YouTube: Talks Shows Go Viral


American talk shows give us some of the funniest and most original content that are online right now. Many of the videos are going viral and getting views from all over the globe. Here is a compilation of some of the top talk show moments in the last few years.

Jimmy Fallon Lip Sync Battle with Emma Stone, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, (55 million views)

The key to a good lip sync battle is for the ‘singer’ to really put their all into the performance. Before Emma Stone there was Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Paul Rudd and John Krasinski, but none of them knocked it out the park in the same way that Miss Stone did. She kills it with Blues Travellers’ ‘Hook’ and DJ Khaled’s ‘All I Do Is Win’. The success of these segments on The Tonight Show have led to lip sync battles getting it own television series on Spike TV, produced by Jimmy Fallon.

The Handsome Men’s Club, Jimmy Kimmel Live! (10 million views)

Each year, Jimmy Kimmel hosts his show live after the Academy Awards and there is always a hilarious skit featuring dozens of famous faces. This is the 2010 effort which, arguably, is the most funny. It features Kimmel hosting a meeting of The Handsome Men’s Club which includes Patrick Dempsey, Ethan Hawke, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Rob Lowe and John Krasinski. The other members weren’t impressed when Kimmel didn’t allow Twilight stars Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson into the club and chaos follows.

Kristen Bell’s Sloth Meltdown, The Ellen Show  (21 million views)

Kristen Bell loves sloths, like seriously; she LOVES sloths. She brought footage with her from where her husband actor, Dax Shepard, surprised her with a visit from a baby sloth for her birthday. The happiness from her surprise reduces Bell to uncontrollable tears not only in the birthday footage, but also when Ellen teases that she has a sloth on hand for Bell to see.

Jennifer Hudson Carpool Karaoke, The Late Late Show With James Corden, (6 million views)

This is possibly the best commute to work of all time. James Corden drives Jennifer Hudson to work to save petrol and to use the American car-pool lanes. During the journey Corden questions Hudson about her husband and Oprah Winfrey, all while singing along to some of JHud’s most popular tunes. Included in the car journey soundtrack is of course Hudson’s powerhouse belter ‘And I Am Telling You’ from the musical Dreamgirls – Hudson won the best supporting actress Academy Award for in 2007 for her role as Effy White – which Corden tries to accompany but is slammed by Hudson’s obviously supreme vocal range and power.

Hawkeye Sings About His Super Powers, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, (6 million views)

Trapped in a line up that includes the flamboyant genius Tony Stark and the super god Thor, Hawkeye is often forgotten about or pushed aside in the Marvel franchise. To shed light on his own abilities that are equally as powerful as Captain America’s, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) paid a visit to The Tonight Show. He proves that not only can he sing (kind of) but that he also has a great collection of scarfs and berets that can compete with the best. After this performance Hawkeye will not be a character you’ll be forgetting any time soon. 

Dave Franco & Conan Join Tinder, CONAN (9 million views)

After months of hearing about his office colleagues going on Tinder dates, Conan decides to download the app and set up a profile. He has recruited the help of a younger, hipper singleton in the form of Dave Franco (brother of James). The pair set up fake accounts in the hope to find a date which surprisingly does not end in complete disaster, just hilarity. 

Celebrities Read Mean Tweets, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, (45 million views)

Jimmy Kimmel’s series of Celebrities Read Mean Tweets is a seriously funny segment. The series is poking fun of how harmful a 140-character tweet can be to a celebrity. The series has had 9 parts so far as well as music and sport specials and has featured high profile stars such as Katy Perry, Chris Pratt, Gwyneth Paltrow, and even a special segment with President Barack Obama. This is a series definitely worth watching.

Seth Brings Jon Snow to a Dinner Party, The Late Show with Seth Meyers  (9 million views)

As the title of the video suggests, Saturday Night Live alumni Seth Meyers bought Jon Snow of Game of Thrones fame to a dinner party. To say Jon Snow is the perfect dinner guest would be a lie; he’s incapable of small talk and has a skill of making the perfect dinner party awkward. This is one of funniest Game of Thrones parodies out there and definitely worth a watch


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