We’re back with a look at the comedy highlights this week with “Who is On Late Night Tonight in Comedy!?” here on the IBang.
Conan O’Brien is off this week, but Team Coco has put together some great “Best Ofs” with some very funny guests. On Monday’s Conan repeat, Patton Oswalt is his guest for the half-hour and on Wednesday, Conan re-airs the episode with Canton, Massachusetts’ favorite son Bill Burr. Both these Conan shows are definitely worth a second watch.
Monday is a big night in late night comedy. On the Jimmy Kimmel Live, Anthony Jeselnik will appear to promote his new Netflix comedy special, “Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward.” The one-hour special may be Jeselnik’s darkest yet. He takes on topics that may or may not prove that Anthony Jeselnik is the most terrible person in the world, like dealing with his grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease, dropping babies, suicide, racist jokes, religion and cruelty to animals. This special is not for the weak of comedic heart. “Anthony Jeselnik: Fire in the Maternity Ward” is available for streaming now on Netflix.
Also on Monday, there’s a reunion of Saturday Night Live‘s two biggest “Breaking Character and Laughing During a Sketch” cast members when Horatio Sanz is a guest on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Expect a lot of laughing during this interview. And it’s probably too much to wish for in June, but hopefully we’ll get a musical performance of their SNL hit, “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” which also included fellow SNL cast mates Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan. And if Kattan and Morgan are available, maybe Jimmy can get the whole band back together tonight. Ah, late night wishes.
Finally on Monday, in a non-comedy highlight, James Corden has set up a sports challenge on the Late Late Show where it will be Team UK (led by Corden) taking on Team USA in a game of dodgeball. The interesting part is that First Lady Michelle Obama will be leading Team USA. We don’t know if it’s just a coaching or consulting role or if Mrs. Obama will actually be participating in the game, but this could be the first time an American First Lady is hit with a ball in public since Grace Coolidge took a wooden croquet ball to the temple after an errant swing of the mallet by her husband Calvin in 1926. Good luck tonight Michelle against the Brits! And remember, in dodgeball, when they go low, we go high.
On Wednesday night, the late night schedule is full of comedy entertainers. First up, Arturo Castro is on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Arturo will be promoting his new Comedy Central series, “Alternatino with Arturo Castro“. It’s a new sketch show where the scenes feature Arturo Castro acting out his experiences in America as a Latino Millennial. “Alternatino” premieres Tuesday, June 18th at 10:30pm Comedy Central. Then, Tig Notaro returns to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS at 11:30pm. And also on Wednesday night, the Mayor of “Portlandia,” Carrie Brownstein will be on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, but as a musical guest with her band Sleater-Kinney.
Thursday night, Kumail Nanjiani will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kumail’s movie career has taken off since his 2017 film, “The Big Sick“, which he co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon, became a darling of the critics. He’ll be in two of the bigger action comedies this summer. Kumail stars as the voice of Pawny in “Men in Black: International” which is in theaters everywhere now and he also co-stars with the WWE’s Batista better known to comic book fans as Dave Batista (“Guardians of the Galaxy“, “Avengers: Endgame“) in the new comedy movie, “Stuber” which opens nationwide July 12th and which he’ll be promoting on JKL on Thursday night.
And Saturday Night Live is re-airing its Season 44 finale hosted by Paul Rudd this weekend. This episode is only a month old, but it’s always fun to watch SNL wrap another season. Anything goes with the cameos and that includes with the musical guest, DJ Khaled who brings in some A-Listers for his SNL musical performances.
Check the full listings below and enjoy whatever gets you through the late night.