Late-Night Lately: Lena Dunham's 'Golden GIRLS,' Mocking That Pepsi Ad, Don Rickles Tributes

8:00 AM 4/8/2017

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.

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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

  • Lena Dunham Stars In Jimmy Kimmel's 'Golden Girls' Spoof

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    Jimmy Kimmel and Lena Dunham presented Golden GIRLS on his Wednesday show, which imagines Hannah and her group of friends (even Elijah) at the "reunion show" 50 years in the future. 

    Starring Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke, the bit introduces the foursome in an '80s-style opening theme for the faux show via Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Directed by Blue Ivy Carter and co-produced by Jaden Smith Jr., according to the credits, the so-called reunion show sees the girls on "recreational morphine" while others celebrate "63rd birthday/divorce/knee surgery party." 

  • Late-Night TV Savages Kendall Jenner Pepsi Ad

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    Given the tsunami of negative publicity, it was almost inevitable that late-night TV would skewer the advertising mega-fail that was Pepsi's protest-themed, and now pulled, ad starring Kendall Jenner — and certainly no punches were pulled.

    Seth Meyers and his Late Night team got creative, releasing an alternative ending for the ad that had a black protestor, instead of Jenner, approach a riot police officer with somewhat less utopian consequences. 

    Late Show host Stephen Colbert could barely contain his amusement, picking apart what he interpreted as the ad's message: "So far we don't know what has caused all of America's hot extras to take the streets. But I'm guessing it's a protest for Attractive Lives Matter."

    Colbert also took issue with the protest signs in the ad, in particular, one that said, 'Join the conversation.' "That's the most corporate thing of all time. They might as well hold up a sign that says, 'We are all the core demographic,'" he added. 

    Jimmy Kimmel was largely baffled as to how the ad made it to air. "The fact that this somehow made it through – I can’t imagine how many meetings, and edits, and pitches, and then got the thumbs-up from who know how many people is absolutely mind-boggling." 

    Over on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah was in no mood to hold back, adding that he felt all brands needed to be "more woke," rattling off a list of burning issues that could easily be given a corporate twist, including Coca-Cola's polar bear addressing climate change and a gay wedding for Mr. & Mr. Clean, among others.

  • Hosts Pay Tribute to Don Rickles

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    Late-night hosts took time out of Thursday's shows to pay tribute to fellow comedian Don Rickles, the legendary comic who died earlier in the day from kidney failure at the age of 90, and who was also a late-night TV staple for years. 

    Jimmy Kimmel started his show with a personal and emotional tribute to his late friend, "the greatest talk show guest of all time." "This is not going to be our usual show tonight – and I’ll tell you right up front that I’m going to cry – probably a lot – which is embarrassing, but we lost someone that we and I love very much today."

    "He was youthful and so funny and sharp and generous and I was fortunate enough to not only have Don on this show as my guest, but also to become close to him and his wife Barbara, which was a lot of fun for me."

    Kimmel told a story of when Rickles first agreed to appear on his show for Kimmel's birthday in 2006. "It was so exciting. I felt like I was in some kind of talk show host fantasy camp," said Kimmel. "Sitting behind a desk while Don Rickles made fun of me was like being a real talk show host for a minute."

    Kimmel also presented a "Best of Don Rickles" video from his appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Though they never met, Stephen Colbert took a moment during his Late Show monologue to honor the late comedian. "While I didn't know Don Rickles, I did have the incredible honor to meet him once," said Colbert, detailing when they met backstage at the Emmys. "He hugged me and told me I was good. And I felt like a made man, because we all should have his career and be who he was, married to his wife, I don't know, 120 years? So God bless you Don Rickles and thank you." 

    Late Night's Seth Meyers paid tribute to "one of the all-time greats," telling the story of meeting Rickles at a party when he was still on Saturday Night Live. "He just looked at me and said, 'I'm so sorry to hear Saturday Night Live was canceled.' And I said that it wasn't canceled, and he just went, 'Ugh, a guy can dream.' " 

    "I think there's nothing better than getting burned by Don Rickles," said Meyers. 

    Jimmy Fallon briefly paid tribute to the "comedy legend." "He's been on The Tonight Show a countless number of times. I've personally been out to dinner with him a few times where he said some truly, truly mean things to me. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

  • Demi Lovato, James Corden Sing Adele and Tina Turner in Divas Riff-Off

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    James Corden and Demi Lovato competed in a riff-off of divas on Wednesday night's Late Late Show, set off by Corden's musical malaise.

    "They don't make 'em like that anymore, do they?'" he said. "Divas back then were just better than divas are today. Know what I mean? They didn't have Instagram. They just had sass, voice, souls."

    The Smurfs: The Lost Village actress then challenged him to a duel of the divas, featuring Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," Katy Perry's "Roar" and her own hit "Heart Attack." Corden tried his best to fire back with Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" and Aretha Franklin's "Respect."

  • Louis C.K. Shares His True Feelings About Trump

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    During the election, Louis C.K. called Donald Trump an "insane bigot" and "Hitler." He spoke about regretting those words with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday's Late Show.

    But the comedian said that regretting it doesn't mean it's not true, and shared his new take on Trump. "I guess he’s not as profound as I thought he was,” said Louis C.K. “I thought he was some new kind of evil, but he’s just a lying sack of shit. It's just simpler."

    The comedian talked about the kinds of liars that exist, differentiating between people who lie occasionally, those who can't help it and those who enjoy lying. In his opinion, Trump is the latter. "He’s just a gross crook; dirty, rotten, lying sack of shit," he said. 

  • Late-Night Lineup: April 9-15

    Many late-night shows are on hiatus next week, 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:

    April 1Late-Night Lately: Demi Lovato in "Ew," Victoria Beckham in 'Mannequin', Kristen Bell Lifted Up

    March 25Late-Night Lately: Corden's Trump Musical, Colbert's Alter-Ego, Josh Gad's 'Beauty and the Beast' Roast

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