Late-Night Lately: Samantha Bee's Performance Art, Seth Rogen's Twitter Trolling, Thoughts on Trumpcare

8:00 AM 6/24/2017

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.

Courtesy of TBS; Courtesy of CBS; Courtesy of Comedy Central

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

  • Samantha Bee Presents Performance Art About the Death of Words in Trump's America

    Courtesy of Full Frontal/TBS

    On Wednesday's Full Frontal, Samantha Bee welcomed viewers to a "semantic vortex" in a black-and-white world where words mean their opposites, or nothing, or everything.

    In a piece about the harm President Trump has inflicted on language, Bee recalls when words had meaning and then plays a clip of Trump stringing together a series of words and half-completed sentences in a speech. The first word to go, according to this nihilstic futuristic Bee, was "lies." She tried to search for it in the media when they spoke about Trump but was greeted with a string of synonyms or Kellyanne Conway's "alternative facts" explanation. (In Bee's world, Conway is a word sorceress.)

    The constant misuse of "fake news" starts to tear down Bee. "Resistance is futile. Government is the deep state. Expertise is dangerous elitism. Language is dead," she proclaims.

  • Seth Rogen and Stephen Colbert Troll Donald Trump Jr. With Twitter DMs

    Courtesy of 'The Late Show'

    On Monday's Late Show, Seth Rogen and Stephen Colbert joined forces to send direct messages to their mutual Twitter follower, Donald Trump Jr.

    Rogen recounted how he tweeted at Trump Jr. in the hopes that he would reply.

    "He ice’d me on that one, which was shocking, because, again, I tried to be polite," said Rogen. 

    Colbert said that he was inspired to check his own Twitter and realized that he, too, is followed by Trump Jr. They decided to "double team his ass," in Rogen's words, or "reach out" as Colbert put it. Colbert sent: "Sup? Hanging with @sethrogen. Why don't you return his DMs? How about we chill together and burn one? Don't tell @heyjamesfranco." 

    Trump Jr. has yet to reply to any of the DMs or tweets but Rogen is hopeful. “If that doesn't work, what will?" he said to Colbert.

  • Hosts Criticize "Trumpcare" Senate Bill

    Randy Holmes/ABC

    On Thursday Republican senators released their version of "Trumpcare," a health care bill they drafted to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. By Thursday evening, the late-night hosts were ready to fight back against the bill with their criticisms, making it clear how they felt about the controversial proposed legislation.

    On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah called out Republicans for turning health care into a tax cut for the wealthy. “Republicans went into a room saying, ‘Let’s fix health care,’ and then they came out like, ‘All right, so we’ve cut Americans’ health care so that we can give people tax cuts. Yeah — that was the point of this, right?’"

    "No, it’s not the point," countered Noah. "That’s like a fireman running into a burning building and saving the fire instead of the baby.”

    Jimmy Kimmel said since the GOP bill includes "a big tax cut for rich people" it's not great news for most people unless you just got drafted to the NBA. "They’re calling the plan 'Bettercare,' as in, ‘Just imagine how much better this plan would be if the people who wrote it cared.'"

    He did a segment where he sat down with children to talk about health care. "What if somebody who is poor is sick. Should people who have money help them to get better?" Kimmel asked a group of young children. "Of course," replied one child immediately. 

    "Somehow the Senate made the House bill even worse," said Seth Meyers on Late Night, in his closer look segment about the draft of the bill. 

    "The bill is so bad, President Trump said, ‘Does anyone have any questions for me about Russia? Alternatively, I could show you my tax returns. Do you guys want to see that?’" joked Meyers in his opening monologue. 

    Earlier on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon joked that the nickname for the new Senate bill was "The Big Sick," referencing Kumail Nanjiani's new romantic comedy film of the same name. "The Senate health care bill came out today, and I saw that it would cut a tax on indoor tanning," said Fallon. "Which is the biggest proof so far that Trump was actually working on the bill."

  • Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers Reunite for "Really?" Segment

    Courtesy of NBC

    Former "Weekend Update" co-anchors Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler reunited on Wednesday for one of their signature "Really?!?" segments on Meyers' Late Night

    The two tackled the recent production of Julius Caesar that was interrupted by protesters because of the title character's modeling after President Trump. "Now let me get this right," Poehler began. "You waited in line to get tickets to a play you already hated. And then you watched it for three hours, and then you ran onstage to protest. But not the president, but someone who was dressed like the president from getting pretend-stabbed with a fake knife. Really?"

    Poehler also shared her theories for why Daniel Day-Lewis quit acting (shes a big fan). "Obviously he's not getting the parts he wants, he's feeling nervous," she said. "We all go through it."

    "I love you, dude! Don't quit," Poehler said, addressing the camera. "I know this business is hard, bro, but don't quit. You got the stuff. You got it!"

  • James Corden Sends 297 Copies of 'Philadelphia' to Trump to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness

    Courtesy of 'Late Late Show'

    James Corden was disappointed to hear that six members of Trump's presidential advisory committee on HIV/AIDS recently resigned because they felt Trump doesn't care enough about HIV/AIDS. 

    Corden said that when he was younger, he first learned about the epidemic from the 1993 film Philadelphia, and the host believes Trump can follow in his footsteps. "Maybe Donald Trump doesn't care because he's never seen Philadelphia," said Corden. "In fact I'm almost certain that's probably what it is." 

    The Late Late Show team rounded up DVD and Blu-ray copies of the film from a combination of stores and sent all 297 copies to Trump's Florida hotel Mar-a-Lago.

    "We hope that if Trump watches Philadelphia he'll understand two things," said Corden. "One: Tom Hanks definitely deserved that Oscar. And two: we hope that he'll realize that HIV and AIDS is something that you, or any president of the United States, or any world leader, cannot afford to ignore."

  • Late-Night Lineup: June 25-July 1

    Monday, June 26
    The Late Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Michael Keaton stops by CBS before his debut as the villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming, out July 7.

    Wednesday, June 28
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kristen Wiig visits her fellow SNL alum Fallon. The only question is who she will appear on the show as (so far she's shown up as Peyton Manning and The Bachelorette, among others). 

    Thursday, June 29
    Watch What Happens Live: Will Ferrell appears with Andy Cohen in the clubhouse ahead of his film The House's premiere June 30.