The late-night host was welcoming back an audience for the first time in 15 months.
It wasn’t quite the same as the 400-strong crowd that recently returned to The Late Show as only 89 audience members were allowed in to watch the ABC show.
“We are not fully full yet. We were allowed to let 89 people in. How they arrived at that number, I have no idea,” he said.
But the comedian was evidently enjoying the limited crowd.
“For those of you watching from home, if it sounds different it’s because after more than, what, 15 months, at home and in a mostly empty studio, we finally have a real audience,” he said. “It’s almost like a real show for a change.”
The comedian also looked back at the last joke he