A conversation between Craig Ferguson and Jane Lynch about the death of Cory Monteith illustrated how a sad, real-life subject can sometimes be an awkward fit for talk shows accustomed to trafficking in comedy.
This exchange took place Friday night on Ferguson’s “Late Late Show” on CBS, where Lynch was making her second late-night appearance of the week promoting her NBC summer series, “Hollywood Game Night,” a celebrity game show airing Thursday nights.
Like Jay Leno last Wednesday — when Lynch appeared on “The Tonight Show” — Ferguson raised the topic of Monteith’s death right at the outset of his interview with Lynch Friday night.
But Leno adopted a serious tone of voice to deal with the subject that seemed to elude Ferguson. By contrast, Ferguson seemed to struggle to affect the correct tone — so much so that his questions about Monteith came across as inappropriately light-hearted. Ferguson and Lynch then dealt with the subject of Monteith — Lynch’s co-star and friend on “Glee” who died last weekend at age 31 — in as brief a manner as possible.
It was so brief that the subsequent segue to their next subject — promoting Lynch’s lighter-than-air summer game show — was another awkward moment for their segment, which had not yet passed the two-minute mark.