Tiger King has a late night home thanks to David Spade

David Spade (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
David Spade (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Comedy Central) /

Stars of the Netflix documentary Tiger King have come to late night television thanks to Lights Out with David Spade.

Chances are, you’re among the millions who have watched the documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness on Netflix. And if you still want more from the world of Joe Exotic, then Lights Out with David Spade has you covered.

Tiger King arrived at the perfect time to go viral. Social distancing and quarantining measures meant that millions of people were stuck at home, in need of entertainment, and desperate for a shared experience. Enter Joe Exotic and the seedy world of big cat breeding.

Viewers have been eager to find out more regarding the zoo, the animals, and most of all the characters that featured prominently in the seven-part series. Joe Exotic may be in jail but there plenty of other interesting individuals worth keeping tabs on.

Light Out with David Spade has answered that call. Comedy Central’s late night show has become the unofficial home of Tiger King outside of Netflix. It started on March 27 when Spade interviewed Kelci “Saff” Saffery. Since then, John Finlay, Jeff Lowe, Rick Kirkham, and John Reinke have all had a chat on Lights Out.

The downside of binging something like Tiger King is the immediate need to know more once it’s over. That phenomenon is made even worse when people are self-isolating. But fans don’t really need another episode of Tiger King thanks to David Spade. The late night show has answered a lot of questions and provided insight that wasn’t available watching the documentary on Netflix.

Spade’s interviews stand in as a makeshift post-screen Q&A session. Everything from Saff’s injury to Joe Exotic’s marriage arrangement is covered in these interviews. And it helps that Spade is clearly a fan of the documentary and everyone he interviews. And if Joe Exotic gets his wish, Spade would play him in a biopic (assuming Brad Pitt passes).

These interviews (which you can watch right here) are a great example of what makes Lights Out so unique. The show perfectly balances what is popular or viral with Spade’s own interests. Like The BachelorTiger King caught Spade’s attention and his unique perspective on it makes for must-see supplemental viewing. So while other late night shows make passing references to Joe Exotic, Lights Out dived headfirst into his surreal world.

All of late night television deserves gratitude from fans for finding a way to deliver during a pandemic. But while some shows are recapping President Trump’s press briefings for jokes, David Spade is providing something different. The show’s content and voice aligns with what many people are thinking as they sit at home and try to avoid being overwhelmed with real-world problems. That has been the goal of Lights Out from the beginning and giving Tiger King a late night home shows why it works.

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Who was your favorite Tiger King interview from Lights Out? Let us know in the comment section below. Keep checking Last Night On for more from David Spade and the rest of late night television.