Late-Night Lately: Hillary's Post-Pneumonia Tour, Michelle Obama's Impressions, James Corden's Inappropriate Musical

8:00 AM 9/24/2016

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.


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

  • Jimmy Fallon Greets Hillary Clinton With a Mask, Hand Sanitizer on 'Tonight Show'

    Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

    Hillary Clinton visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, and after being the subject of health rumors and who fainted from a spell of pneumonia on 9/11, she responded to Fallon's welcome (while wearing a surgical mask) with a laugh and high-five. Fallon then piled on hand sanitizer. 

    During the interview, which was taped Friday, Fallon asked Clinton about the challenges of appearing both friendly and serious while on the campaign trail. "It's especially tricky for women. It just is," Clinton said, adding that you can't "talk about ISIS with a big grin on your face."

    She continued, "It is a constant balancing act. How to keep the energy and the positive spirit while taking seriously what you need to."

    Last week, Trump also appeared on The Tonight Show, and Fallon was subsequently criticized for going too easy on him. Both Trump's and Clinton's appearances come less than two weeks before the first presidential debate, which will be moderated by NBC Nightly News' Lester Holt on Sept. 26. 

  • Michelle Obama Impersonates Barack Obama on 'The Late Show'

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    First lady Michelle Obama appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday with a stop at Colbert's blanket fort. The first topic of discussion in the fort: "If you got stuck on a desert island with one famous person, who’d you pick?"

    Colbert immediately picked the president. "How about you?" "Beyonce." 

    Over at the desk, Obama did a spot-on impression of her husband. She added that he is able to get out of work mode when with the kids, and he is "really into gossip" at the dinner table. 

    Colbert also pivoted slightly to the election, asking if she was sympathetic to potential first ladies like Melania Trump, mentioning her convention speech that was accused of being plagiarized from Obama herself. With a deadpan answer, she said: "Yeah, that was tough."

  • Alan Cumming, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and James Corden Perform 'Stranger Things,' 'Game of Thrones' Musicals

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    James Corden put together another round of "inappropriate musicals" on Tuesday's Late Late Show that co-starred Alan Cumming and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, tackling Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Stranger Things.

    Cumming played Thrones' Joffrey, ordering an execution for Ferguson's Ned Stark. Just before Stark is decapitated, he starts singing joyfully. "Winter is coming all over you."

    Breaking Bad was next, with Cumming as Walter White. "I don't just make meth, I make magic," he says before breaking out into song. 

    "You can call him Heisenberg, I call him bitch," sings Ferguson as Jesse Pinkman.

    Last but not least was Corden's starring role as the monster from Stranger Things. "I wanna take your pretty mama to the Upside Down," he crooned. "I'm a bad little monster and I gotta taste / for lonely girls with a frilly face."

  • James Corden Investigates: Is Steve From 'Stranger Things' Jean-Ralphio's Real Dad?


    Is Stranger Things' Steve Harrington related to Parks and Recreation's Jean-Ralphio Saperstein? James Corden and The Late Late Show made it their business to find out on Thursday night. 

    Corden first laid out the facts: Stranger Things and Parks and Recreation both take place in Indiana, and because of the shows' timelines and the characters' remarkably similar hairdos, many fans have theorized that Steve is, in fact, Jean-Ralphio's father. 

    Actors Joe Keery (Steve) and Ben Schwartz (Jean-Ralphio) sat down with Entertainment Tonight's Nischelle Turner to find out if the Internet conspiracy is true. After both appearing in the same outfit with the same mannerisms, they took on Turner's speed round and miming exercise. 

    The interview concluded with a touching father-and-son montage. "You're my father," said Schwartz. "We've got to catch up on some lost time," Keery added. 

  • Samantha Bee Takes on NBC, Jimmy Fallon, Roger Ailes and Donald Trump

    Samantha Bee had quite the week. 

    Days after Jimmy Fallon playfully joked around with Donald Trump in an interview that was widely panned, Full Frontal devoted a segment to criticizing Fallon's approach as well as NBC in general for its treatment of the presidential candidate. 

    Bee said that NBC "tacitly condoned a race-baiting demagogue" by nurturing him on Celebrity Apprentice before inviting him on Saturday Night Live as a host. "When Holocaust survivors are telling you, 'Hey this guy gives me deja vu,' maybe don't invite him up into your house to play with your adorable children," she said. 

    She concluded, "Network execs and a lot of their audience can ignore how very dangerous Trump is because to them he isn't — they're not going to be deported, they're not going to live under a president who thinks of them as a collection of sex toys. They're not racist — they just don't mind if other people are, which is just as bad."

    Speaking on a conference call Wednesday, she clarified: "I just feel like they’ve allowed him to amplify his message in a way that feels so safe and comfortable, for so long," she explained. "We were just done with these gossamer-like interviews of this person and the continued normalization of deplorable. We’d just had it."

    Bee also previewed the upcoming presidential debate and advised viewers to be wary of Trump's "secret weapon" Roger Ailes. Bee said that it's alarming that Ailes, whom she called "Fox News' chief executive in charge of whipping it out," is prepping Trump (aka "uninformed apricot Jell-O") for his upcoming debates, because Ailes has a history of "polishing turds into presidents."

    "Do pay attention to the manatee behind the curtain," joked Bee. 

  • Late-Night Lineup: September 25 - October 1

    Monday, September 26
    Several shows will air live following the first presidential debate, including Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah. 

    Wednesday, September 28
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Emmy-winner Kate McKinnon joins SNL alum Fallon, possibly with some of her Hillary Clinton impressions. 

    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Hopefully Anjelica Houston will have some insight into this season's American Horror Story

    Thursday, September 29
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Margot Robbie stops by days before her SNL hosting gig. Fallon might have some good pointers for the Suicide Squad actress.