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: Conan O'Brien paid tribute to Larry King, who died Jan. 23. Jared Leto shared his experience learning about the coronavirus pandemic after a silent meditation retreat, Billy Crystal explained how he got the COVID-19 vaccine and Jimmy Kimmel led his family in some work-at-home harassment training.
— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman
Conan O'Brien paid tribute to Larry King — who was also an occasional guest of the host's for three decades — on his TBS show Monday. The longtime broadcaster and interviewer died at the age of 87 on Saturday morning.
"Of course everyone knows him as this consummate interviewer, this legendary broadcaster: He talked to everyone, just a giant in the talk-show industry. But, on a more personal note, we had an interesting relationship at this show with Larry for many years," O'Brien said. "For some reason, we don't know why, he felt very comfortable coming to us and letting his comedy side come out."
O'Brien added that starting around 1993-1994, King began appearing on the show and "he loved to kind of try jokes out and comedy out with us." O'Brien said that even when his team pitched King "crazy ideas" for bits, the broadcaster would often do them: "He liked to make people laugh," O'Brien said.
O'Brien proceeded to share a compilation of favorite King appearances on his show over the course of three decades: In one clip, King auditions to play the part of Wolverine in an X-Men project, wearing the mutant's signature claws and hair; in another, he recounts the time Marlon Brando kissed him on the lips. The collection also includes a moment where King tried to persuade O'Brien to take fish oil pills and a bit with King selling a sheet set for $149.99 in a QVC-style ad.
A common theme in the appearances? King lamenting "Why do I come here?" after O'Brien cracks a joke at his expense.
Trevor Noah, like many, tried to make sense of the stock story of the week, with GameStop stock soaring, but as the host explained, it all seemed "way too complicated."
Noah joked that he called Robbie to help explain the situation, but she "blocked my number," so he had to improvise.
Appearing with Noah's head imposed over Robbie's in her Big Short bathtub scene, Noah broke things down: "Basically there's a group of people on Reddit who don't use the stock market to invest, they use it to gamble. And yeah, that's what a lot of serious investors do too, but these guys on Reddit are more honest about it, and they love to troll the people who aren't."
Noah concluded that it's "actually funny to see how Wall Street doesn't like it when somebody 'Wall Streets' them."
Billy Crystal on Wednesday told Stephen Colbert he was thrilled to receive his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as he misses spending in-person time with his family.
The 72-year-old Crystal told Colbert he's been spending most of his quarantine doing the New York Times crossword puzzle and playing basketball, of which he is an avid fan. He also mentioned that he recently received his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination.
"It was at Dodgers Stadium, where we got it," he said before quipping, "It was [former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr.] Deborah Birx bobblehead night."
Dodgers Stadium this month was turned from a mass testing site into a mass vaccination site.
"I was glad to get this first step towards hugging my kids and my grandchildren again. And I do have a pre-existing, underlying condition — which is terror. So, that was good that I got that.
Jimmy Kimmel called his family this week to a workplace harassment seminar, led by Kimmel himself, to bring some order to his work-from-home space.
"Until today, I only had three coworkers," he said, naming his wife and two kids, "but if there's one thing I respect, it's corporate policy," so he called a family meeting.
While Billy continued to lick juice off the table, Jane tried to guess how old Kimmel was while speaking about age discrimination. She went with 32, which Kimmel agreed to, and when asked Kimmel's wife Molly McNearney, also co-head writer for the show, was "something in the 20s," she heartily agreed.
Kimmel threatened to sue his daughter while discussing the weight harassment section and Billy tried to bite the host, but otherwise things went smoothly.
Last year, as the pandemic spread throughout the country and cities went into stay-at-home orders and lockdown, Jared Leto was emerging from a 12-day silent mediation retreat only to return to what felt like “the zombie apocalypse.”
On Monday’s Tonight Show, Leto opened up to Jimmy Fallon about his unique experience finding out about the virus lockdown. “When I went away, there were about 150 cases,” the actor said. “And just in that short amount of time, when I came out, there was a shutdown, a state of emergency and the whole world had changed.”
Of the retreat itself, he said: “The idea is that you go away, you get rid of your phone, you get rid of distractions, you get rid of everything and you just meditate… But when we were in there, they didn’t tell us [about the pandemic].”
The actor-musician compared himself to Rip Van Winkle, referencing a short story by Washington Irving, in which a man falls asleep and awakes 20 years later, having missed the American Revolution.
“It’s like a Twilight Zone episode, but in real life,” Fallon said.
“It was shocking,” Leto agreed. “I had this great tool to deal with stress and things and life, but I don’t think anything can prepare any of us for what we all went through in the beginning.”