Late-Night Lately: Jimmy Fallon's Holiday Sing-Along, Matthew McConaughey's Kid Theater, Samantha Bee's "Strange Bedfellows"

8:00 AM 12/24/2016

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.

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 Leads Star-Studded Sing-Along to "Wonderful Christmastime"

    Ever since Jimmy Fallon and Mariah Carey played her classic Christmas hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You" on classroom instruments, it's been hard for the late-night host to top himself with any other sing-alongs — that is, until 2016.

    In one of his Brady Bunch-style performances, Fallon recruited his Roots band along with the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Tori Kelly, Seth McFarlane and Scarlett Johansson to sing a harmonious version of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime." And to really get into the holiday spirit, of course McCartney tagged along for the caroling bit.

    The sing-alongs don't stop there for McConaughey, Kelly, Johansson, Witherspoon and McFarlane, either. They all star in the animated film Sing. Their animal characters are also featured in the McCartney sing-along, making for one festive video.

  • Matthew McConaughey and Jimmy Fallon Perform in "Kid Theater"

    To promote Matthew McConaughey's upcoming film Gold, Jimmy Fallon invited the actor to read scenes written by elementary school children. The catch: the only prompt the children were given is that the scripts had to be about gold.

    In the first scene, McConaughey plays a man named Matthew and Fallon plays Bob. "I stole your gold just a few minutes ago," Matthew tells Bob. "I also stole your pants."

    Bob starts crying. "Wait, I had no pants on this whole time?" Fallon's Bob asks, as the host tries to stifle his laughter.

  • Samantha Bee and Glenn Beck Become "Strange Bedfellows"

    Samantha Bee invited Glenn Beck on Full Frontal in an effort to reach across the aisle, wear Christmas sweaters and get to know somebody with a completely different audience than her own.

    "Glenn and I put on our Christmas sweaters and got to work on healing the nation," said Bee in her introduction, where she talked about how Beck has recently been reaching out to the media to "apologize for his previous weirdness."

    During the segment on Monday's show, Beck and Bee talked about how much their audiences hate each other, with Beck saying his audience wants to stab Bee "relentlessly in the eye," and Bee saying her audience will want to kill her for "normalizing a lunatic such as yourself."

    "You've said a lot of crazy bullshit," said Bee. "Even if all you said for the rest of your life were reasonable things, I feel like you have still earned a permanent side eye with [my audience]." Beck said while he doesn't like that, he thinks it's a rational conclusion.

    "As a guy who has done damage, I don't want to do anymore damage," said Beck. "I know what I did. I helped divide. I'm willing to take that." He says his message to Bee is to not make the same mistakes he made. He wants people to see the "human on the other side."

  • Seth Meyers Offers "Skeptic on a Stick" Holiday Toy

    Screengrab/Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Late Night aired a commercial for fictional atheist toy "Skeptic on a Stick" on Thursday's show, spoofing Elf on a Shelf and Mensch on a Bench. The ad explains it teaches children "secular facts, not religious fables" and provides the "best gift of all" — empirical logic. 

    When children pull the string on the back of Skeptic on a Stick, he tells kids the truth about dying Christmas trees, Santa Claus as a marketing ploy, and the elevation of Hanukkah's importance as a Jewish holiday.

    "There's only one set of footprints in the sand because God doesn't exist," spouts Skeptic on a Stick. 

  • Denzel Washington, Jimmy Fallon Dramatically Read Greeting Cards

    Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

    Denzel Washington turned on the dramatics during his visit to The Tonight Show on Monday.

    The actor joined host Jimmy Fallon for the segment "Greeting Card Monologues," which saw Fallon and Washington take turns reading holiday, birthday and other types of greeting cards in over-the-top fashion.

    Fallon tasked Washington with showcasing the same "emotional depth" during the game as he does onscreen, and he delivered, turning on a British accent, putting on his reading glasses and pretending to hold back tears.

    "Another birthday, and you look happier, sexier and in better shape than ever…bitch," one of Washington's (dog-themed) greeting cards read.

  • Late-Night Lineup: December 25-31

    Many late-night shows are on hiatus next week for the holidays, but come back next week to see who is slated for your favorite shows! In the meantime, check out past editions of Late-Night Lately below:

    Dec. 17Late-Night Lately: 'Carpool Karaoke' Christmas Special, Hosts Recap 2016, Obama Visits 'The Daily Show'

    Dec. 10: Late-Night Lately: Madonna's 'Carpool Karaoke', Ryan Gosling's Waltz, 'Rogue One' Star's Rap

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