This week’s best of late-night: Sacha Baron Cohen shares unseen Borat 2 footage, Sterling K. Brown gets out the vote
The week before the 2020 presidential election brought celebrities to late night, all to talk about the state of our nation.
One quick peek at This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown’s social media accounts and you’ll see the actor is serious about spreading the word on the importance of voting. So no surprise that he showed up via video call for his Tonight Show interview in a “VOTE” mask!
Jimmy Fallon couldn’t resist the opening to mention a shirtless photo Brown recently posted on Twitter to trick his fans into registering to vote. The actor showed off his perfectly chiseled abs captioning the photo, “Like what you see? There’s more where this came from…” Fans who clicked on the link provided in the tweet were not directed to more sexy photos of Brown but instead were brought to vote.org to register to vote.
“Come on!” Fallon said as the photo appeared on screen.
Brown humbly replied, “I had good lighting,” but quickly brought the conversation back to the importance of voting.
“If showing a little flesh means that people will be incentivised to go ahead and register, it’s an important vote. I’ll press a little flesh, why not?”
Trump impressionist Sarah Cooper made the rounds this week promoting her new Netflix special, Everything's Fine. During her interview on the Late Show, Stephen Colbert revealed that he had actually met Cooper years ago and played an old clip from when the television host visited Google, Cooper’s employer in 2012. Colbert, who was the host of The Colbert Report at the time, took questions from the audience, one of whom was Cooper.
The TikToker noted that a promo poster from that specific event is circling the internet with Trump’s face in place of Colbert’s.
“I have to call you out on something,” Cooper told Colbert, showing the vintage poster. “This is satire, but this is Trump now. People have taken this exact image and put Trump’s face on here.”
“I know. It has been very upsetting,” Colbert said.
“Trump’s tagline now is ‘Make America Great Again, Again,’” Cooper said, “Which sounds like a pitch for The Colbert Report that they decided not to do. I mean, so basically you created this.”
Colbert then revealed the antic has turned him off to reprising his classic character.
“This is one of the reasons why I don’t want to do the character anymore is that I’d have to actually somehow leapfrog how stupid he is.”
Borat has also been promoting his new film Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, but his alter ego, Sacha Baron Cohen, made a rare appearance as himself. Talking to Colbert, Cohen responded to President Trump’s comments that he is a “creep” and a “phony.”
“I am a professional phony, like him,” Cohen answered.
The star of the interview, however, was footage from a scene in the film where Cohen dresses as a performer named "Country Steve" to troll gun rally attendees. Cohen told the story of how the crowd reacted upon realizing they were the butt of a joke.
“Word got out that it was me,” the actor told Colbert. “And then the organizers and a lot of people in the crowd got very angry. They tried to storm the stage. Luckily for me, I had hired the security. So it took them a while to actually storm the stage.”
Cohen then shared a behind-the-scenes clip from the incident where he escaped to an ambulance that was waiting to whisk the actor from the rally.
“That was harrowing,” Colbert responded.
Cohen laughed but admitted, “this is the first movie where I’ve had to wear a bulletproof vest.”