Late-Night Lately: Colbert Returns From Russia, Samantha Bee Critiques Trumpcare, Hosts Skewer Trump's Latest Tweets

8:00 AM 7/1/2017

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 Recaps His Trip to Russia


    The host of CBS' The Late Show was happy to be home on Monday night. After returning from a trip to Russia on assignment for some future Late Show pieces, Stephen Colbert said he was certainly not alone while abroad: "You know who did know I was in Russia? Russian intelligence. Hardcore fans, evidently — followed me everywhere."

    Colbert joked how "important" it is to keep an eye on comedians abroad. "I could be giving state secrets to the Russians," he said. "Oh wait, someone's already got that covered."

    The Late Show host traveled to Russia last week, putting the CBS late-night series into repeats until he returned Monday night. While abroad, Colbert appeared on a Russian TV show, Evening Urgant, and jokingly announced he was considering a 2020 presidential run. "I thought it would be better to cut out the middle man and just tell the Russians myself,” Colbert said on the program. 

    On Monday's Late Show, Colbert claimed that right now he is only considering running, if he were actually running he wouldn't ask the Russians for help — he'd have his son-in-law ask them. Colbert also opened the show with a quick clip of himself in Russia, in which he insists he's in New York. "After all of the things I've said about Vladimir Putin, I'd be crazy to go to Russia," he said. 

  • Samantha Bee Critiques Medicaid Cuts in Trumpcare Bill

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    On this week's Full Frontal, Samantha Bee took a deep dive into how the proposed Republican health care legislation makes devastating cuts to Medicaid, criticizing Paul Ryan and GOP politicians for the draft.

    "It turns out, 13 rich white guys alone in a room isn't how good legislation happens," said Bee, after playing footage from the media about how unpopular the Senate version of the bill is.

    "It's how Suicide Squad happens. But while Suicide Squad destroys your will to live, this bill destroys your ability to live," added Bee. 

    Bee played a clip of Kellyanne Conway defending the bill, turning the footage into black-and-white as a reminder to viewers who saw Bee's segment on how words have no meaning in the Trump administration.

  • Hosts Skewer Trump for "Facelift" Tweet About Mika Brzezinski

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    The hosts of late night wasted no time in addressing President Trump's tweets targeting MSNBC's Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, in which Trump called her "low IQ Crazy Mika" and referenced a meeting with her in which she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift."

    Stephen Colbert was actually surprised by Trump's tweet: "I want to say something right now that I didn’t think was possible anymore: I am shocked by something Donald Trump said,” the Late Show host told the crowd. “I thought by now that my soul had calcified into a crouton.”

    After reading Trump's tweets in a mocking impersonation of the president, Colbert asked, “Where to begin? It’s a buffet of shit." He said Trump's words and actions were "shocking" and "vicious." Colbert responded to Lindsey Graham, who said this is "what's wrong with American politics." He said no, "This is what's wrong with the American president. Let's stop pretending that Trump is a symptom of something, he's the disease. The only cure is 3.5 years of liquor and bed rest."

    Over on Late Night, host Seth Meyers introduced a new segment entitled, "I Can't," inspired by the facelift tweets. Meyers read the president's tweet, and shook his head in shocked silence. "I mean, uh...I can't," he said, ending the segment.

    The Late Night host said this health care bill is "cruel and vicious", which shouldn't be surprising since it's coming from a president who is "cruel and vicious." He continued, "Trump's Twitter rants have gone from confusing to, 'Mommy why is the guy on the subway yelling so loud and where are his underpants?' Yet Republican leadership continues to put up with it because if they do, they can trade your health care for tax cuts."

    Jimmy Fallon said Trump accused Brzezinski of getting a face-lift and then went back to "combing his hair with a Dyson airblade." He said it was "odd" that Trump accused her of getting plastic surgery because "that's the only thing covered by his health care plan."

  • Seth Meyers Analyzes "Cartoonishly Evil" Senate Trumpcare Bill

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    Seth Meyers declared on Monday's Late Night that the Senate's Trumpcare bill is "almost comically villainous" when looking at the "winners and losers" of the health care proposal.

    The latest CBO report says that the Senate health care bill would leave 22 million people without insurance. "The bill is essentially a giant tax cut for the wealthy paid for with Medicaid cuts," Meyers said. "The only way this bill could be more cartoonishly evil is if it mandated tying damsels in distress onto railroad tracks." 

    Meyers complimented Obama for trolling Trump by calling the Senate draft of the bill "mean," a term Trump had reportedly used himself. Trump then came forward and took credit for using the term, confirming that he had in fact used that adjective to describe it.

    “You dummy,” Meyers said. “You’re not supposed to admit to that. Obama trolled you. You are so easy.”

  • John Oliver: Trump Lying About Taping Comey Was "Extraordinarily Stupid"

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    John Oliver made it clear that he does not think Donald Trump made the right decision when he bluffed that he might have taped James Comey during their conversations. The president recently admitted to Fox News that he never did tape Comey, he just pretended that he did. 

    On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, Oliver reacted after playing a clip of Trump's interview. "What the f— was that?” Oliver laughed after listening to Trump speak. "Whenever Trump talks, it’s like a cross between a lottery machine that spits out words and a Speak & Spell that just fell into a toilet."

    Oliver continued to play footage from the Fox News interview in which the Fox reporter told Trump that was a "smart way" to make sure Comey stays honest and Trump responded. "Well, it wasn’t very stupid, I can tell you that." 

    The host mocked the Fox News reporter's pandering, before breaking down what Trump's words actually mean. "He didn’t just casually admit to misleading the American public. He also implied that doing so may have swayed Comey’s testimony which, if that was his intent, could constitute witness tampering," said Oliver. "And on top of all that, he then implied he made Comey tell the truth about their conversations, seemingly verifying Comey’s account, which is incredibly damaging to the president. So, yeah, Trump might actually be right: it wasn’t very stupid, it was extraordinarily stupid.”

  • Late-Night Lineup: July 2-8

    Many late-night shows are on hiatus this week, but come back next week to see who is slated for your favorite shows! In the meantime, check out past editions of Late-Night Lately below:

    June 24Late-Night Lately: Samantha Bee's Performance Art, Seth Rogen's Twitter Trolling, Thoughts on Trumpcare

    June 17Late-Night Lately: Laura Benanti Returns as Melania, Meyers Rewrites Trump's Tweets, Fallon's New Mustache