Late-Night Lately: John Oliver's Educational Ads, Jimmy Kimmel's 'Maury' Drama, Hosts on "Hurricane Trump"

8:00 AM 2/18/2017

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

  • John Oliver Buys TV Ads to Educate Trump

    Courtesy of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver/YouTube

    John Oliver returned with a new season of Last Week Tonight on Sunday, saying that while he would like to focus on "complex, depressing policy issues," he first must address the concept of reality under President Donald Trump.

    Because it is dangerous for people to only get their news directly from the president, Oliver said, he offered a solution, revealing his plan to incorporate facts into the president's media diet.

    "As we now know, he watches morning news for his information, so we’ve actually created a series of commercials in an attempt to bring him up to speed on some information he may lack," said Oliver. 

    The Trump-educational commercials touched on the nuclear triad, climate change, appetizer forks, how not all black people live in the inner cities and the concept that there are many "non-you people" out there. "Until we're shut down, we're prepared to educate Donald Trump one by one on topics we're pretty sure he doesn't know about," said Oliver.

  • Matt Damon Claims He's the Father of Jimmy Kimmel's Baby

    Matt Damon fanned the flames of his fake feud with Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday, interrupting Kimmel's wife's (Molly McNearney) 28-week ultrasound to say he was their unborn child's father.

    Damon suggested letting the baby decide who his dad would be, telling the unborn child he or she has a choice of fathers: "One daddy could be an Emmy loser; other daddy could be an Oscar winner."

    The feuding enemies took their argument to a fake Maury segment titled, "The Unborn Identity." Damon assertively says, "I'm the father, Jimmy. The truth will set you free." But the paternity results come as a shock as a surprise guest comes out and claims paternal rights.

    "How could either of you satisfy me when all you really want is each other," asks McNearney, who is also co-head writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live!

  • Hosts Deconstruct "Hurricane Trump's" Press Conference

    Screengrab/Late Night with Seth Meyers

    President Donald Trump's press conference Thursday was meant to announce his new pick for labor secretary, but as many late-night hosts noted, things quickly went awry. Trump shifted focus to the "incredible progress" of his administration thus far, even though, according to him, he "inherited a mess." He then continued to slam the "dishonest" media, claiming "the press should be ashamed of themselves." 

    During Late Night's "Closer Look" segment on Thursday, Seth Meyers broke down the events of the day, even shredding the night's old script which was written before the news conference, but then Trump held a "batshit crazy press conference that rendered this script completely meaningless," Meyers explained. 

    "Trump offered this pretty racist response," Meyers added when a black reporter asked the president about a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. "It's racist to assume all black people know each other," said Meyers. "You don't know all orange people. Hey Donald, can you set up a meeting with Snookie and the Lorax?" 

    Trevor Noah took a similar approach. "We had a really nice show planned for you," Noah began. "Then in the middle of the day, Hurricane Trump happened. Again." Showing clips of Trump defending himself against the press who say he "rants and raves," Noah said, in his best inebriated Trump impression, "I'm not drunk, you're all drunk. You're all drunk. This is my motherf—ing house."

    On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert tried to explain the press conference: "He started off by defending the rough start his administration's had by immediately attacking America's true enemy: Anybody but him." When Trump said he "inherited a mess," Colbert countered: "No, you inherited a fortune, we elected a mess." 

    In The Tonight Show's cold open, Jimmy Fallon brought back his Trump impression for his own version of the conference. "First of all, you're all fake news. I hate you all very much, and thank you for being here," he said in character. "First question? No. Next."

  • Stephen Colbert Remakes 'The Usual Suspects' With Trump and Putin

    Courtesy of CBS/YouTube

    The Late Show's Stephen Colbert created his own version of the '90s film The Usual Suspects, now focused on the mystery of President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, and the real nature of their relationship. 

    In his "remake," Colbert stars as Kevin Spacey's character, reimagining the final interrogation scene of the original film when he is questioned by Chazz Palminteri's police officer character.

    But when he insists that Colbert must "know something," the late-night host simply agrees. "Yes! I do know something! And I'm telling you everything, you're just not listening. I've been telling you for, like, a year! There's something weird going on between Trump and the Russians!"

    As the movie's detective begins to piece the clues together, Colbert hints: "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled is ... whatever Sean Spicer is saying. And just like that: Putin." 

  • Late-Night TV Hosts Take on Trump's Russia Scandal

    Courtesy of Comedy Central

    National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night, after that day's late-night talk shows had already been taped. But Tuesday, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers still had plenty to say about the former Trump administration official's departure.

    Colbert called Flynn a "dummy" for not knowing that calls to the Russian ambassador are taped. After the audience laughed at him pretending to be Flynn and realizing he shouldn't be national security adviser, Colbert quipped, "It's funny because it's treason."

    Over on The Daily Show: "Donald Trump is finally draining the swamp of the people he brought to the swamp," said Noah, as the show used "Gone With the Flynn" and "Lie Lie Land" for segment graphics.

    Noah said Flynn was "stupid" for not knowing that the U.S. routinely taps phone conversations with Russia. "That's the plot of every spy movie, America taps Russia's calls," said the Daily Show host.


    On Late Night, Meyers joked about Flynn holding his job for only 24 days. "I use disposable razors longer than that. He didn't even last as long as a David Blaine stunt," said Meyers. 

    Meyers also mocked Trump surrogates Stephen Miller and Conway for their evasive or incorrect statements about Flynn. "Just a reminder that if Kellyanne Conway is ever on TV saying there isn't a tornado coming, get in the basement," he said.

  • Late-Night Lineup: February 19-25

    Tuesday, February 21
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Will Fallon and Will Forte be able to top their performance from one of the last visits by the star of Last Man on Earth

    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Get ready for a political debate when Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough stops by. 

    Wednesday, February 22
    The Daily Show: Join Trevor Noah for his special presentation, "The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump: So Help Us God."