All late-night talk show hosts, at one point or another, made a cameo on a TV show or movie just like themselves. They are often seen interviewing guests as if their characters are real and not the actors who play them. In a recent instance of the small screen, for example, Jimmy Fallon appeared on the series Peacock Girls5eva, interviewing the women of the fictitious ex-girl group.
But many of the most popular late-night talk show hosts have dabbled in acting as well, appearing in projects as characters, not themselves. James Corden, for example, was a comedy star in the UK before starting to host his latest show in America. And Stephen Colbert was also in Girls5eva, but playing a character, a record producer named Alf Musik. But there have also been appearances in movies.
10 Jimmy Fallon – Fever Pitch (2005)
Fallon has mentioned his failed film career many times in both Tonight’s show and his earlier talk show, often in reference to the fact that it went through the 2005 movie Fever tone that he met his now wife.
Fallon starred opposite Drew Barrymore in the romantic comedy, which was produced by Barrymore’s company alongside Nancy Juvonen. She introduced both of them and the rest is history. The film itself was a remake of the 1997 British film of the same name, which in turn was based on a 1992 book, with a focus on baseball rather than soccer.
9 James Corden – Cats (2019)
Some fans don’t realize that while Corden is best known in North America as a host of The Late Late Show with James Corden, he was actually known in the UK for his acting and writing. It is most notable for the BBC sitcom. Gavin and staceyBut James Corden has had many other great roles as well.
He has continued to act alongside the host, including the voice of the main character in the Peter rabbit film in 2018 and its sequel in 2021. He also starred in the 2019 fantasy musical film. Cats, based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. He played Bustopher Jones and was in good company with a star-studded cast that also included Dame Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson, Taylor Swift, and others.
8 Jimmy Kimmel (PAW Patrol: The Movie)
Kimmel has joked many times on her long-running late night talk show. Jimmy Kimmel Live! how even his voice actor role in Paw Patrol: The Movie he did not impress his young children. In fact, Kimmel, who rose to fame as a co-host of The man showappropriately voiced the character of Marty Muckraker, a news anchor on the fictional Adventure City News Network.
This is not the scope of his voice acting: Often known for playing dog characters, Kimmel also lent his voice acting talents to Garfield: The Movie, and was the voice of Death’s Dog in an episode of Family man.
7 Jimmy Fallon (Taxi)
While Fallon really rose to fame once he was cast Saturday night live, also tried his hand at the movies while working on the sketch comedy series. Once such a movie was the cop buddy movie alongside Queen Latifah called Cab.
A remake of the French movie, Cab was not well received by critics, but Fallon went ahead with Fever tone, his second main role. The film’s flops were a hit to his self-esteem, but Fallon eventually found his groove as a late-night talk show host and finally got a chance to take over the illustrious ones. Tonight’s show.
6 John Oliver (The Lion King)
John Oliver has acted in his day before taking over the political late-night talk show circuit with Last week tonight, which is the highest rated late night talk show, according to IMDb. Most recently, he voiced the character of Zazu in The Lion King in 2019. Jon Favreau’s computer-animated musical drama had a star-studded voice cast that also included the likes of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Zazu was a hornbill, steward, and king of the Pride Lands.
Oliver has had a few other voice acting roles in movies, including Vanity Smurf in The Smurfs, The Smurfs 2, and The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow, and as Steve in Wonder park. He also played a character named Dick Pants in 2008. The guru of love.
5 Jon Stewart (great dad)
Stewart, of course, is known for his long run on the satirical news show Comedy Central. The daily show. But he had been acting long before that.
One of his most memorable early roles was in the Adam Sandler film. Big potato, where he played Kevin Garrity, the roommate of Sandler’s main character Sonny, and the biological father of the boy Sonny ends up caring for to prove to his ex-girlfriend that he may be the one responsible.
4 Chelsea Handler (this means war)
Handler is a veteran on the stand-up comedy circuit and hosted her own late-night talk show, Chelsea lately, for many years, from 2007 to 2015. He then went on to create his own documentaries for Netflix.
However, within his busy schedule, Handler has also made time to appear in a handful of movies. One of those roles was a small one in the movie. This means war, starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy. She had a small role as Trish, the best friend of Witherspoon’s character.
3 Arsenio Hall (coming to America)
While Hall’s successful career as a late-night talk show host in the ’90s, The Arsenio Hall Show, there were people chatting that he could be Johnny Carson’s successor for Tonight’s show, Hall is almost as well known for his supporting role in the 1988 film Coming to america, in which he starred with comedy icon Eddie Murphy.
Hall and Murphy reunited to star in the film’s sequel Coming to America 2, which was released in 2021. It remains one of the best films in which actors play various characters.
2 Jay Leno (Cars)
It’s no wonder, given his distinctive voice, that Leno has played many roles in animated films. But one of the most notable is that of the blockbuster movie. Cars 2006. He didn’t play himself, but he did play a talking car named Jay Limo in a cameo. He has also voiced many other characters, including Fast Tony in Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Jack O’Lantern in Scooby Doo! and the goblin king (2008) and King Malbert in Igor (2008).
Leno, of course, is one of the most successful and well-known late night talk show hosts, having headlined The Jay Leno Show for many years, as well as the original (and recurring) successor to Tonight’s show before and after Conan O’Brien until Fallon officially took over.
1 Seth Meyers (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist)
Meyers was a cast member on Saturday night live, but mostly co-host of the weekend update segment. He was also one of the best SNL Cast members who debuted in the 2000s and was also a writer for the show. But fans may not realize that she had acted beyond her comedy roles on that series.
While Meyers mostly had minor roles beyond cameos as himself in films like The interview, made a little character in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. However, his character did not even have a name: he was simply credited as “drunk boy in Yugo”. He also had small roles in Journey to the Center of the Earth and Spring breakdown. Meyers, of course, currently houses Late night with Seth Meyers.