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here is something we haven't seen at the san francisco zoo in 40 years. these two orphan black bear cubs were found in alaska three months ago. wildlife experts nursed them back to life. the bears needed a new home -- >> they look happy. >> they are in our own backyard at the san francisco zoo. they are ready to greet all visitors. >> you can go this weekend to a shelter get yourself a doggy, and then go to the zoo to see the bears. >> animal overload. >> jimmy: even though "the tonight show" isn't a a political show, it's my responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism as a human being. what happened over the weekend in charlottesville, virginia was just disgusting. i was watching the news like everyone else and you're seeing
like nazi flags and torches and white supremacists and i was sick to my stomach. my daughters are in the next room playing and i'm thinking, how can i explain to them there's so much hatred in this world? they're 2 years old and 4 years old. they don't know what hate is. they go to the playground and they have friends of all races and backgrounds -- they just play and they laugh and they have fun. but as kids grow up, they need people to look up to, to show them what's right and good. they need parents and teachers. and they need leaders who appeal to the best in us. the fact that it took the president two days to come out and clearly denounce racist and white supremacists is shameful. and i think he finally spoke out because people everywhere stood up and said something. it's important for everyone, especially white people in this country, to speak out against this. ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it. and remember, there are people who have given their lives to make sure this kind of hate doesn't spread.
they fought and died on the right side of history. one brave woman in charlottesville, heather heyer, died standing up for what's right at the age of 32. i can't look at my beautiful, growing, curious daughters and say nothing when this kind of thing is happening. we all need to stand against what is wrong, acknowledge that racism exists, and stand up for what is right and civil and kind. and to show the next generation that we haven't forgotten how hard people have fought for human rights. we cannot do this. we can't go backwards. we can't go backwards. thank you all for watching and listening. this is "the tonight show" and we'll be right back. um...i'm babysitting. that'll be $50 bucks. you said 30 dollars. yeah, well it was $30 before my fees, like the pizza-ordering fee and the dog-sitting fee... and the rummage through your closet fee. are those my heels?
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and we're all going to play a a game of true confessions. be sure to tune in for that, and then later this week, katie holmes, rami malek, and jon hamm will all be joining us. [ cheers and applause ] it's going to be great, but we have a great show tonight. from "the night of" and "girls," double emmy nominated riz ahmed is on the show tonight. [ cheers and applause ] double whammy, and we have great music from chord overstreet. [ applause ] >> jimmy: but our first guest is an academy award winning actress. she was also nominated for an emmy for her work in the fx series "feud: bette and joan," you can see her in the new season of "ray donovan" airing sundays at 9pm on showtime. everyone please welcome, susan sarandon! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
>> jimmy: the one and only. the one and only susan -- look at that. new york city. >> that is so moving. i didn't even bring my daughter anything, and they're standing up. >> jimmy: standing up. >> thank you. >> jimmy: exactly, they just love you. >> thank you. >> jimmy: welcome back to the show. you look gorgeous. >> thanks. thank you. i made an effort for sure. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: thank you for being here. it's tough doing a show on nights like this because it's -- >> yeah. >> jimmy: it's tough telling jokes about that, but how do you take it in when you saw what happened this past weekend? what do -- >> well, i think we have to own it. >> jimmy: yeah. >> i think we have to admit that this is a systemic problem. i mean, this country was founded on a genocide of native americans, and on the back of slaves, and i don't think we've ever really dealt with that. so this is something that goes very deep, and as you said with
your daughters, you know, you have to teach hate. they don't come out that way. so i think that the way you deal with it is to do as much as you can. i mean, on her last post heather said, if you aren't outraged then you're not paying attention, and i think this is an amazing opportunity for people to pay attention. >> jimmy: it is, yeah. >> and to have these conversations. [ applause ] >> you know, everyone in mainstream media, the president, everyone was quiet during standing rock. nobody covered that. no one seemed to be outraged that the strip searching and, you know, labeling, and rubber bullets, and people losing eyes, and arms. people didn't even know about that, and until people don't have to say "black lives matter" we're not free. >> jimmy: yeah. you have to. you're always an activist.
you were -- well, since i've known you, but have you always been a -- when did you start -- >> i'm so old that in the day -- [ light laughter ] when i was going to school, you know, you saw much clearer what was going on. >> jimmy: yeah. >> you saw what was happening in vietnam. if you had half a brain, and you were young, and you were idealistic you protested. you saw what was going on in the south with segregation. now we don't see as much unless you're on alternate -- you know, "democracy now" or "the young turks," or whatever you're not getting the images. you see, you know, a lot of stuff online and i think that's why the millennials are way, way ahead of everybody else, because they see actually what's going on. so when i was growing up the issues were clearer. as everyone my age became landed gentry, and kind of became the establishment, maybe they were less active, but i guess maybe it's --
i mean, i used to alternate my doll's dresses just to make sure that not one doll got, you know, all the nice dresses. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: no favoritism. >> so i have -- >> jimmy: no favoritism on your doll collection. >> yeah. so i have like a really, some kind of innate, sense of justice, and also i'm in a a profession where you're encouraged to use your imagination, which means that then you have empathy. so then what do you do? so i'm constantly developing that muscle in my business to identify with people that don't have a voice, or with mothers all over, whether it's nicaragua, or whether i'm not -- it's poor mothers. or, you know, what's happening now, that's enormous distance between the rich and the poor. until everybody can make a a descent wage, and get health care, and get education, we can't expect to be a stable country, and a lot of places have been able to do it so we
have to ask ourselves what's keeping us from -- the richest nation in the world, supposedly. why don't we have these things, and we have to hold people responsible that we elect, and look at their ties to big business and everything else, and what's interesting is that i was reading that the most endangered demographic -- who's not endangered, but whose life span has been decreasing as others people's life spans have been increasing are white men. >> jimmy: really? >> yeah. so how frustrated are they? how -- what's wrong with them that they are -- [ light laughter ] i see my words coming out in a a bubble that are going to be used later against me. >> jimmy: do you think like that? i mean, do people -- a lot of people don't like actors speaking out, or being activist. >> yes.
so now we have a reality show star as the president? come on. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] and -- and we have two of the worst actors, one is president, and one is governor of california. i mean what is it? just good actors aren't supposed to have -- i don't get it. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: come on. >> but i guess what i'm saying is that there's a lot of frustration in this country. no matter what you call yourself, republican or democrat and independent. >> jimmy: yeah. >> people are hurting, and they're not moving forward, and they're having troubles with their jobs, and they don't have health care, and they don't have a lot of real stuff -- >> jimmy: yeah. >> and that is very easy to turn on mexicans, or to turn on blacks. i mean, people that don't deserve to have the blame, and as long as we're separate, and we're not helping each other, it's not going to get better. so what we have to do is reach out whether or not it's in your community, in your schools. definitely check out who you're
voting for in terms of who pays them, and then you'll know better what's happening. run for office. call. [ cheers and applause ] i mean, there's an enormous amount, you know. when you see what happened with the health care, people called and e-mailed, and made sure that that bill didn't go through. it was the people that did that, and i believe in the people, and i know that we can make a difference if we decide that this is a priority. you know, we have to decide that we want to end racism and injustice. we have to make that a a priority, and then we can do it. >> jimmy: have you ever lost work, or not gotten work, because you're an activist? >> i feel that that's kind of like worrying if your slip is showing as you're fleeing a a burning building. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: who cares? [ cheers and applause ] who cares? yeah. >> no, but i'm going to be a a woman much longer than i'm going to be an actor. i'm going to be a mother much
longer than i'll be an actor. so, i don't know. you have to live an authentic kind life. that's all i'm striving for. just to have fun, to be authentic, to be generous, to be kind. that's all i want. i'm just trying to do all i can to just to do those things. there pretty small, but it's not easy, and i feel that if i can help to give information. i don't have the answers, god knows. but if i can by my presence -- >> jimmy: get the conversation going. >> get the conversation going. get the dialogue going. that's the beginning, and you're having this dialogue, and people all over are having this dialogue, and having it online, and having it at home, and have it with your kids. and just be aware, and take a a breath, and try not to react in too visceral of a way even though it's outrageous. outrageous, when you saw the police being pushed against, nothing was happening. i mean, that would never happen in a black lives matter demonstration. if they were pushing against the police, and standing there
while violence -- i mean, that would never have flown. >> jimmy: you've been at protests before. i know that. right? >> yes i have gone from metal handcuffs to the plastic ones. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: you have been handcuffed. >> well of course, they always handcuff when they arrest you. they handcuff you. >> jimmy: did you get -- what happened? what happens after you get -- you get thrown -- >> you get taken to jail. and if you -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i mean -- the paddy wagon? >> if you -- they give you -- sometimes. i mean, not in standing rock for instance, but normally they say, okay now is the time people are going to get arrested and so you have a a choice, and usually you can leave if you don't want to get arrested, but if you plan to get arrested then you get arrested, and they take you to somewhere, like a jail. [ laughter ] and hopefully you get out in like seven or eight hours, or whatever. you know, it depends on how fast they process or what the -- who the mayor is. sometimes that has something to
do with it, and where it is. you know, it was very different in standing rock. that was really horrible what happened to those people, because you shouldn't be strip searched for having a peaceful demonstration. so there was -- harassment, it varies. i mean i shouldn't be glib about it. i have been very lucky when i have been arrested. >> jimmy: do people recognize you? >> sometimes when i'm chained to a pole they take pictures. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: what? >> do you mind if we take a a picture? i'm like sure, why not? i'm here. you know. [ laughter ] let's do it. >> jimmy: so you do it? like yeah, i'm here. i'm handcuffed anyway. >> cheese. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: more with susan sarandon when we come back. i have more questions. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] a modern way to pay. you excited? it's sold out. don't fret, my friend. i masterpassed it! you can use it online and on your phone
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[ cheers and applause ] i want to show you -- i think this might have been the first time we -- we ever met each other. >> you mean, that we're talking about. >> jimmy: i know. yeah. >> right. >> jimmy: hello. this is 2002. this is very pale. [ light laughter ] i'm a very pale version of me. [ laughter ] you and robin williams. >> yeah. >> jimmy: we were at a -- [ applause ] >> where were we at? i don't know. >> jimmy: my skin is the same color as your pants. >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: that's how pale i was. we were at a charity thing for, i think, for katie couric. >> and look now, it's not. >> jimmy: yeah. i got tan. i got a tan. exactly. [ laughter ] yeah, but i forget what we were talking about. but i used to see you all around at different events and you're always so fun to hang out with. >> yeah, that's what's nice about new york. you're all squished in together. so -- >> jimmy: yeah. >> serendipity. >> jimmy: and you see? >> all right. >> jimmy: and last time you were on the show, we were talking about "feud" and i -- when we went to commercial i said, "you're going to get an emmy for this thing, because you were fantastic." and you were like, "i haven't seen it. don't tell me. i don't know." and, like, you were so shy about it. but i knew it, i knew it, i knew it, i knew it. >> all right, you were right! >> jimmy: i knew i was right! yeah. bette davis -- it must be
exciting even though, i know you've won an academy award, but just to get nominated for an emmy. >> well, we got 18 nominations. >> jimmy: come on. >> so i kind of feel like -- [ cheers and applause ] yeah. >> jimmy: that's great. >> so what makes it really fun because, like, almost everybody, i mean, you know. ryan's little cottage industry, everybody got nominated, so i feel like i'm part of the family and i'm so happy -- the table's going to be fun. >> jimmy: oh, it's going to be a fun table. oh, yeah. >> it's going to be a fun table so that's what is important. >> jimmy: but you were nervous doing this -- doing this role. because you had to get the breakdown. >> oh, i thought you meant going to award shows. i was going to say yeah, getting my dress is a horrible thing. >> jimmy: yeah, yeah, yeah. [ laughter ] >> that does make me nervous. i was overwhelmed -- for six weeks or so my fun-fear ratio was definitely off. [ light laughter ] i just -- you know, because everybody has this idea of what she's like and what she sounds like, and it's not the way i talk, because i'm a slow sloppy talker and she's, like, so, you know. and everybody's seen an imitation of her and i don't
know, i just -- i just thought it was good. you know, it was hard. >> jimmy: yeah. >> it was really hard. >> jimmy: especially, coming into, kind of, ryan murphy's family which, he's worked with on other people before. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. i was the odd gal out for sure. >> jimmy: you would sit by yourself at the lunch table. >> yeah. >> jimmy: and like, "hi, guys." [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> jimmy: "want to be my friend?" exactly, yeah. [ laughter ] >> i just used it. i used it. >> jimmy: yeah, exactly. what do you really want? >> the sense of isolation. >> jimmy: and it was beautiful. the set was great. >> yeah, no. >> jimmy: and the costumes. >> they did a great job. >> jimmy: hair and makeup. everything. >> and he -- and he does a a really good bette davis. so he was always helping me. >> jimmy: oh, is that right? was he really? >> and joan crawford, but mostly bette. >> jimmy: yeah. >> yeah. >> jimmy: and you haven't seen the show, right? >> no. >> jimmy: no. >> i'm going to dine out on the fact that everybody else loved it, but i don't -- i'm not going to see it. >> jimmy: do you watch your own things or not really? >> i watch them if i can say something that will make a a difference. if i have no control over the final product, then why kill myself and watch it? no, i don't. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: will you really? will you go like -- >> wasn't that like the alcoholic thing, know what you have the power to change or something like that? isn't that? that's kind of the way i -- what i brought back. >> jimmy: i don't know.
yeah. [ laughter ] like -- >> sorry. >> jimmy: yeah -- >> is there an alcoholic in the house? >> jimmy: i don't know what you're talking about. i -- yeah. [ laughter ] how about "ray donovan"? let's talk about that. >> oh! >> jimmy: yeah. yeah. and you're great in that one, yeah. >> thank you. >> jimmy: you love doing this. you loved the show. >> i'm really am having a good time. you know, being bad is so much more fun than being good. >> jimmy: yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. [ light laughter ] >> you know, the burden of sincerity, it's so heavy. [ laughter ] and liev has like a word -- or a sentence cap in every -- you know, i'm sure, in every episode. he only can say so many sentences. so you have to talk a lot. [ laughter ] but he is so charismatic. >> jimmy: he only says, like, five sentences and he's had enough of it. >> and he's -- i'm really having fun and i decided to only try to wear only -- i'm the head of a studio. of course, i'm being blackmailed. and i need a fixer. >> jimmy: yeah. >> but i'm also starting a a jumpsuit nation. i'm only wearing jumpsuits. like onesies for grown ups. >> jimmy: from -- from now on? >> yeah -- well. [ laughter ] pretty much, yeah. >> jimmy: yeah. is that a onesie?
is that -- >> don't you like this idea? this is a onesie. >> jimmy: oh, yeah. [ laughter ] >> but -- so, that was also fun. the wardrobe's great. i get to be exactly the opposite of who i am, like, really. you know, how everybody on these shows, the guys, when they're very strong they just -- never do anything above a whisper? >> jimmy: i can't -- we have liev on the show and i can't ever hear what he says. >> that's what i'm doing -- that's what i'm doing. >> jimmy: this is liev -- talking to liev. and he's been on the show many times. you can tell him i said this. he comes on and i go, "how are you doing today?" and he goes -- [ mumbles ] [ laughter ] >> yeah. yeah. [ mumbles ] so that's what i'm doing now. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: wait, so that's your new jumpsuits and -- [ talking over each other ] >> say i gave you a job, now do it. [ laughter ] so much fun. >> jimmy: you're good at whisper acting. i love it. it's great. >> it's so much fun. and when i did -- well, it was "zoolander 2," you know, and kiefer sutherland was so funny in this scene. he was kicking down the door and everything he was saying was -- [ mumbles ] and i was like, "you're hilarious! you are so funny." and he said, "that's what i do." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i want to show everyone a clip. here's susan sarandon in the new season of "ray donovan."
take a look at this. >> he wants $2 million and your husband's oscar. >> i hope you're joking. >> that's what he said. >> i'll pay him the money but no oscar. >> that could be a problem. >> sam, give him the money, give him a statue, you got plenty of both. >> i'm not giving that blackmailing son of a bitch my husband's oscar. >> what you thinking, ray? >> it's not my oscar. >> tell tom i'll give him $3 million, no oscar and a a warning to not [ bleep ] trifle with me again, understood? >> jimmy: oh, yeah! [ cheers and applause ] that's how you do it! that's what i'm talking about right there! and by the way, four sentences. >> four sentences. >> jimmy: he said four sentences in that scene. susan sarandon everybody. [ cheers and applause ] "ray donovan" airs sundays at 9:00 p.m. on showtime. it's a great show. we'll be right back with riz ahmed. stick around, everybody.
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>> thank you. i'm trying to carry on the traditions that you started here. >> jimmy: exactly, yeah i started a bunch of stuff. [ laughter ] i had to get rid of mine. unanimous decision. >> there couldn't be two of us up here with it. it would be -- >> jimmy: yeah exactly. it would be too much man. exactly. yeah. [ laughter ] i've got to say. "the night of," "girls," "star wars: rogue one," you're the most famous human being now on earth. [ light laughter ] do you get recognized everywhere? do people come up to you, and stop you on the street? >> you know it's a weird thing, 'cause a lot of this really happened really quickly, so people recognize me a lot, but they don't know what they recognize me from. [ light laughter ] do you know what i mean? so they'll kind of -- people will just stare at me and point and be like -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: man i -- >> and then they'll come up to me and go, "dude, do i know you from somewhere?" if they really don't know, then you can actually have quite a a lot of fun with that. [ laughter ] you can just be like "yeah, we went to high school together." [ laughter ] a good one is like, "i used to date your sister. how's she doing?" [ laughter ] >> jimmy: that's pretty good. where does it get the worst?
where's the worst? where you get busted? where you get recognized? >> i mean, it's never terrible getting recognized, but sometimes it's super awkward. like, okay, i get -- i get randomly selected for secondary searches every time i fly to america. [ light laughter ] i'm glad you find it funny. thanks a lot. [ laughter ] cheers. well, i mean look. racial profiling, it's always a a waste of time, it's a waste of money. it kind of alienates people, but it's also super awkward. it's like people will be like swiping me for explosives making sure it's safe to let me on a plane, and at the end of the search they'll be like, "dude, i love 'rogue one.' can i have a selfie?" >> jimmy: yeah. [ laughter ] yeah, yeah. you were just in my business. yeah, yeah. >> yeah, but the thing i think is like, if i say no to that selfie, will they let me on the plane? [ light laughter ] they've got a -- they've got a a lot of power then. but i know, it's weird. it's like, you know who i am -- why -- i don't know. >> jimmy: you recently met -- this is called the ahmed three, and just explain, what is this?
>> okay, so like i said, i always get pulled aside for secondary searches. i think it was at like, minneapolis airport or something. they said mr. ahmed for a a secondary search. so all three of us went up. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: oh, my goodness. three ahmeds. >> the staff didn't know who to search. i mean, ahmed is very common surname. so the staff didn't know who to search. they just searched all of us, and we were like, yo, this is more sociable than it normally is, and we were like hanging out. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: you had fun with it. >> yeah, we were like, swapping stories. like, "yo, you better stay away from miami airport. it's the worst." [ laughter ] it's like -- so, i thought, let me just take a little selfie, and i did this little facebook post. >> jimmy: yeah. >> i said, we're going to start a boy band. >> jimmy: yeah, exactly. starting a boy band called -- >> and a weird thing happened, is it became like a meme, and people started drawing fan art about this fake boy band called the ahmed three. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: it's a fake band. >> well right now, but if you guys are watching -- [ laughter ] if you guys are watching, call me. 'cause that can be serious.
>> jimmy: let's make this work. yeah. >> yeah. yeah, the first single, they said, should be called "randomly searching for you." [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: i think it's a a beautiful song. "randomly searching for you." that's like -- that's like a wedding song. it's fantastic. hey, you've got to be proud of this. you're on the cover of "time magazine" my friend. [ cheers and applause ] the 100 most influential people. i mean, how surreal is that? is that cool? >> that's still surreal. like, is this real. i don't know -- >> jimmy: no, it's not. we made this in time square, yeah. >> you did. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: anyone can do it yeah. the 100 most influential people, and they picked like -- >> yeah. >> jimmy: five people to be on the cover, and you're one of the five people. >> yeah, i owe someone at "time magazine" a lot of money. [ laughter ] a lot of money. it's weird, i don't know. look, it feels really nice for me obviously personally, but the thing i always think of, is growing up i often didn't see people like me in the culture, and when you don't see yourself reflected back like that, it kind of sends a message to you that you don't matter, or your story doesn't matter. so, hopefully there might be some kids out there that see this, and think, you know,
"wow, i could -- i could maybe do that as well, you know." [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: because you do it so well. there's got to be some auditions that did not go well. i'm assuming. just 'cause every actor has -- >> so many, man. >> jimmy: really? >> yeah. >> jimmy: any big -- >> i'm really bad at auditioning. >> jimmy: me too. >> really? >> jimmy: that's why i'm here hosting -- [ laughter ] i'm awful at acting. >> i had a particularly bad one for "slumdog millionaire." [ audience aws ] yeah, yeah. >> jimmy: were you -- oh, no. you were not. >> i wasn't right for that role, and dev patel played that role so amazingly well. >> jimmy: you were up for the dev role? >> well, i went up for that role, and i was so wired and nervous, they were like, you look more like a crazy person. play the brother. [ light laughter ] he's aggressive. do that. and so i started doing that -- i was a little bit stiff. danny boyle, amazing director, wants to put everyone at ease. >> jimmy: oh, yeah. >> so he was like dude, just do whatever you want. like, you can just go there. you're really upset with me in this scene. do what you like. so he calls action, and i just
grabbed him, and threw him against the wall, and like started screaming and spitting in his face, and at the end of the audition he called cut, and i saw i'd ripped his shirt open. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: oh, god. >> and he just kind of goes, all right riz, thank you very much. cheers for -- cheers for stopping by, and the weird thing is i left that audition thinking i nailed it. [ laughter ] how could i not have -- >> jimmy: you ripped his shirt off! >> yeah! >> jimmy: it's the director of the film. >> so much passion. >> jimmy: he was like, this guy's -- >> i was like -- >> jimmy: this guy's way to high strung. i can't work with this dude. >> i was like, called my agent like, "it's in the bag." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: well, "the night of," man, oh man, you did a great job. and you did a very -- you did a a queens accent. >> i did. yeah, yeah. >> jimmy: a very new york accent, yeah. is it easy for -- accents? what do you do? >> they're not that easy. no, i just kind of like, really geek out on the research. i spend a lot of time in queens. i start doing youth work with kids in queens. heems, the other part of the swet shop boys -- >> jimmy: oh, yeah. >> from queens. i got to know him through that,
but i think one of the things that helped me the most, i don't know if i should say this is, i started sneaking in to classes at queens college. [ laughter ] i just, the security there needs to really -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: wait, now you want to be patted down? i mean -- >> yeah. [ light laughter ] i like that. i like the contact. [ laughter ] but it's weird 'cause yeah, i just started turning up to these classes. i thought, "you know what, i can just blend in." i just started hanging out with people in the cantina, going to classes, getting to know people, giving them my number. they were like, "what's your name? you're new here." i was like naz, and -- [ laughter ] they were like, "oh, we're having a party come and hang out." but i thought that would be too far, living the lie, so i just became really unpopular really quickly as being this guy who's like, give everyone their number, and then ghost on them. and not show up. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: no, it's not nice at all. yeah, absolutely. i want to show everyone a clip here's riz ahmed in "the night of." take a look at this. >> i woke up in the kitchen, and walked up the stairs, down
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, everybody. we're here with riz ahmed! [ cheers and applause ] now, you know, from "time" magazine. no big deal. anyway, i want to hear about your hip-hop group. this is the swet shop boys but it's s-w-e-t -- swet shop boys. why no "a"? >> um, i'd like to say there's a really deep philosophical reason behind it. but it's partly just to troll the pet shop boys. [ laughter ] and slightly -- no, not really. i love the pet shop boys. >> jimmy: yeah. >> it's actually because my bandmate, heems, thought it would look cooler on a t-shirt if it was like four letters.
swet shop boys. >> jimmy: oh, yeah. >> but we still haven't made those t-shirts. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: there are no t-shirts. >> yeah -- >> jimmy: and how many years ago was that? >> this is a couple of years ago now. >> jimmy: yeah. >> and the weird thing about it is is that heems is like, he's always got his hustle on. he was kind of like -- we hadn't recorded any music, and he was thinking about the t-shirts. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: he's a business man. >> he's a business man. >> jimmy: absolutely, yeah. >> yeah, for sure. that's why. >> jimmy: do you remember the first concert you ever went to? >> yeah, actually, the first concert i went to was a a michael jackson concert. >> jimmy: no. [ cheers ] >> massive, massive michael jackson fan. >> jimmy: no, no, no. >> yeah. i was, like, 8 -- >> jimmy: michael jackson? >> i was, like, 8 or 9 years old. he was playing at wimbley stadium, which is which is right near where i grew up. and they allocate certain tickets for people that lived nearby. i couldn't get a hold of one, but last minute, my dad managed to hustle one up. has one for his kid who's crying, because he can't see michael jackson. but it's like, it's one ticket. so what's he going to do? so he basically turns up to wimbley stadium at an entrance to see the first family who are going in and just goes, "take
care of my son, he's going to the concert with you." [ laughter ] and bounces. and -- >> jimmy: you went into wimbley stadium with a strange family? >> it was an amazing family moment, just not with my family. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: you miss them sometimes. yeah. >> yeah. >> jimmy: they're great people. yeah. >> i remember looking up at my fake dad like going, "this is so amazing, right?" [ laughter ] he's like, "yeah, it is." >> jimmy: did you get -- >> if those guys are watching as well, call me. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah, call him. yeah, he misses his family. >> what's up? >> jimmy: at thanksgiving, get together, yeah. [ light laughter ] but you got to see michael jackson. how fun is that? >> it was incredible, man. he's just, like, such a, you know -- such an inspirational icon to me and so many people. >> jimmy: well, i love your performing and i know we're on the same -- no big deal, we're on the same album together. >> oh, yeah. >> jimmy: "the hamilton mixtape." >> oh, yeah. >> jimmy: no big deal. [ cheers and applause ] thank you very much. please -- please sit down. please, sit down. thank you. [ laughter ] that's too much. oh, no, no, i couldn't. i couldn't. [ light laughter ] you couldn't even you couldn't pay me -- [ cheers and applause ]
no, no. oh, because the roots were involved with that, as well. >> cool, yes. >> jimmy: and lin-manuel. >> amazing. >> jimmy: how did you get involved with that, "the hamilton mixtape"? >> i just started stalking him. [ laughter ] i just -- i saw "hamilton" and i was like, "this is so incredible. he's so talented." and i just found out his manager's e-mail and i just sent a long e-mail going like, "you're so amazing. i love your show. you're a genius. thank you for creating this." i didn't hear anything for, like, a month. and then i guess lin, like, dived -- he just does a deep dive on everything. he just knows so much. he's got a giant brain. and he just hit me back and was like, "i checked out all of your music, all our your links, all of your stuff. i want you to be on this mixtape." and i thought it was a fake e-mail to begin with. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah. >> yeah, just put that in the junk folder. >> jimmy: yeah. >> throw it out. >> jimmy: but he's so nice. >> he's so nice and such a a talent. >> jimmy: but brilliant. you know, a brilliant, brilliant mind. and "immigrants (we get the job done)" is the song on the mixtape if you know it -- [ cheers and applause ]
he just slays it. i thought tonight, i was hoping maybe you could give us a a little something, if could, if you don't mind performing for us. [ cheers and applause ] >> yeah. >> jimmy: maybe a -- >> yeah, i mean, you know, it's interesting. you know, i was thinking about the speech that you gave earlier and in light of all the current events that are going on, it just seems like we're living in really, really divided times. and it really hurts, you know? and i wrote this piece ten years ago and every year i keep hoping it will become irrelevant, but it seems to become more and more relevant sadly. and it's my intent to try to get behind the headlines and work out where all of this extremism is coming from. >> jimmy: do you need music for this or anything? >> no, just the mic please. >> jimmy: there you go. >> thank you. cheers. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: riz ahmed, everybody. [ cheers and applause ]
>> in these sour times, please allow me to vouch for mine. bitter taste in my mouth, spit it out with a rhyme. hey, yo, i'm losing my religion to tomorrow's headlines. guantanamo, sorry bro. nah, nothing, it's fine. and now it's post 77. why they calling it that? they're trying to link it to new york, like we're all under attack from the same big bad guy, but it's taking a piss. 'cause the truth is terrorism ain't what you think it is. there ain't no super villain planning these attacks from some base. the truth is so much scarier and harder to face. see there's thousands of angry young men that are lost, sidelined in the economy, a a marginal cost. they think there's no point in putting ballots up in the box. they got no place in the system and no faith in its cogs. easy targets that be getting brainwashed by these knobs who say that spilling innocent blood is pleasing to god. well, it sounds good when you don't see no justice or jobs. the gas bills are piling up, but all the oil's getting robbed. so david's taking out goliath
and his wife and his dog. segregated, castrated. now we see who's on top. so see, it ain't religious faith that's causing these crimes. it's losing faith in democratic free market designs. it's no coincidence the bombers came from ghettos up north. and the way that trump talks gives a lost boy a cause. them double standards get them angered, both at home and abroad. there's a monopoly on pens, that's why they forge their own swords. the misguided turn violent, strap themselves up with bombs. but they're still cowards, because they ain't here when the backlash is on. so in these sour times, please allow me to vouch for mine. bitter taste in my mouth, spit it out with a rhyme. hey, yo, i'm losing my religion to tomorrow's headlines. abu ghraib, sorry, mate. nah, nothing, it's fine. so all the men that want to say that my religion has to change. that we're stuck in a bygone age. it's time to set it straight the vinyl straight. don't you think it's kind of strange that all of this terror outrage, these lost gods castaways, these bastards that will blast away, turned up in the last decade when islam has been the way for millions is from back in the day? instead of thinking that we're crazy, investigate just what is says. first help the poor and pray. go mecca east and fast and
faith. that's the basics, that's the base. so how did we get here today? interpretations always change. today they're red with rage. binge it, hardened up. desperation's kind of -- makes you use a book of peace as weapons in iraq. so listen. terrorism isn't caused by religion. or an old-school vision of islamists against the quran. and it's a new innovation caused by mashed up situations. that's what makes them turn to arms. the problem is modern and it's all local factors. dictatorships, injustices and wars cause fatwas. so in these sour times, please allow me to vouch for mine. bitter taste in my mouth, spit it out with a rhyme. hey, yo, i'm losing my religion to tomorrow's headlines. but it's fine. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: that was amazing. that's amazing, dude. riz ahmed, everybody! [ cheers and applause ]
♪ loving and fighting accusing uniting i can't imagine a world with you gone ♪ ♪ the joy and the chaos the demons we're made of i'd be so lost if you left me alone ♪ ♪ you locked yourself in the bathroom lying on the floor when i break through ♪ ♪ i pull you in to feel your heartbeat can you hear me screaming please don't leave me ♪ ♪ hold on i still want you come back i still need you let me take your hand i'll make it right ♪ ♪ i swear to love you all my life
hold on i still need you ♪ ♪ a long endless highway you're silent beside me drivin' a nightmare i can't escape from ♪ ♪ helplessly praying the light isn't fadin' hiding in the shock and the chill in my bones ♪ ♪ they took you away on a table i pace back and forth as you lay still ♪ ♪ i pull you in to feel your heartbeat can you hear me screaming please don't leave me ♪ ♪ hold on i still want you come back i still need you let me take your hand i'll make it right ♪
[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: thanks again. and thanks for being here tonight, i appreciate it. chord overstreet. [ cheers and applause ] "hold on" is available now. my thanks to susan sarandon, riz ahmed, chord overstreet, once again! [ cheers and applause ] the guitar sounds nice. >> thank you. >> jimmy: and the roots right there from philadelphia, pennsylvania, ladies and gentlemen. [ cheers and applause ] stay tuned for "late night with seth meyers." thank you so much for watching. have a great night. i hope to see you tomorrow. bye-bye, everybody. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- kenan thompson. from "scientology and the aftermath," actress leah remini. from "icarus," filmmaker bryan fogel. featuring the 8g band with roy mayorga. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: welcome to "late night." how's everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] we're so happy to have you here and we want to get started. we want to have a fun show. but we also wanted to take a moment to address what happened this weekend. on saturday there was yet another terror attack on american soil. this one was allegedly perpetraby