Best of Late Night: Reality Winner, Accused of Leaks, Becomes a Late-Night Sensation

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Stephen Colbert wondered if the leaks might prompt a do-over election. Credit CBS

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. What do you think of it? What else are you interested in? Let us know:

‘Out of Touch With Reality’

The bizarre birth of the word “covfefe” seems like small potatoes now. The Trump administration announced charges on Monday against a former intelligence contractor accused of leaking a report on Russian election interference to the news media — and her name is Reality Winner. On Tuesday, late-night hosts reveled in that.

“The N.S.A. contractor who leaked the document is a woman named Reality Winner. When he was asked if he had any contact with the leaker, Trump said, ‘No, I’m totally out of touch with Reality.’” — JIMMY FALLON

“The leaker’s name — and this is true — is Reality Winner. So it’s official: The Trump administration is at war with Reality.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“White people, you can no longer make fun of black people’s names. It’s done. Because black people gave you a pass on Reince and Wolf, but now you’re just pulling nouns out of the dictionary.” — TREVOR NOAH

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Mr. Colbert hoped Ms. Winner’s case might cause the election results to be voided.

“So who really knows who won Nov. 8 now, other than Vladimir Putin. I’m a little rusty on my Constitution, but I guess this means new election? Why not? Let’s have another one. Let’s just get the band back together. Somebody find Jeb and wake him up! I don’t know where he is, check the mild salsa aisle — or a store that sells only mayonnaise.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

James Corden in London

James Corden aired the first of three shows from Central Hall Westminster in London, days after a terrorist attack just a mile from the theater made headlines around the world. Mr. Corden, who is British, started the broadcast with a message of solidarity and hometown pride.

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Then, in his opening monologue, he got down to politics, specifically the British election on Thursday. “It’s nice to be here in England,” he said. “After two and a half years of presidential campaigning in America, I was like, Where can I go for another bitter, soul-sucking election?”

The Punchiest Punchlines (‘Cash Cab’ Edition)

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“I saw that the game show ‘Cash Cab’ is coming back to the Discovery Channel. It’s a show where the driver asks passengers questions from the second they get into the car until they reach their destination — or as it’s called now, Uber.” — JIMMY FALLON

“Due to struggling revenue, the C.E.O. of retailer J. Crew announced yesterday that he’s stepping down. Store employees are being asked to wear their collars at half-popped.” — SETH MEYERS

“These tweets threw the White House into complete disarray — which was a refreshing break from the usual: spiteful chaos.” — STEPHEN COLBERT, on President Trump’s tweets referring to his “travel ban,” a term his staff had adamantly avoided using

The Bits Worth Watching

“I think I’m better than Julie Andrews.”

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Mr. Corden might be the one filming from a famous London theater this week, but this skit from Jimmy Fallon and Tom Cruise is basically Shakespeare.

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What We’re Excited About on Wednesday Night

Chelsea Clinton, who recently published a children’s book, will appear on “The Tonight Show.” No doubt she’ll be asked about her mother, Hillary Clinton, who has been flirting with the spotlight — to the satisfaction of some and the consternation of others.

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