Late-Night Lately: 'Stranger Things' Spoof, Kevin Bacon's Song, Remembering Gene Wilder

8:00 AM 9/3/2016

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

  • 'Stranger Things': Barb Gets Revenge in 'Tonight Show' Spoof

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    Barb is back and she is not happy. 

    On the heels of Stranger Things' season-two renewal, the beloved character played by Shannon Purser in the Netflix drama made a special appearance in a Tonight Show parody on Wednesday.

    The clip, jokingly described as an exclusive deleted scene, saw fan-favorite Barb (played by Tonight Show writer A.D. Miles) return from the Upside Down to confront the show's younger actors about leaving her there. When Barb was asked during the sketch if her return meant she would appear in season two, Barb replied, "No, because Barb is getting her own Netflix spinoff, Orange Is the New Bitch."

    Reprising their characters in the spoof was Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas). Fallon also appeared in the sketch doing his best Steve impression.

  • Kevin Bacon and Jimmy Fallon Sing "First Draft" of "Free Fallin"

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    Kevin Bacon’s acting talents have won him many admirers. Who could forget his performances as a dancing revolutionary (Footloose), a hideous villain (Sleepers) and … old-school Tom Petty? 

    The Golden Globe-winning actor appeared on The Tonight Show, where he transformed into a rock star for a cover of Petty’s late '80s classic "Free Fallin."

    Bacon and Jimmy Fallon horsed around for the “First Drafts of Rock” segment where they tackle the original version of a song, this time with a strong equidae theme. 

  • Remembering Gene Wilder

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    Friends, collaborators and fellow performers honored Gene Wilder this week after the acting legend's passing on Sunday due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. 

    Mel Brooks paid tribute to his old friend and longtime collaborator on Tuesday's Tonight Show. "He was such a dear friend," Brooks told Jimmy Fallon. "I expected that he would go but when it happens, it's still tremendous. It's a big shock. I'm still reeling." Wilder worked with Brooks on Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles and The Producers. 

    Brooks said that he first told Wilder that if they ever got the money to make The Producers, the actor could play the accountant Leo Bloom, but Wilder didn't quite believe it would happen. "Miracle of miracles, we got the money," Brooks said, so he went to tell Wilder the good news, and Wilder burst into tears. "He cried, and I hugged him. It was a wonderful moment." 

    On the set of Blazing Saddles, in which Wilder plays The Waco Kid, Brooks said Wilder would constantly be writing on a legal pad that said "Young Frankenstein." Wilder told him his idea for the film that he would eventually star in, and Brooks said he instantly knew he wanted to write it with his friend.

    On Monday's Late Late Show, James Corden took a few moments to reflect on Gene Wilder as well, saying "he was never anything less than brilliant at all times."

    When Corden had his first Late Late Show episode he opened with a Willy Wonka sketch. He contacted Wilder to ask if he wanted to be a part of it. “He sent me an email back where, in the history of people saying no to things, it couldn’t have been nicer,” Corden said. “The email he sent me, it just said ‘Dearest James, I don’t do or go where you are hoping, but I’ll be looking for you. My love, Gene.’"

    "Even the way he said no was so poetic. Even his emails sounded somehow like Willy Wonka."

    He concluded by saying that Wilder will be deeply missed. "The truth of it is that he was just a magical person, and he made everybody around him feel this incredible feeling of joy. It’s what I felt when I watched him, it’s what I felt when I met him. That's what I hope he's feeling now wherever he is."

  • Colbert, Corden Spoof Beyonce and Kanye at MTV VMAs

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    There was no way late-night hosts were going to let Sunday's 2016 MTV VMAs slide without comment.

    That explains how The Late Late Show's James Corden ended up in a gym complaining about how sweaty Teyana Taylor got in Kanye West's "Fade" video and The Late Show's Stephen Colbert worried about burning up when he parodied Beyonce's fiery 15-minute performance

  • James Corden Presents New Fragrance, Bacon by Kevin Bacon

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    "In the frying pan of your mind, there is only … bacon." 

    The Late Late Show's James Corden presented his latest project, Bacon by Bacon, a new fragrance that captures "the essence of both your favorite cured meat and favorite actor." In a black-and-white fragrance ad starring Kevin Bacon with Corden, the actors dance together, laugh together, cry together and pray together. "Next to the pancake of your soul, there is only … bacon." 

    "Wait, I'm confused," Corden tells the actor. "Does it smell like you, or does it smell like bacon?"

    He responds: "We smell exactly the same."

  • Late-Night Lineup: September 4-10

    Tuesday, September 6
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Clint Eastwood makes a late-night appearance to discuss his new film Sully, starring Tom Hanks. 

    The Daily Show: Jeff Ross joins Trevor Noah to share some behind-the-scenes stories from Comedy Central's Roast of Rob Lowe, which airs Monday night. 

    Wednesday, September 7
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger himself sits down with Colbert to explain what it's like to have Tom Hanks play him in a film about his life. 

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Dr. Phil joins Kimmel as CBS is about to premiere a show starring Michael Weatherly (Bull) inspired by his early career. 

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