This week we say goodbye to one of our late night talkers as E! broadcasts the last episode of Busy Tonight on Thursday at 11pm et with a series finale that promises plenty of surprise guests. E! has decided to cancel Busy Philipps’ pet project after just one season. And this is from a network that continues to air a series about botched extreme plastic surgery, which by the way is called “Botched.” That’s one of those “Good News – Bad News” shows. Good News: Your agent called and said he got you booked on E! Bad News: Uh yeah, they want you on “Botched.” If only Busy Philipps had changed her last name to Kardashian, she probably would have been fine at E!.
Busy is bringing out the comedy for her series’ final week. On Monday, it’s the First Ladies of SNL stopping by Busy Tonight with Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, and Paula Pell as guests. Tuesday, Busy has another veteran of the E! late night scene, Chelsea Handler who formerly hosted “Chelsea Lately” on E!. On Wednesday, comedian, actor and Busy Philipps buddy, Leslie Mann is on the show to say goodbye and then Thursday is the blow-out series finale we mentioned earlier.
We have some late night shows taking some time off this week, but unlike Busy Tonight, they’ll be back. Conan is off all this week to get ready for his Memorial Day vacation, but he has some great “Best Of’s” planned with plenty of comedy guests. On Monday, Maya Erskine & Anna Konkle from “pen15” on Hulu will be Team Coco’s guests. Tuesday, Conan has Scottish comedy sensation Daniel Sloss on its repeat. Wednesday, Ron Funches is the special guest on Conan. And on Thursday, Conan O’Brien’s rerun features Judd Apatow and stand up comedy from Rachel Feinstein.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is also off this week and “The Best F#@king News Team Ever” has some retrospective shows planned for the break. On Tuesday, it’s “The Daily Show: What in the World?” featuring the most outrageous news stories from around the globe. On Wednesday, the Daily Show presents “It’s 2020,” a look at the 2,020 different Democrats running for President in the upcoming election. Then on Thursday, it’s the “Daily Show: The Kid Gloves Come Off” where Trevor Noah reports on some of the young Americans who are now getting involved in the old man’s game known as American politics.
Looking at some more highlights for this week. If you’re up really late and need some laughs on a Monday, the Late Late Show with James Corden is going all comedy with three guests who are some of the funniest actors that have worked on television with Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow and Jason Sudeikis who will probably be busy guest-spotting on SNL next season when his impression of Joe Biden is needed as the former Veep’s popularity continues to rise in the 2020 Presidential election.
Wednesday night has us very excited here at the IBang. James Corden is keeping the comedy coming on the Late Late Show on Wednesday with a stand up performance from one of our favorite comics Sarah Tollemache. She’s an NYC comedian via Houston, Texas and Sarah has been seen on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert where she had an amazing national late night television debut. Also, she’s been named one of the Top 20 Female Comics to Follow on Twitter by the Huffington Post, she appeared on “Last Comic Standing” and was formerly named as part of the New Faces showcase at the biggest comedy festival in the world, Just for Laughs in Montreal. If you love her on the Late Late Show (and you will), you can also hear Sarah Tollemache on the popular podcast “Vadge” with her co-host Adrienne Iapalucci.
On Thursday, one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, “The Big Bang Theory“, comes to end after 12 seasons of nerd jokes. The same night that the series finale runs, Stephen Colbert will host the entire “Big Bang” cast on the Late Show. It will be one last chance to see the cast together. Unfortunately, it’s pretty doubtful that the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” will be as drunk and surly as the cast of “Cheers” was when they went on the Tonight Show after their series wrapped in 1993.
And heading to the weekend, on Friday night, the incomparable and unstoppable Fran Lebowitz will be on a new episode of Real Time with Bill Maher at 10pm on HBO. Then on Saturday night, SNL finishes up it’s 44th season. Expect some great drop-ins because not only is it the season finale, but Paul Rudd has plenty of showbiz and comedy friends as well. It’s the Saturday Night Live – Season 44 finale on Saturday at 11:30pm on NBC. After that, let the speculation begin. Will Kate McKinnon stay with the show? Who else will stay and who will leave? And who will Pete Davidson be dating over the summer!?
Keep your nights late. You’ll like them better that way.