Late-Night Lately: Jon Stewart Returns, First Lady Karaoke, Hosts Take on the RNC

8:00 AM 7/23/2016

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

  • Jon Stewart Returns to TV to Blast Fox News' Embrace of Donald Trump

    Jon Stewart joined Stephen Colbert for his week of live shows tied to the Republican National Convention, and on Thursday, went back behind the desk to deliver a scorching takedown of Fox News in what was likely a welcome sight for fans who've missed Stewart this election season.

    Stewart first popped up from under Colbert's desk, joking that he's usually sleeping there, before he asked if he could talk about the election for a bit. So the two swapped places and Colbert gave Stewart a jacket and clip-on tie to go with his gray t-shirt and jeans.

    Stewart offered his take on Trump's speech ("This angry groundhog came out and he just vomited on everybody for an hour") and the convention as a whole. Then he got to his main argument and it was about gymnastics, but not the kind on display in the upcoming Rio Olympics, "the contortions that many conservatives will now have to do to embrace Donald J. Trump, a man who clearly embodies all the things that they have for years said that they have hated about Barack Obama."

    Stewart's 10 minutes of media criticism included a dig at Arby's and a reference to the Taylor Swift-Kanye West feud but being "out of the industry for a while," Stewart said he didn't really know what the latter was about. Watch the full Stewart segment below.

  • Michelle Obama Rocks Out on James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke"

    Michelle Obama joined James Corden for a girl-power edition of "Carpool Karaoke" on Wednesday night. 

    The first lady sang "This Is for My Girls," a tune intended to promote education for girls worldwide. The song, which was written by Grammy-winner Diane Warren and features artists Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monae, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele and Zendaya, was produced by AOL's Makers. 

    During her Washington, D.C., ride-along with the late-night host, Obama told the host to "crank it up" to sing along to past "Carpool Karaoke" guest Stevie Wonder ("I know every Stevie song on the planet") and Beyonce's "Single Ladies." She shared that "rocking out" in the passenger seat was "a treat" for her since she is driven around so much, and Corden asked her what she will miss from the White House (as well as what she might "accidentally" slip in her bag). She will miss the people most of all, she told him. 

    Missy Eliott even appeared mid-ride to sing "This Is for My Girls" before moving on to another hit of hers: "Get Your Freak On."

  • How Late-Night Hosts Handled the Melania Trump Speech Controversy

    Melania Trump's Monday night speech at the Republican National Convention sparked backlash online after people noticed how strikingly similar it was to a speech given by Michelle Obama in 2008. Many late-night hosts are covering the convention throughout the week, and even the hosts that are not physically there took to their shows and Twitter accounts to respond to the controversy.

    Jimmy Fallon, in character as Donald Trump, gave a speech on Tuesday's Tonight Show covering the first night of the convention as well as Melania Trump's speech. "Did you see Melania? She stole the show ... literally," he said. "She delivered her speech like a true First Lady. That First Lady being Michelle Obama, but still ..."

    Samantha Bee tweeted a reference to Donald Trump's Star of David controversy, saying that "plagiarizing is wrong even when it's not from white supremacist Twitter."

    Stephen Colbert devoted the show's open to "defend" Melania Trump, welcoming Melania herself (Laura Benanti with a spot-on impression) who took the podium to deliver a new speech. "This is truly the best of times," she began, promising that she really wrote this one. She quoted Dr. Seuss, Braveheart, even the Fresh Prince himself in her new speech that promises, "they will never take our freedom!" 

    Seth Meyers had a "Closer Look" segment about the speech on Late Night, saying "Melania did it ... she found something less original than being a model married to an old billionaire." 

    The Late Late Show introduced a "brand new segment" called the "Top 10 List," featuring an impression of David Letterman, even introducing Reggie Watts as Paul in homage to the late-night host. Host James Corden read "excuses Melania gave for plagiarizing Michelle Obama's speech," which included "I'm from a communist country where we share everything" and some references to Pokemon Go. 

  • Stephen Colbert Brings Back 'Colbert Report' Persona for Convention 'Late Show'

    Stephen Colbert brought back Dr. Stephen T. Colbert from The Colbert Report for the first time on The Late Show on Monday with a bit that included an assist from Jon Stewart to kickoff Colbert's live coverage of the GOP convention. 

    Monday's sketch saw Dr. Stephen with Stewart holed up in a cabin in the woods. In the bit, called "Trumpiness" (the next generation of "truthiness"), Colbert's character put into context what to expect at the Donald Trump-headlined event in Cleveland. 

    As his Colbert Report character, Colbert sat down at the Late Show desk to explain the night's word. "Hello nation," he said with an arched eyebrow. "Did you miss me? I know I did." He looked around at the Late Show set and mumbled: "Wow, look at this place. The host must have quite an ego." 

    "I admire this man," Colbert said of Trump. "I see myself in him. We’re both over-the-top TV personalities that decided to run for president. I’m humble enough to admit he has surpassed me now. Truthiness has to feel true. But Trumpiness doesn’t even have to do that."

  • 'Star Trek Beyond' Invades 'The Tonight Show'

    Chris Pine may play Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movies, including Star Trek Beyond, which hits theaters Friday, but on Monday night's Tonight Show, the actor was the king of inflatable flip cup.

    Fallon never stood a chance as Pine effortlessly beat Fallon in the game, flipping his cups like a pro. However, while Pine was declared the champion, the actor was jealous of one thing the host had — a fatter suit. "Why is yours fatter?" he asked Fallon at the start of the game, referring to their inflatable suits. "Well, I've been doing this longer," replied Fallon. The two men then did a few dance moves before the friendly competition started.

    On Tuesday, Fallon brought out his box of microphones for Idris Elba, another star of Star Trek Beyond

    Elba chose one of the microphones with a chipmunk vocal effect and gave an enthusiastic rendition of "Panda" by Desiigner, dancing around on stage. Fallon described the performance as "aggressive chipmunk."

    The highlight of the game was when both Elba and Fallon sang the same song as the audio booth changed their vocal effects. They sang Lionel Richie and Diana Ross' "Endless Love" and their duet ranged from auto-tune to very deep-voiced to soulful chipmunk.

  • Late-Night Lineup: July 24-30

    Tuesday, July 26
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Jeff Daniels and "Egypt's Jon Stewart" Bassem Youssef join Colbert for his week of episodes during the Democratic National Convention. 

    Wednesday, July 27
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Following up on the appearance by his Jon Stewart, Colbert welcomes another former Daily Show colleague with John Oliver. 

    Thursday, July 28
    Late Night With Seth Meyers: The host will air another live episode, featuring "Weekend Update" hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che, after Hillary Clinton's speech at the Convention late Thursday night.