It’s a week filled with milestones and big moments in late night starting on Monday. No need to take notes though. We’ve got you covered here on the Interrobang with all your late night comedy highlights for this week.
The milestones start on Monday with a celebration on Jimmy Kimmel Live. January 21st starts the second half of President Donald Trump’s term in the White House and Jimmy Kimmel is marking this special occasion with “Jimmy Kimmel Live – Intermission Accomplished: A Halftime Tribute to Trump.” Kimmel is taking a lot for granted with the premise that Trump will be legally able to serve out his entire term as President, but if we assume that Trump does make it to Inauguration Day 2021, Monday gets the nation to the halfway point.
Jimmy Kimmel has a great line up of comedic guests to make this a party for the Commander-in-Chief including Fred Armisen, Will Arnett, Fred Willard, Jake Johnson and the top Trump impersonator in the comedy business, Anthony Atamanuik who you know from his “Trump vs. Bernie” touring shows with James Adomian, and of course from Comedy Central’s “The President Show.”
On Tuesday, it’s the moment that all Team Coco fans have been waiting for since last fall. It’s the return of Conan on TBS at 11pm. This is the new retooled and revamped half-hour version of Conan which is suppose to help free up Conan O’Brien to do other projects for TBS and his own production company. The inaugural show of the new 11pm to 11:30pm format will feature just one guest and that will be one of the best late night talk show guests sitting on guest couches today, Tom Hanks.
Wednesday night, Jimmy Fallon gets to do the celebrating. It will be Jimmy Fallon’s 1000th Tonight Show since taking over after Jay Leno’s second go-around as host. Even with a thousand shows under his belt, Fallon is probably still looking over his shoulder, expecting to find Leno sitting at his desk, getting ready to host again. Fallon will mark the occasion with two of his favorite regular guests, the “Superstar” herself Molly Shannon and 15 year old animal expert Robert Irwin who is following in his late father, “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin’s footsteps.
On Thursday, Kellen Erskine sets a personal milestone. He’ll be making his first appearance performing stand up on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kellen has already achieved plenty of comedy goals. He was named one of the 2018 Just for Laughs New Faces of Comedy this past summer in Montreal. He’s performed on Conan, he was one of TBS’s 2017 Top Ten Comics to Watch and he’s appeared at the New York Comedy Festival, the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, the Great American Comedy Festival, the Big Sky Comedy Festival, and the Boston Comedy Festival.
Saturday, we get another new episode of Saturday Night Live on NBC which is back in action since its winter hiatus. This weekend’s new live SNL will be hosted by one of the stars of this weekend’s #1 hit movie, “Glass,” James McAvoy, who reprises his many roles from the film “Split“, and who’s also known for the “X-Men” movie series and “The Last King of Scotland.” McAvoy will be appearing on Saturday Night Live with musical guest Meek Mill.
Better put on some more coffee. It’s going to be a week full of late nights.