Late night TV: Saturday Night Live alumni take over this week

Bill Murray and Jimmy Kimmel (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner)
Bill Murray and Jimmy Kimmel (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner) /

Here are five guests coming to late night television this week that Saturday Night Live fans won’t want to miss.

Does the “new normal” feel normal yet? We’ve reached the start of another week and for many, quarantine and self-isolation are still very much in effect. Late night television also continues to practice its new normal of broadcasting from hosts’ homes and will do so again this week with all new episodes.

Fans will be happy to know that the entire late night lineup is back this week. Everything from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is expected to have new monologues, sketches, and of course celebrity interviews.

By now, hosts have become comfortable conducting interviews over Zoom and without the help of a studio audience. Most celebrity guests have also adjusted and this has translated into an enjoyable experience for audiences watching at home.

This week’s guest lineup on late night television boasts some of the biggest names in comedy who all got their start in the same place. Season 45 of Saturday Night Live may have ended over the weekend, but fans will want to keep their attention on late night. Here are five of the most hilarious people on the planet who all happen to be Saturday Night Live alumni… and all happen to be late night guests this week:

Tina Fey

Fresh off her Saturday Night Live appearance, Tina Fey returns to late night. You can see her on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday, May 11.

Fey was Last Night On’s pick to host an episode of Saturday Night Live at Home after Tom Hanks kicked off the first episode. She seemed like the perfect choice to deliver a monologue on life in quarantine and trying to survive with family in isolation. Thankfully she appeared during “Weekend Update” and did just that.

On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Fey could elaborate on her SNL monologue. She should also cover the new Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt special coming to Netflix on May 12. The show co-created by Fey ended in 2019 but is set to return with “Kimmy vs. The Reverend,” an interactive episode similar to Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

Adam Sandler

Another Saturday Night Live alum and season 45 guest star comes to late night this week. Catch Adam Sandler on Jimmy Kimmel Live! also on Monday, May 11.

Sandler lent his musical talents to a Pete Davidson song during Saturday Night Live at Home. Prior to that, the actor and stand-up comedian has visited Conan and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon during the quarantine.

On Kimmel!, Sandler will be promoting The Wrong Missy. It’s a new Netflix comedy, set to be released May 13, produced by Sandler and starring longtime friend/collaborator David Spade. Audiences at home are eager for new shows and movies to watch, so a comedy from Sandler and Spade should have no problem finding viewers. Speaking of Spade…

David Spade

David Spade will be interviewed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can see his appearance on Wednesday, May 13.

As stated, Spade will be out promoting The Wrong Missy. It follows other Spade/Adam Sandler productions to come to Netflix including Sandy WexlerThe Do-Over, and The Ridiculous 6.

Spade is one of the best guests in late night TV, daytime TV, and any other time of the day. There are few better storytellers than Spade and he comes to every appearance ready to deliver. Spade’s talent on these types of shows is part of the reason Comedy Central was foolish to give up on Lights Out so soon.

Bill Murray

Saturday Night Live legend and a comedy legend comes to late night on Wednesday, May 13. Watch Bill Murray on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Murray was last seen on Kimmel! when the ABC show visited Brooklyn for its annual week of shows. Murray joined Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo for a canoe ride that went about how you would expect.

On the big screen, Murray will next star in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch coming to theaters in October. It is the ninth time Murray has appeared in an Anderson film with Bottle Rocket being the lone exception. And like Anderson’s other films, The French Dispatch features an all-star cast that includes Benicio del Toro, Timothee Chalmat, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, and Adrien Brody.

The movie may be too far off for Murray to discuss with Kimmel for long. But whether he has something to promote or not, Murray is a must-watch late night guest. Just last week, he was on The Tonight Show along with Guy Fieri as part of a charity fundraiser so anything is possible.

Tracy Morgan

Close out your late night TV week with Tracy Morgan. He can be seen on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, May 14.

Morgan made headlines earlier this spring with some…interesting interviews. He shared his quarantine survival tips on Conan which were appreciated by comedy fans. But then he tried to bring that same style to the Today Show and Morgan’s interview went viral for different reasons.

The comedian has a couple of different projects he may promote on The Late Late Show. Morgan is a voice actor in Scoob!, the animated Scooby-Doo movie that is coming to on-demand on May 15. Also, Morgan’s show The Last O.G. is in the middle of season three on TBS with another episode set to air on May 12.

Whatever Morgan decides to talk about, you can be sure it won’t sound like anything else you’ll hear. His past interviews shouldn’t stop Morgan from being himself on The Late Late Show.

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Whether you’re a Saturday Night Live superfan or just a fan of funny people, late night TV has what you need this week. Who are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments and check back with Last Night On for all the highlights.