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Is Jimmy Fallon’s Game Show Version of Late Night Ruining Comedy?

Is Jimmy Fallon's Game Show Version of Late Night Ruining Comedy?

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Last week, “Conan” writer Andres du Bouchet went on a moderate Twitter rant about the deplorable state of late night comedy. Though his tweets have since been removed, his boss, Conan O’Brien, has responded, and most people still don’t know who du Bouchet is, let alone how to pronounce his name, the outcry started a debate among comedy fans. Were his complaints about the celebrity-driven, “Prom King Comedy” state of late night valid?

In the seventh episode of Indiewire’s Very Good TV Podcast, TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers tackled the issue to the best of their abilities (both have been slightly hampered by colds, and the recording atmosphere was less than welcoming this week). Talking points other than du Bouchet’s comments included the fervor surrounding Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah, and what the future of late night talk shows may look like with more women on the upswing. 

You can listen to the episode above, dear readers, and don’t forget to subscribe via Soundcloud or iTunes. Follow Indiewire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news — including an abundance of regular “Last Week Tonight” and “Tonight Show” coverage — and check out Liz and Ben’s Twitter feeds for more, more, more.

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