Seth Meyers has a good excuse for not showcasing any stand-up comedians this week: Late Night with Seth Meyers has been on hiatus. Maybe Meyers used that vacation time to check out some indie comedy shows to find the next comic he wants to feature. Probably not, but maybe. It’s been two-and-a-half months since the SNL alum let a stand-up tell some jokes. What’s up with that?
It was a quiet week for stand-up on late night with only Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon showcasing stand-ups. Many popped by late night: Tracy Morgan, Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, and Pete Holmes, to name a few. But we love stand-ups most when they’re standing in front of a microphone and an expensive curtain—not on the couch.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Is it stand-up? Is it a TED Talk? With new technology, a lot of comedians are incorporating visual aids into their acts. James Veitch performed on The Tonight Show with a large screen wheeled out behind him. It’s certainly a bit flashier than reading emails from his phone. It is national television, after all. The British comic is the only funny person performing in front of a traditional late night curtain this week, with other shows either on hiatus or keeping comics on the couch.
The Tonight Show did something different on Monday night’s episode. In coordination with Samsung, Fallon shot the entire episode from a Samsung Galaxy SG10+. Rachel Feinstein, who did a set on Conan earlier this month, is shot performing at the famed Comedy Cellar, giving a more New York City texture than The Tonight Show’s iconic blue curtain.
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