Late Night Lately: Jimmy Fallon's 2020 Musical, James Corden's Rumor

8:00 AM 12/12/2020

by THR staff

The Hollywood Reporter's Late Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests.

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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 pour 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 that you can't afford to miss.

This week: Jimmy Fallon and Andrew Rannells joined forced to present 2020: The Musical, with COVID-19-inspired showtunes. Fallon also visited Seth Meyers to discuss going back to the studio and how they made their shows at home this summer. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel posted his Love Actually spoof, James Corden shared the rumor he spread about Meryl Streep and Rachel Maddow told Stephen Colbert about her partner's battle with COVID-19 and quarantining during election coverage.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Jimmy Fallon and Andrew Rannells Perform a 2020 Musical

    Jimmy Fallon and Andrew Rannells kicked off the week with a performance of 2020: The Musical, a collection of tunes about this year.

    "January in America" began the medley, with Fallon singing to the tune of the West Side Story hit. "Suddenly Seymour" from Little Shop of Horrors became "Suddenly COVID," and Rannells' alma mater Book of Mormon's "Hello" became a Zoom-inspired tune with The Roots about backgrounds and bad Zoom connections.

    And for the big moment, "Defying Gravity" described the turning point for many in the coronavirus pandemic. "Something has changed within me, something is not the same. I'm sick of catching moths on my Animal Crossing game."

    "I'm carving my own puzzles, I'm dancing my TikTok feed. And next week I have big plans to make my own cheese. I think that I'm losing my sanity, it's clear that I'm losing my sanity, I gotta leave this house!"

    And, of course, a vaccination-themed song to the tune of Hamilton. "I am not throwing away my shot. and yo I trust Dr. Fauci, it's just a little ouchy, and I am not throwing away my shot."


  • James Corden Tells Meryl Streep About the Rumor He Started About Her

    James Corden on Tuesday revealed to Meryl Streep on his late-night show this week that he played a prank while working on the 2014 Disney film Into The Woods.

    Corden said he had a bit of fun on Into The Woods when Streep was apparently absent one day. He told those on the set she had been fired. "It was one of the best ruses I've ever had in my life and people really went for it," Corden said to a laughing Streep. "Everyone was devastated."

    Streep said she was not aware he had done that, adding she did remember everyone was "very glad to see me the next day when I came to set."

    Corden said he was able to sell the lie thanks to Christine Baranski, who backed him up. "She is an evil bitch," Streep joked.

  • Jimmy Kimmel Spoofs 'Love Actually' With Trump White House

    Jimmy Kimmel Live! has become the latest comic to reenact Love Actually. In a parody set in Trump's White House that aired on Tuesday, Kimmel played the part of Andrew Lincoln's Mark and showed up at the front door of the president's home with posters and a boom box. Playing "Silent Night" as he worked, Kimmel began to show Trump what was written on the posters: "With any luck, by next year you'll be here," Kimmel's signs read. The next sign showed a doctored picture of Trump behind bars.

    "But for now let me say it's Christmas (and at Christmas you tell the truth)," subsequent signs read. "You've told over 20,000 lies, paid only $750 in taxes, you deny science, you tried to ban Tik Tok and buy Greenland." Another poster read "Point to Spain" and displayed a map of the world.

    Kimmel's final placard read "Any thoughts?" but Trump was silent, prompting Kimmel to conclude that Trump couldn't read. "Nope, reading's for losers," Trump responded, before shutting the door on Kimmel.

    Saturday Night Live similarly borrowed from the 2003 film's Andrew Lincoln-Keira Knightley scene in a sketch in 2016, when Kate McKinnon, playing Hillary Clinton, took on Lincoln's part and tried to convince an elector not to vote for Trump.

  • Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers Swap Stories of Making Late Night Shows at Home

    Appearing as a guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon shared how his show is doing back at the studio and recounted a story of the time he was mugged in New York City because of the free Hugo Boss jacket he happened to be wearing at the time.

    The two opened the segment by talking about how the coronavirus pandemic shook things up for the studio operations of their respective late-night shows, with Fallon recalling how, back in March, he wasn't hugging the guests any more or shaking hands. "And then we were elbowing and then we were bowing," he remembered.

    Fallon added that his wife would be holding the camera while The Tonight Show had to be filmed from his house, but she wouldn't laugh at his jokes very often. "I mean, would it hurt to just go like, 'Oh, that's a good one?' Disguise your laugh if you want to," he said with a smile.

    Back in the studio now, Fallon says "for five months I didn't know what was funny at all."

    Meyers shared that his sons thought working from home made more sense anyway. " 'It shouldn't take as long. You still made an hour of television and you were done by 3 p.m. The way you do it in New York is stupid.' "

    Gary — Fallon's dog — also made an appearance in Fallon's episodes of the show that were filmed at home, and Fallon joked that he has to wear disguises when he goes out to avoid being recognized. "When I walk the dog, people go, 'Yo Gary! What's happenin?' laughed Fallon.

  • Rachel Maddow Opens Up About Partner's Severe Battle With COVID-19

    Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night dropped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert where she gave an update on her partner Susan Mikula's brutal battle with COVID-19. Last month, the MSNBC personality took an enforced two-week quarantine after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, with the COVID-19-positive person later revealed to be her partner. At that time, she said Mikula's bout of the virus was so severe, the couple feared for her life.

    On Wednesday, she told Colbert her partner was doing much better, but she was still feeling the impact of the illness.

    "She's got the long tail of the symptoms," Maddow said. "She's got the fatigue and the headaches and the cough kind of lingering. But she is out of the woods in terms of us being scared that she could take a downturn."

    Maddow assured Mikula would be fine, but it was "the scariest thing I've ever been through in my life."

    After revealing Mikula was sick, Maddow last month implored her viewers to take the virus more seriously, if not for themselves, then for their loved ones. "Don’t get this thing. Do whatever you can to keep from getting it," Maddow said then.