Keeping a multi-billion dollar industry afloat
We’ve been spending a lot of time talking about the shake-up in late night, but what about the future of late night for the Internet generation? It’s a question that Scott Rogowsky, host of “Running Late with Scott Rogowsky,” has been working on since his show’s launch in 2011.
Think the future rests on his shoulders? Eh, that’s a heavy load for one guy. But this man’s roster of guests reads like that old couch that used to sit on the David Letterman set. Rogowsky pals around with legends like Steve Buscemi and Gilbert Gottfried, plus up-and-coming stars we’re always talking about like Jessica Williams of “The Daily Show” and that guy from “Girls”… Alex Karpovsky! The catch to Rogowsky’s show is that it’s live from Brooklyn and it doesn’t air on a major network or digital platform. So to see it, you have to either make the show live or watch the clips from his website.
Now what does Rogowsky think about the future of late night with viewers like us, who are mostly consuming individual skits from our mobile apps while we slam down Chipotle on our lunch break?
“I don’t like our generation, frankly,” he told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez. ” I don’t like the sensibility that’s been developed here… throw it back to Johnny Carson… it was water cooler experience to talk about the next day. We’re never going to have that again.”
Could be true, but Scott’s giving it a go anyway.
Watch Rogowsky flip the script on Menendez and take our host’s chair:
Credit: Cleo Stiller, Bianca Perez