Late night talk show guests: December 7-13

It's time for some great late night television! Everyone's out of repeats, the upcoming holiday movie season means the stars will be out in full force promoting a healthy mix of big blockbusters and Oscar hopefuls, and frankly, the weather outside for most of us has gotten cold and uninviting -- so why go out when you can stay in to be entertained?

Okay, so the weather likely won't keep any of you from going about your usual business (which might mean being out late, but more likely involves being alseep). But if you've got yourself a PVR (and studies are showing that more and more of you are getting them and using them), you have no excuse to miss out on any of the great comedy (and whatever it is that happens on Last Call with Carson Daly) happening on the late night talk shows. Be sure to, at the very least, set your timers to record the 5 must-see guests this week:

  • Matt Damon (Thursday on Leno) – Is anyone else looking forward to the new Clint Eastwood film, Invictis? Matt Damon is one of the stars of the film, if you didn't know. Very few people are legitimate "movie stars" who can also act circles around most people, but Damon can pull off all kinds of roles: action, drama, comedy, the whole spectrum. And that makes him an entertaining interview, even on Leno.
  • Morgan Freeman (Wednesday on Ferguson) – Speaking of Invictus, Morgan Freeman plays the great Nelson Mandela in the film. Besides being one of the greatest actors around, Freeman is also absolutely fascinating to see in interviews (in fact, personally, I can't think of someone I'd more want to interview). Craig Ferguson, given the lack of pre-planning with his interviews, is always the best person to take on interesting people.
  • Zach Braff (Friday on Conan) – We're unabashed Scrubs fans here at And of course, Garden State was our top movie of the year when it was released. So it should come as no surprise that we like Zach Braff. He's a silly, funny guy, and is always a good talk show guest.
  • Donald Glover (Tuesday on Carson) – I don't normally talk about Last Call very much on here, but Tuesday has a guest you have to stay up for: Donald Glover. One of the stars of NBC's Community, who was also a writer on 30 Rock the past 2 seasons, Glover is also a member of the comedy trouple DERRICK COMEDY. You've probably seen one or more of their shorts on YouTube, and as it slowly gets released across the country, you'll hopefully see their first feature, Mystery Team, which garnered rave reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival. He and Danny Pudi have been the breakout stars of Community, making it must-watch television every Thursday night.
  • Jim Parsons (Friday on Ferguson) – I know I just raved about Parsons recently when he was about to appear on The Tonight Show (which was a fun interview, if you missed it), but seeing Jim Parsons on The Late Late Show is a delight. He and Craig have some great comedic chemistry together, and anytime he makes an appearance on the show is definitely not to miss!

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (NBC)

  • Mon 12/07: Howie Mandel, Deepak Chopra, Michael McDonald
  • Tue 12/08: Josh Brolin, Tillie the Dog Artist, Chad Daniels
  • Wed 12/09: Snoop Dogg, Carl Reiner
  • Thu 12/10: The winner of Top Chef, 30 Seconds to Mars
  • Fri 12/11: Zach Braff, Bear Grylls, Tony Bennett

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)

  • Mon 12/07: Ray Romano, Anna Kendrick
  • Tue 12/08: Barbara Walters, Blakroc
  • Wed 12/09: Rachel Weisz, pet massage expert Maryjean Ballner, Rob Thomas
  • Thu 12/10: Kate Hudson, Dr. James Hansen, Tori Amos
  • Fri 12/11: Kyra Sedgwick, Brian Scott McFadden, Joe Perry

The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

  • Mon 12/07: Susan Sarandon, Andrea Bocelli with the Muppets
  • Tue 12/08: Gabourey Sidibe, the winner of The Biggest Loser
  • Wed 12/09: Quentin Tarantino, Drew Brees
  • Thu 12/10: Matt Damon, Barry Manilow
  • Fri 12/11: Gordon Ramsay

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

  • Mon 12/07: Jason Bateman, 50 Cent
  • Tue 12/08: Tom Ford, Jawbox
  • Wed 12/09: Susie Essman, Bon Jovi
  • Thu 12/10: Julianne Moore, David Alan Grier, Blakroc
  • Fri 12/11: Mary Steenburgen, Snoop Dogg

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)

  • Mon 12/07: Wayne Newton, Shirley Manson
  • Tue 12/08: Michael Clarke Duncan, Gillian Jacobs, Rosanne Cash
  • Wed 12/09: Morgan Freeman, Overtone
  • Thu 12/10: Howie Mandel, Paula Marshall
  • Fri 12/11: Jim Parsons, They Might Be Giants

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

  • Mon 12/07: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ashley Greene, Honor Society (Repeat)
  • Tue 12/08: Pee-Wee Herman, Jackie, Jermaine, Tito & Marlon Jackson, Passion Pit
  • Wed 12/09: William Shatner, animal trainer Kristin McMillan, Jay Sean
  • Thu 12/10: Steven Seagal, Timbaland
  • Fri 12/11: Ray Romano, Kim Kardashian, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, CTV)

  • Mon 12/07: Dan Rather
  • Tue 12/08: Mike Huckabee
  • Wed 12/09: Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • Thu 12/10: Gwen Ifill

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, CTV)

  • Mon 12/07: Bill T. Jones
  • Tue 12/08: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Andy Schlafly
  • Wed 12/09: Matt Taibbi
  • Thu 12/10: Lara Logan

Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC)

  • Mon 12/07: Jared Leto, Debbie McCormick, Quinn Dahle (Repeat)
  • Tue 12/08: Donald Glover, Ellery Hollingsworth, Pete Yorn
  • Wed 12/09: Olivia Munn, Jordy Smith, Paolo Nutini
  • Thu 12/10: Adam Scott, Leticia Bufoni, the XX
  • Fri 12/11: David Duchovny, Tor Hamer, Anya Marina

Lopez Tonight (TBS)

  • Mon 12/07: Kathy Griffin, Rico Rodriguez, Sean Paul
  • Tue 12/08: Clint Eastwood, Jane Lynch, Dierks Bentley
  • Wed 12/09: Morrissey
  • Thu 12/10: Hilary Duff, Scott Bakula

The Hour with George Stroumboloupoulos (CBC)

  • Mon 12/07: Sir Harold Evans, Chris Bosh
  • Tue 12/08: Shawn Atleo, Mark Breslin
  • Wed 12/09: Keith Desserich, Hulk Hogan
  • Thu 12/10: Norah Jones

Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (Online)

  • Sun 12/13: Comedian Chris Hardwick (Attack of the Show)

Tags: The Tonight Show, Late Night, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel, The Hour, Kevin Pollak, talk shows

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Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found putting on and promoting music and comedy events with The Purple Room in Winnipeg, or co-producing the live comedy game shows Pants on Fire and The Great Patio Showdown. (@comedygeek)

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