The country was in mourning, and late-night comics reacted accordingly. We were all Americans back then, red state or blue. The situation today, in many ways, is dramatically different.
David Spade’s new Comedy Central show ‘Lights Out’ is poised to evolve into a reliably comfortable space for talented comedians to freewheel.
Maybe the late night talk show is a habit of older generations: people who don’t have Netflix and wouldn’t watch Michelle Wolf if they did.
The relative invisibility of ‘The Greg Gutfeld Show’ in late-night media coverage helpfully illustrates a big problem with the press.
In the late-night wars, Jimmy Fallon might want to start looking at Stephen Colbert as more of a blessing than a curse.
Laziness is the central characteristic of the age of infotainment. Conflating news and entertainment means less effort goes into reporting and humor.
As the scattered landscape has us increasingly clustered in niches, even institutions like late-night are becoming platforms for some rather than all.
In practice, the much-hyped changes Conan made to his show actually feel more like tweaks than disruptions. But they work well enough for him.
This country needs someone like him, not in a political office or to hang our hopes on, but to relax with, share a laugh with, and be reminded of the common humanity and strength of our culture.
Baldwin’s show is a flop because there are already a dozen other left-wing comics doing the exact same bit.
The fact is, the idea that heavily biased political comedy shows appeal to enough people to make them viable is a fantasy.
Jimmy Kimmel’s interview will not make the point that we should all expect better of the president, or hold up fidelity as an expected norm in marriage.
While Letterman is no Weinstein, his previous workplace behavior equally merits censure from the sisterhood: He had sex with numerous female ‘Late Show’ staffers.
Jimmy Kimmel may be closer to Harvey Weinstein’s alleged episodes of sexual assault than he wants to be pressed on publicly.
Late night hosts like Jimmy Kimmel are substituting political diatribes for monologues. In totally unrelated news, their viewership is steadily declining.
Jon Stewart attacked a show featuring political debate and strengthened the world where cultural elites mock those with whom they disagree. Take a bow.
‘The Tonight Show’ gets a bigger audience because most people aren’t looking for the self-righteous mirth of slamming those stupid Republicans right before bed.
Jimmy Fallon’s job is to do silly skits with Justin Timberlake and ease us to bedtime with mild jokes and interviews. It is not to set the limits of the Overton window or grill a presidential candidate.
‘You’re hurting America.’ Those are the words that killed late-night comedy and gave birth to advocacy-with-jokes.
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