Seven of the most popular late night shows and hosts on television, including Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Samantha Bee, featured on the night of September 22.
Climate change might not be the easiest topic to laugh at, but a group of late night hosts are joining together in hopes of raising awareness and even to find a little humor there.
On September 22, seven of the network and cable late at night shows will participate in the Climate Night , during which each of these programs will focus on ge climate change and produce their own original content on the subject.
Shows that plan to participate in Climate Night are "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and "Late Night With Seth Meyers" on NBC; "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" and "The Late Late Show With James Corden" on CBS; "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee "on TBS;" Jimmy Kimmel Live "on ABC; and " The Daily Show With Trevor Noah "on Comedy Central.
Samantha Bee said in an interview she couldn't recall another occasion during her tenure as a late night host when so many programs coordinated their efforts like this.
"And really, what is a more compelling cause to join forces than the climate, which we need to make our shows? " she said. "We must not be submerged under water to be successful at night shows. The need is great.
The initiative is organized by Steve Bodow, a seasoned late-night writer and producer and former showrunner of Netflix's "The Daily Show " and "Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj ".
Bodow said in a telephone interview that the event was organized to coincide with Climate Week NYC , which begins Monday, and draw attention to the topic by having these shows focus on it simultaneously. Extreme weather›
"Climate change is obviously a problem we all face," he said. "We all talk about it. We all have to talk about it. What if these shows all talk about it at the same time? That indicates that they are all ready to do it.
Bodow said his communication with the showrunners and producers of these late-night programs has been satisfied.with a spirit of cooperation, for the most part.
As he explained: "Everyone, before committing, wanted to be assured that, really, we are all jumping in the pool at the same time? If I jump, aren't you going to be standing by the pool laughing at me and I'm all wet? ”
Every program has he says, has climate change in its own segments and its own voice. "Some of the shows will really dive in all the way," Bodow said. "They may have other ideas that they want to do that night. But they will at least make a significant part of their show, and others will do even more. "
Bodow said his request to each program was, "Please do your show the way you do. The shows have different styles and vibes, and that's how they have it. There's a lot to say.
Bee said that despite the inherently comedic tone of these late night shows, they could still provide a constructive platform for ade such an ominous subject.
"It 'sa really upsetting conversation to have because so much has to happen, urgently," said she declared. “I think we, individually, are each doing a great job of breaking down the stories in mouth-watering ways. e. Comedy is a great system for delivering real news. "
She added:" And I think that, probably by the end of the show, we will have solved the climate crisis. It is therefore fascinating. "