With the end of the year in plain sight, we’re hearing more about what’s in store for 2015 than about what’s going on in the present day. This week’s most exciting moments looked forward a bit, with news about future awards host and season premieres dominating headlines. But this trend doesn’t mean that there weren’t some great late night stand-up moments, along with the usual weekly laughs.
– Arguably comedy’s best duo, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to the podium for next year’s Golden Globe Awards. This is their third consecutive year teaming up for this role; with the great jokes of years prior, expectations are even higher this time around. No worries, though; this promo totally meets them.
– Fashion Police is making some big changes next year, in the wake of Joan Rivers’ passing. Kathy Griffin will replace Rivers in her role as show host, but we won’t be seeing her as often as we saw Rivers. Rather than airing weekly, the show will only air seventeen times next year. The addition of new panelist Brad Goreski might nevertheless keep things fresh; we’ll find out for sure when the revamped version airs for the first time after the 2015 Golden Globes.
– It turns out the Last Man on Earth was never really alone at all. Kristen Schaal is one of a handful of names set to rescue Will Forte’s sitcom from its implicit solitude. For now, details are still scarce, but the March 1 premiere should tell us more.
– More Amy Poehler news: Parks and Recreation‘s final season will air a bit unusually, moving to 8pm Tuesdays, as well as 8:30pm Tuesdays. You read that correctly: every week, we’ll be getting back-to-back episodes, with an hour-long series finale February 24. January 13 is the premiere; until then, feel free to hold yourself over with recurring actor Billy Eichner’s song for Taylor Swift, as performed on Conan this week.
– #NSFW! Actually, we lied, that link is safe for work. It’s just Nikki Glaser’s new pilot, named #NSFW. It’ll feature Glaser talking about sexuality in a pretty candid way, which should be great, based on how well her stand-up achieves this exact same goal.
– Rolling Stone published an article about Comedy Central’s president of original programming, Kent Alterman, and dubbed him “the man who saved Comedy Central.”
– Bill Burr’s intensely funny stand-up special I’m Sorry You Feel That Way finally arrived at Netflix after months of anticipation. It’s absolutely worth signing up for Netflix to watch this one. If you need more convincing, watch him kill it while lounging in Conan‘s hot seat.
– Kroll Show won’t be around for much longer. This week, Nick Kroll announced that the third season, premiering January 13 on Comedy Central, will also be its last. In light of that, though, Comedy Central quickly released a trailer for the upcoming episodes.
– In the holiday spirit, Robert Kelly made the honorable move to fund a gift drive benefiting children’s charities. As a child of the foster care system, Kelly sympathizes with less fortunate people during this time of year, as do we. What’s especially great about this drive is that you can help! It turns out anyone at all can contribute.
– Remember that time when the Internet freaked out about how little sense JJ Abrams’ version of the lightsaber makes? No need to fear: Stephen Colbert is here to explain the new design.
– Jiminy met Jimmy this week. Martin Short’s old Tonight Show character interviewed host Jimmy Fallon this week, and concluded that Fallon isn’t a celebrity.
– KCRW’s alternative comedy festival, RIOT LA, returns early next year, January 16-18. It’s an appropriate time, then, to mention that Norm Macdonald and Maria Bamford are among the hundreds of comedians involved.
– James Franco is set to host SNL a third time this weekend, and the promos for this episode suggest that good things are to come…especially if you keep watching them until the very end.
– After a couple of months of great PR, Sara Schaefer’s set to finally record an album. On January 22, she’ll come to New York to record her debut, and tickets for the show are currently on sale. Or so we think – with all the hype behind her, seats are bound to run out soon. Looking a bit farther into the future, in February, Ian Karmel will also record a debut album.
– When talking about social issues as deeply problematic as the police brutality and systematic racism behind the non-indictments in the murders of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, it can be tough to lace in moments of levity. Jon Stewart didn’t even try to do so, but Larry Wilmore achieved a slight bit of humor in his frank discussion on The Daily Show. His words predict a strong start for his Nightly Show, set to start January 19.
– In more Daily Show news, this week, Trevor Noah debuted pretty confidently on the show.
– Broad City will be back in no time, but if no time is still too much time, grab its first season on DVD now.
– The Writers Guild of America nominated Louie, Silicon Valley, and others for their 2015 awards.
– The line between Ron Swanson and Nick Offerman continued to blur this week. Check out this video of Offerman singing a tune about his dear friend, whiskey.
-TruTV continued its foray into the comedy market this week. The network announced that new series Those Who Can’t will be its first scripted comedy pilot.