Climate change might not be the easiest topic to laugh at, but a group of late-night animators are teaming up in hopes of raising awareness and even finding a little bit of it. humor.
On September 22, seven of the network and cable’s late-night shows will participate in Climate Night, during which each of these programs will focus on climate change and produce its own original content on the topic.
Shows that plan to appear on 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 that she can’t recall another occasion during her tenure as a late night host where so many programs coordinated their efforts like this.
“And really, what is the more compelling cause to join forces than the climate, which we need to make our shows? ” she said. “We don’t need to be submerged underwater to have successful late night shows. The need is great.
The initiative is curated by Steve Bodow, a veteran 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 to bring attention to the matter by having those shows focus on it simultaneously.
“Climate change, of course, is something we all face,” he said. “We all talk about it. We all need to talk about it. What if these shows all talked about it at the same time? It shows that they are all ready to do it.
Bodow said his communication with showrunners and producers during these late-night programs was met 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 stand by the pool laughing at me and I’m all wet?
Each program, he said, will address climate change in its own segments and its own voice. “Some of the shows will really dive into 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 same way you do your show. The shows have different styles and vibes, and that’s how they’ll approach it. There is a lot to say. “
Bee said that, despite the inherently comedic tone of these late-night shows, they could still provide a constructive platform to address such a disturbing topic.
“It’s a really heartbreaking conversation to have because so much has to happen, so urgently,” she said. “I think we, individually, are each doing a great job of breaking down the stories in an acceptable way. Comedy is an excellent system for delivering real information.
She added: “And I think, probably by the end of the show, we will have solved the climate crisis. So it’s exciting.