This week as we scour the late night schedules, we’re not seeing as many comedy guests booked on the post 11pm talk shows as usual. But what we’re lacking in quantity this week, we’re making up for in quality.
Here’s some late night highlights for this week.
On Tuesday, the man of the hour Gary Gulman will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers. We’re counting down to the premiere of Gary’s brand new and innovative comedy special, “Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh” on HBO. Part stand up special, part documentary, “The Great Depresh” covers Gary Gulman’s lifelong battle with depression that threatened to derail his comedy career in recent years. “Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh” debuts this Saturday at 10pm on HBO. The premiere also coincides with the beginning of Mental Illness Awareness Week which begins on Sunday.
Wednesday, Lights Out with David Spade hosts a reunion of sorts on Comedy Central. Spade welcomes Maya Rudolph and Martin Short to his panel on Wednesday to help topple the fragile pop culture newsmakers in the entertainment world. Martin Short is already one of the funniest people to ever sit on a late night couch and Maya Rudolph is one of Saturday Night Live‘s most successful and beloved alums. The two joined comedy forces back in 2016 for the variety comedy sketch show “Maya & Marty” on NBC. The show reinvigorated the variety show concept and was a huge success. It also introduced America to current SNL cast member Mikey Day. The two stars only did 6 episodes during the summer of ’16, so it will be great to see “Maya & Marty” reunited Wednesday night on Lights Out with David Spade.
Speaking of reunions, tune into the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night when Colbert’s guests include Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. Their characters, Jay & Silent Bob are back on the big screen in “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” released nationwide on Tuesday, October 15th. In the new movie, Jay & Silent Bob who were first introduced to audiences in Kevin Smith’s independent comedy hit “Clerks” in 1994, are trying to stop a film reboot featuring their likenesses. Yeah. It seems a little hard to follow, but it probably won’t be if you’re high on October 15th.
Also, this week in late night, political junkies should be paying attention. On Monday, Colbert has Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on the Late Show and on Thursday, Jimmy Kimmel welcomes Robert Iger, the Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company to JKL. There have been political rumors that both Hillary and Iger may throw their hats in the ring and jump in the 2020 presidential race with Hillary coming out of hiding and Iger being endorsed by Oprah. After Hillary’s 2016 disaster and Iger’s ties to Mickey Mouse, this could lead to a lot of late night comedy if these two make late night election announcements this week.
Finally on Saturday, SNL is back with its new season with Phoebe Waller-Bridge hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. Phoebe is a great choice considering she was already booked on SNL before she recently left the Primetime Emmy Awards with her arms full of trophies for her BBC comedy series “Fleabag“. The original series she created won 6 awards including Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Waller-Bridge. Brits always seem to do a good job hosting SNL, so we’ll see if she continues the streak on Saturday.
Turn out the lights and turn on the television. Time for some late night laughs.