Happy New Year! Happy Old Late Night Talk Show Episodes! As we ring in a fresh new year this week, our late night talk shows will all be in reruns. But there’s still plenty of highlights to watch for just in case you missed these great comedy guests the first time around in late night.
Monday night is New Year’s Eve, so that will change up some of the late night schedules as we head into the week. Jimmy Kimmel Live is preempted so that ABC can bring you “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2019.” Over at CBS, there’s no network New Year’s Eve special. Wait. You mean the network no longer airs Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians from the Waldorf Astoria – New York on New Year’s Eve??? That’s a shocker. Instead, CBS will have reruns of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the Late Late Show with James Corden on New Year’s 2019.
Over at NBC, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers will be airing repeats of their shows, but an hour behind their regularly scheduled times. At 11:30pm, the network will air “NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2019” with hosts Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen. The Peacock Network’s NYE celebration will feature NBC’s go-to correspondent for every occasion, Saturday Night Live‘s Leslie Jones.
On Tuesday, if you’re going to catch one of this night’s late night repeats, go with the Tonight Show. One of Jimmy Fallon’s guests is the outrageously funny Bridget Everett. She always leaves Fallon wondering if he really just heard what he thought he heard coming out of her mouth. Bridget consistently steals the (Tonight) show, and this repeat from November is no different.
In a non-comedy highlight, Wednesday might be a first with former First Lady Michelle Obama booked on two late night shows at the same time through the magic of rerun television. Mrs. Obama will be on both the Tonight Show and the Late Show on Wednesday evening. And speaking of political guests in late night, Wednesday is your chance to see the man behind the orange face-paint, when the best Trump impersonator in the Trump impersonator business, Anthony Atamanuik is on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Thursday night, it will be worth it to catch this Tonight Show repeat because it features a brilliant stand up performance by one of our favorites, Joe Machi, the break out star from 2014’s “Last Comic Standing” on NBC where Joe made it to the Final 4 comics. You’ll want to see this encore performance of the man once known as “The Handsome Vault” make history by becoming “the first comedian ever to perform on the Tonight Show while cradling a glass of water under one arm.”
Friday night is your chance to catch the comedians whose groundbreaking special put them at the top of our year-end list of the “10 Innovators Who Changed Comedy in 2018.” Jeff Ross and Dave Attell will be on the Jimmy Kimmel Live repeat Friday night talking about their then-new special “Bumping Mics” which is still available for streaming on Netflix. Filmed at the famed Comedy Cellar in New York City, “Bumping Mics” features two of the best in the business somehow occupying the stage at the same time with more comedy firepower than a stage should be able to hold. You can see them on JKL explaining the story behind 2018’s freshest comedy special innovation.
Here’s hoping your 2019 is filled with plenty of late nights!