Late night round-up: Ronny Chieng crushes on The Tonight Show; other late night shows blackball stand-ups

Seth Meyers smilingSeth Meyers continues to show no love for stand-up comedy on Late Night with Seth Meyers. He extended his Thursday night show so he wouldn’t have to cut Leslie Jones and her Game of Thrones segment, presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, or the instantly infamous Mueller report. He couldn’t extend the show six minutes one time to squeeze in a talented up-and-coming stand-up? What’s the deal, Seth?!

Late night TV had just one stand-up set since we last checked in. The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon had on Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng for a tight five last Friday. Aside from that, no other comedians came by to tell jokes in front of a very expensive curtain.

Late Show with Stephen Colbert, despite the host’s alleged feelings towards having on stand-ups (according to the late night comics I’ve spoken with), is usually pretty good about mass batching its stand-up tapings to spread out over a period of time. Conan, at a time maybe the friendliest late night show towards stand-ups, hasn’t had one on in a few weeks.

There’s certainly no shortage of stand-ups ready to break out on national television and an endless supply of veteran comics who’re usually thrilled to do a tight five. Sadly, it seems your favorite comedy stars are spending more time on the couch than in front of the curtain doing what they do best: tell jokes.

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Ronny Chieng is one of The Daily Show’s more enthusiastic correspondents. Chieng came by to advocate for having more Asians around to referee the ongoing race war. The Malaysian-born stand-up’s days doing late night sets may be numbered. He leads one of CBS’s potential comedy projects for next season, Super Simple Love Story. If that gets picked up, the next time we see the Crazy Rich Asians star on late night, he may be relegated to the couch.

The way late night comedy bookings have been lately, all funny people may be glued to the couch doing sit-down stand-up.

Also, what’s on Jimmy Fallon’s face?

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Billy Procida

Laughspin editor-in-chief Billy Procida is a stand-up comedian in New York City. He hosts The Manwhore Podcast where he talks to women he's hooked up with about sex, dating, and why they didn't work out. Reach him on Twitter.

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