Jay Leno has been host of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" since May 25, 1992.

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is a combination of guest interviews and hilarious comedy bits led by Leno’s signature topical monologue - considered the best opening segment on late-night television by critics and viewers alike.

Since Leno took over as host, "The Tonight Show" has experienced a number of highlights, including winning an Emmy Award in 1995 for Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music series, a category in which it has been nominated for three consecutive times. In addition, it was named Favorite Television Show in Europe, where it is seen on NBC Super Channel in more than 32 countries; and Leno’s being recognized as Best Political Humorist by Washingtonian magazine.

Prior to becoming host of "Tonight," Leno had been the exclusive guest host on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" since September 1987. He first appeared as a guest on the show March 2, 1977, and he made numerous appearances on "Tonight" as well as NBC’s former program "Late Night with David Letterman."

One of the country’s premier comedians, Leno has appeared in hundreds of comedy shows around the United States for the past 20 years. In 1991 he performed in the Middle East to entertain thousands of American military men and women stationed there. He remains passionate about performing in front of live audiences and appears regularly in Las Vegas, on college campuses around the United States and in other venues.

He also has published four versions of "Headlines," the compilation books and desk calendars featuring his favorite funny newspaper headlines. He recently completed "Police Blotter," a book with more humorous newspaper clips, this time involving police stories. Proceeds from the book sales go to various charities.

Leno was born in New Rochelle, NY, and raised in Andover, MA. He and his wife, Mavis, live in Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys working on his collection of classic cars and motorcycles.

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