By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Jan 06, 2008 at 5:30 AM

After a two-month hiatus from their respective talk shows, Jay Leno and a bearded David Letterman returned to television on Wednesday night. Both of their shows were temporarily off the air due to the Hollywood Writers Guild strike, which began on Nov. 5.

Because Letterman’s show is owned by Worldwide Pants, he was able to negotiate a separate deal with striking writers for both “Late Night With David Letterman” and the follow-up show, also owned by Worldwide Pants, “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

Leno’s show, however, is owned by NBC, and since the network has not been able to strike a deal with the writers, he went on the air without writers.

So, how did the two compare? Is the freewheelin’ Leno pulling it off? What about Letterman, is he funnier than Leno thanks to the help of professional television writers? Sound-off, Milwaukee: In light of the writers’ strike, are you more likely to watch Letterman or Leno?

Leno: Leno is funnier then Letterman with or without professional writers. Although his show wasn’t as polished as usual, Leno did a great job this week. And kudos to him for crafting his own jokes, many of which were funny.

Letterman: David Letterman is a better interviewer and more entertaining than Leno regardless of whether or not he has writing support. His delivery is funnier, and he’s a more appealing personality in general. Letterman has always been more of the “thinking person’s” late night host, whereas Leno’s humor is more base.