Late-Night Shows Are Teaming Up to Tackle Climate Change

Climate change is probably not the best topic to chuckle about, however a bunch of late-night hosts are teaming up in hopes of elevating consciousness concerning the concern and even discovering some humor in it.

On Sept. 22, seven of the community and cable late-night exhibits will participate in Climate Night, throughout which every of those packages could have a deal with local weather change and produce their very own authentic content material on the subject.

The exhibits that plan to take part 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 mentioned in an interview that she couldn’t recall one other event throughout her tenure as a late-night host when so lots of packages coordinated their efforts like this.

“And really, what’s a more compelling cause to combine forces on than the climate, which we require in order to do our shows?” she mentioned. “We need to not be submerged underwater in order to have successful late-night shows. The need is great.”

The initiative is organized by Steve Bodow, a veteran late-night author and producer and a former showrunner at “The Daily Show” and Netflix’s “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj.”

Bodow mentioned in a telephone interview that the occasion was organized to coincide with Climate Week NYC, which begins on Monday, and to name consideration to the topic by having these exhibits deal with it concurrently.

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“Climate change, obviously, is something we’re all dealing with,” he mentioned. “We’re all talking about it. We all need to be talking about it. What if these shows all talked about it at once? It makes a statement that they’re all willing to do this.”

Bodow mentioned that his outreach to the showrunners and producers at these late-night packages was met with a spirit of cooperation, for probably the most half.

As he defined: “Everyone, before committing, wanted to be assured that, really, we’re all jumping into the pool at the same time? If I jump, you’re not going to be standing at the edge of the pool, laughing at me and I’m all wet?”

Each program, he mentioned, will deal with local weather change in its personal segments and its personal voice. “Some of the shows will really dive in all the way,” Bodow mentioned. “They may have other ideas they want to do that night. But they’ll be doing some meaningful part of their show, at a minimum, and others will do even more.”

Bodow mentioned his request to every program was: “Please do your show the way that you do your show. The shows have different styles and vibes, and that’s how they’ll approach this. There’s plenty to talk about.”

Bee mentioned that, regardless of the inherently comedic tone of those late-night exhibits, they might nonetheless provide a constructive platform to deal with such an ominous subject.

“It’s a really overwhelming conversation to have because so much has to happen, so urgently,” she mentioned. “I do think that we, individually, each do a great job of breaking down stories in ways that are palatable. Comedy is a great delivery system for actual information.”

She added: “And I expect, probably by the end of the show, we will have solved the climate crisis. So that’s exciting.”