This week in late night comedy starts out on Monday night with three of the best and funniest names in show business. Jimmy Kimmel Live has a comedy icon who’s showing no signs of taking it easy, plus one of the most hilarious people on television today. JKL welcomes Ellen DeGeneres who has a brand new comedy special coming to Netflix this month. Ellen leaves the confines of her daytime talk show and hits the stand up stage again with her new hour, “Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable” which starts streaming on Netflix on Tuesday, December 18th. The Queen of Daytime also has a network prime time Christmas special with “Ellen’s Game of Games Holiday Spectacular” which airs this Wednesday on NBC at 8pm.
Jimmy Kimmel’s other comedy guest Monday evening is Pete Holmes from HBO’s “Crashing.” Pete will be back with a third season of his innovative premium cable sitcom on Sunday, January 20th on HBO. Even though it’s a scripted series, “Crashing” is one of the most true looks inside the world of stand up comedy. This coming season, Pete, who plays a fictionalized version of himself, has a new love interest named Kat played by Madeline Wise who convinces him to take a more serious effort in his comedy career.
Make sure you have your DVR set because while Jimmy Kimmel is laughing it up with Ellen and Pete Holmes, the Tonight Show will be hosting one of the hottest tickets in stand up comedy in the country. Jimmy Fallon welcomes John Mulaney back to his couch. One topic that’s sure to come up is Mulaney’s campaign to replace Kevin Hart as the host of the Oscars. Actually, it’s Mulaney’s elderly alter-ego “George St. Geegland” along with Nick Kroll’s aged character “Gil Faizon” from the smash Broadway comedy hit “Oh, Hello” who are lobbying the Academy to host. In fact, our favorite New York senior citizens claimed on Twitter that they already have the gig. And if you check out Gil and George’s Twitter feed at @OhHelloShow, you’ll see they’re already planning out an eventful Oscar night and working on their Hollywood tans.
We were asked to host the Oscars and we have accepted. We are hosting the Oscars. Thank you to ABC and the Oscars. Who knows WHO will win? Maybe your favorite movie star. Tune in.
— OhHelloShow (@ohhelloshow) December 8, 2018
Comedy legends continue to show up on late night television on Tuesday with Robert Klein sitting down with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show and Whoopi Goldberg visiting Stephen Colbert on Late Show on CBS.
Then on Wednesday, the best “Trump” in the business, comedian and presidential impersonator supreme Anthony Atamanuik will be appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC. But before Tony gets all Trumpy with Seth, it’s two of the box office’s top comedy draws, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly on Jimmy Kimmel Live talking about their new comedy movie “Holmes & Watson” where they take on the roles of fiction’s most famous detective duo, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. “Holmes & Watson” opens in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.
At this point in the week, we really have to stop and applaud Jimmy Kimmel Live for filling his four shows this week with the top names in comedy. And Thursday night is no different on JKL. Jimmy Kimmel is bringing on a pair of best friends to talk about their three-part comedy special on Netflix. Jeff Ross and Dave Attell, two of the funniest individuals in comedy, are tag teaming for the most original special of 2018, “Bumping Mics.” The special is full of guest stars and has Attell and Ross on stage performing at the same time. For a better understanding of what the special is all about, check out “Jeff Ross and Dave Attell Give Us a Peek at Their New Netflix Three Part Special” here on the Interrobang.
Then on Saturday, Matt Damon who appeared in season premiere cold open of Saturday Night Live earlier this year as President Trump’s whiny Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and received rave reviews for his comedy performance, returns to SNL to host the mid-season finale on NBC before the show breaks for the holidays. Damon’s musical guests will be Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus.
Here’s hoping it’s comedy that’s keeping you up late this week.