The year is coming to an end and it looks the late night talk shows are saving some of their best episodes for last. Today, we start this week’s edition of “Who is On Late Night Tonight in Comedy” with a programming note.
On Monday, Jimmy Kimmel Live is going prime time! Jimmy Kimmel will be airing at 10pm et on Monday evening with a special that’s a must-see for “Star Wars” fans across our galaxy. “Jimmy Kimmel Live After Darth: A ‘Star Wars’ Special” airs tonight on ABC at 10pm just days before the nationwide release of the blockbuster film, “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.”
On his prime time special, Jimmy Kimmel will be welcoming the cast and the director of the new “Star Wars” film to JKL to talk about the final chapter in the Skywalker saga. Director J.J. Abrams along with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, the always smooth Billy Dee Williams and more will all be crowded together on Jimmy Kimmel’s couch tonight. For anyone who misses the hour special at 10pm Monday night, it will re-air in the regular Jimmy Kimmel Live time slot at 11:30pm et as well.
In this week’s late night highlights, Adam Sandler will be making the rounds on the late night circuit all this week. “The Sand Man” will be promoting his new film “Uncut Gems” where Sandler takes on a rare dramatic role as a gambling addict who gets in way over his head. Even more rare, is Adam Sandler’s willingness to go out and heavily promote the film which has already given the comedian plenty of Oscar buzz.
This week alone, Adam Sandler will be appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, Lights Out with David Spade on Wednesday night where he’ll be reunited with his SNL cast mate and movie co-star Spade, and then Conan on Thursday night where he’ll be Conan O’Brien’s single guest. “Uncut Gems” starring Adam Sandler is out in limited release now and opens nationwide on Christmas Day, December 25th.
Other highlights this week include Dan Soder on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Monday night on Comedy Central. Soder will be promoting his new comedy special “Dan Soder: Son of a Gary” which is available now on HBO On Demand and HBO Go. The special is getting great reviews and massive respect from the stand up comedy community online.
Tuesday night, Conan has a very funny show planned. His guest will be multiple Grammy Award winner Weird Al Yankovic along with a new stand up performance from British comedian Stuart Goldsmith. Later on Tuesday, Ken Jeong will be guest hosting for James Corden on the Late Late Show on CBS and Seth Meyers will have his work cut out for him when he interviews Robert De Niro about his new film “The Irishman” on Late Night on NBC.
It will be worth it to stay up extra late on Wednesday night when two-time Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Melissa McCarthy shows off her talk show host skills when she fills in for James Corden on the last night of his absence on the Late Late Show. Have your DVR ready because at the same time, you won’t want to miss Late Night with Seth Meyers and his guest, the hilarious John Mulaney.
As we head into the weekend, it’s all about Eddie Murphy. Starting on Friday, it’s like Eddie Murphy Christmas Eve to Saturday’s Eddie Murphy Christmas when he appears on Friday’s episode of the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon the day before hosting Saturday Night Live. The legendary comedian will be talking about a variety of things including his hit film “Dolemite Is My Name” which is available now for streaming on Netflix and which brought Eddie Murphy a Golden Globe nomination and could bring him another Academy Award nod, along with his anticipated return to stand up comedy and coming home to Saturday Night Live this weekend. Of course, Eddie Murphy talking about all these subjects depends on if Jimmy Fallon wants to actually ask Murphy questions or just play “Smash Eggs On Your Head” or “Stick Your Hand In Something Gross” with the comedy icon.
Then Saturday is the main event, when Eddie Murphy returns to SNL for the first time in 35 years to host the show. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for 4 seasons from 1980 to 1984 starting in SNL – Season 6, and he’s credited with saving the show after the original “Not Ready For Primetime Players” left the variety series. Eddie Murphy hosting Saturday Night Live was first announced back in September as the show was returning for SNL – Season 45. Eddie will be taking SNL into its mid-season break with a lot of momentum and publicity.
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