Late-Night Lately: Samantha Bee on the Midterms, Kimmel's Brooklyn Week, 'Halloween' Mash-Ups

7:00 AM 10/20/2018

by THR Staff

The Hollywood Reporter'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.

This week: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee took on the "culture wars" ahead of the midterm elections. Jimmy Kimmel headed to Brooklyn for a week of shows, which included a parody performance from Matthew Broderick, a surprise appearance from Tom Holland and a "Lie Witness News" in which he told New Yorkers that Trump bought Lincoln Center. James Corden celebrated the return of Netflix's Making a Murderer with a Halloween mash-up featuring the plight of Michael Myers, and the host joined Kimmel in mocking Trump's Republican leader painting that hands in the White House. 

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman 

  • Samantha Bee Takes on Culture Wars Ahead of Midterm Elections

    Courtesy of Samantha Bee/TBS

    Samantha Bee discussed "the terrifying culture wars" ahead of the upcoming midterm elections on Wednesday. "Republicans control all three branches of government," said Bee. "How do you play the victim when you've won everything there is to win? Well, they found a way: Telling people that Democrats will eat them."

    Bee then shared Republican-sponsored advertisements that depict their Democratic competitors as sharks, terrorists and violent radicals. One advertisement concludes with the phrase, "The left is crazytown."

    Bee continued, "There's another scary group that's shooting up the charts. Women." A number of clips that feature news anchors speaking negatively about the female protestors during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings followed.

    "I haven't felt this hated for being a woman since literally every day that I'm a woman. Stop making it sound like sexual assault survivors are this vastly powerful cabal. You know how I know that?" she asked as photos of Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh appeared behind her. "Because one of these people became a Supreme Court Justice and the other can't go back to her fucking home."

    Bee then questioned if the "culture wars bullshit" actually works. "The typical American voter is looking around and seeing that their wages are stagnating, their health care's in danger and their boss  just bought another mega-yacht," she said. "I tend to think that's gonna matter more than a few loud pussy hats."

  • Spider-Man Makes Surprise Appearance at Kimmel Brooklyn Show

    ABC/Randy Holmes

    The audience at Jimmy Kimmel Live! was treated to a surprise appearance by Spider-Man himself Thursday night. 

    Tom Holland, who played the webbed Marvel superhero most recently in Avengers: Infinity War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, debuted the new suit Spidey will don in the forthcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home during a quick sketch on the show with Guillermo also trying to become Spider-Man.

    Spider-Man: Far From Home also stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the classic Spider-Man villain Mysterio. The episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! was the latest in Kimmel's Brooklyn Week.

  • James Corden Plays Michael Myers in 'Making a Murderer'-'Halloween' Mash-Up

    Terence Patrick/CBS

    James Corden debuted a Making a Murderer and Halloween mash-up Thursday in honor of part two of the Netflix documentary series. The segment begins with a man's conversation with a 9-1-1 operator. The caller reported that there was a man with a butcher knife walking around his street. He said that the man is wearing a "Halloween mask" that "kind of looks like William Shatner's face."

    The camera then showed the suspected killer — Halloween's very own Michael Myers (Corden). Myers himself then spoke about the trial process leading to his arrest. "I don't know where this whole 'He doesn't talk' thing came from. I thought I had the right to remain silent, but whatever. And what I'm saying is they got the wrong guy."

    The mock documentary went on to interview some of Myers' friends, including Jason Voorhees. 

    The segment then cut back to Myers' interview, where he was informed that there is video evidence of his crimes. The killer is seen nodding along as he watched a scene from the Halloween franchise, in which he stabs Strode. "That does look bad, but that guy is wearing a mask," he said in response to the video. "So that could have been anyone."

    The mock documentary concludes with onscreen text informing viewers that Myers remains in prison and that he's single.

  • Kimmel, Corden Mock Trump Republican Leaders Painting

    Courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel Live;The Late Late Show with James Corden/YouTube

    Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden responded to Trump's "The Republican Club" portrait on their shows Monday. The painting by Andy Thomas was revealed to be hanging in the White House on Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes. In it, Trump is seen sitting at a table with other Republican presidents, including the Bushes, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight E. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. Abraham Lincoln appears to be leading the conversation in the painting. The current president also looks noticeably slim.

    Kimmel, who is currently filming his annual weeklong stint of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Brooklyn, introduced the topic by asking a question. "I have a quick New York question. Is Donald Trump the president here, too?" he asked. "Well, back in L.A. he is and it's not going great."

    "What a beautifully crafted piece of narcissism," Kimmel said about the image. "It's hard to figure out which piece of insanity to focus on. The fact that Richard Nixon and Abraham Lincoln, in the scenario, are friends or that Donald Trump weighs less than 200 pounds."

    Over on The Late Late Show, Corden shared the painting with his audience. "That's real. We haven't done this. This is a real. This is hanging in the White House." 

    "Also, you look at that picture and you know that Trump can only name, like, two of the other presidents in that painting," he said.

  • Matthew Broderick Performs "Sully"-Themed Broadway Musical

    ABC/Randy Holmes

    In honor of the musical adaptions hitting Broadway recently, Jimmy Kimmel debuted a fake musical based on the story of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger with help from Matthew Broderick during Kimmel's week of Brooklyn shows. 

    "We made up a poster and we went to the theater district and asked people on the street to give us a positive review," Kimmel explained. "You know those commercials where people say how great the play was? Well, we asked them to do that for a play that does not exist."

    In the first edition of what Kimmel calls "Fraudway," pedestrians were asked to review a production called Hudson, We Have a Problem. The poster featured a photo of Broderick and a frantic goose popping out of the sides of a plane. After the prerecorded segment, Broderick performed the opening number from the fake musical.

    "Good afternoon. This is your captain, Sully Sullenberger," he sang. The mustache-clad actor assured the passengers that they had a smooth flight ahead.

    "What a beautiful day for a flight. Not a cloud or a seabird in sight," sang Broderick as two dancers dressed as flight attendants joined him onstage and six performers dressed as geese then made their way onto the stage. "What a beautiful day for a flight. Not a hawk or an airplane in sight," they sang. "So forget your worries and slap on a grin. We'll never get sucked into a jet engine."

  • Late-Night Lineup: October 21-27

    Tuesday, October 23
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: The late-night worlds collide once more when The Daily Show's Trevor Noah visits NBC. 

    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: It's a political night at CBS when Charlamagne Tha God joins the Pod Save America crew chatting with Colbert. 

    Thursday, October 25
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Tiffany Haddish, everyone's favorite talk show guest, has plenty to promote with The Oath and Nobody's Fool hitting theaters this fall and more projects on the way.