It’s the second week of the new year and it looks like finally all our late night talk show hosts are getting back to work, with the exception of one. The tall guy over at TBS is still on vacation. Although Conan is the show where we see the most pure stand up comedy in late night, there will still be plenty of comedy on television this week after 11pm, until Team Coco gets back from its winter hiatus.
One stand up highlight that we want to jump ahead to on this week’s schedule happens on Friday night. Be sure to tune into the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday to see the return of Pete Lee to the Tonight Show stage. Pete’s first set on Fallon was back on May 5th, 2017, which was also a Friday night, so that might be a good luck charm for Pete. But luck had nothing to do with it back in May. Pete Lee crushed it and received a rare standing ovation from the Tonight Show audience and that’s even going back to the Johnny Carson days of the show. In May, Pete taped his Tonight Show set and then headed over to The Stand NYC to watch with friends and colleagues at the comedy club. We expect an equally big night for Pete Lee this Friday when he’s back on the Tonight Show.
In other highlights this week, Saturday Night Live – Weekend Update host Michael Che will be on Fallon’s Tonight Show couch. Che and his co-anchor Colin Jost have been on fire this season, nailing jokes about subjects that are hard to find the humor in, like Hollywood’s massive sexual misconduct and abuse scandals, the devastating hurricanes which hit Puerto Rico and the Charlottesville white supremacist protests this past August, covered on Weekend Update: Summer Edition. And if you think Michael Che is hysterical behind the anchor desk, tune in to the Tonight Show on Monday to see him lose the suit and tie and watch him in a more casual setting.
Also on Monday, in non-comedy highlights, Jimmy Kimmel has Oscar Queen Meryl Streep and Stephen Colbert has Michael Wolff who wrote the tell-all “Fire and Fury” which is currently the talk of the political world. The full title of Wolff’s book is “Fire and Fury and as many embarrassing things about Donald Trump as can be squeezed into a book and still have it fit on a shelf in a bookstore“.
Tuesday, watch for one of the funniest showrunners in the business, Phil Rosenthal on Jimmy Kimmel Live, talking about his Netflix documentary series, “Somebody Feed Phil“, while Seth Meyers has a really funny Late Night planned with guests Jordan Peele and Lewis Black.
Wednesday, it’s Stephen Colbert filling his couch with hilarious guests. The Late Show has the very funny Jack Black talking about his “Jumanji” remake, the hilarious Pete Holmes talking about the new season of “Crashing” premiering January 14th on HBO, and as a stylish bonus, Sarah Jessica Parker probably talking about shoes…as well as the new season of “Divorce“, also on HBO.
Thursday should be really interesting for comedy fans, or it could be a big let down. Tig Notaro will be a guest on the Tonight Show on Thursday night and she’s recently been outspoken about how she felt that Louis C.K. needed to handle the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding him before the news about him actually broke and also how she’s relieved that Louis is no longer attached to her Amazon Studios produced show, “One Mississippi”. This Thursday will be Jimmy Fallon’s chance to talk to Tig about these things and everything else happening in comedy in regards to sexual misconduct. Jimmy F is not exactly known to ask the hard questions. He’s more a hair messer-upper than a strong interviewer. So, we’ll see on Thursday if Jimmy and Tig talk this out on the Tonight Show.
Also Thursday, watch for Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Matt and Jake are both stand up comedians as well as members of the L.A. sketch comedy group, Women. And in case you’re wondering, yes, all the members of “Women” are men. Then on Saturday, it’s the return of live SNL shows when Sam Rockwell hosts the Season 43 mid-season premiere of Saturday Night Live.