How late night hosts are making the most of #QuarantineLife

Jimmy Kimmel (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Jimmy Kimmel (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) /

Late night television hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, and Trevor Noah are working from home.

The novel coronavirus epidemic has forced many people to work from home as part of the effort to “flatten the curve” and curb the spread. Late night television hosts are among those trying to make the most of the situation while staying home.

Late night leaders The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon have both released condensed, at-home versions of their shows. Stephen Colbert’s monologues have included graphics and clips while Jimmy Fallon had to serve as his own musical guest and rely on his family as the crew.

Other comedians are also delivering content in any way they can. Social media has been a key part of keeping fans connected with their favorite late night shows. While nobody would blame them for taking a hiatus, hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, and Trevor Noah have instead looked for creative ways to make people laugh.

Whether it is a need to scratch a creative itch, understanding the need for normalcy, or both, these comedians are doing their part to bring levity to life in uncertain times. Late night fans should be grateful for the gifts these comedians and their staff are providing.

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel posted his first “minilogue” on the show’s YouTube channel. Like Jimmy Fallon, Kimmel plans to spotlight a different charity each night. On Tuesday, it was No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending child hunger.

And like Fallon, Kimmel got an assist from his kids as his makeshift graphics department. In delivering his monologue, Kimmel was understandably subdued but was comfortable making jokes without an audience. We’ve seen other late night hosts try to adjust to life without a studio audience and here Kimmel manages just fine.

Kimmel touches on everything he would in a normal edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live! including President Donald Trump’s handling of COVID-19, Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots, and keeping his St. Patrick’s Day tradition alive.

Fans should appreciate Kimmel’s attempts to find a semblance of normalcy in this abnormal time. Even more so, he deserves praise for bringing charities like No Kid Hungry to the public’s attention.

Conan O’Brien

From the start, Conan O’Brien has been doing his best to bring his signature brand of comedy to the situation. He showed fans how he kept everyone at the Team Coco offices safe while practicing social distancing. And now we know how he is handling things at home.

O’Brien is clearly following all the recommendations on keeping things sanitized. Boiling a jigsaw puzzle may be taking things to the extreme but “better safe than sorry” is the motto at Conan’s house.

He followed this video up with another highlighting health tips fans can follow at home. Here’s how Conan O’Brien does St. Patrick’s Day in self-isolation:

Trevor Noah

The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah has been giving fans a glimpse of what life is like in New York City during the novel coronavirus epidemic. The conclusion? It’s not exactly Italy but New Yorkers probably wouldn’t want it any other way.

Like the other late night hosts, Noah has also put out at-home versions of his monologue. And like the others, he hasn’t been too kind to President Donald Trump. Noah has mocked the president for finally coming around on the seriousness of the novel coronavirus and joining the rest of the world.

But there is only so much Noah can do without the support of the full Daily Show team. So like Conan O’Brien, he offered some insight into how he is keeping things clean at his New York home:

Other late night hosts are doing what they can to stay connected with fans. James Corden and Lilly Singh have been sharing supportive messages on social media. David Spade has provided mini versions of Lights Out on Twitter. And Seth Meyers has been recommending books, TV shows, and more to help make #QuarantineLife a little more enjoyable.

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Be sure to support all the late night hosts who are doing their best to stay connected and provide some much-needed laughs right now. It’s not an easy situation for anyone, let alone those tasked with finding humor and being creative while stuck at home. Keep checking in with Last Night On for more news, updates, and highlights. For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.