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VIDEO: Letterman and Fallon shows go on despite Sandy, while Los Angeles's Kimmel cancels

David Letterman plays to an empty room during a
David Letterman plays to an empty room during a "Late Show" taping thanks to Sandy on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

Despite Sandy hitting the northeast, forcing residents to either evacuate or hunker down, the East Coast king of late night David Letterman is going on with his show anyway — without an audience.

Letterman came out to an empty audience at Monday’s “Late Show” taping. He read his monologue jokes from his desk, offering a funny but subdued performance in light of the weather.

You can see an excerpt below:

Guest Denzel Washington also did the show despite the weather, making a game appearance and walking in from outside wearing a yellow poncho. It’s perhaps a nice bit of cross-promotional kismet, as Washington was appearing to promote his disaster film, “Flight.”

Watch an excerpt of the interview here:

Fellow New York late night host Jimmy Fallon also went on with the show, sans audience. The audience arrived, but was sent home to be safe, Fallon tweeted. Guests included Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers, chef Padma Lakshmi, director Robert Zemeckis and the band Imagine Dragons.

The one network host to cancel, ironically, was a West Coast talk show host. Jimmy Kimmel normally would have been fine, as he tapes here in Los Angeles, but he was scheduled to do a show in Brooklyn.

“The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” from Comedy Central also canceled their Monday shows due to Sandy.