Comedy Central Laughs 'Night After Night'

Posted: July 23, 1992

There's no house band, no purple velvet drapes, and few of the other expected trappings of a late-night talk show.

Instead, Comedy Central's "Night After Night" is a comedy-centered talk show in its simplest form, a low-key alternative for viewers drained by the hyperactivity of Jay Leno's and Arsenio Hall's nightly productions.

Comedian Allan Havey, the tall, cynical and curious star of "Night After Night," hosts from what appears to be a small office tucked away in the cable channel's New York headquarters. He begins each evening with a rambling, oddball monologue delivered from his desk chair - usually, like Regis Philbin,

discussing what he did the night before, often weaving elaborate stories about the fictional Mrs. Havey.

The "Audience of One," a lone visitor, sits alone behind a velvet rope in the corner. The small confines of the quiet studio, with the overheard chuckling of Havey's technical crew, lends "Night After Night" an intimate, golden-age-of-television atmosphere.

"Night After Night" gets some pretty good guests, who appear in the second half of the hour-long show. A lot of writers, directors and supporting-actor types - the moviemakers who stay home while Schwarzenegger is doing his publicity tour - visit, and are often chattier and more interesting than the big names on the network talk-show circuit.

Not surprisingly, comics are frequent guests (like Jerry Seinfeld, Lily Tomlin and Dennis Miller, when he had a show to pitch). And "Night After Night's" downtown locale puts it ahead of the curve for trendy young musicians. Alternative rocker Henry Rollins was on last week.

"Night After Night" airs Monday through Friday at 11:30 p.m.

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