The Joan Rivers Show.
The Pat Sajack Show.
The Magic Johnson Show.
This list goes on from people who thought talk shows would be a snap. And they bombed.
It looks easy…and to do one or two, maybe. But to do it five nights a week?
Jay Leno tapes from 4 to 5 pm. Immediately after the show, he and his writers get together and plan tomorrow’s show. Those sessions usually end at about 1 or 2 AM. Then they go over the material in the early afternoon. He does this every day. On the weekends, he does stand up in a comedy lounge to try out new material.
Think about trying to interview everybody you know. Some of your friends would be a snap…others would be a disaster. The trick is, you have to make everybody look good, all the time, every night. It is not as easy as it looks.