National TV Talk Show Host Day

National TV Talk Show Host Day is a holiday observed annually on October 23rd that recognizes the television hosts who keep us entertained and, on occasion, informed about what’s happening in the world.

Although it’s nearly impossible to list all the television hosts who have taken to the air over the past 70+ years, we can mention some of the most popular of all time. Notable TV hosts throughout history include David Letterman, Johnny Carson, Jon Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Dick Cavett, Phil Donahue, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Paar, and Groucho Marx.

The History of National TV Talk Show Host Day

We’re not quite sure who created National TV Talk Show Host Day or exactly when it was established. However, we do know that this holiday has been around for a few years. It is observed on October 23rd because that is the birthdate of Johnny Carson in 1925. Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for 30 years—from 1962 to 1992—and is considered by many to be the “King of Late Night TV.”

Some Cool Facts About TV Talk Shows

Okay, let’s take a few quick moments to learn some things about TV talk shows. As we researched this holiday, we thought it would be cool to also look up some facts that people might not know about talk shows. We would now like to present those facts to anyone interested.

  • Tickets to talk shows are free and available to the public. However, they’re not always easy to obtain.
  • Morning talk shows usually film in the morning, but late-night shows do not film at night.
  • The first TV talk show was hosted by Joe Franklin and began in 1951.

Observing National TV Talk Show Host Day

Observing this day is quite simple and probably involves something many people already do: watching TV talk shows. It can be a current talk show or one that was once popular.

Even some of the oldest talk shows can now be found thanks to the internet, so they are relatively easy to access. Whatever talk show a person chooses to watch should be shared online as well. Let us all know what you’re watching by using the hashtag #TVTalkShowHostDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 23 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
October 23 Thursday
Last year (2023)
October 23 Monday
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