Late-night fans, did you miss any of our exclusive chats with this year’s crop of variety talk show hosts? With the recent exits of David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Jay Leno, Stephen Colbert‘s “Colbert Report” and the impending departure of Jon Stewart, late night has transformed more in the last few years than it had in the preceding 20.
Below, watch our exclusive Google Hangout chats with some of this year’s variety contenders, including veteran Conan O’Brien (“Conan“) and relative newcomers James Corden (“Late Late Show“), Seth Meyers (“Late Night“) and Larry Wilmore (“The Nightly Show“).
Conan O’Brien on his groundbreaking trip to Cuba: “The ‘American idiot abroad’ is an invention Mark Twain was doing in the 19th century. The American being out-of-place and out-of-sorts and being the butt of the joke is part of a long, rich American tradition of humor. When you send someone like me there, who is not afraid to look silly and the joke to be on me, it’s actually a sweet message. It almost feels like a form of diplomacy.”
James Corden on the pressure of following David Letterman’s final show: “How can a man who has just finished 6,000 shows and is as big an institution in broadcasting as you could ever imagine – he’s going to speak for the last time, and the first voice people are going to hear is going to be mine.”
Seth Meyers on tackling politics on “Late Night”: “It’s nice that to get attention for the fact that we’re trying to have more political candidates on the show. That’s something I’m drawn to. We always find those are the sorts of episodes that get a little bit more attention.”
Larry Wilmore on setting the tone for his “Nightly Show”: “[It’s like] me at my black barbershop, just busting everybody’s balls, because that’s the feel there. It’s a safe environment. There’s no hate being thrown around. It’s all fun, but we’re going to call you on your shit if you say some fucked up stuff, you know what I mean?”
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