Late-Night Lately: Colbert's "Twitter-vention," Corden's Latest Performances, Mocking Trump's Trip Abroad

8:00 AM 5/27/2017

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.

Courtesy of CBS (Corden) and NBC (Meyers)

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

  • Colbert Stages a Trump "Twitter-vention"

    Courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    President Donald Trump has not been as active on Twitter as he usually is, and Stephen Colbert has a theory as to why. 

    "I assume it's because he's too cheap to pay for data roaming," joked the Late Show host on Tuesday. Colbert said another reason could be because of reports that Trump's staff attempted to have a Twitter intervention with the president.

    Colbert said the staff has a right to be concerned. The host decided to join the "Twitter-vention" himself, bringing out a letter he addressed to Trump. "Your tweeting has affected me in the following ways: My ratings are up," said Colbert with a smile.

    He said Trump is "squeezing out" other fun news stories like San Francisco opening a rat cafe. "You took that away from me," he teased. Colbert said Trump needs to accept help for his addiction, or at the very least, learn how to use autocorrect.

  • James Corden Performs With Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and J. Lo

    Terence Patrick/CBS

    James Corden showed off his song-and-dance skills with a few larger-than-life stars this week.

    First, during his primetime special, which also featured a "Toddlerography" segment with Jennifer Lopez, Corden brought Katy Perry on for "Carpool Karaoke" and didn't shy away from Perry's perceived "Bad Blood" with Taylor Swift. "She started it, and it's time for her to finish it," Perry told him. "I tried to talk to her about it and she wouldn't speak to me."

    "It's all about karma," she explained. "I think personally that women together, not divided, with none of this petty shit, women together will heal the world."

    Then, during Wednesday's Late Late Show, he got stuck on the ceiling after trying to shoot Lionel Richie's gravity-defying video for "Dancing on the Ceiling." At least Richie brought him food for his long night up there alone. 

  • Hosts Mock Trump's Trip Abroad

    Lloyd Bishop/NBC

    Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert were thoroughly entertained by Trump's first international trip this week, mocking the president's memorable moments in Saudi Arabia and Israel. 

    Kimmel played up the now-viral moment of Trump touching a glowing white orb alongside the king of Saudi Arabia and Egypt's president at the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology.

    "This is, without question, the strangest thing I've ever seen a president do," said Kimmel. "And Trump moved on that orb like a bitch," he said, paraphrasing Trump's Access Hollywood tape.

    On Late Night, Seth Meyers said he feels relieved that Trump is not in the country, explaining, "It’s like when you were in school and your bully was out with the flu."

    Meyers also addressed the caught-on-camera moment when Melania Trump seemed to swat her husband's hand away as he reaches back to hold it. Meyers mused that maybe the two are just not used to spending that much time together. "She fully LeBron-ed him. I wish there was better audio so we could hear her say 'Get that weak shit outta here,'" he said.

    On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert teased Trump for his traditional celebratory sword dance, putting it to the tune of "It's Raining Men."

    "Here's Steve Bannon realizing these aren't the kind of men in white robes he's used to," Colbert said, getting a loud response from the audience.

    Colbert also didn't miss the opportunity to knock Trump for placing his hands on the glowing globe. "Fellas, if I may, you need to work on your not-looking-like-supervillain skills," said Colbert. "It looks like they are activating the undersea robot to emerge from it's volcano base and kill Aquaman."

  • Conan O'Brien Comments on Colbert's Trump-Putin Joke

    Courtesy of Bravo

    On Tuesday's Watch What Happens Live, Conan O'Brien was asked about Stephen Colbert's controversial Trump-Putin joke and whether or not he thought it was appropriate.

    O'Brien started off his answer by complimenting Colbert on his talent and saying he doesn't like to make it a point to judge his fellow late night hosts. "I love Stephen and he's an incredibly talented guy and I know how hard that gig is." But, he said, "I think we are getting into a world right now where it's hard to know what's too far because everything seems like we are going over the edge at times."

    O'Brien said he's not making apologies for Colbert's joke, but that he's sympathetic to how difficult it is to craft jokes given the chaos of the recent news cycle. "In that moment I think he was reflecting some of the madness that all of us are feeling at times," said O'Brien.

  • John Oliver: Trump Impeachment is a "Long Shot"

    Courtesy of HBO

    Last Week Tonight took a deep look at the scandal-ridden week Donald Trump has had, with host John Oliver also making a case for why he doesn't think Trump will get impeached. 

    "In reality, even though some people have been getting excited this week, impeachment is a long shot for many reasons," said Oliver. "The likelihood is that Trump will survive this and continue as president, which shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone. Why would this be the end of the line for him? Trump has seemed to reach the end of the line on multiple occasions only for nothing to happen."

    Oliver said that Trump always seems to be approaching the end of the line but it never seems to come, "as if for him, and him alone, the end of the line is drawn by M.C. fing Escher.”

    “I now have something in common with Donald Trump,” said Oliver, “because I, too, preferred my previous life before he became president.”

  • Late-Night Lineup: May 28 - June 3

    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:

    May 20Late-Night Lately: Kimmel's 'Schoolhouse Rock!', Colbert's Trump Plea, Harry Styles' Takeover

    May 13Late-Night Lately: Colbert vs. Trump, 'Daily Show' Reunion, More Sean Spicer Jokes

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