Late Night Weathers Sandy: Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman Tape Shows Sans Audiences

The show must go on.

That was the apparently the mandate at Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday as the hosts of both late-night stapes taped episodes of their respective programs just hours before Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City.

The twist? They did so without any studio audiences.

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Press PLAY below to watch Letterman and Fallon’s storm-ravaged opening monologues.

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  1. tp says:

    I really hope all you east coasters make it safely through this crazy storm.

  2. Britta Unfiltered says:

    It really doesn’t seem fair of them to force the crews to work when a storm like this was approaching. I’m sure they would have preferred to be at their homes helping their families to prepare. I’m pretty disappointed in the networks for making the decision to go on like that. Thank goodness The Daily Show and Colbert Report had more sense. Stay safe out there, people of New England.

    • TV Gord says:

      Dave only had a few people from the crew, the ones who went in. Since transit was shut down, most of his staff couldn’t have made it in if they wanted to. (He used it to his advantage, though.)

      I hope things are better by Wednesday, because Jimmy Kimmel is really looking forward to having Dave on his show from Brooklyn! Poor Jimmy must have wept through Dave’s show tonight.

      Most of the daytime talk shows are airing reruns tomorrow. Live with Kelly and Michael, Anderson Live and Katie have all scheduled reruns. The View hasn’t yet, but I doubt they’ll do a show. Some of those images from NYC are pretty mind-blowing!

    • Leah says:

      I don’t know about Letterman, but Fallon said no one was forced to be there. They all came in to work anyway.

  3. Leah says:

    That was the best episode of Letterman in recent memory for me. Fallon was pretty great too, especially when he and Meyers were joking around.

  4. maltru says:

    I do think it’s odd that they filmed new episodes instead of canceling the taping all together and airing a repeat- how hard would it be to call the people on the show to make sure no one bothered coming in? But, given that they did tape a show, I wish they would’ve tried a little harder during the openings to actually deliver their jokes- there’s no audience in the studio, but it’s not like no one will be watching. The people in the Midwest, mountain states and West Coast aren’t being affected by Hurricane Sandy, so we wouldn’t have minded some well delivered jokes… Or repeats instead.

  5. David4 says:

    The Top 10 part was really funny with the guy just holding up cardboard signs because the computer guy didn’t make it in.