Thursday, April 7 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno has always been widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”
Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included more than two decades of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, winning every consecutive quarter of his hosting over the past 19 years. After resuming hosting the 11:35 p.m. program following a one-time brief interruption of these duties, Jay once again took the show to the top for another three years. Under his helm, the show was honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series.” The Tonight Show has also taken home the trophy for “Favorite Late Night Show” in the annual TV Guide Awards determined by voting viewers, and Jay was recently installed in the Television Academy's Broadcast Hall of Fame.
As if nighttime dominance were not enough, Leno has also succeeded in the newest entertainment arena. “Jay Leno’s Garage,” at Jaylenosgarage.com, has gained an international following on the web, not to mention an Emmy Award and two additional nominations for Outstanding Special Class–Short-Format Nonfiction Programs.
Jay is committed to using his amalgam of talents to help those less fortunate. Each year, he serves as Master of Ceremonies and does numerous benefit performances, including shows for those whose lives were devastated by the 9/11 tragedy, the tsunami in Thailand, hurricanes in the gulf, and the severe economic downturn in Detroit. He leads the annual Love Ride in California to benefit numerous humanitarian organizations serving people with autism, muscular dystrophy, and Special Olympics, among many others.
Jay’s children’s book, If Roast Beef Could Fly, hit bookstores in April 2004 and immediately was a New York Times Bestseller. His follow-up kids book How to be the Funniest Kid In Your Class was similarly successful. His other book, Leading with My Chin, hit the bookstores in 1998.
Jay also keeps busy doing voice-over work in such movies as Cars and Igor and the hit TV show The Fairly Oddparents (Nickelodeon), where the character “The Crimson Chin”—a superhero with a chin with superpowers—was inspired by Leno’s own noted jawline. He also is a much-in-demand corporate speaker and a monthly columnist in Popular Mechanics. And in his “spare” time, he enjoys working on his collection of classic cars and motorcycles. In fact, he has built a number of cars, including an acclaimed eco-car in his eco-friendly green garage.