Late-Night Lately: Kimmel's 'Schoolhouse Rock!', Colbert's Trump Plea, Harry Styles' Takeover

8:00 AM 5/20/2017

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.

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

  • Kimmel Explains Trump's "Alternative Facts," 'Schoolhouse Rock!'-Style


    Jimmy Kimmel has taken it upon himself to explain the Trump administration to the kids, introducing an animated video in the style of Schoolhouse Rock!, which parodied the famous song "I'm Just a Bill" in order to explain President Trump's rhetoric and what he called "the new American way."

    "We are now living in a world of alternative facts. The president makes statements every day that aren't necessarily based in truth, which is frustrating to some people and confusing to others, especially young people," explained Kimmel. So he "took a cue from Schoolhouse Rock!" to explain "how it all works."

    In the video, an animated boy meets a Lie sitting on the steps of the White House. Breaking into song, of course, the Lie explains, "I'm just a lie, yes I'm only a lie. I'm so untrue, I just want to cry."

  • Colbert Pleads With Trump: "Please Don't Take Sean Spicer From Us"

    Screengrab/The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert has many quarrels with President Donald Trump, but his latest plea with POTUS is simple: Do not fire Sean Spicer. 

    It might not be for the reasons one suspects, however. Colbert will miss Spicer's special combination of "veiled anger and condescension," he explained on Monday's edition of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

    "I have to say something here, Donald Trump, if you're watching. First of all, you're a bad president, please resign," Colbert said quickly to loud applause from the audience. 

    "Second of all," he continued, "please, please, please don't take Sean Spicer from us! Where am I going to get my daily dose of veiled anger and condescension?" 

  • Harry Styles Takes Over 'The Late Late Show'

    Courtesy of The Late Late Show with James Corden

    Harry Styles kicked off his four-night residency on James Corden’s Late Late Show on Monday, opening his stint with a sketch in which he was blocked in the CBS lobby and had to pull out the big guns, giving the security guard a smoldering glare that eventually won her over. Of course, when Corden tried the same stunt, it backfired. 

    The next night, Styles took center stage, performing the opening monologue and a "Side Effects May Include" segment. 

    But the highlight of the week was Thursday's "Carpool Karaoke" segment with Corden, in which the pair did everything from belting Styles' debut solo single "Sign of the Times" to swapping clothes to reenacting romantic scenes from Notting Hill and Titanic.

    Along the way, Styles and Corden also jammed to Outkast's "Hey Ya" and sang a duet of "Endless Love" by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. The duet, naturally, ended with Late Late Show host falling deep into Styles' stare and getting lost in the pop star's eyes: "I need to have a chat with my wife."

  • Hosts Mock Trump for Latest Russian Scandal

    Courtesy of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

    The Daily Show, Late Show and Late Night all found a way to make a few jokes about the late-breaking development on Monday from The Washington Post that President Trump shared classified information with Russian officials.

    Trevor Noah said the news disproved his assumption last week, after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, that things couldn't get worse. "We were wrong." 

    "Once again, this sounds like a story we would invent: Trump invites the Russians into the Oval Office and then in his meeting starts bragging, 'I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day.' And then proceeds to give them intel." Noah further went after Trump, claiming the president "probably doesn't even know what 'intel' is short for." 

    Stephen Colbert also had a "good news," "bad news" take on The Post's story. The "bad news," as far as Colbert was concerned, is the information in The Post's story. The good news for the president who has condemned leaks from his White House is, as Colbert put it, "Trump found the leaker."

    Colbert went on to joke about how the information Trump shared supposedly included "code words" like "The package has been delivered. The squirrel is in the basket. The idiot is in the oval."

    Over on NBC's Late Night, Seth Meyers squeezed a joke about the Post report into the top of his monologue and later wove it into his "Closer Look" segment.

    In the monologue, Trump was once again the target of Meyers' joke. "You have to be kidding me? How can you let highly classified information fall into the hands of Donald Trump," he said.

  • Kimmel Imagines Trump vs. The Rock in "ElectoMania 2020"

    Courtesy of YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Jimmy Kimmel would love to see Dwayne Johnson run for president, he joked in his Jimmy Kimmel Live! monologue on Wednesday.

    "I think an actual rock would beat Donald Trump at this point," he commented with a laugh, teasing that The Rock has the qualifications to be president because he's (fictionally) served in the military (G.I. Joe), fought off natural disasters (San Andreas) and protected our oceans (Baywatch). 

    "It would be the greatest race for president slash pay-per-view event of all time," said Kimmel of a 2020 race between Trump and Johnson. He imagined what it would look like by putting together a supercut of WWE footage.

  • Late-Night Lineup: May 21-17

    Monday, May 22
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Starting off a particularly political week in late night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow stops by the CBS show. 

    Tuesday, May 23
    Late Night With Seth Meyers: Senator John McCain sits down with the NBC host for a political catch-up. 

    Watch What Happens Live: Conan O'Brien goes from host to guest in Andy Cohen's clubhouse. 

    Thursday, May 25
    Conan: Team Coco welcomes the cast of Veep to chat about real-life politics as well as their fictional version. 

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