The 2013 Golden Woodys, Part 1

It’s time for the 5th annual Awards for Excellence in Late-Night Talk Show Doing, aka, The 2013 Golden Woodys.

There are ten award categories this year. Each category contains three nominees. Nominees are selected and winners are chosen based on my viewing of late-night talk show episodes during 2013. Needless to say, the awards are very subjective, but also very sincere.

 

Golden_WoodyCategory: Best Monologue Segments

2009 Winner: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
2010 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
2011 Winner: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
2012 Winner: Conan

2013 Nominees:

Conan
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

And the award goes toConan

Reason: Conan O’Brien’s monologues consistently contained the highest amount of entertainment value per minute in 2013.

Golden_WoodyCategory: Best Comedy Segments

2009 Winner: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
2010 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
2011 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
2012 Winner: Late Show with David Letterman

2013 Nominees:

Conan
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

And the award goes toLate Night with Jimmy Fallon

Reason: Jimmy Fallon and the Late Night team easily put the most effort into creating original, ridiculous and amusing comedy bits over the past year. Their hard work paid off, as many bits were huge hits online.

 

Golden_WoodyCategory: Best Couch Guest Interview Segments

2009 Winner: Late Show with David Letterman
2010 Winner: Late Show with David Letterman
2011 Winner: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
2012 Winner: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

2013 Nominees:

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Show with David Letterman
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

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

Reason: Guest interviews on late-night talk shows are 85% scripted and 15% spontaneous. That’s fine if the guest is interesting, but boring if the guest is dull. The Late Late Show is 99% spontaneous and 1% scripted. So, even when a guest was lame, Craig Ferguson’s “anything goes” attitude always made the segments fun to watch.

 

Golden_WoodyCategory: Best Musical/Stand-up/Cooking Segments

2009 Winner: Late Show with David Letterman
2010 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
2011 Winner: Late Show with David Letterman
2012 Winner: Jimmy Kimmel Live!

2013 Nominees:

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Show with David Letterman

And the award goes toLate Show with David Letterman

Reason: Honestly, I just flat out enjoyed the musicians the Late Show had on in 2013 more. They weren’t loud and flashy, but they were more talented.

 

Golden_WoodyCategory: Best Band

2009 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
2010 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
2011 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
2012 Winner: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

2013 Nominees:

Conan
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Show with David Letterman

And the award goes toLate Night with Jimmy Fallon

Reason: No house band was as cool, talented and integral to the success of a late-night show like The Roots were this year.

 

Who will win for best late-night host? Find out when Part II of the 2013 Golden Woodys is posted on Thursday, December 26th.

– Woody

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