Archive for Late Night Television

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots cover ‘At This Moment’ by Billy Vera for ‘The Tonight Show’

NBC “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon became known for his spot-on impersonations of celebrities when he was a member of the “Saturday Night Live” cast. However, his ability to sing a tune hasn’t gone unnoticed, ever since he’s been hosting “The Tonight Show.” He’s been able to cover many songs with a variety of musicians on his show, as well as pull off performances with his “Tonight Show” band, The Roots.

 

Fallon and The Roots hooked up recently for a cover of “At This Moment.” The Billy Vera & the Beaters song was originally released back in 1981 and rose up the charts thanks to being used on the hit television show, “Family Ties.” Fans of the older sitcom will remember it as the love song associated with Michael P. Keaton and his girlfriend Ellen Reed. The song hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles and U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary charts in 1987 thanks to its appearance on the show.

 

For his backstage cover series, Fallon belted out the hit, showing off his singing abilities once again in a YouTube video that checks in at over three minutes in length. The Roots provide a fitting backdrop for the song as they continue to show their impressive abilities to cover a range of musical selections.

 

The performance was an installment of “Cover Room,” a backstage series for Fallon’s “Tonight Show.” Rolling Stone reported that previous artists that have been covered for the series include Kesha, Bruce Springsteen, and Nathaniel Rateliff. Previously, Fallon has done several popular songs with the artists that originally recorded them using The Roots and classroom instruments to create the background music.

David Letterman Says He Stayed On Late Night Television ‘Too Long’

One of the interesting things about David Letterman’s Netflix talk show “And My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” is that it has given the normally private former late night talk show host to discuss his private life and even occasionally his feelings.

 

Each episode of Letterman’s hour-long show features him talking to a celebrity guest and a recent taping at Netflix’s FYSee exhibition space at Raleigh Studios was a freewheeling discussion with comedian Jerry Seinfeld. The two comedians had known each other for nearly forty years and their level of familiarity led them to discuss their careers and some of the regrets they have about their respective shows.

 

Letterman admitted that he had probably stayed on broadcast television too long. According to Letterman, when you’re on a show like his “Late Show” CBS talker, it’s easy to get caught up in the process and the success and not realize there’s more to life than the show and how well it’s doing. He went on to say that he had wished he had quit earlier because he feels as if he needs to do something to improve the world, but he’s too old and tired to pursue it now.

 

Letterman also dismissed claims that he had changed the face of late night television, arguing that many of the crazy comedy bits he did weren’t really innovation but the result of scrambling to stay on the air. He argued that late night talk shows are niche programming a lot of the process involved in putting it together is really nothing more than just filling time. Despite evidence to the contrary, Letterman says that viewers confused his desperation with an attempt to be innovative.

 

Haddish Jokes with Fallon About Date with Brad Pitt

This season’s “it” girl, Tiffany Haddish, made the late night talk show rounds this week, delighting the audience with her interview on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon as she recounted her plans to get together with Brad Pitt. The story started during the 2018 Oscars when she joked with daytime talk show host Kelly Ripa about her chance meeting with Pitt in an elevator. Pitt and Haddish made a pact to get together if they are both still single in one year. Fallon got wind of this pact and led Haddish to role-play an imaginary date with Pitt. The popular late night talk show host went so far as to create a cardboard cut of Pitt’s head to make the date more realistic. Haddish jokes that she could never take the proposal to date Pitt seriously after she found out about all of his kids. She also took the opportunity with Fallon to address the rumors about who bit Beyonce, suggesting that it was Fallon who did the deed.

Haddish hit the stage in a big way last year with the surprise hit movie Girls Trip, in which she starred alongside Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Regina Hall. Her flair for comedy blossomed when in November, she became the first black female host of Saturday Night Live. Haddish will explore television later this year when she co-stars with Tracey Morgan in the new TBS sitcom, The Last O.G..

Jimmy Kimmel Responds to Sean Hannity’s Rant

Sean Hannity, anchor of Hannity on Fox News, recently compared Jimmy Kimmel, ABC late night talk show host, with Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein is currently facing criminal charges in the State of New York.

Hannity’s comments come as a form of counter-attack to Kimmel’s jokes about Melania Trump. “This is brutal,” Hannity began, on his prime-time Fox News opinion show. “Liberal Jimmy Kimmel making fun the First Lady of the United States and her involvement in the White House Easter egg roll. Jimmy, you’re a despicable disgrace.”

“About dis and dat,” Kimmel said as he teased Melania Trump after playing a video of her reading to children. This was the joke that resulted in Hannity calling Jimmy Kimmel a despicable disgrace. Kimmel also questioned how deeply the First Lady was actually involved the orchestration of the actual event.

Kimmel responded to Hannity’s vicious attack on his own television show. “I appreciate how compassionate you’ve become to the plights of immigrants over the last 24 hours.” Kimmel began. “You know what I think is disrespectful to the first lady?” he asked. “Cheating on her with a porn star after she had a baby.” Kimmel was referencing the recent news about Donald Trump’s involvement with porn star Stormy Daniels.

This isn’t the first time Hannity has beefed with late night comedians. Late night hosts such as Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, and Jimmy Fallon have all targeted Hannity with their jokes during recent years.

Late Night Hosts Have Fun With Biden Vs. Trump

Late night television hosts have always enjoyed poking fun at political figures in the United States, and President Trump is no exception to that rule. In fact, they may poke him more than any other president in the country’s history. Recently, late night television had a bit of fun as they watched incredulously as a small feud broke out between ex Vice President Joe Biden and current President Donald Trump. For many of them, this was likely a dream scenario, the kind of comedy you simply cannot make up, it’s already so hilarious.

 

At a recent rally, Biden made the comment that if he were in high school with Trump, he believes that he likely would have “beat the hell out of him” for the way he treats females. Trump was quick to take to his favorite social media platform to reply, claiming that he could take Biden down and he would be crying the whole time. Late night television hosts wasted no time jumping on the incident, weird as it may be, this is the fodder comedians love.

 

Seth Meyers, host of “Late Night”, simply referred to the entire scenario as “embarrassing”. He then joked as he called their fight the “Thrilla in Vanilla”. Jimmy Kimmel started by poking fun at President Trump for his constant use of Twitter and inability to let anything slide. He then pondered the probability of Biden winning the fight by mocking the president’s wardrobe during his time in school. Jimmy Fallon tied the recent Stormy Daniels story in a few jokes before laughing at how the country was afraid of an emotional woman leading them so instead the United States has Biden vs. Trump.

 

One thing that all the late night hosts clearly shared was the view that the entire feud was childish and immature. It’s quite likely that the majority of the country could agree with them and for most of us, we likely feel like Meyers did when he began his performance by calling the entire thing embarrassing. For full clips of the comedians and all their jokes, click here.

Reese Witherspoon Meets New Bestie Adam Rippon on The Late Show

Stephen Colbert made introductions to two celebrities who have been itching to be BFFs for some time. On Wednesday night’s episode of The Late Show, he made dreams come true for two of his guests, Reese Witherspoon and Adam Rippon.

Actress Reese Witherspoon has been an admirer of figure skater Adam ‘Ripp’ Rippon since watching the recent 2018 Winter Olympics, during which he won a bronze medal. The athlete has been a huge Witherspoon fan ever since he first saw her in Legally Blonde. After communicating only through social media, these gushing besties to be finally met face to face on live television.

Witherspoon had tweeted that Adam Rippon was the number one reason to watch the Winter Olympics. Rippon also took to Twitter to reply with a movie idea, suggesting to Reese that “You (played by you) tweet me in the middle of the night at the Olympics and I (played by me) die immediately. ”

The two hit it off just as well in person. They greeted one another with a hug, and Reese told Adam that he was even more handsome in person than on the ice. During Colbert’s interview, they held hands. Witherspoon commented that “This is meant to be … a relationship the world has been waiting for.”

Reese Witherspoon stars in the newly released A Wrinkle In Time alongside Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling. Adam Rippon is currently on a press tour after winning his bronze medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics for the figure skating team event.

Seth Meyers Writer Amber Ruffin Reviews Black Panther

If there’s one thing that Seth Meyers is known for, it’s giving his amazing writers a chance to shine onstage. On a recent episode of his show, Meyers gave his writer Amber Ruffin the floor to talk about the hit sensation Black Panther. It’s not surprising to see how Ruffin would be so excited to talk about the movie. After all, Black Panther has been seen as a trailblazing film—and Ruffin is a trailblazer in her own right.

As the first black female writer for a late-night show in the U.S., Ruffin possesses a unique voice—and she’s also very funny. Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Ruffin started working on Meyers’ show about four years ago. And her review of the mega-hit movie was definitely entertaining. Stepping on stage, Ruffin surprised Seth by saying that she was not a fan of the film—because she had acted in the film and been cut from it. The interview then cuts to a scene of Ruffin in full Wakandan dress. However, it quickly becomes obvious that the scene is a hilarious spoof. Ruffin complains about her rhinoceros while giving attitude to one of the elders in the council. She even pitches the idea of a water park to Chadwick Boseman’s character.

However, at the end of the interview, Ruffin admits that she loves the movie and has seen it four times. “Wakanda Forever!” she smiles as she exits the stage.

Luke Bryan Troll Blake Shelton on ‘Late Night’

Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan might be buddies but that didn’t stop Bryan from tossing a few barbs Shelton’s way on late-night television.

Bryan visited “Late Night with Seth Meyers” to talk about his gig as one of the judges on the upcoming “American Idol” reboot.

Meyers asked Bryan if he’d gone to Shelton for advice since Shelton has been a long-time judge on rival singing competition “The Voice.” The country crooner affirmed that he had but said that he didn’t know why.

“I would recommend to never reach out to him,” Bryan added. He went on to joke about People choosing Shelton as 2017’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” saying that Shelton is beautiful “from a distance.”

The two have a long history of poking fun at each other on Twitter and in interviews. Shelton claims the two met at an awards show in 2007 and instantly became friends. Bryan joined him briefly on “The Voice” as his key advisor for a season. The two also hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards together in 2013, 2014, and 2015. With the singers on rival shows now, expect the playful exchanges between the two to get even more intense.

Shelton joins Lionel Richie and Katy Perry on “American Idol’s” new judging panel. They’re stepping into the shoes of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson, who judged singers for the original series. It ran from 2002 to 2016 on Fox and produced stars such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

ABC launches the new version on March 11, 2018. Ryan Seacrest will be back as the host.

Kimmel Does Double Duty as Oscars Presenter

Although television audiences are not accustomed to seeing Jimmy Kimmel in a tuxedo, this year he got decked out in Tom Ford duds for a turn as the host of the 90th Academy Awards. Kimmel’s monologue set the tone for the show. While calling attention to important social issues of our day, Kimmel also cracked some great jokes.

Of course, Kimmel addressed what happened the last time he hosted the Oscars. During the infamous 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the incorrect envelope for Best Picture. Consequently, the wrong film was announced as the winner. The aftermath that ensued was one of the most wild moments in television history. People in headsets swarmed the stage as the producers of La La Land—who were already giving speeches—were told that Moonlight was the actual winner. Kimmel sprang into action and attempted to lighten the mood by yelling, “Warren, what did you do?” as the mess was sorted out.

Perhaps for this reason, the Academy Awards team decided to give the late-night host another shot at the Oscars this year. They also called upon Beatty and Dunaway to do the honors in announcing Best Picture once again. Luckily, another Envelopegate was easily avoided this year. When presenters walked out onto the set this year, it could be seen that the outside of the envelopes were clearly marked with categories. This was just one of many changes made to ensure that no slip-ups occurred.

Allison Janney Wins UK BAFTA And Tells Kimmel She Met Will And Kate Barefoot

Actress Allison Janney admits that she became super-obsessed watching Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge as they sat four rows ahead of her at the BAFTA Awards in London on Tuesday evening.

The actress talked about it to Jimmy Kimmel on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Wednesday night. Janney won a BAFTA for her role as skater Tonya Harding’s mother in the movie “I, Tonya.”

The actress also recently picked up the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress for the movie that also stars Margot Robbie.

Allison Janney is hoping for the icing on the cake if she secures the Oscar at the Academy Awards on March 4.

The statuesque star revealed to Kimmel that Kate is also quite tall and wore very high heels. The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third child.

Janney says that Will and Kate began making the rounds to congratulate the winners after the show. By that point, Janney’s feet were tired, and she had removed her shoes. She joked to Kimmel that she was embarrassed because she was ready to be greeted by the royal couple and she was “Fred Flintstones-style, barefeet.”

If she should receive the Academy Award, Janney’s counting on a little ghostwriting, says GoldDerby.com. She admits she’d be too freaked out to come up with something incredible to say to the audience.

Janney is asking good Hollywood writers to have something ready for her should she win.