President Obama’s Late Night Talk Show Appearances – A Rundown

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It’s just been announced that President Obama will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night. This marks the first time that Barack has appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s version of The Tonight Show, which is pretty crazy when you think about it. We mean, he went all the way to Marc Maron’s garage, for heaven’s sake! But of course, just because he hasn’t been on The Tonight Show when Jimmy Fallon has been the host doesn’t mean that President Obama has been lacking in his late night appearances over the years. We’ve compiled a list of all of his late night interviews here, so you can get an idea of what to expect this Thursday (of course, there’s a high probability they might just end up having a lip sync battle and playing Catch Phrase for the entire time, but hey, it’s fun to watch clips anyway).

Thursday won’t be the first time that Barack and Jimmy hang out. The president appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon back in April 2012. They slow-jammed the news (of course):

Jimmy Kimmel welcomed Barack Obama in March 2015. The president read Mean Tweets about himself and talked about some more serious topics such as Ferguson and the problems in Washington.

The president made seven trips to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart over the years, with his final appearance coming just before Jon Stewart stepped down as host last summer:

Of course, Obama also famously took over the Colbert Report in December 2014, re-naming “The Word” segment as “the Decree”:

And he helped Stephen kick of his post-Superbowl episode of The Late Show in February 2016:


While there has been the same president for the past 8 years, there’s been a lot of changeover in the world of late night. Before he retired, David Letterman welcomed President Obama to The Late Show three times (in 2009, 2012, and 2015). Here’s the 2013 episode:

President Obama didn’t play favorites in the late night wars, though, as he also visited Jay Leno on The Tonight Show in 2013:

This is really digging deep, but he also appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, way back in May 2006, when he was just Senator Barack Obama and Conan did some shows from Chicago:

He’s also made some not quite late night appearances, like the aforementioned interview on the WTF pod with Marc Maron, and on Funny Or Die’s “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis”:


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