Late-Night Lately: Benedict Cumberbatch's Mad Lib Theater, Ryan Reynolds' 'Notebook 2,' Mel Gibson's Regrets

8:00 AM 11/5/2016

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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Courtesy of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; TBS; The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Benedict Cumberbatch Performs "Mad Lib Theater" With Jimmy Fallon

    Benedict Cumberbatch stopped by The Tonight Show while promoting Doctor Strange for a bit of theater with Jimmy Fallon. 

    Cumberbatch answered a series of Fallon's questions in a round of "Lists of Different Firsts," ranging from favorite children's song to favorite body part. The answers were later incorporated into a scene for "Mad Lib Theater."

    Cumberbatch played Detective Rory while Fallon played the criminal, Mrs. Tate, and the two filled up an interrogation scene with random verbs and adjectives much like the Mad Lib game. 

    When asked where he was on the night of Hanukkah, Fallon responded, "Watching Superman," before finally confessing, "I needed the money to buy little toe implants."

  • Ryan Reynolds Makes Out With Conan O'Brien in 'Notebook 2' Parody

    Ryan Reynolds got his Ryan Gosling on with Conan O'Brien on Wednesday.

    Reynolds made an appearance on Conan and tried to get the audience to guess what he was promoting, listing options such as his new line of ham underwear and his anti-dolphin documentary before moving on to The Notebook 2.

    "Remember that vacation we took in Tijuana — we split that bottle of absinthe?" he said to O'Brien. "Well, we fell in love, and I filmed it."

    The show went to a clip of O'Brien and Reynolds reenacting the famous "I wrote you every day for a year" rain scene from The Notebook. O'Brien read Rachel McAdams' part, wearing a blue dress with pearls. The two ended the scene in a passionate, long kiss. 

  • Mel Gibson Advises Younger Self to "Shut the F--- Up"

    Mel Gibson took a trip down memory lane on The Late Show Tuesday, joining Stephen Colbert for his segment "Big Questions with Even Bigger Stars."

    The pair shared a blanket as they posed the big questions to each other about life and regrets. Colbert tackled the elephant in the room, that is Gibson's colorful if controversial past. Asked if he had any regrets Gibson responded, "no, not one, they tend to come in clusters."

    When asked what he would tell his younger self, Gibson read off a list that included, "Don’t be so caught up in the little things," "Take advantage of all the gifts the world has to offer" and most emphatically, "shut the f--- up."

    Colbert added that "a younger Mel Gibson" would probably be the famous person he would most like to meet if he could go back in time. Gibson's own choice, predictably, was Jesus, but so he could find out which of the Lethal Weapon films JC preferred. 

  • President Obama Visits 'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee' for "Spooky Stories" About Trump

    President Obama continued his late-night tour Monday with a Halloween visit to TBS' Full Frontal With Samantha Bee. Kicking off her “annual Halloween presidential interview,” the host asked what Obama was for Halloween. He told her he was "what happens when young people vote." 

    Bee got into character as a “millennial voter,” making Obama laugh at her angsty teen voice as he tried to connect with her. “Young people have a bigger stake in this election than anybody. I would hope that you’d be willing to take about the same amount of time that you spend looking through cat videos on your phone to make sure that democracy’s working," Obama implored. 

    When Bee asked if he wanted to "mess with" Trump after he left office, like whispering in Trump's ear that he was never actually born in this country after all, Obama answered, “I think it’s fair to say that I will be organizing my post-presidency where I’m not close enough to him to whisper in his ear." 

    Turning the interview to Halloween-related questions, she asked if he could tell her a "spooky story about what happens when people don’t vote." Obama answered simply: "Donald Trump could be president." 

  • 'Daily Show' Visualizes Dystopian Society Under Trump

    The Daily Show's Trevor Noah did a "pirate broadcast" on Monday from a time jump to the year 2020, taking a look at what a dystopian society the U.S. could become after four years of a Donald Trump presidency.

    In this fictional world, most of the news channels are off the air because of libel laws that Trump enforced. Trump News Network is the only one still fully functional, John Oliver was taken away by police during a segment about eggs and the only way Noah survived was by pretending to be Steve Harvey. "The police couldn't tell the difference between us," said Noah. 

    In this new society, automated arms stop and frisk black people every 90 seconds and there's a new national anthem with lyrics about Trump's large hands. Hillary Clinton is in "super Guantanamo" along with former VP Mike Pence, Joe Biden snuck onto the Obamas' ship to Mars and Bill Clinton went to Venus since "that's where women come from." 

    Trump also bombed Iceland after blaming the country for ISIS, replaced Obamacare with an energy drink and sexually assaulted a penguin in Antarctica. 



  • Late-Night Lineup: November 6-12

    Monday, November 7
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: The CBS host goes live for the day before and after the election. 

    Tuesday, November 8
    Stephen Colbert: Colbert moves networks for one night for his live election night special on Showtime, entitled Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Shi*t?

    Daily Show: Trevor Noah and his correspondents present their live election special on Comedy Central. 

    Thursday, November 10
    Conan: Monty Python's John Cleese and Eric Idle stop by TBS to chat with Conan O'Brien.