If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
An audience member asking to hear a professional singer perform queries from Yahoo! Answers inspired this bit on "The Tonight Show," where Tony winner Audra McDonald was joined by actor Josh Charles and host Jimmy Fallon to sing real questions and answers from the site. Some of the questions were fairly straightforward -- "How can I be the life of the party?" -- while others were...less than intelligent. (The person worrying about how to dislodge a swallowed ice cube may need to seek professional help.) Our fingers are crossed that this concept is added to Fallon's regular rotation of quirky recurring gags.
We can't really say the same for this next "Tonight Show" segment, Turn and Face the Music, where Fallon and guest Robin Wright dramatically turned around, read an odd phrase off of a cue card, then proceeded to dance to a random piece of music. Some of the one-liners fell pretty flat, but it was Wright's dancing talent in particular -- and impressively long, muscular limbs -- that saved the bit from being a total disaster. We don't know what sort of anti-aging serum she's been drinking, but it's totally
Wright told Fallon that she wanted to be a dancer when she was growing up (hence the sweet moves she displayed), and talked about a random run-in with one of her idols, famed ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. Unfortunately, it was on the morning after she snuck in to New York City's infamous Studio 54, and she was nursing a nasty hangover. Still, Wright was able to make an impression on -- and make a scene in front of -- the Russian master.
On "The Late Show," Billy Crystal crashed host David Letterman's monologue for seemingly no reason whatsoever (though he did put in a plug for his recent Emmy nomination for his HBO special, "700 Sundays"). Crystal explained that he was walking by the theater and heard "stone quiet," so he figured he'd lend Letterman a hand. Then he was off, telling Letterman that he was headed over to Fallon's show. "I'm playing Bingo with Betty White," Crystal joked -- though we absolutely would watch that (sadly fictional) segment.
"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet chatted with Letterman about his recent purchase of a meat slicer, which he said was "my dream forever." Letterman was concerned about Stonestreet's safety with the dangerous device, predicting that the next time he saw the star, Stonestreet would be missing a few fingers. The actor claimed he was careful, and added that he also gave out deli-style paper tickets with numbers to visiting friends. "The only number you need is 911," Letterman said.
Over on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," chef Gordon Ramsay discussed his love of triathlons and Iron Man competitions. But training for them can be treacherous, he said, like the time he was riding his bike and a woman pulled alongside him in her convertible, leaning over to ask for a selfie. Ramsay said he had to -- surprise, surprise -- curse at her to get her to go away.
Thankfully, cursing doesn't seem to run in the Ramsay family, as the chef chatted about his 12-year-old daughter, Tilly, starting her own cooking show in the U.K. Ramsay's entire family cooks, he said, though he sometimes gets frustrated with his wife's slow pace in the kitchen. An incredulous Kimmel asked if Mrs. Ramsay tolerates the chef's notorious anger. "It turns her on," Ramsay replied.
Bobcat Goldthwait also stopped by "Kimmel" to promote his new directorial effort, "Willow Creek." Goldthwait acknowledged that his films don't really cater to a wide audience -- "They've made hundreds of dollars," he told the host -- but he was surprised by the warm critical reception that the found footage flick has received so far. The comedian also revealed that he's a devout believer in Bigfoot, which he said has provoked some chiding from friends who think it's strange that he's an atheist but believes in a mythical creature. "But I've met people who have heard and seen Bigfoot," Goldthwait countered.
"Conan" featured a clip of host Conan O'Brien's cameo in the upcoming Syfy flick "Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda," and it was every bit as ridiculous/awesome as you'd hope. (Not to mention bloody. Let's just say that our red-headed friend doesn't meet the prettiest of ends.) O'Brien rolled the footage to a standing ovation from his audience, though the armful of awards he was handed was perhaps a bit of an exaggeration of the critical praise yet to be heaped on his performance.
Finally, "The Purge: Anarchy" star Frank Grillo stopped by "Chelsea Lately," and recounted a horrifying story about a night of binge drinking that ended with the actor vomiting blood in a fetal position on his hotel room floor, and having to be wheeled out to an ambulance on a standing stretcher, Hannibal Lecter-style. After having his stomach pumped, the actor admitted he was back at the bar the following night, a tale that had host Chelsea Handler indignant about past judgements on her own drinking habits. "I don't ever want to hear anything about my life ever again!" she shrieked at the audience.