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Late Night Comedy in the Era of Coronavirus

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The Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) has and will transform many aspects of our daily lives. One example, albeit an insignificant area, is how we’ll get our late night laughs. It’s a good thing that many of these late night hosts have broadened their comedy reach to other media platforms. Hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and Jimmy Fallon already have a large virtual following on their respective YouTube channels, and now, have transformed their homes into studios.

Comedians needs a live audience to tell their jokes about the news and whatever else people are interested in today in our culture, politics, business, etc. But what do you do when comics are forced to shelter-in-place? Lucky for us late night hosts have adapted their monologues, political commentaries and interviews. In addition to celebrities, hosts are now including health experts, government officials and celebrities who are carrying out various kinds of COVID-19 relief initiatives. Here’s what four New York City-based late-night are carrying on from their home.

Trevor Noah

Comedy Central’s host of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has now become “The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah.” Currently, there are 7.3 million Youtube subscribers on YouTube.

The South African comedian and his diverse team of correspondents, including Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng and Dulcé Sloan, have managed to put together an online show that’s both informative and entertaining.

Hastags: #DailyShow #TrevorNoah #Coronavirus


Stephen Colbert

CBS late night host of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS has transitioned to “A Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and has created some fine content for his viewers to consume online.

His cutting commentary on domestic affairs and the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis is interesting and fun to watch. It makes sense his YouTube channel has garnered over 7.4 million subscribers.

Hastags: #StephenAtHome #ColdOpens #MichaelJordan




John Oliver

HBO’s John Oliver is host of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”. He has more than 7.9 million subscribers on YouTube. Oliver’s carefully constructed and factual monologues cover controversial, and sometimes even obscure, social and political subjects.

Oliver is one of the few hosts on late-night television that can openly swear, which adds a sense of honesty and real entertainment value to his show. Oliver is a man of action and often suggests Twitter hashtags, creates new websites and enlists the help of celebrities on his show to get his message across to a wider audience.


Seth Meyers

The “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is on NBC has more than 3.6 million subscribers on YouTube and is currently hosting his show from his attic. The “Saturday Night Live” alumnus and star of the Netflix comedy special, “Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby,” is best known for his show’s monologue segment, “A Closer Look.”

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