The Eerie Sound of a Late Night Monologue Without the Laughter of a Studio Audience
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 Jimmy’s Monologue (which starts around 2:15), and to be fair, these are really bad jokes, the Walken impression notwithstanding.