The late night talk show scene is lousy with fake gags, including plenty of sketches that center on fake television shows. This is fine! It’s fun even! But it’s not often that a fake late night show is so good, so strange, and so funny that we wish it were real. If only Plizzanet Earth was real.
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Terrence Howard acted weird at the Oscars. Tasked with announcing some of the Best Picture nominees, he flubbed almost every line, wacked his microphone, and then appeared to be overcome by emotion. This was all Oprah’s fault.
If there’s one thing Last Week Tonight With John Oliver viewers learned from last night’s show, it’s that infrastructure is not sexy. It became a bit of a mantra for the show: infrastructure is not sexy. But! What if it could be? And what’s sexier than a big screen summer blockbuster?
Last May, Seth Meyers unveiled a new recurring sketch on his Late Night: Second Chance Theatre, which allowed some of the host’s former Saturday Night Live brethren to share sketches that they never got to make on that show. Will Forte was his first star, and his never-aired sketch was a wonderful mix of the funny and the strange, an instant classic that probably should have been on SNL.
That wily Margot Robbie. She may have acted as if she didn’t understand the ways and rules of Flip Cup before diving into a round with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, but that was probably all a ruse – perhaps some weird viral marketing for her new con artist film Focus – because Margot Robbie is very good at Flip Cup.
If you are so far unfamiliar with the Will Smith-starring Focus (which opens tomorrow), but you have been keeping up with Smith’s late night appearances, you might be shocked to find that Focus is not about the rapper/actor reigniting his music career. After all, Smith has already resurrected “Getting Jiggy Wit It” for a recent Late Show appearance. Next up? “Summertime.” Just go on tour, Will Smith.
“Fifty Shades of Grey? That’s nothing!” It’s fair to assume that the last thing most people – even most late night hosts – would ask Ice T should they have him locked in a conversation is how he feels about Fifty Shades of Grey. Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon is not most people, and when Ice T (Ice? Mr. T?) appeared on his show last night, Fallon asked him about America’s current cultural obsession. Ice T had some opinions! They’re kind of great!
Pranks! Wacky, silly, fun pranks! Destructive, horrible, embarrassing pranks. On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, former Saturday Night Live star Will Forte reminisced about a prank he once played on co-star Kenan Thompson, a generally benign (but charmingly so) prank that saw him and Kristen Schaal playing around in Thompson’s dressing room when he wasn’t present and then sending him pictures of the mayhem. This is a classic prank. What could possibly go wrong?
If you’re still feeling emotional about last night’s series finale of Parks and Recreation, this might not make you feel better, but it will certainly make you feel more! On last night’s Late Night With Seth Meyers, the entire cast of the series joined host Seth Meyers to talk about their show (and saying goodbye to it, sniff sniff). From Amy Poehler to Chris Pratt, Adam Scott to Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari to Retta, everyone was here to celebrate the show. And you know who else was there in spirit? Li’l Sebastian. More tears, it’s okay, let it out.
For years, people have wondered if Kenny G, king of contemporary smooth jazz, has a sense of humor. He seems very serious and very dedicated – and let’s be real here, very talented – and that hasn’t saved him from being the butt of many jokes. But was the real joke that Kenny G was in on the joke? Based on his appearance on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, we’re now convinced that the man knows exactly what he’s doing, and he’s relishing it.