Late-Night Lately: Bidding Farewell to "The Mooch," Dave Chappelle's Trump Analysis, '@Midnight' Signs Off

8:00 AM 8/5/2017

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.

Courtesy of CBS (Chapelle) and Comedy Central (Hardwick)

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

  • Late Night Says Goodbye to "The Mooch"

    Screengrab/Late Night with Seth Meyers; Screengrab/The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

    "The Mooch" is out, and late-night hosts had a field day with the announcement. 

    On Monday, hours after it was announced that Anthony Scaramucci would leave his role as White House communications director after only 10 days, late-night hosts bid farewell to "The Mooch." 

    The Daily Show host Trevor Noah joked about Scaramucci's quick exit, which was actually weeks before his official start date of Aug. 15. "The guy got fired before the job began! That's like waking up in the morning, looking in the newspaper and it says, 'Help wanted — but not you.'" 

    Noah, joking that Scaramucci's reign was so short he was "like the song of summer," quipped that "people are getting fired so quickly that the White House ghost doesn't know who to haunt." 

    Late Night's Seth Meyers also joked about Scaramucci's short time in the White House: "Man, that was fast! If Scaramucci was Viagra, it wouldn't even be time to call your doctor yet." 

    In a "Closer Look," Meyers joked about Scaramucci ("114 pounds of alfredo sauce, hair gel and rage") and tried to speculate who could possibly take Scaramucci's place: "Would it be an air horn with chest hair? A lasagna with a switch blade? A Monster energy drink with googly eyes?"

    "Scaramucci's last name is longer than his tenure," joked Meyers. "At this point, getting fired is part of orientation." 

    CBS' The Late Show host Stephen Colbert announced during his monologue how "shocked" he was "by this breaking newch." "'The Mooch' is toast. The front-stabber has been back-stabbed," said Colbert. "He said he was going to fire everybody, and I've got to admit, he delivered."

    Responding to a report that new chief of staff John Kelly wanted "more structure, less Game of Thrones, Colbert said that it wasn't a fair comparison. "With Game of Thrones you have to wait a whole week for a new beheading." 

    The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon invited "GOP Fanboy" and comedian John Early to offer Trump's cabinet some words of encouragement: "Don't let those haters get you down! Despite some minor hiccups this past week and every week before that, you guys continue to slay all day!"

    On ABC, Jimmy Kimmel noted that Trump has been busy "repealing and replacing his staff," including Scaramucci, who made "inappropriate" statements to a New Yorker reporter about various White House staffers.

    "President Trump reportedly thought those comments were 'inappropriate' – and you know, say what you'd like about him, he is a very appropriate person," joked Kimmel. "It’s only a matter of time before Trump replaces Ivanka with Tiffany."

    Comedy Central's The President Show poked fun at the former communications director's short tenure with a send-off sketch. 

    In the sketch, Anthony Atamanuik's Donald Trump was reluctant to say goodbye to Scaramucci, but is urged on by John Kelly's voice from above. "Do I really have to go? Now that our love is so new?" said Mario Cantone's Scaramucci. When Atamanuk's Trump confirms that yes, Kelly says so, Cantone's Scaramucci says that he at least can now see his wife and newborn son.

    He promptly breaks out into hysterical laughter alongside Trump. "Nah, I'm not going to do that."

    Scaramucci tells Trump there's an old Italian expression, and Trump says he knows what it is and starts making out with his former communications director. Scaramucci is dragged out of the room by a giant hand as he proclaims his love for Trump and Bannon is caught pants down behind the Oval Office desk.

  • Dave Chappelle Offers New Trump Analysis: "Like a Bad DJ at a Good Party"

    Scott Kowalchyk/CBS

    Comedian Dave Chappelle stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday to discuss his statements while hosting SNL about giving then-president elect Donald Trump "a chance." 

    When asked whether now, after nearly seven months in office, he had changed his mind, Chappelle responded, "It’s not like I wanted to give him a chance that night."

    "In the last six months I think we’re all getting an education about the presidency," he continued, comparing this year's election night to years past. "I feel like many white Americans finally got to see what an election night looks like for many black Americans every cycle.”

    The comedian then compared Trump to former president Barack Obama: “Donald Trump’s the other foot: good foot, bad foot. He’s a polarizing dude. He’s like a bad DJ at a good party.”

  • Comedy Central's '@Midnight' Ends Its Four-Season Run

    Courtesy of Comedy Central/Ali Goldstein

    Comedy Central's game show @midnight, hosted by Chris Hardwick, came to an end Friday night after a four-season run.

    The hour-long series finale featured guest appearances from over 30 comedians, including Weird Al Yankovic, Paul Scheer, Hannah Hart and Paul F. Tompkins.

    The show’s finale ran as a rapid-fire, best-of its question and answer format, with a rotating trio of comics testing their wit by mashing buzzers and offering quips in the hopes of earning essentially meaningless “points” from Hardwick.

    Jen Kirkman, Flula Borg and Tompkins participated in a round of "Back Dat Stage Up" in which Hardwick asked them for comments heard backstage during the show's run. "I mean, why couldn't the show just go on but someone else host it?" Tompkins asked, poking fun at Hardwick and the show's cancelation.

    "I don't know what show Comedy Central will replace this with, but it definitely won't be hosted by a woman," Kirkman quipped.

  • John Oliver Calls Alex Jones Out for "Shamelessly" Pushing Products

    Courtesy of HBO

    On Sunday, John Oliver did an in-depth segment on InfoWars host Alex Jones and the increase in coverage he is getting, responding to a previous complaint of Jones' that he is often taken out of context.

    Oliver referred to Jones as "the Walter Cronkite of shrieking batshit gorilla clowns" and teased Jones for his multiple conspiracy theories, including how tap water is somehow turning frogs gay. Oliver said that it's shocking to realize that what Jones is often doing on his show is "shamelessly" pushing products, and in one week of coverage, Last Week Tonight found that Jones spends a quarter of his time plugging products or pointing his audience to the InfoWars store. 

    Jones "is right, that if you play small clips in isolation, he looks like a loon," said Oliver. "But if you play them in context, he looks like a skilled salesman spending hours a day frightening you about problems like 'refugees spreading disease' and then selling you an answer."

    “Listen, I’m not saying the only reason Jones is talking about the globalists systematically feminizing us is to sell overpriced nutraceuticals so he can buy luxury watches," said Oliver. “But if I were saying that, it certainly wouldn’t be the stupidest conspiracy theory that you’ve heard so far tonight.”

  • Stephen Colbert and Matthew McConaughey Revived an 'Exit 57' Sketch from the '90s

    Courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Matthew McConaughey is apparently a huge fan of Stephen Colbert's former Comedy Central show from the 1990s called Exit 57.

    “I religiously watched that show,” said McConaughey on The Late Show, as Colbert commented on how astounded he was that McConaughey has memorized quotes from the relatively unknown series. The actor stood up and showed off his memorization skills, acting out a scene from the show.

    His favorite bit was "Forecast" about two men who work at a newspaper. It was a sketch Colbert didn't even remember but he happily obliged McConaughey's wishes to act out the scene together.

    In the Exit 57 sketch, McConaughey plays a weather forecaster angry at his editor, played by Colbert, who keeps changing his forecasts and makes him "look bad."

  • Late-Night Lineup: August 6-12

    Monday, August 7
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Leah Remini swings by to chat about the upcoming premiere of her A&E series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

    Tuesday, August 8
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Star Wars star John Boyega sits down with the host days after his latest film, Detroit, hits theaters.

    Wednesday, August 9
    The Daily Show: About 200 days in to the Trump administration, Trevor Noah and his team take a look at the president's cabinet, along with "Trump's Best, Smartest People: Such Great People."

    Late Night With Seth Meyers: Colin Jost and Michael Che stop by their fellow NBC show before co-hosting the summer primetime run of SNL's Weekend Update.

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