Late-Night Lately: Hosts Respond to Orlando Shooting, Kevin Hart Rap Battle, Trump's Birthday

8:00 AM 6/18/2016

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 Respond to Orlando Massacre

    Samantha Bee, Conan O'Brien, Trevor Noah, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Larry Wilmore, James Corden and Seth Meyers all started their programs by commenting on the tragedy in Orlando that left 49 people dead and 53 more injured.

    While Bee and Noah seemed visibly angry and O'Brien insisted that "weapons of war ... have no place in civilian life," Colbert and Fallon took a more somber approach, visibly saddened and sullenly frustrated by the incident.

    Bee was too mad to deliver "well-meaning words," instead saying: "F— it. I am too angry for that. Love does not win unless we start loving each other enough to fix our f—ing problems."

    Daily Show's Trevor Noah voiced his frustration at the frequency of mass shootings: “We shouldn’t allow this to be normal," he said, noting that the president has had more speeches on gun violence than state dinners during his eight years as president.

    The Nightly Show's Larry Wilmore took down Donald Trump for his response to the shooting, as did Seth Meyers on NBC's Late Night, while The Late Show's Stephen Colbert debated Trump's reaction with Bill O'Reilly.

    Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon tried to make sense of the tragedy, asking himself how he would explain such an event to his kids: "Maybe there's a lesson from all of this, a lesson in tolerance. We need to support each other's differences and worry less about our own opinions." 

  • Kevin Hart Schools James Corden in Rap Battle

    Kevin Hart proved he can do anything in show business, including schooling James Corden in a Late Late Show "Drop the Mic" segment. 

    On Wednesday's episode, the Central Intelligence star took on the CBS late-night host that quickly became all about short jokes. "Get Hard, Ride Along, Ride Along 2 / you're great at being in movies with people more famous than you," Corden began, mostly making fun of Hart's height with jabs like "There are no small actors, but you're only small parts" and "You might Think Like a Man, but you’re built like a boy.” 

    "James Corden thinks I look like a kid / Well, I might be small but my bank account's big," said Hart, who skewered Corden's late-night game ("Carpool Karaoke, how long that last? How do you rap with your head up Lin-Manuel’s ass?") and physical size: "I fill football stadiums, you barely fit in the seat."

  • Hosts Mock Donald Trump on His Birthday

    Stephen Colbert and James Corden celebrated Donald Trump's 70th birthday on Tuesday night by poking fun at the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. As an extra present, Late Night's Seth Meyers even banned Trump from his show

    Colbert honored the occasion by wishing his "close, personal friend" Trump a happy birthday and gifting him with a special birthday package since "as a late-night host he's given me so much."

    Colbert's presents included tiny gloves that "might be a little big" for Trump and a "scented candle" in a brown paper bag that Colbert offered to light for him and put on his doorstep. "Just make a wish before you stomp it out," he said.

    "Trump may have turned 70 but his views about women are 150 years old," said The Late Late Show's Corden. He continued, "It must be tough to buy Trump a gift though — what do you get a man who hates everything?"

    Corden joked about who Trump wouldn't invite to his birthday party, listing all of the publications Trump has revoked the press credentials of. "Say what you will about Donald Trump, but I think he's going to make a great president," said Corden, slyly adding, "of North Korea."

  • Dwayne Johnson and Jimmy Fallon Go to Prom

    Dwayne Johnson and Jimmy Fallon dressed up in matching tuxes to be awkward at prom together in a new Tonight Show sketch on Thursday.

    Fallon quickly loses his ability to speak when a girl walks over, trying to warn her that someone spiked the punch. "I guess I just got so nervous," he tells Johnson, donning a nice pair of braces.

    "You have to get it together dude," says the Central Intelligence star. "Watch a master."

    Despite his bravado, Johnson stumbles as well. The duo increasingly get more socially awkward, trying to chew chips into mashed potatoes and getting a little too excited by the ladies. They decide that they don't need to dance with dates to have fun, embracing each other for the perfect prom pose.

  • James Corden Goes Shirtless in Red Hot Chili Peppers Carpool Karaoke

    Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer joined Corden for a bit of air slap-bass, wrestling, nakedness and full-voiced singing on the latest edition of Carpool Karaoke

    The Chili Peppers kept the conversation flowing with rock ‘n’ roll tales (Smith recounted two guys beating each other with their prosthetic legs at a festival in Netherlands) and a fantastical story of a young Cher babysitting KiedisKiedis, showing no signs of the illness that hospitalized him last month, also engaged in some front lawn wrestling with their host. 

    And, of course, the hits rang out as the group sang “Can’t Stop,” “Give It Away” (with a special dissection of its lewd lyrics), “Californication,” “Under the Bridge,” “The Zephyr Song” and “By The Way.” 

  • Late-Night Lineup: June 19-25

    Monday, June 20
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Selena Gomez will sit in the passenger seat for a new edition of "Carpool Karaoke." 

    Late Night With Seth Meyers: Billy Eichner and Meyers reunite once again after their successful Billy on the Street episode where they ran around together yelling about the Emmys

    Wednesday, June 22
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Into the Woods co-stars Anna Kendrick and Corden meet again at his possibly very musical show. 

    Conan: Does anyone think O'Brien will get Norman Reedus to reveal anything about the season six cliffhanger on The Walking Dead?