Late-Night Lately: Jon Stewart's Return, Conan in Mexico, #OscarsSoWrong Jokes

8:00 AM 3/4/2017

by Jennifer Konerman

THR's Late-Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests with a look at what's to come next week.

Courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; YouTube/Team Coco; The Late Late Show with James Corden

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: "It's Time to Get Your Groove Back, Media"

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    On Monday's episode of The Late Show, Jon Stewart popped up yet again from behind Colbert's desk, where he claims he built a tunnel "straight from my farm."

    Colbert had previously taken on Trump's "hostile relationship with the media," which "hit a new low," he thought, when press secretary Sean Spicer banned reporters from several outlets from attending Friday's press briefing. 

    "I can't believe the guy's got the balls to get away with that," said Stewart. "Trump lies more in one press conference than CNN does in a year, and this is coming from a guy who hates CNN."

    "It is time to get your groove back, media," said Stewart, talking to the camera "that goes straight to the media."

  • Conan O'Brien Crosses the Border for Mexico Special

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    TBS' Conan O'Brien has once again taken his show international. After his trips to Cuba, Berlin and Korea, his Wednesday episode recapped his visit to Mexico City, which also featured Rogue One star Diego Luna and former Mexican President Vicente Fox. 

    Conan Without Borders: Made in Mexico started off the bat with its timely jokes about Trump and his border wall, including a bit with O'Brien trying to enter Mexico, but getting stopped because, as the border agents put it: "Clearly, they're not sending us their best." But after some "extreme vetting," he and his suitcase full of sunscreen and Taco Bell food were able to get in. 

    While there, he kicked off a monologue featuring jokes in Spanish. "Conando" also asked Mexicans to make donations to pay for Trump's planned border wall, with varying responses. 

    Like many international specials before, the host also co-starred on the telenovela Mi Adorable Maldicion, playing a cheese merchant. O'Brien also tried out a new Lucha Libre character, "The Crazy Rooster," along with his tag-team partner, "The Bad Baby" (Andy Richter). 

  • Hosts Joke About the Oscars Mix-up


    Late-night hosts took a quick break from their Trump material to poke fun at Sunday's Oscars snafu on Monday night. 

    Stephen Colbert said he felt bad for both movies, La La Land and Moonlight. "That is so uncomfortable to watch," he joked. "It's like watching Titanic, except Titanic actually won best picture." 

    "There's always a catch," joked Colbert. "Here's your Oscar, but some white folks get to touch it first. To make matters worse, while they were up on stage Ryan Gosling had to explain jazz to them."

    On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah joined "everyone everywhere still trying to figure out what in the living f— happened at the Oscars."

    "Guys, America has too many twists. My heart can't handle this anymore," said Noah. He said that between the election, the Super Bowl and the Oscars, he's going to start watching Game of Thrones as a way to calm his nerves. He sees the positive in it though. "Black people were done wrong, and minutes later they got reparations," said Noah.

    Over on The Late Late Show, James Corden mimicked La La Land's rehearsal scene, mimicking Emma Stone's "Audition" song with one of his own. Instead of dedicating the tune to "the ones who dream," Corden sang about "the ones who lose." 

    Jimmy Kimmel, host of the Oscars, explained what happened during Monday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! "What Warren did is he was confused so he handed it to Faye and let her read the winner," said Kimmel. "In other words, Clyde threw Bonnie under the bus. It was a slick move."

    "People around me said, 'Oh, did you pull a prank of some kind?'" Kimmel added. "If I had pulled a prank, I wouldn’t just have the wrong winner’s name on the envelope. When they opened it there would be like a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon at the end of it."

    Conan O'Brien defended Beatty, saying that the envelope he was given "was pretty confusing."

    The host showed a "clip" of what happened, with a close-up of the envelope, which read, "Moonlight is not the film that didn't win best picture." 

    Seth Meyers joked that La La Land losing to Moonlight was "yet another embarrassing defeat for perennial loser Ryan Gosling." He said that the award for "most pictures" went to the tourist Gary from Chicago.

  • Jennifer Lopez Crushes Jimmy Fallon in a Dance-Off

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    On Wednesday night, Jimmy Fallon invited Jennifer Lopez to engage in a dance battle on The Tonight Show.

    J.Lo busted out strangely sensual moves that included the "Washing Machine Spin Cycle" and, of course, the "Hot Cowboy" to teach game-loving Fallon a lesson he'll never forget.

    "You put me in these things, and you know how competitive I am, so I start acting crazy!" Lopez told Fallon as they stood with the mystery "velvety dance bag" of options between them.

    Fallon gave it a hero's effort, flopping around while doing the "Putting on Skinny Jeans" boogie. In the end though, Shades of Blue star Lopez destroyed him with her sensual hair whipping during the "Spin Cycle" and frenzied horse whipping in "Cowboy."

  • Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert Mock Media for "Salivating" Over Trump's Address to Congress


    On Wednesday night, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert teased the media for their response to President Trump's recent speech to Congress.

    "The media salivated over the possibility of a more presidential Trump," said Meyers, joking that when the media narrated Trump practicing his speech in the car, they were speaking as if they were "watching a gorilla at the zoo."

    Different news networks "obsessed" over Trump's subdued tone, saying that in that moment he became president of the U.S. "I bet there's some Muslims and undocumented immigrants that would tell you he became president back in f—ing January," said Meyers. 

    Colbert commented on The Washington Post referring to Trump's speech as "surprisingly presidential." "Always confident when the president surprises you by seeming plausible," said Colbert. He discussed the praise Trump has received for his "shift in tone."

    "Yes, he shifted from unhinged narcissist to hinged narcissist," said Colbert. 

  • Late-Night Lineup: March 5-11

    Monday, March 6
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: CNN's Anderson Cooper joins Colbert for what is bound to be an interesting conversation about the latest in Trump news. 

    The Late Late Show With James Corden: The CBS show has the Beast himself, Dan Stevens, on the show on the same night as New Kids on the Block, so here's hoping for a '90s-themed Beauty and the Beast musical number. 

    Tuesday, March 7
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Alec Baldwin sits down with Corden. Will he volunteer to stand in for Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner?