The 2011 Golden Woodys, Part 1

It’s time for the 3rd annual Awards for Excellence in Late-Night Talk Show Doing, aka, The 2011 Golden Woodys.

There are eleven award categories. Each category contains three nominees. Nominees are selected and winners are chosen based on my viewing of late night talk show episodes during 2011. They’re very subjective.

 
Category: Best Introduction

2009 Winner: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
2010 Winner: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

2011 Nominees:

Conan
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

And the award goes to… Conan

Reason: The first five seconds of the Conan intro is animation that, unlike any other late-night show, changes from time to time. In addition, when the guest is announced there is a background image that identifies what s/he does for a living. That is actually very helpful if you haven’t heard of the person before.

 
Category: Best Set

2009 Winner: The Late Show with David Letterman
2010 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

2011 Nominees:

Conan
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Late Show with David Letterman

And the award goes to… The Late Show with David Letterman

Reason: You know what it is about the Late Show set that makes it so special? It’s that awesome blue marble floor. It’s beautiful and unique. Plus, that New York model behind his desk is fantastic. Oh, and the rest of the place is majestic too.

 
Category: Best Band

2009 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
2010 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

2011 Nominees:

Conan
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Late Show with David Letterman

And the award goes to… Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Reason: The Roots are magnificent in their music, charisma and style. In 2010 they added, dark humor, opinionated and controversial for their musical intro for guest Michelle Bachmann. That is a well-rounded late-night band.

 
Category: Best Monologue

2009 Winner: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
2010 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

2011 Nominees:

Conan
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

And the award goes to… The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Reason: Craig’s anti-standard monologues really are brilliant. Much like the host himself, they’re so unconventional that they are nothing less than immensely entertaining. Plus, he’s the only host left who doesn’t show clips from the web.

 
Category: Best Sidekick

2009 Winner: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
2010 Winner: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

2011 Nominees:

Conan
The Late Show with David Letterman
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

And the award goes to… Conan

Reason: Andy is a very funny person. His talents improve Conan. The show, and Conan himself, would not be as good without him there.

 
Stay tuned Thursday for the 2011 Golden Woodys Part II.

– Woody

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