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Late-night comics adjust to shows without an audience

Posted at 3:54 AM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 03:54:56-04

BY DAVID BAUDER, NEW YORK — Late-night comics got experience Thursday night doing shows with virtually no audience, except for paid staffers.

The shows went audience-less in response to the new coronavirus.

The format made for an oddly quiet vibe, and the hosts were self-conscious about it.

Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon both had television doctors talking about the virus on their shows.

Jimmy Kimmel was absent on Thursday, but former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg filled in for him.

Democrat Buttigieg easily filled the apparent job requirement of someone willing to tell jokes at President Donald Trump's expense.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus, but for some, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.