Late Night Talkers
By Andrew Andrews
We still love a good variety show, even though it’s been ages since we’ve reviewed one.
When we learned that the
Hosted by writer Chelsea Davison from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she opened the show with a few jokes rejected for Fallon’s opening monologue—which, in our humble opinion, totally should have made it—then introduced
“You’ll see why they’re successful,” she promised, “and also why they are on late at night.”
First up, Alison Leiby from The President Show talked about her introduction to masturbation during her adolescent years, including her stint with a sparkly green vibrator she
“Who here masturbates,” she asked, “Show of hands?”
We didn’t see any hands go up.
Maybe they were already busy.
Greg Iwinski, a writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, was next to the stage, recalling the time that a bug crawled into his ear while he was sleeping and the ordeal of getting it out.
Needless to say, we were squirming in our seats over the gory details!
After Iwinski cleared his ear, Davison cleared the air with some of her rejected “thank you notes” from The Tonight Show.
Next, Ariel Dumas (also a writer for Colbert) shared a short story she dubbed Small Talk, about an elf living in the home of Robert Mueller who serves as a sounding board for the investigator late at night while he’s combing through classified documents in search of evidence.
Returning to the Fallon camp, writer Alex Song informed us that she was a
Last up, comedian Aaron Jackson from The Opposition
“It’s fun and easy to be a white gay boy,” he explained, before recounting the hilarious time he was compelled to “dispose of the evidence” after he used the bathroom but the toilet wouldn’t flush.
Wrapping up the show, Davison returned to the stage and recalled her short-lived experience performing as part of the “agressively multicultural” reboot of MATtv.
“Is ‘chubby’ a culture?” she joked, imagining a conversation with the producers where they asked her to explain butter to people in Los Angeles as part of her Midwest heritage.
So there you have it… we’re back in the business of reviewing variety shows, and yes, it feels great to be back!
Our only regret is that we can’t tell you to check out Late Night Talkers
The good news is: there are plenty of other shows in Speak Up, Rise Up between now and it’s conclusion this Sunday.
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Andrew Andrews attended Late Night Talkers at The Tank in Manhattan on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 @ 8:00pm to write this review.
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