yesterday’s official announcement was a bumpy one — ousted host Jay Leno’s been joking about being knifed in the back by the snakes at NBC for weeks — the dust now seems to have cleared. Everyone from ABC rival Jimmy Kimmel to ex-Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien has issued congratulations to Fallon, a performer who seems to personify amiability. Even Leno tempered his barbs last night, calling Fallon “a hell of a guy” and saying that he’ll do “a great job.”
So now that the succession plan is settled, we can start to focus on what’s really important: which guy we’ll be watching come February 2014. Traditionalists will likely stick with David Letterman, who’s been comfortably hosting his CBS Late Show since losing his own bid to host The Tonight Show over 20 years ago. Younger viewers, though, will find themselves torn between a host of options — goofy, affable Fallon, crude but clever Kimmel, a still-in-the-game O’Brien (whose hour-long show begins at 11 p.m.), and Comedy Central’s hyper-political alternative, faux-pundit Stephen Colbert.
Which dude deserves your eyeballs at 11:30? Check out some of their best recent[-ish] moments below, then cast your vote in our poll.