It’s another great week of late night comedy ahead of us. The elections are over, unless of course you live in Florida, and now it’s time to head towards the holiday season. And here’s some of this week’s highlights from our late night comedy listings.
Monday kicks off with the foremost American humorist and essayist working today, David Sedaris on Late Night with Seth Meyers. David is currently on tour with his latest book of short stories, “Calypso.” He’s got dates booked through the rest of the year and next spring, so if you’re looking for that perfect holiday gift for the absurdist in your life, hit up DavidSedarisBooks.com.
Seth Meyers scores another highlight on Tuesday with a television legend. It will be one of the biggest late night names from the 60’s and 70’s sitting down with one of today’s top names in late night when Seth interviews Dick Cavett. He’s best known for having some of the most iconic names in show business as his guests on “The Dick Cavett Show“, but his early career is one that any young comedian would envy. Besides performing as a stand up in the years leading up to getting his own series, Cavett also wrote for Jack Paar’s “Tonight Show” as well as for Johnny Carson when he took over late night series. Cavett was also a writer for Jerry Lewis and was a confidant of legends like Woody Allen, Groucho Marx and Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy fame.
Wednesday has three of the biggest names in comedy appearing across the late night lineup. Tig Notaro will be on the Tonight Show to talk about her new comedy movie with Marky-Mark Wahlberg, “Instant Family” which is in theaters everywhere this Friday, Ricky Gervais will be on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Melissa McCarthy will be promoting her new dramatic film, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” on the Late Late Show with James Corden. As a bonus on the Late Late Show, one of James Corden’s writers, Ian Karmel, will be going in front of the camera for a stand up performance.
Speaking of funny people taking dramatic turns, on Thursday two people known for their comedy work will be appearing on late night shows to promote their new dramatic projects. Steve Carell will be on the Tonight Show to talk about his new film “Beautiful Boy” which deals with a family facing an addiction problem and Ben Stiller will be talking to Stephen Colbert about directing a new limited-series on Showtime titled, “Escape at Dannemora“. The 7-part series deals with the real life story that captivated the country when a female prison worker in Upstate New York became romantically involved with a pair of convicted murderers on the inside and helped them escape leading to one of the country’s most deadly manhunts in 2015. Ben Stiller directs all 7 episodes.
The week ends with the season finale of Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO on Friday and then on Saturday, Steve Carell returns to host Saturday Night Live for his third time with musical guest Ella Mai.
Enjoy your week of late nights!