Late-Night Lately: Colbert's Thanksgiving Advice, Corden's Life Soundtrack, Usain Bolt Drops the Mic

8:00 AM 11/26/2016

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.

Late-night Lately November 26 - Colbert - Kendrick - Bolt - H - 2016

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 Offers Advice for a Post-Election Thanksgiving

    Stephen Colbert put on his best Thanksgiving sweater, complete with a giant turkey on the front, as well as a festive headband with drumsticks, to man the Butterball turkey hotline. The woman who sat him down didn't catch on to his jokes about giving callers a "happy ending" as Colbert started his mischief.

    "Butterball hotline, let's butter your balls," he said enthusiastically. Colbert told a woman there was something wrong with her turkey if she bought it without thighs, and on another call pretended to be an air traffic controller, threatening to get homeland security involved. 

    He asked another customer who called to question whether her turkey was thawed: "Does it sound like a rock when you hit it with a spoon or does it sound like you're spanking a lover?" 

    Colbert celebrated Thanksgiving Eve with some advice for anyone visiting a politically charged home for the holidays. "Of course, some of us are happy with the results of the presidential election, while others are surviving on cupcakes and bourbon," the host said in Wednesday's monologue

    On potentially uncomfortable Thanksgiving conversation, Colbert was hopeful. "Can we get through this?" he asked. "I believe we can, as long as we remember that blood is thicker than water and that blood doesn't come out of the linen tablecloth, so put the knife down." 

    Some of his pieces of advice for anyone visiting home for the first time since the election included adding some shaved Xanax to the pumpkin pie and cooking a second turkey for everyone to stab. Also: Create new things to talk about by deep-frying the turkey. "You can't talk about politics when you're busy battling the garage fire." 

  • Anna Kendrick, Billy Eichner Sing a Soundtrack of Growing Up on 'The Late Late Show'

    James Corden recruited Anna Kendrick and Billy Eichner for a Late Late Show soundtrack all about growing up. 

    The three sang through "14 songs, 10 sets, one take and zero pressure," said the host at the top of the live medley, which included Adele's chart-topper "Hello" and Justin Bieber's "Baby." 

    The soundtrack followed Kendrick, who previously paired with Corden for the inaugural soundtrack of love stories, from her childhood with her father (Eichner) and through her life with her husband (Corden). And when the entire thing looped back around to the delivery room, the trio teamed up for The Lion King's "Circle of Life."

    Eichner, Kendrick and Corden also covered Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It," Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely," Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach," Fun.'s "We Are Young," Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" and The Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love."

  • Usain Bolt and James Corden "Drop the Mic"

    Olympic athlete and possibly the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt, stopped by The Late Late Show to challenge James Corden to "Drop the Mic." 

    "You're on my track now," Corden began. "After all those races you won in Brazil, you're about to lose to man who's standing still." Adding in a joke about Cool Runnings, Corden added: "For real, tell me what's it like to have a career that people only care about once every four years?" 

    Bolt fired back: "You think you're a star but little do you know, most people in here think they're watching the Kevin James show," he said, getting loud applause as he asked Corden to kindly hold all of his gold medals. 

    Bolt did admit to liking at least part of Corden's show, though. "We all agree 'Carpool Karaoke's' super. It's practice for your next job, driving an Uber." He concluded by doing the running man dance move and his signature pose. 

  • Late-Night Hosts Mock Trump's Feud With 'Hamilton'

    The late-night hosts took Donald Trump to task this week for starting a Twitter feud with Hamilton after the cast addressed Mike Pence after Friday's show. 

    Stephen Colbert dressed up as colonial Trump to showcase the new hip-hop musical about Trump vs. Hamilton. "How does an orange bully son of a bitch and a con man/ Grab a pussy with Gary Busey — No taxes evident/ Grow up to be a hero and a president?" raps Colbert. 

    In his monologue, Colbert talked about Pence's visit to the musical. "It's surprising he went to Broadway because Pence believes that being on Broadway is a choice that can be cured," said Colbert, alluding to Pence's support of conversion therapy. "It's 'pray away the Broadway,' right?"

    He joked that after watching Hamilton, Pence pledged to "bring the country back to the 18th century." Colbert opened his show with a sketch in which the Lion King cast apologizes to Mike Pence on behalf of Hamilton.

    "Who gets in a fight with a musical?" Jimmy Kimmel asked during his monologue. "How is it possible that Donald Trump can get along with Putin but not Hamilton?"

    He joked that the Hamilton cast agreed to apologize as soon as Trump apologizes to the following parties, scrolling through a list of the many people Trump has insulted including Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John McCain and Muslims.

    Continuing to joke about the feud, Kimmel created a "Lie Witness News" segment on Alexander Hamilton himself starting a fight with Pence. Undeterred by the fact that Hamilton is dead, the people interviewed expressed their opinion about his fight with Pence. A woman agreed it was off-putting to see Hamilton in his powdered wig on CNN, calling it "childish" and "hard to describe." "It's almost like it didn't happen," teased the interviewer.

    Seth Meyers reflected on Trump and his team's distraction tactics in his "Closer Look" segment. "President-elect Donald Trump prompted new questions this weekend about his foreign business ties to potential conflicts of interests — questions Trump responded to by picking a fight with the cast of a Broadway musical," said Meyers.

    Meyers quoted Brandon Victor Dixon's plea to Pence, asking him to "work on behalf of all of us."

    “How dare you shout such hateful rhetoric from the stage? Next time you disagree with someone from the audience, take a page from our president-elect, who does it with dignity," said Meyers, deadpan as he played a clip of Trump kicking someone out of his rally and telling people to confiscate his coat.

    Jimmy Fallon joked that Trump had tweeted a lot about other Broadway shows, before reading out a series of fake Trump tweets. "Just saw Rent. Such a sad story. I teared up when landlord didn't evict those kids!" read Fallon. Fake Twitter Trump also wished he had sat in the front row of Cats because all he wanted to do was "grab one of them."

    "I can do it because I'm a star!"


    James Corden joked about the theater audience booing Pence saying, "When the theater kid picks on you, you know that you truly are the least popular kid at school."

    He, like many of the other hosts, joked about Trump supporters calling for a boycott to Hamilton tickets despite the show being sold out for months. Then he said that Trump is doing all of this as a large distraction to his issues, including his $25 million lawsuit settlement. "Trump's basically like, 'Hey America, look over here! Rudeness, Hamilton, boycott, outrage!" yelled Corden, pretending to be Trump. 

  • Kristin Chenoweth, Jason Sudeikis, Joe Jonas Join Jimmy Fallon for "Tandem Sculptionary"

    Jason Sudeikis and Kristin Chenoweth teamed up against Joe Jonas and Jimmy Fallon for a game of tandem sculptionary, a game like Pictionary but with clay, where one partner sits behind the other while sculpting a figure.

    "Oh God, Lord help us all," said Chenoweth when she saw her card said "Candlestick."

    Chenoweth crawled under Sudeikis' arm to sculpt, saying she was too small to just put her arms under his. Despite being nervous, she made a candlestick and blew on it so Sudeikis could successfully guess the word. "It was either that or Big Bird's birthday gift," joked Sudeikis

    "Get real close," Jonas told Fallon when it was their turn. As Fallon shaped the orange clay, Jonas yelled out, "It looks like a swan, a duck, a bird — a giraffe!" 

  • Late-Night Lineup: November 27-December 3

    Many late-night shows are on hiatus next 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:

    Nov. 19Late-Night Lately: Fallon's 'Gilmore Girls' Obsession, Corden's 'Fantastic Beasts,' Metallica's 'Tonight Show' Sing-Along

    Nov. 12: Late-Night Lately Election Edition: Hosts Abandon Jokes for Solemn Monologues