TV hosts suddenly realise how much work YouTubers do UPDATED

by Sayraphim on March 29, 2020

So within the last week, much of the US and UK (and Australia, but that doesn’t really factor into this blog post) has shut down. Amongst many other things, this means that very quickly, TV hosts were having to do their shows without audience and then, almost immediately after that, forced to do their shows from home, with their writers working remotely and their loved ones filming and appearing in the videos.

And suddenly, they’re noticing for the first time just how hard youtubers work to create and produce their videos. The first one I saw was Adam Hills on The Last Leg in the UK. This was filmed in the studio but with no audience, and here he is talking about not the future of TV but the present situation.

These were all photographed from my television, but you can find The Last Leg on youtube here:

And then Late Night with Seth Meyers was forced to film at home. These next screenshots are from his first video from home, filmed in a hallway with not great sound and it has since been removed from his channel

The next sentence he said was “I tip my hat to them” but I didn’t photograph it at the time and because the video has now been removed, I can’t go back to photograph it.

After filming two videos in his hallway, with the bad sound and the greatly contrasting lighting coming from the window, he started filming from another room

This was not, as I first assumed, to fix the echoey sound from the hallway and poor lighting. No, it turns out his family needed to use the hallway to go from room to room so he had to move. Another thing youtubers have to consider/contend with and tv hosts in professional studios don’t. The reason behind the move was revealed in another video, again which now seems to be missing from the timeline. Meyers seems particularly thrown by no audience which makes sense, as a stand up comedian you get instant feedback from the audience as to how you’re doing and how your jokes are landing. Without that, you’re floundering around in the dark.

As to the other late night hosts:

Colbert has not said who is filming his videos that I’ve noticed, but he is filming each day from different spots around his house and is having less trouble than Meyers with having no audience.

Jimmy Fallon has taken a slightly different angle, he is involving his family in the production. His wife films on a hand held device, so it’s at times a little wobby, and his two kids help by making his captions (see below) and playing on instruments during various segments. My understanding is that Fallon’s videos are being shown before clips of older shows, but no one else has mentioned what is happening to the TV broadcast of their show.

And the awesome Sam Bee has roped her husband and kids into at least this video:

This whole thing is only really tangentially related to my phd, but I just thought it was interesting how the tv professionals are suddenly having to attempt to adapt to the youtuber world. While all of these shows are on youtube, they’re produced (until now) in studios with a large staff and crew, broadcast on traditional TV channels and then either the whole show or excerpts are uploaded to their various youtube channels. It’s really interesting to see them work like this. While each one specifically mentions that their staff are still contributing remotely to the show, they’re using what they have on hand to continue to produce content for their audience.


Seth Meyers talked more about the issues of attempting to translate his regular gig into youtube vids. I filmed it, but click on the below address to see the whole thing on his youtube channel

Original video at:

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