Late Night Lately: John Mulaney's Secret Service Experience and Aubrey Plaza's 'Happiest Season' Ending

8:00 AM 12/5/2020

by THR staff

The Hollywood Reporter'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 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: John Mulaney shared that he was investigated by the Secret Service due to a recent joke, Aubrey Plaza shared her dream ending to Happiest Season, Nick Kroll told the story of how Harry Styles came to be the first to learn he was engaged and Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter talked Bill and Ted.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • John Mulaney Says Secret Service Investigated Him Over 'SNL' Joke

    John Mulaney on Tuesday dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he revealed that the Secret Service opened a file on him after a joke he did on Saturday Night Live.

    Mulaney hosted the show twice this year, the first time in late February. In the monologue, he made a joke about it being a leap year, a practice that was started by Julius Caesar, "and another thing that happened with Caesar is that he was stabbed to death by a bunch of senators because he went crazy."

    Mulaney noted that Donald Trump was not mentioned in any part of the joke, but nonetheless, the president's fanatics went after Mulaney — and not long after, the Secret Service called, he said.

    "I guess they opened a file on me because of the joke," he said. "Am I stoked there's a file open on me? Absolutely. Did I enjoy it in the moment? Not so much."

    The agent vetting Mulaney was "understanding that the joke had nothing to do with Donald Trump," Mulaney explained, adding it was clear he was not a threat. Still, the comic was asked if he had any rants or "manifestos" about Trump online, Mulaney told Kimmel.

    "I said, 'No. I have bad writing habits. I could never pound out a manifesto,'" Mulaney quipped. "I was cleared by the Secret Service — I've been told."

  • Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter on Finding 'Bill and Ted' Themed Groceries

    To celebrate the release of Bill and Ted Face the Music on BluRay and on-demand, Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves dropped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday night to share memories of early auditions and what it was like to learn musical instruments for the new movie.

    Noting that the characters was first introduced to audiences 30 years ago with Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Fallon acknowledged that people have been waiting for this movie for so long (there was a sequel in 1991). Winter explained that it took a long time to get the film made, and neither he nor Reeves did the voices until late in the process of the third movie going ahead. "The writers were looking at us like, are they going to do it?" he laughed.

    The actors met during early auditions for the first Bill and Ted, bonding over the fact that they both ride motorcycles. "We became friends over the arduous audition circuit," said Winter, adding that they didn’t believe they would be cast.

    Fallon shared that he always disliked auditioning, but Winter and Reeves did have some fun in the auditions. They said they walked in completely in their characters. Winter had the iconic shirt slung around his waist; Reeves had the shorts.

    Winter said that the studio never gave them a heads up about branded items that were releasing, and he remembers walking into the store at 1 a.m. in the morning and being surprised to see some Bill and Ted themed groceries.

    Speaking about the soundtrack — which is nominated for a Grammy this year — Winter and Reeves recalled learning instruments for the movie. Well, kind of. "Keanu actually learned every instrument he played, which was hilarious," said Winter, with Reeves adding that he learned one note of all of them." Those included theremin, bagpipes, trumpet and various percussion instruments.

    Throughout the virtual interview, Reeves played up to the camera by moving his face close to the lens, filling the screen and being playful — just like his character.

  • Harry Styles Was the First Person to Know About Nick Kroll's Engagement

    Nick Kroll, creator of Netflix's Big Mouth, stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon shortly after his recent wedding.

    Fallon, spotting Kroll's new ring, asked Kroll about the wedding, which was held in Big Sur, California, and about the proposal.

    Kroll explained that he had trouble thinking of how to propose to his then-girlfriend, and had at the time just started working on the film Don't Worry Darling, also starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, so he brought it up at the table read, running through ideas of how to propose with the cast.

    "So I sort of ran through some of my ideas with them," Kroll said. "I came up with an idea that I liked, which was, we had just moved into a new house, so I put a huge bouquet of flowers into a moving box and the ring in the center of the flowers." After he asked her to grab the box while moving, she opened the box and said yes.

    Kroll added that as they were getting ready to call their parents with their big news, Styles texted him, asking if he had proposed yet. "So Harry Styles was the first person to know that we were getting married, before my parents, before Lily's parents, before anybody, Harry was the first person to know."

    "And he gave us his blessing, which meant the world," he joked.

  • Aubrey Plaza Reveals Her Ideal Ending for 'Happiest Season'

    Aubrey Plaza dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss Hulu's Happiest Season, which stars Plaza alongside Mackenzie Davis and Kristen Stewart. [Spoilers ahead!]

    Colbert got right to the big question. "Do you have a message for the fans who think that you should have ended up with Kristen Stewart?"

    "Look, I wanted it too, OK? I'm not going to lie," Plaza said. "I wanted it too, I wanted it very badly. But I didn't write the thing, but I didn't direct the thing, I just did showed up and got out of there. There's some things you just don't have control over."

    Colbert mentioned that the film was shot in February in Pittsburgh, and Plaza said some people were getting sick on set, including Stewart.

  • Jason Bateman Critiques Jimmy Fallon’s Impressions of Bateman

    When Nick Kroll was recently on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and the actor played "Guess the Impression," and Fallon tried his best at a Jason Bateman impression.

    Bateman watched the impression on Thursday night while visiting the show, and thought it was actually "very kind."

    "You did the stutter a little bit, right, but that's an actor trick to make it seem like the words aren't written. Like I'm just thinking about it, just stutter a couple times and you can get nominated for stuff," Bateman explained.

    Fallon added that he tried to embody the actor by closing his eyes and taking a deep breath. "Okay, gang?"

    "Yeah, it's always exercising patience with the stupid people I'm surrounded by," Bateman said.