Late-Night Lately: Holiday "Carpool Karaoke," Kimmel Introduces Baby Billy, 'Greatest Showman' Crosswalk Musical

8:00 AM 12/16/2017

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 ABC (Kimmel) and CBS (Jackman)

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 Releases Star-Studded Holiday "Carpool Karaoke"

    James Corden got into the holiday spirit in a new Christmas "Carpool Karaoke" video posted Monday which starred every big celebrity who has appeared in the host's passenger seat over the past months.

    Wearing their favorite ugly sweaters, Corden and bandleader Reggie Watts got things going with a duo version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," which jumped to a quick-cut montage of the song featuring Sam Smith with Fifth Harmony, Harry Styles, Bruno Mars, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, the Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Usher all chiming in - even Ed Sheeran.

  • Jimmy Kimmel Invites Baby Billy Onstage With an Emotional Plea to Congress

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    Jimmy Kimmel returned to his show Monday with son Billy in tow to provide an update on his son's health and once again call on Congress to fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

    Kimmel was absent from the show last week because Billy was having his latest surgery. After thanking last week's guest hosts, a visibly emotional Kimmel joked, "Daddy cries on TV, but Billy doesn’t. It’s unbelievable." He then thanked the doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles who treated Billy, and repeated his pleas for health care reform. 

    Kimmel explained that CHIP, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, covers about 9 million American kids. "This program is literally life and death for American kids, and has always had bipartisan support. But this year, Congress let the money for it expire while they work on getting tax cuts for their millionaire and billionaire donors," he said. 

    Kimmel, who said he's "had enough of this,"  said he doesn't know "what could be more disgusting than putting a tax cut that mostly goes to the rich people ahead of the lives of children."

    "If these were potato chips they were taking away from us, we would be marching on Washington with pitchforks and spears right now," he joked.

  • Zendaya, Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman Star in 'Greatest Showman' Crosswalk Musical

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    Zendaya, Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman, the cast of the musical movie The Greatest Showman, joined James Corden for the latest edition of "Crosswalk: The Musical" on Thursday, singing some big Broadway hits. 

    Corden distracted things a bit with his diva-like behavior and constantly calling Jackman "Huge Jackman," but otherwise things went smoothly. 

    When they finally hit the streets, Efron wasn't sure it was the best way to do a musical, "or cross the street." But they all did their best covering Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York," then a fun take on the Guys and Dolls classic "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat."

    Corden even got dressed up as the bearded lady for the Showman number "The Greatest Show." For their big finale, they went big and interactive with Fame

  • Late-Night Shows Celebrate Roy Moore's Defeat

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    The late-night shows taped Tuesday's shows before the results of last night's Alabama Senate race, but that didn't stop the hosts from talking about Doug Jones' win over Republican Roy Moore on Wednesday. Everyone from Jimmy Fallon to Stephen Colbert had something to say about Moore's loss, which was aided by the overwhelming turnout of African-American women for Jones.

    On The Tonight Show, Fallon welcomed correspondent Yamaneika Saunders onstage. "This is the perfect example of black girl magic," she explained. "After the 2016 election, we were like, you know what, 'Sit down, we got this.' I mean black women get it done. Y'all saw Hidden Figures right? We sent your asses to space!"

    "You showed up [to vote]," Fallon told her. "Oh yeah, we showed up like we thought Barack [Obama], Idris [Elba] and Denzel [Washington] were going to be there," she joked.

    Seth Meyers also brought out one of his Late Night writers, Amber Ruffin, to explain Moore's loss. "As a black woman, I just have two things I want to say about last night's election: 'You're welcome,'" she said. "Now, while all of America was on the edge of their seats waiting to see if an accused pedophile would get elected to the United States Senate, 98 percent of black women in Alabama voted for the other guy, because as my dad says, 'Black women laugh and joke, but we don't play.'"

    Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct with teens, one of whom was 14, when he was in his 30s.

    Ruffin also praised the women who voted. "Do you know what these women go through every day? Those women woke up yesterday and were like, 'I've got to deal with systemic racism, the gender pay gap, the school to prison pipeline, humidity and now y'all want me to save America?'"

    When Meyers took “A Closer Look” at the election result, he couldn’t help but take some jabs at the president, explaining how he wasn’t entirely convinced of the president’s congratulatory tweet to Jones. “There is no way Donald Trump wrote that tweet. He probably went to the bathroom and forgot his phone and someone else said, ‘This is our chance! Write something decent!” Meyers joked. 

    During Jimmy Kimmel Live! the late-night host shared his excitement over the election results. “A Republican losing to a Democrat in Alabama is like a grizzly bear losing to a fish. It just doesn’t happen,” Kimmel said. “It is kind of depressing that in 2017, barely not electing an alleged pedophile to the senate is something to celebrate, but we’ll take what we can get at this point.”

    Over at The Late Show, host Colbert reminded viewers who the "real loser" in the election was. "The real loser here is Donald Trump," he said. He shared Trump's tweet, in which the president wrote, "Congratulations to Doug Jones on a hard fought victory. The write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win. The people of Alabama are great, and the Republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. It never ends!"

    "Yes, it never ends. but Roy Moore's political career? That appears to be over," Colbert said to loud cheers from the audience. 

    Colbert continued to take jabs at Moore’s loss by debuting a Western ballad called, “The Legend of Roy Moore.” “A man who rode across the land, touching teens with his hands,” the singer sang in the montage reel of Moore riding his horse.

    On The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah went biblical. Calling Moore "cowboy Roman Polanski," the late-night host said his loss to Jones was "an act of God."

    "Alabama just went Democrat. If there ever was an act of God, this is it," Noah said. "[Moore's] like, 'God has a plan.' God is like, 'I did the thing!' If I was God I would be so pissed like, 'Dude, I gave you the biggest sign. I literally parted a red sea!'"

    Later on The Opposition, Jordan Klepper jokingly questioned the election results. “Alabama went to a Democrat. Are you f---ing kidding me? The reddest state. They’re so red, they only recently started using the pronoun ‘she,” Klepper joked.

    “Do we need to take a moment and really analyze the type of person we’re hitching our wagon to?” Klepper asked, before arguing that “Someone cost Roy Moore this election.” Klepper then proceeded to name his personal list of entities responsible for Moore's loss: Steve Bannon, the D.C. government "swamp," Horse twitter and Harvey Weinstein, who “activated a cabal of silence-breaking women who mistakenly voted against Roy Moore.” “But how could women keep Roy Moore out of the senate? I mean, it’s not a mall,” Klepper joked.

    Meanwhile, Full Frontal host Samantha Bee credited “sad, little loser” Moore’s loss to his accusers and their “bravery.”

    “This victory belongs to one small group of people: the women who came forward against Roy Moore. They endured horrific treatment, from everyone from their neighbors up to the president of the United States. And they had no idea whether it would make a difference. Their bravery changed the world last night. I hope that they are having a great day because thanks to them, Roy Moore sure isn’t.”

  • Jimmy Fallon Gives 'Peanuts' a 'Riverdale' Twist

    Courtesy of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

    The CW series Riverdale takes characters from the beloved Archie Comics and inserts them into a world of high school teens dealing with things well beyond their years, like town drama and murder. On Tuesday's Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon gave the Riverdale treatment to another beloved comic franchise: Peanuts.

    “Our town presents itself like so many other small towns. Safe, decent, innocent. Get closer, though, you start to see the shadows underneath,” begins Charlie Brown (Fallon) in a voiceover, similar to the opening narrations of Cole Sprouse’s Jughead Jones.

    After Charlie falls to the ground when attempting to kick a football, Marcie and Peppermint Patty reveal that they found Linus van Pelt dead in the Great Pumpkin Patch. Charlie even encounters a teacher (who is faceless and speechless, much like the "wah wah wah" adults in the comics). 

    In the episode's climactic moment, Charlie gets up on stage at the school dance to lift the spirits of his classmates during the difficult time with the Peanuts theme song. The parody concludes as the real Riverdale stars Apa, Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch and Camila Mendes walk by the school dance to judge what's going on. 

  • Late-Night Lineup: December 17-23

    Many late-night shows are on hiatus this week for the holiday season, 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:

    Dec. 9Late-Night Lately: Corden's Taylor Swift Audition, Kimmel's Guest Hosts, Tackling Al Franken's Resignation

    Dec. 2: Late-Night Lately: Reacting to Matt Lauer News, Kimmel's Roy Moore Fight, Melania's Christmas Wishes