Late night talk shows always work for America. It is interesting to see the popularity of late night talk shows rise around US Presidential elections— be it Fallon, Wilmore, Stephen, Kimmel and in the past Jay Leno, Letterman’s and others. It is a right of passage during the Presidential elections that serious candidates will go to the most popular TV comedy shows to show their human and humorous side and to connect with a large number of TV viewers in an informal and relaxed way!
As far as politicians chancing an increase in his/er popularity, it is not all easy to create a lasting impression on viewers for it takes a lot more than a show’s ratings. These talk shows often result in high public reach depending on how well a candidate handles positive public buzzes’ and boo’s and takes it in the spirit— a non-campaign mode (possibly!). For every candidate that makes his appearance on a late-night talk show, the public and party dynamics around a campaign appear authentic for all the parties involved— the host, the guest and the audience.
In India, talk shows are quite popular, be it the Comedy Show (Kapil Sharma), Anupam Kher’s Show, Coffee with Karan and others. Amid a diverse political landscape, I wonder why Indian political leaders do not make an appearance on these shows. In a bitter political environment, humor and laughing at oneself (especially) can help to calm a nation. There are good hosts available but the question is –“Are Indian politicians (with an exception of Lalu Yadav) ready to laugh at themselves?”
As India is a very young nation, this might be a way to build a connect with the young as the youth in India often laments about politics being boring and serious.
Do you think Indian political leaders are ready to be interviewed on Kapil’s Comedy Night?
Share your thoughts with me.