‘Daily Show’ Plans Live Election Night Show on Comedy Central (EXCLUSIVE)

'Daily Show' Plans Live Election Night Show on Comedy Central
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The 2020 election has already broken so many norms, but Trevor Noah will maintain at least one of them.

Noah and his “Daily Show” team will keep a years-long tradition going at Comedy Central: a live election-night special. The one-hour broadcast, “Votegasm 2020: What Could Go Wrong? (Again),” will appear live on both coasts, at 11 p.m. in the east and at 8 p.m. in the west. Noah will broadcast from an “election fallout shelter” in New York and provide real-time news and analysis, along with guest interviews and coverage from “Daily Show” correspondents including Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta, Desi Lydic, Dulcé Sloan, Jaboukie Young-White and Roy Wood Jr.. Jordan Klepper will provide special reporting.

Other late-night shows have adopted the practice of running live broadcasts after important national events, but “Daily Show” has been doing it since 2000. Stephen Colbert, the host of CBS’ “Late Show.” will do a live special the same night on Showtime (his normal time on CBS will be pre-empted by CBS News coverage of the election results.) Both the “Daily Show” and “Late Show” are distributed by ViacomCBS.

Live broadcasts have “Daily Show” producers working as if the show were a newscast. “In the control room, it’s madness,” said Jen Flanz, now the show’s executive producer, in an interview with Variety on the cusp of a mid-term election-night broadcast in 2018.  “They’ll say ‘We are changing the graphics in the moment.’ That’s what the news does all the time. We are not used to doing it, but we are in live show mode, and that’s a different level.” Flanz has been with “Daily Show” since 1998.

The full episode will also stream live on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, and “Daily Show” staffers will post pieces of content across social platforms as the night progresses.

Live broadcasts, once rare, have become something the team turns to a little more frequently during Noah’s tenure. The show has done more live shows under Noah than it did during the entire run of his predecessor, Jon Stewart.