18 Late Night Comedians and Their Significant Others


Comedians seem to be quite intense. When they are happy they roll down to the floor laughing and when they’re mad they’ll let the whole world know about it – without filters. These comedians significant others seem to have quite an interesting life, being on the behind-the-scenes of a comedy show 24/7. But is this really the case? Is being the significant other of a comedian as what it seems?

From loyal family men to eternal bachelors, let’s take a peek into the lives of late-night comedians and the men and the significant others cheering for them on the sidelines.

1. Stephen Colbert

Stephen Tyrone Colbert was born on May 23, 1964. He’d been in show business since 1984 and had been hosting the Late Show since 2015. He’s not just a funny man though, he’s also an actor, writer, and in a similar vein with his peers, political critic/news satirist. Stephen was dating someone else when he met his wife. They bumped into each other during the 1990 Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina – in their hometown. The irony was that they actually lived close to each other as they were growing up and they never met even once! But for Stephen, it didn’t matter because he was hit with love at the first sight of “Evie”.

2. Evelyn McGee Colbert

Evelyn “Evie” McGee is the daughter of a prominent civil litigator in Charleston. She graduated with a double major in English and Drama. Even with the long distance, the couple clicked and they got married in 1993. In 1995 they welcomed their first child, Madeleine followed by Peter in 1998 and John in 2002. To this day, the family lives in Montclair, New Jersey. When it comes to his work, Stephen prefers that his children don’t watch “The Colbert Report”, his political satire show that ended in 2014. Even Evelyn has an opinion about her husband’s alter ego – she’s not a fan and every time he comes home from work she orders him to check if he’s no longer the sarcastic Stephen Colbert.

3. Seth Meyers

Seth Adam Meyers was born on December 28, 1973, in Evanston, Illinois. He graduated from Northwestern University. His career in the showbiz industry began in 2001 as a head writer for SNL and host of the Weekend Update, the show’s news parody segment. And as he succeeded Jimmy Fallon in hosting Late in 2014, his sarcasm seem to channel into political commentary. But a year before getting this gig, Seth first tied the knot with her girlfriend for five years, Alexi Ashe. They were engaged in July 2013 and wed two months after in Martha’s Vineyard. The publicity of his new hosting job seems to ignite people’s interest in his personal life. People started wondering who Alexi Ashe is.

4. Alexi Ashe

Alexi Ashe was born in 1983 in New Mexico. She is a law graduate from the Southwestern University. She specializes in human rights and worked as the Assistant District Attorney in King’s County in New York. “I met her at Chris Kattan’s wedding, her sister worked in the set design department of Saturday Night Live,” said Seth. It was love at first sight. But the wedding almost did not happen. Alexi suffered from food poisoning during their wedding rehearsal dinner. She was rushed to the ER and the nurse won’t allow her to attend her own wedding! That did not stop her, though. And three years after, Seth and Alexi welcomed their firstborn, Ashe Olson. Seth announced on his annual Thanksgiving show that he and Alexi are expecting another child.

5. Jimmy Kimmel

James Christian Kimmel hails from Brooklyn, New York. He just turned 50 last November. He’d been in the industry for almost 30 years with his show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Running for 14 years. But before his career began, he got married to Gina Maddy. This was in 1988. They had two children, Katherine who was born in 1991 and Kevin who was born in 1993. The couple divorced in 2002. Sometime after the divorce, Jimmy became involved with comedian Sarah Silverman but their relationship ended in March 2009. But by October, Jimmy became once more involved with someone else – his show’s co-head writer that he somehow dismissively insulted during their first meeting.

6. Molly McNearney

“That is really stupid! What a waste of time,” said Jimmy of Molly’s competing in triathlons. Molly did not forget about this interaction especially that it was the only time his boss directly interacted with her that year. By 2008, Molly became the show’s only female writing staff. In 2009, they somehow became closer to the point that Jimmy even cooked all her favorite foods for her. It marked the beginning of their relationship. In 2012, Jimmy proposed to Molly while they were vacationing in Kruger National Park. The wedding was held the next year and the year after, they had their first child, Jane. They had another child William John “Billy” last April. Just days after his birth, Billy was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect that saw him being subjected to an open-heart surgery at three days old.

7. Jimmy Fallon

James Thomas Fallon is also from Brooklyn. He turned 43 this year and celebrated will celebrate his 20th year in the industry next year. It was his lifelong dream to be a cast of SNL and this came true in 1998. He left the show to crossover to film in 2004 but he still returned to television in 2009. Still, something good came out from his short stint in the film industry. He met Nancy Juvonen on the set of Fever Pitch, one of the few movies he was in. This was in 2004 or early 2003 but they only began dating in 2007. Just a few months after they began dating, Jimmy proposed on a dock with the sunset behind them. He was clearly smitten. But who is Nancy Juvonen?

8. Nancy Juvonen

Nancy Juvonen was born in 1967, in Marin County, California. This makes her seven years older than Jimmy. She has degrees in sociology and cooperative education. She’s a film producer, co-owning the Flower Films production company with Drew Barrymore. Nancy and Drew were introduced in 1993 and soon thereafter founded Flower Films. Drew was actually instrumental in getting Nancy and Jimmy together. Drew invited Jimmy to attend the birthday party she organized for Nancy. This was in May 2007. The courtship was a short one, with Jimmy proposing to Nancy in August. They immediately got married that December. Both of their daughters, Winnie Rose who was born in 2013 and Frances Cole who was born in 2014 were carried by a gestational surrogate.

9. Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 20, 1984. His career began in 2002 as a comedian, actor, and presenter in South Africa. It was his stand-up comedy that gained him international acclaim. His big break came in 2015 as he succeeded Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show. Even though he’s a man of many talents, the force that brought him to Los Angeles was actually a threat to his life by an abusive stepfather. Maybe it is because of these experiences growing up that caused him to have a cynical view about relationships. When asked about the last time he lied, he answered that it was in his relationship. When pressed, he answered, “Relationships are just lies disguised as support.”

10. Jordyn Taylor

“Like do I look good in this?” said Trevor, referring to the white lies that you need in a relationship. He seems to indicate that these white lies keep the relationship going. And indeed, he had been with his singer/songwriter/model girlfriend Jordyn Taylor Braff for two years. Trevor met Jordyn in 2015 right after he moved to New York for the Daily Show. He introduced Jordyn as his girlfriend during the show’s premiere party. The two had always been private about their relationship since then but sometimes the two shares tidbits of the life they live together. “I’m delighted with the knowledge that the magic does carry on well past the back cover and I am beyond blessed to come home to that magic day after day,” said Jordyn.

11. John Oliver

John William Oliver is originally from Birmingham, United Kingdom. The “John Oliver Effect” as it is called, his political commentary has a pull over the American culture and how legislation and policies are made. At 40 years old and several years living in the US, John’s immigrant status is still a sore point that he would occasionally poke fun at. It was only in October 2009 that his green card was approved. However, this did not stop him from participating in activism that also somehow got his show off the air and jeopardized his stay in the American soil. His activism and unique form of “investigative reporting” also became the way for him to meet the woman that would become his wife.

12. Kate Norley

Kate Norley came from an affluent background but she decided to enlist in the army after 9/11. She served as a served as a combat medic and as a field mental health technician that gave counseling to soldiers returning home from home. After the end of her service, she became a Veterans rights advocate working for the political advocacy organization “Vets for Freedom.” It was during one of the campaigns for the organization that Kate and John met. It was a Republican National Convention and Kate and the other Vets helped John’s camera crew evade from security. The two first became friends and clicked even with the Kate being six years older. They got married in October 2011. And in 2015, they welcomed a son together.

13. Samantha Bee

Samantha Jamie Bee is a 48-year-old Canadian-American funny woman. She was the first woman to ever host a late-night satire show with the debut of her “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” in February 2016. This year, Time magazine declared her as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. Samantha came from a background of the multi-generation broken family. “Dating from well before the turn of the 20th century, if there has ever been a successful, happy marriage in my family lineage, I’ve yet to hear about it,” said Samantha. She grew not experiencing being with both parents as they broke up just after she was born. Her grandmother raised her in her early years. She got married early in her career and seem to break the marriage curse in their family or did she?

14. Jason Jones

Jason Pierre Jones is a 44-year old actor. Just like Samantha, he has dual Canadian-American citizenship. The couple lives in Manhattan, New York with their three children, Piper who was born in 2006, Fletcher who was born in 2008, and Ripley born in 2010. Samantha took a leave as a correspondent from the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2005, just before she gave birth to Piper. Jason then joined the show first as a contributor and then as a correspondent. The couple worked together in the show until 2012 where they began to produce each other’s shows. Jason’s show, “Detour” is described as “an attempt to mine the couple’s personal lives for comedy.” Bee admits that their children weren’t impressed. “We don’t seem cool or interesting to them,” she said.

15. James Corden

James Kimberley Corden was born on August 22, 19978 in London, England. He isn’t just a comedic host, he’s also an actor and singer. He started appearing in musicals at the age of 18. He started to gain fame in 2000 with his work in television and theatre. In 2014, it was announced that James would succeed Craig Ferguson in “The Late Late Show.” In 2016, the show’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment became the biggest thing on Youtube. But before he was carpooling with the stars, he shared a flat with actor Dominic Cooper who he co-stars in “The History Boys.” He was the one who introduced James to his future wife, Julia Carey.

16. Julia Carey

Julia Carey also works in TV and that is how Dominic Cooper knew her for several years. When Dominic introduced them in 2009, Corden was recovering from his split with actress Sheridan Smith. Julia consoled him. Dominic said that one reason that the couple clicked was that Julia did not give a fuss that James is famous. Dominic Cooper became the godfather of James’ and Julia’s first child, Max who was born in March 2011, half a year before their star-studded $250,000 wedding. They had another child 2014, a daughter they named Carey. They are expecting another daughter this month. When James won a Tony Award in 2012, he credited Julia for his success saying, “Seriously, I would not be holding this if it wasn’t for her. She made me say ‘us’ instead of ‘I’ and ‘we’ instead of ‘me’ and I love her. Thank you very much.”

17. Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart’s or Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz was born in 1962 in New York City. He dropped his surname after he became estranged from his father following his parents’ divorce. He thought it would be quite extreme to use his mother’s maiden name instead. Though he still described their relationship as “still complicated” in 2015. A lot of people think that Jon did it to disassociate from his Jewish roots, especially that he was bullied for being one as a child. He also identifies himself as irreligious but he is supportive of Jewish personalities and is proud to be pro-Israel. In 1996, a Catholic woman captured his affections and eventually became his wife in 2000.

18. Tracey Mcshane

Tracey Lynn McShane was born in 1967 in Philadelphia. She is a veterinary technician and an animal rights advocate. Her first meeting with Jon was orchestrated by a production assistant who was also a mutual acquaintance. They were set up on a blind date. They were already dating for four years when Jon proposed to her through a custom crossword puzzle with the help of Will Shorts, The New York Times’ crossword editor. A year after their marriage, they jointly filed for a name change, legally changing their surname to “Stewart.” In 2004, Tracey gave birth to Nathan Thomas and in 2006, Maggie Rose joined the family. Both children were conceived through in vitro fertilization. The family lives in Tribeca, Lower Manhattan.

19. David Letterman

David Michael Letterman is an icon. The 70-year old’s career encompassed three decades, making him the longest-serving late night talk show host. Unlike his career, David’s relationships weren’t smooth sailing. He was even embroiled in relationship scandals. He was just out of college when married Michelle Cook, his college sweetheart. They divorced in 1977. He was then involved with Merrill Markoe, who worked as head writer and producer on the “Late Night”. Their relationship lasted from 1978 to 1988. Within that span of time, Merrill created segments that became staples in the show with Time magazine stating that she’s the “defining relationship” in David’s career. She greatly contributed to the brand of comedy that David was later on known for. David wasn’t very faithful to Merrill, though.

20. Regina Lasko

David became involved with Regina Lasko in 1986, two years before his relationship with Merrill ended. He and Merrill were still living together then. Regina also worked for “Late Night” as a production manager. In 2003, David and Regina welcomed a son, Harry Joseph. They only wed years later in March 2009. It was a quiet civil wedding in a courthouse in Choteau, Montana. But a few months after, in October, David himself admitted that he had been having extramarital relationships with several of his employees. The revelation came after David was blackmailed a month earlier to pay $2 million to keep the affairs secret. It was also revealed that David had these elicit relationships since the ‘90s or even earlier. Regina forgave David by they weren’t seen in public together for three years after the scandal.

21. Conan O’Brien

Conan Christopher O’Brien is from Brookline, Massachusetts. At 54 years old, his humor is as spirited and spontaneous as ever. One of his most outrageous stunts was letting Will Ferrell partially shaved his bushy beard, prompting a “Beardocalypse.” He also decided to become an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church Monastery, a non-denominational ministry that is famous for online ordinations. He did this so that he can officiate the same-sex wedding of his staff. The wedding was held on the stage of the Beacon Theatre and was broadcasted on “Conan.” With Conan’s spontaneity, it’s not surprising that when he first met Liza Powel in 2000, he immediately decided that he’s in love.

22. Liza Powel

Late night comedians seem to easily fall in love at first sight. Conan is no exemption. Elizabeth Ann “Liza” Powel was a senior copywriter in 2000. She appeared on the “Late Night” show for an advertising skit involving the company where she worked. She was in the audience section but Conan still noticed her. “Somewhere, in the vault at NBC, there’s footage of me literally falling for my wife on camera,” Conan told Piers Morgan. But it wasn’t just her appearance, Conan also stated that Liza was “very intelligent, and funny, and a really good person.” The couple dated for 18 months before tying the knot in 2002. They had a daughter, Neve in 2003 and a son, Beckett in 2005.

23. Jay Leno

Jay Leno’s real name is James Douglas Muir Leno. He is from New Rochelle, New York. Aside from being known for his hosting and stand-up comedy, Jay and his wife, are also known for their philanthropic projects. He claimed to not spend his earnings on hosting “The Tonight Show.” Instead, he supports himself and his wife from his stand-up comedy gigs. He and his wife made generous donations to charity. In 2012, Jay auctioned off his Fiat 500. It sold for $350,000. The entire amount went to a charity that aids and shelters wounded war veterans. His charitable efforts are greatly influenced by his wife. He once shared how his marriage lasted for so long stating that “Here’s the secret: You marry your conscience … You marry the person you wish you could be. That’s what I did.”

24. Mavis Leno

“I’m in show business, which is a selfish profession, so I married a woman that works very hard for women’s rights and other issues like that and it balances out,” said Jay in an interview with TODAY. He found his balance with Mavis Elizabeth Nicholson. They have been married since 1980. Mavis is four years older than Jay and it was her decision to not have any children – a decision that Jay supported. “I remember telling my mother when I was 7 or 8 that I was never going to get married or have children. To me, this is the way women get caught,” said Mavis, saying how watching “The Honeymooners,” made develop that mindset. But that all changed when he met Jay. “He’s probably the single kindest human being I ever met,” said Mavis.

25. Bill Maher

William “Bill” Maher had dated a lot of women and he sees no reason why he should settle down. Even at the age of 61, Bill’s ways changed little. “I’m the last of my guy friends to have never gotten married, and their wives—they don’t want them playing with me. I’m like the escaped slave—I bring news of freedom,” posted Bill on his website. But her carefree attitude towards relationships also got him into some spot of trouble. He was once sued for $9 million by his ex-girlfriend Coco Johnsen for causing her “pain and suffering” and not pushing through with his promise of marriage and having children with her. The lawsuit was dismissed in 2005.

26. Anjulie Persaud

In total, Bill had about 26 relationships and flings from 1988 to present. His current girlfriend is 34-year-old Anjulie Persaud. They started dating in 2014. Anjulie was born in Ontario Canada but his grandparents immigrated to Guyana from India. She had trouble with her “racial ambiguity” that it led to his isolation as she was growing up. She did not go to college, instead, she pursued a music career as both singer and songwriter. Among the artists that she wrote songs for are Icona Pop, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj. There are no details on where they met, but Anjulie and Bill were seen frolicking in a Maui beach on New Year’s Day 2015. There some sources reported that the couple already broke up but no one can provide the details of the supposed break up.

27. Johnny Carson

John William Carson was – is an American icon. Behind the scenes, though, Johnny was considered as “the most private public man who ever lived.” His $81 million beachfront house in Malibu has only one bedroom. Everyone else would live in the guest house. But even with his shyness, his married life showed the assertive side that the public always sees. Johnny’s first marriage was to Jody Wolcott in 1948. The marriage was rocky with the couple both committing infidelities. They divorced in 1963. Johnny remarried in the same year to Joanne Copeland but they also ended up separated. In 1972, Johnny announced on his show’s 10th-anniversary party that he secretly married Joanna Holland, a former model. They also ended up divorced in 1985 and an 80-page settlement saw Johnny parting with $20 million worth of cash and properties.

28. Alexis Maas

Johnny’s final marriage was with then 35-year-old Alexis Maas in 1987. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She worked as an employee in a stock brokerage. Johnny was 61 by then and their age difference was quite large – 26 years. They met when Johnny saw Alexis walking by his Malibu beach house wearing a bikini. She had an empty glass of wine in hand and Johnny approached her, offering to fill up the glass. They spent their honeymoon in the on a yacht traveling along the Mediterranean. Alexis lived a jet-setting lifestyle with Johnny, attending different events but after Johnny’s death, she seems to shun public attention. They never had children. Johnny already had three sons, Christopher, Cory, and Richard from his first marriage.

29. Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Joy Handler was born in 1975 in New Jersey. She can be quite vocal and honest about her opinions. Chelsea likes to remind her viewers that “you can say no to marriage.” There’s one subject though that she even ran a PSA for not having children. “Because I don’t have patience, and I wouldn’t be good at it,” said Chelsea. She also stated that she doesn’t want to play the “long game” of committing to raising children. This decision goes far back, though. She revealed that she had two abortions when she was just 16 years old. “Because that’s what I should have done. Otherwise, I would now have a 20-year-old kid,” she said in defense.

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Chelsea is currently single. In an interview in April, Chelsea revealed that “Oh, I’m on all those apps,” referring to dating apps. “I like to hook up, so when I go to London or New York or if I’m out of town and I want, I’ll do that … I’m on Tinder [and] all that stuff. I’m a regular person.” She also stated the reason why she’s currently single. “I know a lot of men are scared to go out with me because they think I’m going to talk about them on TV after [we] break up and they’re not wrong — I’ve done that in the past, so I have to accept responsibility. If that means I remain single for the rest of my life than maybe I wasn’t supposed to meet anybody.”

31. Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels or Lorne David Lipowitz in real life is the funny man behind the funny one of the most successful comedy show, SNL. He is an actor, comedian, creator, producer, and writer. He was born and raised in Ontario, Canada and became a US citizen in 1987. Now based in the US, Lorne had been married for 27 years has three children. This wasn’t his first marriage, though. He was first married to Rosie Schuster from 1973 to 1980 and then to Susan Forristal from 1984 to 1987. Rosie, later on, worked as a writer on SNL. Susan Forristal was a model and actress. Lorne did not have any children from these two marriages.

32. Alice Berry

Alice Barry is Lorne’s third and current wife. She used to work as Lorne’s assistant. They began dating in 1990 and got married in 1991. They have three children, Henry, Edward, and Sophie. Sophie also appeared in several SNL episodes. One episode involved her shocking Johnny Knoxville with a taser. She’s about 19 years old right now while Henry and Edward are already adults. Henry also had a foray into acting. He had a minor role in “Hot Rod”. Lorne and Alice have residences in the Hamptons, Amagansett, and the Upper West Side in New York according to several sources.

33. Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall is a 61-year-old comedian and talk show host. His most popular hosting gig is “The Arsenio Hall Show” that ran from 1989 to 1994. The show was temporarily revived from 2013 to 2014. There were lots of rumors about his hiatus in 1994 and another one in 1999, when his son, Arsenio Hall Jr. was born. He was never married but he had been in high profile relationships with Paula Abdul in 1989 and Pamela Anderson in 1995. He and Paula got back but once more split in 2013. Arsenio Jr.’s mother is Cheryl Bonacci, Arsenio Sr.’s former personal manager, and long-time girlfriend. Before Jr. was born, they were already together for at least 10 years. They ended their relationship in 2002 and it wasn’t a good separation.

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Even if it’s already 15 years after his split with Cheryl, Arsenio purportedly was never involved with anyone. Cheryl actually sued him, claiming that at the peak of Arsenio’s career his annual earning was around 12 million dollars. She insisted that Arsenio should pay her child support based on this amount. Arsenio thought this unfair. But as he made a comeback in 2012, his son was always seen by his side. In an interview with Oprah, he said that he actually had a slim chance of having children. “I and my girl wanted a kid,” he said, referring to Cheryl “And that’s so important to me — to always be able to look in my son’s eyes and say, ‘You weren’t a mistake. You weren’t a surprise. I wanted you. I wanted you like my dad wanted me.’”

35. Steve Allen

Steve Allen’s real name can be a mouthful, Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. He was originally from New York but he was in Los Angeles when he breathed his last breath. He was 78 years old. An autopsy revealed that a ruptured blood vessel caused his death. This was in 2000 and his legacy as the first host of “The Tonight Show” was already cemented. He was survived by his wife and four children, three of whom from his first marriage with Dorothy Goodman in 1943, Steve Jr., Brian, and David. His youngest, son, Bill Allen was from his marriage with Jayne Meadows in 1954.

36. Jayne Meadows

Jayne Meadows Cotter was three years older than Steve. She was an actress and was even still active until 2009. Steve was her second husband. She was first married to Milton Krims in 1949. Their marriage ended in 1952, the same year that she and Steve met. She met Steve on the set of the game show “I’ve Got a Secret” where she was a panelist. Jayne was still recovering from her recent divorce while Steve was still married to Dorothy. Steve eventually got divorced and they got married in 1954. They became a Hollywood power couple and they often work on projects together. In April 2015, Jayne passed away peacefully from natural causes. She was 95 years old.