Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon Join Stephen Colbert in Airing At-Home Monologues

Late-night hosts improvise while practicing social distancing.

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Jimmy Fallon's 6-year-old daughter Winnie created the graphics for his "home edition" of The Tonight Show. NBC
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All the late-night shows have temporarily suspended production amid the growing coronavirus pandemic, but on Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon both followed Stephen Colbert’s lead and produced makeshift monologues from their respective homes.

Now, all three 11:30 p.m. broadcast hosts have returned to the airwaves—at least digitally—to entertain anxious viewers as the crisis continues to spread.

Colbert had led the charge on Monday, performing a surprise monologue from his home bathtub after The Late Show With Stephen Colbert was shut down following New York’s ban on gatherings.

His broadcast rivals returned with their own at-home monologues Tuesday.

Jimmy Fallon kicked off his 10-minute video by announcing he would be producing “The Tonight Show, Home Edition.” On Tuesday, his wife Nancy operated the camera while his 6-year-old daughter Winnie served as his graphics department; younger daughter Frannie also made a brief appearance.

“I wanted to put something out there for you guys so we can have some levity in these bizarre times,” said Fallon, who promised to “switch it up every single night” until it was safe for Tonight Show production to resume.

Fallon said he’ll promote a different charity each night, starting with Feeding America, which operates 200 food banks nationwide, and urged viewers to donate.

Following a monologue about working from home and Tom Brady’s announcement that he would be leaving the New England Patriots, Fallon celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by eating Irish soda bread and performed a new ditty he had written (“So kiss me, I’m Irish, but stay six feet away/’Cause no one wants to get a virus on St. Patty’s Day”).

“We can get through this together,” Fallon told his audience.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel also returned Tuesday, with a six-minute “minilogue” that he said he would shoot every day until Jimmy Kimmel Live production resumes. As was the case with Fallon, Kimmel’s graphics were also handmade by his kids, and Kimmel also vowed to promote a worthy charity each night (first up: No Kid Hungry).

Kimmel’s “minilogue” touched on being at home with his kids (“We’ve watched Frozen 2 more times than the animators who drew it have watched Frozen 2”) and Donald Trump’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic (“He gave himself a 10, which incidentally is the same amount of testing kits that are currently available in the United States.”) He also shared tips for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in quarantine (among them: put green food coloring in your hand sanitizer).

“The only way we’ll get through this is by sticking together,” said Kimmel.

Colbert delivered another at-home monologue, which was inserted into the beginning of Tuesday’s Late Show repeat. He relocated from his bathtub to his backyard fire pit, where he talked about Trump (“When Trump said we were going to be sick of winning, I didn’t think he meant it literally”) and dueted with his band leader Jon Batiste—who was at his own home—on a new version of “Danny Boy” (“Oh Danny Boy, your hands, your hands need washing.”)

David Spade, who hosts Comedy Central’s late-night show Lights Out With David Spade, is also doing monologues from his home on that program’s social media platforms.

With all these hosts back in action so quickly, it seems inevitable that their other late-night peers will soon join them.

@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.