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Entertainment Late-Night TV's Comedy King Is Not Who You Think

20:05  13 june  2018
20:05  13 june  2018 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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Comedy Clips from Late Night TV . Comedy Feature Stories. James Corden. Who would have thought such an easy concept would capture the heart of Americans and go so viral? Who is 2017’ s King of Late Night Television .

Now, the late night comedians , they are hired by people who want that anti-Trump, anti-Republican These late - night TV shows freedom were originally comedy shows, and they were — for the most part They wish you would watch so that they could offend you , but the fact that you think you ’re

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a store© Provided by The Hollywood Reporter It used to be easy figuring out who was king of late night. In the olden days, you'd simply add up the number of people watching a show as it aired in real time. Today, that would give Stephen Colbert the title, with 3.8 million viewers a night. But TV these days, like so many things, is much more complicated.

In fact, for late-night shows, TV is practically becoming irrelevant. The real battle for eyeballs is online, where jokes and bits are viewed billions of times. "It does seem to be the future," notes Seth Meyers, whose Late Night gag about bringing Game of Thrones' Jon Snow to a party has racked up 15.3 million views, four times Colbert's real-time viewership. "So we might as well figure it out."

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Just when I'd stopped caring that all the best late - night TV gigs were going to men, along comes Samantha Bee to remind me why it matters. "What we want to do is take stories that we don't think receive enough attention and stab them with the hot poker of comedy ," she told reporters last month

As American politics have become more contentious, Jimmy Fallon has struggled to catch up with an edgier approach to comedy . “Life is too important to be taken seriously,” Oscar Wilde said. Which is why late night TV was invented.

For The Daily Show's Trevor Noah, online clips are still a marketing gimmick — "It's like the Swedish meatballs at IKEA; it's not really what they're selling, but it gets people into the door," he says — but others see online as the writing on the wall.

"It's not that late night is changing, it's that the way people watch it is changing," says James Corden, whose Late Late Show clips on YouTube have been viewed an astonishing 3 billion times. "When Hugh Grant went on Jay Leno for his big apology [in 1995], it was huge in the ratings. But today, that clip would be watched millions and millions of times."

So, according to the new math, who is today's talk show king? Hint: it's not Colbert. a screenshot of a social media post© Provided by The Hollywood Reporter

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