Late-Night Lately: Conan's Changes, More Kavanaugh Jokes, Stormy Daniels' Memoir

7:00 AM 10/6/2018

by THR staff

The Hollywood Reporter'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.

This week: Conan O'Brien unveiled several new endeavors and some show changes during his final hour-long episode of the TBS show Thursday. During a heartfelt message to his fans, he also spent considerable time paying tribute to Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band. The show will be back in a half-hour format this January. Elsewhere, late-night hosts had plenty more Brett Kavanaugh jokes, including Stephen Colbert's faux Ken Burns-style documentary for the Supreme Court hopeful's letters and sketch with Nick Kroll as Kavanaugh's fictional buddy "Squish." And finally, Colbert had to address misconduct allegations at his network again when an exec at CBS was placed on leave this week after several complaints against him. 

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman  

  • Conan Unveils Show Changes, New Tour

    The final hour-long episode of TBS' Conan aired on Thursday, the host explained on his show. The series will return in January in a half-hour format. 

    "We thought we'd mark our 25th year on the air by changing up our format," O'Brien said. The host said that he's switching the format so that he can spend more time doing things he really loves. "I'm not talking about my wife and children. That ship sailed a long time ago," he joked. "I'm talking about travel shows around the world, silly remote pieces, interviewing brilliant, distinct people. Really just focusing on the stuff that we love the most."

    He explained that the show will be going on hiatus to focus on the transition, though he will be keeping busy on a comedy tour. In addition to the Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-up and Investment Tips tour, the host will be launching a podcast in November called "Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend" and a travel special called Conan in Japan. Team Coco is also launching a new website called Conan25, which will contain thousands of digitally remastered late-night episodes from the entirety of O'Brien's career.

    "There are many, many changes coming up that I'm very excited about," O'Brien said later in the show. "But to be really honest and very frank, there is one change on the horizon that makes me quite sad. In January, when our show transitions to the new half-hour format, our band will not be with us."

    Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band have been with O'Brien through the entirety of his late-night career, including his stints on Late Night and The Tonight Show. "These remarkable musicians have given their talent, energy, enthusiasm and incredible showmanship for over 4,000 hours," he said. "These guys played at my wedding."

    "At the most perilous moment of my career, when I was suddenly without a show and feeling pretty alone, this band came with me on a nationwide tour that to this day is one of the highlights of my professional life," he said. "They are remarkable musicians and they are even better people."

  • Colbert Addresses CBS Exec's Workplace Misconduct Allegations

    Stephen Colbert again addressed allegations of sexual misconduct at his network on The Late Show on Wednesday, saying he was "grateful" for a CNN report detailing claims of workplace harassment against a CBS executive.

    Just weeks after the host discussed the outing of network president Leslie Moonves on his show, Colbert mentioned Vinnie Favale, the senior vp talent development at CBS Studios, the subject of the CNN story, during his monologue. Favale was placed on leave by the network Wednesday.

    "At the heart of so many of our public discussions right now is powerful men protecting other men in power. There are so many examples of this and I'd like to give you another one right now," Colbert said. "An article came out on CNN today about an executive at CBS, who used to be the liaison to this show. And there's only one show on the East Coast, and it was us. He basically came with the building when I got this job, and he was around here a lot."

    Colbert added that six months ago employees came forward saying that they were uncomfortable with some of his comments. "I don't know what, if anything, happened. It seemed as if someone was protecting this guy," Colbert continued. "I don't know who it was, but we eventually convinced the network to make a change."

    Colbert then finished his speech with a warm take on the reporters behind the story: "So I'm grateful to CNN for writing this article. The press is not the enemy of the people,. This is why you want a free press, this is why you want investigative journalism: It's to make sure that government and companies and people are accountable for their actions."

    According to CNN, Favale allegedly told colleagues he got "four erections" while Jennifer Hudson was rehearsing a performance on The Late Show in 2015, called some guests "homos" and others "gay" and demanded that booking staff find "hotter" female guests than, in one case, activist Gloria Steinem. One former executive claimed that after she reported some of Favale's comments to human resources, she was "shut out of meetings" required for her job.

  • Kimmel, Stormy Daniels Talk Intimate Trump Details

    Stormy Daniels visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday to reenact salacious scenes from her new memoir that features a sexual relationship with President Trump.

    Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, described meeting with Trump in his hotel room when he answered the door in black, silky pajamas. “I’m pretty sure I thought he was channeling Hugh Hefner,” said Daniels, adding, “Significantly less sexy.”

    When Kimmel asked her why she went through with having sex with Trump, she replied, "I still don't know."

    Eventually, the conversation turned to Trump's private parts and Daniels' written description. Kimmel read the passage — which he had bookmarked and highlighted — where Daniels described Trump as being "smaller than average" and said his penis was “like the mushroom character in Mario Kart.”

    Kimmel then pulled out a phallic display of orange mushrooms and asked her to pick the one that most represents "the Commander in Chief of the United State's military," according to her photographic memory.

    "I feel like we've gained a perspective that Bob Woodward wasn't able to get in his book, that's for sure," Kimmel joked.

  • Hosts Take on N.Y. Times Report About Trump's Alleged Tax Evasion

    Late-night hosts reacted to The New York Times' investigative report about the Trump family's finances on Tuesday. The report revealed that Donald Trump received at least $413 million from his father's real estate empire and claimed that a portion of the money came from tax schemes in the 1990s.

    "The article had all kinds of revelations. For example, Donald Trump has always claimed to be self-made," Corden told his audience on The Late Late Show. "But apparently by age 3, he was earning $200,000 a year from his father and by age 8 he was a millionaire. Donald Trump was a millionaire as an 8-year-old. Now he's just a millionaire who acts like an 8-year-old. It's really come full circle."

    Corden continued, "Even more amazing, he learned how to file for bankruptcy at age 9."

    "Trump just always claims that he's a self made-man and I guess he is. He seems to have made up his very own tax laws," he said.

    Over on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host told his viewers about the story. "He's not just a con man. He was a con baby first," said Kimmel. 

    "Trump's lawyer released a statement today that there was no fraud or tax evasion by anyone. 'The facts upon which The Times based its false allegations are extremely inaccurate,'" said Kimmel. "Gee, if there only was a way to know for sure. Maybe some kind of a tax return that could be released or something to clear this all up."

    "Trump was getting millions of dollars from his father until he was in his 50s," Kimmel added. "Our president was a 50-year-old man who still got an allowance."

    Stephen Colbert shared a clip of Trump stating in an interview that his father gave him "a small loan of a million dollars" when he was starting off. "Yes, just a small loan of a million dollars. That's barely enough to silence eight porn stars," said Colbert.

    The host also commented on the revelation that Trump had received $220,000 in today's money at the age of 3. "So let me get this straight. At one point Trump was an extraordinarily wealthy toddler and today he is still that," Colbert said.

  • Colbert Spoofs Kavanaugh With Ken Burns-Style Doc

    Mocking Brett Kavanaugh's high school days yet again, The Late Show began on Thursday night with a preview of a faux Ken Burns-style documentary on a recently discovered 1983 letter penned by the Supreme Court hopeful.

    The subject of the parody is a 1983 letter penned by Kavanaugh to seven friends that was first reported on by The New York Times. In the letter, Kavanaugh instructs Georgetown Prep classmates on how to arrive at an Ocean City, Md. condo that he had rented for the school's "Beach Week," telling them, in one part, “warn the neighbors that we’re loud, obnoxious drunks with prolific pukers among us."

    The Late Show featured a plaintive fiddle soundtrack, and a narrator with a country, old-timey voice. Images of the letters, Ocean City, Kavanaugh and more appear in faded sepia. "My dearest Squee, my heart sings with anticipation as our upcoming 'Beach Week Blow-Out' approaches," the narrator says at the beginning of the video. "Like me, you are a prolific and prodigious puker."

  • Late-Night Lineup: October 7-13

    Many late-night shows are on hiatus this 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:

    September 29: Late-Night Lately: Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings Take Center Stage

    September 22: Late-Night Lately: Kevin Hart Co-Hosts, Bee on Kavanaugh, Hosts Talk Trump's Private Parts