Late Night Lineups: October 6-10

Sorry about missing last week. By the time I realized this oversight, it was already mid-week, and the post would've been nearly pointless. But here we go again with another week of great late night comedy and some potentially great interviews.

First up, of course, is the list of who you don't want to miss no matter what. There are actually quite a few great guests booked this week, but here are my top 5 picks:

  • The Smothers Brothers (Monday on Ferguson) - Dick and Tommy Smothers are comedy legends. Their Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour show in the 60s was filled with biting political satire, so much so that they got kicked off the air due to its controversy. Personally, I know them more from their late 80s revival of the show, and because of my mom letting me watch the show as a young-ish lad, I got into comedy. One of the best comedy teams of all time, they'll fit really well with Ferguson's interview style.
  • Sarah Vowell (Monday on Letterman; Tuesday on Stewart) - Sarah Vowell is intelligent and hilarious. She's a favourite amongst the talk show hosts and a great guest. If you've never read any of her books, go out and get one now, and be sure to catch both her appearances this week.
  • Rachael Yamagata (Thursday on Leno) - One of the best female singer/songwriters in the quickly-expanding genre, she's out promoting her new album Elephants... Teeth Sinking Into Heart. She's also on tour this fall as part of the Hotel Cafe Tour, which is a show you definitely shouldn't miss if it's stopping in your town.
  • Michelle Obama (Wednesday on Stewart) - She's the potential first lady of the United States of America, and I'm curious to see what kind of questions Jon Stewart will ask her. He may "just" be a comedian, but he often cuts through the B.S. for some great interviews. Will he be probing and direct, like he has been to some politicians and journalists (on both sides of the political spectrum), or will he take the easy route like he did with Senator John Kerry leading up to 2004's election? Should be interesting either way.
  • Sarah Chalke (Wednesday on Letterman) - The final season of Scrubs (airing later this year on its new home at ABC) is officially done filming, but for fans of How I Met Your Mother, you know there's a chance she'll stay in your living rooms for quite a while. She's one of the funniest women in television over the last few years, plus she appeared in several episodes of the internet series The 'Bu with friends of the site The Lonely Island.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)

  • Mo 10/6: Gerard Butler, Natasha Leggero, Katy Perry
  • Tu 10/7: Jenna Fischer, Jim Norton, James Taylor
  • We 10/8: Dana Carvey, Zack Hemple, Marc Broussard
  • Th 10/9: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Maddow, Rachael Yamagata
  • Fr 10/10: Terry Bradshaw, Vanessa Hudgens, Jackson Browne

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)

  • Mo 10/6: Russell Crowe, Sarah Vowell, the Pretenders
  • Tu 10/7: Debra Messing, John Carter (Environmentalist)
  • We 10/8: Dennis Quaid, Sarah Chalke, Buddy Guy
  • Th 10/9: Bill Murray, Beck
  • Fr 10/10: Jeremy Piven, Elizabeth Banks, Lou Reed

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC)

  • Mo 10/6: Felicity Huffman, Jason Sudeikis, Jenny Lewis
  • Tu 10/7: Russell Crowe, Alicia Keys, Death Cab For Cutie
  • We 10/8: Molly Shannon, Jason Ritter, Noah McCullough
  • Th 10/9: Lance Mackey, Sarah McLachlan
  • Fr 10/10: Dead Confederates

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)

  • Mo 10/6: Seth Green, the Smothers Brothers
  • Tu 10/7: Thandie Newton, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jim Bianco
  • We 10/8: Natasha Bedingfield, Rufus Sewell
  • Th 10/9: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Esposito
  • Fr 10/10: Little Britain, Tom Morello

Jimmy Kimmell Live (ABC)

  • Mo 10/6: Martin Short, Solange Knowles (Repeat)
  • Tu 10/7: Sarah Jane Morris, Taye Diggs, Black Kids (Repeat)
  • We 10/8: Ricky Gervais, Carla Gugino, Good Charlotte (Repeat)
  • Th 10/9: Sandra Oh, "Dancing with the Stars" castoff Jeff Ross, Foals (Repeat)
  • Fr 10/10: Dane Cook, Dylan & Cole Sprouse, Atmosphere (Repeat)

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

  • Mo 10/6: Tim Robbins
  • Tu 10/7: Sarah Vowell
  • We 10/8: Michelle Obama
  • Th 10/9: Robert DeNiro

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, CTV)

  • Mo 10/6: Jim Cramer
  • Tu 10/7: Nate Silver
  • We 10/8: Joe Scarborough
  • Th 10/9: Oliver Stone, David Gergen

Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC)

  • Mo 10/6: Matt Iseman
  • Tu 10/7: Clark Duke, Panic at the Disco
  • We 10/8: Kat Von D
  • Th 10/9: Young Jeezy & Nas
  • Fr 10/10: Christian Lander, Iliza Shlesinger (Repeat)

The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos (CBC)

  • Mo 10/6: Mark McKinney, Daniel Levitin
  • Tu 10/7: Julie Couillard, James Cameron
  • We 10/8: mafiaboy, Chantal Petitclerc
  • Th 10/9: Julie Couillard, James Cameron (Repeat)
  • Fr 10/10: Declan Hill, Pink (Repeat)

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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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