Late-Night Lately: Colbert vs. Trump, 'Daily Show' Reunion, More Sean Spicer Jokes

8:00 AM 5/13/2017

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 Laughs Off Trump's "No-Talent" Criticism

    Stephen Colbert wasted no time in addressing President Donald Trump's recent comments about the late-night host. 

    After Trump said he was a "no-talent" host with "filthy" things to say in an interview with Time magazine, Colbert responded. "Don't you know I've been trying for a year to get you to say my name?" Trump was "admirably restrained," though, said Colbert, but "now you did it. I won." 

    "You’re not wrong," Colbert continued. "I do occasionally do use adult language, and I do it in public, not in the privacy of an Access Hollywood bus," referencing the infamous conversation between Trump and Billy Bush from 2005 in which Trump made lewd sexual comments.

    Colbert offered a solution to end Trump's complaints about his show: "If you really want to take me down, there’s an obvious way: resign. If you did that, what would I talk about then? Except your resignation, because that'd be fun.”

  • 'Daily Show' Correspondents Relive Glory Days

    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert held a Daily Show reunion on Tuesday, as Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry joined Colbert at his new CBS home.

    The show opened with a bit about Stewart's new "day job" making sandwiches for Trevor Noah. Colbert later flashed back to his last day at the Daily Show offices in 2005. "There comes a time when a man has to do something different," Colbert said wistfully. "The same character, half an hour later, half a block away."

    Bee then entered to lament Colbert's departure. "I can't believe you're leaving right in the middle of the George W. Bush administration. There's never going to be another president this good for comedy," she said. Corddry and Helms then entered to fight over the exiting Colbert's office. Next, Oliver appeared, though he was adamant that he was fellow former Daily Show correspondent, Steve Carell, who couldn't make it himself. 

    Stewart also sat down with Colbert to talk about Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey. The duo also talked about Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's recent ouster. Stewart recalled doing O'Reilly's show and, when leaving, "You would see little heads popping out of offices, almost like the scene in [Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom] where the children in the mine begged 'take me with you.' "

    Finally, the Daily Show alums all convened on center stage to talk about the audition process and relive some of their earliest moments on the Comedy Central show in a series of clips, including footage of Oliver breaking his nose while covering a Civil War reenactment. The reunion ended with the group thanking and applauding Stewart for giving them their first real break and setting up their careers. “This was what it was like to hang out backstage for years at the Daily Show. It was the greatest experience,” Colbert said.

  • Hosts Skewer Sean Spicer After Comey Firing

    Late-night hosts had a field day covering President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, but then White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave a brief interview to Fox Business from the White House grounds and then vanished, reportedly disappearing into the shadows, huddling near a clump of bushes. On Wednesday night, late-night TV let loose on Spicer.

    Jimmy Kimmel explained that "White House stress secretary" Spicer was headed off grounds when the Comey firing happened. "Sean Spicer's about two weeks away from throwing down a smoke bomb and disappearing like Batman." 

    The host also poked fun at "someone who I thought might have run away," Kellyanne Conway, who appeared on CNN to spar with Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night and Chris Cuomo the following morning over Trump's decision.

    Late Night's Seth Meyers also applauded Cooper's now-viral eyeroll during Conway's return to cable news TV, calling it "epic" and the "only silver lining" of the interview. "He rolled his eyes so far back I expected his makeup artist to run back on to draw in a new set of pupils." 

    "Sean Spicer 'managed the narrative' by hiding in the bushes so reporters wouldn't film him because he'd rather get Lyme disease than talk to the press," said Samantha Bee during her "Our Weekly Constitutional Crisis" segment. 

    After calling Spicer the "original Boss Baby," Colbert recapped the report and then hid in his own set of bushes to pose as Spicer. The Late Show host also commented on a "rehydrated Kellyanne Conway" and played the CNN clip, instructing viewers to watch his eyes: "He couldn't possibly show more contempt than that."

    James Corden purported to have discovered Spicer's secret hideout. "He did what any professional White House press secretary would do," Corden recapped. "A grown man, hiding in the bushes from doing his job. That's like when I hide in the gym toilets to avoid my personal trainer."

    He also broke out in laughter over Cooper's eyeroll, replaying it in slow motion. "Even 14-year-old mean girls were like, 'That was so impressive.' I don't know how Kellyanne Conway got so tanned because Anderson Cooper is throwing nothing but shade."

  • Jimmy Kimmel Returns With Plea for "Common Sense" in Health Care

    Jimmy Kimmel returned from paternity leave on Monday, renewing his passionate plea about health care. 

    The host first joked about last week's monologue, following his newborn son's open-heart surgery. "One week ago tonight, I made an emotional speech that was seen by millions, and as a result of my powerful words, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace, they realized that what is right is right — and I saved health insurance in the United States of America!" he cheered. "Oh, I didn’t? I didn't save it? They voted against it anyway? I really need to pay more attention to the news." 

    He also mentioned the online backlash he received for his stance on accessible health care, including from "members of the media," explaining that the New York Post and Washington Times have called him out as an “out-of-touch Hollywood elitist creep." "I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care," he sarcastically told his audience. "That was insensitive — it was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

    "So now the health care bill moves from the House to the Senate," he continued, "where hopefully, some kind of common sense will prevail." He also assured viewers that his son Billy is doing well, and thanked everyone for their support. 

  • Seth Meyers Invites Paul Ryan on 'Late Night'

    Seth Meyers gave the "massively unpopular" American Health Care Act a closer look on Monday's Late Night. After teasing Republicans who dodged a reporter asking them if they had read the entire health-care bill, Meyers turned to House Speaker Paul Ryan

    Ryan's office emailed Late Night following a segment in which Meyers analyzed the bill and criticized the rushed process in which it was passed. "Unlike Republicans and their health-care bill, we actually read the whole email," said Meyers, adding that he would love to have Speaker Ryan on the show. 

    Meyers then responded to the claims in Ryan's email, in which he took issue with Meyers' characterization of the AHCA bill as rushed, "and the only change this week was a simple three-page amendment." 

    Meyer responded: "A lot can happen in three pages." "That’s like saying, 'I made you a cappuccino with hot water, sugar, espresso and one other ingredient. You would say, 'Well, what’s the other ingredient, Mr. Cosby?'

  • Late-Night Lineup: May 14-20

    Monday, May 15
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Harry Styles begins his weeklong "residency" at CBS as the late-night host prepares for his primetime special on May 22. 

    Tuesday, May 16
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Sparking musical trio ideas galore, Ice Cube and Jason Derulo join Styles at Corden's Late Late Show

    Thursday, May 18
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp stops by ahead of the fifth Pirates film's May 26 premiere.