A talk show is a TV or radio program where there are discussed various topics put forth by a talk show host. Usually the guests have great experience in relation to whatever topic is discussed. Sometimes guests are already seated, but they are often introduced and enter from backstage.
Television talk shows often feature celebrities guests, who talk about their work, about their life as well as their latest films, songs or other projects that they wnt to promote etc..
The hosts of the show are usually comedians who open the show with a funny monologue.
The first talk show began in 1951 and was hosted by Joe Franklin.
Furthermore I will present a brief history of talk shows, that I took from Wikipedia:
“Ireland’s The Late Late Show is the world’s longest-running talk show; although The Tonight Show is equally as old, it has changed formats and titles since its beginnings in 1950.
Steve Allen was the first host of The Tonight Show, which began as a local New York show, being picked up by the NBC network in 1954. It in turn had evolved from his late-night radio talk show in Los Angeles. Allen pioneered the format of late night network TV talk shows, originating such talk show staples as an opening monologue, celebrity interviews, audience participation, and comedy bits in which cameras were taken outside the studio, as well as music.
TV news pioneer Edward R. Murrow hosted a talk show entitled Small World in the late 1950s and since then, political TV talk shows have predominantly aired on Sunday mornings.
Syndicated daily talk shows began to gain more popularity during the mid-1970s and reached their height of with the rise of the tabloid talk show. Morning talk shows gradually replaced earlier forms of programming – there were a plethora of morning game shows during the 1960s and early to mid-1970s, and some stations formerly showed a morning movie in the time slot that many talk shows now occupy.
Current late night talk shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman have aired for years, featuring celebrity guests and comedy sketches. Syndicated daily talk shows range from tabloid talk shows, such as The Jerry Springer Show to celebrity interview shows like Live with Regis and Kelly, The Bonnie Hunt Show, and Ellen to industry leader The Oprah Winfrey Show which popularized the former genre and has been evolving towards the rise of a new brand of successful host such as top rated radio and late night television talk show host S. Scott Conner. On November 10, 2010, Oprah Winfrey invited several of the most prominent American talk show hosts – Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael, Geraldo Rivera, Ricki Lake and Montel Williams – to join her as guests on her show.
Talk shows have more recently started to appear on Internet Radio. Also, several internet blogs are in talk show format including the Baugh Experience.
The Guinness World Record of 40 hours for the longest talk show was broken on the October 27/28, 2007 by Paweł Kotuliński in Poland.”