About 150 institutional investors, pension fund trustees and their guests might be more attractive to Jay Leno than his national TV audience for one night.
Mr. Leno performed for about 90 minutes at the Brinson Partners' Global Portfolio Management Conference held late March at the upscale Four Season Resort Aviara, Carlsbad, Calif.
The home audience that night saw a rerun.
Some who attended the Brinson performance said Mr. Leno had the audience roaring with laughter. Others said they were thrilled to see the late-night talk show king.
Later that night, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno gave some viewers a sense of de ja vu. Kim Reed, a Burbank, Calif.-based spokesman for NBC, said that sometimes a previously taped Tonight Show is aired when Mr. Leno makes a personal appearance.
One source said Mr. Leno was paid about $50,000. Jennifer Barnett, director of press and publicity for the Tonight Show, couldn't be reached to confirm that figure.
J. Gary Fencik, a managing director with the Chicago-based Brinson, said he couldn't comment on Mr. Leno's appearance as a matter of client confidentiality.