Late-Night Lately: Lin-Manuel Miranda's Freestyle, Ben Affleck's Kid Theater, VP Debate Jokes

8:00 AM 10/8/2016

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

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda Freestyles on 'Tonight Show'

    Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by NBC's The Tonight Show on Tuesday to talk politics, Saturday Night Live and an upcoming documentary about the show he created, Hamilton

    Miranda came prepared with a clip of a PSA featuring a slew of famous faces including several Hamilton castmembers, Jimmy Fallon himself and President Barack Obama, all urging voters to perform their civic duty. 

    There also was attention paid to Miranda's SNL hosting debut this Saturday. The actor admitted that he has been a fan of the sketch series since he was a kid and even fantasized about hosting one day. He said that when he found out that SNL castmember Cecily Strong had been tasked with doing an impression of him, he left Hamilton rehearsals and immediately called his wife: “I told her we have to go home, now!”

    Once the serious stuff was out of the way, the fun began when Fallon urged his guest to show off his legendary free-styling skills once again, even managing to hold his own against The Roots. 

  • Ben Affleck, Jimmy Fallon Recite Accountant's Oath for "Kid Theater"

    Ben Affleck, making the rounds to promote his upcoming thriller The Accountant, dropped by to visit with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, to discuss his latest project and indulge in a bit of "Kid Theater."

    The duo took on to the serious business of reading scenes written by elementary school kids, based on just the title of the film. The scripts ranged from a boy/girl romance in which Fallon uttered the words "I love you" and and Affleck laughingly replies with "I love you too!" to a boy asking his father for a hug that is supposed to last for five seconds.The two promptly embraced with dramatic gusto.

    The final reading ended with a numbers game, an accountant's oath and a handshake that left the two on amicable terms. This proves that Affleck will be back for more fun and mayhem in the near future. "We, the great accountants of America, promise to never fight other accountants. And most importantly, all numbers are the best."

  • Late-Night Hosts React to VP Debate: "Battle of the Second Bananas"

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence took the stage with Sen. Tim Kaine on Tuesday night's vice-presidential debate, just over a week after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in their first debate of the general election. Late-night hosts were quick to judge the event, some going live after the debate for their immediate reactions. 

    Daily Show's Trevor Noah went live following the event, first poking fun at the GOP releasing the announcement that Pence had won the debate — before the debate started. In a segment called "Two Men Enter ... No One Cares," Noah ran down the event.

    On the "white guy argument meter," the debate registered at "step dad vs. real dad." In between "dodging the questions," Pence managed to avoid defending Trump while also not answering any questions. On Kaine, Noah said he might have been too prepared, specifically with his punchlines

    "It was like Donald Trump's running mate was Shaggy," Noah said, breaking into a rendition of "It Wasn't Me." 

    Correspondent Hasan Minhaj reminisced about the days of Joe Biden, a much more exciting vice president to him, while this year's VP debate was "like watching two pairs of khakis debate each other." 

    Jimmy Kimmel addressed the event in his monologue: "What a matchup it was. It was like watching a glass of whole milk do battle with a jar of low-calorie mayonnaise."

    After Stephen Colbert's Late Show hosted an all-kitten focus group while live-streaming the debate, he presented a live show and debate segment entitled "Battle of the Second Bananas."

    "Man, was that vice-exciting," began his monologue, explaining what happened Tuesday night during the debate. "Once upon a time there was a man who wouldn't release his taxes and a woman who wouldn't release her emails. And ... fight!" 

    In a debate that felt "like watching a loaf of white bread get pistol-whipped by a jar of mayonnaise," Colbert said. "The question is ... who are these guys?" 

    Seth Meyers aired his Late Night after the debate, and now that it's over, according to the host, Pence can "go back to his real job: Coaching the opposing team on The Mighty Ducks."

  • Kristin Chenoweth Sings 'Game of Thrones' Theme Song on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

    Kristin Chenoweth is such a dedicated Game of Thrones fan, she’s got her very own GoT party trick.  

    The Tony-winning actress and singer didn’t hold back on Jimmy Kimmel Live, when Jimmy Kimmel encouraged her to sing the violent and wildly popular TV series’ theme.

    Chenoweth belted out a special version of the tune as she swung a sword (Kimmel was adamant it was genuine Valyrian steel) against a fiery backdrop.  

  • Emily Blunt Taunts Jimmy Fallon in Box of Lies

    Girl on the Train's Emily Blunt played Box of Lies with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, alternating truth with lies about the objects she pulled down.

    "It's an interesting thing," said Blunt after she removed the first item. "It's a record player with a pizza on it. And it's spinning." 

    "You lie," shouted Fallon and Blunt quickly responded with, "You suck!" holding up a pepperoni pizza spinning on a record player. When it was Fallon's turn, Blunt made fun of the faces he was making as he pulled down a box within a box within a box. "How do your nostrils shake?" she said as he decided whether to lie or tell the truth. He went with the truth, which Blunt did not guess.

    On the final turn, Blunt pulled out a Frankenstein clown and said it was a "My Little Pony with a syringe stuck in it." Fallon had to decide whether or not to call her bluff.

  • Late-Night Lineup: October 9-15

    Monday, October 10
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Old pals Don Rickles and John Stamos join Kimmel for some laughs. 

    Tuesday, October 11
    Late Night With Seth Meyers: Lena Dunham, along with John Mulaney and Nick Kroll (possibly in character as their Oh Hello counterparts?) join Meyers for his second night of shows in D.C. 

    Wednesday, October 12
    Late Night With Seth Meyers: Vice President Joe Biden, who recently appeared on The Tonight Show, sits down with Meyers for his third night in D.C.