The Late Late Show is Ireland's most popular and prestigious television show and is the longest running chat show in the world.
Originally conceived as a short filler programme for the summer schedule in 1962 on the then fledgling Irish broadcaster Telefís Éireann, The Late Late Show has gone on to become an Irish institution and today is still the most popular programme on television in Ireland.
Pat Kenny became host of The Late Late Show in September 1999, taking over from Gay Byrne. Gay was the programme's first presenter in 1962, and apart from one season when Frank Hall presented the show while Gay worked with the BBC, it was a continuous run of almost 37 years.
Ryan Tubridy hosted The Late Late Show from September 4th 2009.
Gaybo Laughs Back is an hour-long special where Gay Byrne introduces us to some of the comedy highlights from his years at the helm of The Late Late Show. Gaybo Laughs Back - The DVD will be released on Nov 15th, and features over 40 minutes of bonus material. Over his 37 year reign Gay played host to some of the biggest names in comedy, both Irish and international. Legends of global laughter such as Spike Milligan, John Cleese, Peter Cook and Billy Connolly all regularly visited The Late Late, providing some unforgettable TV moments, whilst the show itself became a launching pad for some of our own home grown stars with Tommy Tiernan, Patrick Kielty, Dermot Morgan, Brendan O'Carroll, D'Unbelievables, Dylan Moran and Kevin McAleer all making early appearances on the show. Across this special hour-long show we get to see some real comedy gems - some planned, some not so planned. From Lenny Henry falling out of his chair and Gay being attacked by Emu to the perfect gag telling of Tom O'Connor, Maureen Potter and Frank Carson Gaybo Laughs Back proves that comedy is timeless and that as ringmasters go few could match Gay Byrne
After the huge success of our first “Gaybo Laughs Back” DVD and with cries of “More, More!!” ringing in our ears, we decided to go back to the archive and see what other gems we could find. We’re delighted to report there were many! With Dame Edna, Hal Roche and Niall Tóibín all making their “Gaybo Laughs Back” debut, I’m also especially happy that they’re being joined by a few people who, while not quite stand-up comedians per se, manage nonetheless to raise big laughs. Step forward, please; Boyzone, Roddy Doyle, Peter & Jim Sheridan, Bono, Larry Mullen Jnr and one very loud Harley Davidson! There’s a long tradition in comedy where comics save their best material for the encore… With……. Boyzone John Conneely Frank Carson Christy Moore Lenny Henry Dame Edna Everage Roddy Doyle D`Unbelivables Jimeoin Jim and Peter Sheridan Patrick Kielty Kevin Mcaleer Spike Miligan Dermot Morgan Jason Byrne & Bill Murray Graham Norton Terry Wogan Brendan O’Carroll Tom O`Connor Ardal O`Hanlon Hal Roach Andrew Sachs Niall Toibin Peter Ustinov Larry Mullen Jnr and Bono