Late-Night Lately: Hasan Minhaj's Debut, Jimmy Kimmel's Halloween, Barbra Streisand's Karaoke

7:00 AM 11/3/2018

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: Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act made its debut on Netflix, in which the host broke down the issues of affirmative action and the U.S.' relationship with Saudi Arabia. Jimmy Kimmel celebrated his annual cruel Halloween prank by compiling a video of the most irate children after they found out their parents "stole" their candy. The iconic Barbra Streisand celebrated her latest album release and joined a nervous James Corden for a "Carpool Karaoke" segment in which she insisted on driving, despite having failed her driver's test several times. 

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman  

  • Hasan Minhaj Talks Saudi Arabia, Affirmative Action in 'Patriot Act' Debut

    Hasan Minhaj broke down the threat to affirmative action in the debut of Netflix's Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj

    In his Netflix premiere, he brought up a lawsuit by a group of Asian-Americans suing Harvard, accusing the university of unfairly giving preference to other minorities in their admissions process. Of the lawsuit, Minhaj said, "Our entire live we get shat on — oh, you guys have small dicks; you're bad drivers; you're the color of poop; you smell like curry and kimchi. Nothing. We say nothing. The moment we can't get into Harvard, we're like, 'I'll see you in court, motherfucker!'"

    He went on to note that Asians are 5.8 percent of the U.S. population but comprised 22.2 percent of Harvard's admitted class last year. "We are straight dunking on every other minority group, but in classic Asian-parent fashion we're like, 'Twenty-two percent? Why not 100 percent?'" Minhaj quipped. 

    He concluded the show by saying: "For those in the Asian community who keep insisting, 'We just want equality; we're American citizens; treat us like Americans,' fine. But if you are willing to act like racism isn't a thing, team up with lawyers and then take it to the courts when you don't get your way, you're right. You truly are an American. You just happen to be the worst kind."

    Minhaj also addressed the larger relationship between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. in his other segment from Sunday. Part of his segment was devoted to the offensive language describing Saudi Arabia and its citizens in a military document, which the military has since apologized for. 

  • Kimmel Shares Results of Eighth Annual Halloween Candy Prank

    Jimmy Kimmel announced the winners of the eighth annual "I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy" prank on Thursday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

    The host shared that the show received over 1,000 videos of parents telling their children that they ate all of their Halloween candy before showing "the best of the best" clips. The first video showed a young boy clench his fists in anger. "You could get sick," he told his mother. A young girl's mouth dropped open in horror after he mother told her that she ate all of her candy. The girl later said, "I'm so disappointed in you."

    Another clip showed an unsuspecting son sitting at the kitchen table while his mother told him what she did. The boy's brother then walked in from the other room at said, "Oh no, this is fake. I know this." The skeptical son called her bluff by pointing out that the mom had shown them the videos featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live from past years.

    "Jimmy Kimmel, how many years do you think you're gonna get away with this?" a boy asked at the end of the segment.

  • Barbra Streisand Gets Political on "Carpool Karaoke"

    Barbra Streisand overcame her newfound issues with driving to join host James Corden on The Late Late Show's "Carpool Karaoke" segment on Thursday to promote her 36th studio album. 

    Streisand revealed that she'd failed her written driver's test three times while attempting to get her license renewed. "I was so nervous, a little bit like I am now because I have you in the car," she told Corden. She also said that she hasn't been driving a lot lately because her mind "is twirling" and she recently found herself driving the wrong way on the highway. "This is not what I need to hear right now," her fellow passenger joked.

    "If this is how I go out, I'll take it," Corden joked. "[Corden] died at the hands of Barbra Streisand. 'Is she OK?' She's fine, thank god."

    When asked about the current political climate and how she's coping, Streisand explained that that's why she created the album, which is fittingly titled Walls. "Every song relates to something about what's going on in these difficult times. The only thing I can do is write about it and tweet," she explained before diving into a rendition of her song "Don't Lie to Me" off her new album.

    The duo also sang such Streisand hits as "No More Tears," "The Way We Were," "What a Wonderful World" and "Don't Rain on My Parade."

  • Kimmel Says Voices in Kanye West's Head "Are Starting to Talk Sense"

    Jimmy Kimmel discussed Kanye West's announcement that he is stepping away from politics on Tuesday's episode of his show. The musician informed his Twitter followers about his decision earlier that day: "My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in," he tweeted. "I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!"

    "Now the president doesn't even have Kanye anymore," Kimmel told his audience before sharing the tweet.

    The host added, “Finally, the voices in his head are starting to talk sense.”

    "And if there are any black celebrities out there who would like to be the president's only African-American supporter, that position is now officially open," he said.

    West has been outspoken about his support of Trump in the past and even visited the White House to speak about the Music Modernization Act with the president earlier this month.

  • John Oliver Blasts Fox News Over "False Flag" Conspiracy Theories

    John Oliver wasted no time on Sunday's Last Week Tonight in going after Fox News Channel for floating "false flag" conspiracy theories related to the mail bombs that were sent to several of President Trump's political opponents last week.

    "It has been a time for sober reflection or, if you're Fox News discussing those package bombs, a time for wild speculation, because before a suspect was even arrested, they were giving airtime to a truly ludicrous theory," Oliver said.

    He then cut to several Fox News clips of personalities including Geraldo Rivera pushing the idea that Democrats may have been behind the mailings as a ruse to drum up support for their own party ahead of the midterm elections. In one clip, Rivera said: "At the risk of sounding like a far-right-wing lunatic, I have to say I believe this whole thing was an elaborate hoax."

    Chimed in Oliver: "But here's the thing about that. Sounding like a far-right-wing lunatic is not really a risk for the Fox News brand, is it? It's more of a guarantee. It'd be like if Tony Bennett started every song with, 'At the risk of making your grandma wet….' 'What are you talking about, Tony? We all know that's going to happen; it's specifically what you're here to do.'"

  • Late-Night Lineup: November 4-10

    Monday, November 5
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Rachel Maddow kicks off a political week on NBC, previewing election night with Fallon. 

    Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: TBS has lined up an extra episode of Full Frontal to book-end election night. The team will be back on Wednesday night for its regularly scheduled show. 

    Tuesday, November 6
    Election night: The Daily Show, The Late Show and Late Night have planned live shows for midterm coverage. 

    Wednesday, November 7
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, previously a regular on TBS' Conan, joins Colbert for some post-election analysis.