Late-Night Lately: Hosts Blast Trump on DACA, Bernie's Thoughts on Hillary, Corden's Latest "Riff-Off"

8:00 AM 9/9/2017

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.

Courtesy of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; CBS (2)

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

  • Hosts Blast Trump on DACA Decision

    Late-night took President Trump to task Tuesday after it was announced that he would "wind down" former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young immigrants (also known as "dreamers") brought into the country illegally as children.

    “This morning, our president woke up and asked his staff, ‘Now that this hurricane is over, what is something horrible I can do to distract people from the Russia investigation?'” Jimmy Kimmel joked in his Jimmy Kimmel Live! opener. “Someone said, ‘You know, there are 800,000 innocent kids you can deport for no good reason.’ And he said ‘Done and done!’ "

    The Late Show's Stephen Colbert called the decision “a man-made disaster" in Washington. “The things is, the vast majority of Americans like this program. So by canceling it, Trump has stepped in some deep DACA,” he joked.

    Colbert also poked fun at the fact that Trump did not make the announcement himself, instead he had Attorney General Jeff Sessions do it, or as Colbert calls him "the Turnip That Learned to Hate." "As my mama used to say, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, now get out of the country,'” he joked, imitating Sessions. 

    Chelsea Handler sent a message on behalf of Trump's administration: "We're sorry for making it clear that white supremacists and Nazis are welcome in this country while young, hard-working immigrants brought here as children are not."

    "These young people are the American dream," she continued, with a nod to the president. "They've never obstructed justice, colluded with Russia, defrauded people through a fake university, funneled millions of tax-payer dollars into their businesses, falsely accused people of wire tapping them, carelessly taunted a Korean dictator with nuclear weapons, bragged about sexual assault or pardoned a racist maniac."

    Over at The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah also mocked Sessions, calling him "one of Santa's Elves" who made the announcement instead of Trump to "soften the blow."

    After showing a news clip of Trump saying that the people affected aren't actually kids, but are in fact "young adults," Noah retorts, "Yeah, but when 39-year-old Don Jr. tries to collude with Russia, Trump is all like 'He's a good boy. He's a good kid. He's my baby.'"

    Playing a clip of a Texas paramedic who, in addition to being a dreamer, assisted in rescue missions during Hurricane Harvey, Noah added: "Those are the kinds of people who are literally making America great again," he said.

  • Bernie Sanders Responds to Hillary Clinton's Election Comments

    Screengrab/The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Senator Bernie Sanders dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday to discuss Hillary Clinton's recent criticism of him during the 2016 Democratic primaries in her latest book, What Happened.

    In it, Clinton blamed Sanders for "lasting damage" and "paving the way" for Donald Trump's "Crooked Hillary" campaign slogan in the ensuing presidential race. 

    Thursday, Sanders said he wanted to bridge the gap between himself and Clinton. "We need her help to go forward," he said. "Let's stop arguing about 2016. Let's get together, take on Trump's desire to divide us up and let's go forward with a progressive agenda."

    Colbert also tried to get Sanders to say something nice about President Trump. Colbert started: "He still has all his teeth." Sanders took a little more time to think of something. 

  • James Corden, Liam Payne Perform Boy Band "Riff-Off"

    After James Corden got a few Backstreet Boys songs stuck in his head on his way to work, he came to the conclusion that boy bands are simpler better than solo artists. 

    But Liam Payne (once of megaband One Direction and now a solo artist himself) strongly disagreed.

    Kicking off a Late Late Show staple, "Riff-Off," Corden started off the competition with *NSYNC's "Tearin' Up My Heart" and Hanson's "MMMBop," but Payne was ready with the solo acts including George Michael's "Faith" and Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You. He even wowed the audience with a rendition of his own tune, "Strip That Down." 

    In the end, it was decided that "there's a world in which we can work together" - both solo artists and boy bands.

  • Sarah Paulson Shines in Fallon's "Wheel of Impressions"

    Courtesy of NBC

    American Horror Story actress Sarah Paulson took her turn at The Tonight Show's "Wheel of Impressions" this week, and showed that her acting skills go beyond Ryan Murphy's iconic onscreen roles. She also could possibly make it as a celebrity impersonator. 

    After landing on random celebrity names and random topics, Paulson embraced the challenge, impersonating Kathleen Turner talking about slip 'n slides and nailing impressions of Holly Hunter at a gas station and Drew Barrymore as a substitute teacher. 

    Meanwhile, Fallon tried his hand at Al Pacino speaking on fidget spinners. 

  • Jimmy Fallon Reveals He Had Another, "Hopefully Last" Surgery on Finger

    Screengrab/NBC

    More than two years after suffering a gruesome hand injury, Jimmy Fallon is still recovering from the incident.

    The Tonight Show host revealed on Tuesday's episode that he had yet another surgery on his finger, "hopefully the last one," he said.

    Before that, Fallon joked, "If you're just tuning in, this isn't a repeat." He wore a bandage around his finger for weeks two years ago, after the initial injury.

    Fallon was still sporting a bandage around his left ring finger but said he'd been wearing a giant cast for two weeks.

    He even shared a signature and self-portrait on the cast by his friend Howard Stern.

  • Late-Night Lineup: September 10-16

    Monday, September 11
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: NBC late-night worlds collide when Seth Meyers heads over to The Tonight Show stage for a sit-down interview. 

    Tuesday, September 12
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Fifth Harmony stops by the CBS show for a performance and possibly something extra with the musically inclined Corden. 

    Wednesday, September 13
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer will make his late-night debut on the ABC show. 

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