Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Late-night talk shows, which rely on live, in-studio audiences for their tapings, were forced during the pandemic to reformulate how they produced their programs, first recording episodes from their hosts’ homes and then in audience-less studios. This article shows how network late-night talk shows used intimacy, in-jokes, and the feeling of spontaneity to connect with their at-home audiences and encourage their participation, despite their being locked out of the studios.

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