Late-Night Lately: Fallon's Trump/Cruz Call, 'Captain America' on Kimmel, Ellie Kemper's Big News

8:00 AM 4/16/2016

by THR Staff

THR's Late-Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests with a look at what's to come next week.

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The Hollywood Reporter's Late-Night Lately is a one-stop shop for all of the most memorable moments of late-night TV, coming to you each Saturday morning to ease you into your weekend.

So fill up your coffee, set your DVR for the week and sit back. Below are a few of the week's best, funniest and strangest late-night moments you can't afford to miss.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Jimmy Fallon Tries Out His Trump Impression on Ted Cruz

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    Ted Cruz received a special call from none other than Donald Trump (played by Jimmy Fallon) on Thursday's Tonight Show.

    "Congratulations. You've just been called by Donald Trump," said Fallon, who called Cruz to discuss Thursday's Democratic debate. "You're missing some great stuff," said Fallon as the Republican candidate. "They just nailed Hillary for flip-flopping on trade. She was going back and forth. This way and that way. It was like watching her swipe a Metro card at the subway."

    He also asked Cruz about his candidacy including his win in Colorado, immigration and his controversial comments on "New York Values."

    "Look, Donald, I’m not going to pander to New Yorkers," said Cruz. "I love New York City. It is the greatest city in the world with the best-looking audiences in the world, so when I said 'New York Values,' I was merely trying to say that I value New York — except I was saying it backward, the way Yoda would say it."

  • Chris Evans Premieres 'Captain America: Civil War' Clips on 'Kimmel'

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    Jimmy Kimmel sees some interesting parallels between this presidential election and the movie Captain America: Civil War

    "Both of them feature former friends who are now enemies, they both feature powerful men and women who are also cartoon characters, and there’s also a lot of interest in both," the late-night host said on Monday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, introducing an election edition of the Marvel film's trailer.

    Simply titled America: Civil War, the spoof teaser features Donald Trump as Iron Man, Bernie Sanders as Captain America, Hillary Clinton as Black Widow and Ben Carson as Spider-Man.

    The episode welcomed Civil War actors Chris Evans (who revealed that he invited multiple members of the New England Patriots to the Tuesday night movie premiere), Sebastian Stan, Paul Rudd and Anthony Mackie to chat about behind-the-scenes camaraderie and debut new clips from the ensemble flick.

  • Ellie Kemper Told Tina Fey She Was Pregnant Before She Told Her Own Mom

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    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper shared with Jimmy Fallon (and America) that she is expecting a child with husband Michael Koman. 

    Kemper told Fallon that she was pregnant while shooting Kimmy Schmidt, but it didn't become a problem for a while. "We had a table read, and I saw that my character was supposed to be on a roller coaster, actually the Rip Ride Rockit [which Fallon once rode with Kevin Hart]. It was still very early on, but I felt like a pregnant lady on a roller coaster is not ideal."

    Kemper went on to share what happened after she broke the news to her boss Tina Fey (whom she joked she told even before she told her mom)."Because it was so early on, we decided, 'Oh, we'll just tell people that I have a back injury and that's why I can't ride the roller coaster,'" said Kemper. But she admitted that it was hard sticking to the plan.

    "I could not act like I had a back injury. Someone said, 'Oh, what's wrong?' and words escaped me: 'I sprained my spine.' I'm a bad liar. I kept forgetting I had one, so I would do things someone with a back injury can't do. They'd yell 'lunch' and I'd leap up and cartwheel to catering. You can't do that." 

  • Amy Schumer's Boyfriend's Mom Took "No Comment" Instruction Too Far

    Amy Schumer talked to Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday's Tonight Show about the media frenzy over her relationship with boyfriend Ben Hanisch. "It's because he's really cute and I think people were like, 'What? He has all his teeth?'" she joked.

    Schumer told Fallon about meeting Hanisch's family in Illinois, including his mother Deb, when she warned them that journalists were going to call them and show up at their house to learn more about the couple's relationship. The comedian said she explained to Deb that she just needed to tell journalists "no comment." Mimicking Deb's Illinois accent, she told Fallon, "Oh, I got it Ame, don't you worry — no comment, not a problem."

    Then, Schumer recounted, "not even 10 minutes later I get a Google alert [from an article in] Time magazine, that Deb was like 'I've never heard about her before in my life.' " "Too far, Deb. Took it too far," said Schumer, laughing. "She's so sweet."

  • Samantha Bee Tracks Down NRA Mascot Eddie the Eagle

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    Samantha Bee desperately sought out the NRA's gun safety mascot in a satirical segment on Monday's Full Frontal dedicated to showing how strictly the NRA controls a costume versus how simple it is to purchase a gun. 

    Bee found the mascot Eddie the Eagle "so mockable" that she needed one for herself, "but it turned out the organization that makes it easier to get a gun than Sudafed makes it nearly impossible to acquire their giant dancing eagle." 

    The TBS host completed the 18-page costume application, which included 36 rules and regulations about what Eddie the Eagle is allowed to do, including a mandatory 20-day waiting period to receive the costume — and reselling a costume is prohibited. 

    "But you know what I could buy online without a big hassle?" said Bee, "A used shotgun on armslist.com from a random guy down the road from the TBS headquarters in Atlanta." When Bee ultimately proved unable to purchase a costume for herself, she created her own — out of all of the guns she bought.

  • Late-Night Lineup: April 17-23

    Monday, April 18
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stops by the night before New York's primary. 

    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Can Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer get some Game of Thrones spoilers out of Emilia Clarke? 

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Emily Blunt joins Kimmel, when she may or may not reignite the prank war she and her husband John Krasinski have been waging against Kimmel. 

    Wednesday, April 20
    Watch What Happens Live: The Bravo clubhouse could get even more candid when Amy Schumer joins Andy Cohen. 

    Thursday, April 21
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Tom Hanks joins Colbert to charm late-night TV once again. 

    The Late Late Show With James Corden: The cast of The Huntsman: Winter's War (Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain) sits down on Corden's couch to discuss the Snow White and the Huntsman follow-up. 

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