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President Trump began his trip to Europe by issuing broadside attacks against NATO in general and Germany specifically. Trump suggested that Germany’s reliance on Russia for much of its natural gas meant it was “totally controlled by Russia.” (Read our fact-check here.)
On “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert lamented the president’s remarks, but he didn’t sound surprised.
“As The New York Times put it, ‘Mr. Trump kicked off his meetings on a contentious note.’ Contentious is his only note! He’s a human air horn.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
Colbert said that Trump seemed to be using his claims about Germany to distract from his own relationship with the Kremlin.
“Now, I’m not ready to say that our president is a Russian agent, but I have an agent — and he doesn’t do as much for me as Trump does for Russia.” — STEPHEN COLBERT
Colbert also touched on the latest news about Trump’s dealings with North Korea. Reports emerged on Wednesday about the meeting that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had with North Korean diplomats last week — and the details didn’t sound promising.
“We’re getting reports that ‘Pompeo’s North Korea meeting went “as badly as it could have gone.”’ I’m not surprised — sometimes the second date is rough. You go back to his place, you find out it’s full of executed relatives, or worse: Limp Bizkit CDs.” — STEPHEN COLBERT, quoting from a CNN report
The Punchiest Punchlines (Applause Edition)
“A company has come out with — this is real — a $5,000 robot that applauds for you indefinitely. Yeah, in a related story, I’ll be working from home.” — CONAN O’BRIEN
“President Trump’s new White House communications director has changed the White House lighting so Trump looks younger. Even more impressive, the new lighting makes Melania look happy.” — CONAN O’BRIEN
“Inside the White House, Shine’s hiring has been seen as a way to push out chief of staff John Kelly. One official said, ‘They’ve basically stopped telling Kelly when meetings are. People leave him off the calendar. … When he finds out, he storms into the room and is like, “What’s going on?”’ To be fair, ‘What’s going on?’ is what people say in every meeting with Donald Trump.” — STEPHEN COLBERT, referring to Bill Shine, the White House’s newly hired deputy chief of staff for communications
The Bits Worth Watching
Were these pedestrians drunk after watching the England-Croatia game? Well, mostly, yes.
The comedian Chris Redd explained to O’Brien what he learned working at Olive Garden: “When you work in service jobs, you have to like people even when you don’t.”
What We’re Excited About on Thursday Night
Kathy Griffin’s penchant for criticizing Trump in unapologetic, often unsavory ways has landed her in hot water from time to time. Will she temper her language around Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday? Not likely.
What took so long for Oakland — long a bastion of art and creativity — to become a filmmaking hot spot?