Late-night comedy used to not be overtly political, with the types like Jay Leno and David Letterman being the premier late-night comedy hosts on TV. But Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and others have waded into politics, specifically Kimmel’s anti-gun monologues and anti-GOP/anti-Obamacare repeal rhetoric.
It brings up the question: Why is late-night TV becoming more political than before?
As The Federalist surmised, technology such as Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming shows and TiVo may have changed late-night TV forever, so much so to depress late-night comedy TV ratings to the point that producers and hosts are changing comedy to try to salvage their ratings.
Time will tell whether political late-night comedy TV will boost or hurt ratings.