Like yesterday’s show, Letterman directed his opening monologue to the band and commented on the hurricane’s aftermath. He also commented that Sandy was a strange name “for such a miserable force of nature.”
“Again for safety and security reasons, we don’t have an audience,” Letterman said. “And so we just do the show here in this big old empty barn in the Ed Sullivan Theater and see what happens.”
Letterman then joked that he had to come in because he used up all his sick days.
“I feel like Clint Eastwood, an old guy talking to empty chairs,” he said.
Jimmy Fallon was happy to welcome back a live audience for Tuesday night’s taping.
“First off, thanks to our great audience for making it out to the show tonight,” Fallon said. “I’m so glad you’re here because last night’s audience was the worst.”
Fallon also said:
“I realized how much I missed the sound of laughter and applause. I haven’t heard that much silence since Kim Kardashian was asked to say something off camera.”
While Fallon and Letterman both taped their Tuesday night shows, tapings for Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report were canceled. The city also revoked film permits for the second day in a row, so several sets — including 30 Rock and Law Order: Special Victims Unit— were closed Tuesday.
Shooting for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale were stopped, and the Tuesday premiere of Joe Wright’s adaptation of Anna Karenina was canceled.