Fifteen Talk Show Hosts Who Have Appeared in Stage Plays: A Quiz


Oh, and there are certainly many more. Question is, would you rather have seen these shows or just heard the hosts talk about them? (Dick Cavett would occasionally mention on his show a stock production he did of Room Service, and I’d rather have heard those anecdotes than seen him attempt that difficult farce.)

Match the chat show host to a theater production they appeared in.

Bonus points if you can further match the show and star with the venue and year in which they performed.



1. Steve Allen (The Tonight Show)

2. Joy Behar (The View)

3. Joey Bishop (The Joey Bishop Show)

4. Johnny Carson (The Tonight Show)

5. Dick Cavett (The Dick Cavett Show)

6. Chevy Chase (The Chevy Chase Show)

7. Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report)

8. Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show)

9. Whoopi Goldberg (The Whoopi Goldberg Show)

10. Merv Griffin (The Merv Griffin Show)

11. Rosie O’Donnell (The Rosie O’Donnell Show)

12. Colin Quinn (Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn)

13. Joan Rivers (The Tonight Show, The Late Show)

14. Chris Rock (The Chris Rock Show)

15. Pat Sajak (The Pat Sajak Show)



A. Charley’s Aunt

B. Company

C. Fiddler on the Roof

D. Finian’s Rainbow

E. The Food Chain

F. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

G. Lemmings

H. The Motherfucker With the Hat

I. The Odd Couple

J. The Pink Elephant

K. The Rocky Horror Show

L. Sugar Babies

M. The Tunnel of Love

N. Sally Marr…and her escorts

O. Unconstitutional



a. Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, 2011

b. Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC, 2013

c. City Center, Broadway, 1955

d. Connecticut Repertory Theatre, 2012

e. Helen Hayes Theatre, Broadway, 1994

f. Mark Hellinger Theatre, Broadway, 1981

g. Martin Beck Theatre, Broadway, 1958

h. Minskoff Theatre, Broadway, 2005

i. Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1991

j. Playhouse Theatre, Broadway, 1953

k. St. James Theatre, Broadway, 1997

l. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Broadway, 2011

m. The Village Gate, NYC, 1973

n. Westside Theatre, NYC, 1996

o. Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1979