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Inspector Sands13,972 posts since 25 Aug 2004
So the latest on this is that it seems the late night shows are seeing a bit of a Trump Bump, in particular Saturday Night Live which is the most popular it's been in 22 years.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_589b3615e4b0c1284f299ad4


The big headline as far as this thread is concerned is that Colbert has beaten Jimmy Fallon in the ratings for the first time:
http://www.vulture.com/2017/02/stephen-colbert-late-show-beats-jimmy-fallon-trump-bump.html
Inspector Sands13,972 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I think someone over here should pick up SNL, I think with Trump it would probably do well. As long as it's not stuck on at some ungodly hour like when channels here have tried showing it before.

It has been tried a few times and it never works here. I don't know whether that's because it's shown out of its context here and without all its history.... or whether it's because it's just not funny?


Because normally, except for the recent few Trump sketches that have gone 'viral' it's really not that good (and even those would go over the heads of the average UK viewer). I remember seeing it when it was shown over here, eager to see what all the fuss was about. They did a few lame short sketches and had a musical act then came on and said goodbye! The cast all looked very proud and were obviously very pleased with themselves and the show but I was sat there thinking 'was that it?'

Maybe part of it is that the yanks don't have as big a history of sketch shows as us. SNL and Rowan and Martin and that's about it really, in terms of mainstream anyway. It doesn't cut the mustard here
gottago2,903 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London
I think someone over here should pick up SNL, I think with Trump it would probably do well. As long as it's not stuck on at some ungodly hour like when channels here have tried showing it before.

It has been tried a few times and it never works here. I don't know whether that's because it's shown out of its context here and without all its history.... or whether it's because it's just not funny?


Because normally, except for the recent few Trump sketches that have gone 'viral' it's really not that good (and even those would go over the heads of the average UK viewer). I remember seeing it when it was shown over here, eager to see what all the fuss was about. They did a few lame short sketches and had a musical act then came on and said goodbye! The cast all looked very proud and were obviously very pleased with themselves and the show but I was sat there thinking 'was that it?'

Maybe part of it is that the yanks don't have as big a history of sketch shows as us. SNL and Rowan and Martin and that's about it really, in terms of mainstream anyway. It doesn't cut the mustard here

I completely agree. All these late night shows seem to have an online fan base over here but I think for most Brits the humour of these shows are either so forced or so poor that they never work when they're shown here. I've tried to watch them a number of times but they're just unbearable.

Having said that I find the history and politics of these shows absolutely fascinating and The War For Late Night is an excellent book.
62305823,711 posts since 19 Aug 2005
SNL is ok, but it nothing great, I have seen a few recent shows, and will there meh. Even people in the US have complained about the show, TO be fair there has been some gems, from the series: as said its like donkey on broken tread mill.

This could have been done every single week:


Celebrity Jeopardy I remember seing this years ago.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch_hoYPPeGc&list=PLGd1mvprtuq9MT0Hsb-aU8MgjeqDuLrVM&ab_channel=SaturdayNightLive
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DJGM2,701 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
Looks like the rumoured changes won't be necessary after all.

The New York Times ... How Stephen Colbert Finally Found His Elusive Groove

Quote:

Mr. Colbert has done what was unthinkable a year ago: turned “The Late Show” into the most viewed show in
late night. And President Trump is not the only reason.




In not totally unrelated news ... David Letterman's mother Dorothy, who featured on Dave's incarnation of The Late Show in a semi-regular segment called "Dave's Mom", has sadly passed away aged 95. Today of all days, on Dave's 70th birthday.
"The Not-So-Late-Show with Greg Mitchell" Tuesdays 4-6pm on Roch Valley Radio - rochvalleyradio.org.uk

(Until further notice!)
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DJGM2,701 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today

Fascinating article. I find it interesting that Colbert's apparent turning point was not on his own show but on a live show on a different, pay TV channel. I didn't realise Colbert had taken over Fallon.


Technically, it was an edition of The Late Show, broadcast from the same Ed Sullivan Theater stage as usual, but moved to CBS pay TV cable channel Showtime, as the main CBS network had the serious coverage of the election results from CBS News all night.


Colbert's special was titled "Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This S**t?!?" ... !
"The Not-So-Late-Show with Greg Mitchell" Tuesdays 4-6pm on Roch Valley Radio - rochvalleyradio.org.uk

(Until further notice!)