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Tavis Smiley

Host of NPR’s The Tavis Smiley show, TAVIS SMILEY. He’s the author of the new book “Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing, and Hope from Black America” (Doubleday). The book is a collection of personal narratives by ordinary African Americans. SMILEY also provides commentary twice a week on ABC radio’s Tom Joyner Morning Show. And he’s a contributor for CNN and a contributing correspondent on ABC’s PrimeTime.

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Comedian and late night talk show host Jay Leno

Now the host of The Tonight Show, Leno talks about his struggling years as a stand-up comic (with other comics like Robin Williams, Andy Kaufman, and Steve Martin). He also talks about taking over The Tonight Show. He is author of the book Leading with my Chin. Leno appears in Comedian, the Jerry Seinfeld documentary in theaters now.

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Actress, writer, comedian Ellen DeGeneres

She s got an upcoming HBO comedy special, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, premiering June 28th, 2003. It s a presentation of her recent live stand-up show of the same name. Her five-year sitcom Ellen won an Emmy for her much anticipated coming-out episode. She and her character came out at the same time. This was followed by a very public relationship with actress Anne Heche, which eventually ended. DeGeneres talks about coming out and why she resists becoming a lesbian role model. DeGeneres is the author of the book, My Point. . . And I Do Have One.

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Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien

Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien celebrates ten years on the air Sunday September 14, 2003, with a primetime special on NBC. In 1993, he moved into the Late Night host slot when David Letterman went to CBS. Prior to Late Night, O'Brien was a writer for Saturday Night Live and writer and producer for The Simpsons.

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Colbert Builds 'Report' with Viewers, Readers

Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report talks about his book I Am America (And So Can You!) and his successful television show.

The former correspondent and contributor to The Daily Show created his own Emmy-nominated late-night show to parody Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor.

In I Am America, Colbert targets race, religion, sports and the American family as well as more mundane topics like breakfast cereal.

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Revisiting the 'Report' and Its Author

We rebroadcast our conversation from earlier this month with one of fake news' most indelible personalities: Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert.

This interview originally aired Oct. 9, 2007.

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Late-Night TV Returns to Action

The writers' strike knocked late-night television shows like the Late Show and The Tonight Show into reruns. Now these pillars of the talk-show genre are back on the air with fresh material.

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