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now on the breaking news on the peninsula. what you're looking at is 101 between university and embarcadero right there in palo alto. a dump truck hit the overpass moments ago. we learned that the overpass has now been shut down because there is significant cracks in it. the truck is in the southbound lanes and that's what you're looking at on the right side of your screen, 101 south. an alert has been issued. this is the 101 expansion project right there at university. so, be aware if you're heading out there tonight and also if you're commuting there tomorrow morning. that's going to do it for us at 11:00. have a great friday. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center in the heart of new york city, it's "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon." tonight, join jimmy and his guests -- octavia spencer, john lithgow,
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musical guest, luke bryan, and featuring the legendary roots crew. >> questlove: 635, yeah! >> steve: and now, here he is, jimmy fallon! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: a high five. oh, hi, everybody. welcome. [ cheers and applause ] welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome, everybody. welcome to "the tonight show." this is it, baby. this is -- you made it. [ cheers and applause ] this is the show, man. here's what everyone is talking about. of course it's a big story out of washington. attorney general jeff sessions
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recused himself from any investigations into trump's ties with russia. yeah. he recused himself, but he still claims he did not lie under oath. then he said, "i'm not under oath right now, am i? [ laughter and applause ] but if i am, you got to tell me." so as you expected, many people aren't very upset with jeff sessions. but white house press secretary sean spicer said that when sessions denied having contact with russia, he was being 100% straight. [ laughter ] even mike pence was like, "come on, no one is 100% straight." [ laughter and applause ] of course, now, a lot of democrats are calling for him to resign and sessions is already looking into some other careers in case he's forced out. for example, he could look after his three sons, snap, crackle and pop. [ laughter and applause ] he could pose as a before model in an ad for ear reduction surgery. that's a job. [ laughter and applause ] >> steve: that's a job. >> jimmy: that's an option. >> steve: somebody has to do
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it. >> jimmy: he could join a a rundown traveling carnival as the world's oldest living boy. [ laughter and applause ] >> steve: that's a job! >> jimmy: the world's oldest living boy. i would see it. i'd check it out. >> steve: he's the only one. >> jimmy: and finally, he could star in the off-broadway show "the elf on the shelf live." [ laughter ] live, baby. >> steve: love it. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: he just shows up at different spots. it's a great show. >> steve: fantastic show. >> jimmy: now, if he does end up resigning, it could mean that trump would lose another one of his top officials. that might explain this commercial i saw. ♪ >> the trump organization is proud to announce its newest hotel, trump resignation resort. [ laughter ] the world's only resort exclusively for ex-trump officials who were fired or resigned. come relax on a beach with former national security adviser michael flynn. enjoy the all you can eat buffet with former transition team leader chris christie. [ laughter ] or check out the pool chair that's already been reserved for sean spicer. trump resignation resort. >> i'm just here for the
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daiquiris. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: that explains it. what did he say that he's for? >> steve: he's just here for the rolls? what did he say? >> jimmy: did he say? >> steve: daiquiris. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: oh, i'm just here for the daiquiris. [ laughter ] this is pretty crazy. apparently house republicans are keeping their obamacare replacement bill hidden in a a basement in congress and other lawmakers can't get to it. have you heard this? that's crazy, right? and then nicolas cage was like, "don't worry, guys. i got this. [ laughter and applause ] i gotta break through the dome and find the hidden treasure. the clue's on the front of a a five dollar bill. [ laughter ] in abe lincoln's beard!" [ applause ] awful impression. [ light laughter ] hey, guys, here's a little business news. i read that snapchat's ipo launched on the stock market yesterday. or to put it another way, something that your parents don't understand just launched on something you don't understand. [ laughter and applause ] you help each other out. and finally this is pretty cool. this week, fresno state was
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playing boise state in college basketball and the ball got stuck above the basket in the middle of the game. they tried everything to get it back down until one fan came to the rescue. check this out. >> jessup, pounds it high in the air. over the backboard out of bounds. 6'11" the freshman out of brazil. he's making contact, but he can't quite get it free. oh and here's a little fella. [ cheers and applause ] >> this doesn't -- this -- this is -- that's great. >> are they gonna allow this little guy to do it? this young man will be on national television everywhere. >> jimmy: isn't that great? [ cheers and applause ] good for him. of course, then they had to get another kid out of the crowd to get that first kid down. [ light laughter ] but we have a great show tonight. give it up for the roots, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪
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[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: hi, everybody. welcome to the show. thank you for tuning in. thank you for being here. it's been a great week so far. there's more ahead. tomorrow night, academy award nominated actor samuel l. jackson will be here. [ cheers and applause ] how fun is that? plus dakota fanning, ed sheeran will be here as well. [ cheers and applause ] and thank you notes. it's gonna be a good show tomorrow. but first, we have a fantastic show tonight. from the new film "the shack," octavia spencer is here tonight. [ cheers and applause ] we love her. >> steve: oh, she's a delight. >> jimmy: yeah, she's also hosting "saturday night live" this weekend with musical guest father john misty. that's going to be a good show. >> steve: good show. she's fantastic. >> jimmy: i mean, higgins is a a producer over there on "saturday night live." >> steve: i am, that's true. >> jimmy: it's gonna be a good one. >> steve: she is hilarious. she's going to be great. >> jimmy: okay, great. fantastic. we're gonna catch up with everything she's got going on and then octavia and i are going to compete in a fun game of catchphrase with some special guests. yeah.
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[ cheers and applause ] plus, he's such a good actor and a funny one as well. from the new nbc comedy "trial and error," the one and only john lithgow is stopping by. [ cheers and applause ] that's a good show. funny. then we got great music from my man luke bryan! there he is, right there. [ cheers and applause ] on the front he's just kind of going like, "what's going on?" like, "why am i --," he's under the stadium. he's like, kill the lights. and then he was like, like he's mad almost. right? he's yelling at them. "hey, kill the lights." and then he's like, "i'm just kidding." [ laughter ] >> steve: he was mad there. >> jimmy: he looked mad. >> steve: yeah, i've never seen him mad at all. >> jimmy: seems like a good dude. >> steve: yeah, but no. >> jimmy: he's like, "listen to me, you bastards. i'm serious. i'm serious. kill those lights! i'm just fooling around."
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[ laughter ] >> steve: i'm just joshing ya. >> jimmy: yeah, this is good stuff. want to hear what he's playing tonight? >> steve: yeah, bust me off a a piece. >> jimmy: "fast." this one's called -- >> steve: "fast"? >> jimmy: "fast." >> steve: "fast." >> jimmy: but it's -- it's not saying the song is fast. >> steve: right. but that's the name of the song. that's not the tempo. >> jimmy: no. no. >> steve: okay. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: we used to name the tempo of the song before we said what the song was, we don't do that anymore. >> steve: this is adajio. >> jimmy: it turned out we tested it -- we tested it with the audience. people hated it. [ light laughter ] so, we don't do that any more. >> steve: this one's real peppy. >> jimmy: yeah, i don't think it's about fasting either. >> steve: it's not fasting like lent or something like that. >> jimmy: lent is happening right now, but that has nothing to do with lent or anything else. this is just called "fast." >> steve: okay. >> jimmy: let's see what it's about. ♪ 60 seconds down feels more like 30 tick tock won't stop them -- ♪ >> jimmy: it's a math song. it's about math. [ laughter ] >> steve: 60 seconds down. >> jimmy: 60 seconds down. feels like 30. but it's adding -- you add up numbers and stuff. >> steve: oh wow, that's fun. >> jimmy: it's really fun. >> steve: so kids learn about math. >> jimmy: kids learn about math, people have a good time, it's a good jam.
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you get out to the beach and have a daiquiri. >> steve: yeah. with obama. >> jimmy: yeah, with obama. and you just have a good time. >> steve: you go in the room and you know what you do? kill the lights. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: hey, guys, it is time for "tonight show hashtags." here we go. ♪ hashtags hashtags oohh ♪ >> jimmy: hey, guys, we use twitter on our show every single week. if you watch our show and you want to play along, we do this thing every wednesday where i send out a hashtag. and we asked you guys to tweet out things based on that topic. so since a lot of people noticed that donald trump's tone changed in his speech to congress, i went on twitter and sent out a hashtag called #i'vechanged. [ light laughter ] i asked you to tweet out a a funny, weird, or embarrassing thing that you used to do. we got thousands of tweets. in fact, within 30 minutes, it was a trending topic in the u.s. so thank you for the tweets. [ cheers and applause ] so now i thought i'd share some of my favorite #i'vechanged tweets from you guys. #i'vechanged. this first one is from @drew adminson15.
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he says, "when saying the pledge of allegiance i used to think you were saying, 'for richard stands.'" [ laughter and applause ] richard. >> steve: for richard stands. >> jimmy: richard stands. >> steve: one nation invisible. >> jimmy: yeah, invisible. this one's from @jasontanamore. he said, "i used to put my grandma's dentures under the pillow so i could get more money from the tooth fairy." [ laughter ] that's a good idea. >> steve: that's thinking. >> jimmy: she's not using them. at nighttime. >> steve: she goes to bed, polydent, boom. >> jimmy: yeah, she goes to bed. she pops them out. puts them in -- >> steve: a glass of efferdent. >> jimmy: efferdent. [ light laughter ] >> steve: sonny! goodnight sonny. >> jimmy: then she rides her -- this one is from @darkandstormy'smom. >> steve: oh. yeah. >> jimmy: sounds like a party. [ light laughter ] she says, "i thought dkny was pronounced dicknee." well there you go. [ laughter ] >> steve: it's not. it's not. that would hurt. >> jimmy: i have a dicknee dress, dicknee shoes. [ light laughter ]
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this one is from @loudinclear. she says, "i used to record the school closings due to weather and replay them to trick my mom when i didn't want to go to school." [ laughter and applause ] that's brilliant. >> steve: that would be good. >> jimmy: that's brilliant. [ applause ] this one is from @aliciabaltas. she said, "i used to drop candy in the holes in the sewer grates so that the ninja turtles had a snack." [ laughter ] that's nice. you can still do that. >> steve: come on. >> jimmy: they appreciate that. this one is from @tiffanyamber111. she says, "to make me seem cooler, i used to tell everyone that my cousin sold drugs. she's a pharmacy technician." no well that's -- [ laughter and applause ] not lying. >> steve: not lying. >> jimmy: this last one is from @exyuppie. he says, "i used to whisper to my food coming out of the microwave, 'you're so hot.'" [ laughter ] there you go. those are our "tonight show hashtags." to check out more of our favorites, go to stick around.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: our first guest is an academy award winning actress starring in a brand-new film called "the shack" which opens in theaters tomorrow. she's also hosting "saturday night live" this weekend with musical guest father john misty. please welcome the very lovely, the very talented octavia spencer! ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: how you doing? octavia spencer! you look gorgeous. >> thank you. >> jimmy: thanks for coming on the show. i appreciate it. so happy for you, for "hidden figures," oh my gosh. >> oh man, thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: you were so great in the movie. also did so well at the box office.
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it was a weird combo, it's a a rare combo. >> very rare. >> jimmy: to have both. you got nominated for another oscar. >> i'm happy about that. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: i mean, yeah. no big deal. nbd. i mean, whatever. but, how crazy was that oscars? >> oh, it was so exhilarating and fun. i mean, it was a lot of firsts that night. >> jimmy: yeah. >> yeah. >> jimmy: i mean, do you get -- i know you probably do get nervous, but you're friends with -- aren't you friends with viola. >> very good friends with viola and emma. >> jimmy: oh really. >> yeah. >> jimmy: so, when viola won, you're like, okay, well that's my buddy. >> yeah, this year. next year, though, if we're both in the race, i'm coming for you, viola. [ laughter and applause ] no, i'm so thrilled for her. we all were. i mean, it was so wonderful watching it. >> jimmy: she's unbelievable. both of you, everybody. that's the thing about the show. everyone's so good. if they win, okay, yeah, of course. but you already have one. >> yeah, i have one. >> jimmy: so viola -- >> now she has one. >> jimmy: eventually you had to get one. no big deal. >> yeah, exactly. >> jimmy: but you do that, then
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your award's over and you're enjoying the night then the end of the oscars go down. >> it was crazy. i don't mean to name drop, but i will. >> jimmy: yes, thank you. [ light laughter ] >> i sat next to keith urban and nicole kidman. [ cheers ] on one side and viggo mortensen on the other side. >> jimmy: hello. >> and taraji and janelle had my back flanked. i mean, we were ready. we were ready. >> jimmy: yeah. >> it was fun. it was kind of crazy, though. just the excitement in the room was a little intense. but janelle was in "moonlight," and didn't realize they had won. i was like, you got to get up there. you guys won. >> jimmy: that's right. she was in "moonlight" as well. >> yeah. >> jimmy: but did everyone just go like --huh, me? >> yeah, it was a hold up, wait a minute, what's going on? did "hidden figures" win. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah, exactly. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. me, me, me. >> jimmy: yeah, yeah, yeah. me, me, me, me, me, me, it's all about me. so that just went down, then you just go oh, that's cool, and you were happy for everyone. >> we were just happy. you know, we all -- i really felt for the "la la land" people, but they had won all night. >> jimmy: the poor guy that -- who gave the envelope.
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>> the guy that gave the envelope, i really said some prayers for him. [ light laughter ] because he is the one who really just like, that was bad. >> jimmy: i know. >> it was kind of sad. >> jimmy: i feel bad for him. because, it's just a mistake. >> it's an honest mistake. but, you know what, i think everybody handled it really well. >> jimmy: i agree. >> i'm glad that warren beatty explained like all the drama. >> jimmy: me too. i love warren beatty. [ talking over each other ] there. i think the big moment was you guys all coming out and you had the real woman, katherine johnson right there. and that was just a great moment. [ applause ] that's just a great moment. i love the oscars. i watch it at home. >> i do, too. i mean, i do, too. >> jimmy: yeah. i mean, getting dressed up and going to it is fun, but so much fun to be in sweatpants and watch everybody. >> it is. and there's no line for the bathroom. >> jimmy: there's no line for the bathroom. you don't have the line to get in. >> yeah, exactly. >> jimmy: look at your dress, how gorgeous is that? >> and i love that overhead
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shot. i look so skinny. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: that's gorgeous. i hate to be on the red carpet, but who were you wearing? >> i was wearing marchesa that night. >> jimmy: ooh. >> they did a great job. >> jimmy: that was gorgeous, oh my gosh. >> thank you. >> jimmy: let's talk about "saturday night live." and then we have to talk about your movie, "the shack" too. but, "saturday night live," that's my, you know, that's my favorite show. >> dude, you were so brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. >> jimmy: no, i wasn't talking about me. >> i know. but i want to talk about you. >> jimmy: that's ridiculous. no, i meant to say are you excited, are you nervous? >> all of the above, i'm excited, i'm nervous. you know, it's so funny. because, you watch these people every week and you go hey, and they don't know you. and they're like -- [ light laughter ] oh, you don't know me. we don't have this second hand. i'm sorry, but i watch you every week. >> jimmy: yeah, but i mean, but have you done live? >> i have severe stage fright. so it's -- >> jimmy: really? >> every time i walk out on to a stage, i have to prepare myself mentally.
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>> jimmy: how was coming out tonight? were you nervous? >> well, not -- because i'm not performing. >> jimmy: right. >> it's just when i'm performing or have to read something or -- well, most of the time, i'm pretty nervous. >> jimmy: yes, you are, yeah. but the cast makes you feel at home. >> yes. >> jimmy: and it's the best crew over there. >> it is so much fun and they are a well oiled machine. i'm having the time of my life. >> jimmy: you know donna. have you met donna? >> i have. >> jimmy: donna is, that's the secret at "saturday night live." >> okay. >> jimmy: donna is wardrobe. and she'll take your hand and she runs you -- because it's live. you got to make quick changes. when you're at home it's a a commercial break, but when you're there it's work. >> i'm learning that. i'm like, how am i going to get to my dressing room -- she's like, you're not. >> jimmy: you'll never see your dressing room. >> exactly. >> jimmy: you're changing underneath the bleachers. yeah. >> it's so exciting. >> jimmy: it's insane, it's insane. and you're going to be so great. everyone is excited for you. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> jimmy: i'm so excited. >> thank you. >> jimmy: let's talk about "the shack." >> "the shack." >> jimmy: this is a giant mega selling book.
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and you knew the book before you knew about this role. >> oh, my god, yes. i was a huge fan. i love true crime thrillers. and my friends knew that and they gave me the book. they didn't tell me anything about the faith element. and when i read it, i'm like, wow, this is deep. >> jimmy: yeah. >> and it was so -- i lost my mom when i was 18, and so i had a lot of questions that i didn't realize i had. and it just answered a lot of things for me. >> jimmy: really? >> yeah, it heals a lot for me. doing the part was very emotionally healing for me. >> jimmy: from now on you're only going to play roles where you play god. >> and then i can ask for the top salary. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: that's right. it's you and sam worthington. >> me and sam worthington. >> jimmy: i love him. >> tim mcgraw. hello. >> jimmy: [ inaudible ] is my jam. i love tim mcgraw. >> he's so amazing. and graham green. i mean, it's just the most -- rodham mitchell. it's an amazing cast.
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>> jimmy: i want to show everyone a clip here. here's octavia spencer as god with sam worthington. did i explain that you play god in this film. >> i don't know if we did. >> jimmy: i don't think i did. i think i just jumped -- i just assumed they knew. you play god. good for you. [ light laughter ] here's a clip from "the shack." take a look a this. >> time to catch a few rays. >> honey, you have no idea how much i'm doing right now. >> papa. >> yes, mackenzie? >> i've been pretty hard on you. sorry. i had no idea. >> it's okay. it's in the past now, where it belongs.
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maybe we can start growing together without it, hmm? >> i'd like that. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: octavia spencer, everybody. "the shack" hits theaters tomorrow. and watch her host "saturday night live" this weekend. octavia and i are playing catchphrase after the break. stick around. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ what if an insurance company wasn't only there when things went wrong? because for every tornado... there's a twister. for every crash... an even bigger collision. and for every tailspin... well, tailspins. state farm understands that getting the most out of life doesn't just mean being there when things go wrong. it's about being here... in all of life's moments. when things go perfectly... right.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcom back, everybody. i'm here with octavia spencer. [ cheers and applause ] her new movie "the shack" is in theaters tomorrow. octavia and i are about to face off in a game of catchphrase, but first we're going to need partners. and we found some good ones. joining octavia's team, his new show "trial and error" premieres tuesday, march 14th on nbc.
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please welcome john lithgow. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> nice to see you. i love you, buddy, how are you? >> jimmy: my partner is one of the biggest names in country music. his "hunting, fishing and loving every day" tour kicks off may 5th in nashville. give it up for luke bryan. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> hey dude. >> octavia: whoo! >> jimmy: yeah. he's already -- >> octavia: it's on, baby. >> jimmy: it's on already. we're getting very competitive. yeah. >> we're getting loose. here's how the game works. octavia you will start the game by pressing start on this buzzer and drawing a clue from the top of the pile. >> all right. >> jimmy: you have to get your teammate to guess the clue as quickly as possible and hand the buzzer off to the person on your right. >> on my right. >> jimmy: you can make any physical gesture, you can say what you want but you can't say any word in the actual clue. if you're holding the buzzer when it goes off, your team loses that round. we're going to play three rounds. >> all right. >> jimmy: the last round is
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worth a thousand points. >> octavia: ooh, my earring. i need that. >> jimmy: yeah. is that yours? >> octavia: yeah. oh, it's the wrong one. >> jimmy: i thought it was mine. okay, good, perfect. [ light laughter ] you're going to be there, luke. john, you're over here. face each other. luke, we played this before, didn't we? >> yeah, i appreciate you getting world class actors in here to compete against them. >> jimmy: you can do this, man. let's get in the zone, auto zone. >> okay. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: here we go. octavia, when you're ready. >> octavia: i always have luck with these. >> jimmy: all right. get ready, guys. getting competitive, right, press start. [ beeping ] >> octavia: you play over the board like a paddle. >> ping-pong. >> yes. >> ♪ ah you go to the -- >> jimmy: oh, opera. >> there we go. >> jimmy: we're gonna do well, yeah. >> little creature from "star wars." >> r2-d2. um, yoda. >> yeah, yoda. >> jimmy: they get in your car. can i get in your car? [ light laughter ] >> hitchhiker. >> jimmy: yes. [ cheers ] >> octavia: it's an old spoon
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that you used to type in and -- and you could eat -- fruit. >> fruit? i got a -- >> it's a color, too. >> a color? >> uh-huh. it's a fruit. >> oh, for god's sake. >> octavia: it's an old phone. >> blackberry! >> octavia: yes! >> jesus! >> jimmy: jumprope! [ cheers ] [ buzzer ] >> jimmy: oh! don't get mad. >> get even. all right. >> nerve-racking. >> jimmy: that is fun and relaxing. >> we won. [ laughter ] >> we just figured out how to play. >> jimmy: this is insane, we've never done that. >> i got some height. >> octavia: you did great there. >> oh, my god. and the vertical was there. >> jimmy: and then you hit start, then you pick the first clue. >> oh my god -- georgia, georgia. >> octavia: ray charles. [ light laughter ] >> oh, no, the guitar with the hole in it. >> a guitar with a -- mandolin.
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>> nop, no, old country man, merle haggard and -- >> johnny cash. >> no, no. >> octavia: oh what the hey, willie nelson. willie nelson! [ cheers and applause ] >> willie nelson, okay, we go. >> i was going to get you to do that. >> jimmy: oh, oh, you shake it up and little things fall out. >> snow globes. >> jimmy: yes. [ cheers ] hurry, hurry. >> nostrils, nose hairs -- smells. >> octavia: jewlery. >> nose ring. >> octavia: yes. >> nose ring. >> roh-oh. >> jimmy: scooby-doo! [ cheers ] >> octavia: dang it. >> bang hammer, oh yes. >> octavia: gavel, gavel, gavel. >> beat it. >> octavia: we're done. [ buzzer ] [ applause ] >> jimmy: what was it? >> nailed it. >> octavia: nailed it. >> nailed it. >> octavia: i said gavel. >> jimmy: it's very close. >> octavia: okay, okay. >> oh, my god, this is the -- >> jimmy: it's two zip. but, this third round is worth 8,000 points. [ light laughter ] >> octavia: oh, oh, oh. >> jimmy: and bragging rights
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and maybe a tonight show t-shirt. >> octavia: oh, i need it, i need it. >> jimmy: all right, here we go. >> i have lost both rounds, i remind you. >> jimmy: no. you can do this. [ talking over each other ] >> jimmy: you can do this. >> ready. >> ready. ♪ animal crackers in my soup little blond hair, little girl. >> octavia: oh, oh, she's an actress. >> going to a synagogue, if you're jewish, you go to -- >> octavia: you go to -- a temple. shirley temple. [ cheers ] >> jimmy: definitely got that. you got that, it's so good. >> jimmy: okay, ready? ♪ bum bum bum bum >> upright bass. >> jimmy: if i'm a comedian i'm a -- what type of comedian. >> stand-up comedian, stand-up bass. >> thank you. [ cheers ] >> octavia: you use it to put your boots on. >> boot hook. >> octavia: you know what it -- and you scratch your shins -- >> yes, i know. it's the thing. >> the thing. >> octavia: it's a thing! >> a shoehorn. >> octavia: yes! [ cheers ]
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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: our next guest is an emmy and golden globe award winning actor who stars in the new series, "trial and error" which premieres tuesday, march 14th at 10:00 p.m. right here on nbc. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome john lithgow.
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♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> oh god. >> jimmy: thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. >> no. >> jimmy: john lithgow, thank you for being here. thank you for playing that game with me. >> oh that game, my god, my heart is still pounding. >> jimmy: really, right. it is. it's nerve-racking. >> i'm so competitive. >> jimmy: you really are. >> seven years ago i played two truths and a lie with you and i lost. you beat me, and i've never forgotten it. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: are you serious? two truths and a lie. that's where i had to guess which one is the fake story. i got it right? >> i toss and turn all night ever since. >> jimmy: you think of that? >> that's right. >> jimmy: really? did i rub it in? did i really get excited? >> you rubbed it in. >> jimmy: i sometimes get to excited when i win, so i'm very competitive. was it an obvious lie? >> well, let's see now, i said that i could fold a cloth
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napkin into an origami bird. that i was related to orson welles and that i had gone to veterinary school. do you remember which one you picked? >> jimmy: i would say -- i could see you doing origami. you kind of did it there. >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: related to orson welles. veterinary school. veterinary school. >> yes. >> jimmy: that's the lie. >> you've still got it. >> jimmy: that's the lie. that's the lie. >> i thought maybe you'd forgotten. that's the lie. >> jimmy: you can try it again if you want. if you really think of -- >> all right. let's try it again. [ cheers and applause ] let's say that i do a perfect imitation of miss piggy. >> jimmy: are you changing your style of storytelling? >> no, i'm not. i'm just trying to think of excellent ones. that when i was a child my baby-sitter was
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coretta scott king. [ laughter ] and that i paint pictures of pets for fund-raiser silent auctions. watercolor portraits. [ light laughter ] there are two truths and a lie in there. >> jimmy: two truths and a lie. okay, you can do a miss piggy impersonation. >> a perfect one. >> jimmy: your baby-sitter was -- >> coretta scott king before she was married to the reverend martin luther king. and the third, that i paint watercolor portraits of pets for fund-raiser silent auctions. [ light laughter ] think about it. >> jimmy: yeah. >> what is the least likely? >> jimmy: you know what, i heard you do yoda earlier as we were playing the game. i think the same actor does the voice of miss piggy, frank oz, and your yoda was okay. i don't know if it was perfect.
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i'm going to say that's the lie. >> that's the lie. my miss piggy sucks. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: i got it again. ♪ >> jimmy: how do i get this? >> i do a good yoda. i do a great grover. now i am getting closer. >> jimmy: yes. that is -- >> now i am looking -- >> jimmy: i love that. >> but my miss piggy, i wouldn't even dare. >> jimmy: yeah, that's too high. wait, i want to hear about the baby-sitting story. >> no, no, she genuinely -- she was my -- when she was coretta scott, she baby-sat for me and my siblings in yellow springs, ohio. >> jimmy: isn't that amazing. >> i met her when she -- when i was an adult and she was a good friend of a producer of a play i was in and she remembered me very fondly. >> jimmy: oh, i love that. >> apparently i was not that hard to take care of. >> jimmy: you're a good boy. then the watercolor thing. i can see you. you're an artist. >> yeah. >> jimmy: did you get taught? are you professionally taught? did you have a private teacher?
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>> when i started out, i wanted to be a painter. i wanted to avoid being an actor. i grew up in a theater family. i didn't want to go into the family business. but by now it's merely dwindled into these little hobbies, but i will tell you one thing. >> jimmy: yes. >> since i paint, since i paint portraits of pets, i've done a a painting for you. >> jimmy: my gosh. that's my dog. >> that's gary frick. [ audience aws ] [ cheers and applause ] >> when i found out about -- >> jimmy: that's my dog -- that's my dog gary. >> when i find out about gary frick, i decided that's my gift to you. >> jimmy: that's the nicest thing. that's the nicest thing ever. >> you see, that's not bad. >> jimmy: check it out. that's her collar. yeah, we have like a teal collar of like a -- >> yeah, and you don't even have to donate to charity. >> jimmy: oh, my gosh. [ light laughter ] now i'm going to now that you said it. of course, i'm going to. duh. yeah. i'm so touched. this is gorgeous. is that watercolor? >> it's not a bad likeness.
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i've only seen photographs of her. >> jimmy: you know what we did with this collar, it was like a a fake leather collar. we have a 3-year-old who -- her pants like don't fit perfect. and we use the dog collar as a a belt. [ laughter ] and it fits perfect. >> but it's the perfect color, isn't it? >> jimmy: i can't believe. my wife's going to go crazy. thank you so much. >> i just thought i'd be sneaky. >> jimmy: we love you so much, buddy. congrats, by the way, on the crown. we talked about it a little bit last time when you were here and you did impressions. [ cheers and applause ] you got into character. >> yeah. >> jimmy: you put the mouth thing in. >> i did my progresso soup pitch with my churchill cowl. >> jimmy: cause, yeah -- that's how fun you are, but i've got to say after you came on, that is the only thing people talked about for months. they kept saying, have you seen "the crown" yet? dude, that's my crown, my friend. >> we're all -- >> jimmy: have you seen "the crown" yet? john lithgow, he's a genius, you got to check him out. i go i know, he's on the show. i saw the first episode, and they go you got to watch the whole thing man. he's a genius. he's brilliant. you've got to watch it. it's my favorite show on netflix. i go, i get it. get off my back, and i did
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watch it. man, oh man, it's fantastic. >> it is wonderful. >> jimmy: i mean -- i don't see you in my brain as playing winston churchill. now i do. but how does the casting director see that? >> i don't -- honestly, i was shocked when they cast me. >> jimmy: me too. >> when they offered it to me. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: not shocked because you're great, but i mean -- everyone else is british. >> yeah, everyone else is -- well, as a matter of fact churchill's mother was american. that's one thing, but beyond that -- >> jimmy: that's why you were cast. wouldn't that be great if that's why you were cast. >> peter morgan, the writer of the series, he explained that in england they suffered from a a certain churchill fatigue. all the great knights, all the major actors, albert finney, brian cox is doing it this year, even gary oldman, timothy spall, that there was a a certain churchill fatigue had set in, they needed something very different. god knows i'm different, but it
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worked out great. i'm like 18 inches taller than he was. people didn't seem to mind that. >> jimmy: you put the things in your mouth, the brandoesque things. >> i know, i barely recognize myself. >> jimmy: you're fantastic. >> no, we're very, very proud. >> jimmy: congrats on that. it won the golden globes for best drama and it's worthy of your viewing. [ applause ] let's talk about "trial and error." >> "trial and error." >> jimmy: "trial and error," i think it's a brilliant idea. again this is a mockumentary -- >> that's right. >> jimmy: style show that's kind of like a -- it's almost like a murder mystery. >> yeah, it's a send up of these crime documentary series like "making a murderer." >> jimmy: which i love. oh i love all of them. >> and "the jinx," "staircase." >> jimmy: oh, i love the staircase too. oh my gosh, perfect. >> this great comedy writer jeff ashcroft, a couple of years ago he was watching an episode of "the staircase," and he suddenly thought, if steve carell was playing this role, this would be hilarious.
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[ light laughter ] unfortunately, steve carell was not available so he got me. >> jimmy: yeah, exactly. well, yeah. >> it's a blow by blow parody of a documentary crime series. and i play a defendant who may or may not have murdered his wife. now, how's that for a boffo comedy premise? [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: i love it. i want to show a clip. here's john lithgow in "trial and error" here on nbc. take a look. >> mr. anderson, hi, i'm josh siegel. i'll be representing you pre-trial. >> hello, josh. >> we're going to get you out of here as soon as we can. how are you holding up? >> my cellmate is a serial rapist. that said, he keeps an immaculate bunk, keeps to himself, and is gluten free, so he gives me all his pastries. let me clarify, terrible human being, terrific roommate. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: down the camera -- that's wonderful. this is your first time coming back to nbc, huh? >> first time since "3rd rock from the sun."
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[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, and we love you. >> it's great to be back. >> jimmy: come back whenever. >> and in a series that's absolutely as loony and wonderful as that show. it really is great. >> jimmy: we love you. [ cheers and applause ] john lithgow, everybody. "trial and error" premieres tuesday march 14th on nbc. luke bryan performs for us next. stick around, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ this this this this is my body of proof. proof of less joint pain and clearer skin. this is my body of proof that i can take on psoriatic arthritis with humira. humira works by targeting and helping to block a specific source of inflammation that contributes to both joint and skin symptoms. it's proven to help relieve pain, stop further joint damage, and clear skin in many adults. humira is the #1 prescribed biologic for psoriatic arthritis.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: ladies and gentlemen, he played to a sold out crowd last night at madison square garden. [ cheers and applause ] and will return as host of the 52nd annual atm awards on april 2nd where he's nominated for entertainer of the year. performing "fast" off of his album "kill the lights," give it up for luke bryan! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: my thanks to octavia spencer, john lithgow, luke bryan! [ cheers and applause ] double vinyl, double vinyl. and the roots right there from philadelphia, pennsylvania, ladies and gentlemen. [ cheers and applause ] stay tuned for "late night with seth meyers." thank you for watching. have a great night. i hope to see you tomorrow. bye-bye, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- jennifer lopez, star of the "detroiters," sam richardson and tim robinson, featuring the 8g band with vinnie colaiuta. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening, everybody. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how's everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] fantastic to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. democrats are calling for attorney general jeff sessions to resign after the justice department revealed that he met twice last year with the russian ambassador. while others don't think he should step down because it


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