5 late night talk shows to subscribe to on YouTube
In this digital age we are watching less and less live television. Whilst we still tune in for a good bit of Saturday night TV, catch up services and our old friend YouTube are steaming ahead with exclusive content and almost instant availability of what we watch live.
Now when you’re sitting in a bar, awkwardly waiting for a friend to arrive, you can watch a 5-minute clip of that interview everyone’s been talking about.
Chat shows just happen to be the perfect clippable content: from controversial interview questions to bizarre celebrity game shows. Subscribing to your favourite chat show can ensure you catch the viral video before it goes viral. And then watch it again and again and again…
Here are five of the best chat shows to be subscribed to on YouTube:
James Corden took over the Late Late Show from Craig Ferguson in early 2015 and he has gone from strength to strength since then. Striking gold with his features including “Carpool Karaoke” which, to date, has seen the likes of Stevie Wonder, Justin Bieber, Adele, One Direction and Rod Stewart singing along to their own hits alongside Corden. Join the millions of people watching these YouTube clips of our Brit boy making it huge in LA.
The longest-running talk show on ABC’s network, this Jimmy started out in 2003. Although his show started before both YouTube and Twitter even existed, the show has managed to keep up with the times and take advantage of the share-ability of these platforms. The hilarious “Mean Tweets” segment sees celebrities reading insults about themselves from Twitter. Getting his audience involved with the show via YouTube, Jimmy invites them to take part in a prank – often with the premise that “Jimmy Kimmel made me do it”. The “I told my kids I ate all of their Halloween candy” is endlessly enjoyable viewing.
After an unsuccessful back and forth transition between Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels decided to appoint former cast member, Jimmy Fallon, as the show’s new host. Fabulous decision. Jimmy’s natural flair for comedy makes him an absolute natural for the role and makes it seem like he’s best friends with every guest that he interviews. The mini games that Fallon plays with his guests have become great standalone content – even leading to a successful spin-off show of Lip Sync Battle.
Turns out SNL cast members are good at hosting late night chat shows. Taking over from late night great David Letterman in 2014, Seth Meyers was a long-running SNL cast member, Weekend Update host and writer. Fans of Meyers on Weekend Update will recognise and comic look at the week’s news. Essentially this is one for fans of SNL; Fred Armisen leads the house band whilst former cast members often take the guest spot.
One of our own, Graham Norton has taken over as the life and soul of Saturday night television. The unique entertainment in his show is getting the world’s biggest stars… and shoving them all on the same sofa. It always guarantees pure comedy. Where else would you get Lady Gaga sitting next to Dot Cotton?