Late-Night Lately: Colbert's Farewell to 'Colbert', Kimmel's Couples Therapy, Cartoon Hillary's Interview

8:00 AM 7/30/2016

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 Says 'Colbert Report' Character "Will Never Be Seen Again"

    Stephen Colbert continued his live shows tied to the conventions with DNC programs, but one thing missing (apart from an appearance by Jon Stewart) was Colbert's Colbert Report character, also named "Stephen Colbert."

    The Comedy Central mainstay made his triumphant return to television last week, delivering one of the Colbert Report's signature "The Word" segments about "Trumpiness." But on Wednesday's Late Show, the real Stephen Colbert indicated that Comedy Central's legal team is barring his old character from appearing on CBS.

    "This is true, immediately after that show, CBS' top lawyer was contacted by the top lawyer for another company to say that the character Stephen Colbert is their intellectual property," the real Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday. "So it is with a heavy heart that I announce that thanks to corporate lawyers, the character Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, will never be seen again."

    But the real Stephen Colbert wasn't about to let a little legal dispute prevent him from having someone who looked a lot like his Colbert Report character from appearing on his show. On Wednesday night, he introduced, live via satellite from Philadelphia, "Stephen Colbert's identical twin cousin," who showed up wearing a short-sleeved American flag shirt and saying, "Hello, America! Hello, Colbert country! Stay strong. Be brave."

  • Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel Return to Couples Counseling

    Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon are still trying to work out their issues. The duo returned to "therapy" on Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a second time, where Kimmel noted that Damon frequently shows up on the set of his ABC late-night show.

    "It's technically stalking," Kimmel said of Damon's frequently showing up on the host's set.

    Replied the Jason Bourne star: "It's not if you're invited. The judge was very clear about that." Damon and Kimmel have a long-standing "feud" that dates back to when Kimmel first started his talk show and began signing off with the line "Apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time" — the joke being that none of his guests possessed the star power of Damon.

    Damon also vented his frustration to the therapist about Kimmel's time management, noting that he's been waiting 14 years to get on the show. Said Damon: "It's always the next night's show. 'You're going to be on tomorrow. You're going to be on tomorrow. Oh, Matt, we ran out of time.' I've never met somebody who's so horrible with time management."

  • Stephen Colbert Gets to Know Cartoon Hillary Clinton

    After her historic nomination at the Democratic National Convention, Stephen Colbert decided he should try to get to know the "real" Hillary Clinton during Tuesday's Late Show. During Bill Clinton's speech, he compared the event in Philadelphia to last week's Republican Convention, saying the GOP's version of Hillary Clinton isn't real. "Your only option is to create a cartoon," he said. 

    "Well, let's try it," said Colbert, welcoming Cartoon Hillary Clinton.

    Cartoon Hillary appeared with a strained smile, thanking Colbert for his congratulations and expressing how happy she was to be there. "That's what I love about America, it's the only place where a secretary of state, senator and lifelong public servant can be put on equal footing with a screaming cantaloupe." 

    After telling Colbert how "beautiful" and "powerful" each one of his questions were, Cartoon Hillary explained how important it was that the Democrats come together "in unity, or harmony, or solidarity or whatever synonym resonates more strongly with you." 

  • Seth Meyers Jokes About Hillary Clinton Plagiarism, Obama's Netflix Comedy Special

    Seth Meyers had jokes for everyone in his "Closer Look" at the DNC and Hillary Clinton accepting the nomination on Thursday. He enjoyed Obama's Donald Trump digs from Wednesday night. "Something tells me even if Trump loses, Obama enjoys roasting him too much to just stop," said Meyers. "He'll probably go on the road and take his best material with him."

    "I'm looking forward to his Netflix comedy special," said Meyers, flashing to a fake mockup of a Netflix page with an Obama comedy special entitled "Miss Me Yet?"

    One thing Meyers wanted everyone to know — Clinton's speech was "marred" by plagiarism. He played his intro to his "Closer Look" segment followed by a sentence in Clinton's speech when she says "Let's take a closer look."

  • 'Broad City' Stars Play Colonial Women Learning About Hillary Clinton

    Stephen Colbert video-conferenced with Broad City's Ilana Grazer and Abbi Jacobson played congressional delegates from 1776 on Thursday's The Late Show, telling them "it's 2016 and we finally have a female presidential nominee."

    “Well, butter my bonnet! That is incredible," says Jacobson. “I’m going to celebrate by making a meal for my husband and then cleaning it up immediately!” 

    “Are you telling me it takes us 240 years to get a female president?” Glazer asks. 

    The ladies began reciting from the Declaration of Independence and realize where the confusion happened. They explained that when they said "All men are created equal" they were referring to "all people."

  • Late-Night Lineup: July 31-August 6

    Monday, Aug. 1
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: JoJo Fletcher will appear on the ABC show with the winner of this season of The Bachelorette.
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:
    Leslie Odom Jr. returns to the show for the first time since leaving Hamilton. 

    Tuesday, Aug. 2
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Bradley Cooper joins him on the couch, hopefully discussing all that backlash he received from American Sniper fans for attending the DNC. 

    Wednesday, Aug. 3
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Two larger-than-life personalities square off when John Cena sits down with Colbert. 

    Thursday, Aug. 4
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Will Morgan Freeman discuss that film he narrated for Hillary Clinton that aired during the DNC?