On March 12, 2020, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert went on without an audience.
460 days later, Stephen Colbert returned to The Late Show stage with a full audience. He seemed ecstatic, and to be honest, it was a contagious feeling. It felt good to see Colbert in his element – in front of a live audience, with a live band and live guests. He said the next day that he’d forgotten how easy it was to host this show with an audience. Maybe easy wasn’t the right word because it takes energy to throw out, but that the audience gives it right back. Jon Batiste said it’s a reciprocal emotional relationship.
Seeing a live audience on television is completely new again. After a year and a quarter of primarily seeing groups of people in their separate tiny electronic boxes, looking at a packed live audience filling every seat is phenomenal. This truly feels like a marker in time.
That’s really why I write this here blog. Television is in our homes and daily lives. I feel close to the people, characters and storylines I watch and when something truly hits me I like to share it and look back. I want to mark this moment along with other TV History posts on What I’m Watching. I hope you enjoy and let me know what you’re watching at this link or in the comments.