Late-Night Lately: Meyers' 'Oscar Bait,' Oliver's Techno Putin Song, Fallon's Trump TV

8:00 AM 2/25/2017

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

  • Seth Meyers Introduces His Award-Worthy Film, 'Oscar Bait'

    Screengrab/Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Seth Meyers has put all his Oscar eggs in one basket. 

    For Sunday's big awards show, he is fully backing Oscar Bait, a new movie he presented during Tuesday's Late Night episode. "A story of redemption" that just so happens to be "shamelessly timed for award season," the faux film is starring Meyers

    Following up on his faux trailer for Boston Accent, the late-night host's Oscar Bait trailer has everything: tears, racial tension, a child actor with three names, a courtroom scene, a man staring at trains and "that weird Spike Lee thing where the character's gliding toward the character and it's like, is he walking? Is he floating?" 

  • John Oliver Uses Russian Techno Song to Warn Trump About Putin

    Courtesy of LastWeekTonight/YouTube

    John Oliver focused this week's episode of Last Week Tonight on Vladimir Putin, looking at the atrocities Putin has been accused of, while explaining to Americans that Putin is actually well liked in Russia.

    "He's genuinely popular there," said Oliver, pointing to the fact Putin has his own pop song called "A Man Like Putin." He talked about how Putin often compares Russia to America and pointed out that Trump is doing the same thing, taking Putin's flawed "moral equivalence argument" and running with it.

    "Trump is basically the propagandist of Putin's dreams, and who knows why he's acting this way. Maybe he's compromised, maybe he's an idiot, but since the president of the United States won't stick up for this country, I will," said Oliver. "America and Russia are not the f—ing same."

    In order to quickly "educate" Trump about the Russian president, Oliver re-wrote the words to the Russian techno song about Putin. "A man like Putin only wants power," sang ladies who danced on stage, "he'll fake a tape of your golden shower." 

  • Jimmy Fallon's Trump Anchors His Own News Network

    Jimmy Fallon brought out his presidential impersonation so he could launch Trump News Network on Tuesday night.

    "It's time for me to take matters into my abnormally gigantic hands," said Fallon as Trump, decrying the "fake news" media.

    He explained that the network would be 112 percent factual, and his first story was that Sweden is "still reeling from Friday's incident which absolutely did happen," referring to Trump's mention of a nonexistent incident in the country.

    "Nextly in sportsly, a new study finds that golf totally counts as work," said Fallon. At the end of the segment he presses a "bad thing button" that informs him there's been a Godzilla attack in Finland.

  • Hosts Criticize Trump's Removal of Bathroom Protections for Transgender Students

    On Thursday night, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon talked about the Trump administration rescinding Obama's guidelines that allowed transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

    Seth Meyers did a "Hey!" segment on the issue. "Hey — just because you want to bring back coal mining doesn't mean you have to bring back everything from the 1800s," said Meyers.

    "During the election you told the LGBT community 'I will fight for you,'" he continued, addressing Trump. "Did you not mean to include the word 'for'?"

    Stephen Colbert started his show with a cold open in which bathroom signs sent a strong message to Trump. In his monologue, he referenced the news again. "If there's one thing Trump is famous for, it's telling people where to pee," he joked, alluding to the scandalous golden-shower rumors about the president.

    Jimmy Fallon briefly mentioned the revoking of protections in his monologue. "I saw that Apple is criticizing Trump after he overturned the rule that lets transgender students use the bathroom of their choice," said Fallon. "Apple says regardless of your gender everyone should be able to drop an iPhone into whichever toilet they want."

  • Anna Kendrick on the Verb "Vagina-ing," Why She Won't Be Your Bridesmaid

    Courtesy of Late Night with Seth Meyers

    Anna Kendrick took a brief break from filming Pitch Perfect 3 in Atlanta to visit Seth Meyers on Monday.

    While on Late Night, Kendrick talked about her experience working with the movie's director, Trish Sie of OK Go music-video fame. "Some of her direction has been amazing and I feel like I'm just learning a lot about what body movements are," said the actress, who told the story of learning what "vagina-ing on the couch" meant. 

    Kendrick also talked about why she would never want to be in someone's wedding and joked about how she likes to back away from friends when they start to fall in love.

  • Late-Night Lineup: February 26-March 4

    Monday, February 27
    The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: John Oliver, who once sat in Noah's seat, stops by his old Comedy Central stomping grounds. 

    Tuesday, February 28
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: The CBS show goes live directly following President Trump's address to Congress. 

    Wednesday, March 1
    Conan: The TBS host goes on another international jaunt, this time presenting Conan Without Borders: Made In Mexico. 

    Late Night With Seth Meyers: The "Closer Look" host welcomes Amy Schumer to the show, just before her standup special debuts on Netflix in March.