Conan O’Brien has always been a ground-breaker in late night television. He’s the first late night host to make an annual pilgrimage to San Diego Comic Con for a week of shows, the first to take his program to Cuba and other international locales, and of course, he was the first person to get the Tonight Show and then give it back, refusing to tarnish the iconic series by sharing the hour with Jay Leno on NBC, which is ironic considering that Conan recently cut his TBS show down to a half-hour format. Another first in late night.
This week, Conan is doing something a little different, again. While all the other late night shows are taking the last week of summer off heading into Labor Day, Team Coco will be hard at work with all new shows! He’s now breaking glass ceilings in late night vacations! This week, Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Lights Out with David Spade aren’t even airing reruns. Comedy Central is opting instead for rerun marathons of some of their biggest syndicated series like “South Park“, “Futurama” and “The Office” (American brand,) in place of the Daily Show and Lights Out this week.
Conan O’Brien is hosting an impressive field of very funny people who are also Emmy Award winners and nominees, as his guests this week. On Monday, Conan welcomes Prime Time Emmy Award winner Henry Winkler who won for the dark comedy “Barry” on HBO and is nominated again for the series this year. Tuesday, Conan O’Brien’s guest is Natasha Lyonne who has received three Emmy nominations for her role in “Russian Doll.” And on Wednesday, Niecy Nash, an Emmy Award nominee this year for “When They See Us” and a former two-time nominee for the HBO sitcom “Getting On, ” has a seat in Conan’s interview chair. Thursday night is a question mark with “T.B.A.” listed as Conan’s guest. We’ll find out Thursday, but whoever it is, will probably have the words “Emmy Award” attached to his or her name.
Great comedy guests make up this week’s late night rerun highlights including Wanda Sykes on a Late Night with Seth Meyers repeat on Monday, Maya Rudolph on the Tonight Show‘s “Best Of” on Tuesday, and Whitney Cummings on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday’s rerun of JKL.
Thursday is a fun night of late night repeats. On Jimmy Kimmel’s repeat, he sits down for a hilarious interview with SNL‘s Leslie Jones as she talks about her upcoming stand up special that she’s shooting on September 10th in Washington D.C. and which will air on Netflix in 2020. Speaking of stand up, you can see the hysterically eccentric Julio Torres talk about his new stand up special, “My Favorite Shapes” which is available on HBO On Demand, on a Thursday repeat of the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Later on Thursday, Seth Meyers’ Late Night rerun which is a must-see-again, has Danny McBride talking about his new comedy series, HBO’s “The Righteous Gemstones“.
Looking at the weekend, Friday night, the Late Late Show with James Corden has a repeat that’s definitely worth catching again. It features a stand up performance from the very funny comedian and author, Josh Gondelman who’s quickly becoming a favorite of the late night bookers. Then on Saturday, it’s the episode some were calling the best SNL of the season. It’s the mid-season Christmas finale of Saturday Night Live hosted by Matt Damon with musical guests Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus. It’s your chance to celebrate Christmas during Labor Day Weekend.
Whether you’re on vacation or not this week, go ahead and stay up late. You have our permission.