This week, we’re going to start our late night comedy highlights on Tuesday. It’s a full night of comedy all across the networks and there’s enough highlights on Tuesday night alone to fill the entire week.
Starting Tuesday, we begin the one week countdown to the all-new “Conan” starring Conan O’Brien when the revamped half-hour version of the show premieres on TBS. Also on Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon copies a page from the Team Coco playbook when he takes the Tonight Show outside the Contiguous United States a la Conan Without Borders. On Tuesday, to help raise awareness and to aid rebuilding from the devastating hurricane damage from 2017, NBC is presenting “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon from Puerto Rico.” Jimmy’s guests will include plenty of Puertorriqueño Pride featuring Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bad Bunny, José Feliciano and Ozuna. “Hamilton” fans will be thrilled with a special performance on Tuesday’s Tonight Show of “The Story of Tonight” from the blockbuster musical. These Tonight Show guests are also joined by chef and humanitarian José Andrés whose World Central Kitchen quickly jumped into action right after the deadly storm destruction to start bringing badly needed food and supplies to the U.S. territory. So much help is still needed, so to see how you can still aid these fellow United States citizens, be sure to tune in el Martes por “¡El Show de esta Noche protagonizado por Jimmy Fallon desde Puerto Rico!”
Also on Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jimmy K welcomes Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as they prepare for the premiere of the 5th and final season of their Comedy Central series, “Broad City.” The last season debuts Thursday, January 24th at 10pm on CC. However, this isn’t even close to the end of the relationship between the comedy network and the powerhouse comedy team of Jacobson and Glazer. Comedy Central has already put into development three new series from the “Broad City” creators. To find out what’s next for Abbi and Ilana, check out JKL on Tuesday night.
Wrapping up Tuesday, be sure to set your DVR to record Seth Meyers because you don’t want to miss Janelle James performing stand up on Late Night. Janelle James has been one of the hottest comedians working today and recently just took over the Brooklyn comedy tradition known as the “Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival” which ran for 10 years in the outer-borough. The festival was placed in the very capable hands of Janelle who inaugurated the first annual “Janelle James Comedy Festival” at the Bell House in Brooklyn this past December. Janelle has been seen and heard everywhere and made every list there is to make in comedy. She’s been on “The Comedy Lineup” on Netflix, Comedy Central, and “Crashing” on HBO.
Wednesday is just as stacked as Tuesday night is for late night comedy with Pete Holmes on the Late Show to talk about the new season of “Crashing” on HBO, Joel Kim Booster performing stand up on the Late Late Show, Jim Gaffigan on Late Night with Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel hosting another fabulous female comedy team on Wednesday night with Lily Tomlin & Jane Fonda visiting JKL to discuss the upcoming 5th season of “Grace and Frankie” which launches this Friday, January 18th on Netflix. Plus, for even more talk show comedy on Wednesday night, be sure to check the full listings below.
Finally this weekend, two very funny late night shows are back live. First, the 2019 season of Real Time with Bill Maher premieres live at 10pm on HBO, then on Saturday, it’s the return of SNL from its long holiday break. It’s the mid-season premiere of Saturday Night Live hosted by “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” herself from Amazon Prime, Rachel Brosnahan with musical guest Greta Van Fleet.
Be sure to get plenty of sleep. You’ve got some late nights ahead of you this week.