The Death of Late Night TV

The Death of Late Night TV

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  1. Eddy Burback says:

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  2. Brian Griffin says:

    Conan is an absolute legend. When the 2007 Writers strike happened he kept spinning his wedding ring just to fill airtime and he managed to keep his show entertaining.

    Even more so is that he paid the salaries of nearly 80 staff members whose jobs were idled because of the strike. Out of his own pocket.

    • Daniel West says:

      It helped that Conan was a writer before he started on Late Night. He was always the funniest writer in the room even when he was hosting a show.

      But seriously, some of that stuff from ’07 is his greatest work. He did a whole bit where they gave him the camera switchers so he could direct a segment and choose the shots from his desk. It’s absolutely genius XD

    • Brian Griffin says:

      @Daniel West do you know where that is lol

    • Wesley Wyndam-Pryce says:

      would have been a hell of a lot cooler if he actually supported the strike.

    • notanegg says:

      ​@Wesley Wyndam-Pryce it’s still better than nothing

    • Radigan says:

      ​@Wesley Wyndam-Pryce waaah muh unions

  3. Invariel says:

    Really early on in the pandemic, mathematician Matt Parker put out an incredible video specifically targeting the now-at-home late night show hosts, teaching them how to use cameras and get good angles and such; Seth Meyers specifically called out Parker and gave thanks, and eventually had him in the audience for a taping of Corrections. Cheers to the unsung hero Matt Parker.

    • whodafreak says:

      Love me some Matt Parker. I did not know Seth did that. Really cool.

    • D Dd says:

      … I find it totally dubious the networks wouldn’t have explained that for them.

    • 991theguy says:

      ​@D Dd I think there aren’t many people with a similar breath of knowledge if they aren’t on YouTube
      They operate with departments so individuals typically don’t hold all the keys, whereas YouTube people as a rule are individual productions

    • D Dd says:

      @991theguy The show’s DP has that knowledge. A network has rooms full of people with that knowledge, is what I’m saying.
      None of those guys framed a shot without the approval of someone.

  4. Gray K. says:

    I’m glad that you brought up the WGA strike. People really don’t understand the pay (or lack thereof) that the average writer in television and film gets. Someone on twitter posted a picture of their father’s residual pay from a bunch of SNL episodes he helped write, and it was a total of less than $20 for what must have been 50+ episodes. Some of the residuals were literally one cent per episode.

    • Kro tch LickmEugh says:

      You’re talking about residuals. That’s not relevant

    • Eve6262 says:

      @Kro tch LickmEugh It is, because currently streaming writers don’t even *get* residuals. Imagine how low their pay must be.

  5. WittyDroog says:

    One of the biggest moments of Colbert for me personally is when he asked Keanu what happens when we die, perhaps setting up for a more or less simple answer of how Reeves feels about the afterlife, but instead it allowed Reeves to draw on his experiences and respond “I know that the people who love us will miss us”, and while that may not seem particularly deep to some people to those who have experienced such close familial loss (including both Reeves and Colbert), it was a deeply poignant moment of wisdom that isn’t often heard in a late night interview. I had recently lost my brother at the time that clip surfaced and it hit me in the same way it hit Colbert in that moment. Sure I may not laugh at all his segments, but I really appreciate that moment happening.

  6. Midnight Kelly says:

    100% agreed on Conan. I discovered him in the mid-to-late 90s, somewhere around middle school and high school. I didn’t have a TV in my room, but as I was getting older I was starting to stay up later. In particular I stayed up during summer break, and at the time my dad was working swing shift. Conan’s show started around the time my dad got home, so we’d watch it together. It was partly that I had a show to share with my dad, but partly what you said—I found Conan on my own, and was hooked on how silly he was and how great his gift was for rolling with the punches; he could turn material that flopped into something gold with his reactions.

  7. Alice Z says:

    Seth Meyers and John Oliver are the only ones i consistently watch, and I only watch it in youtube the next day! John Oliver in particular I really enjoy bc it feels like more a podcast or an essay video. My law professor is the one who introduced him to me by showing his Police Interrogations video in class

    • Ryan Hollis says:

      Shows like Last Week Tonight or the Daily Show I guess fit into the broader late night talk show genre. But they really deserve their own category.

      But I do agree with you, Meyers and Oliver are really the only ones I ever click on if they come across my YT feed. But I’ve always enjoyed Seth Meyers and John Oliver is a Liverpool fan. So maybe I’m just biased.

    • Kro tch LickmEugh says:

      All absolutely awful

  8. Pluike says:

    I like to pretend eddy is standing in my room staring at me silently at night before i sleep, thats kind of like my own late night tv if you think about it. Thanks eddy 🙂

  9. Lori O says:

    Eddy thank you so much for spreading awareness about production workers in the media and the WGA strike. I work in animation at one of the biggest companies and because of the name recognition people assume I must be making 6 digits a year when in reality it’s nowhere near that much. The WGA strike will hopefully pave the way for ALL productions in the future. No one deserves to work in TV but if we do we still deserve to live in decent living accommodations. Currently, I had to move back to my hometown and commute an hour to LA for work because of the cost of living close to the studios. I know many writers or production people doing the same, or if they are from out of state feeling the need to stay in the unbelievably priced area just to be around a support system.

    • Fran B says:

      Animators are sadly paid about the same as the janitors I feel like… Companies taking advantage of people with passion that they know will just be “glad for the opportunity” to work on their projects like they’re interns/unpaid labor. Hope you guys also get unionized and recognized.

  10. MovieSquad says:

    The podcast boom of the past few years has been great when it comes to celebrity interviews. There’s no overblown sketches, no getting dolled up to talk to someone for 15 minutes, no having to wait until the audience stops unrealistically laughing. These interview podcasts are more casual, personal and feel like real conversations. Those that film their podcasts show that the guests usually just where their comfort clothes for when they’re not working. The conversations are more focused on the guest as a person than as a celebrity. They just seem to be far more charming to me than all these late night shows.

    There are a lot of good interview podcasts, but my go to is Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum which I feel perfectly captures the overall vibe of these podcasts.

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