This week in late night, Jimmy Fallon is going back to school. The Tonight Show will be leaving mid-town Manhattan for one episode this week when Jimmy, Steve Higgins and the crew broadcast from the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday. The entire audience will be the Longhorn students that were lucky enough to get tickets to see the Tonight Show performed in front of their eyes at Bass Concert Hall on campus.
Jimmy will be planning a Texas-themed show for Thursday night at UT. And what’s more Texan and more cliche while doing a show in the Lone Star State than booking Matthew McConaughey. The Oscar winner is a member of the faculty at the University of Texas, basically the same way the mascots, Bevo the Steer and Hook ‘Em the Anthropomorphic Longhorn are part of the UT staff. Expect other cliches from Fallon during his Thursday night in Texas like telling the audience how much his feet hurt from his new boots he can’t walk in, and plenty of “Even Bigger in Texas” jokes.
Looking at the comedy guests on the late night schedule this week, Jenny Slate will be making the rounds. The comedian, actor and author will be promoting her new book, “Little Weirds.” The book is out Tuesday and it’s a collection of essays by Jenny on a variety of topics including “depression, a French-kissing rabbit, a haunted house, death and a vagina singing sad old songs.” Sounds like something for everyone.
Jenny Slate begins her late night week Tuesday on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Then on Wednesday, she visits Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC. And Jenny Slate wraps up her week of late night appearances on Thursday on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central.
On Tuesday, the Machine, Bert Kreischer will sit down with Conan O’Brien on Conan. Bert announced that tickets are on sale for his Fall 2019 Body Shots World Tour are on sale now. The November part of the tour starts out in the Midwest with shows coming up in Cincinnati, Columbus, OH and Chicago. To check all dates go BertBertBert.com.
Also on Tuesday night, we get a stand up performance from Megan Gailey on the Tonight Show. Megan has performed on Conan, Lights Out with David Spade and Comedy Central’s Half Hour specials. She was also part of the New Faces showcase at the 2015 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Tuesday night, she’ll be promoting the recent release of her debut comedy album, “Megan Gailey: My Dad Paid For This,” which is available now on Apple Music. And she’ll be celebrating that ABC just bought a sitcom she wrote with Aaron Burdette (“Man Seeking Woman“) called “Are We OK?“. ABC has put the sitcom into development.
There’s so much late night comedy on Wednesday night, you’ll probably be laughing well into Thursday. We have more stand up comedy with a performance by San Francisco based comedian Emily Catalano on Conan. And later on Wednesday, the ever-popular Jim Gaffigan will be appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
And watch for Lil Rel Howery on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night. Rel will be on JKL to talk about his HBO stand-up comedy debut. His brand new hour long special, “Lil Rel Howery Live in Crenshaw” debuts on Saturday, November 23rd at 10pm et on HBO. There won’t be a lot of bells and whistles with this comedy special. Rel shot this in the South Los Angeles neighborhood, Crenshaw, at Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School. The special is produced and directed by Jerrod Carmichael who worked with Lil Rel Howery on his TV comedy series, “The Carmichael Show.”
Then on Thursday, two of our favorite comedy figures will be on the guest couches in late night. First up, Pete Holmes of “The Pete Holmes Show” and “Crashing” on HBO will part of David Spade’s pop culture hit squad on Lights Out on Comedy Central. Then on the Late Late Show with James Corden, one of the top comedy film directors working today, Paul Feig, will be promoting his new holiday comedy, “Last Christmas” starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. It will be opening nationwide this Friday.
Speaking of great comedy film directors (also writer, producer, actor, and comedian), Judd Apatow will be guest on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night on HBO. Judd rarely holds anything back when it comes to his political views. Anyone who follows him on Twitter @JuddApatow knows that.
Meanwhile on Saturday, SNL is back to reruns for a week. NBC will be replaying the 2nd show of the new SNL season which was hosted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge with musical guest Taylor Swift from October 5th.
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