Late-Night Lately: The Hosts Talk Gun Control, 'Stranger Things' Kids Perform, Clintons Stop By

8:00 AM 11/11/2017

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

  • Hosts Frustrated Over Inaction in Wake of Texas Shooting

    Courtesy of The Late Late Show with James Corden

    One day after a gunman shot and killed 26 churchgoers and injured more than 20 others in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, late-night hosts took a moment during their shows to express their frustration over the frequency of such tragedies and what's been done (or hasn't been done) to prevent subsequent shootings.

    On The Late Late Show, Corden opened on a somber note, as he began discussing how in the wake of tragic events, “nothing” has been done. “It pains us each time we see it here, and we talk about innocent people needlessly slaughtered,” the host said. “We can’t imagine the pain and hurt those families and community feels today.”

    Corden began calling out President Trump and Congress for their lackluster efforts to address the issue of gun control. “And what can we say? Nothing. We got nothing. We didn’t say, 35 days ago when this happened in Las Vegas or the time before that or the time before that. It was too early to talk gun control after Vegas. And now the president says it’s too early to talk about gun control after Sutherland Springs. And once again, though, it is too late for the victims. My prayers are for this country’s leaders to do something about this.”

    Earlier, on CBS' Late Show, Colbert shared the same frustrations as Corden, categorizing “doing nothing” as “unnatural” and “inhumane.”

    “I don’t have the slightest idea how to adequately address the attack in Sutherland Springs yesterday,” Colbert began. “Everyone's heartbroken after this happens, and you want to do something but nothing gets done. No one does anything. And that seems insane." 

    He added: “You cannot give up in the face of evil ... Nothing gets done to control the guns that killed 10,000 people a year in America. Doing nothing is unacceptable. It’s unnatural. It’s inhumane. It just goes against our nature. We want to fix things .... This hopelessness, this tirelessness you feel when nothing gets done is something we can’t get into, because I actually think for some…truly evil people out there who want you to feel powerless for a buck. Because if you feel powerless, you know what might make you feel more powerful? Going to buy a gun. It’s a vicious cycle. It happens, nothing gets done to get rid of the guns and people buy more guns to protect themselves. “

    Over on Comedy Central's The Opposition With Jordan Klepper, the host opened his show with dark humor as a way to address the need for change on gun control. “Yesterday, an angry deranged man with a gun took innocent lives in a kind of violence none of us thought we’d ever see,” Klepper began, sitting behind an anchor desk piled high with newspapers.

    “Our nation experienced a heartbreaking unparalleled tragedy,” he continued, proceeding to read from the front page of a newspaper in the pile on his desk. After realizing he was reading a story about the Las Vegas massacre, Klepper began sifting through the newspapers attempting to find the correct date of the Texas shooting. Ultimately Klepper grew exhausted, as he began explaining how incomprehensible it was to have so many shooting headlines from a single year.

    “These are all mass shootings from this year?! This is too much,” Klepper yelled. “We need rules in place to keep this from happening. I am sick of this. All of this, right here, is unacceptable.”

    On Wednesday, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee addressed the issue in the host's segment, "Thoughts and Prayers and Literally Anything," which concluded with the Harlem Gospel Choir singing an ode to legislation over gun control. 

    "I would love to not talk about gun massacres, but we can't ignore them. That's Congress' job," Bee said, starting off the segment, in which she called for more than "thoughts and prayers." 

  • 'Stranger Things' Kids, Corden Go Motown as The Upside Downs

    Terence Patrick/CBS

    James Corden and the kids of Netflix's Stranger Things are actually old colleagues who went their separate ways when they landed their current gigs, apparently.

    On Wednesday, The Late Late Show shared a look back at his time in a Motown cover band called The Upside Downs with the young male cast members of the show where everyone is desperately trying to avoid the actual Upside Down.

    According to the boys' backstory, they were playing a gig with the band when a Netflix executive asked them to audition for Stranger Things

    Finn Wolfhard, who has his own band, Calpurnia, in real life, was the driving force behind "getting the band back together" for another performance. "I mean, we miss it. We still miss it. So I called up the boys, and I said, 'Let's get the band back together for one more night,'" he added.

    Earlier in the week, the actors also paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where host Jimmy Kimmel honored the '80s-set series by introducing a new mash-up sitcom titled Perfect Stranger Things in a sketch Monday night.

    Kimmel introduced the new series "that teams the kids from Hawkins, Indiana with two beloved characters from the '80s, Larry and Balki." Featuring a reunited Balki (Bronson Pinchot) and Larry (Mark Linn-Baker), the two characters were in for a surprise when Balki’s “sister’s uncle’s dog’s nephew” needed a place to stay and showed up at their apartment. The nephew, of course, was none other than the Stranger Things villainous demogorgon.

    As the trio celebrated Halloween, the young cast made a surprise guest appearance as trick-or-treaters only to run once spotting the demogorgon. Will (Noah Schnapp) once again was caught by the demogorgon: “Ugh! Not again!”

  • The Clintons Take on Late Night

    Courtesy of NBC

    Hillary Clinton dropped by Late Night With Seth Meyers this week to help the host with his segment, "Jokes Seth Can't Tell."

    Clinton joined Late Night writers Jenny Hagel and Amber Ruffin to crack jokes about recent headlines, including a story about Chardonnay wine selling more frequently, to which Clinton quipped, "And they said I wouldn't be able to create jobs."

    The former presidential candidate also poked fun at the Atlanta Falcons football stadium's retractable roof not working, saying, "Well, at least that ceiling's broken."

    Meanwhile, during an appearance on Conan on Wednesday, former president Bill Clinton reflected on the "different America" he saw while campaigning for his wife versus when he was president, before gifting the host with a bobblehead of himself. 

    "The good news is … the country is much more diverse than it used to be, and I think that's a good thing," Clinton began, adding, "Youth matters. The median age of the workforce is a big deal in terms of the economic potential of the country."

    Celebrating the 25th anniversary of his presidency, Clinton was asked by O'Brien whether he misses the presidential role, and Clinton surprised the host by saying he had to get used to the "Hail to the Chief" song not being played when he walked into a room. "For three to four weeks I was totally lost. I didn't know where I was. Where's 'Hail to the Chief'?" Clinton joked.

    After O'Brien suggested he carry a boom box to play the song everywhere he goes, Clinton was quick to retort how "dangerous" that could be. 

  • Hosts Address Louis C.K. Allegations

    Screengrab/The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Jordan Klepper all took time on their respective late-night shows to comment on the sexual misconduct claims against fellow comedian Louis C.K.

    On the Late Show, Colbert addressed the damning New York Times expose claiming the comedian, who was supposed to appear on the show on Thursday, exposed himself and masturbated in front of five women.

    Colbert has known C.K. for decades. The two were part of the writers room on The Dana Carvey Show in the '90s, which also included Steve Carell and Robert Smigel.

    Colbert opened his monologue tackling the C.K. news head-on. “For those of you tuning in to see my interview with Louis C.K. tonight, I have some bad news. Then I have some really bad news. Louis canceled his appearance here tonight because The New York Times broke this story today: Five women are accusing Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct."

    The host described the "disturbing" allegations as "just the latest in an avalanche of allegations against powerful, prominent men," including Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes and Kevin Spacey.

    On Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, Klepper once again turned his focus to the "vulnerable population" of "powerful white men" and made a quip about C.K.'s allegations.

    "It's a confusing time, so we should return to what we know: good, old fashioned phrases people say when sexual assault allegations arise — phrases like 'You should separate the man from the art," he said.

    Highlighting the comedian's new film, I Love You Daddy (which was dropped by distributor The Orchard Friday morning), he joked, "So please, when you are watching Louis C.K.'s movie I Love You Daddy, a film about an older man dating an underage woman featuring a serial masturbator, please, don’t think of Louis C.K.'s accusers."

    After discussing Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged sexual misconduct, NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers also made a subtle joke about C.K.

    "Man, politics is so full of perverts and deviants. I'm just so glad I work in comedy," Meyers said, before an image of C.K.'s NYT expose appeared on the screen, leaving Meyers to yell, "Aww, damn it!"

  • Trevor Noah Mocks "Disgraced Hollywood Icons"

    During Wednesday's Daily Show, Trevor Noah talked about some of the recent developments concerning Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, both of whom have been accused of sexual harassment and assault. Referring to the pair as "disgraced Hollywood icons," even dubbing them "Sparvey," Noah pointed out that another thing the pair have in common is that they've both sought treatment.

    The late-night host explained that Weinstein and Spacey checked into a treatment center that offers a 45-day treatment program for "sexual addiction issues," which consists of art therapy, a pool, a fitness center, equine therapy and yoga. "Wow, yoga by the pool? Sounds less like rehabilitation and more like a prize you win on Wheel of Fortune," Noah jeered.

    Unable to comprehend the center's luxuries, Noah continued, "You have to admit, this is how rich people get punished. Where do poor people go for sex rehab? Prison? Or some guy's basement in Pittsburgh where they all share one dumbbell?"

    Noah argued that this course of action doesn't excuse their alleged crimes. "Going to sex rehab does not absolve you if you committed sex crimes. We're not stupid, guys."

    Following news of Louis C.K.'s alleged sexual misconduct, Noah again expressed his frustrations over the rising number of alleged sexual misconduct claims against Hollywood figures on Thursday's show.

    "At this point, we’re gonna need a new Oscar category this year: Best actor whose movies we can’t watch anymore," Noah joked. The Daily Show host then suggested that every woman courageous to speak out should be rewarded.

    "All women in Hollywood should win double Oscars for acting like all the men were cool all along, every single one of them," he said, adding, "It's getting to the point where whenever I see a beloved celebrity's name trending on Twitter, I'm like, 'Oh, please tell me they’re dead … Ah, damn it."

  • Late-Night Lineup: November 12-18

    Monday, November 13
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Joe Biden stops by the CBS show so that Colbert can ask the former VP for the third time: Will he run for president? 

    Tuesday, November 14
    Watch What Happens Live: Daddy's Home 2 father-son duo Will Ferrell and John Lithgow join Andy Cohen in the clubhouse. 

    Thursday, November 16
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are bound to share a musical number with Fallon, who will hopefully participate. 

    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Ben Affleck stops by CBS on his Justice League press tour, and amid resurfaced harassment claims. against the actor. 

     

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