Some of the massively funny people on the small screen this week include Lavell Crawford, Chelsea Handler, Louis C.K., George Lopez, Scott Thompson and Margaret Cho.

And can we just take a moment to say how hard it is to be really funny? Especially when things are kinda scary. (Okay, really scary.)

We worked all morning on a few jokes for today’s post and couldn’t elicit a single spit-take from anyone in the office – even the guy who does that for kicks.

Thank goodness for the divine trinity: Letterman, Leno and O’Brien.

“Right now the only winner in this economic mess is vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who has all her money in pelts.” – David Letterman

“Of course, the big bailout plan that was supposed to save everything failed yesterday. Political experts say if a new version of the economic bailout plan is going to pass, significant changes are going to have to be made. Yeah. For instance, Congress is going to have to remove the section of the plan that says, ‘Sweet Jesus, please let this work.'” – Conan O’Brien

“As you know, Congress voted against the bailout. See, the problem with members of Congress, they were told to vote their conscience. And of course, this totally confused them. Conscience?” – Jay Leno

Wednesday, October 1

Demi Lovato – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

– “The Tavis Smiley Show”

Billy Gardell, Lavell Crawford – “Chelsea Lately”

Gavin Rossdale – “The Bonnie Hunt Show”

Darius Rucker – “Late Show with David Letterman”

Chelsea Handler, Nikka Costa – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”

Louis C.K. – “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”

Gavin Rossdale – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Thursday, October 2

George Lopez – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

Justin Tranter, Scott Thompson – “Chelsea Lately”

Lucinda Williams – “Late Show with David Letterman”

Jack’s Mannequin – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”

Ben Folds – “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”

Jennifer Hudson – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Michael Franti & Spearhead – “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”

Shirley Manson, Cut Copy – “Last Call with Carson Daly”

Friday, October 3

Robin Thicke – “Live with Regis and Kelly”

Amy Macdonald – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

Heather McDonald – “Chelsea Lately”

T.I. – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”

Morgan Murphy – “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Randy Newman, Margaret Cho – “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”

Grizzly Bear – “Last Call with Carson Daly”

Saturday, October 4

R.E.M. – “Austin City Limits”

The Killers – “Saturday Night Live”