Late-Night Lately: Obama Slow Jams With Fallon, Corden's Broadway Carpool Karaoke, 'Ghostbusters' Unite on Kimmel

8:00 AM 6/11/2016

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.

Obama: NBC. Miranda: YouTube/The Late Late Show With James Corden. McCarthy: ABC/Randy Holmes.
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
  • President Obama Slow Jams the News, Talks Trump on 'The Tonight Show'

    Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

    President Barack Obama joined Jimmy Fallon on Thursday to talk about his soon-to-be-over term as commander-in-chief and the current election. But first, Fallon enlisted The Roots' Tariq to "slow jam the news" with Obama on The Tonight Show, covering his achievements as president. 

    Obama summed up progressive steps he's taken over his term in the slow jam, "in short: Climate change is real, health care is affordable and love is love," he said. 

    "Commander in Preach!" said Fallon, "you've got to listen to my man Bareezus, he's accomplished a lot in eight years. Even when Congress tried to block him, he found a way through the back door," to which both Fallon and Obama couldn't help but laugh. 

    Later, Fallon insisted that "we have to talk about the election," to which Obama replied: "Do we?"

    Obama told him that his main job in this election is to "remind the American people that this is a serious job, this is not reality TV." 

    "Speaking of reality TV..." said Fallon, turning the conversation to Donald Trump, "do you think the Republicans are happy with their choice?"

    "We are, but I don't know how they feel." Then leaving the joking aside, Obama added that in his opinion, "what's happened in that party, culminating in this current nomination, is not something that's good for the country as a whole, and not something that Republicans should wish for." 

    Before Madonna took the Tonight Show stage to perform, Fallon and Obama even did a POTUS edition of his "thank you notes" segment. 

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Corden for Broadway Hits in Carpool Karaoke

    YouTube/The Late Late Show with James Corden

    James Corden prepared for his Tony Awards hosting gig in the best way possible, with a special Broadway edition of "Carpool Karaoke."

    The Late Late Show host picked up four Broadway stars, including Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, Shuffle Along's Audra McDonald, Fully Committed's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and She Loves Me's Jane Krakowski, as he made his way to the Beacon Theatre, which hosts the Tony Awards on June 12.

    Corden had all four Broadway stars "awwing" when he suggested singing "Seasons of Love" from Rent. “Hang on. Hang on, wait. That was the most Broadway response to hearing an opening of a song,” Corden said as he put the music on. 

    Things ended with an incredible, seemingly improvised version of "One More Day" from Les Miserables. Take a bow, everybody.

  • 'Ghostbusters' Casts Unite on Kimmel

    Randy Holmes/ABC

    Jimmy Kimmel continued his Game Night episodes on Wednesday, welcoming the cast of Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot to chat about haters online and what they learned from their fellow Ghostbusters. 

    Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon sat down with Kimmel, who, of course, addressed the online backlash about the film, asking the group about guys "who have very empty lives," who say they don't want an all-female reboot "because only men can fight imaginary ghosts in a make-believe movie," Kimmel joked. 

    "What they don't say when they're typing is that one minute after they type that, their moms are like, 'Get upstairs and take out the garbage! You're 45 years old!,'" McCarthy responded, sarcastically, calling them "terrific fellas!" 

    The group was also surprised by some of the original Ghostbusters, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts, who sat down with Kimmel during his regularly scheduled episode later that night. 

    Aykroyd praised the new film, saying he's "really really happy" with it, adding that he thinks the new female Ghostbusters are great, and "all the guys in the movie are just fine too! There are men and women in the movie!"

    Murray also called it a "tough movie to pull off," because "there's a lot of expectation," but as he watched with the rest of the original cast, he found they were "cheering like we were at a sporting event." 

  • Jon Stewart Returns to Late-Night on Samantha Bee's 'Full Frontal'

    Late-night television has been missing Jon Stewart lately, and Samantha Bee's audience was excited to see him when he made a cameo on Full Frontal on Monday.

    "I'm so happy to be here," said Stewart, telling his former Daily Show colleague Bee that she could ask him anything she wanted. "What do I do with this guy?" she said, pointing to a tiny white horse. "Can you take him to your massage farm?"

    Stewart corrected her: "It's not a massage farm." Bee was not having it. She said she was pretty sure that he gave up show business "to go and professionally massage livestock."

    The show even came up with alternate endings for the bit: 

  • Jimmy Fallon, Ethan Hawke Turn FMyLife Entries Into Country Songs

    Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

    The website is dedicated to sharing personal stories of misery and mishaps. Jimmy Fallon, naturally, figured it a well of humor.

    The Tonight Show host and actor Ethan Hawke teamed up to bring those troubling tales to life with a country twist. Fallon had performed a similar act last month with Keith Urban

    One little ditty goes like this: “Today, I was washing my hands in the bathroom, looked up and saw a spider on my cheek. Slapped myself in the face as hard as I could to kill it. It turns out the spider was on the mirror.”

    Schadenfreude never felt so good.

  • Late-Night Lineup: June 12-18

    Monday, June 13
    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Grace and Frankie's Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin join Corden — perhaps for a double dose of his "film career in eight minutes" bit? 

    Tuesday, June 14
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Previously, guest Daniel Radcliffe has appeared on shows with Colbert to rap Eminem lyrics and challenge Elijah Wood to a fight. How will he beat that?

    Wednesday, June 15
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno sits down with current host, Fallon. 

    Thursday, June 16
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's social media accounts have been a treasure trove of information for his upcoming projects (Moana, Fast and Furious 8Baywatch), so find out what else he might reveal on late night.