Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert ‘Would Change a Few Words’ in That Monologue

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Stephen Colbert said, “Anyone who expresses their love for another person in their own way is, to me, an American hero.” 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: thearts@nytimes.com.

Addressing the Controversy

Stephen Colbert led off “The Late Show” by addressing the controversy over his Monday monologue, in which he used an unprintable phrase to describe how President Trump, ahem, interacts with Vladimir Putin. Some found it homophobic, and there were calls for Mr. Colbert to be fired.

His remarks on Wednesday were brief and slightly arch, and the audience didn’t seem entirely sure how to react. Mr. Colbert said he didn’t regret insulting the president. But if he were to do it over, he said, he “would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be.” He added:

“Life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person in their own way is, to me, an American hero.” — STEPHEN COLBERT

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What’s Making James Comey Sick?

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On “Late Night,” Seth Meyers took on James Comey’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday, in which Mr. Comey, the F.B.I. director, said he did not regret announcing a reopened investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails just days before the election.

“F.B.I. director James Comey testified before Congress today and said that it makes him ‘mildly nauseous’ to think that his actions might have affected the election. Of course, that might just be from all that time he spent looking at Anthony Weiner’s laptop.” — SETH MEYERS

The Punchiest Punchlines (Cell Service Edition)

“The press, they were screaming for an encore, so Spicer would come out and play the hits. ‘Play “Largest Inauguration Crowd in History,” woo! Play “I’ll Have to Get Back to You on That!” Mispronounce something!’” — STEPHEN COLBERT, on reporters’ reaction when Sean Spicer left Wednesday’s White House press briefing without taking questions

“Nissan is developing technology that blocks cellphone signals so people won’t be distracted by their smartphones. I think that’s great; good idea. First Nissan will put the technology in their cars, and then they’ll put it in the Oval Office.” — CONAN O’BRIEN

The Bits Worth Watching

Samantha Bee’s weekly show has been off the air for the past month, but she did release this video — which was nixed from her “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” special last weekend — on YouTube on Wednesday night.

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“Get your game on” — and try not to get too dizzy watching this.

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What We’re Excited About on Thursday Night

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Kristen Bell is tomorrow’s guest host on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (Mr. Kimmel has been off since Tuesday, spending time with his newborn son and the rest of his family.)

And the always-acerbic fashionista Fran Lebowitz talks to Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.”

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Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon. Credit Brinson+Banks for The New York Times

Is Kumail Nanjiani the new Hugh Grant? The breakout star is tackling the lead role in an autobiographical romance comedy that he wrote with his wife, Emily V. Gordon.

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Source: New York Times

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