When tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombings happen, late-night hosts have to find ways to carry on - or not - with shows that are meant to be lighthearted. How do you crack jokes on a day when nothing seems funny?
On Monday night, following the blasts that killed three and wounded more than 100 others, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and Conan O'Brien each approached that question in their own way.
O'Brien began his show, "Conan," with a personal note, mentioning right off the bat "what an upsetting and sad day it has been."
"Boston's my hometown – it’s where I grew up, it’s where my family lives. So I wanted to take a moment to say that, like everybody here, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and everybody who's been affected by this senseless act."
That said, he continued, "it is our job to do a show. We’re going to try and entertain you the very best we can. Which, given our track record, gives you people a 20 percent chance of having a good show tonight."
On ABC, Kimmel took the same stance, acknowledging the difficulty in attempting to produce entertainment after the horror that the nation had just witnessed.
"Well, it was a terrible day. Very bad things happened today for no good reason - and our thoughts are with the people of Boston and everyone who is suffering as a result of the bombings at the marathon," Kimmel said. "It’s a disgusting thing. I don't understand it. But my job is to make you laugh and so I will try to do that. And - I will probably fail. I’m failing already."
On "The Late Late Show," Craig Ferguson seemed to speak the most for everyone when he opened his show with, "is anyone else sick of this?"
"Tonight's show is a little bit different," Ferguson began. "Obviously, the news of today is so horrendous that it would seem insensitive at best to say, 'it's a great day for America,' so I won't be starting the show with that tonight. Is anyone else sick of this s***? I seem to have to say that too often, I have to not say that it's a great day in America for some random act of madness, or terrorism."
Ferguson, too, has history with Boston, as he has family there, his first stand-up special in America was filmed there, and he also spoke at the city's Faneuil Hall on Independence Day after becoming an American citizen in 2008.
"People say to me, Craig, your job is to make people laugh at the end of the day. And yes, I think that's true," he continued. "But I've never professed to be any damn good at that. ... I don't think it's a terrible thing to not want to think about it, but I can't not think about it."
The day's events, he said, were on his mind - and he couldn't pretend otherwise. "I'm not one of those people - I'm not a valuable, quality entertainer," he quipped, as the audience chuckled.
Late night host should follow some remedies to get rid of his dandruff hahaha. aliveberry.com/2013/04/dry-scalp-remedies-home/
you never prove us wrong at how BI POLAR YOU TRULY ARE....
Late night obviously followed these tips: http://aliveberry.com/2013/04/how-to-be-funny/
But seriously hopefully everyone will remember those that tragically died in this horrific incident and we pray it shall never happen again.
Please help get up to at least 50 buyers for a Boston Strong shirt so that all earnings will go to The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by Monday's tragedy!:
Aren't you all missing the point – the point is that Craig Ferguson get's ignored by everybody when he is the only one with talent and, most importantly, with humanity and class. Did you idiots not read the article?
i have said this for 7 months....Conan is a dud
That's how I feel about Jay Leno, never found him funny. I don't understand how people actually watch that guy for more than 30 seconds without changing the channel. Conan and Chris Furguson I find hilarious. Everyone has their own taste I guess
I can assure you that they handled it better than CNN commenters have.
join me, in posting daily on my facebook, a call to all world leaders to dismantle all bombs, nuclear and otherwise.
Jocelyn Sophia, Global University, West Philly, USA
University students know how to use commas. You're about ninth grade. Also, dismantling all bombs is an incredibly childish idea. Maybe the sixth grade?
This is not a reply to Joanna.
JUst want to say that we got first-hand view and comments from jam, and no one replies to that?
Well, I guess you're enjoying dissing one another, more than you wish to write about the tragedy. I'm done with this site.
agreed...we are all leaving the site
Conan we can do without.
Why be speaking so mean!
To be sending peace for every person! Nothing wrong with that!
David Letterman is the man....Conan can go
conan is a waste of digital space
Pay attention. No replies to the man (jam) who lives in Boston and saw and heard the mess????
What's wrong with us? Barbs back and forth among you, and you read something real -
I thought he was cool to take the time and share.
I'd rather be here on this site than to watch tv! : ) May Cnn have a great day!!
; ) Sweet CNN! Thank you, for this site that gives everyone a chance to speak out. For fun as roll play or just important things. Again,thank you cnn.
I feel so bad for those that lost body parts!! Life,it won't be easy! For when you have something all your life then it is taken away. Such evilness low life comes out of the gutters only to cause harm.
If you don't like what is on tv than just get vhs,dvd etc that will work! That is what I do ; ) news,it is more important! Just stick to the news.
everyone know what your stuck too...
I live in Boston, and happened to take an overpass over the marathon, where a very colorful pack of runners were at a standstill. I say 'pack', because they were like sardines, and had been stopped due to the bombs. Within seconds, police cars and ambulances came out of nowhere, and all one could hear was screaming sirens. I burned rubber more than once, getting out of the way of an ambulance. Then I heard. Bloggers, all of us, have our own way of expressing horror and sadness,and although people took shots at one another, I could feel the underlying compulsion for something,...anything....to just say something.
Too many people posting here today are too young to care much. It's just more incomprehensible grown-up news to them. They are into clothes and hair!
1. good hair makes good s@x
2. nice dating clothes leads too goo s@x
3. harding working woman leads too good s@x.
I'm about everything too make him want s@x
God bless America.
May God please watch over those that were hurt!
Time to clean the world from mean cold hearted evil people! If only a cop dog could sniff them up and send those evil people to the slow death unit! I say slow death for them to have time to hear us speak out our pain that they had caused!
Nope, kill 'em quick and easy. Americans don't stoop low enough to torture.
Nothing wrong to feel sad about what happens around the world. Things always happen bad to the good people but,nothing ever goes wrong to those jerks that cause harm!! I wish that it had back fired on the person that had made the IED type of bomb. The world would be a much better place if there would be a law that any person whom cause great harm that they do get put to into slow death unit nice and compact from around the world. Then having that be done! There should be peace on earth!
Conan is a not talent....Letterman is...end of story
I quit watching late night comedy when Johnny Carson retired
This is news? The never ending self aggradizing media that loves to make the media a story. Who really cares how late night "handled" the terrorist attacks.
This is clearly in the entertainment section; the headline was very clear. . Don't read it if you don't like it – real simple. Get off your high-horse.
You came to the Marquee Section of CNN to complain that they are not reporting news? Each person deals with tragedy in their own way, so wouldnt it make sense for the entertainment portion of a news site to examine "how do people who crack jokes for a living deal with it"? If you want to wallow in the sadness and misery, go back to the front page. Pinhead.
Don't bother reading an article about a subject you don't agree with...and then proceed to comment about it....there are way too many complainers in today's world...Celebrities are human beings just like us, and I think late night hosts handled it with grace and humility.
News? It's the "Marquee Blog" about show biz. Is your head hollow and filled with candy?
David Letterman is the star of the show...Conan is just a big mouth and let's everyone know he can hear a phone conversation
The true magic is LETTERMAN-
wake up dammit
David is held back from entertainment for some reason....David GO MAN
Wow! I never knew the same poster could change their name quite so quickly! Kudos!
I know a spark when i see it....and Letterman still has that spark - come on Letterman you still can be number 1 and never ever listen too most of the disgusting bloggers.
It's in comments such as this one, that you can really appreciate the depth and intelligence of some of the American people.... Way to go...
Letterman is the ticket too late night.....Conan is a dud.
Conan is not a talent-
The word is you're, not your. Go back to school dummy.
They ARE in school. They are sitting in a classroom with computers, using the comments on CNN to talk about their worthless and syphilitic lives and friends. Don't you recognize the mindlessness of teen girls?
good thing you have the choice to not read them
you can handle...
i dont understand how u people can talk to each other like that on a day like today this is horrible and the wedding boming is horrible and the holocaust is terrible too i dont think that either of those events is more horrifying than the other but we r mourning this one because it happened yesterday this is my personal opinion and my prayers r with the city of boston
the answer to GOAT is yes
You know, when I worked in a newspaper, whenever we had a tragedy that happened in some other country, one of our editors would tag it a "Chinese ferryboat story" and bury it in the back of the paper. I had a problem with that then, and I have a problem with it now. We blew up a wedding in Afghanistan? It belongs on page one. End of discussion.
Eric, I might agree with you if that hadn't happened eleven years ago. You've been bamboozled.
I kept NBC on after the news just to see how Leno would handle it, and he starts talking about the joy of finding out who the new pope was. That was when I turned the tv off and went to sleep.
Leno's show last night was a rerun from a month ago ...
It was a repeat last night
Just like NBC during the Olympics. Always late with new news.
.....what the heck is wrong with CNN???? All this celebrity crap is getting out of hand.
They does it cause you reads it.
Letterman is NOT the best. He thinks he is funny when poking fun at peoples problems, like Lindsay Lohan in rehab, or him poking fun out of Hillary Clinton when she fell going up the airplane steps. Funny? I think not. He is a selfish old blow hard that had to be chided into marrying the woman who he got pregnant and good for Julia Roberts when she embarrassed him on his show when she asked if he was going to marry his 'baby momma' -And a great big cudo goes to Cher when she called him an ***hole right on camera. Yep they got it right, Someone who takes pleasure in making jokes at someone elses personal illness or misfortune shows lack of thinking and is a pathetic bald human being.
and you are so offended, it looks like you watch every show. ;)
You sound bitter and jealous. Are you his stalker?
THE ONLY STALKER IS THE HACKER
When I was a pre-teen in the early 80's when Letterman started, I like most others thought he was the best. I watched his show religiously. For probably 8 years it remained that way... Then in the 90's as I moved into my 20's things changed. After I got married, even more changed. Now, I watch Letterman and more often than not, he seems to be a self-righteous angry disgruntled old man who is no longer funny, and just wants to push his left agenda. I guess when you're young, you think you're liberal... As you age, start a family, and realize what's important in your everyday life, you become a little more conservative... Letterman offends me now...
Yay! Here's someone who's plainly clueless when it comes to context.
It is absolutely disgusting how ABC News handled the coverage of the bombings in their evening news broadcast. It was basically "Here is the explosion up close. Now here it is in slow motion", like its some kind of spectacle. That entire news team at ABC should be ashamed of themselves.
Your tv remote has an off/on switch...and you can even change the channel....what a concept!!!
ALL of the news outlets cover tragedies, because people want every bit of news they can get. It is a tragedy that has affected all Americans; we want to know what happened and what's happening. You appear to have been as interested as everyone else.
Television is a business. If people don't watch, they don't show.
I did find a segment of the CBS Evening News broadcast interesting: a doctor (Dr. LaPook?) was on the set with the news anchor and he was concerned, especially for young people, of the repeated images of the carnage and how this can affect the viewer. As soon as he mentions that, they cut away to a rerun of clips of injured people being wheeled away from the scene!
Funny how all three respond using self-deprecating humor.
The late night entertainers did a good job of commenting with balance and respect. Pity so many of those that write here, do not.
Yep...we're all sick of this S***. Its a planet gone mad........
There has never been a time of peace in all of humanity's existence. People have always killed, belittled, and hated some other group. There are no new sins. "Days like these" are the same as they've always been.
May those responsible for the cowardly bombing of innocent people "ROT IN HELL".
The last thing on my mind was how the late night clowns would handle this.
Then why bother readng and commenting about it?
Let's compare three similar events that has happened today. Not denying any of these things are terrible.
Let's compare three similar events that has happened today. Not denying any of these things are terrible, or that we should take note. We should just do a bit of thinking before we get emotional.
Boston marathon explosion: two dead, at least another 77 injured. All hell breaks loose.
Series of early morning explosions across cities in Iraq: 50 dead and nearly 300 wounded. Only a portion of people care or even know about it.
US bombs Afghan wedding: at least 30 killed and a total of at least 120 killed or wounded. Not much attention given here, eh?
Apparently two US lives are more important than 50 Iraqi and/or 30 Afghani lives. Then even though there is nothing to suggest middle eastern terrorist groups have been involved, the mass media uses this as a tool to help pit Americans against the Middle East and create further nationalism through hatred.
All crimes against humans are crimes against humanity as a whole.
We should not be drawing distinctions between the importance of one life and another because of their colour of their skin or the country they live in. If you want to support the victims, go for it. They'll get plenty of help since the US media can use them for their own gain, so I'll be spending my time trying to bring some things to light. Don't PRAY for good things to happen, make them happen.
JP, why are you an idiot?? It's human nature to care more about what goes on in their own backyard.
Apparently my original post got censored, so let's see if the cleaned up version went through: Ahh the interwebs, one of the greatest sources for information, and one of the greatest threats to it in the hands of stupid people. The "Wedding Bombing," which wasn't by drones btw, happened over 10 years ago... and not even on the same date. Stop reading the regurgitated bs of morons JP.
Wait a minute- U.S. news is more important to people in the U.S. and American lives are more important to Americans? What a brilliant scientific discovery you've made! You should be truly proud of yourself for such a discovery. You've just discovered what every human has been feeling everywhere in the world since the beginning of civilization. Of course, there have already been a number of studies into why this is true, but don't let that spoil your victory here, professor.
JP – The wedding bombing happened in 2002.
I admit that I'm an idiot. Could you blame me for my ignorance and lack of perspective. Do I look at numbers and understand the meaning behind it? No. I assume I can compare what happens in Iraq is comparable to what happens in the United States. Well, since I do not have perspective I will continue: 6 million Jews were killed by the hands of the Nazi Germans. Wheew! That's a whole lot more than what Sadaam Hussein and modern Iraq has lost to car bombings, torture, etc.
@JP, your first sentence pretty much summed it up. You should have stopped after that as we're all in agreement with that sentence.
I appreciate the late night hosts honesty and sensetivity. I guess my only thought is even though their job is
"To make People Laugh" What is wrong with one or 2 nights a year where we don't have to laugh ????
There is a time for laughter and a time for mourning. Last night was "A Time for Mourning" and that's O.K.
It's not a "Laughing Matter"
Thanks for listening to my thoughts
Late night TV provides me with what I like to term a "brain shower". It washes away all the stress, worry and troubles of the day, if only for a couple of hours, and helps me sleep at night with a clear head, devoid of the important issues of the day. From my point of view, it is the least funny days when we need our funny people the most.
Certainly if for one or two nights you don't want to laugh, then don't turn on late night TV for those nights. No one is forcing people to watch and laugh.
Days like this are the days we need them most.
Why should we mourn for the 3 dead in America more than the 33 killed in iraq today? Are they more important people just because they're from our same country?
Goat: American's mourn for Americans. Iraqis can mourn their own.
American's have made this a great country, and for that, the rest of the world hates us because they can't have it. That is not our fault. They want it, make it happen for themselves.
We respond this way because we are a great country. Iraq can choose to respond anywhich way they bring on to themselves.
The rest of the world hates us because of how we treat them, not because we are great. We should mourn our dead. It's right that this event dominates the headlines. It's wrong that equally horrific events elsewhere in the world don't make headlines when Lilo has a bad hair/court day.
sounds like they are trying to hard to make fun of themselves, they are not as good as letterman who will always be the best.
Seriously? I did not hear that. It wouldn't surprise me if he did.
Letterman was a repeat, he didn't say that.
Letterman was a rerun last night.
Letterman was REPEAT...get it right ronjo..
What a complete and utter @ss you are for posting this bit of misinformation. Your parents must be proud to have spawned such a gimp...
Ronjo needs to be castrated with a sharp metal object
Apparently this is one more of the viral stories that is not true. So quit spreading it around. I did not watch Letterman last night, but enough have said that it was a repeat. Be careful what you spread around unless you know it for a fact.
I would love to know where you live so I CAN PAY YOU A VISIT AND REARANGE YOUR FACE
You're such a liar – letterman was a rerun last night. Grow up.
Hey Jonas, glad you got off that island. Say hi to your little buddy for us,
"Ronjo needs to be castrated with a sharp metal object" Absolutely not! Use something dull, like a butter knife.
go home your drunk!
I care wherever innocent people get killed by such senseless violence. And THREE people have died in Boston. However, perhaps the people in the Middle East should be turning in those responsible.
What do you want us to do about it? Comments like yours are totally useless. Do you think anyone can do anything that will stop these murderers, whether they murder in Boston, or in the Middle East? These are people who want to kill people, so they make up some "cause" to try to justify it. They are not different than the mass murderers at Columbine, Newtown, or Aurora. They are no different than Manson, Dahmer, or Berkowitz. They are people who just want to kill people, and if you totally eliminated whatever injustice they claim drove them to kill people, they will make up another one.
Are you the joker?
Hundreds of children die of malnutrition, and disease, scores of women are violated, and so on....There is endless human misery all over the world. That is not the point of this story. Something violent, and inhuman happened in my backyard. It is a sad event. Yes, our news media should highlight it. The 4th estate is not beholden to righting every wrong in the world. You want to help reduce the violence in your home country, then go ahead do something about it. Don't belittle the hurt others are feeling.
Yeah, I get it. All life is precious and we should mourn all death, especially the tragic ones that could have been avoided. You are a great humanitarian, and we all applaud your deep sensibilities. However, this isn't the middle east, this is our homeland. It is perfectly natural and not a bad thing to feel a greater sense of loss when it is this close to home.
Ok Joker, you know that you misquoted yourself there. It's: "everyone just looses their minds". Might wanna check that next time before you embarrass yourself. Beyond just being a completely insensitive d-bag who quotes lines from a Batman movie in response to senseless vioence, of course.
"loses" I mean.
Sorry. I really didn't know what I was saying. I am clearly an idiot that doesn't understand the one thing that is dogging us all. We're not in Iraq because it's so far removed from everyone here on the western hemisphere where this our homeland. So when things happen over there it doesn't affect us here because it's in a society that is different where they were on the verge of a civil war. If I can go into how many people died in Iraq, I might as well include how many people died in China today by the hands of their govt. I might as continue into how at least 6 MILLION Jews died by the hands of the Nazis. I might as well continue with my lack of perspective.
Yes, I admit. I am a subvert and I do not belong in the United States. I would love to be close to my people that I care so much about so I can help them recover from their fractured society instead of living here where car bombings and of the such do not happen.
What a truly idiotic and twistedly wrong thing to say. Yeah, I heard about the car bomb there the other day, too. It's unfortunately so common. But yes, I'm sure the vast majority of us...except for you, JP...at the very least shook our heads and did at least mention something. Don't forget our soldiers and support troops, too, who have been killed or injured in bombs like that. That obviously makes us sad and is disturbing, too. But there's also a huge difference when, simply at a sporting event, some mamby-pamby cowards simply want to blow up innocents, for no REAL reason. This isn't even "collateral" damage in a war zone, which is horrible enough. This is simply a deliberate killing of innocent people. You think it's nothing that an 8 year old boy, who wanted to high-five his dad for running the race, was blown up for absolutely no reason? Your disgusting, hateful, liberal thinking is a joke to humanity.
Right. We DELIBERATELY bombed some wedding. We DELIBERATELY go looking for innocents to secretly bomb and kill, simply because we want to. Of COURSE we read about those bombings and no, I don't think any of us think lives in the Middle East are less valuable than ours. But you're comparing apples to oranges, because of some self-guilt you have.
I say liberal thinking because I really cannot get over myself. I could say trashbag conservative, but I would continue to be a moron.
What I meant to say was that JP you're nothing and you're a joke. I am a joke too because I am so caught up on myself and all the liberalism scares me a lot because I am so caught up on politics and and I am retarded like you, JP. So there, we're even! Literally!
Go screw yourself, JP.
I'm so proud of your insightful contribution to this horrible tragedy.
President Obama should try harder to advocate abortion; we need to be spared future generations of idiots such as yourself.
The ban on assault weapons is so people like you can't get their hands on them. Really scary to think that this is the best you can come up with for this tragedy and you have the right to bear arms....
The problem is that bombs can be made from home materials. Criminals will always manage to get their hands on guns or make bombs because they are criminals and criminals do not care about the law or anyone else.
Maybe a nice cigarette tax will help this out.
Killers (bomber if you will) use common things such as fertilizer to use in their devices. Timothy McVeigh killed more than 150 people..... with fertilizer. Doesn't matter how it's done, only matter is that it doesn't happen anymore hopefully.
and I bet you though you were funny and clever. you are just a moronic piece of sh.t
You people rushing to post this same idiotic "point" every time something like this happens are about as clever, insightful and constructive as a combination of a six-year old and a member of the Westboro Baptist Church. Grow up.
I'll assume you are of the opinion that all that was needed was a "good guy" with a bomb.
Always at least one pathetic loser who will use any excuse to try and promote his own personal political agenda... you are one of the dumbest...
I honestly hope you don't think that's funny. If you do, you have serious issues. Get help.
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