Late-Night Lately: Poking Fun at Trump-Inspired CNN Campaign and Halloween Merchandise

8:00 AM 10/28/2017

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

  • Colbert Takes CNN's "Facts First" Campaign One Step Further

    Courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert felt the need to explain facts and fake news using fruit this week, referencing a new ad by CNN that uses an apple as a metaphor to denounce fake news.

    The ad is part of a new marketing campaign called "Facts First," which comes as a response to President Trump calling various news networks, including CNN, "fake news." 

    Explaining that he personally found the ad to be "a bit subtle," Colbert decided to come up with "a slightly more honest version."

    The spoof tackled White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's response to the hurricane crisis in Puerto Rico, national anthem protests, the Russians and more, ending with the very straightforward message: "That was about Trump." 

  • George Clooney's "Twins" Make TV Debut on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

    Courtesy of ABC

    Jimmy Kimmel teased two surprise special guests during his interview with George Clooney on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night.

    Clooney revealed that his twins, Ella and Alexander, were backstage and after some prodding from Kimmel and the roaring approval from the audience, he agreed to bring them out for their television debut. Alas, it was all too good to be true. Suburbicon star (and Kimmel's mortal enemy) Matt Damon had seemingly slipped security (Guillermo was off for the night) and made his way to the stage pushing a twin stroller. 

    Clooney claimed Damon was his "manny" but Kimmel was having none of it and took the actor-director to task for betraying him. 

    Unsurprisingly, "Manny" was escorted off the set by security. 

  • Colbert's Fake Ad for Trump Halloween Merchandise

    Courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    President Trump's recent Halloween merchandise, including a bright orange hat, has inspired The Late Show's Stephen Colbert to make a fake ad for that and other spooky holiday merch. 

    In the clip, a spooky narrator pokes fun at the MAGA pumpkin hat that recently sold out on the president’s official website. The hat features Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” on the back, while the front is decorated with the face of a jack-o-lantern. The narrator notes that “any likeness to President Trump is not intended.” It is then explained that this particular piece of merchandise will scare your friends because it will reveal that “you support a man who said there were some good Nazis.”

    Colbert introduced even more Trump-inspired Halloween merchandise, including the remains of the GOP health care bills, the shrunken head of “ghoulish” Attorney General Jeff Sessions and a white cat.

  • Hosts Invite God to Respond to Bill O'Reilly


    Late-night hosts across the television dial addressed Bill O'Reilly's recent comments that he's "mad" at God following his ouster from his former hosting position at Fox News and a recent New York Times report that brought sexual harassment claims against the former host to light once again.

    On The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah invited God (Dulce Sloan) on the show. "I came to talk about Bill O'Reilly and why he dragged my ass into his drama," Sloan, sporting a white beard and robes, said. "I came down to tell Bill O'Reilly to keep my name outta his mouth. He did this to himself. Hasn't this cooch-monster ever heard of personal responsibility?" 

    Jordan Klepper followed Noah's lead-in during his Comedy Central show The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper. "Where was the big man upstairs to stop Bill from making those filthy phone calls?" the host asked. "Where was God when he had to payout $32 million in his latest settlement? Because trust me, God has the money."

    He then added, "I say, Bill, when you're settling sexual harassment suits and you look down and see only one set of footprints, worry not ‚ that's when Roger Ailes is carrying you."

    Over on Conan, the TBS host similarly invoked God’s word. During his opening monologue, the host quipped, “Bill O’Reilly revealed that he is mad at God for putting him through his sexual harassment scandal. Today, God refused to comment, instead, she just laughed.”

    On The Late Show, Colbert asked, “Is God really to blame for this whole scandal?” Colbert asked, before being joined by none other than the deity Himself.

    “Don’t drag me into this,” God said. “I don’t want my name associated with this Bill O’Reilly business.” When asked if He was to blame for O'Reilly's troubles, God responded, “Yes, I gave him that free will and look what he did with it. It’s like giving a toddler a car, which I’ve also done.”

  • 'Late Show' Shares Trump-Inspired 'Stranger Things' Spoof

    Courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    With the long-anticipated return of the Netflix hit Stranger Things, Late Show host Stephen Colbert combined one of his favorite pasttimes, Trump jokes, with the second season of the Duffer Brothers show in a segment pulling from several Trump speeches (in which he lists finance, budget and "other things") and quotes for Other Things. 

    "I don't know what that means," the Netflix characters respond to Trump's commonly used "other things." 

  • Late-Night Lineup: October 29-November 4

    Monday, October 30
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: In the past, the NBC host has sang duets with The Voice star and introduced him to sushi. What's next for Blake Shelton's appearance on the show? 

    Tuesday, October 31
    Celebrate Halloween with late night, with some very creative costumes likely on their way. 

    Wednesday, November 1
    The Daily Show: Hillary Clinton continues her book tour, following The Late Show and The Tonight Show, with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central. 

    Thursday, November 2
    Watch What Happens Live: Jimmy Fallon makes his way to Andy Cohen's clubhouse in another late night host mix.