Hurricane Sandy caused the cancellations of numerous shows in New York City last night, but two late-night talks shows decided to brave the storm and go on as planned. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with David Letterman went on with production last night as scheduled with one exception: they had no audience.
Both Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman decided that they would perform their shows but sent their audiences home as a safety measure. Both hosts ran out on stage as if they were being greeted by a live studio audience. Fallon tried to go on as if nothing was different, saying that he was doing it for the audiences at home (if they were watching on their laptops or found a generator). Whereas Letterman did not attempt the monologue style but rather just read the jokes off one-by-one at his desk.
Watch the two enduring hosts’ opening monologue below.