How to Get Booked as a Standup on Late Night TV


As a part of their comedy issue, Backstage talked to some of the folks responsible for booking comedians to late night shows. It’s certainly not as prevalent a practice as it was back in Carson’s day, nor is it still the obvious career boon that it used to be. That being said, you can’t really argue with getting a few minutes to tell your jokes on late night TV. Not that the advice is all that surprising: be good, be original, and have some clean material that won’t upset network TV sensibilities. Bing bang boom, now you have your own prime-time sitcom!