Late-Night Lately: Oscar Predictions, Conan in Haiti, Will Ferrell Heckles Fallon

8:00 AM 1/27/2018

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.

Courtesy of ABC/Randy Holmes; TBS; Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

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

  • Hosts Weigh in on Oscar Nominee Snubs, Surprises


    After nominees and awards pundits reacted to the Academy Award nominations announced on Tuesday, late-night hosts weighed in on the surprises, snubs and shoo-ins.

    This year's Academy Awards host, Jimmy Kimmel, kicked off Jimmy Kimmel Live! by joking that Boo 2: A Madea Halloween had been announced as this year's 10th best picture nominee. "A lot of people didn’t think that would make it and they were wrong," he said.

    Of The Shape of Water's 13 nominations — the most of any movie in 2017 — Kimmel said, "I like that movie and finally, Hollywood is recognizing a monster other than Harvey Weinstein." 

    The biggest snub, though, Kimmel said, was that the picture of Trump looking at the sun during the 2017 solar eclipse was shut out from best picture.

    Meanwhile The Daily Show's Trevor Noah opened his show by praising the diversity in the nominations this year. “This year’s Oscars are so diverse, they are renominating La La Land just so it can have its win taken away again,” he joked.

    Noah brought out an “awards expert,” in reality Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr., who praised the nominations and said not to count out Denzel Washington though, who is also nominated for best actor for his role in Roman J. Israel, Esq. “who plays Questlove playing a lawyer.”

    Wood Jr. also praised out Mary J. Blige and Octavia Spencer’s nominations, adding that he knew the former was getting nominated for one simple reason: “Any time a black woman isn’t wearing any makeup you know she’s getting a nomination.”

    Over on TBS, O'Brien acknowledged that Meryl Streep was nominated for the 21st time for her role as Katharine Graham in The Post. "Or as that’s called in Los Angeles, 'the first sign of spring,'" he said.

    At The Late Show, Stephen Colbert was quick to emphasize that this year’s Oscars was free of “controversies over lack of diversity,” also congratulating Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water for receiving the most nominations. “It’s about a woman who has sex with a disgusting fish monster. And I’m really impressed someone has already produced the Stormy Daniels story,” Colbert joked, alluding to Trump's reported affair with a porn star.

    Colbert also mentioned how Get Out director Jordan Peele became the fifth black director to be nominated in the category. "Now Jordan Peele is now invited to a big party thrown by rich white people. I hope he’s seen Get Out,” Colbert joked. Hoping to find something to feel “outrage” over, Colbert explained that he found it unfair that The Lego Ninjago Movie failed to receive a nomination for best sound mixing. The host argued that the film’s sound mixing team made him feel like a “misunderstood ninja toy with a heart of gold.”

    On The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon congratulated the films nominated for best picture, before announcing what he considered to be the year’s “worst picture,” a photograph of the president playing tennis in active wear.

  • 'Conan': People of Haiti Roast President Trump

    YouTube/Team Coco

    Conan O'Brien has once again taken his show abroad, this time traveling to Haiti for his latest international segment. In a preview clip released Monday (ahead of the show's airing on Saturday), the TBS host wanders the streets of the Caribbean country and gives Haitians a chance to respond to President Trump's crude remarks about allowing immigrants from "shithole countries" into the U.S.

    "President Trump insulted Haiti, so I thought it was only fair to give Haitians a chance to return the favor," O'Brien says in a voiceover before allowing the people of Haiti to deliver punchlines at the president's expense.

    "Mr. Trump, please come visit Haiti. Because every time you leave your country, you make America great again," says one passerby. Another one comments, "For years we had heartless dictators, and finally we turned to democracy. But you guys did the opposite."

    The Conan host even finds a supporter of Oprah Winfrey's possible 2020 presidential campaign: "I want to send a message of love to the leader of America. Oprah, we love you!"

  • Will Ferrell Heckles Jimmy Fallon's Performance

    Andrew Lipovsky/NBC (2)

    During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday night, Will Ferrell heckled each and every lyric of Fallon's "Don't Stop Believin'" performance, and talked about channeling his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy at a tennis match in Australia.

    Fallon attempted to sing Journey's hit, on stage in costume with a very '90s hairdo, only to face constant heckling by Ferrell’s character. Ferrell had questions after each lyric of Fallon's, including "Where does she live?" about the "small-town girl" and demands for "more streetlights!" 

  • Samantha Bee's Trump-Themed "Apology Race"

    Courtesy of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee/TBS

    On Wednesday's Full Frontal host Samantha Bee presented part 1 of her Trump-themed Amazing Race spoof, Apology Race

    Bee sent her correspondents to apologize to people (in real time) for every "god-awful stupid piece of shit idiot thing Trump has done." So far, correspondents traveled to Haiti, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Brooklyn and New York City as part of their goal to apologize on behalf of the president to Mexico, black people, Dan Rather and Puerto Rico. 

    During the show, the host also announced that Full Frontal will be traveling to Puerto Rico for a one-hour special set to air March 28 at 10:30 p.m. PT.

  • Conan O'Brien Tries to Train Young Successor

    Courtesy of TBS

    With 25 years as a late-night host on his résumé, Conan O'Brien took a moment during his Wednesday show to assess what it would be like if something were to happen to him.

    "There's one problem nobody talks about: What if something were to happen to me? I know. Get upset. I live kind of a fast, dangerous life and I have a lot of enemies, so I could go at any time," O'Brien joked.

    Hoping to find a younger replacement who would be ready to "step in and be the next Conan O'Brien," he assigned his production assistant, David Hopping, to be the one to take his place if needed. The pair then engaged in an intense training camp in which O'Brien evaluated everything needed to become his successor.

    After answering O'Brien's medical assessment, Hopping was immediately given a makeover to emulate the host, donning a suit and fluffed hair. "Are you excited to look this way, the rest of your life?" 

  • Late-Night Lineup: January 28-February 3

    Tuesday, January 30

    After the State of the Union, tune in to late night where Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Jordan Klepper will air live shows, Jimmy Kimmel will sit down with Stormy Daniels and Jimmy Fallon will get the rundown from  Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.