This week’s best TV owes a lot to three primary factors: April Fools’ Day, Will Ferrell, and The Rock. We’re not surprised. That triple threat can always be counted on to deliver surprising, possibly uncomfortable, but always reliable laughs. James Corden also made waves in his second week hosting The Late Late Show through a combination of Best Use of Mariah Carey in a Bit and some hijinks from Katie Couric. And don’t even get us started on the genius of Rihanna—just not for the reasons you might think. It was a highly silly week in the late night lineup, and without keeping you in further suspense, here are top segments you should still be talking, and laughing, about.
Saturday Night Live—Disney Movie (Above)
With the recent rash of Disney animated movies being brought to life in live action—Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan—The Rock’s Bambi reboot suddenly feels weirdly possible.
The Late Late Show with James Corden—Mariah Carpool Karaoke
Again, this is the Best Use of Mariah Carey in a Bit ever. Give us some sugar, Mimi.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon—Jimmy Sings ‘Barbara Ann’ with Five Wax Jimmys
Really easily the scariest thing Jimmy Fallon has ever done.
Conan—Don’t Ask Will Ferrell About Professor Feathers
God, Conan! You just had to make it weird, didn’t you?!
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart—The Special Network
Saturday Night Live—WWE Promo
If you grew up watching professional wrestling with your dad (holla!) or even if you didn’t, watching Taran Killam get his Mean Gene Okerlund on while having a bleached-blonde Rock reveal how he “Catfish’d” his Wrestlemania opponent is hilarious. High five to the writers for keeping this sketch building to the end, and to The Rock for going all in—as usual. (And we couldn’t just fill this space with videos of The Rock’s hosting gig on SNL, but if you want high levels of really funny uncomfortable, don’t miss the “Dinner Date” sketch. Outstanding stuff.)
The Late Late Show with James Corden—Will Ferrell Sings the Star Trek Theme
While Kevin Hart has spent the Get Hard press tour further charming America with his cute face and infectious loud-mouth sense of humor, Will Ferrell has been on a tear of surreal performance art. There was the Little Debbie outing on The Tonight Show, the appearance alongside Professor Don Feathers on Conan, and here he is with James Corden eerily singing the Star Trek theme song. Yes, Will Ferrell, call out to us with your siren song!
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon—Alan Cumming Talked Helen Mirren Into Loving Crocs
We had to watch this like three times: Once to hear Alan Cumming just talk, twice to understand what he was saying, and a third time to actually process the story. So worth it every time. And you know what they say: It’s better to be judged by Helen Mirren than never to have been judged at all.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart—Wait, Whose Side Are We On Again?: Jason Jones’s Departure
With the impending exit of Jon Stewart from the Daily desk, it seemed inevitable that at least one staff correspondent would see this as an appropriate time to pack up their desk as well. It seems the first to follow Stewart out is Jason Jones, who has been with the program for 10 years and served as the show’s actual foreign correspondent on many occasions. Thanks for the memories, Jason. We wish you well.
Saturday Night Live—SNL Host Michael Keaton Gets Robbed in His Promos With Cecily Strong
Is it too late to give out two Oscars for best leading actor?! Michael Keaton, the One True Batman, is hosting SNL this weekend, and this promo has us so excited for how game the resurging star will be for weird sketches. How much money says there will be a sketch with persistent jazz drumming? Or does anyone even want to take that bet?
April Fools’ Day Bonus Track: Jimmy Kimmel Live—Rihanna Pranks Jimmy Kimmel
So, if owing Rihanna money is all it takes to get her to show up at someone’s house … anyone want to help start a rumor that WIRED is indebted to RiRi for, like, a billion dollars? We’ll inform the security guard and everything.
April Fools’ Day Bonus Track: The Late Late Show with James Corden—Katie Couric Pranks James Corden
James Corden needs to send Katie Couric flowers for this excellent viral boost to his brand-spanking-new show. Ms. Couric: Well played.