It’s that time of year again when Jimmy Kimmel & Guillermo pack up the Jimmy Kimmel Live set and head back East to Jimmy’s hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Jimmy Kimmel Live will be broadcasting from the Brooklyn Academy of Music along with Kimmel doing remotes and pre-taped segments from all around NYC during JKL’s annual week-long trip to New York City. JKL from BAM will play host to a slate of East Coast guests on Kimmel all this week.
Who are some of the East Coasters welcoming Jimmy Kimmel home to NYC? JKL has some of the best that New York / New Jersey has to offer. On Monday, Bruce Springsteen makes a rare television appearance on JKL. Then on Tuesday, musical guest David Byrne performs with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. On Wednesday, Jimmy Kimmel welcomes Bill Murray who has made Jimmy Kimmel Live his unofficial new late night home now that Letterman has retired. Bill will be promoting his appearance in the newly released horror-comedy sequel “Zombieland: Double Tap” on Wednesday. On Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel welcomes the most talked about comedian of 1980 and 2019 when Eddie Murphy comes to JKL to talk about his new Netflix movie “Dolemite Is My Name” as well as his return to stand up comedy. Finally on Friday, Jimmy Kimmel hosts the classic hip-hop group, New Jersey’s own, the Sugarhill Gang.
This week, there’s some good news for Stephen Colbert fans which is probably bad news for Donald Trump fans. CBS really loves the political humor that Colbert has brought to the Late Show, (probably those #1 ratings in late night too) and has signed him to a new deal according to the Tiffany Network. CBS announced that the contract extension will keep Stephen Colbert behind the desk at CBS’s Late Show through August of 2023. Not quite through President Trump’s second term, which CBS really must be hoping for now that they’ve locked in Colbert to continue commenting on his presidency.
We’ve got some outstanding stand up performances to look forward to this week in late night television.
On Monday, Dulcé Sloan is performing on a new episode of Conan. Dulcé has been named as a Top Comedian to Watch by both Variety and Rolling Stone. She’s also been part of the New Faces showcase at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and was named the 2016 NBC Stand Up Showcase Winner.
Tuesday, Jay Jurden is making his Tonight Show stand up comedy debut. Making it to the Tonight Show stage caps off a fantastic 2019 for Jay. He’s a New York City based comic who this year alone was named to the JFL New Faces showcase and TimeOut magazine’s Comedians to Watch list.
Then on Wednesday, Jay Larson performs stand up on the Late Late Show with James Corden. Jay is a veteran of Conan O’Brien’s stand up stage and is now branching out to other late night shows. Jay currently co-hosts “The Crabfeast” podcast with Ryan Sickler which is available on Stitcher.
Friday night, which can normally be a slow night for late night comedy across the networks, has a great line up this week. Starting at 10pm with Zach Galifianakis appearing on a new episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. Zach will be promoting his new Netflix comedy film, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie.” Also on Friday, Stephen Colbert has only one guest listed for the Late Show and that’s his fellow Daily Show with Jon Stewart co-worker and correspondent Steve Carell. Then later on CBS, James Corden is re-airing a stand up performance from Andrew Orolfo on a repeat of the Late Late Show.
Finishing up the weekend, SNL is back live this Saturday. Each season now, it’s becoming more of a tradition to do an episode of Saturday Night Live where a performer doubles as both the host and musical guest. That’s this Saturday with Chance the Rapper being the entertainer who’s pulling double duty on a new, live SNL.
Enjoy some late night TV this week and then sweet dreams, that is when you do eventually go to sleep.