Late Night Lineups: November 17-21

So, we've unintentionally taken a few weeks off from posting the late night lineups on Sure, there have been a few great guests over the last while, but this week is MUCH bigger. Why, you ask? Well, you'll have to read on to find out.

Here are the top 5 appearances not to miss this week:

  • Martin Short (Wednesday on Conan) - Sure, Martin Short is a funny guy. He's been a mainstay in comedy for decades, especially his time on SCTV and Saturday Night Live. But the main reason to watch Wednesday's episode of Late Night is that YOURS TRULY will be attending the taping! That's right, if they cut to the audience at any time and you look closely, you might see ME in the audience. Also, while I'm in NYC, I might be interviewing several current and past Late Night staff for a video feature to be posted in early 2009.
  • Stephen Colbert (Thursday on Letterman) - It's a rare occurrence to see Colbert out of character, but in his previous talk show appearances, he's rarely been "Stephen Colbert" rather than the real Stephen Colbert. The good thing is Colbert is damn funny even when he's himself, so it should make for a great interview
  • John Hodgman (Tuesday on Conan) - You may know John Hodgman from playing the "PC" to Justin Long's "Mac" in the Apple commercials, from his appearances as the "Resident Expert" on The Daily Show, or from his bit part in this spring's Baby Mama. But did you also know he was an incredibly clever and funny writer? The Areas of My Expertise, a brilliant fake almanac, came out two years ago, and this past week he released his second book, More Information Than You Require. He should be quite funny making his network talk show debut on Tuesday. And also look for an interview with Mr. Hodgman on sometime soon.
  • Paul Simon (Tuesday on Colbert) - Colbert has had a lot of musicians on as guests in the last while -- John Legend, Rush, Wynton Marsalis, Wilco, and many more. So the question isn't whether Paul Simon will perform (he most likely will) but if Stephen will join him in song like he has with many of his other guests. Either way, Paul Simon is pretty cool.
  • Cobie Smulders (Friday on Ferguson) - Cobie has recently become a face (if not a name) that many people recognize thanks to her role as Robin on CBS' How I Met Your Mother, many of us have know of her for much longer (actually, one of our staff went to school with her). She's funny and attractive, and I'm pretty sure this is her first late night talk show appearance, so I'm curious what she might be like hitting the couch with Craig.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)

  • Mo 11/17: Kiefer Sutherland, Lisa Lampanelli, Barry Manilow
  • Tu 11/18: Larry the Cable Guy, Chris Matthews, Adele
  • We 11/19: Bill Maher, Kristen Chenoweth, Nickelback
  • Th 11/20: Hugh Jackman, Tenacious D
  • Fr 11/21: Scott Weiland

The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)

  • Mo 11/17: Emma Thompson, Michelle Felicetta, Purple Reign
  • Tu 11/18: Carla Bruni Sarkozy, Jack Hanna, Cold Hard Cash
  • We 11/19: Katie Couric, Mr. Brownstone
  • Th 11/20: Stephen Colbert, Kristen Stewart, Super Diamond
  • Fr 11/21: The Allstarz

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC)

  • Mo 11/17: Snoop Dogg, Brian Regan, Blitzen Trapper
  • Tu 11/18: Jeff Corwin, Debra Messing, John Hodgman
  • We 11/19: Martin Short, Margot & the Nuclear So & So's
  • Th 11/20: Rosie O'Donnell, Becki Newton, Brian Wilson
  • Fr 11/21: Kiefer Sutherland, Rachel Maddow, Vampire Weekend

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)

  • Mo 11/17: Poppy Montgomery, Nick Hornby
  • Tu 11/18: Kevin Bacon, Sarah Shahi, the Bacon Brothers
  • We 11/19: James Lipton, Sara Gilbert, Sarah McLachlan
  • Th 11/20: Larry the Cable Guy, Third Day
  • Fr 11/21: George Hamilton, Cobie Smulders

Jimmy Kimmell Live (ABC)

  • Mo 11/17: Chris O'Donnell, "Dancing with the Stars" castoff Rocco DiSpirito, Kanye West (Repeat)
  • Tu 11/18: Kate Walsh, Mystery, the latest "Dancing with the Stars" castoff, Paramore
  • We 11/19: Ellen Pompeo, Shaun White, Leona Lewis
  • Th 11/20: Jay Leno, the Hives
  • Fr 11/21: Tracey Ullman, Baz Luhrmann

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

  • Mo 11/17: TBA
  • Tu 11/18: TBA
  • We 11/19: Jon Meacham
  • Th 11/20: Richard Belzer

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central, CTV)

  • Mo 11/17: Tom Brokaw, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Tu 11/18: Paul Simon
  • We 11/19: Michael Lewis
  • Th 11/20: Cory Booker, Thomas Friedman

Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC)

  • Mo 11/17: Wayne Brady, P.O.D. (Repeat)
  • Tu 11/18: Steve Dildarian, Saving Abel (Repeat)
  • We 11/19: Matt Iseman, Elon Gold (Repeat)
  • Th 11/20: Clark Duke, Panic at the Disco (Repeat)
  • Fr 11/21: Jamie Kennedy, Panic at the Disco (Repeat)

The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos (CBC)

  • Mo 11/17: Mariane Pearl, George Canyon
  • Tu 11/18: Andrew Young, Patti Boyd
  • We 11/19: Brian Scudamore, Susie Essman
  • Th 11/20: David Foster, Donovan Bailey
  • Fr 11/21: Russell Peters, Kings of Leon (Compilation)

Tags: Late Night, The Late Show, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report

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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)

Original Comments Posted (2)

Sarahm says...

I am so jealous that you get to go see Conan.

Nov 17, 2008 2:54pm

metal2000 says...

Good thing I put Colbert's appearance on Letterman in the Top 5, because I'll now be at tomorrow's Late Show taping as well!

Nov 19, 2008 8:05pm

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