Late-Night Lately: Colbert Persona Returns, Samantha Bee's Ode to Kellyanne Conway, Seth Meyers' Inauguration "Closer Look"

8:00 AM 1/21/2017

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.

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 Brings Back His 'Colbert Report' Persona to Bid Farewell to President Obama

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    The Late Show host Stephen Colbert bid adieu to President Barack Obama by bringing back his "delusional egomaniac" alter ego from his days on The Colbert Report.

    Colbert, who insisted he was different than his "identical cousin" who hosted Comedy Central's Report for 10 years, appeared live from his "cabin in the mountains of justice" where he lives with Jon Stewart, who was out "teaching a wounded moose to read."

    Armed with a sword and Captain America's iconic starred shield, the "right-wing pundit" Colbert took the Late Show stage to send off the "America-hating, secret Muslim, lead-from-behind, terrorist-fist-bumping, hope-and-changing apologist-in-chief." He then gave a brief taste of one of The Colbert Report's most popular segments, "The Word" revamped as "The Werd" yet again: "Thanks, Obama."

  • Samantha Bee Presents Her Ode to Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s "Omnipresent Spokescobra"


    On Wednesday’s show, Full Frontal host Samantha Bee devoted a segment to the first American woman to run a successful presidential campaign. "Tonight we want to celebrate a truly special female woman, Donald Trump’s omnipresent spokescobra, Kellyanne Conway."

    Conceding that Conway’s “amazing at her job,” Bee decided that “tonight, we honor her.”

    "Kellyanne did turn Trump’s upended Porta Potty of a campaign around and get him elected pretty much single-handedly while raising four children and probably being interrupted every three minutes by the alpha bro jockstraps Trump likes to surround himself with."

    Before Trump hired her for his campaign, Conway spoke on television networks about Trump and his “unpresidential” behavior until "she sang a different tune," according to Bee. “But Kellyanne’s true superpower is deflecting questions like Supergirl deflects bullets,” said Bee, showing interviews with Conway avoiding endless queries about Trump’s tweeting.

    Bee's advice to Trump was to take more lessons from Conway's network interviews. "Have you learned nothing from Kellyanne? Smile, take the question, don’t answer it, complain about Hillary Clinton. It’s not a difficult formula!"

  • Kimmel Asks People Whether They Prefer Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act

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    Jimmy Kimmel Live's "Lie Witness" team took on Obamacare on Tuesday, once again asking people whether they support Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. The show conducted a similar poll in 2013, seeing if people realize that both names refer to the same law.

    "I'm not the biggest fan of Obama, so I don't support him in the Obama things that he's got going on," responded one woman, who said she "absolutely" prefers the ACA.

    The people in the segment seemed clueless that Obamacare was just a nickname for ACA. One man said he preferred ACA because his girlfriend likes Donald Trump. When speaking about the difference between the two, a man said, "One is you pay, and the other is Obama pays for you."

  • Seth Meyers Presents One Last "Closer Look" Before Inauguration Day

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    Late Night's Seth Meyers had one last "Closer Look" on Donald Trump before his inauguration. 

    On Thursday's segment, Meyers ran down his feelings on welcoming "a president who may be very well the least popular incoming president in modern history." 

    "Can you feel the excitement? It's like getting ready for the Super Bowl if the Super Bowl was the Cleveland Browns vs. players who were cut by the Cleveland Browns." 

    On Trump's planned campaign slogan for 2020, Meyers had some thoughts. "Keep America great? You haven't done anything yet," he joked. "You're like a guy who goes into a job interview and talks about plans for his retirement party." 

    The host also had responses to the "big stars" Trump touted going to his inauguration and his comments on reading "all the books." 

  • Vin Diesel Really Wants To Be on "Carpool Karaoke"

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    Appearing on The Late Late Show, Fate and the Furious star Vin Diesel shared his love of "Carpool Karaoke" - and 

    James Corden asked the action star if he thinks there will be a day when he just "lets go," Diesel said he defiitely has plans to do so. 

    "I want to pull a Brando," he insisted. Trying out his British accent for the host, Diesel also expressed his wish to appear on "Carpool Karaoke." "Am I entitled? Can I get a shot here?" he asked to cheers from the crowd.

    What would he sing? "Consider Yourself" from the Oliver Twist musical, apparently. 

  • Late-Night Lineup: January 22-28

    Tuesday, January 24
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Fellow SNL alum Mike Myers joins Fallon before Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson perform. 

    Wednesday, January 25
    Conan: Leah Remini stops by the TBS show to update O'Brien on her A&E docuseries and her experience with Scientology. 

    Thursday, January 26
    The Daily Show: Laurence Fishburne stops by Comedy Central for a talk with Trevor Noah.