The late night comedy listings are a little thinner this week than usual, but there is plenty of quality comedy in late night this week to more than make up for the quantity.
On Monday, Team Coco kicks things off with one of the top comedians in the country Jim Gaffigan on Conan. Gaffigan has conquered the stand up stage with multiple specials, but lately he’s been spending more of his time focusing on his film career with plenty of movie projects filling up his resume. One of his latest, “Being Frank” is due in theaters on Friday, June 14th.
Jim Gaffigan has made a living in comedy by being a family man and composing his act with material from his home life. In “Being Frank“, Gaffigan’s character takes family man way too far in this dark comedy about deceiving the people closest to you. He leads a double-life by having two families unaware of each other. He’s discovered by one his sons who then decides to use the information for his personal gain. For an early look at “Being Frank“, check out our preview, “Jim Gaffigan Starring as a Bigamist.”
Comedy superstars continue to fill up our television late night couches on Tuesday when Kevin Hart returns to the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Kevin stars in what will most likely be the largest grossing animated comedy of Summer 2019 when he returns as Snowball the Rabbit in the cartoon comedy sequel “The Secret Life of Pets 2” out in theaters Friday, June 7th.
On Wednesday, the RoastMaster General Jeff Ross will be on the Tonight Show to talk about his new Netflix comedy series, “Historical Roasts“. Based on the popular comedy stage show, “Historical Roasts” which starts streaming full episodes on Monday, May 27th, takes viewers back in time for comedy roasts of some of history’s most popular and notorious figures. The preview released by Netflix shows Cleopatra taking center stage while being roasted by her lover Mark Antony among others. The stage show roasted historic names like Abraham Lincoln, Jimmy Hendrix, Michael Jackson and William Shakespeare. We’ll see who makes the cut on the series when “Historical Roasts” begins streaming next week on Netflix.
Thursday features plenty of stand up comedy in late night. First on Conan, Nish Kumar performs on the TBS late night stage. Nish is an international comedy sensation and Conan O’Brien is becoming a specialist at importing great stand up talent from around the world. Nish has been a mainstay at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Leicester Comedy Festival and broke out with highly successful shows at London’s Soho Theatre. American audiences get a dose of Nish Kumar on Thursday night on Conan.
Later on Thursday, Janine Brito appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Janine has had a successful duel career as a writer for the Netflix revival of “One Day at a Time” and on “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” among other shows. Her site describes Janine as “half Cuban, half Icelandic, and all lesbian.” And a mean one at that. Her stand up has been seen on HBO on “2 Dope Queens” and now she arrives on Late Night on Thursday night.
Finally this weekend, Saturday Night Live begins its long summer hiatus. It kicks off a season of reruns with the SNL episode hosted by Emma Stone with musical guest BTS. So now, we can let the speculation begin on which cast members will be added and more importantly subtracted from Lorne Michaels’ very talented staff. There’s already rumors that Kate McKinnon will be moving on, now that her standard SNL contract is up. Also, who knows else will be moving on? Pete Davidson has joked in the past about somehow hanging on to his job at NBC. We’ll see in the months to come if there’s a little bit of shoot in that work. The important thing is to stay tuned to the IBang for any updates on cast and writer changes at Saturday Night Live during the off-season.
And remember, better late night than never.
Eric Stonestreet is on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:30am on NBC