Late-Night Lately: Colbert Prepares for the Emmys, Corden Becomes 'It,' Jennifer Lawrence and Fallon Compete

8:00 AM 9/16/2017

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 Teases Emmys with Kimmel, Surprises Corden

    Stephen Colbert went on a TV spree in the days before his Emmys hosting gig. 

    The Late Show host, whose main show is in repeats this week and who will host  this year's Emmy Awards on Sunday, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live!, James Corden's Late Late Show and CBS This Morning to provide details on Sunday's ceremony, his preparation and how he feels about the coveted role.

    Thursday night, Colbert made a surprise appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden to take part in a sketch dubbed "Side Effects."

    “It’s not often that we CBS hosts have comedy specifically tailored to us,” Colbert tells Corden. He then added, “I heard you were doing this and said, 'To hell with the Emmys, I've got to see this for myself.'"

    Taking turns, Corden and Colbert read their personal side effects of being a CBS host, an awards show host and talking to celebrities. Although Colbert said the side effects of hosting a CBS show can include, “having LL Cool J’s personal phone number” and "still not being totally sure what CBS stands for,” just two of many digs at the pair's home network, Colbert only had one side effect of being an awards show host, “Having to avoid Jon Hamm. He knows why.”

    During his visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, the ABC host, who emceed last year's Emmys, offered Colbert some key advice: "Rule with fear." 

    "They know you host the show every night, so they don't want to be caught on camera yawning or doing something you might see and might punish them for later on," explained Kimmel. 

    Earlier, Colbert couldn't help but compliment Kimmel on his Sean Spicer interview, possibly revealing a little bit of envy in the process, saying he "always wanted to meet" the former White House press secretary. Kimmel said he was surprised by Spicer’s small stature, but Colbert wasn't. “I know he was small, because I’ve met Melissa McCarthy," the Late Show host said, referring to the actress who already won an Emmy in part for her portrayal of Spicer on Saturday Night Live.

    Colbert has previously teased that the annual awards show will get political. He told reporters at the unveiling of the show's ceremonial red carpet Tuesday that the Emmys are about celebrating television, "and the biggest television star of the last year was Donald Trump."

  • James Corden Stars as a Scary Clown in 'I.T. Department'

    James Corden can really pull off a scary, but somehow charming and goofy, killer clown

    The Late Late Show host starred in a skit on Wednesday's episode as Pennywise, the murderous villain in the recently released horror film It, based on the classic Stephen King novel, but this time around, the clown is found in an Office-type scenario. 

    Corden shows up to help an employee, but he shows up in full costume as Pennywise, terrifying plenty of coworkers in the process. 

    In the end, someone from the I.T. department does show up, leading to a priceless horror-movie bit. 

  • Jennifer Lawrence Throws Things With Fallon, Talks Bar Fights With Meyers

    Jimmy Fallon shared his love for games on The Tonight Show when Jennifer Lawrence stopped by the talk show to promote her latest film mother!, the actress challenged Fallon to an axe-throwing competition.

    While Fallon and Lawrence both missed on their first shots, Fallon managed to get his axe on the target during his second try after Lawrence attempted to distract him by shouting, "Hey, Jimmy, I just remembered something!" On his third throw, Fallon managed to land his axe on the target's drawn head, which earned him 10 points. 

    Lawrence is known for her roles as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film series and as superhuman Mystique in the X-Men franchise, but unfortunately her characters skills have not translated into her real-life talents as an axe thrower. 

    During a visit to Late Night with Seth Meyers Thursday night, Lawrence revealed her family’s dismay over her new horror film and described an epic bar fight she got into in Budapest. 

    “I hope I don’t seem like an alcoholic,” quipped Lawrence. “I haven’t been drinking because I’ve been working every day. I’ve actually never worked in this state before. I’ve never been this hungover at work. I wish I was in sweatpants. This is awful.”

    In light of the recent trailer release of her upcoming film, Red Sparrow, Lawrence also admitted that while filming in Budapest, she got into a bar fight. “That seems like a dangerous place to get into a bar fight,” said Meyers. 

    “I mean for him...” Lawrence quickly replied.

    Lawrence was having beer night with her "dream team," when a man approached her for a selfie. After declining, Lawrence says the man cursed at her, which caused her to snap.

    “Something in me just snapped, but it couldn’t have been the alcohol,” joked Lawrence. Further narrating the moment, Lawrence recalled her aggression, “I grabbed him and I took beers and I started dowsing them all over him. Weirdly he had a suitcase, and I started pouring beers all over his suitcase. And then my friend Chris came up from behind me and he goes, ‘Don’t waste beer.’ I instantly relaxed. I was like, ‘Of course. What was I thinking?'" 

  • The Hosts Take on Hillary Clinton's Memoir

    On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton released her highly anticipated memoir, titled What Happened, giving readers an in-depth look at the 2016 election, her campaign and the journey that led to her loss. In light of the release of her memoir, late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers dedicated opening monologues of their respective shows to joking about Clinton's book and the election.

    Fallon was quick to quip about the length of Clinton’s new memoir, “I heard that it’s almost 500 pages long. Unfortunately the only person with enough time to read it is Hillary Clinton.”

    The late-night host also quoted Trump himself as saying, “I loved it! Especially the end. Really did not see that coming. Enjoy!” 

    Joking of the former Secretary of State’s memoir, Kimmel presented a parody of her book directed for children. “The book is 512 pages long, but that’s the adult version,” said Kimmel, “She also put out a version for kids.” Kimmel then held up a mock children’s book titled Losie the Pooh.

    Reading the parody story to the audience, Kimmel narrated Piglet asking a Hillary Clinton Pooh character why she lost the election, with Losie (aka, Clinton) saying “I never hosted a reality show or put my name on vodka or grabbed a Heffalump by the Woozle.” 

    Meyers also shared some quips about Clinton's memoir, but directed his joke toward Putin, saying, "Hillary Clinton's new book titled What Happened was released today, as was Putin's new book, Me." Meyers then showed an image of a Putin memoir with the same cover as Clinton's with a self-portrait included. 

  • Sean Spicer Stands by Trump, Defends "Alternative Facts" on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

    Sean Spicer made it clear during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday that he was standing by President Donald Trump after resigning as White House press secretary in August.

    When asked if he was distancing himself from Trump after leaving, Spicer replied, "Absolutely not."

    He was replaced by Sarah Huckabee Sanders in July. Wednesday's show was his first late-night appearance since officially leaving his post.

    When pressed on some of the more uncomfortable tasks he was faced with — including after the inauguration when he famously said the audience was the biggest ever, despite photographic evidence to the contrary — Spicer laughed and told Kimmel he didn't need any help remembering. "I appreciate the reminder of how it went down," he said.

    And as for Spicer's comments "that we can disagree on the facts," (or as counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway would later call it, "alternative facts") he defended that, too. "I think you can look at a set of facts and come out with one opinion and someone else can say, 'While the facts are the same here, I come out with a different conclusion.' And that's what makes our country great," he said.

  • Late-Night Lineup: September 17-23

    Monday, September 18
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: As Colbert recovers from his Emmys hosting gig, CBS celebrates the comedian with The Late Show's second anniversary special. 

    Tuesday, September 19
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Hillary Clinton continues her book tour with Colbert, appearing on late-night TV for the first time since the election. 

    Thursday, September 21
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Megyn Kelly stops by the NBC mainstay ahead of the premiere of her morning show.