This week on TV we get a few new specials, some comedy television hits return, and some potential new ones debut. Let’s take a deeper look shall we.
On Monday, Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala premieres on The CW. Hosted by Howie Mandel, the special features performances by some of today’s top comedians. Recorded at the world’s biggest comedy event, the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, the special features stand-up performances by Jay Pharoah, Iliza Shlesinger, Russell Peters and JB Smoove, as well as many others.
On Tuesday, we get three premieres. First is the new Netflix special Neal Brennan: 3 Mics. Wicked one-liners and soul-baring confessions converge in this uniquely intimate stand-up special from Brennan. Then we get a double dip from TV Land with the return of Teachers and the premiere of Throwing Shade. The former sees six elementary school teachers try to mold young minds, even though their own lives aren’t really together. And the latter sees Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi host a late-night series from Funny or Die based on their hit podcast, bringing their unique perspective on everything from politics to the latest pop culture nonsense.
On Thursday, Baskets returns for its second season. The journey continues on FX.
On Friday, Take the 10 premieres on Netflix. Two friends who are extremely prone to antics and hijinks obtain tickets to a music festival by questionable means. Naturally, everything goes according to plan and they have a totally normal time that definitely doesn’t involve drugs, sex, and Andy Samberg.
On Saturday, Felicity Jones and musical guest Sturgill Simpson take over Saturday Night Live.
And here are all the comedic appearances on both day time and night time television this week on TV.
Monday, January 16th
Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala premieres on The CW
B.J. Novak on Late Night with Seth Meyers
Chris Tucker on The Late Late Show with James Corden
John Hodgman, Eugene Mirman, Josie Long on @midnight with Chris Hardwick
Fred Armisen on Conan
Kaitlin Olson on The Talk
Tuesday, January 17th
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics premieres on Netflix
Teachers premieres on TV Land
Throwing Shade premieres on TV Land
Billy Eichner, Gilbert Gottfried on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Anders Holm on The Late Late Show with James Corden
Rory Scovel on @midnight with Chris Hardwick
Howie Mandel, Michael Yo on The Talk
Louie Anderson on Live with Kelly
Wednesday, January 18th
Nick Offerman on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
Neal Brennan on Late Night with Seth Meyers
Erin Gibson, Bryan Safi on @midnight with Chris Hardwick
Gad Elmaleh on Conan
B.J. Novak on Watch What Happens Live
Thursday, January 19th
Baskets premieres on FX
Aziz Ansari, Carrie Brownstein on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
Jim Parsons on Late Night with Seth Meyers
Chris Hardwick on The Late Late Show with James Corden
Brian Posehn, Dave Anthony, Stephanie Simbari on @midnight with Chris Hardwick
Cristela Alonzo on Conan
Rachel Bloom on Watch What Happens Live
Jim Gaffigan on The View
Thomas Lennon on The Talk
Friday, January 20th
Take the 10 premieres on Netflix
Nicole Byer on Last Call with Carson Daly
Ken Jeong on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Saturday, January 21st
Saturday Night Live with host Felicity Jones airs on NBC