First things first: no one has listened to my plea against double bookings for guest. Danny DeVito and his daughter Lucy hit both L.A. late-night shows this week, but they were a delightfully nepo duo, so I’ll let it pass. The game played by father and daughter The late show He made the list, but the tale was told by Danny Jimmy Kimmel Live! Noteworthy. You don’t often hear pro-animal songs on network TV, even after the interlude hour!
It’s also been a big week for the hosts hosting each other’s shows. Leslie Jones went on Late Night with Seth Meyers kiss her The Daily Show gig. The man she is replacing, Trevor Noah, continued The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, John Oliver went on The Tonight Show LMFAO sang for a reason. If you want the lowdown on baseball, watch Convo Colbert. If you want to see screaming, check out Jones. And if you want a rocking party at your house, watch the The Tonight Show. Here’s what else happened this week late at night.
Many games on The Tonight Show It has diminishing returns. Once you see one round of giant beer bunting, you’ve seen it all. But this new game, “10 by 12,” is a winning game. First of all, its name seems to honor Jay Leno’s “10 by 10” chip. Reject modernity and embrace tradition. Secondly, it really drives people to dig deep into their own brains. The first three words Jimmy Fallon can think of that start with the letter B? Balls, bat, bastard. Psychologically wonderful. Maybe watch Inglourious Basterds before recording. Plus Fallon and guest John Oliver are so confused that they’ve forgotten if taupe and violet are colors. (They are.)
Danny DeVito’s Tale Machine. That’s why his double-dip on talk shows this week wasn’t too annoying. This game, which is basically a father-daughter version Newlyweds gameIt was really just DeVito’s excuse to tell stories about doing tequila shots with Bruce Springsteen on his 50th birthday. As if you needed an excuse to talk about it.
Nelson Franklin kicks ass, and I’m not afraid to say it. I want him to lead a skit like yesterday. In the meantime, I’ll agree to have him join the clique of comedians who turn up Jimmy Kimmel Live! Franklin’s George Santos joins James Adomian’s MyPillow Guy and goat Fred Willard… anyone they need in the political impression hall of fame. And choosing to make it a walking and talking act gave Franklin a chance to do a lot of work while lying on his butt.
Nothing works better for a comedian than doubling down on a joke that doesn’t work — except maybe tripling on a joke that doesn’t work, which is what this segment of “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell” did. Three jokes were peppered with musical stings, each landing flatter than the last. But Amber Ruffin, Seth Meyers, and Jenny Hagel are the ones you want when your prank doesn’t play the way you want it to. How these three take particular pleasure in failing a little bit is something I always look forward to. Do I look forward to it more than when their jokes land them? It’s a distinct possibility.
hosting The Daily Show means having to become the head of politics almost immediately. Guest hosts Leslie Jones and Roy Wood Jr. peek behind the curtain into the process of learning the names of a group of crazy white people (as well as Herschel Walker). This sketch perfectly positioned Jones to bring her unique point of view to her The Daily ShowAnd One where she yelled at the audience over random things and said chickens shit their eggs out of “bird pussy”. Her short time behind the desk was a breath of fresh air, and I was sad to see her go. Her version of “addresses” worked better than almost any of Trevor Noah’s entire hosting suite. Leslie Jones, welcome to TV anytime.