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June 26, 2019

Jimmy Fallon explained to guest Trevor Noah on Tuesday's Tonight Show that the "impression generator" they were about to use would "land on one random politician and one random topic," and whoever's turn it was would have to improvise an impersonation of that political figure discussing the chosen topic. Fallon, who excels at impersonating musicians, was no match for Noah. Anyone who's watched The Daily Show has seen Noah's Barack Obama impression, and both late-night hosts were able to bring out their Trump impersonations — two for one, in fact, in Noah's case — but Noah really shone when he had to make up whole cloth Beto O'Rourke reading a cereal box. Watch below. Peter Weber

June 25, 2019

"Here's something you did not see discussed on TV a lot this weekend: The president of the United States was accused of sexual assault — again," Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show. President "Trump is really repeating his 2016 strategy." The accusations from writer E. Jean Carroll, unveiled Friday, "are specific, they are credible, and they are terrible," he said, "and they make Carroll the 22nd woman to step forward — 22 women! That should raise alarms."

"Let me put it this way," Colbert said: "If one person in your life accused you of pooping in their kitchen sink, I could be persuaded to believe that that is a lie. But if over the course of the 73 years of your life, 22 separate people came forward with detailed accounts of times you had pooped in their kitchen sinks, I'm going to start thinking you're a sink pooper."

CNN's Chris Cuomo said he and his staff were similarly confused: "This prominent journalist accuses the sitting president of rape — this is the most extreme accusation we've had against this president — and it has had almost no impact, really, on our dialogue." He read Carroll's allegations. "This is rape, period," he said. "Carroll doesn't like using the word, and that is her right." Cuomo said CNN didn't report the allegation until it got corroboration, and it has.

Carroll said Monday, "Think how many women have come forward, and nothing happens." But Trump's response to the rape allegations really "shows how perverse this current dynamic is," Cuomo said, reading Trump's now-familiar "she's not my type" dismissal. "Look, this is not a smart answer to the question of whether you would rape someone," he said. "Sexual assault is about power and violence, not just sex. More troubling to me in understanding where we are, more vexing," Cuomo added, is "why is this not front page news everywhere?" Watch him grapple with that question below. Peter Weber

June 21, 2019

What you will learn from Seth Meyers taking shots and foisting invented alcoholic concoctions on Rihanna, show on Thursday's Late Night, is that Rihanna holds her liquor better than Meyers, Meyers probably shouldn't be a mixologist, his wife is probably right that he's lucky to be married, fantasy is sometimes friendlier than reality, and it's fun to let your hair down from time to time. Not that you probably have Rihanna's number, but don't try this at home. Peter Weber

June 20, 2019

President Trump's former White House communications director, Hope Hicks, testified before a House committee on Wednesday, though "testify" might be the wrong word. "This is very personal for Trump — he's worked closely with Hicks and affectionately calls her 'Hopey,'" Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday's Late Show. To ensure that "Hopey" didn't "tell the truthy," Colbert said, White House lawyers argued Hicks has "absolute immunity" from testifying about her time in the White House. "So if you're keeping track at home, Trump aides are more immune to justice than America is to the measles," he said.

"So far, the immunity's working, because she managed to avoid being infected with accountability," stonewalling House Democrats even as to the location of her West Wing office, Colbert said. "Trump's gotta be relieved that Hicks had his back today, because reports are even though they worked closely together, they've drifted apart since she left the White House, and that recently there were several times when she didn't return Trump's call, leading the president to ask his inner circle, 'What happened to Hope?' Sir, we've been asking that question for three years." Watch below. Peter Weber

June 18, 2019

"O.J. Simpson, the notorious memorabilia thief and officially no other kind of criminal," just joined Twitter, Trevor Noah said on Monday's Daily Show. One of O.J.'s first video tweets certainly got people's attention. "Whoa, 'I got a little getting even to do?'" Noah said. "If you're O.J. Simpson, there are some phrases that you should never use," including "Have you seen my gloves?" and "'Pass me the knife.' No, O.J., you cut your steak with a fork, my friend."

"Imagine getting a push notification saying 'O.J. Simpson is now following you,'" Noah shuddered. "That's the scariest phrase in the English language. He should have joined SnapChat — at least they destroy the evidence for you."

Yes, "if you thought Trump on Twitter was scary, wait til you get a notification that says 'O.J. Simpson is now following you,'" Jimmy Fallon said on The Tonight Show. "But it's crazy — O.J. made a Twitter account and he's already got over 600,000 followers. That's more followers than when he was driving the white Bronco. Even crazier, O.J. just got a message from Trump asking if he'd be the White House press secretary."

It wasn't just O.J. burning up Twitter, though. "Yesterday, O.J., Bill Cosby, and Donald Trump all tweeted at right around the same time — it was like the Thanos snap of social media," Jimmy Kimmel said on Kimmel Live. He read Cosby's odd jailhouse Father's Day tweet, musing: "How is it that Bill Cosby is legally blind, tweeting from, presumably, a prison library computer, there are still fewer typos and spelling errors than every one of the president's tweets?"

"O.J. is only following eight people, which is probably good because I can't think of anything scarier than getting a notification on my phone saying 'O.J. Simpson is following you,'" Kimmel said. "We can't have the measles and O.J. back at the same time, it's too much." Watch below. Peter Weber

June 18, 2019

A twee episode of "Carpool Karaoke" took a dark turn on Monday's Late Late Show when James Corden and former first lady Michelle Obama had a little spat about which country produced better musicians, the U.S. or the U.K., and that turned into a contest of national pride and an all-star game of dodgeball. The stakes? Determining once and for all which country is better. "It really is that simple," the announcer explained.

"You would not believe how easy it was to get people to do this," Obama said after unveiling Team USA. "All I had to say was, 'You're going to throw a ball at James Corden.'" Her team included Mila Kunis, Allison Janney, Melissa McCarthy, Kate Hudson, and Lena Waithe. Corden's team didn't gel quite as easily, but it was only slightly less impressive: Harry Styles, Benedict Cumberbatch, Game of Thrones' John Bradley, and Corden's Late Late Show bandleader, Reggie Watts — who, he noted, is American. So who won, Team USA or Team U.K.? The pleasure is in the journey, but you can find out the final score below. Peter Weber

June 18, 2019

Seth Meyers spent Monday's Late Night picking apart President Trump's headline-making interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, but he kept coming back to one thing.

During the interview, Trump declared that he's totally fine with Congress somehow obtaining a copy of his financial statements, even though he won't be the one to provide them. As he was saying this, acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney did something that grates on Trump's nerves: he started to cough. A visibly irritated Trump demanded that Mulvaney leave the room immediately, then shook his head at the idea that anyone would think to cough during such a moment. "Just remember, the next time Donald Trump says he has a great health care plan, the plan is if you cough, get the f--k out of here," Meyers said.

Because of Trump's rambling answer about the financial statements, Meyers said it's entirely possible that Mulvaney and Trump set up the cough as a signal to stop answering a question, but Trump forgot. "Also, I love he thought his answer was so good that the coughing ruined it," Meyers said. "Dude, you'd be better off if every answer you gave was interrupted by coughing." Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

June 13, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. went before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday to answer some follow-up questions about Russia and his father's presidential campaign. The hearing was held behind closed doors, but "a C-SPAN sketch artist was granted access," The Late Show joked Wednesday night, and the ensuing sketched version of what happened was probably much more exciting than reality.

Yes, "Donald Jr. was questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee — unsurprisingly, they found he tested negative for intelligence," James Corden joked on The Late Late Show. "The committee asked Donald Jr. many important questions, for example: 'What's going on with this beard, dude? Is this like a midlife crisis thing?'" Corden also has some jokes about a new Microsoft body wash and President Trump liking a Rihanna tweet. Watch below. Peter Weber

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