Late-Night Shows Going Remote


As government-issued lockdown continues across the country, many have found creative ways to keep themselves occupied and keep an element of fun in their new way of life. Several late-night talk shows have adapted and continue to create content while in self-quarantine. Originally, the plan was to continue with new episodes, minus the live audiences. However, this was soon scrapped and production was announced to be suspended completely. Though the shows are not officially in production, hosts including Jimmy Fallon, Steven Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel have begun web series, sharing jokes, skits, stories from their self-quarantine, and even featuring special guests. 

Comedian Jimmy Fallon has begun ¨’ The Tonight Show: At Home Edition’ with Jimmy Fallon¨ filming hour-long episodes from his home, often including his family and their pet dog. He has also hosted an array of special guests including Tina Fey, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, and even Joe Biden. What began as an attempt to keep spirits alive grew into a great success, popular in the U.S. and abroad. 

Fallon’s hour-long productions are broken down into 10-minute videos, some of the most popular being his performances with his usual band, The Roots. All musicians, including Fallon and sometimes special guests, are shown performing their part from their own home but all come together for a fun way to keep together and share music with the fans, as they would if they were performing live.

Though Fallon’s productions are among the most popular, many other comedians and hosts have worked to create similar episodes, keeping their spirits alive, as well as producing enjoyable content for many all around.