UPDATED: While live productions are on hiatus and networks are running repeats, there are still ways to get some fresh perspectives from your favorite late night commentators – YouTube.
On Wednesday, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah launched The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah, the most elaborate — and long — online edition of a late-night show to date. It features graphics and news footage — most coronavirus crisis-related — and feels the closest to a traditional late-night show episode.
By Wednesday, CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert also gradually returned Colbert monologue to its traditional form with headlines of the day, video clips, photos and graphics.
Jimmy Fallon was back with day two of what he calls his “home edition,” and had a very special guest checking in via Zoom: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, himself confined to quarters. Fallon’s show also raised more than $20,000 for charity on Tuesday’s show, and today he focused on Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in a similar effort.
Jimmy Kimmel said his graphics team is okay, but he’s using one of his kids on his daily minilogue via YouTube. Today’s focus included the Canada/US border closing. According to Kimmel, Canada’s social distancing told us, “We’ve been wanting to close the border with you guys for a few years.” He had one other bit of advice for the home-bound: Wear pants “for at least two hours per day.” Kimmel’s chosen charity of the day is the American Red Cross.
Finally, Samantha Bee checked in with a “Beeing at Home” segment, in which she showed off her wood-chopping skills, or lack of same. Maybe she needed an ax to grind.