Late-Night Lately: Corden's Trump Musical, Colbert's Alter-Ego, Josh Gad's 'Beauty and the Beast' Roast

8:00 AM 3/25/2017

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 Performs Donald Trump Musical

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    James Corden offered a potential preview of Donald Trump: The Musical on Monday's Late Late Show by tweaking the lyrics of "When I Grow Up" from the stage hit Matilda the Musical.

    In the performance, Tim Minchin (who wrote Matilda's music and lyrics) portrayed the president alongside Ben Platt as press secretary Sean Spicer and Abigail Spencer as adviser Kellyanne Conway. Corden, meanwhile, took on chief strategist Steve Bannon. The song saw them wondering what running the world would be like as adults.

    "When I grow up, I will be president and build big walls, ban Muslims, play with Putin's balls," sang Minchin as a young Trump. "I will eliminate Obamacare, replace it with, well, I don't care."

  • Stephen Colbert Brings Back Alter-Ego to Dissect Trump's Budget


    Stephen Colbert welcomed back his Colbert Report alter-ego on Tuesday to discuss President Donald Trump's latest budget plan. 

    Emerging on the Late Show stage brandishing his signature Elvish sword and Captain America shield, Colbert's right-wing doppelganger launched into a segment of "The Werd." 

    "Trump’s budget is getting heat because it's supposedly cruel to old people for no reason," said Colbert, as the words "Screw Unto Others" appeared beside him.

    Colbert then discussed Trump's proposed budget plan, which proposes cuts to funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the EPA and Meals on Wheels. "Do you know where food ends up?" asked Colbert. "We are literally throwing money down the toilet."

  • Josh Gad Changes 'Beauty and the Beast' Lyrics to Roast James Corden


    During James Corden's traditional first act setup of Wednesday night's The Late Late Show where he visits his guests in their green rooms, Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad was nowhere to be found.

    "I know what's going on," said Corden. "Do you remember last time Josh was in the show he hid himself in the audience because he tried to sing his way into the monologue?"

    Gad, of course, had done just that, revealing to the host that after two years of appearing on the show, "I decided it's finally time for me to join you as co-host of The Late Late Show," he said to Corden's consternation. "James, your jokes, they're a little tired/ Monologues really ain't your niche," Gad crooned to the tune of the movie's opener "Belle."

    Corden had his own scalding Broadway-ready response as the two went back and forth to "Gaston" about which one of them is the absolute worst at hosting. 

  • Patton Oswalt Performs Mike Huckabee's Twitter Jokes on 'Kimmel'

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    Mike Huckabee has been mocked mercilessly for his jokes on Twitter, so Jimmy Kimmel had a solution: enlist a professional comedian to help him out. 

    "Like a lot of great comedy voices, not everyone gets it,” said Kimmel. "Maybe it is over our heads. Maybe these jokes are great. Maybe what Mike Huckabee needs is a stronger presentation.”

    Enter Patton Oswalt, who recited Huckabee's jokes from his Twitter feed, introducing them with statements like "Traveling's weird" and "You guys like music?"

    On Friday morning, Huckabee replied to the bit on Twitter. "Got 'Kimmelled' for my tweets-so distraught I cried like Schumer & I'll have to take 1/2 a baby aspirin to sleep," he tweeted, along with an article of Oswalt's performance.

  • Seth Meyers Jokes That Trump Is "Stealing Bits" From 'SNL'

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    Seth Meyers, Late Night host and former SNL writer, recently took issue with President Trump's statement, "I'm president and you're not." 

    "I didn't mind when you talked dirty with Billy Bush or told Russia to hack Hillary's emails," said Meyers, "but when you start stealing bits from 'Weekend Update' anchors, it is on!'" 

    The "Weekend Update" bit he's referring to is Chevy Chase's old signoff, "I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not," from the '70s. 

    Meyers concluded, quoting Dan Aykroyd: "You know, I hate to say this, but 'Donald, you ignorant slut.'" 

  • Late-Night Lineup: March 26 - April 1

    Monday, March 27
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Grace and Frankie's Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda continue Colbert's history with very friendly interviews with older ladies. 

    Tuesday, March 28
    Late Night With Seth Meyers: The NBC host puts Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in the hot seat. 

    Thursday, March 30
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Louis C.K. sits down with his fellow comedian ahead of the premiere of his Netflix special on April 4.