Late-Night Lately: Corden in London, Tom Cruise in 'Mummy' Theater, Hosts on the Comey Hearing

8:00 AM 6/10/2017

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

  • James Corden, Ed Sheeran, Tom Cruise Take on London

    Celebrity pals Ed Sheeran, Tom Cruise, David Beckham and more stopped for James Corden's week of The Late Late Show in London with plenty of bits planned for the host's homeland.  

    Picking up Sheeran for Corden's latest "Carpool Karaoke" segment, Corden put on the singer's hit "Shape of You" as the duo cruised the roadways and got a little handsy. "I told you it's a sexy song," the host said. 

    Finally, Corden performed a traffic-themed rendition of Sheeran's "Castle on the Hill." "Everything about this song is you should be driving," Corden told a smiling Sheeran before belting out reworked lyrics: "I'm on my way, stuck in some traffic on these bad freeways." 

    Cruise joined the host Wednesday in London, where the host surprised his guest with a trip aboard "Tom's Cruise," a river boat decked out in the movie star's honor. Replete with massive cutouts of the stars head plastered all over the bow, "Tom's Cruise" set sail on the "River Thames Corden."

    The boat featured a number of references to Cruise’s film career, including a Mission: Impossible room, an “adults only” Eyes Wide Shut room and a Top Gun room — right off the “hallway to the danger zone,” of course.

    Next up, Corden took to the streets for the latest edition of "Crosswalk the Musical." With help from Sir Ben Kingsley, Corden and the gang suited up for a practically perfect rendition of Mary Poppins with Kingsley as his Dick Van Dyke, Bert and Corden jumping into Julie Andrews' role. 

    And to cap off his week, Corden faced off against none other than David Beckham for the role of a lifetime: James Bond. The intense audition featured a slap fight, a Shrek call-out and a Batman-and-Robin solution. 

  • Tom Cruise Acts Out Children's Mummy-Themed Scripts

    Tom Cruise dropped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday to promote The Mummy in a new edition of “Kid Theater," in which Fallon and Cruise acted out scripts written by school children. 

    “I like you, but why did you kick me though?” Cruise asked, voicing a curious skeleton in the first short play.

    “I was mad at you because you didn't play duck-duck-goose with me,” Fallon’s mummy character responded. They quickly resolved their issues with a “head bump,” which is “like a fist-bump, but with your head,” according to the script.

    In another short vignette, Cruise played a hiccuping mummy across from Fallon’s sheep character. Not much was discussed, but the bout of hiccups did result in Cruise napping on the ground. 

  • Hosts React to Comey Testimony: "Like Listening to a Clean Version of a Hip-Hop Song"

    Former FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, detailing several meetings with President Trump that led him to create memos and thoroughly document each confrontation before his firing by the president. 

    Naturally, late-night hosts were quick to poke fun at the hearing, many live-tweeting during the event itself. On Thursday evening, they wasted no time in having a laugh at the former FBI director's comments, including his now-viral "Lordy" quip.

    In his "Closer Look" segment, Late Night's Seth Meyers noted Comey's comments about first meeting Trump and worrying he might lie about him. "That's the FBI director, a guy who has dealt with liars and criminals his whole life, walking out of his first meeting with the president and thinking, 'I gotta write this shit down.' "

    As for House Speaker Paul Ryan's comment that Trump is "new to government," Meyers drew a comparison to a fast food. "Even at Chipotle you have to shadow people for like a week."

    Over on CBS' Late Show, host Stephen Colbert was celebrating "St. Comey's Day." "Everybody was looking forward to the former FBI director testifying about all the juicy details of his meetings with Donald Trump because remember, Comey wrote everything down and all his memos are going to be collected in his new children's book James and the Guilty Orange," joked Colbert.

    On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah joked about the closed session that took place a few hours after Comey's testimony and was alluded to throughout the hearing. "Today's hearing was cool and everything, but basically it was like listening to a clean version of a hip-hop song," said Noah.

    He also asked his audience to put everything in perspective. "Can we just pause for a second and acknowledge how batshit crazy all of this is?" said Noah. "Just think about it. It's normal for us. But if you just woke up from a coma and heard all of this at one time you would be screaming down the street with your ass out in one of those gowns like, 'How is he still president?!'" 

    On Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon spoke about the testimony in his monologue. "Despite Comey's testimony, a White House staffer said 'Today is a regular Thursday at the White House.' America was like, 'Yeah, that's what worries us.'"

  • Seth Meyers Recaps Trump "Pissing Off the Entire World"

    Seth Meyers returned from hiatus on Monday to take a closer look at what Trump did last week.

    "Rather than fill any of the hundreds of vacancies in his government, Trump spent the weekend golfing, and then woke up Monday morning to watch TV and pick fights on Twitter," said Meyers. The host also took on the back and forth between Trump and the mayor of London, repeating the mayor's response to Trump's tweet about him. The mayor said he had more important things to do right now than respond to Trump's "ill-informed tweets."

    Meyers joked that responding to Trump's ill-informed tweets can be a full-time job: "And I know, because it's my full-time job."

    Meyers also addressed rumors that Trump pulled out of the Paris climate change agreement because he was insulted by Macron's purposefully extended handshake: "Let's hope Kim Jong Un never gives him a 'down low, too slow' or we could be looking at World War III."

  • Trevor Noah Mocks Trump for "Phony" Accomplishments

    "It's Comey week people!" a gleeful Trevor Noah declared on Tuesday's The Daily Show.

    The only group not celebrating "Comey week," Noah said, is the Trump administration, as the president's administration tries to push "infrastructure week." "It's like if a TV channel said, 'How can we steal viewers from Shark Week? Oh I know, Barnacle Week.'" 

    He moved on to mock Trump's small portable desk and recent air traffic control ceremony, where he signed a document that appeared to be a bill but wasn't. "Hate him or love him you've gotta admit Trump looks really cute when he signs things at that little desk." 

    "What the hell people? He just wrote a to-do list and signed it? He really is a TV president," said Noah. He called it a recurring theme of Trump's presidency. "He loves the performance of doing things. But a lot of the time, nothing's actually being done. Essentially, Donald Trump wants to be president, but he doesn't want to do president."

  • Late-Night Lineup: June 11-17

    Monday, June 12
    Late Night With Seth Meyers: The Handmaid's Tale's Elisabeth Moss stops by to talk about the dystopian Hulu drama just before its season finale. 

    Tuesday, June 13
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Mark Wahlberg, star of the latest Transformers film and prime fodder for Fallon-style games, stops by the NBC show. 

    Wednesday, June 14
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Daily Show host Trevor Noah breaks the fourth wall of late night and visits Colbert, also a veteran of the Comedy Central show.