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Last Call with Carson Daly is an Americanmarker late night variety show that is broadcast on NBC. Hosted by Carson Daly, the half-hour show features celebrity interviews, comedy, and musical performances. Last Call airs weeknights at 1:36 a.m. Eastern / 12:36 a.m. Central .

In 2003 and 2004, Last Call was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for "Choice TV Show - Late Night".



Last Call premiered in 2002 as the successor to Later. Last Call initially aired Monday through Thursday until the cancellation of Late Friday in the summer of 2002.

Last Call was originally taped in Studio 8H of the GE Buildingmarker in New York Citymarker, which was also the home studio of Saturday Night Live. However, this required the producers to work around the schedule of the facility's main tenant, Saturday Night Live. During this phase, Last Call had no house band and no jokes or monologue, going straight to the first guest at the beginning of the show. The stage was black and empty, save for two low-slung chairs and a small table. Each week, a different unsigned band was brought in to do the music, in addition to any musical act at the end. Gradually, the set acquired more furnishings and decor, much of which was influenced by the occasional week-long trips to Las Vegasmarker.

Last Call was originally planned to begin taping in HDTV when Studio 8H was retrofitted for Saturday Night Live; however, instead, the show was relocated to Los Angelesmarker in September 2005, and continues to air in standard definition. After the move, Last Call began to resemble its counterparts, with a more traditional set, permanent house band led by Joe Firstman, short monologue and occasional comedy bits.


Production of new Last Call episodes was suspended for a month due to the Writers Guild of America strike, but on December 4, 2007, Last Call became the first late night talk show to resume production during the strike. On air, Daly explained that the only reason the show resumed production was that he was given the option to either return or have the show's 75 non-striking staff members fired. The shows were not scripted and did not include monologues. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) was critical of Daly, accusing him of crossing picket lines and labeling him a scab. Daly is not a member of the WGA.

On November 27, 2007, he was accused by the WGA of soliciting jokes for his show through a telephone hotline.

On December 11, 2007, an organized group of WGA writers attended a taping of Last Call. First, one heckled during an interview with Jerry Rice. After security removed the first writer, another spoke up disruptively, expressing sympathy with striking writers. A producer asked anyone planning to disrupt the show to leave or face prosecution; between five and twenty left.


As the end of Late Night with Conan O'Brien was approaching, Daly made it public that he was interested in moving to the Late Night time slot.. Jimmy Fallon was chosen to replace O'Brien, a choice that executive producer Lorne Michaels had in mind dating back to the day that Fallon left Saturday Night Live in 2004.

In February 2009, network executive Rick Ludwin told TV Week that the company was currently "going through the budgetary process with all of our shows. There are new budgetary realities. … It’s tough. We want to keep [Carson] going as long as we can make the budget work." Soon after that interview, NBC announced plans for Last Call to go on a one week "tour" of California, with taped segments of up-and-coming musical acts at various clubs, such as The Roxymarker, The Viper Roommarker, and Hotel Cafemarker. As the show's 1000th episode approached in April, NBC's summary of the show made it clear that the change in format would continue:
Currently in its eighth season, NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly" utilizes a new style by introducing a documentary style format. Host Carson Daly gets out of the studio and takes the show on location each night. Recent highlights include Daly’s motorcycle trip across the historic Route 66, a visit to comedian Tom Green's house in the Hollywood Hillsmarker, and a scene at the Whiskey Bar with the Grammy Award-winning band Kings of Leon.

In May, NBC announced that Last Call had been renewed for a ninth season, which debuted on September 21, 2009.

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