As we continue to give the late Robin Williams the credit he deserves as a towering comic legend, one title keeps coming up again and again: The Greatest Talk Show Guest Ever. Both Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon have anointed Williams as such, and it's hard to disagree. Williams could turn any stodgy host/guest badinage into an opportunity for dynamite comedy. But who joins him in the history of fantastic talk show appearances? And is anybody as funny as Williams?
In honor of his legacy as the preeminent talk show talker, we've come up with our own list of the best and most outrageous talk show guests. Some are intentionally hilarious, some are just wacky, and others are goons who are fun to ogle in terror. They're all here!
1975 | Comedy | TV-14Summary: Since 1975 the NBC variety show has highlighted the best new comic talent in the US, along with every variety of musical performance and consistently hilarious characters and sketch comedy concepts.Director: Lorne Michaels (creator)
Cast: Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Jane Curtin, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Hader, Phil Hartman, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig
1954 | Comedy | NRSummary: Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business.Director: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
2001 | Drama | RSummary: A powerful and disturbing story of intolerance featuring Ryan Gosling as a young Jewish man in New York City who joins a Neo-Nazi group.Director: Henry Bean
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Summer Phoenix, Peter Meadows
2015 | Documentary | NRSummary: This documentary explores both the achievements and the seedy underside of professional boxing.Director: Bert Marcus
Cast: Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Mike Tyson
2014 | Documentary | NRSummary: Lively and touching documentary follows Kurt Russell's father Bing as he creates a scrappy and surprisingly successful minor-league baseball team.Director: Chapman Way, Maclain Way
Cast: Todd Field, Kurt Russell, Rob Nelson
2002 | Adventure | PGSummary: When space galleon cabin boy Jim Hawkins discovers a map to an intergalactic "loot of a thousand worlds," a cyborg cook named John Silver teaches him to battle supernovas and space storms. But, soon, Jim realizes Silver is a pirate intent on mutiny!Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Hyde Pierce, Emma Thompson, Roscoe Lee Browne
2014 | Drama | RSummary: In one of his final roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a German intelligence agent trying to establish the motive of an immigrant to Germany as US agents close in.Director: Anton Corbijn
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Daniel Bruhl
1998 | Documentary | RSummary: Controversial documentary looks into the life and death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, and his relationship with Courtney Love.Director: Nick Broomfield
Cast: Courtney Love, Nick Broomfield, Kurt Cobain
2001 | Comedy | PG-13Summary: Clear the runway for Derek Zoolander, VH1's three-time male model of the year. His face falls when hippie-chic "he's so hot right now" Hansel scooters in to steal this year's award. The evil fashion guru Mugatu seizes the opportunity to turn Derek into a killing machine. Its a well-designed consp...Director: Ben Stiller
Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell
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