No, you’re not in a time warp. Jay Leno did stand-up on The Tonight Show this week. And don’t worry: It’s still Jimmy Fallon’s show. This week gave us some strong stand-up sets. Leno wasn’t the only stand-up star to pop by 30 Rock. Jimmy Carr also did a set this week. A couple of Last Comic Standing alumni also swung through late night to tell us what they think about marriage and Shark Tank.
We haven’t seen any stand-up from Late Night or Jimmy Kimmel Live! in awhile. Hopefully, those bookers will get their acts together to bring some stand-up back to their shows. For now, here is your late night stand-up round-up!
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Jay Leno just won’t stop working. The former Tonight Show host “interrupted” Jimmy Fallon’s monologue Wednesday night. Fallon introduced “the angry guy I saw on the street” before his predecessor received a standing ovation from the studio audience. Leno delivered his typically strong set of jokes that he probably writes in-between gazing at his old cars. Definitely worth a watch!
Jimmy Carr is a one-liner mad man. One-liners are such a difficult joke structure that to rely on them for an hourlong set is damn near heroic. Carr, who has a new special out on Netflix, pounded the audience with punchline after punchline with his steady cadence pregnant with pauses.
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Late Late Show with James Corden
Please tell Ryan Conner’s current wife that he was very funny on The Late Late Show with James Corden—just don’t call her “current wife.” Conner talks about his second marriage and having kids. It’s very accessible stand-up done through conversations with other characters.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Moses Storm returned to Conan this week. His stand-up set is just as active as his haircut. Storm shares the frustrations of being dyslexic, which includes sitting through absurdly long YouTube tutorials. His act outs are well-worded and hilarious. I’m excited in the middle of a very long one to find out where it will end and how many more references he can toss in. This is a fun one to end the round-up with this week.