Inventing Late Night: Steve Allen and the Original 'Tonight Show' Finally, proof positive that Allen created the late-night format and many of the routines and characters aped by Carson, Letterman, et al. Host Spat When… Inventing Late Night: Steve Allen and the Original 'Tonight Show' Finally, proof positive that Allen created the late-night format and many of the routines and characters aped by Carson, Letterman, et al. Host Spat When… 2005-10-03 Biography Nonfiction Prometheus
Book Review

Inventing Late Night: Steve Allen and the Original ''Tonight Show'' (2005)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 03, 2005; Writer: Ben Alba; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: Prometheus

Finally, proof positive that Allen created the late-night format and many of the routines and characters aped by Carson, Letterman, et al.

Host Spat
When Allen moved to Sundays, Sullivan creamed him in the ratings. One factor, says Alba, was Allen's anti-death-penalty, antinuke politics.

Laff Line
Woman in audience: ''Do they get this show in Rochester?'' Allen: ''Lady, they see this show in Rochester. I don't think they get it.''

Originally posted May 26, 2006 Published in issue #879 Jun 02, 2006 Order article reprints