There was big news circulating through the late night world this week. Apparently Tonight Show kingpin Jay Leno may be on the brink of retirement. Now of course the obvious choice for his replacement would be his NBC protege Jimmy Fallon. But on the slight chance the peacock network is looking to add a multicultural mix to the 11:35pm time slot, here’s a few Blogamole suggestions.
George Lopez – Easily a no-brainer when it comes to late night talk shows, George proved to be very successful behind the desk of Lopez Tonight. He can nail the monologues, is great with A-list talent and, most importantly, seems to be a free agent since his show left TBS back in 2011.
Carlos Mencia – Another veteran of the standup circuit, Carlos definitely has skills when it comes to funny comebacks. And with the wild array of guests The Tonight Show books, having a fast-on-your-feet MC could prove to be very beneficial. Plus Mencia recently went through a major slim-down, which means he’ll look mighty dapper in those Tonight Show three-piece suits.
Gabriel Iglesias – One of the most beloved Latino standups, Gabriel has a ton of mainstream appeal and his brand of PG humor can easily fit into the Tonight Show mold. He’s also become immensely popular in the past few years with TV specials, DVD’s and a memorable role in Magic Mike. If NBC wants a hot up-and-comer, Iglesias is a very good bet.
Horatio Sanz – Ok so Horatio is kind of a long-shot, but he’s got incredible timing and knows the world of comedy extremely well. This Chilean powerhouse spent eight years on Saturday Night Live and has a strong improv background. He’s also good buddies with NBC late nighter Jimmy Fallon and could work very well taking over the 12:35am time slot if NBC decides to bump Jimmy up.
Mario Lopez – Last but not least, the one Latino who loves taking over MC duties any chance he gets. In the past few years, Mario has stepped up for Extra, America’s Best Dance Crew and The X-Factor, illustrating that he clearly has the knack for celebrity banter. But does he have the comedy chops required for The Tonight Show? That may be a tougher sell (though when in doubt, Lopez can always strip down to his skivvies).
Which Latino would like to see hosting The Tonight Show? Sound off in the comments or @MTV3.