Late-Night Lately: Colbert Defends Trump Jokes, Kimmel's Emotional Story, Mocking Trumpcare

8:00 AM 5/6/2017

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.

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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.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Stephen Colbert Defends Trump Jokes That Sparked #FireColbert Backlash

    The Late Show's Stephen Colbert responded to the #FireColbert backlash that hit Twitter this week, which called out the CBS late-night host for his jokes about President Trump in Monday's monologue

    "Welcome to The Late Show. I'm your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I'm still the host!" he said to open Wednesday's show. During Monday's show, Colbert unleashed a string of jokes aimed at Trump after the president made comments about the "fake media" in his interview with CBS' John Dickerson, calling Dickerson's show "Deface the Nation."

    "Now, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset at Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine," Colbert continued, referring to Dickerson. "So at the end of that monologue, I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don't regret that. He, I believe, can take care of himself. I have jokes, he has the launch codes. So, it's a fair fight."

    "So while I would do it again," Colbert continued, "I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be."

  • Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Newborn Son's Open-Heart Surgery in Emotional Monologue

    On April 21, Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Jimmy Kimmel Live! co-head writer Molly McNearney, welcomed their second child together, William “Billy” Kimmel. But at just 3 days old, the littlest Kimmel had to undergo open-heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Fortunately, all went well, and Billy is now home with his parents and older sister, Jane.

    Kimmel opened up about the complications on Monday's show and encouraged those watching to donate to the Children’s Hospital. He also referenced President Trump’s proposed $6 billion cut in funding to the National Institute of Health, expressing that partisans from both sides should come together in providing everyone with access to health insurance.

    “If your baby is going to die, and doesn’t have to, it should not matter how much money you make,” said Kimmel, who teared up during his monologue

  • Hosts Mock Trump's Health Care Bill

    President Trump celebrated after the House of Representatives voted on a health care bill designed to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday, but late-night hosts weren't so overjoyed.

    Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon spoke about the new health care bill on their shows that night, largely panning the bill and those it left behind.

    Late Night's Meyers skewered the plan in a "Closer Look" segment. "To get the bill passed today, Republicans added new things that made it even worse," Meyers joked about the new version of the bill, which allows states to opt out of Obamacare's ban on refusing to cover pre-existing conditions. "They basically took an oatmeal-raisin cookie and added cilantro."

    The Late Show's Colbert faux-celebrated the "victory" of the bill. “So they did it. Obamacare is now officially dead … is something they can say once the bill goes to the Senate, then gets out of committee, is debated on the floor where amendments can be added …” and so forth.

    “That’s why Republicans were chanting, ‘We’re number one … third of the way through a very complex process,” Colbert added during his monologue.

    The Daily Show's Noah argued that, while several people are upset with the proposed health care bill, "one group that should be more pissed off than any other is Trump voters," because he went back on his campaign promises about the bill.

    Showing footage of Trump's statements last year, in which the now-president said the plan "will be unbelievable," Noah agreed. "Donald Trump is right. What happened today is f—ing unbelievable."

    The Tonight Show's Fallon also had joked about not reading the bill, along with some more helpful sports analogies. "Today, the House voted to pass the Republican healthcare bill before taking an 11-day recess. They say they'll use the break to kick back, relax and finally read the bill they just voted for," Fallon joked. 

  • Alec Baldwin Does a Trump-Off With 'Conan' Staff and Jack McBrayer

    On Thursday's Conan, Alec Baldwin told Conan O'Brien that people like to come up to him on the street and show him their Donald Trump impressions.

    "It's almost like I'm the number one gunfighter in town and they are taking me on," said Baldwin. O'Brien said his own staffers were eager to challenge the actor, who's become SNL's resident Trump impersonator, to a Trump-off.

    Baldwin and the staffers' competing impressions included Trump's dessert comments and his propensity to exaggerate. Then a surprise guest joined the competition: Jack McBrayer, "a guy who used to be a page at NBC."

    McBrayer walked out as his 30 Rock character, page Kenneth Parcell, and competed against Baldwin using Trump's "Who is doing the raping?" comments from 2015.

  • 'Star Wars' Cast Sings Smash Mouth's "All Star" in 'Tonight Show' Mash-Up Video

    Jimmy Fallon is in the wish fulfillment game. So, on Wednesday night he made one fan's dream's come true when he honored his wish to see a video featuring all the famous cast members from the first eight Star Wars movies singing the lyrics to Smash Mouth's "All Star."

    The fan wrote, "I love Star Wars, I also love the song 'All Star' by Smash Mouth, which got me thinking: could you show all the stars of Star Wars singing 'All Star?'

    The mash-up video request was, of course, part of Thursday's global Star Wars holiday, May the Fourth. And the results were, pretty, pretty stellar.

  • Late-Night Lineup: May 7-13

    Tuesday, May 9
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Colbert sets a mini-Daily Show reunion with Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry stopping by. 

    Wednesday, May 10
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Fellow SNL alum Tina Fey sits down with her former "Weekend Update" co-anchor. 

    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, one America's favorite couples, chats with Colbert on CBS. 

    Thursday, May 11
    Watch What Happens Live: Andy Cohen welcomes Snatched stars Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, and their Real Housewives opinions, to his clubhouse.