Late-Night Lately: Obama's Mean Tweets, Gaga's Karaoke, Will Ferrell's George W. Bush Returns

8:00 AM 10/29/2016

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

  • President Obama Talks Trump Tape, Reads 'Mean Tweets' on 'Kimmel'

    Appearing for the second time on the late-night ABC show, President Barack Obama discussed the infamous Donald Trump tape on Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Kimmel wanted to know how the president reacted to the resurfaced hot mic video of Trump and Access Hollywood's Billy Bush.

    Kimmel asked: "At that moment, did you know it was going to be as notable as it turned out to be?"

    Obama replied, "Yes." Then adding to laughs, "Didn't you?" 

    When Kimmel first introduced Obama to the stage, the host said he was honored the president could "take time away from rigging the election" to appear on the show. And the Trump digs didn't end there.

    When talk turned to the presidential debates, Obama admitted to Kimmel that he laughed "most of the time" while watching the GOP nominee during the televised showdowns. 

    But it was when Kimmel asked Obama if he wishes he could be the one running against Trump that the president launched into a serious answer. "Look, we joke about Donald Trump, but I do think that part of the reason you've seen Michelle [Obama] passionate in this election, part of the reason we get involved as much as we have, is not just because we think Hillary is going to be a good president, but also because there is something qualitatively different about the way Trump has operated in the political sphere."

    Obama also revisited the special presidential edition of Kimmel's "Mean Tweets" ahead of the appearance. 

    One tweet read: "Bro, do you even lift?!" And another: "Barack Obama is the sharknado of presidents." He then read a tweet from Trump himself (@realDonaldTrump), which said: "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!"

    His reply? "At least I will go down as a president." He then dropped the phone like a mic.

  • Lady Gaga Becomes Lady "Ha-Ha" and Jams to Her Greatest Hits for "Carpool Karaoke"

    Lady Gaga took a ride with James Corden in the latest edition of "Carpool Karaoke" on Tuesday.

    Gaga started off the show as "Lady Haha" by taking Corden's place and supplying the laughs at the expense of Trump. "Donald Trump is launching a nightly show where he will be streaming his campaign and instead of 'little monsters,' there are actually monsters." Gaga went on to further blast the presidential candidate by assuring that "the programming is really going to grab viewers by the balls."

    Then during the "Carpool" itself, they launched into a rendition of Ludacris' famous lyrics ("Move bitch, Get out of the way") and danced to "Perfect Illusion" and "Bad Romance." Gaga even had a turn in the driver's seat where things got a bit dangerous.

    "Poker Face" and "Born this Way" were also on the menu. Corden even did a fashion gallery of the singer's past looks. Things ended with the pair crooning to "A Million Reasons," both sporting the same pink hat from the cover of her album. 

  • Will Ferrell Reprises His George W. Bush, Harry Caray Impressions

    Will Ferrell broke out his classic Harry Caray impression once more on the eve of the Chicago Cubs returning to the World Series. Ferrell's Caray — the character the actor honed on SNL — paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday to get fans revved up for game one of the Fall Classic. 

    Calling Kimmel "Johnny" (as in Carson), Ferrell's Caray talked baseball and, of course, the upcoming election. "What?! Are you trying to kill me again?" Caray said to Kimmel after the late night host told him Donald Trump was the GOP presidential nominee. 

    On Tuesday, the actor brought back his impression of former President George W. Bush on @Midnight. Host Chris Hardwick introduced Bush, "here to represent the small but formidable voting block of former presidents."

    Bush first wanted to make a statement about his cousin, Billy Bush. "Him and that disgraced pumpkin Donald Trump, talking on that bus," saying that Bushes have standards. "And we would never, under any circumstances, ride a bus." 

    Hardwick pushed Bush to reveal who he supports in the election, but the politician was hesitant to make a decision. “This dunderhead is making me look great,” he said. Because of “this bozo,” he continued, critics have forgotten about him. 

    “If Trump takes this thing, Laura and I have a very comfortable underground bunker we can move to.” He said that he will be down there “while society gets overrun with wild dogs and racists. My advice is don’t let that happen, America. Don’t let that sack of rotten sweet potatoes anywhere near the White House.” 

  • Tom Hanks Recreates Moments From 'Big'

    Tom Hanks had a conversation with Zoltar, the carnival fortune-telling machine from his iconic film Big, while on The Late Show on Monday.

    The actor rediscovered the machine, this time with Stephen Colbert playing Zoltar, and asked Zoltar if he remembered him. Colbert's Zoltar struggled to tell Hanks apart from Tim Allen, but asked the Inferno star to continue with his wish. Hanks said that the last time they'd met, he'd been a 13-year-old boy wanting to be older and wants to "do that again please."

    "Your wish is to be 17 years older?" asked Zoltar. No, Hanks clarified: "I want you to turn me 30 years old again." He said that the lesson he learned in Big — that being older isn't always what it's cracked up to be — is something he's "constantly learning every day" at his age.

    Hanks also recreated his "shimmy shimmy cocoa pop" rap from Big when he hooked up with YouTube stars Wong Fu Productions, who flew to Florence, Italy, to meet the actor (and director Ron Howard), where they asked him if he remembered the Big verses.

  • Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Sing at Summer Camp

    Justin Timberlake stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday to talk Trolls and reminisce about his days at summer camp. Pals Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon returned to Camp Winnipesaukee in a continuation of their Late Night bits, when the two flashed back to camp memories. 

    In the newest Tonight Show bit, the two friends talk about what they will be for Halloween - Steve Urkel? Zack Morris? For Timberlake, it's Blossom. 

    They then turned to belting out "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette. "But we have to keep it down," they agreed, since it was lights out in the cabin. The two sang the tune in whispered voices until the chorus, which is when camp counselor Mr Fletcher (Tonight Show writer A.D. Miles) interrupted: "You two potato heads need to go to sleep!” he yelled, threatening to take away their Snack Shack privileges.

    Once Fletcher left the cabin, Timberlake couldn't keep a straight face, laughing into his flashlight, before they broke into song again. Eventually, the two campers agreed to go to sleep. "Hey, Jimmy, best friends forever?" said Timberlake, earning an “aww” from the audience. 

  • Late-Night Lineup: October 31-November 5

    Monday, October 31
    Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: The TBS host excitedly announced her interview with her first "male president," President Obama, to take place on Halloween night. 

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: The host welcomes his Tonight Show predecessor, Jay Leno. 

    The Late Late Show With James Corden: Harry Connick Jr. joins Corden on the couch. Here's hoping for a crooner duet. 

    Tuesday, November 1
    Conan: The TBS host sits down with Louis C.K. during his week of shows in New York. 

    Thursday, November 3
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Doctor Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, stops by The Tonight Show for some games with Fallon before his film hits theaters Nov. 4.