Late-Night Lately: John Oliver's Marlon Bundo Book, Hosts Plan for March for Our Lives Rallies

8:00 AM 3/24/2018

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.

This week: John Oliver's parody book about Mike Pence's bunny hits the bestseller list, Samantha Bee presents a history of women's health and the hosts plan for the weekend's March for Our Lives rallies. 

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • John Oliver's Mike Pence Parody Book Sells Out

    Courtesy of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver/YouTube

    John Oliver focused his fire on Sunday's episode on Vice President Mike Pence and his ultra-conservative views. The Last Week Tonight host began by describing Pence as an "ashen weasel," then focused on Pence's views on homosexuality and his continued association with controversial groups like James Dobson's Focus on the Family. 

    After an in-depth profile of the VP, Oliver admitted that there was one nice thing he could say about Pence:  He and his family picked a great name for their pet rabbit. Marlon Bundo was the focus of a children's book written by Pence's daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife, Karen, titled Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President.

    Oliver announced the release of his own book, available immediately, titled A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo which tells the story of a White House rabbit who falls in love with another male rabbit called Wesley and how, despite the odds and bigotry, they marry. 

    An audio version of the book features the voice talents of Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ellie Kemper, RuPaul and, of course, John Lithgow as an ill-tempered bigoted stink bug, a thinly veiled nod to Pence himself. 

    Just days later, Oliver's book was topping Amazon's best-seller list and had largely sold out. 

  • Hosts Reveal Plans, Send Messages of Support to March for Our Lives

    Samantha Bee is taking re-purposing the bus that it had used to travel to the Women's March in 2017 and conventions before that to attend the Saturday event in the U.S. capital. In a video promotion for the bus, she encouraged students to "Please stop by our bus and say hi."

    Bee promised a sign-making station and free cell phone chargers on the bus "so that your phones have enough juice to lead a movement." The host then joked, "Feel free to take whatever we left on the bus when we went to the Women's March: lightly used pussy hats, old pizza, two writers, take it." The host then asked teens to promise not to tell their parents that she had used the word "pussy."

    Jimmy Fallon and his family will be attending the March for Our Lives, and on Tuesday he told the Tonight Show audience, "I just want to remind everybody that this Saturday, March 24, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have organized a march in Washington. It’s called the March for Our Lives, and it’s to tell the government, loud and clear, that we demand change on the issue of gun control." 

    "I’ll be there, with my family, to support the students," Fallon added. "And I encourage all of you — families, students, teachers, anyone who wants change — head to Washington this Saturday, or find a local march happening in your city, and show your support for these kids as they make their voices heard. Our future is speaking, and we should listen."

    On Thursday, Jordan Klepper took The Opposition on the road, taping and airing its episode from the living room of a Maryland-based high school student organizer on the front lines of the fight for gun control, just days ahead of the March for Our Lives rally. 

    Titled “The Opposition Chaperones Democracy: Kids Just Wanna Take Guns,” the episode also featured U.S. Senator Cory Booker, a staunch advocate for gun control, as a guest. Of the march, Booker said he strongly supported it. "Change has never in history come from Washington, it's come to Washington ... It was people that marched and demonstrated and brought change to Washington."

    The episode also included a field piece in which correspondent Kobi Libii visited a Baltimore high school to speak with student activists about gun violence in their local community. One of the students shared: "We need people who are willing to support us and ensure that our future is a priority for them. Because we need this. We need this March for Our Lives in order for people like you to understand that we matter. Our voices matter.”

    Gun control was the theme of the night on Comedy Central, as fellow host Trevor Noah had five survivors from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on The Daily Show. One of the students, Kai Koerber, explained to Noah why arming teachers makes him feel uncomfortable. "Me being a minority in the South and having a teacher have a gun, regardless of color, does not make me feel comfortable ... I don't think that lethal weapons should have a place in the school environment."

    Another, Elijah Abraham, said he hopes more attention is given to "this multi-faceted issue" of gun control as a result of the march. "This is domestic terrorism, and this is a multi-leveled issue that requires different solutions," he said.

    Seth Meyers shared a fake ad promoting the work of teens on Thursday’s episode of Late Night. “Some are saying these teenagers might be the answer to all our problems,” Meyers said before showing the clip.

    “Does reading the news terrify you? Does criticizing your congressman on Twitter feel empty and futile? Are you worried you’re not actually doing anything to save our country?” asks the narrator, suggesting that teenagers are the answer to all of the country’s problems. “Once considered a menace to society, teenagers are now cleaning up the political catastrophe left by older generations." 

    “With teenagers like Emma Gonzalez doing what I care about, I can finally focus on what I love,” says a woman in her kitchen, “drinking wine and looking at dog pictures on Instagram.”

    Meyers also shared his changed perception of teenagers in the fake ad. “As a 44-year-old, I used to look down on teenagers. But then I thought, what makes my generation so great? We were slackers who listened to grunge music and watched Desert Storm on TV,” he says. “We straight up sucked.”

  • Samantha Bee, Laurie Metcalf Act Out "History of Women's Pain"

    To honor Women’s History Month, Full Frontal host Samantha Bee enlisted help from Laurie Metcalf to give her audience members a lesson in the history of women’s pain, or as she dubbed it, “Why you have to take birth control for every damn lady thing.” To chronicle the faulty medical practices women have endured, the actress and late-night host portrayed various time periods, in which Metcalf served as the patient in pain and Bee the unconcerned doctor.  

    As highlighted in each segment, women consistently complained about pain, yet failed to receive proper care and treatment for it. During the Medieval era, women with endometriosis were considered witches with a prescription of being “burned at the stake.” Despite now being in the modern age, Bee mentioned how baffling it is that women’s pain still isn’t taken seriously. In their sketch, some of the suggestions given to treat Metcalf's pain are to simply to “lose weight," see a therapist, take an Advil or that she should stop "faking it."

    “It’s 2018. There’s no cure for endometriosis and yet you guys have developed like 45 different pills for boners and all you can offer me is the same old f—ing birth control pill,” Metcalf argued.  

    “So, ladies, next time you feel like the weight of the world is bearing down on your uterus, it is!" said Bee. "Happy Women’s History Month!” 

  • Watch Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon Perform the History of Sitcom Themes

    Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

    Will Smith let it all fly when he teamed up with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show for a live remix of TV’s best sitcom themes on Thursday night. 

    In a fully energized performance, Smith and the late-night host tore through all your favorites from The Golden GirlsDiff'rent StrokesFull House and, of course, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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  • Hosts Rip Trump for Congratulating Putin on Re-Election

    Screengrab/The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Late-night hosts took issue with President Donald Trump calling to congratulate Russian president Vladimir Putin on his re-election.

    On the Late Show, host Stephen Colbert noted, “You got to give Putin credit. He did win by the most made-up votes. I believe the final tally was 144 million to everyone else is dead.”

    Showing footage from a bipartisan group of senators being asked by reporters about Trump’s congratulations of Putin, Colbert mimicked their deadpan responses and threw a “smoke bomb” to avoid answering.

    Over on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host ruminated on the relationship between Trump and his "KGBFF," Putin. "This guy just poisoned two people. Trump is calling to congratulate him," Kimmel quipped. 

    On TBS, host Conan O'Brien also addressed Trump's call: "Earlier today, President Trump called Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his presidential win," O'Brien said during his monologue. "Coincidentally, Trump made the same call to Putin on November 9, 2016." 

    O'Brien went on to break down his joke for the audience. "I like that's not one people laugh at," he commented. "You could see everyone doing the math and going, yes, it lines up, it's not very funny, but he's doing the work."

  • Late-Night Lineup: March 25-31

    Tuesday, March 27
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Fellow Daily Show alum Samantha Bee stops by in another late-night crossover. 

    The Jim Jefferies Show: This Comedy Central series returns Tuesday night with a roundtable with White House reporters as well as Jefferies' coverage from March for Our Lives rally in San Diego.

    Friday, March 30:
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Former president Jimmy Carter is on hand, and Colbert likely won't pull his punches when it comes to questions about the current POTUS.