Each week, I will be compiling a list of late-night comedy-related articles and video recommendations.
- “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, which just celebrated its second anniversary, was featured in an article in The Daily Dot this week. Michelle Jaworski praised Seth Meyers‘ understated success in the late-night landscape, making note of his “politics-laced” hot takes and ever-improving interview skills, despite the show’s lack of virality. (Also read this story from UPROXX.)
It’s too early to determine whether his success will last beyond the 2016 election, which put him into the spotlight, but if the late-night hosts before him have proven, there will always be somebody’s fuck-up to mock and rip apart.”
- “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” also hit a milestone this week — the taping of its 100th show. Reflecting on the past few months, FiveThirtyEight released a statistical analysis of Stephen Colbert’s first 100 episodes.
Colbert’s more eclectic mix (of guests) allows him to showcase his diverse interests, plays to his strengths as an interviewer and sets him apart from his competitors.”
- SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata wrote an essay for Lenny Letter about #OscarsSoWhite, and why it is necessary for Hollywood productions and popular culture to include a multitude of complex, diverse characters.
You are not diversifying your cast if the only people of color in the project fit stereotypical casting descriptions like: sassy, thuggish, urban, street, hood, spicy, fiery, flamboyant, fierce, etc.”
- On the “Late Show”, Stephen Colbert invited Brian Greene, a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, to explain the significance of the discovery of gravitational waves. Colbert also discussed the increasingly real (and terrifying) possibility that Donald Drumpf may be elected president.
- In two editions of staple segment, “A Closer Look”, Seth Meyers broke down the details of Bernie Sanders’ democratic socialist platform and Ted Cruz’s unjust campaign tactics.
- Trevor Noah countered Ben Carson’s accusation that Barack Obama is not “black enough” with a spot-on rant. He also took a step away from the craziness of American politics by talking about the craziness of Ugandan politics. (Also, in an extended interview, Noah talked to the former director of the NSA and CIA about national security, safety and the tough decisions he has had to make throughout his career.)
- This week on “Last Week Tonight”, John Oliver tackled the issues of abortion accessibility and Hollywood white-washing (MUST WATCH).
- On “Full Frontal”, Samantha Bee aired the second segment of her series about Syrian refugees, this time investigating what it’s like for them to adjust to life in the US.