Friday, January 22, 2016

WHAT ABOUT TAUNTON?  Last night's "please make this viral" Boston Accent video from Seth Meyers is a good launching point from which we have one of our Current State of Late Night chats in advance of Snowmageddon/thanksnowbama 2016.

To me, the best thing on late night lately has been Stephen Colbert's interviews. For starters, his ambit is a lot wider than anyone else's. In the past two weeks alone, he's had Sarah Koenig, DeRay Mckesson, Guerrilla Girls, Scott Kelly, and Quincy Jones -- people talking about their ideas, not hawking product -- and even those who are there to pitch, like James Spader this week, it's still a solid, revealing conversation. 

And, of course, it's that breadth of guests which will continue to have him trounced in the ratings by Jimmy Fallon. Look: no one in late night ever may have done a better job at giving celebrities a showcase to shine in adorable situations, and his musical impressions are ... look, some work better than others, but there is a place in the world for fanboy enthusiasm. The show works, and kudos to Lorne Michaels for recognizing (as I didn't) that there was long-term major potential in him.

I don't watch Kimmel. Am I missing anything.

As for Trevor Noah, all I can do is grade him incomplete. It's just too early for someone this new to expect him to find his place. Is anyone watching regularly?

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