Do you love late night comedy? Are you really into Hobbits? (We’re gonna pretend you said “Yes” to that second question) Well, it’s your lucky week! All this week on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, viewers will be treated to highlights from Stephen’s travels to New Zealand, also known as “Middle-Earth” where the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed.
The actual film location in New Zealand is called “Hobbiton.” Last year, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on the Late Show and offered Hobbiton citizenship to Stephen Colbert who adores the “Rings” trilogy. Then last month, LOTR super-fan Colbert made the journey with his film crew to New Zealand to see his new adopted home. The Late Show will be sharing highlights from the trip all this week in segments called “Stephen Colbert: The Newest Zealander”.
Not only will Colbert visit Hobbiton with “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson and film scenes for a spin-off, but he’ll also have another sit down with Prime Minister Ardern, meet Xena Warrior Princess (Lucy Lawless) and get a crash course in rugby from the famed New Zealand national team, the All Blacks.
Looking at other highlights in late night this week, on Monday, Conan welcomes the very funny and very busy Nicole Byer. She hosts the baking show “Nailed It” on Netflix, she stars in the semi-autobiographical comedy “Loosely Exactly Nicole” on Facebook, and she hosts the podcast called “Why Won’t You Date Me.” All while still maintaining her successful stand up career.
In a non-comedy highlight for Monday, Jimmy Kimmel welcomes Martin Scorsese to JKL. Scorsese will sit down for a rare TV interview to talk about the release of his latest film “The Irishman“. The film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano, and it gained Oscar buzz after it premiered at the New York Film Festival and had limited release in theaters. Next up, “The Irishman” will be available on Netflix on Wednesday, November 27th.
Tuesday night, we say goodbye to one of the best and funniest political commentary shows on television. The Jim Jefferies Show says goodbye after three seasons of Jim skewering the American political and social scene. This final season was more international with Jim traveling to different locations around the world for filmed segments. To find out what’s next for Jim Jefferies, check out our coverage of The Jim Jefferies Show finale on the IBang.
David Spade is known for his brutal takes on all things pop culture. On Wednesday night, he’s sure to meet his match when “Glitter Cheese” herself, Liza Treyger, joins the Lights Out with David Spade panel. Her half hour special for Netflix is available now for streaming. It’s part of “The Degenerates” series on the streamer. Tune in to Lights Out on Wednesday night to find out why Liza Treyger falls into that category perfectly.
Thursday night, Jessica Kirson will be performing on the Tonight Show. Jessica visited Jay Leno’s Tonight Show in the past, but this will be her first appearance with Jimmy Fallon behind the desk. Jessica will be promoting her new comedy special “Bill Burr Presents Jessica Kirson: Talking to Myself.” Backed up by one the funniest comedians in the country, Bill Burr, Jessica’s new hour of stand up premieres Friday, December 6th at midnight on Comedy Central.
As we look at the end of the week, on Saturday, it will be one of the most the most anticipated SNL episodes of this season. Former cast member Will Ferrell returns to host Saturday Night Live with musical guest King Princess. Ferrell spent 7 seasons as part of the SNL cast and he last hosted the show in January of last year during the second half of SNL – Season 43. Will’s last SNL appearance as host was the highest rated that season. We’re sure that NBC is hoping to recapture some of that Ferrell magic with the ratings slipping some this season.
That’s it for this week. You work hard. Put your feet up, turn on the TV and let’s call it a late night.