Late night talk show guests: January 10-16

Hello, friends! How was your weekend? Sweet, mine too! Last week saw some great late night television, as I anticipated in this very spot, but this upcoming week sees everything but Carson Daly out of repeats.

Everyone seems to have A+ guests this week, but here are the Top 5 to check out, followed as always by the complete guest listings.

  • Colin Firth (Tuesday on Stewart) - Besides putting in one of the best performances of 2010 in one of the year's best films (The King's Speech), Colin Firth is also a painfully funny fellow. When he was last on The Daily Show a couple months ago, the interview went brilliantly (as it has for all Firth's appearances on TDS over the years), and I would imagine the back-and-forth between Firth and Stewart will be great once again.
  • Donald Glover (Monday on Conan) - It seems like I never stop talking about Donald Glover (or his show Community, in general), but he's so talented and funny that I just can't get enough of him. He's been on Craigy Ferg many times, but it'll be nice to see how he does with Mr. O'Brien. And for those who aren't aware, our 2009 Genius Monkey Award winner is also an accomplished stand-up and rising MC (he's released multiple free-to-download albums under the moniker "Childish Gambino"). Anyway, watch his appearance on Monday (plus, you'll see first guest Adam Sandler -- not a bad bonus). I'm certain you won't be disappointed.
  • Paul Giamatti (Wednesday on Fallon, Friday on Ferguson) - There's been a lot of great talk about Giamatti's performance in his new film, Barney's Version, which even earned him a Golden Globe nomination. The man is also an incredibly funny and affable guy, which of course makes for an entertaining talk show guest. His recent appearances on The Daily Show and Strombo were great, so expect more of the same this week.
  • Lauren Graham (Monday on Lopez) - It's no secret that I'll always jump at the opportunity to see Lauren Graham in anything. I fell in love with her during her 7 seasons on Gilmore Girls, but have enjoyed her in everything I've seen her in since, including her current show (NBC's woefully underrated Parenthood) and any interview and talk show appearance she's done over the years. She's adorable, funny, a bit off-the-wall, and just plain interesting. She should never be missed.
  • Allan Hawco (Friday on Strombo) - For the Canadians (or Americans with access to the CBC), you should have already watched Hawco in the first season of the show he also co-created, The Republic of Doyle. And if you did, then you're no doubt looking forward to this week's Season 2 premiere. It's a fun throwback to 70s-style action shows and movies, following a slightly insane but badass P.I. in St. John's, Newfoundland. Hawco seems extremely likable, so it should be a good interview.

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)

  • Mon 01/10: Bill Cosby, Top Ten List by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, The Black Keys
  • Tue 01/11: Vince Vaughn, Mike Wolfe & Frank Fritz, Cage the Elephant
  • Wed 01/12: Kevin James, Olivia Munn, Blake Shelton
  • Thu 01/13: Gregg Allman
  • Fri 01/14: Joan Rivers, Jeff Caldwell, Wintersleep

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)

  • Mon 01/10: Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Dan Adhoot, Diane Birch
  • Tue 01/11: Bill Maher, Melissa McCarthy, The Duke Spirit
  • Wed 01/12: Seth Rogen, Ted Williams, Bettye Lavette
  • Thu 01/13: Cameron Diaz, Eric Stonestreet, 30 Seconds to Mars
  • Fri 01/14: Michael Douglas, Julie Scardina

Conan (TBS, CTV)

  • Mon 01/10: Adam Sandler, Donald Glover, Guster
  • Tue 01/11: Javier Bardem, Rashida Jones, Steel Train
  • Wed 01/12: Denis Leary, Ice Cube, Tim Minchin
  • Thu 01/13: Ricky Gervais, Kaitlin Olson, Cheap Trick

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

  • Mon 01/10: Cameron Diaz, Scott Foley, The Wombats
  • Tue 01/11: Channing Tatum, Mamie Gummer, A Day to Remember
  • Wed 01/12: Sandra Oh, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter, Fitz & the Tantrums
  • Thu 01/13: Seth Rogen, Elle Fanning, The Damned Things
  • Fri 01/14: TBA

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)

  • Mon 01/10: Roseanne Barr, Joe Theismann
  • Tue 01/11: Paula Abdul, Dave Attell
  • Wed 01/12: David Duchovny, Jo Frost
  • Thu 01/13: Denis Leary, Kathleen Madigan
  • Fri 01/14: Paul Giamatti, Piper Perabo

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

  • Mon 01/10: Winona Ryder, Regina King, Okkervil River
  • Tue 01/11: Jennifer Connelly, Jerry O'Connell, Tom Tom Club
  • Wed 01/12: Paul Giamatti, Faith Hill, Cake
  • Thu 01/13: Donald Trump, Ginnifer Goodwin, Neon Trees
  • Fri 01/14: Candice Bergen, Colin Jost

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

  • Mon 01/10: Denis Leary
  • Tue 01/11: Colin Firth
  • Wed 01/12: Gov. Tim Pawlenty
  • Thu 01/13: Ron Howard

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, CTV)

  • Mon 01/10: Fen Montaigne
  • Tue 01/11: Chris Hughes
  • Wed 01/12: Bernard-Henri Levy
  • Thu 01/13: Kevin Spacey

Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC)

  • Mon 01/10: Mark Hoppus, Yak Films, Fitz & the Tantrums (Repeat)
  • Tue 01/11: Maynard Keenan, Indie Pop Studio, A Perfect Circle (Repeat)
  • Wed 01/12: "Catfish" filmmakers, Big Freedia, the Morning Benders (Repeat)
  • Thu 01/13: Paul Bettany, Mick Foley, Delta Spirit (Repeat)
  • Fri 01/14: Henry Rollins, Andrew Zuckerman, Two Door Cinema Club (Repeat)

Lopez Tonight (TBS)

  • Mon 01/10: Lauren Graham, Will Sasso, Plain White T's
  • Tue 01/11: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Maz Jobrani
  • Wed 01/12: Roseanne Barr, Danny Pudi, El Debarge featuring Faith Evans, Michael Bearden & the Ese Vatos
  • Thu 01/13: David Duchovny, Kristen Schaal, Saving Abel

George Stroumboloupoulos Tonight (CBC)

  • Mon 01/10: Allan Hawco
  • Tue 01/11: Josh Groban
  • Wed 01/12: Rosamund Pike
  • Thu 01/13: Peter Weir
  • Fri 01/14: MIA, Zeus

Kevin Pollak's Chat Show (Online)

  • Sun 01/16: Paul Dooley, Winnie Holzman

Tags: Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, George Stroumboloupoulos, 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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