The Hollywood Reporter's Late Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests.
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 pour 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 that you can't afford to miss.
This week: James Corden surprised with a tour of Los Angeles for Prince Harry himself. Meanwhile, Andy Samberg interrupted a Late Night interview with Colin Jost, Conan O'Brien broke down where he stands on the list of talk show hosts to get the vaccine, Shailene Woodley shared details of her engagement to Aaron Rodgers and Arsenio Hall explained why they haven't made a Coming to America sequel until now.
-Compiled by Jennifer Konerman
Newly minted Angeleno Prince Harry joined James Corden for an open-top bus tour on Thursday's Late Late Show. The Duke of Sussex was taken aback by Corden picking him up in a "subtle" bus rather than a Range Rover, but the host shot back that "it would be a nice way to see L.A." Harry admitted that it was the first time he had been on an open-top bus as he "was not really allowed to" get on them and that he regretted never being able to go sightseeing. He also added that due to the lockdown, this was his first chance to see L.A.
Corden made sure the prince wasn't missing home by serving up tea as they took in the sights, including "bringing class to the 405." Although a tea trolley on a moving bus turned out to be not such a great idea.
The pair made a stop at the house used for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Corden tested the prince's knowledge of the iconic theme song before dropping in on the rather shocked owner of the house for an impromptu royal visit.
Corden tried to convince the prince to move into the Fresh Prince mansion and even engaged the Duchess of Sussex over FaceTime to convince them.
Corden also asked Harry how he felt about Netflix's The Crown. The prince, who has a production deal with Netflix, said The Crown doesn't "pretend to be news, it's fictional. But it's loosely based on the truth."
"Of course, it's not strictly accurate," the prince added. "It gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle [is like], what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else are, and what can come from that."
When Corden asked the prince who he'd like to portray him in The Crown, he picked redhead Damian Lewis.
The prince also explained his reasons for "stepping away, not stepping down" from the Royal Family. He spoke about how the British press was destroying his mental health. Describing the situation in Britain as "toxic," the prince said, "I did what any husband, any father would do, I needed to get my family out of there."
But he reiterated that he "never walked away" and "never will walk away" from the Royal Family and public service.
Colin Jost appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers this week to promote Tom and Jerry, and shared how out of place he felt on set with actors like Michael Peña.
"You and I, we are desk people, our best work is done sitting," Meyers told the "Weekend Update" host. Then as Jost was sharing stories from the film set, Meyers interrupted to tell Jost that fellow SNL alum Andy Samberg reached out and wanted Jost to check his phone that instant. Jost turned off his video to check.
Coming back to the interview, Jost explained that Samberg had texted him several times to alert to him that he needs to turn off notifications on his laptop, otherwise "it will keep popping up and interrupting ... can be very annoying."
Dozens of texts kept coming in, including "Frisbee sucks, right?" referring to Meyers' dog. "Again, remember to turn your alerts off, would hate for it to mess up Seth's show."
"Yeah, he's thoughtful," Jost said.
Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter were discussing the vaccine on the host's TBS show this week, when O'Brien was trying to be optimistic about the ongoing lockdown.
"I see the light at the end of the tunnel.... which is the same thing I said 10 months ago!" O'Brien yelled.
Richter, sitting in the audience of Los Angeles' Largo at the Coronet theater along with several cardboard cutouts, suggested getting the vaccine.
"I looked myself up online," O'Brien responded. "Talk show hosts are the last priority ... which I think is actually correct. We should be."
Richter joked, "What we do here is the epitome of non-essential personnel."
"We're at the bottom of the list of all the talk show hosts," O'Brien added, laughing. "I looked it up, all the other ones get to go first because they've looked at the shows and they said ours is the least essential of pretty much nonessential shows."
"Well as long as Wendy Williams gets it," Richter concluded.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took fans by surprise earlier this month when he noted as he accepted the MVP award during the annual NFL honors that he "got engaged." Shortly after that, media outlets began reporting that his fiancée is actress Shailene Woodley, surprising Hollywood observers as well, who were unaware that the pair were even a couple.
Speaking to host Jimmy Fallon on NBC's Tonight Show, Woodley confirmed the engagement and pointed out it's not new.
"Yes, we are engaged," she said. "But for us it's not new news, you know, so it's kind of funny. Everybody right now is freaking out over it but we're like, 'Yeah, we've been engaged for a while.'" The actress opened up about their relationship and how despite Rodgers being an NFL star, she doesn't "know him as a football guy."
Adding that she'd never seen a football game before meeting Rodgers, she said, “I know him as like the nerd who wants to host Jeopardy! That’s the dude I know. He just happens to also be very good at sports."
She added that her friends try to get her to watch his highlights on YouTube. While she knew that he played football for a living when they met, she didn't know much about his career, she said. "I still have never been to a football game because we met during this wacky, wacky time and all the stadiums were closed that he was playing in."
While she's supportive of Rodgers and called him a "wonderful, incredible human being," Woodley admitted she's still surprised she ended up with someone in his profession. "I never thought I’d be engaged to somebody who threw balls for a living,” she said.
Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy made a pact some 30 years ago to never make a Coming to America sequel — but relentless fandom changed their minds.
Dropping by The Late Show on Wednesday, Hall explained what finally sparked Murphy's idea for a follow-up to the classic 1988 film about a wealthy African prince who comes to America looking for true love.
"It took 30 years because we never planned on doing it," Hall told Colbert. In fact, we shook and said, 'Let's never do a sequel.' We were so happy with it. It was perfect, we're never going to mess with it."
However, the film kept following the duo through the years, and Hall kept showing Murphy Coming to America-themed fan parties and events posted on social media, which convinced the comic-actor that perhaps another movie was not an awful idea, Hall said.
Murphy finally pitched his idea for a sequel, which Hall said he loved — all except one thought. "He wanted Tracy Morgan to play his son — and I think Eddie and Tracy look about the same age (they are just eight years apart). But, he's Eddie Murphy, so you have to say it easy. You know what I did, I did it in joke form and said, 'Maybe in the third one, Morgan Freeman can be your son.' "