Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Day the Laughter Stopped

In other late night news of note (though perhaps of slightly less import), longtime Tonight Show bandleader Kevin Eubanks announced last night that he's stepping down in May after eighteen years as Jay Leno's sidekick/comic foil.  Replacing original Leno bandleader Branford Marsalis in 1995, Eubanks has stuck with the host ever since, right through the Jay Leno Show pit stop and back to Tonight.  His famous jocularity (which Jimmy Kimmel made merry sport of during his Leno-bashing episode early this year) was often the only thing that kept the show's momentum alive when a Leno one-liner fell flat, so I'm curious what Jay's going to do without him (in lieu of just insituting a laugh track).

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