It looks like Late-night tv shows are getting a resurrection, and The Tonight Show seems to be leading the movement as the show welcomed a live audience earlier this week. Following Saturday Night Live's footsteps, which has had in-house company for a while now, Jimmy Fallon invited a group of first responders and healthcare workers to watch his show up close.
"Please give me a minute to soak up this audience," the ever-grinning show host said when he first stepped into the 30 Rock Studio 6B in New York City. "I've never been so excited to do a show for 15 people in my entire life. After last year, this is like performing at a sold-out Madison Square Garden." He also added to his string of excited joy a joke, in true Fallon style, greeting his "family of raccoons" that live on his desk.
The entertainer took his excitement to Twitter posting after filming the show, writing, "I can't describe the feeling of performing in front of a live audience." He also added that "We work well together. I missed it so much. Thank you." His first guest in the monumental airing was Bravo's Andy Cohen, who jokingly said after going on set that the little crowd of watchers were "still more than double the size of my normal audience." After laughing at Cohen's comment, Jimmy also said that he intends to host healthcare workers for the whole week.
Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, Fallon was one of the first TV hosts to start filming their shows from home. The star ended up marking a trend that made many more hosts air their programs from their own house too. During his in-house show his kids got quite a lot of limelight, becoming the show's stars, which was recorded by Jimmy's wife, Nancy Juvonen. In March, Fallon opened his show in front of his daughters' at-home pod school to mark a year since the pandemic started.
Needless to say, its been a long here for everybody. Opening up in an interview for People magazine, Fallon said that he was surprised to find out how much his show impacted his watcher's lives. "Months later, we've been getting letters and emails from people, saying, 'Thank you so much for being there," the entertainer said when talking about his decision to film from home." To know we were an escape for people is pretty cool," he said. And on that note, we can't be more thrilled to hear The Tonight Show will be filmed in front of a live audience.