Chicago Comedian Bill Stoneking - A Potential For NBC's Tonight Show

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Bill Stoneking, Chicago based actor, voice-over artist and comedian, The New Face to take over NBC Tonight Show?

Conan O’Brien has not yet inked an NBC exit deal, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations. “While everyone would like for this to be done, it’s just not. Maybe by the end of the weekend, maybe,” said one source and as of Tuesday the 19th, a final signoff on the settlement sealing Conan O'Brien's exit from "The Tonight Show" was pushed by another day. With Conan's departure emminent from the legendary "Tonight Show", many are looking as to who will work with NBC to fill the soon to be vacated chair once filled by Jay Leno and Johnny Carson.

In raising up to the challenge, Chicago based actor, voice-over artist and comedian Bill Stoneking ( is throwing his hat into the mix and is a viable candidate to fill the potential job vacancy for the Tonight Show.

With Conan O'Brien stating “he will not follow an 11:35 pm Jay Leno show with a 12:05 'Tonight Show' out of respect for the 'Tonight Show' brand …” Following a call on January 15th, at about 2:20pm CST, with the office of the VP of Late Night Programming in Burbank, CA, a formal letter of interest was dispatched to NBC/Universal. In this letter of interest to Nick Berstein, Jeff Zucker, Jeff Gaspin and Marc Graboff, Bill Stoneking stated, "As NBC seeks to make changes in late night, changing the packaging to Mr. O’Brien for the 'Tonight Show' may have caused a rift with the time shift, but I see this as an opportunity to 'Redefine' and 'Reassert' the 'Tonight Show' brand and I know that I have what it would take to bring the show forward." Stoneking's letter also bid well wishes for O'Brien, "It is unfortunate that Mr. Conan O’Brien did not wish to work with NBC Management in the changes the company made and to such, I do want to wish him well in his parting."

Stoneking likens himself to "being the kid from left field that can come in and nail that homer the team needs." Stoneking's recent work includes starring in the lead role of "Chemical 12-D", a zombie short that has won the "Audience Choice" award at the Chicago City Wide Film Festival. For more information on Bill Stoneking, you can visit his Bio page on his website at

Often compared to the likes of Robin Williams, Bill Stoneking's creativity and spontaneous wit would definitely bring NBC and the Tonight Show the energy and excitement that would serve rebranding the greatest franchise in television history.

With the dawn of a new week coming, Stoneking, a consummate team player said, "It looks like NBC will have the exit deal possibly done and frankly, if they give me the call, I'm ready to jump in the game and carry the ball. NBC wants to move the chains, I'll get us a first down."

Stoneking, a shameless, self promoter stated, "With a strong and very marketable name like 'STONEKING', NBC can't go wrong. STONEKING, 'The New King of Late Night?' I like it, let's start the coronation." The Stoneking camp is now awaiting a call from New York on which direction NBC will go and expects a response sometime in the next week.

Stoneking having worked with Johnny Depp in "Public Enemies" and Jim Carrey in "I Love You Phillip Morris," Bill has a pretty good idea who his first guests may be, should he get the nod from the Peacock.


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