David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon taped no-audience shows: VIDEO of their opening monologues | EW.com

TV | Ken Tucker's TV

David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon taped no-audience shows: VIDEO of their opening monologues

Oh, they’re a doughty pair: David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon did not let Hurricane Sandy keep them from their appointed rounds – entertaining America. They both taped Monday night shows without audiences (no civilian laffers were allowed, lest they risk injury from the serious storm). Each conducted himself in a manner typical of his performance style.

Letterman jogged into an empty Ed Sullivan Theater and soon sat his faux-weary bones behind his desk to recite the jokes he would have delivered from a standing position to a giggling crowd. The effect was irony enhanced:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NPiYyssX7Y

Fallon, by contrast, commenced his show outside, in the rain, taking us into Rockefeller Center as he ran down the guest list.

This opening harked back to fine NBC talk-show history – it was the sort of thing Steve Allen might have done when he commandeered The Tonight Show. Of course, Steve Allen didn’t have the benefit of The Roots:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-oQrDhqhTI

We’ll have reviews of both full shows later here at EW.com.

Twitter: @kentucker

Tags:

More from Our Partners