DIY Late-Night Shows

(Above: Samantha Bee. Source: YouTube video)

With their studios dark, Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Trevor Noah and Conan O’Brien have learned to improvise – not just jokes, but shows — from home.

You can find truncated DIY versions of their programs on YouTube – some accompanied by donation requests for such causes as Feeding America, The Red Cross, Save the Children and No Kid Hungry.

Sam Bee Woodsheds in Place

The comedian is sheltering – or woodshedding – in place in her daily digital series, Beeing at Home with Samantha Bee!

Bee’s debut video finds her all alone (aside from her cameraman – husband Jason Jones?), considerably more than six feet away from the big city, showing viewers how it’s done in the woods.

“It’s cave woman times,” Bee proclaims.

Jimmy Kimmel’s Daily “Minilogues”

Jimmy Kimmel has recorded three “minilogues” discussing the current crisis. Below, Kimmel wishes his mom a happy birthday and announces a new sponsor for the pandemic era – lentils.

Oh, Kimmel also chats with Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Stephen Colbert’s “Quarantinewhile”

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was already scheduled for a hiatus, but that didn’t stop the host from recording mini episodes on his back porch. The one below intercuts Colbert’s monologue with band leader John Baptiste tickling the ivories. He also does a special subsegment of “Meanwhile” called “Quarantinewhile.” You’ll also find the show’s signature 90-second opening comedy segment – this one about a Kentucky Derby whose horses have pandemic-inspired names.

Jimmy Fallon’s #MyQuarantineinSixWords

Jimmy Fallon is producing an “At Home Edition” of The Tonight Show on his front porch, complete with a computer laugh track. Fallon has snagged some marquee virtual guests, including Jennifer Garner and Lin-Manuel Miranda. He also has a segment, #MyQuarantineinSixWords, in which viewers share how they’re coping.

Trevor Noah’s The Daily Social Distancing Show

Noah’s living-room monologues are called The Daily Social Distancing Show. In the segment below, Noah follows pandemic developments – and attempts to make sense of Donald Trump’s coronavirus response.

Conan O’Brien’s “Toilet Paper Life Hacks”

Conan, which is currently on hiatus, will start airing new episodes on Monday, March 30. Episodes will be shot remotely on an iPhone, sans audience, with guest interviews via video chat.

Meanwhile, O’Brien has been recording short videos from home, offering tips on how to cope with the crisis. Below, he comments on the toilet paper shortage and suggests a use for those ridiculously long CVS receipts:


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