It’s a shameful symbol of my inability to see the world in terms of anything but popular culture, but soon after Bin Laden’s death was announced, I checked The Late Night TV Page to make sure that The Daily Show and The Colbert Report would have new episodes tonight. Fortunately, they do. Sometimes big news happens while these shows are in reruns, to the point that it had almost become a running joke that politicians wait until Jon Stewart goes on vacation to announce something major.
The other late-night guy whose reaction everyone will want to see is Letterman’s, since he has become the dean of the New York talk show, and performed that role very effectively in 2001. Other hosts who work out of New York don’t have the same kind of complete identification with the city – though Craig Ferguson could certainly say something interesting if he’s in the mood to do so.
Saturday Night Live is also back this Saturday, though it’s a crapshoot as to whether they’ll rise to an occasion with a good sketch. I wonder if this will be the time for another cameo by Lorne Michaels and/or the Mayor, to sort of bookend the two events.