Congratulations to John Oliver on his big Primetime Emmy Award win on Sunday night. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series beating out The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Full Frontal for the honor.
Now that the Emmy Awards are over, it’s time for the new fall TV season to officially begin along with the gimmicks to earn your viewership. The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is the first to start with a new way to entice you to tune in at 11:30pm week nights. The Tonight Show will be doing a week of live shows starting this Monday. With Fallon going live, expect his bookers to really try to stack the Tonight Show with some great guests. Also, expect Fallon to try to pull some staged goofs that are made to look like legit mistakes happening during his live shows.
As for those big guests, on Wednesday night, Jimmy Fallon is going back in time when his guest is the first-ever guest he had when he started hosting “Late Night” on NBC back 2009, Robert De Niro. We can only hope this interview is every bit as awkward live as it was 10 years ago when it was pre-taped on Fallon’s first night as a host.
Here’s some highlights for the new week in late night.
We’ve appreciated James Corden booking more and more comedians on the Late Late Show on CBS and it looks like he’s continuing that trend in the new fall season. On Monday, Corden has Anna Drezen performing on the Late Late Show. Anna is an SNL writer and has written for MTV, the Daily Dot, CollegeHumor, Buzzfeed, and Funny or Die. She’s making her national television debut on Monday night, so hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of Anna in late night.
Tuesday night, there’s more stand up comedy in late night with another national television stand up debut when Gavin Matts performs on Conan. Gavin hails from Vancouver and was named the 2017 SiriusXM Top Comic, the largest comedy competition in Canada. Last year, he was one of TBS’ Comics to Watch and he comes with the Bill Burr seal of approval. According to his bio, Gavin will be part of “Bill Burr Presents” on Comedy Central due to premiere in January 2020.
Wednesday night is a late night we’re looking forward to when Gary Gulman is Team Coco’s one and only guest on Conan on TBS. Gary has one of the most talked about comedy specials of the year premiering next week. “Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh” debuts on HBO on Saturday, October 5th at 9pm et. The special is not only Gary’s brilliant stand up work, it’s also part documentary focusing on his long battle with depression. You can find out more about “Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh” and watch the trailer on the Interrobang.
On Thursday, the SNL Weekend Update anchormen, Colin Jost and Michael Che, will be sitting down on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about the new season of Saturday Night Live. The long running comedy – variety show which just picked up another Emmy win for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series on Sunday night will be entering its 45th season this weekend. Of course, the big SNL news in the weeks leading up to the premiere has been the rapid hiring and firing of comedian Shane Gillis after some racially charged jokes of Shane’s came to light. It should be interesting to see if Fallon is willing to ask about the Shane Gillis situation when he has SNL‘s head writers on his couch, or since Fallon, Jost and Che all call Lorne Michaels “boss”, does the touchy subject somehow not come up? If you’ve been living under a comedy rock and haven’t heard what happened regarding Saturday Night Live and Shane Gillis, check out “To Those 6 Headliners Who Took Shots at Shane Gillis, Here’s Why People Are Mad at You” by our own Debra Kessler to get caught up to speed.
Also on Thursday, pop culture figures beware! Tim Dillon is going to be part of David Spade’s panel on Thursday night’s edition of Lights Out on Comedy Central. Tim has a wicked tongue, and wicked fingers if you’ve ever checked out his tweets @TimJDillon. It’ll be great to see one of the country’s funniest (and meanest, if you ask Meghan McCain) comedians take the entertainment world down a few pegs on Thursday.
As for the weekend, one of those great Tonight Show guests we mentioned earlier is booked for Friday. Sebastian Maniscalco will be on a live edition of the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC. Good luck with that Jimmy. Then on Saturday, as we mentioned earlier, it’s the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. Woody Harrelson kicks off the start of SNL – Season 45 as host with musical guest Billie Eilish.
It’s a big week in late night. C’mon. Stay up. You know you want to.