Late-Night Lately: Michelle Obama Says Goodbye, Neil Patrick Harris Sings Broadway, Hosts Mock Trump's "Golden Shower" Rumors

8:00 AM 1/14/2017

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.

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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

  • Michelle Obama Makes Her Final 'Tonight Show' Appearance as First Lady

    Michelle Obama stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday to chat with Jimmy Fallon one more time as first lady. 

    But she wasn't alone. Comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Dave Chappelle joined them on the show to play "Catchphrase," after the first lady helped Fallon write his "thank you" notes for the week, of course. 

    Their "thank you" notes included, "thank you, Barack, for proving you're not a lame duck ... but my very own silver fox."

    "Thank you, first lady Michelle Obama," Fallon continued, "for bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase, 'the right to bear arms.'" 

    Facing off against Jerry Seinfeld and Dave Chappelle in "Catchphrase," the first lady and the Tonight Show host shared their competitive spirit with their opponents immediately. 

    "I came to play," Seinfeld told the host as they took their places. "To you, this is just a little talk show game ... not to me."

    The first lady performed the robot, Fallon had to describe "dad jeans" by using her husband as an example, while Chappelle performed a spot-on Valley girl impression. 

  • Neil Patrick Harris, James Corden Sing 'Hamilton' in Broadway Riff-Off

    There's only room for one man on TV who can star in a show and crow about winning a Tony Award.

    At least that's what Neil Patrick Harris thinks, which is why the A Series of Unfortunate Events star interrupted James Corden's The Late Late Show monologue on Monday night to challenge the host to a Broadway riff-off to prove ultimate Great White Way supremacy.

    "Your silly jokes can wait, Corden, we have a score to settle and it's about...Broadway," Harris said with a serious look. 

    Joined by the a cappella group The Filharmonic, the two squared off for battle, with Corden throwing out the Guys & Dolls classic "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" and Gypsy's "Everything's Coming Up Roses," plus hits from Company, Les Miserables and Hamilton.

  • Late-Night Hosts Joke About Trump's Press Conference, Golden Shower Rumors

    Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and Trevor Noah had a lot to say about Donald Trump's first press conference in six months, as well as rumors around the leaked, unsubstantiated dossier with claims about him and Russia.

    The Daily Show host joked about Trump's "bravery in the face of reason" and how it seems all someone needs to do to get Trump to like them is compliment him. For Noah, one of the most frightening moments of Trump's press conference was when he shouted down CNN's Jim Acosta. Noah said that in America, the press should be a check on the president, not the other way around, and said Trump's treatment of Acosta was like the "first step in the authoritarian tango."

    Noah asked how this is real life, saying there could not be a bigger juxtaposition between the president that America is losing and the one it is gaining. He illustrated his point by showing that on Tuesday night the two top trending topics were 1) ObamaFarewell and 2) golden showers.

    "If you were to choose a sexual act that Donald Trump prefers, it would probably be the one with gold in the title," joked Noah.

    Seth Meyers' "Couple Things" segment stressed that nothing in the Trump dossier is verified. "Nobody wants to believe that Trump paid Russian hookers to pee all over a bed more than I do, but there is zero proof that happened," said Meyers, joking that it's hard to believe Trump paid someone for services rendered.

    The Late Night host said it's time to retire the term "fake news" now that everyone is using it in a different way than it was originally intended. "The irony is Trump built his political career spreading a false and outrageous claim about President Obama," said Meyers. He played a string of sound bites of Trump saying that all he knows is what's on the internet. "So basically Trump has made his own bed, and now he's peeing in it," said Meyers. "Allegedly."

    Stephen Colbert called the Russia dossier story "juicy" and teased Trump for saying that he feels like he's living in Nazi Germany.

    He went into a string of pee puns, saying that the story was just "an unfortunate leak" and the "worst kind of yellow journalism." He added, "I'm not going to make any jokes, not even a wee one."

    Jimmy Kimmel's monologue brought up President Obama's "goodbye America speech" before turning to President-elect Trump, who also "delivered his 'goodbye America' speech."

    "He doesn't like CNN right now, so he's not answering their questions," said Kimmel, addressing Trump's insults toward Acosta. "Who even knew you could do that?" He called the presser a "live version" of Trump's Twitter account and then did a 10-second recap of Trump's press conference.

    Meanwhile, James Corden's monologue took on the golden shower rumors with a string of urine puns. "There were streams and streams of jokes online," said Corden, adding, "You can just flush the truth down the drain."

    He talked about Trump refuting the unverified intelligence report when it "leaked out." Corden also gave people a moment to Google "golden showers" in case they didn't know what the term meant. 

    Samantha Bee took aim at the president-elect during Wednesday's show, tacklng the reports in her own way. "We’re supposed to believe Trump is paying people who do work for him?" Bee quipped. The host admitted that the claims were probably “bullshit, but the fact that it's plausible bullshit is a terrifying statement of what our nation has come to." Bee noted that the only verified thing about the reports was “how much joy it gave me.”

    Following President Barack Obama's farewell speech in Chicago on Tuesday, Bee joked it was "just one of those moments when the first black president gives a farewell speech while the next president pays chicks to pee on a bed.” Following the news reports, there were more "more golden shower jokes on the internet than golden shower videos," Bee added. 

  • Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel Star in James Corden's Kanye West Soap Opera

    Kanye West's life can often seem like a soap opera, so James Corden turned it into one on The Late Late Show on Thursday night.

    In "The Bold and the Lyrical," actors Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel and Giovanni Ribisi performed in a Shakespearean drama featuring all 'Ye lyrics. With bandleader Reggie Watts acting as "the priest," the bit opened with bride Biel breathily stating, "diamonds are forever" to her intended husband, Cranston, who nervously responded, "...forever, ever?"

    "Forever, ever," she assured him as a boozy Cranston swaggered in waving a bottle and offering a "toast for the douchebags" and the rest before dipping into some lines from "Runaway" as an encouragement for Biel to break out. "Get down girl, go 'head, get down," the host said to Biel as he grabbed her hand and she admitted "I'm in love with you, but the vibe is wrong."

    "How could you be so heartless?" an aggrieved Cranston raged, later adding, "I made that bitch famous!" to everyone's shock and disapproval. And then things got weirder when Ribisi showed up to create even more drama, complete with a twist ending.

  • Hosts Defend Meryl Streep Against Trump's Attacks

    One day after Meryl Streep's powerful Golden Globes speech Sunday and Donald Trump's subsequent response, late-night hosts used their airtime to defend the Oscar-winning actress and criticize the president-elect.

    Streep called out Trump's behavior, saying, "When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose," in her speech at the Globes on Sunday. This caused Trump to fire back, calling her a "Hillary lover" and an "overrated" actress. Stephen Colbert was not OK with that characterization.

    "Of course, the President-elect Trump was too focused on fighting ISIS and creating jobs to pick a fight with a celebrity. Just kidding!" said Colbert in Monday's Late Show monologue.

    Colbert continued: "Trump tweeted, 'Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood' — wait a second —I’m sorry, what?!" Colbert interrupted himself. "What did you just say? Meryl Streep overrated? Have you seen Sophie’s Choice? Have you seen The French Lieutenant's Woman? Have you seen that one with the dead people that she’s even funny in that one?"

    "Look, Mr. Trump, you can refuse to release your taxes, you can call to ban an entire religion, you can play footsie with a dictator, but calling Meryl Streep overrated? No. Too far!"

    On Conan, the host presented a "phone call" between President Barack Obama and Trump, in which the president-elect defended his Streep tweets: "She’s no Tara Reid!"

    Seth Meyers took a “Closer Look” on Monday's Late Night, addressing Trump’s tendency to tweet to redirect attention from serious issues.

    “Overrated? She’s so good, people use her to compliment people in other professions,” said Meyers. "Like, 'LeBron James is the Meryl Streep of basketball,' or, 'Donald Trump is the Meryl Streep of having thin skin.' "

    “Whether these tweets are calculated distractions or just the ramblings of an unhinged narcissist, it’s clear Trump would much rather talk about his feud with Meryl Streep than, say, the fact that intelligence officials believe Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and the Trump campaign to help Trump win the election.”

    On The Late Late Show, James Corden said he was actually excited for the award winner, adding that, " 'most overrated actress in Hollywood' was literally the only award [Streep] hadn't won yet."

  • Late-Night Lineup: January 5-21

    Monday, January 16
    Late Night With Seth Meyers: Just days after having Kellyanne Conway on his show, the NBC host sits down with Jake Tapper, who may have some things to say about Trump's "fake news" criticism. 

    Wednesday, January 18
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: xXx's Vin Diesel stops by to chat about his new action flick and maybe show Corden some action-hero moves of his own. 

    Thursday, January 19
    Watch What Happens Live: Andy Cohen welcomes the very musical guest duo of Idina Menzel and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom. Here's hoping Cohen helps them act out some scenes from the new Beaches.