The shutdown is over. And sure, maybe you didn’t get the wall you were hoping for, but you are getting plenty of great late night laughs and comedy this week on television.
We begin our highlights on Monday night with a comedian’s national late night television stand up debut. Paige Weldon has made the list of both Time Out LA’s Top 10 comedians to watch, as well as the New York Comedy Festival’s Comics to Watch. So Monday night is your chance to take their advice and watch her when she makes her late night debut on the Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS.
Also on Monday, Colin Quinn, one of the most prolific comics working today will be on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Colin will be talking about his new show, “Red State Blue State” which just opened at the Minetta Lane Theater in New York City. For a better understanding of what Colin’s new show is about, make sure you check out the IBang’s review of “Red State Blue State” by Debra Kessler who calls the show “brilliant” and warns us that Colin Quinn “shames everyone” with his latest stage effort.
Wednesday night, your DVR will be working overtime to make sure you catch all the great guests in late night. First at 11pm, Pete Holmes will be on the new abbreviated version of Conan to talk about the new season his show “Crashing” on HBO. Then at 11:30pm, Jimmy Kimmel has an interesting booking. Billy Crystal, who loves to be begged to come back and host the Oscars, will be on JKL which, of course, is on the Academy Awards’ home network, ABC. Perhaps, we’ll be hearing an announcement about who’s replacing Kevin Hart on film’s biggest night.
Speaking of Kevin Hart, he’ll be on the Late Late Show with James Corden on Wednesday evening, where he’ll be talking about not hosting the Oscars again. Also on Wednesday, you’ve got SNL‘s Kenan Thompson on the Tonight Show and Megan Mullally from “Will & Grace” will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Wrapping up, Conan O’Brien was off the air for quite some time while his new 30 minute version of “Conan” was preparing to debut. On Thursday, the wait will have been worth every minute because Conan has one of his (and our) favorite guests booked to return to the new revamped show. Gary Gulman will be performing stand up on Thursday’s Conan. Gary is coming off of an impressive 2018. His hometown festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, named him “Comedian of the Year” last year and he finished up 2018 with his amazing “Must Be Nice! Tour” which he took around the country, while performing 75-plus minutes of material that was never seen in any of his specials or on his albums. Currently, @GaryGulman is one of the most popular stops on Twitter. Gary is tweeting out some of his best tips for making it in comedy. You heard right. It’s free comedy advice on Twitter from a master comedian!
Finally on Friday, Matthew Broussard is performing on Fallon. Matthew’s website MondayPunday.com is a favorite on the Internets. It’s not often you find a comedian who also draws and sculpts. And Friday, you’ll find him on the Tonight Show.
Enjoy your week and hopefully you’ll be up all night laughing.