Merry Christmas! It’s that special time of year when our late night talk show hosts all take the week off as we head into a brand new year. The late night shows are giving the gift of some of their favorite repeats, and the reruns have all been gift-wrapped and are ready to open all week long. The nice part about these “Best Of” shows is that they are filled with some of the funniest guests to ever sit on a late night couch. Even though these shows aren’t new, there’s still plenty of highlights here, so enjoy the late night comedy, if you missed appearances the first time or if you just want to chill and relive them.
A couple of things to note, Comedy Central is pre-empting both the Daily Show with Trevor Noah and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper all week long, so no repeats in CC’s 11 O’Clock hour. Also, Jimmy Kimmel’s “Best Of” shows during this last week of 2017 don’t even include Jimmy. He will be rerunning the shows where guest hosts filled in for him while his baby son Billie was having a scheduled heart surgery. Those guest hosts include Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris and Shaquille O’Neal as the world’s tallest talk show host in the history of late night. Sorry Conan, but Shaq has you by 9 inches (of height that is!).
On Monday, also known as Christmas night, Conan is bringing out a hysterical rerun. He’s got an absolute comedy legend along with one of today’s brightest stars in comedy. Team Coco welcomes Bob Newhart and Tom Segura on the same show Monday night. Thanks for the laughs Conan Claus! Also on Monday, Seth Meyers is going back to Thanksgiving for the encore presentation of this episode of Late Night. It’s Seth’s Thanksgiving show which always features his own happy and very funny family. Seth’s guests include his brother Josh Meyers and his parents, Hilary and Larry Meyers. And on Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon leads the challenge for funniest “Best Of” this week when he welcomes comedy dynamo Kevin Hart to the Tonight Show.
Moving to Wednesday, Conan O’Brien is re-airing one of our favorite comedy moments from 2017. It’s Big Jay Oakerson’s first appearance on Conan. The odd thing at the time was that Jay did panel with Conan, but didn’t perform any stand up. Conan told Jay that the show had been trying to book him for a long time, so why no performance? It’s definitely worth a second watch to find out the hilarious reason why.
Looking at Thursday, Seth Meyers welcomes Todd Barry on a repeat episode of Late Night. Meanwhile, Conan brings out an all-comedy rerun featuring the iconic Weird Al Yankovic, former SNL star Taran Killam and rising stand up star Solomon Gergio. Then finally, you can end your week of late night comedy repeats with a history-making encore presentation of Saturday Night Live on Saturday with first-time host Tiffany Haddish who placed her name in the record books by becoming the first black female stand-up comic to host SNL in the entire 43 seasons of the show.