As the days get longer, so do the vacations of our late night talk show hosts. The NBC Boys, Jimmy Fallon, Seth and Carson, are all taking this week off. That’s just part of the “on-again – mostly off-again,” world of late night comedy during the summer. Everyone else is back on the job this week.
Jimmy Kimmel has a strange work week thanks to the NBA Finals on ABC. He has new shows this week, but only a couple of new ones during his regular 11:30pm time slot. That’s because you’ll also see Jimmy Kimmel in prime time with two new editions of the annual NBA tradition, “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night.” This week, JKL: Game Night airs on Wednesday and Friday with one special guest on each show. Wednesday’s Kimmel in prime time has Jennifer Lopez and on Friday’s Game Night, it’s Ryan Gosling as Jimmy Kimmel’s 8pm guest.
Looking at the highlights this week, it’s always exciting when a comedian gets his national television debut in late night. And on Monday, Jeff Arcuri is introduced to national late night audiences when he performs on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. After launching his career, Jeff became a comedy regular in Chicago and a touring favorite at comedy festivals and colleges across the country. He’s now a full-time New York comic, living in Brooklyn. Jeff Arcuri will be celebrating his debut on Colbert in style. According to Jeff’s Facebook page, Stand Up New York will be hosting a viewing party starting at 10pm Monday night for fans and friends to watch Jeff’s Late Show premiere along with him. If you’re in the NYC area Monday evening and want to be part of a New York City comedy party, Stand Up NY is located on the Upper West Side at 236 W. 78th Street and you can find them online at StandUpNY.com.
On Wednesday, Conan fans will be celebrating return of one of Team Coco’s favorite regulars, Flula Borg. For those who may not know, Flula, also known as DJ Flula is a comedian who hails from Germany. It really feels like the words “comedian” and “Germany” shouldn’t go together. After all, it’s not like you see Angela Merkel getting a lot of laughs from her audiences. However, the lovable and energetic Flula Borg always has Conan’s audiences in hysterics. It will be like October Fest in June on Conan this Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, watch for a rare guest appearance by a comedian on The Opposition with Jordan Klepper on Comedy Central. Jordan’s guest will be comedian and “accidental activist” Franchesca Ramsey who scored a hit viral video with “Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls”. She followed that up with a gig on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” and now a best-selling book “Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist“. Franchesca is currently on tour promoting her book and it will be the topic of conversation when she sits down with Jordan Klepper on Wednesday night.
Friday night, there’s plenty of both great new and repeat late night comedy. Friday has double Jimmy Kimmel. First there’s JKL: Game Night at 8pm and then after the NBA Finals that night, Kimmel is back with a new show featuring guest Hannibal Buress. It will be interesting to hear if Hannibal has anything to say regarding Bill Cosby’s conviction on sexual assault charges. Despite not wanting this to be his claim to fame, Hannibal Buress will be forever connected to Cosby’s downfall from when he made a joke about comedy legend back in 2014 which referred to the long-standing rumors of Cosby assaulting women. This one joke opened the dialogue on Bill Cosby’s past behavior and it wasn’t long before the list of Cosby’s accusers began to grow. We’ll see if Jimmy Kimmel brings up to the topic to Hannibal. Also, since JKL airs after the game and your local news, set your DVRs accordingly in case programming runs late Friday night on ABC.
Also on Friday, Fallon and Seth both have repeats worth watching again. First, Fallon is re-airing the episode that featured Pete Lee’s latest Tonight Show stand up appearance. His third! You can also check out our review of his performance which became known as #ThreePete. Then on a Late Night with Seth Meyers repeat, Seth airs the show where he welcomed back the creator of Late Night and talk show icon David Letterman.