Another successful Just For Laughs comedy festival has wrapped in Montreal. For the most exclusive coverage of JFL 2018 from the people who were there, be sure to check out the Interrobang’s Comedy News for plenty of great stories from North of the border. And now it’s time for the comedians to migrate back South and once again start filling our late night talk show schedules.
It’s always exciting to start the week with a comic getting their debut on national late night television. Providing that excitement on Monday is Los Angeles based comedian Lisa Best who will be performing Monday night on the Late Late Show with James Corden. Lisa is a regular at the Fringe comedy show each week in the LA area and she’s written for “Those Who Can’t” on truTV. Congratulations Lisa Best! We’ll be watching.
Jimmy Kimmel Live should be interesting on Tuesday night. Jimmy K has former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on JKL. Spicey is pushing a memoir of his short time working in the Trump Administration. The book is getting panned for being nothing but a cheerleading manual for the President. Add that to Kimmel openly displaying his contempt for Donald J. Trump and it should be quite an interview Tuesday evening.
Also Tuesday, author and comedy writer Simon Rich will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Simon has written for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons among other shows and his talents are openly coveted by comedians everywhere. Simon Rich has a new book out called “Hits & Misses: Stories” which includes stories about fame in the social media age where success can be fleeting and failure is around every corner. John Mulaney calls Simon Rich, the “funniest writer” he’s ever met and “the Stephen King of Comedy,” and Conan O’Brien says that Simon Rich is “comedic godsend.” Sounds like the perfect guide for anyone hoping to go viral.
Thursday, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert becomes must-see late night TV with Colbert’s guest Bobcat Goldthwait. Recently, Bobcat, who is the leading non-conformist voice in comedy, publicly defended his friend and fellow film director James Gunn who was fired from “The Guardians of the Galaxy” Marvel film franchise by Disney for some controversial joke tweets from a decade ago. You can read about the Bobcat Goldthwait’s unique answer to Gunn’s termination on the IBang.
Then on Friday, political comedy fans rejoice! It’s the return of Real Time with Bill Maher from the show’s summer hiatus and back to HBO at 10pm every Friday. Wonder if Bill will have anything to say about Trump?
Have a great week, set your DVRs and enjoy laughing late into the night.