A Persnickety Tig Notaro Won Late Night This Week

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It was another week for meta comedy about the concept of late night on late night this week. Joe Jonas threw his hat in the ring to usurp James Corden as host The Late Late Show, and Chelsea Handler announced her bid to host another late night show ASAP. It was the second most impactful announcement this week in terms of running after things. EmRata made a good case that TikTok and/or her podcast were more relevant than the late-night talk sphere on Late Night with Seth Meyers. (#SethMeyersBitchEra.) Jonathan Majors gave Trevor Noah his flowers ahead of his impending departure from the late-night sphere, which was thoughtful. And Jon Stewart touched base with former bae Stephen Colbert. (More on that later — specifically #5 on this list.)

I have some concerns about what Jon Stewart says in later clips about how he wants to address anti-Semitism and hate speech, but the AO3 marks speak for themselves, re: Stewart and Colbert’s deep abiding affection:

Nobody does schadefreude like Jimmy Kimmel. He might be the messiest late-night host, because even Andy Cohen usually likes to let other people’s beefs for his own amusement rather than getting into the muck himself. Last week, Kimmel told a funny anecdote about how much Dr. Oz hates Trump, and this week he made plenty of jokes about how much Trump’s own family hates him. Choosing to tell the story of Tiffany’s midway-damaged wedding from a guest’s perspective was very much the chef’s kiss of Kimmel. It was exactly the level of dishy we’ve come to expect.

When she pretended to be an overwhelmed and confused head of communications for Twitter, The daily show‘s Desi Lydic really was all of us. RIP to Twitter, a place where absolutely stupid things could say the stupidest things and it wouldn’t affect the world. Until those idiots bought the platform. Lydic’s performance was the delicate cog in the late-capitalist machine that has become a classic character on TikTok, the platform sure to overtake Twitter in relevance sometime next week. Again, RIP.

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Again, the penultimate spot on this list goes to a classic talk show appearance by a star. EmRata and Anya Taylor-Joy both battled for this spot, but Taylor-Joy secured it with two points. One, she had a story about being saved from tumbling down the Met Gala steps by the host of the dang show, and two, she had an anecdote involving the Beach Boys. If there is one tie vote in this crazy business we call show, it belongs to Mike Love. I don’t know why, ask John Stamos.

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Tig Notaro entered The Late Show with Stephen Colbert scene with a fuck stick, partly because she went hard in the paint on Colbert’s The pickle show. Her leg was apparently already broken, but she was committed to the gig enough to further emphasize it with a vigorous pickleball. So she opened Late Show appearance using a radial ligator headstock. Then she claimed that “freedom of speech” is not the cause célèbre that certain shits would have you believe. After that she walked out on being the first “yes” on the pickleball show and what does that mean for her career? Can she say “no” to a gig or is there a mental block about it? It’s a perfect talk show performance because it’s topical, it’s funny, it’s funny, and it has a cool gold-plated cane involved.

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