Hurricane Sandy Leaves New York Late Night Without Audience

Hurricane Sandy roared up the East Coast Monday, plummeting New York City with one of the worst storms in the city’s history. But the old saying “The show must go on…” took effect as late night funnyguys David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon pledged to carry on with their regularly scheduled programs.

Yeah…not such a hot idea.

Due to danger of the impending storm, both shows featured an empty studio and a limited staff.
The absence of an audience created a drastically different environment for both Letterman and Fallon and clearly demonstrated why live audiences are such an intrical part of late night shows.

“Imagine laughter! Imagine fun! Imagine excitment!” a clever Jimmy declared in an opening monologue to his audience-less set on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Jimmy cracked that other shows, like Maury, shut down production due to the storm:

“It was a little frustrating when Maury was like, ‘Jeff the paternity test is in…and you’re gonna have to wait another two days!'”

Fallon still managed a full line-up of guests: Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and Flight director Robert Zemeckis.

Letterman began with a more modest approach:

“Nice to see you and thank you very much for joining us here tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re in the middle of Hurricane Sandy and we have no studio audience but by God we do have quite a show for you tonight!”

As the show was short-staffed amid the storm, Letterman’s trademark Top 10 segment was executed with poster boards instead of the usual graphics and animations.