Starting Monday night, we get a new player in late night. Even though getting a new fixture in the late night landscape doesn’t happen a lot, it definitely happens more than it did back in the time of the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. So, it’s still a special event when a new talker premieres in the 11:30pm et time slot. And on Monday night, we welcome “Lights Out with David Spade.”
You can check the full listings below for Spade’s comedy guests during his first week, but if the first 4 shows are any indication, “Lights Out with David Spade” is going to be adding a lot more comedy to the late night scene. Guests on “Lights Out” during its inaugural week include Jim Jefferies, Neal Brennan, Whitney Cummings, Jen Kirkman, Al Madrigal, and Dana Carvey among many others.
While we’ll have to wait to see how much host David Spade sticks to the Comedy Central press release description of what “Lights Out” will cover each evening, we know that no matter if the show is political in nature and and takes shots at Donald Trump or if it’s more pop culture-ish and focuses on what the Kardashians are up to today, we will get plenty of David Spade’s trademark brand of snarkiness. Spade, the man who was inflicted with resting bitch face decades before that was even a thing, has been cutting celebrities off at the knees since his days as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. In fact, it was Spade who hurt Eddie Murphy’s feelings so badly, it caused the “Beverly Hills Cop” and comedy superstar to reportedly end his relationship with his mentor Lorne Michaels and SNL for years to come.
With his lead-in, the Daily Show with Trevor Noah handling the President and the political scene, as well as competitors like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel doing the same, it’s likely that David Spade will stick more to the Hollywood and not wander off into Washington DC territory too much. Although, it really will be hard to resist letting the circus known as the Trump White House go by each day without commenting on it. Either way, let’s hope that David Spade has sharpened his fangs and is ready to draw blood once again when he debuts “Lights Out with David Spade” Monday night at 11:30pm on Comedy Central right after the Daily Show.
Speaking of political comedy, the writers of both the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Late Night with Seth Meyers will be put to the test on Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week. Both Colbert and Seth will be live in their respective time slots on those nights so that the hosts can comment on the National Democratic Debates happening on both of those evenings. The writers rooms will be busy with only a matter of minutes to come up with some decent zingers about Senator Amy Klobuchar and some mad burns on Governor John Hickenlooper before their shows go live. Stephen Colbert is keeping everything secret heading into Tuesday and Wednesday, and isn’t even announcing his guests until the night of the debates.
Since there are some many Democrats running for President, the debates are being held over two different nights with the candidates split up between Tuesday and Wednesday. The good news for the comedy writers is that Bernie Sanders is part of the Tuesday night debate lineup while Joe Biden appears at Wednesday’s event. So, any old man jokes that don’t get used on Tuesday will still have a shelf-life on Wednesday as long as they remember to switch out the names “Bernie” and “Biden.”
Now if that’s not enough political comedy for you, Real Time with Bill Maher returns live on Friday at 10pm et on HBO after the show’s month long summer break. And there’s a pretty good chance that Bill will have something to say about President Trump’s 4th July speech where he spoke about General Washington’s army capturing the airports during the Revolutionary War, only 120 years before planes were actually flying. Maher will also have to catch with some comments about Robert Mueller’s testimony and Joe Biden’s debate skills.
However, when it comes to late night television, there is no debate. Stay up late and watch!