October 30th, 2012
10:56 AM ET
“Thank you very much for joining us here in the Ed Sullivan Shelter,” David Letterman said to no one in particular as he opened Monday’s “Late Show.”
With New Yorkers preparing for Superstorm Sandy, which meant either evacuating or staying put inside, late night hosts Letterman and Jimmy Fallon taped the “Late Show” and “Late Night,” respectively, without studio audiences.
“We sent our audience home so that they can be safe and warm,” Fallon said during a bit he filmed outside 30 Rockefeller Center, where the shows tapes. He added, “all of our guests came, which was big for us. We were worried that we weren’t going to get guests.”
Back inside, Fallon delivered his monologue like he would on any other show, including an impressive impersonation of “Grease’s” Danny: “Sandy! Stranded at the drive-in.”
“You’re performing as if there was an audience,” announcer Steve Higgins said, making light of the pauses Fallon was observing between jokes.
“I’m just assuming that people at home will be watching either on their laptops or get their generators out … and they’re going to want to leave room to laugh,” Fallon said.
As it turned out, millions of people were without power on Monday night.
Over on CBS, Letterman welcomed Denzel Washington, who took the stage wearing a yellow raincoat. “I swam,” he joked. “Only for you, Dave.”
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