The popular US chat show Conan, hosted by Emmy-award winning Conan O’Brien, is launching in the UK this August through truTV, a new entertainment channel that will be available on Freeview, cable and satellite TV.
But this isn’t the first such series to make its way to Blighty. Here’s our guide to the US chat and satirical shows you can watch on UK channels. Keep up, and maybe you’ll even start calling them talk shows instead of chat shows…
Conan – (Starting 4 August) 11pm Monday to Thursdays, truTV
American television’s favourite redhead – also known as “Coco” or “The Ginja Ninja” – isn’t new to the scene. His CV includes gigs hosting NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show, and as key writer for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. His current show’s most well known recurring sketch is Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Triumph pooped on the World Cup and is the least PC animal out there, so continue at your own risk.
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon – 11pm weeknights, 8pm weekends, CNBC UK
Before his current gig, Fallon hosted Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. His claim to fame was being a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He’s also starred in movies including Taxi, Fever Pitch and Almost Famous. His show has a traditional format with a monologue, recurring sketches, a guest interview and a musical performance. Brownie points for having hip hop icons The Roots as his house band.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – after midnight on weeknights, Comedy Central Extra
The Independent called him America’s “unofficial satirist-in-chief”. He’s definitely no journalist, but he delivers current events news with an insightful twist of satire, often poking fun at his country’s politics and culture. And like any real news show, his has a recurring correspondent segment – although in this case the self-proclaimed experts may not be all they’re cracked up to be as they deliver reports on location or in front of a green screen. Stewart’s diverse roster of past guests includes Steve Coogan, Bolivian president Evo Morales and Arcade Fire.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – 11:10pm Tuesdays, Sky Atlantic
Oliver is British, but he’s made quite a name for himself in America. He has a recurring role in the sitcom Community, hosts John Oliver’s New York Stand Up-Show and is a former correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, who filled in as the main host when Stewart took a three-month hiatus. Oliver’s current series is an issue-led half-hour of satire that’s hilarious, persuasive and a huge hit online. It only just started airing in April, so there’s still room for the show to expand its segments. As for his dream guests? “The Queen. The Queen and Oprah together.”