Less Ukraine and Roe, more Rich Strike and Rudy Giuliani looking dumb. 5. Ziwe is incredible when she is on the defense. Dave Foley got some good jokes off at Lorne’s expense, and Mark McKinney was able to connect personally with Fallon, because the two had met when Fallon was a young boom operator on a student film. While still acknowledging how British and American imperialism played a role in this election, Oliver was able to say, “Hey, the son of a dictator shouldn’t be elected as president of a nation, and thus be able to negate his family’s massive debt to that nation.” Didn’t help, but still, well done. Seth Meyers was able to make a room bit into a desk piece by asking Pell to slowly transition from nausea into arousal. For all the awful things still relevant in the news cycle, it was a weirdly breezy week in late night. If they were more accessible, they would become a sketch. Last week was a rendezvous with Charlamagne tha God, and this week was a meeting with Chet Hanks. More From This Series

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This week was for meetings of the minds: Desus and Mero on WWHL, Ziwe on The Daily Show, John Wilson on Desus & Mero. John Oliver Covers the Philippines

This is yet another disturbing encroachment of freak-bitch politicians into a government, huh? 3. Kids in the Hall Take The Tonight Show

The Kids in the Hall are coming back — have you heard?! It’s the cutest ending to a late-night clip ever. For whatever reason, it was a summit week, when the great minds of our late-night generation met to discuss … trivialities of the internet, if we’re being honest. Ziwe went on The Daily Show to big-up her own show and interview style, and the result was better than either show delivers on the reg. The Philippines elected the son of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos as their president this week, and John Oliver gave an incredibly evenhanded explanation of how that came to pass. That’s an emotional arc, one that all the hot girls with IBS can relate to. To force Ziwe to express the goals of her show is super-helpful for both the series and Trevor Noah’s rep as an interviewer. It was a week overstuffed with good bits, something one welcomes as a TV reviewer. The Kids were interviewed by fellow Lorne-approved comedian Jimmy Fallon, and it was fun as hell. The thing about room bits is … they stay in the room for a reason. Pell is hilarious; her era of SNL is hilarious; and these things should coalesce into comedy gold whenever she’s on a late-night show hosted by an SNL alum. Paula Pell Goes From Nauseated to Horny

Whenever Paula Pell makes a late-night appearance, it usually becomes an excuse for whatever Saturday Night Live cohort is hosting that show to force Pell to do a room bit for the general public. The children cast for this bit are future legends, and they delivered adult comedy with their child voices. 4. TBH, her show’s control of editing and postproduction detracts from her ability to make it weird. Normally, interviewing a sketch troupe of that size en masse would be a nightmare, but the Kids are used to it. Elementary-age schoolchildren spread messages that people really did need to hear. Desus & Mero & Janelle James

Abbott Elementary’s Janelle James came to Desus & Mero to do some wildly mean shit to some kids. Ziwe on The Daily Show

Ziwe’s series on Showtime is into its second week, and it keeps delivering on the premise. Namely, that you do look insane in that IG photo, and also that you smell sad. This clip ends in an adorable subversion of late-night expectations, and I want to know who incited it. In response to an overwhelmingly positive hotline an elementary school created, D&M&JJ made their own hotline with more realistic messaging. 1.