This week in comedy: After years of anticipation, waiting, and false starts, Patrice O’Neal is finally getting the documentary he deserves. On Friday, Comedy Central is airing the new documentary, Killin’ Is Easy, that takes a look back at the life and genius of the late comedian. Produced by Bill Burr and All Things Comedy, the documentary features memories of O’Neal from Jim Norton, Colin Quinn, Dane Cook, Robert Kelly, Denis Leary, and many others.
Also this week, Kenan Thompson is getting his own NBC sitcom. Titled Kenan (not sure how they came up with the title), the sitcom follows Thompson as a single dad balancing raising two daughters with hosting a popular Atlanta morning show. His father-in-law, played by Don Johnson, and his brother, played by Chris Redd, are also there to help smooth things out. Thompson is currently making the sitcom simultaneously with his SNL duties, with no plans to leave the latter anytime soon.
Plus, The Rock also has a sitcom premiering on NBC this week. Young Rock tells the story of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s upbringing, featuring different actors playing Johnson at various ages in his youth. And yes, present day The Rock also is on-hand in the series. We look forward to seeing what he has cooking for us this time around. Young Rock premieres on NBC this Tuesday, February 16th.
And finally, Kevin James is coming back to the sitcom format with The Crew. In the series, James plays the crew chief for a fictional NASCAR racing team. According to the official synopsis, the series follows: “When the owner steps down and passes the team off to his daughter Catherine (Jillian Mueller), James has to protect himself and his crew from her attempts to modernize the team.” This marks the third sitcom for James, after King of Queens and Kevin Can Wait.
The Crew premieres on Netflix
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey on The Tonight Show (R)
Bob Newhart on Conan (R)
Chris Redd on A Little Late w/Lilly Singh
Kenan debuts on NBC
Young Rock premieres on NBC
Tiffany Haddish on The Late Show (R)
Desus & Mero on Late Night w/ Seth Meyers (R)
Will Arnett on The Late Late Show w/James Corden (R)
Aubrey Plaza on Conan (R)
Marc Maron on The Late Late Show w/James Corden (R)
Patton Oswalt on A Little Late w/Lilly Singh
Bridget Everett and Jesus Trejo on The Tonight Show (R)
Amy Schumer and Thomas Middleditch on Late Night w/Seth Meyers (R)
Patrice O’Neal: Killin’ Is Easy airs on Comedy Central
John Oliver on The Late Show (R)
The Tenderloins on Late Night w/Seth Meyers (R)
Rene-Jean Page (host) and Bad Bunny (Musical Guest) on Saturday Night Live