Waithe, the multi-talented writer-producer-actor from The Chi and Master of None, guest hosted the late-night talk show for Wednesday’s episode and she just needed some… inspiration. So, she pressed the “Berry Button” and out walked the John Wick: Chapter 3 star.
“I need some inspiration, okay?” Waithe said. “Like that Oscars speech you gave [in 2002], it got me hyped, okay? I need you to give me some of that Halle Berry juice!”
Berry did give her some of that juice by saying, “I know that you are a force of nature. You are a beautiful African-American queen going after everything that is hers! And, Lena, tonight you are a writer, an actor, a producer, and tonight you are a late-night comedian and you’re about to slay!”
But the real “Halle Berry juice” came when the Oscar winner thought Waithe needed “something else” and gave the guest host a big kiss. “Now you’re good!” Berry said.
How was Waithe supposed to concentrate on the opening monologue after a moment like that? Well, she somehow managed to get through, thanks to a new writers’ room she assembled of all kids.
In a bit, Waithe workshopped material for her opening monologue with help from all the new-hires. Caleb, clearly, was the MVP of the group, coming up with gems like, “I would only spend $75 on a cup of coffee if it also came with my tax refunds.” But Edie came up with the sketch of the night: Friends but they’re cannibals.