The Hollywood Reporter's Late-Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests with a look at what's to come next week.
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: Kevin Hart co-hosted The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, where the Night School actor and comedian competed against Fallon in challenges and faced his fear of animals (kind of). Meanwhile, Samantha Bee addressed Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school ("Well, we knew he was against a woman's right to choose, we just didn't know that included her right to choose not to be under Brett Kavanaugh," said Bee) and hosts took on Stormy Daniels' account of Trump's nether regions in her new book. Also, James Corden secured Crazy Rich Asians star Michelle Yeoh's approval to have her movie son Henry Golding appear on the talk show, and Glenn Weiss made the late-night rounds after proposing to his girlfriend at the 2018 Emmys.
— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman
Kevin Hart co-hosted The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, where the Night School actor and comedian competed against Fallon in challenges and faced his fear of animals (kind of).
The episode kicked off with Hart crashing Fallon's monologue. Fallon then joked that he asked Hart to co-host when Dwayne Johnson — Hart's tongue-in-cheek public rival and frequent film co-star — turned him down. Hart tried to FaceTime his friend, who didn't pick up. When Fallon tried, however, Johnson responded and proceeded to insult Hart on the phone: "Kevin, to me, is like a little Gremlin. I just want to take him and throw him into oncoming traffic."
In honor of Hart's film Night School, Hart and Fallon went to a Queens high school to compete against each other to be the better student. (The students didn't know they were coming.) They tried to become the teachers' favorites, and both had a hard time dissecting a frog in science class. Eventually, during a school assembly, the principal announced Hart's victory: "Jimmy, we know you tried very, very hard and we are very proud of you. But Kevin, you are the better student."
The co-hosts also played a game of Slapjack in which both players wore giant hands and slapped each other's face when they won a round. Fallon called for one of his face-slaps to be replayed in slow-motion.
During Robert Irwin's guest appearance, Hart confronted his fear of animals. "I hear you're a bit of a wildlife lover yourself," Irwin told Hart when he greeted him. Hart: "No, you heard wrong."
Irwin proceeded to bring an array of animals to the stage: First was a baby ostrich, which the guest called "cute and cuddly" but caused Hart to jump out of his seat. A snake, came next: Fallon urged Hart to "overcome his fears" by holding the snake but Hart refused: "Let me tell you what I've gotten really good at in my life: saying no," he told the audience.
When Irwin brought out a baby tarantula, Hart ran to the other end of the stage.
On Full Frontal, Samantha Bee addressed Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. "Well, we knew he was against a woman's right to choose, we just didn't know that included her right to choose not to be under Brett Kavanaugh," said Bee.
Bee shared that a number of politicians and pundits have rushed to Kavanaugh's defense, though "some of them sound more like they're confessing to something themselves." A compilation of clips that feature men discussing their own pasts were then shared, including an audio clip of Senator Chuck Grassley stating, "We're talking about 35 years ago. I'd hate to ask, have somebody ask me what I did 35 years ago."
"Chuck, 35 years ago you were 50 and a senator," responded Bee. "Look guys, it's freaking me out how much you need to insist that nothing you or your friends did in high school counted."
Bee concluded: "Christine Blasey Ford didn't ask for any of this shit. She did America a favor by coming forward with extremely relevant background information about an important job applicant," she said. "It's been 27 years since Anita Hill. Can we please try to be less horrendous about it this time? We've had enough of these '90s reboots."
The Guardian published excerpts from Stormy Daniels new book Full Disclosure on Tuesday in which the pornography actress compares President Donald Trump's penis to the video game character Toad from the Mario and Mario Kart series. Naturally, such a salacious report did not go unnoticed by late-night hosts.
On Late Night With Seth Meyers, the host noted the story and Daniels' description of the president's anatomy. "For once I'm gonna say, let's not take a closer look,” Meyers said, pre-empting his own usual "Closer Look" segment.
On The Late Late Show With James Corden, the host took issue with Daniels' phrasing. "Now listen, no matter what your politics are, that's just disrespectful," Corden said. "He's not the 'mushroom character' from Mario Kart. His name is Toad."
Over on TBS, host Conan O'Brien quipped, "In her new memoir, Stormy Daniels described President Trump's penis as being like the mushroom character in Super Mario Brothers. In other words, Stormy Daniels is every man's fantasy: a porn star who plays video games."
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon also foregrounded the sex scene in Daniels' book, with host Jimmy Fallon saying at the start of his monologue that the book went "into detail" on the encounter. "This explains why every book comes with a bottle of Pepto-Bismol and a straw," he joked.
And on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, host Jimmy Kimmel threw in a joke while recounting the passage in question in the book: "She describes Trump's penis as 'smaller than average,' but admitted that she was impressed that it had his name embossed in gold on it."
A Simple Favor and Crazy Rich Asians leading man Henry Golding has been busy on the late-night talk circuit in the past couple of months. But for James Corden, securing the actor as a guest on Tuesday's episode of The Late Late Show posed conflicts beyond scheduling — he needed permission from Golding's movie mom, Michelle Yeoh.
“She says the only way that I can get on the show is if you win her approval," Golding told Corden as part of a scripted bit that aired during the program.
The segment was a play on Yeoh's controlling, motherly character in Crazy Rich Asians. “You’re never going to be good enough for our family," Yeoh sneered at the host as they prepared dumplings — a nod to the film. "You’re not even good enough for your own family.”
Unimpressed with his signed Peter Rabbit DVD, his dumpling folding and his mahjong skills, Yeoh eventually decided to change her mind about Corden after he made a final plea mirroring Constance Wu's climactic monologue in the movie.
“I know you don’t think I’m good enough for Henry, and you’re probably right," Corden said. "But one day, he’s going to be on another late-night talk show, and I want you to remember this and think of me and everything I sacrificed. Because if I can’t have him as a guest on my show, then I don’t want any guest on my show.”
The man behind the Emmys' most talked-about speech, 2018 Oscars director Glenn Weiss, visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, where he and fiancee Jan Friedlander Svendsen were interviewed by Kimmel while lounging in bed with champagne.
"Jan, did you have any idea that Glenn was up to anything?" Kimmel asked the couple.
"As evidenced by my reaction, the answer is I had no idea at all," Svendsen responded, to which Kimmel said, "You're going to win the Emmy for best guest performance at next year's awards."
When asked if he was worried he'd be played off the stage during his speech, Weiss answered, "Yes. I was actually really worried about that, especially after being in the seat and knowing how those things function."
The interview then took a surprising turn, as what appeared to be Weiss and Svendsen relaxing at home was revealed to be a set and the couple was wheeled into the studio before a live audience.
Tuesday, September 25
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: K-pop superstars BTS as both interview guests and musical guests for the evening.
Conan: Norm Macdonald, making headlines lately for controversial comments, stops by TBS to chat about his new talk show for Netflix.
Watch What Happens Live: Tom Arnold, another comedian/actor in the news lately because of his alleged fight with producer Mark Burnett, joins Andy Cohen in the clubhouse
Wednesday, September 26
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Candice Bergen stops by on the eve of Murphy Brown's return to TV.