THR'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.
— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman
The Late Show host Stephen Colbert sat down with Andy Cohen on Thursday’s Watch What Happens Live to discuss interviewing politicians, his Colbert Report character and what it was like to step into David Letterman's shoes.
Introduced as the man “with nine Emmys and at least two personalities,” Colbert joined Cohen in a game called “Heads of State." Cohen asked Colbert a series of questions about politicians, including which one did the best job at "avoiding the hard-hitting questions."
Choosing between Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, Colbert answered immediately: Trump. "He didn’t even make eye contact — he sat there like a bad school boy being lectured."
Who would be best friends with in real life? "Bernie, because I like a rumpled man. They’re relaxing."
On taking over for Letterman on The Late Show, Colbert shared a touching story about speaking with the legendary comedian in his "outer office." "He told me stories that Johnny Carson told him about Jack Benny, and that was the greatest," he told Cohen, calling it "an amazing gift" and Letterman "so gracious."
Key and Peele made one final appearance on Thursday's Daily Show as President Barack Obama and his anger translator, Luther, before the real POTUS leaves office.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's characters shared their "farewell address" with host Trevor Noah. Peele's Obama, in the video, explains that his anger translator, Luther (Key), was allowed to appear with him in this final address, as long as he was on "his very best behavior."
"Since we last spoke, the country has voted for a new president," said Peele as Obama, as Luther raged quietly next to him. Finally, Luther couldn't stand the silence and yelled, "TRUMP?! Really? How did this happen? Don't you understand? This is how The Hunger Games starts!"
Luther lost it when Obama began to speak about his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. "He doesn't even want the job," explained Luther. "The only reason he ran is because his factory in China made too many red hats!"
James Corden and Adam Driver took time out of late-night appearances this week to mourn their friends, George Michael and Carrie Fisher.
When The Late Late Show returned from holiday break Jan. 3, Corden delivered quite the eulogy. "I feel like I've loved George Michael as long as I've kind of loved music, in a way," Corden told his viewers. "I can remember so many specific times in my life where I might have felt on my own, and George's music would feel like you would listen to a song, and he would reach his hand out and tell you that you weren't on your own, and that these feelings were not particular to you."
The host went on to discuss the time that he and Michael did a sketch together for the U.K. charity Comic Relief's Red Nose Day that ultimately inspired Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" segments. "We all have so much to thank him for, for the music that he's given that will last forever," Corden continued. "But we personally — here at this show, we owe him so much."
On Thursday night's Late Show, Adam Driver took a few minutes to remember his late Star Wars colleague Carrie Fisher.
Driver, who played villain Kylo Ren opposite Fisher's Leia in The Force Awakens, remembered her as a dynamic force, the loss of which he said is "a tragedy." "She burns very bright and has such a great, very generous energy," Driver said of Fisher. "For that suddenly not to be on set … or just in life, when you see her around at a Star Wars event or anywhere, to have her character not part — not just her character in the movie but her character — kind of missing from that very small unit is a tragedy."
Driver said that the last time he saw Fisher was "on set being Princess Leia" while shooting the next Star Wars movie, which has now finished filming.
Because licensing songs for late-night TV is expensive, The Late Late Show host James Corden came up with a clever workaround on Thursday night by convincing guest Jamie Foxx to join him in a round of filthy, between-the-sheets covers of some of our most beloved public domain songs. Like, really filthy in a way that will make you wonder if you should ever sing "Pop Goes the Weasel" or that totally NSFW golden oldie "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" again.
And don't even get us started on "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" and "B-I-N-G-O."
Jimmy Kimmel proved he's here for the right reasons when he hosted his first-ever Bachelor-themed special Monday night.
Following the premiere of the 21st season of the ABC reality competition, the host and series superfan welcomed new Bachelor Nick Viall and his two famous exes, former Bachelorettes Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe, onto Jimmy Kimmel Live: Here for the Right Reasons. (The name is a nod to one of the long-running franchise's most popular phrases used to debate contestants' motives.)
Viall is making his fourth appearance on the franchise, and Kimmel, nicknamed "Rosetradamus" due to his tradition of correctly guessing the finalists each season, quizzed Viall on some of the more questionable moments from the premiere. But it was when his exes Dorfman and Bristowe appeared that Viall ended up taking the most heat.
"This is so awkward," joked Dorfman as Viall stumbled over his answer when asked by Kimmel how often they speak. "We're friendly," Viall coughed up.
Nick placed second on Dorfman's season in 2014, and one year later, he returned to have his heart broken again on national television as runner-up with Bristowe. Dorfman picked Josh Murray, though the pair ultimately split, and Murray and Viall went head-to-head over Amanda Stanton on Bachelor in Paradise, with Murray again winning out. Bristowe picked Shawn Booth, and the pair are still engaged.
Monday, January 9
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Ben Affleck stops by the ABC show once more. Will he dare to sneak in a certain friend of his that has a lifelong feud with Kimmel?
Tuesday, January 10
Late Night With Seth Meyers: Donald Trump's campaign manager and close adviser Kellyanne Conway sits down with Meyers. Based on the host's past thoughts on a Trump presidency, this could be an interesting conversation to say the least.
Wednesday, January 11
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Michelle Obama’s last talk show appearance as sitting first lady will be with Fallon on NBC.
Watch What Happens Live: Andy Cohen debuts his new Bravo clubhouse with special guest Charlie Sheen.