Unlike the NFL, this week in late night, none of our comedian hosts will be taking a knee during their monologues. They all will be standing upright and respectful as they make fun of the President for making a big deal out of football players and their posture during the National Anthem. Yes, even Jimmy Kimmel will be standing, not kneeling. And now that this controversy is out of the way, let’s get to the highlights.
Monday brings a new player into the world of late night, at least as a host. The Opposition with Jordan Klepper debuts at 11:30pm on Comedy Central on Monday. Klepper isn’t a complete stranger to late night talk. He was previously part of the Daily Show‘s Best F#@king News Team Ever! Jordan Klepper kicks off his adventure in late night with best selling author and Peabody Award winning public radio host, Kurt Andersen.
There’s also plenty of great comedy moments coming up this week in late night, starting on Tuesday when the Impractical Jokers from truTV visit Conan. And you’re getting four-of-a-kind with this appearance, with Brian Quinn, James Murray, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano all stopping by to sit on Conan’s couch.
Wednesday, Conan O’Brien continues to provide the highlights.Over the past couple of years, Big Jay Oakerson has hit light speed with his career. In the span of two years, Big Jay released his first hour-long special, “Big Jay Oakerson: Live at Webster Hall“, his SiriusXM radio show “The Bonfire” with co-host Dan Soder is still going strong, speaking of satellite radio, in Summer ’16, Jay recorded an episode of Unmasked with SiriusXM’s Ron Bennington, also Season 2 of Big Jay’s “What’s Your F@%king Deal?!” premiered on Seeso, he brought down the house on Comedy Central’s “The Comedy Jam” with a rocking rendition of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” and just recently, he was part of the lineup for one of the biggest and most enduring shows at Just For Laughs in Montreal, “The Nasty Show“. So naturally Big Jay Oakerson is going to continue his hot streak and that includes an appearance on Conan on Wednesday, with this being his first visit to Team Coco.
There’s a couple of things to watch for in late night on Thursday. First, it’s a brand new episode of The Chris Gethard Show on truTV with special guests Timothy Simons from HBO’s “Veep” and musician Ted Leo. Also on Thursday, comedy icon Steve Martin is on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, plus Stephen also welcomes banjo specialist Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers.
And on Friday, Jimmy Fallon welcomes one of the U.K.’s most popular comedians, Jack Whitehall back to the Tonight Show to perform. Jack is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and also has a Netflix series available called, “Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father“. Yep, the premise is exactly like the title sounds. If you like what you see Friday night on the Tonight Show, you can follow Jack on Twitter at @jackwhitehall. And if you want to delve in all the way and enjoy the Netflix series, you can follow Jack Whitehall’s father, Michael at @fatherwhitehall on Twitter.