Late-Night Hosts Break Down New York City Broadway Blackout

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"For hours, New Yorkers were trapped on subways, traffic was at a standstill and there was no air conditioning at Port Authority. Then the blackout hit," Jimmy Fallon said during Monday's episode of 'The Tonight Show.'

Late-night hosts addressed the blackout that affected a swath of the west side of Manhattan on Saturday during their shows on Monday night.

Authorities said a transformer fire was responsible for the power outage that left New York City businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled. Con Edison restored electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers just before midnight, though the remaining 10,000 customers didn't have their power restored until 2 a.m.

The Daily Show host Trevor Noah shared news coverage of the event, which left much of midtown Manhattan without power.

"Times Square went completely black and I don't know if you've seen a dark Times Square, but it is terrifying," he said. "I saw it and I felt like at any second a face was going to show up on the screen like, 'Citizens of Earth. Prepare to be probed.'" 

The host added that the power outage took place after he had experienced two earthquakes in California a week earlier. "Trump was telling me to go back to where I came from," Noah joked about the president's recent tweets targeted at four congresswomen. "I'm ready. I'll go."

Noah then shared more news coverage of the power outage, which included clips of New Yorkers directing traffic. "New Yorkers were doing every policeman's jobs. They were directing traffic. They were checking in on old people," he said. "It was inspiring, except for the one person who probably tried to take over a hostage negotiation who was just like, 'Don't worry, everybody. I got this!'"

Broadway casts also made the most of the situation and performed for crowds on the street. Noah then jokingly criticized movie theaters for not having their talent, including John Wick, come out of the screen to "kick asses in real life."

"We all got a life hack. All of us people that live in New York and people who visit. If you can't afford tickets to a show like Hamilton, just cut the power. You get a show for free," Noah said. "Now everyone's in the room where it happens."

Noah concluded the segment by sharing that some people believe that blackout was caused by another country. "So Russia, if you're listening, I'll be outside Hamilton next Thursday," he said. "You guys know what to do."

Noah also talked about his experience of being stuck in his apartment building during the "Between the Scenes" segment.

The host shared that he and his co-worker Dave live in the same building, so the two spent time together during the blackout because Dave was the only neighbor that had candles in his apartment. They were also joined by a mutual friend that lives in the neighborhood.

"You've got these three black people from South Africa hanging out together. We're just chilling, having a good time," he said, before revealing that he got caught in an awkward position, as he and his friends tried to move a TV from one apartment to another.

"As we walk into the hallway, the lights come on and then all the neighbors come out, because everyone wants to see that the lights are on, but everyone opens their doors in the hallway and then it's like we're there with the TV," he explained.

"I love my neighbors and we know each other. The neighbors are like, 'Hey.' And they're like, 'Hi, Trevor. Hi, David,'" he recalled. "And we're like, 'Umm, it's our TV.'"

He added that the interaction was "an awkward moment" as they tried to convince their neighbors that they weren't stealing a TV.

Over on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon caught his viewers up on the blackout. "For hours, New Yorkers were trapped on subways, traffic was at a standstill and there was no air conditioning at Port Authority. Then the blackout hit," he said.

Fallon added that New Yorkers "rallied and managed to keep calm. Then everybody's phone battery reached 5 percent and all hell broke loose."

The blackout impacted a number of weddings across the city, including one at The Plaza Hotel. "The lights went off right before a couple exchanged vows. Even worse, the bride had just said, 'God, if this is a mistake please give me a sign,'" he joked.

Fallon also shared clips of New Yorkers directing traffic in the street. "That's exactly what you want. Five strangers pointing in different directions at the same time," he joked.

The show then played a clip of pedestrians cheering on the street when the lights came back on. "That's like when your friend shows up at the party with more beers," he said.

Jimmy Kimmel also addressed the blackout during Monday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

He shared that the blackout happened in the middle of a Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden. The blackout ultimately led to the show's cancellation.

"People were on edge," he said. "There was even an incident at a local bagel shop when the lights went out." The host then shared a video of a fight that broke out after a man aggressively complained about dating apps.

Kimmel also shared a clip of the cast of Broadway's Hadestown performing on the street, in which they sang about the blackout. "Rarely do you see people cheering for a trombone," he noted.

He also shared that New York City mayor Bill de Blasio was absent during the blackout because he was in Iowa campaigning for president. "Why he's running for president, no one knows. But when the lights came back on, his poll numbers tripled all the way up to 1 percent," Kimmel joked.  

The host concluded the segment by sharing the clip of the lights coming back on. "People were cheering in the streets and then five minutes later everyone went right back to not speaking to each other," he said.

Late Night host Seth Meyers briefly spoke about the blackout, which left 70,000 people in Manhattan without power. "In Manhattan, 70,000 people is two Starbucks and a Jamba Juice," he joked.