Late night talk show guests: April 26-May 2

This week is mostly repeat-free, so a big "hooray!" from me for that. There was nothing very interesting over the last week in late night television (besides phenomenal stand-up and Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney doing a piece on SNL's Weekend Update last Saturday!!!), so tonight's post is just about who not to miss this week.

With every show at least partially new this week, there are definitely more than just 5 guests to check out, but I'll give you my Top 5 and then you can figure out the rest on your own.

  • Robert Downey, Jr. (Wednesday on Letterman) – We're less than 2 weeks away from the premiere of Iron Man 2! The first Iron Man was such a fun movie, and with the amazing cast on board for this second flick, it will no doubt be great, too. A lot of that is due to Mr. Downey, who in my humble opinion hasn't made a bad movie since at least Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.
  • Don Cheadle (Wednesday on Lopez) – Speaking of Iron Man 2, Don Cheadle has stepped in to replace Terrance Howard as Colonel James Rhodes (and for the first time, War Machine). Cheadle is one of the best actors out there, so that's reason enough to want to watch him, but he's also a really funny guy who works well on talk shows.
  • Jackie Earle Haley (Thursday on Fallon) – Jackie Earle Haley's story is quite amazing -- a successful child actor who stopped getting roles in his adulthood and decided to leave the business altogether, only to return and nab an Oscar nomination for his creepy role in 2006's Little Children -- and he's on the talk show circuit promoting his role as Freddy Kruger in the new Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. But my favourite role of his has been on TV, in the mid-season FOX show Human Target. He's so good as the mysterious but hilarious Guerrero! (Here's hoping it gets picked up for a second season.)
  • Lauren Graham (Friday on Ferguson) – I've said it before and I'll say it again: Lauren Graham is amazing. I didn't know if I'd be able to accept her on NBC's Parenthood, since her Lorelei Gilmore character from Gilmore Girls was so ingrained in my psyche. But not only have I been able to accept it, but I think she's great as Braverman sister Sarah. She's also always lots of fun when she stops by to talk with Craig.
  • Nick Offerman (Friday on Carson) – If you watch Parks & Recreation, you already know how awesome Nick Offerman is. Actually, Offerman's been around a while, so you might have even known that before Parks & Rec. Regardless, he's great. Don't believe me? The man has his own WOODSHOP! Combine that with his ridiculously badass moustache (I admit -- I joined a Facebook fan page dedicated to his moustache) and he's a can't-miss guest.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)

  • Mon 04/26: Dr. Phil McGraw, Jon Gruden, David Sanborn, American Idol castoff Tim Urban
  • Tue 04/27: Courtney Love, Michael Caine, Hole
  • Wed 04/28: Robert Downey Jr., OK Go
  • Thu 04/29: Gwyneth Paltrow, the Broadway cast of "American Idiot"
  • Fri 04/30: David Beckham, Mike Birbiglia, the Hold Steady

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)

  • Mon 04/26: Joel McHale, Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita & Teresa Giudice (The Real Housewives of New Jersey), Melissa Etheridge
  • Tue 04/27: Jessica Simpson, Jackie Earle Haley, Dierks Bentley
  • Wed 04/28: Chelsea Handler, Aqualung
  • Thu 04/29: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sig Hansen, Laura Bell Bundy
  • Fri 04/30: Mickey Rourke

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)

  • Mon 04/26: Jonah Hill, Emily Procter (Repeat)
  • Tue 04/27: Jay Baruchel, Regis & Joy Philbin (Repeat)
  • Wed 04/28: Lisa Kudrow, Adhir Kalyan (Repeat)
  • Thu 04/29: Tom Selleck, Lance Burton
  • Fri 04/30: Lauren Graham, Peter Sagal

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

  • Mon 04/26: Kathie Lee Gifford, Brian Posehn, Gogol Bordello
  • Tue 04/27: Rebecca Hall, the Whigs
  • Wed 04/28: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
  • Thu 04/29: Ed Burns, Jackie Earle Haley, Paramore
  • Fri 04/30: Amanda Peet, Colin Quinn, Jabbawockeez

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

  • Mon 04/26: Megan Mullally, Erin Andrews, National School Scrabble 2010 Winners Evan McCarthy & Bradley Robbins
  • Tue 04/27: Dominic Monaghan, the latest Dancing with the Stars castoff, Civil Twilight
  • Wed 04/28: Julie Bowen, Craig Robinson, Dr. Dog
  • Thu 04/29: Courtney Love, boxing rabbi Yuri Foreman, Hole
  • Fri 04/30: TBA (Repeat)

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

  • Mon 04/26: Lisa P. Jackson
  • Tue 04/27: Richard Whittle
  • Wed 04/28: Ken Blackwell
  • Thu 04/29: Michael Caine

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, CTV)

  • Mon 04/26: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
  • Tue 04/27: Conn Iggulden
  • Wed 04/28: Gregg Easterbrook
  • Thu 04/29: OK Go

Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC)

  • Mon 04/26: Antoine Fuqua, OK Go, Paolo Nutini (Repeat)
  • Tue 04/27: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Citizen Cope
  • Wed 04/28: David Guetta, RJD2
  • Thu 04/29: Gavin McInnes, Holly Golightly
  • Fri 04/30: Nick Offerman

Lopez Tonight (TBS)

  • Mon 04/26: Ashton Kutcher, Emma Roberts, Carter Jenkins
  • Tue 04/27: Ozzy Osbourne, Kendra & Hank Baskett
  • Wed 04/28: Evan Lysacek, Don Cheadle, AnnaLynne McCord, J. Alexander
  • Thu 04/29: Wanda Sykes, Peter Facinelli, Loni Love

The Hour with George Stroumboloupoulos (CBC)

  • Mon 04/12: Meatloaf
  • Tue 04/13: Danny Bhoy
  • Wed 04/14: K'Naan, Joannie Rochette
  • Thu 04/15: Courtyard Hounds
  • Fri 04/16: Eddie Izzard, Meatloaf, Michelle Forbes (Repeat Guests)

Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (Online)

  • Sun 05/02 (3pm PST): Cheri Oteri

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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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