The Eerie Sound of a Late Night Monologue Without the Laughter of a Studio Audience
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The Eerie Sound of a Late Night Monologue Without the Laughter of a Studio Audience

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | October 30, 2012 | Comments ()

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Last night, both David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon trudged ahead with tapings of "The Late Show" and "Late Night," respectively, but in both cases, they sent their audiences home ahead of Hurricane Sandy. In Letterman's case, he ended up eschewing a monologue, although he delivered a few of the jokes at his desk just to see what it would feel like without an audience response, while Jimmy Fallon stood up there and gave his entire monologue. With our minds conditioned the way they are to expect laughter, it was weirdly eerie to hear silence at the end of a punchline. This is what Jay Leno must feel like every night of the week.

Here's Dave:

Here's Jimmy's Monologue (which starts around 2:15), and to be fair, these are really bad jokes, the Walken impression notwithstanding.

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  • Katylalala

    I don't care what any of you say I will always love and giggle at Jimmy Fallon.

  • Katylalala

    Downvote me all you want - I WILL ALWAYS LOVE JIMMY FALLON, SUCKERS!

  • Other Brian

    Monologues are the Two And A Half Mens of segments of a late night talk show.

    I'm 90% sure that makes sense.

  • Sirilicious

    Is that why i usually fast forward them?

  • Blake

    Why not just shutter the office and let your staff stay at home with their families where they are probably safest?

    P.S. Fallon delivering a monologue without the laughter is usually the norm. no?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Because then the hurricane has won.

  • Bert_McGurt

    It's called a hurri-CANE, not a hurri-CAN'T.

    Wait, that's not quite right...

  • Tinkerville

    Craig Ferguson did an experimental episode without an audience (and an hour of talking to the brilliant Stephen Fry) and it was magnificent if only for the fact that he was willing to try something new.

    But this.. as much as I admire their "show must go on" attitude, it still feels downright strange.

  • e jerry powell

    But that would have been kind of a throwback to when Tom Snyder was still hosting the Late, Late Show; a one-on-one with only the crew in the studio.

  • annie

    I was just about to mention that. The silence was almost deafening, and Letterman and Fallon's crew were kind enough to cheer on and laugh when appropriate.

    It's kind of awesome that they kept on during the storm but probably less fun for the crew who could've spent that time getting their shit together at home with their families.

  • Ty Morton

    I think you meant John Travolta. #voicerecognitionfail

  • BWeaves

    Yeah, that was obviously John Travolta from Grease. How is that ever Christopher Walken?

  • Ley

    I think the funniest part in every Leno show (I have no idea what it's actually called) is when he first comes out and acts like the fucking late night comedy champion and even goes to high-five/hug some of the audience members.

    And then comes the monologue. Comedy, right there.

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