Episodes: 2,000 (half-hour)
TV show dates: January 8, 2002 — May 24, 2019
Series status: Ended
Performers include: Carson Daly (host)
TV show description:
A late night variety show that’s led by former Total Request Live host Carson Daly.
This New York-based series began on a black sound stage with just a few chairs and a table for the host and guests. During this time, a different little-known band was brought in to do the show’s music each week. Eventually, more decor was added and the show relocated to Los Angeles.
A more traditional late-night talk show set was added as was a house band (led by Joe Firstman), short comedy monologues, and occasional comedy skits.
In later years, Daly and the show routinely began going out on location, to give audiences a perspective that’s different from the typical late-night fare. Highlights have included a motorcycle trip across the historic Route 66 and a visit to comedian Tom Green’s house.
The series continues to highlight new performers, giving them an opportunity to be heard and seen by a nationwide audience. Acts like Maroon 5, The Killers, Katy Perry, Asher Roth, Ray LaMontagne and Gavin DeGraw have all made their network TV debuts on the program.
Daly looks back at the series’ run. He said, “I am proud as hell of Last Call. The littlest, scrappiest show on late night, it’s been my home and personal playground for almost two decades, and I’m eternally grateful for the opportunities, the friendships and all the lasting memories I’ve made along the way.”
First aired: May 24, 2019.
What do you think? Do you like the Last Call with Carson Daly TV show? Do you think it should have ended or been renewed for a 19th season?