Late-Night Lately: "Thank U, Next" Parody, 'Aquaman' Contest, Saoirse Ronan's Hidden Talents

7:00 AM 12/8/2018

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: James Corden created an ode to Jeff Goldblum through a spoof of Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next,"  appropriately titled "Thank U, Jeff." Meanwhile, Aquaman's Jason Momoa competed against Jimmy Fallon in a trident-throwing contest, Saoirse Ronan joined Fallon for a holiday singalong and movie trivia and Trevor Noah visited his grandmother in South Africa for a special episode of The Daily Show

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman 

  • James Corden Debuts Jeff Goldblum-Inspired "Thank U, Next" Parody

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    Jeff Goldblum teamed up with James Corden to debut a parody of Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next," which was appropriately titled "Thank U, Jeff."

    As the music for Grande's hit song began to play, Corden was transported to a pink bedroom. Similar to Grande in the record-breaking "Thank U, Next" music video, Corden was seen lying on his bed as he flipped through a burn book, a reference to the film Mean Girls.

    For Corden's Goldblum-inspired parody, he sang, "First saw him in The Fly/ His face was grotesque/ Then he won independence from an alien mess/ And in Thor: Ragnarok, his performance was classic/ But who could forget the hot doctor he played in Jurassic."

    The host then appeared onstage at a high school talent show as he sang, "Thank you, Jeff." Goldblum sat in the audience during the performance and recorded the performance, similar to Kris Jenner's role in the music video and Amy Poehler's role in Mean Girls.

    Corden was joined by his all-male squad and they danced to the chorus in his bedroom and onstage at the talent show. The men incorporated the bend-and-snap move from Legally Blonde into their choreography, which is featured Grande's video.

  • Fallon Takes on Aquaman in Trident Throwing Contest

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    Jason Momoa competed against Jimmy Fallon in a trident-throwing contest on Thursday's Tonight Show.

    Inspired by the upcoming Aquaman, film, the game's target was Aquaman's nemesis Ocean Master. Finding Nemo characters Nemo and Dory were also included on the target, though any competitor to hit the fish would receive negative points.

    Momoa took off his jacket and necklace before the competition began. After he received a round of applause from the audience, the actor encouraged Fallon to take off his jacket.

    Fallon kicked off the competition. "You sick son of a bitch," he yelled before he threw his trident. The actor's first trident landed on Ocean's Master's lower stomach, which earned him 10 points. "You better knock before you come to my house," he told Fallon.

  • Saoirse Ronan Plays 'Bridesmaids' Trivia Quiz, Sings Holiday Song With Fallon

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    Saoirse Ronan stopped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday to promote her film Mary Queen of Scots, though she also tested her Bridesmaids trivia, showed off her many accents, sang with the host and played charades during the appearance.

    Ronan revealed to Fallon that she is a huge fan of the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids. "I'm playing it in my head right now," she joked. So Fallon decided to see if Ronan was a true fan with some trivia questions. 

    The host then prompted Ronan to sing the song Wiig and Rose Byrne sing at Maya Rudolph's character's engagement party. "Keep smiling. Keep shining. Knowing you can always count on me," she sang before Fallon joined in. "That's what friends are for."

    Through video, past guest and Mary Queen of Scots costar Margot Robbie asked Ronan a question. "Hi Saoirse. Big fan of your work. I especially admire how good you are at doing accents," she said. "I was just wondering if you could give us your best Australian accent?"

    Ronan responded that the Aussie accent is her "Achilles' heel."

    Ronan also joined Fallon for a sing-along following a conversation they had during a previous appearance where she taught him about Irish pub lock-ins. "The whole town just goes to the pub. We lock the doors, we have a drink and we have a sing-song," she said.

    The two, who wore Christmas-theme scarves and stood by a piano decorated with candles, then sang a duet of "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues.

  • Trevor Noah's Grandmother Talks About Apartheid on South Africa 'Daily Show'

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    Trevor Noah took The Daily Show to Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday. During the special "Self-Deportation Edition" of the talk show, Noah gave viewers a tour of the neighborhood he grew up in, spoke to his grandmother about apartheid and gave an MTV Cribs-style tour of his grandma's home.

    Noah took viewers to his grandmother's house, where he was raised. Upbeat music played as he mocked MTV Cribs and showed off the driveway. "We didn't have any cars, but we still built driveways, because that's what life is all about: Ambition," he said.

    Noah entered his grandmother's house and shared that the nearby FNB Stadium will soon celebrate 100 years of Nelson Mandela. Noah's grandmother said that Mandela was like their "God on Earth." She said that black people were not allowed to be nurses, teachers or policemen, so Mandela's career as a lawyer was inspiring.

    "For young people, it's very hard for them to understand how scary it was to be a black person in living in South Africa during the time. But everybody was scared of the police," he said. 

    On Noah's history with apartheid, she said, "You were a kid. You were born a crime." She added that she worried that police would take him if he played in the street, but many kids ran away from Noah when he was younger because he is half white. "For them, this was white?" he asked as he pointed out his skin. "Wow. I feel so special now, Gogo. To know there was a time that I was white," he joked.

    The grandmother also admitted that she doesn't watch The Daily Show because "sometimes the electricity cuts out." Noah joked that it is "a very plausible excuse."

  • Stephen Colbert Pays Tribute to George H.W. Bush

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    On Monday night's Late Show, Stephen Colbert remembered former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.

    The Late Show host paid tribute to the 41st president during his monologue. "Bush served in World War II as a torpedo bomber pilot in the Pacific theater. He flew 58 planes. When his plane got hit by Japanese anti-aircraft guns, he had to bail out," he said. "The closest our current president has gotten to a submarine is a $5 footlong." 

    The host also applauded Bush for not being a "bitter partisan" during his career in Washington. "He worked with Bill Clinton, famously, on humanitarian relief many times and I'm happy to say when we took our old show to entertain troops in Iraq in 2009, he was kind enough to do this video for us," he said.

    The Colbert Report clip followed of Bush as he thanked the troops for their service. "Back in World War II, the USO used to send us great big stars like Marlene Dietrich, Lauren Bacall and The Rockettes. I'm just saying, this Stephen Colbert guy better have great legs,” Bush said in the video.

    The clip received a round of applause from the audience. "Back in 2009, I did," responded Colbert.

  • Late-Night Lineup: December 9-15

    Tuesday, December 11
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Fellow TV host Ellen DeGeneres joins the CBS show. 

    Wednesday, December 12
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Comedy duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, now starring together in Holmes & Watson, join Kimmel for the night, possibly even in character.

    Thursday, December 13
    Watch What Happens Live: Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini, stars of the upcoming film Second Act and real-life friends, stop by Andy Cohen's clubhouse.