Late-Night Lately: Hosts Mock the First Debate, Backstreet Boys Are Back, Biden Talks Trump

8:00 AM 10/1/2016

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.

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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

  • Late-Night Hosts Take on the First Presidential Debate

    Monday's debate, the first presidential debate of the general election, was the focus of several late-night hosts, some of whom aired their shows live Monday in honor of the event and took to their stages with their thoughts. 

    As part of The Daily Show's ongoing "Democalypse 2016" coverage, Trevor Noah was enthusiastic about the duo going head to head. "Before the debate started, everyone had their own thought on how this night would go," said Noah. "Was Trump going to be presidential? Would Hillary cough and destroy the world?" Noah concluded that Trump's comments at the event needed to be fact-checked. 

    Jordan Klepper offered his "insta-pinion," joking that after "being ignored by the media," Trump finally got his moment in the spotlight Monday night. After Noah questioned his statement, Klepper got defensive. "Are you fact-checking me? Trevor, this show is biased!" Klepper visited with The Washington Post's fact-checking team, concluding that while fact-checking Clinton is like "playing chess," fact-checking Trump "is like playing checkers...with someone who's not very good at's pretty boring." He added, "his facts are so easily disproven, there's no joy in the hunt." 

    On the live Late Show, Colbert joked about Trump's apparent cold and Clinton's lopsided expectations. Clinton had to be "charming but not effective" and hopefully "not coughing." "Meanwhile, Donald Trump had to not commit murder...on camera. And that low bar was reflected in Donald Trump's debate prep," Colbert continued, reporting that he "tested out zingers" over dinner with friends. 

    Trump's sniffling moment also didn't go unnoticed, with Colbert saying that he "sounded like he was fighting off a cold...of cocaine." 

    "He sounded like the coked-up best man in the bathroom at a wedding." 

    Over on Late Night, the debate gave Seth Meyers an opportunity for "A Closer Look." Meyers said the event "was moderated by Lester Holt, and heckled by Donald Trump."

    "The media hyped it like a prize fight," he continued, showing CNN's promos for the event. "Based on that intro, you'd assume the debate was taking place in the UFC Octagon." 

    Meyers said that both sides were playing the "expectations game," trying to lower the bar for themselves. He said the advice pundits gave each candidate in order to win was a double standard, saying, "basically her tasks looked like advice you'd give a secretary before a job interview in 1950...meanwhile his sounds like you'd give a murderer at a parole hearing. They need to believe you won't kill again." 

    On Wednesday, Full Frontal's Samantha Bee mocked the sexist news coverage of Monday's debate. On pundits' advice for Clinton, she summed up: "Be perfect, but not too perfect ... Save us from fascism, but don't be a bitch about it," adding that the pundits forgot to tell Trump not to "snort" his way through the debate like a pig. Moderator Lester Holt had a "nearly impossible" job, said Bee, especially with Trump "projectile lying" in his face all night. 

    On Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s "Lie Witness News" segment, Clinton's "poise" and that "pull-up bar" challenge really impressed voters, and when he yelled "Liar, liar, pantsuit on fire!" was surprising to many ... especially since the debate hadn't happened yet. 

  • James Corden Performs With Backstreet Boys, Vows to Bring Back Boy Bands

    James Corden has a new cause, and it's focused on reinstating dance routines and matching outfits in today's music. 

    Speaking enthusiastically about his cause on Tuesday's Late Late Show, he declared: "We are bringing back boy bands. I'm talking proper boy bands. Five guys together — I'm talking about the cute one, the funny one, the nice one, the other one and the maverick who refused to play by the rules."

    Referencing newer boy bands like One Direction, he admitted he was "aware that boy bands haven't gone away. But now, they just stand onstage wearing skinny jeans and Vans sneakers. And some of them even have the audacity to pick up instruments! That is not what I want in a boy band, OK? I want matching outfits, synchronized dancing and way over-budget music videos!"

    To prove how serious he was about this, Corden performed "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" with the top-selling boy band of all time, which starts their "Larger Than Life" residency in Las Vegas in March 2017. 

  • Joe Biden Talks Donald Trump on 'The Tonight Show,' Predicts Hillary Clinton Will Win the Election

    Vice President Joe Biden made his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday to discuss his support for Hillary Clinton and her first presidential debate with Donald Trump. 

    When Fallon asked him if he had ever seen that much fact-checking in a debate, Biden responded: "I've never seen anybody who knew as few facts." 

    "Can you think of any president that you've studied, read about or knew, who would say anything like that? It angers me, quite frankly," he said. 

    "It surprised me that he's still in the game ... he seems so ... I've never known of a candidate who knows as little about the world as this man does." He also told Fallon that he believes Clinton will win ("we'll be in good hands"). 

  • Shawn Mendes, James Corden Sing '90s and Current Hits in Riff Battle

    Shawn Mendes and James Corden agree on one thing: The music of their youth is the best.

    On Wednesday's Late Late Show, Mendes, 18, just had to interrupt when Corden once again hit his "This Is How We Do It" button during a behind-the-desk dance party.

    "I just noticed you never play new music," said Mendes. "You know, Backstreet Boys [on the show] yesterday. 'This is How We Do It.' It's just old stuff all the time."

    Corden corrected his guest by reminding Mendes that "everybody knows music was better back then than it is now." And it was on.

    Mendes challenged Corden to a "Better Then/Better Now" riff-off, with a cappella backing from The Filharmonic. The battle was fierce, invoking hits by Calvin Harris, the Spice Girls, Kriss Kross and Sia.

  • Sting and Jimmy Fallon Sing Sexy Texts to Each Other

    On Wednesday, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon found a way to make one of the sexiest rock stars — Sting — seem like a guy who just eats cereal in bed. 

    The former Police lead singer indulged Fallon in one of his new bits, "First Textual Experience," in which the pair crooned decidedly unsexy couple conversations to each other about breakfast in bed, lost wallets and a guy named Tim, who is not getting the response he's looking for from his intended.

    Sting also chatted with Fallon about his new album, 57th and 9th, which was inspired by his walk to work while recording the songs in Hell's Kitchen.

    "It's my civic right," Sting said when Fallon questioned whether such a big star can stroll the city's streets unmolested. "I like to walk. It's a privilege." And yes, people do yell "Roxanne!" at him all the time.

  • Late-Night Lineup: October 2-8

    Monday, October 3
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Will Emily Blunt, one of the creators of the lip sync battle, challenge Fallon to a face-off? 

    Tuesday, October 4
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda joins Fallon. Can they outdo his freestyle rap from his last Tonight Show appearance?

    Wednesday, October 5
    Late Night With Seth Meyers: Chelsea Clinton joins Meyers at the desk. Maybe she will tell him what she really thought of the first presidential debate.