tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC April 26, 2019 12:37am-1:38am PDT
>> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- steve martin, from nbc's "this is us", actress susan kelechi watson, featuring the 8g band with aaron comess. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that is wonderful to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. today was april fool's day. so, if you saw anything in the news that was positive, that's
why. [ laughter ] president trump, this weekend, threatened to close the u.s.-mexico border which could prevent businesses from importing key items. and if we can't import strawberries from mexico, we may be forced to eat american strawberries. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] officials are claiming that the united states will run out of avocados within three weeks if president trump closes that u.s.-mexico border. which is bad, but i think it's way more disconcerting that everything has to be explained to the public in avocados. [ laughter ] [ applause ] there will be a trade war. families will be torn apart. our national reputation will be damaged. uh-huh. no guacamole! what? impeach! [ cheers and applause ]
indiana mayor and democratic presidential hopeful pete buttigiege has announced his campaign has raised $7 million in the last three months. but unfortunately he's just going to use the money to buy more vowels. [ laughter ] [ applause ] buttigiege-eg-eg. [ light laughter ] nevada politician lucy flores has published an article accusing former vice president joe biden of inappropriately touching her, smelling her hair and kissing the back of her head during a 2014 campaign event. said biden, "i never treated her any differently than i did president obama." [ laughter and applause ] authorities in mexico have caught a man who allegedly attempted to rob a bank last week by knocking down a wall with a front end loader and a jackhammer, chaining the safe to the tractor and trying to drag it away. police became suspicious when they saw someone knocking down the wall of a bank with a front end loader and jackhammer, chaining a safe to a tractor and
trying to drag it away. [ laughter ] [ applause ] a new alarm clock app has launched that wakes users up with unconventional sounds like shattering glass, gunshots and women screaming. [ light laughter ] unfortunately, everyone in new york has learned to sleep through it. [ laughter and applause ] back to the drawing board on the name of that app. and finally, the government of japan has announced the name of the country's new imperial era will be reiwa, which will begin when the crown prince takes the throne in may and will end when a sophomore gets it tattooed on her back. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight. [ cheers and applause ] he is a legendary comedian and musician whom you can see with the incomparable martin short on their "now you see them now you" -- sorry. "now you see them, soon you won't" tour.
steve martin is here, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] you can see her in nbc's smash hit "this is us." susan kelechi watson is here tonight, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] before we get to our fantastic guests. after special counsel robert mueller delivered his report, president trump decided to pick fights over healthcare and the special olympics. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: it's been a little over a week since trump's attorney general william barr released his letter on mueller's report stating that the investigation did not establish that members of the trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the russian government in it's election interference activities. and obviously, that was good news for trump. i'd say he's had a pep in his step ever since, but he doesn't really take steps. [ laughter ] if he had a fitbit, the only thing his fitbit would ever display is, "you up?" [ laughter ] [ applause ] now, when barr released this
memo, everyone just assumed it was a summary of mueller's full report. a word trumps aides and the media have used over and over again. >> the attorney general's summary of the mueller report is out. >> we received a four-page summary of the mueller report. >> this was a summary of the robert mueller report. >> preview. >> we have the barr summary. >> the four-page summary by attorney general barr. >> seth: there you go. this was a summary of mueller's report. barr told us everything we need to know and we can all move on. got it. >> the attorney general tonight sent this letter announcing that everybody misinterpreted what he said last weekend in that letter. what he did last week is being talked about in a way that he didn't expect. that's not at all what he meant and we should all know better. quote, "i am aware of some media reports and other public statements mischaracterizing my march 24th supplemental notification as a summary of the special counsel's investigation and report. my march 24th letter was not and did not purport to be an exhaustive recounting of the special counsel's investigation or report."
>> seth: wait. so, it wasn't supposed to be a summary? that's kind of an important detail to leave out. that's like reading the line, "the price and princess lived happily ever after" in a fairytale, and then you turn the page and there's a note saying, "that was not and should not be mischaracterized at the ending. they got divorced the next day." [ laughter and applause ] now, there in no -- to be clear, there's no reason to expect that barr's memo is distorting mueller's report. but even if his initial memo was accurate and made in good faith, it's still difficult for anyone to summarize something as long as mueller's report. for one thing, the report in apparently more than 300 pages long, went well beyond the kind of bare-bones summary required by the justice department, and detailed his conclusions at length. and you can't boil a 300 page document down to four pages. it's like when you try to cram for a test by reading the cliff notes for "the great gatsby" and you end up writing, "wealthy man enjoys consequence free summer in the hamptons." [ laughter ] so, we have no idea -- no idea what's in the report. barr says it will be released
some time this month. and yet some republicans are already threatening to block the release of the report they say exonerates the president. last week, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell objected to a resolution calling for the report to be made public and senator rand paul said he would oppose releasing the report until there's an investigation of the obama administration. >> we need to have information on obama white house officials, comey, brennan, clapper. that should be part of it. so, democrats want the complete mueller report. i'm going to object until we get a complete report of all the obama era officials that got this thing started. >> seth: you want an investigation of the obama administration? you investigated him for eight years and came up with nothing. the worst scandal you dug up was the fact that he wore a tan suit once. [ laughter ] [ applause ] where did you get the suit? how much did you pay for the suit? so, mueller's report did not establish that the trump campaign conspired with russia. but still, even if you put aside the question of russian collusion, mueller's
investigation has still exposed a whole world of normalized corruption by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the country that was just accepted in washington until now. just look at paul manafort. the guy spent years as an unregistered foreign agent lobbying for some of the worst people in the world. and in the process, he stole tens of millions of dollars from the american people. money he used to buy everything from antique rugs to expensive cars to, and this is real, a $15,000 jacket made from an ostrich. which is why manafort's heart dropped when he walked into the courtroom and saw the judge. [ laughter ] [ applause ] it shouldn't -- it shouldn't take a special counsel for us to find out that some of the most powerful people in the country are hording their wealth by committing serial fraud and illegally stashing their money in offshore tax havens. even if nothing else came out of the russian investigation, people are learning how wealth and power operate in america. i mean, this guy right here was the president's campaign chairman. the only way it could be worse is if trump made lori loughlin
his secretary of education. [ laughter ] [ applause ] and i, of course -- i, of course, am just kidding. betsy devos is still worse. [ laughter ] i mean -- [ cheers and applause ] at least -- at least lori loughlin is trying to make it easier for people to get into college. [ light laughter ] in fact, even as trump and his inner circle have spent their time empowering and enriching themselves, they have also been trying to take healthcare away from millions of people. last week the trump administration said the entire affordable care act should be repealed and yet, as if that wasn't enough, the trump administration also decided to pick a totally unnecessary fight with basically everybody by proposing to cut funding for the special olympics. >> education secretary betsy devos came under fire on capital hill tuesday while defending proposed funding cuts for the special olympics. the trump administration wants to cut all $18 million in federal money for the program. >> seth: how awful do you have to be to try to cut funding for the special olympics?
you might as well use the money you saved to bulldoze an orphanage. "we all know those orphanages are eyesores. we're knocking them down." [ laughter ] and the administration's response to the news was also proof that the president has no idea what his own government is doing. first, education secretary betsy devos said it wasn't her idea to make the cut and blasted democrats for making a political issue out of it during a budget hearing. >> as i said then and i'll say again, this week we had to make tough choices and decisions around the budget priorities. i love special olympics myself. i have given a portion of my salary to special olympics. i hope all of this debate encourages lots of private contributions to special olympics. so, let's not use disabled children in a twisted way for your political narrative. it's -- that is just disgusting and shameful. >> seth: you guys are the ones who proposed the cut.
[ laughter ] if you set -- [ applause ] if you set your neighbor's house on fire and they call 911, you can't turn around and say "aren't you the town gossip?" [ laughter ] also, can we go back to this? >> i have given a portion of my salary to special olympics. >> seth: you're a billionaire. the special olympics cut was $18 million. betsy devos has, according to "newsweek", ten boats, two helicopters and a yacht scheduler. she has so many yachts, she has a yacht scheduler! [ laughter ] what's a yacht scheduler!? [ laughter ] [ applause ] is it someone who -- [ cheers and applause ] is a yacht scheduler someone who when you say, "bring the yacht around" says, "i wouldn't do that. it might crash into the other yacht." [ laughter ] then after the hearing, reporters tried to get answers from devos as she waited for an elevator. and she responded by pretending not to hear them. >> madam secretary, do you any
response to the democrats criticism of your budget proposal? madam secretary, you said today that you were not the person that proposed this funding change. can you explain who in your administration did? [ light laughter ] madam secretary, have you spoken to the president about this at all? if there's some misunderstanding, madam secretary, this is the opportunity to explain it to us. [ light laughter ] >> seth: i mean look at her. that's -- that's the face of someone thinking to herself, "where's my elevator scheduler?" [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] also, i love how the camera zooms in on her face. cnn apparently got to same director who did "the office." [ laughter ]
then, after his education secretary went to capitol hill to defend a budget cut that basically everyone hated, trump just waltzed but to reporters on the white house lawn and told them, "never mind. we're funding the special olympics after all." >> why cut money to the special olympics? why would you cut funding? >> the special olympics will be funded. i just told my people, i want to fund the special olympics. i just authorized a funding of the special olympics. i have been to the special olympics. i think it's incredible. and i just authorized a funding. i heard about it this morning. >> seth: what do you mean you heard about it this morning? [ laughter ] you're the president. it's your budget. who is running this place? i don't want to be this guy, but can you go get your manager? [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] and then, on friday trump just kept lying about the special olympics fiasco. during a q and a with reporters at his resort in palm beach,
trump was asked about his decision to overrule sanctions on north korea that his own administration wanted to implement. and he compared the situation to the special olympics by once again lying about it. >> i just decided that i would not let it happen. in a certain way, it's like the special olympics. for many years it hasn't been approved and then at some point it gets negotiated out in congress. well, i went out and i said, "we're gonna have funding for the special olympics." >> seth: you didn't save it. you're the one who proposed the cut. where is your manager? [ cheers and applause ] trump lies like this -- he lies like this about everything. in fact, this isn't even the only budget item trump has lied about this week. just take something as innocuous as the great lakes restoration initiative, which was first implemented by obama in 2010. trump requested no funding at all for this initiative in his 2018 budget request, effectively eliminating the program. his latest budget proposes a 90% cut to the program.
and yet, at a rally in michigan last week, trump told his supporters he was totally committed to funding the program while also making clear he knows absolutely nothing about the great lakes. >> i support the great lakes. always have. they're beautiful. they're big. very deep. record deepness, right? >> seth: i am -- i'm sorry but i have a hard time believing you have always supported the great lakes. [ laughter ] you grew up in queens and worked in manhattan real estate. "as a little boy, i loved two things, giant gold buildings and the lakes in the midwest." [ laughter ] "i know 'em all. huron, michelin, eric, titicaca and inferior." [ laughter and applause ] you -- when it comes to lakes, you're out of your depth. or should i say you're out of your -- >> deepness. [ laughter ] >> seth: trump did the same thing while rambling about wind energy at the same rally.
he bragged about energy production under his administration and for some reason he decided go on an extended rant about how much he knows about wind. >> if hillary got in you wouldn't have that stat. i can tell you right now. you'd be doing wind -- windmills. wee. >> seth: if there's one thing we've learned about trump's presidency so far it's that he loves doing random sound effects. >> wee. woo. huh, huh, huh. bink. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's the whole presidency right there. he lies about funding for the special olympics and tries to take away his voters healthcare, but they love his sound effects. we are living through the "police academy" presidency. [ laughter ] [ imitating video game ] >> seth: mueller's report may not have established russian collusion. but it exposed a whole world of corruption most people didn't know about. donald trump isn't working for another country. he's working for himself. he's enriching himself while trying to take healthcare away from millions. in other words, we're in deep. >> record deepness. >> seth: this has been "a closer
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>> seth: welcome back, everybody. give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] sitting in with us all week on drums, he's a founding member of new york city band spin doctors who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. his new solo record, "sculptures", is out now. and be sure follow him on both twitter and instagram. aaron comess is here. thank you so much for being here. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> seth: our first guest tonight is an academy award, grammy and emmy-winning comedian, writer and muscian you know from such films as "the jerk," "three amigos" and "father of the bride." he's currently on tour with martin short in "now you see them, soon you won't." please welcome to the show, the one, the only, steve martin, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> oh boy.
>> seth: wow! [ cheers and applause ] steve martin. >> thank you. >> seth: welcome -- >> thanks very much. >> seth: welcome to the show. and thank you so much for being here. >> i love -- first of all, it was such a surprise that i'm on the show and how you kept it from me i will never know. [ light laughter ] but i was back there, i heard my name, i went "wow." >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: we like to keep it off the cuff here. and this is your first time on the show. >> yes, actually. and not only is it my first time on the show, this will be the first time i've i have ever seen the show. >> seth: wow. [ laughter ] >> so, yeah. >> seth: wow, this is -- >> no, i've seen the show many, many times. in fact, the excitement of tonight is only comparable to me to the birth of my child. >> seth: wow. [ light laughter ] >> yeah. and the only difference is i showed up for this. [ laughter ] [ chee ] >> seth: thank you so much. >> and i have to compliment you on -- i watch "documentary now!" >> seth: oh, thank you so much. >> and i watched one with cate blanchett, which was so good. and i saw that you wrote it. >> seth: i did, yeah.
>> how do you find time? you know -- it was so good. >> seth: thank you. [ scattered cheers ] >> i'm not -- i'm not really here to compliment you. >> seth: no, no. >> i more want it -- >> seth: i'll shift the focus right back to you as quickly as i can. >> back the other way, yeah. >> seth: we had a lovely night. my wife and i -- you invited us to dinner at your home with some lovely people. >> yes, some lovely comedians. it's fun to get together with -- >> seth: yes. >> your -- not my peers, 'cause -- but your peers. you had john mulaney was there. >> seth: yep. uh-huh. >> and paul shaffer was there. >> seth: paul shaffer there. >> marty short -- >> seth: marty short was there. >> was there. and you were a great, great guest. >> seth: oh, thank you. >> was that the first time you'd come over? >> seth: yeah. that was the first time, yeah. >> yeah, the first time. and alexi was a lot of fun. she was tremendous. and i loved -- i so respected the way you exercised your interest in conservation by saving water by not flushing. >> seth: oh, thank you. [ laughter ] >> i thought that was -- yeah. and your -- i recognize something about you. you're, kind of, a master, because you are absolutely right.
the fifth time you told that story was the best. >> seth: oh, good -- [ laughter ] >> man, it was -- it was a memorable night. >> seth: yeah. >> anytime you run out of booze by 8:00, that's a memorable night. >> seth: yes. [ light laughter ] >> yeah. yeah, yeah. >> seth: i was -- one of the things that made me very happy that night is you talked about hosting "snl" in 2006. >> right. >> seth: and there are still "snl" sketches that i remember and things i wished had gone differently. and it made me very happy that you had that experience as well. >> with the same sketch. >> seth: yeah. we were in a sketch called "surf club" in 2006. here's a photo of "surf club." >> yeah. >> seth: and it was basically -- the joke was that you were getting kicked out of the surf club. [ light laughter ] >> well, first of all, who's going to believe me as a surfer? >> seth: right. >> i mean -- but there was an alternate sketch -- >> seth: yeah. >> i was with -- i did with amy poehler. >> seth: yep, there you go. >> yeah. >> seth: you and amy. there you go. >> and the premise was so funny. we were two drunks going in to get a bank loan. [ laughter ] and so -- [ slurring ] we're, kind of, like this.
and amy was so brilliant. and finally, we get rejected. it was chris parnell. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. he was the bank manager. and finally, she says -- we get rejected. and she says, "okay, buddy. you're not going to get this. you're not going to get this. you're not going to get these." [ laughter ] [ applause ] and i thought it was so funny, mainly because she was so funny. >> seth: yeah. >> and then you find out, "no, we're going to do the surf sketch instead, with five guys." and there were so many lines. do you remember this? >> seth: yeah. >> that all you could do is stand there and read the cue cards. >> seth: yes. >> and just go, this and this -- it's lengthy. >> seth: you -- basically, the entire premise of the sketch was you'd been kicked out of the club. and you just went around time and time again and said everybody's name in the surf club. and asking if they agreed with the decision. [ light laughter ] and lorne -- i was there between dress and airing. and you said, "i really think we should do the amy sketch." and lorne said, "i really think surf club is going to work." and it played to dead silence. [ laughter ] >> it played -- but, you know, lorne is usually right. >> seth: lorne is usually right. >> he really is always right.
and, you know, maybe the drunk thing would have played to silence. though, i don't think so. [ laughter ] >> seth: you went back recently this year. you got to play roger stone. did you enjoy -- >> i did. >> seth: getting to do that? >> yes. [ laughter and applause ] i'll tell you. it was the friday night -- >> seth: uh-huh. >> before the saturday. and i was going to have dinner with lorne. and so, i'm at the restaurant early, as i usually am. and then lorne comes around the corner of the restaurant with this phone, looks at me and says, "what about steve martin?" [ laughter ] and so, he committed me before i even really knew what it was. and i don't do impressions. you, know, 'cause, i don't need to. but, i -- [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] but i don't -- no. no, i am not a good impersonator. but i though, "well, roger stone i could maybe do." >> seth: yeah. >> 'cause we have this, kind of, similarity. >> seth: and it must have been fun to be back. >> in our hearts. >> seth: and in your hearts.
>> yeah, yeah. >> seth: yes, you're very similar. and then, of course, you're on -- you're touring now with the show with marty short -- >> and, by the way, i have an idea if they ever ask. i'm waiting for roger stone to do something again -- >> seth: yeah. >> newsworthy, so i can get back on. because i have an idea. you know how roger stone is always doing this, kind of, richard nixon thing? >> seth: yes. >> always doing that. [ light laughter ] so the idea would be -- they'd come up. here's roger stone. i'd be like this. and i'd say a couple of jokes. and then i'd say, "can i get a glass of water?" and then my hands would stay there. and my hand would come out like this -- [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> seth: "now you see us, soon you won't." >> yes, that's our show. show with marty. >> seth: you and marty. and how -- what is it like to work with marty? >> well, you know, honestly, the guy is a -- for me, working with marty is like world cup soccer. i mean, no matter how much i try, i just can't get into it. >> seth: yeah. >> you know? [ laughter ]
>> seth: you met him on "three amigos"? is that right? >> yes. yes, we met on "three amigos" and -- that was like 80 -- [ cheers and applause ] but in 1985, he came to my house to pick up a script. and we had never met at that point. and this is literally -- actually, the first thing he ever said to me -- he walked in. and i had this house in beverly hills. and he looked at. and he said, "how did you get this rich, because i've seen your work." [ laughter ] and i said to him, i immediately took the script, and i said, "could you give this to marty short?" and i walked him out. [ laughter ] >> seth: you, obviously, you're touring. that might be one of the reasons that you don't do as many films as you used to. is it safe to say? >> no. in fact, the other day someone said, "steve, why are you not doing as many films as you used to?" and i remember what i said. i said, "honey, why is my daughter talking to me?" >> seth: oh. >> yeah. [ laughter ]
>> seth: you -- >> by the way, working with marty -- you know, there's a special rule. when you pick up marty, you always have to remember to cradle the neck. [ laughter ] >> seth: that must have been helpful when you had a child that you'd worked with marty so you knew a lot of that stuff. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: you -- a lot of people, i think, at this point -- >> by the way, i think this interview is going great. >> seth: i do too. yeah. [ laughter ] [ cheers ] you're a musician. a comedian. but, also, a background in magic. >> you left out co-executive producer. [ laughter ] i do have a background in magic. i started as a magician at disneyland. >> seth: yeah. >> i was 15. and then i -- my first act was a comedy magic act. and i did some ventriloquism. ventriloquism. and i remember i was working -- i'm 20 years old. and i'm working a tiny little club in san francisco. literally, it seated 50 people if you could get 10 people to come in.
and there was a women there who ran the club. and she was a new yorker trying to run a, kind of, west coast hip club. and she knew how to run a club. she was great. but she didn't know anything about show business, 'cause after i did my ventriloquism act, she said, "mind if i give you some advice?" and i said, "sure." and she said, "you've got to hold the dummy closer to the mic. [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> seth: you -- what were some early -- go ahead. >> well, i was just going to say, there was another thing at this club. it's called the coffee and confusion. and it had a sign -- remember this is 1965, okay? i know, everybody goes, "what?" [ light laughter ] and it had a sign in the back and it said, "anyone who gives janis joplin a drink before her last song is fired." [ laughter ] >> seth: that would derail the evening, i guess. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: yeah. were there early tricks that you still remember how to do? >> yes. there's a couple of old bits
that i do. that i've kind of put back. and one of them was -- i always liked to do it. it was -- i would go -- ♪ i got music i got rhythm ♪ [ laughter ] and then -- [ cheers ] and i thought i'd do this for you. >> seth: okay. >> because when i worked at disneyland, there was an older magician there. and remember, i'm just kind of doing conventional stuff. and he showed me this bit that he used to do in his vaudeville act. and when he showed it to me, i went -- i literally had an epiphany. and i thought, "this is a new kind of comedy. i've never seen it." and i asked him if i could use it. and i used for years. it was called the napkin treat. and here's what he did. his name was dave stewart, by the way. [ laughter ] [ applause ]
and it was the first time, you know, i ever saw comedy come from nothing. which is essentially what i've been doing for 50 years. >> seth: yeah, and it's been going great. [ light laughter ] catch steve martin and martin short nation-wide, including at the stony center for the performing arts in toronto on april 12th and 13th. the orpheum theater in omaha on april 18th. and the riverside theater in milwaukee on april 19th. for more dates visit stevemartin.com. we'll be back with more from steve martin. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ at panera, our salads are uniquely crafted.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back to "late night", everybody. we're here with steve martin. and it has been so good to talking to you tonight, steve >> yeah. [ laughter ] it's fine. it's good. >> seth: sorry, something wrong? >> well, nah. it's not a big thing. nothing, nothing. i'm fine. >> seth: no, well -- >> let's just move past it. >> seth: no, come on. what is it? >> well, you know, i paid for the platinum guest experience. [ light laughter ] i, you know, got the card and everything. and i don't feel i got the platinum guest experience. >> seth: i'm sorry? >> well, i, you know, i got this. here's my platinum preferred
guest card. >> seth: uh-huh. oh, oh, oh. oh, okay. i think i know what happened. did you check in with concierge? >> what? no. >> seth: the "late night" concierge desk is right over there. you need to check in and tell them you paid for the platinum guest experience. >> oh. [ laughter and applause ] hi. excuse me -- >> just one second, sir. >> yeah, okay. yeah. [ laughter ] yeah. i'm a -- yeah. yeah. >> just one second, sir. >> sure. [ light laughter ] >> just be one second, sir. >> fine. [ light laughter ] >> how can i help you? >> hi. i'm on the show and i paid for the platinum guest experience. i want to check in. >> okay. name? [ laughter ] >> it's steve. you know? steve martin. you know? five-time golden globe nominee. >> oh.
[ cheers and applause ] that's wonderful. any wins? [ audience ohs ] >> not really, but anyway, go ahead. yeah. [ laughter ] >> okay, well i just need to see your i.d. >> i got my i.d. right here. >> it's just so i can enter your age. >> sure. [ laughter ] >> wow. wow, that is cool. [ laughter ] yeah. hey, hey, jeremy. look at that. >> oh, all right. >> yeah. >> good for you. all right. >> that is just what i needed. okay. [ laughter ] all right. just hold on one second and i will put it right in there. [ ding ] oh, you're approved. >> okay. >> that means you the preferred platinum experience. and here's a list of your benefits. you may return to your interview. >> thank you very much. okay. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, steve. and let's get you started in our
platinum preferred accommodations. >> whoa! >> seth: yeah. >> all right. now we're talking. >> seth: yeah. >> whoa! yeah, hey. [ laughter ] all right. let's see. what do i got? i got the luxury recliner. >> seth: yeah. >> i'm suppose to get a house-made specialty cocktail. >> seth: yes, of course. >> okay. >> seth: here you are. >> there you go. >> seth: only the finest -- and boom. >> okay, good. [ laughter ] i'm suppose to get four reserved seats for friends of my choice. >> seth: yes, we've done that already. >> oh. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: you -- you -- you don't have any friends, do you, steve? >> not at the moment. >> seth: okay, yeah. [ laughter ] >> i get discount on "late night" merchandise. >> seth: yes, that's right. you will get the mug -- >> great. >> seth: and the sweatshirt. and that's only $600 with your discount. >> wow. [ light laughter ] well, i'll sign my check back over to you, then give you $500. okay? >> seth: sounds good, and -- >> oh. [ light laughter ]
platinum preferred interview questions. >> seth: oh, yes. that's right, with the platinum preferred interview, you get to answer questions that you've prewritten. >> i would not do that. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: okay. >> crazy. >> seth: here we go. so -- so steve, you have a netflix special with martin short that's streaming right now. what do you say to people who think you're consistently funnier and more talented than martin short? [ laughter ] >> oh, come on. that's not true. that guy is really -- he's got a couple of movies that are actually kind of fun. >> seth: okay. >> so, there we go. [ laughter ] >> seth: and what about those who say you prop martin short up and that he's just riding your coattails and would be nothing without you? [ laughter and applause ] >> yeah, yeah. [ light laughter ] >> seth: your guys' live show has been selling out around the country. >> well, actually, he's the one who sold out. so -- yeah. [ audience oohs ] yeah. >> seth: well, that brings us to end of your interview. i really hope you feel like you had a platinum preferred -- >> whoa, whoa, whoa. one last item.
one photograph with a celebrity more famous than i am. >> seth: that's right. it was not easy to find, steve. i almost forgot. please welcome, a true new york icon, times square elmo, everyone. >> whoa. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> okay, that's -- yeah. >> seth: steve martin, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with susan kelechi watson. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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got claustrophobic. >> yeah, but then right before all three girls went into full meltdown mode -- >> we found the door. >> we found the door. i'm not seeing the door here, randall. >> seth: please welcome the show susan kelechi watson, everyone. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: how are you? >> i'm good. how are you? >> seth: i'm well. >> good. >> seth: i can't believe it's already the end of the third season of the show. >> i know. i know. i can't keep up anymore. it's crazy. >> seth: it's flying by. >> it's going so fast. >> seth: and -- and one of the things that is a change is i feel like randall and beth were laid out as this sort of perfect couple over the first couple seasons, and this season we sort of explore that maybe that's not the case. >> right. >> seth: yeah. has it been -- [ laughter ] has it been --
i mean, it's weird to say like, "is it fun, as an actor, to take on that change?" because of course, it's a more, you know, negative energy to be playing. >> right. >> seth: but do you enjoy it? >> yeah, negative is always fun, because it's like, it's challenging. [ light laughter ] >> seth: sure. >> right? and then it's a total change up from what we have been. but i kind of feel like it's realistic. right? it's life. i think if they stay too perfect, people would start to question that. or people would say like, you know, that's not a representation of a real marriage. and we want to do our best to really represent what people go through. so, i found the struggles to be really challenging. but, you know, i'm doing with sterling k. brown. that's not bad with him. >> seth: yeah, it's not that challenging. yeah. [ cheers and applause ] >> you know -- >> seth: one thing you had to do without sterling is your character had to rely on your background. you have a dance background to some degree. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: 'cause there was some dancing for you this year. >> there was dancing. >> seth: did you have to the drawing board? did you have to retrain at all for this? >> yeah. they wanted me to do ballet and, like i left ballet behind like maybe when i was like 14. >> seth: yeah. >> because i didn't like it, but when --
[ laughter ] >> seth: good reason. yeah. >> yeah, that was mine thing. i mean, misty copeland killed it. but like i -- but then i went back to train for ballet, and i found out i still didn't like it. >> seth: wow. [ laughter ] >> and so, i was like, "okay. what we gonna do now?" 'cause they wanna do ballet, and i was thinking -- so i asked them. i said, "maybe modern dance, y'all. does she do african dance?" you know, i can get down with that. and they were like, "no, it has to be ballet." so, i was like, "all right." then i got this choreographer, nia brantly, who started teaching me and coaching me. and she's fantastic. and she made it feel like it fit my body. 'cause i'd always sort of been told like, you know, your stomach sticks out. your butt's too big. all these things that i didn't kind of fit into that genre of dance. and then she made it feel like i can wear it on my body, and do it sort of boldly and proudly. so, it worked out. >> seth: yeah. >> i feel like, you know -- >> seth: it really did work out. >> yeah, it worked out. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i'm glad you guys put the work in together. >> yeah. we put a lot of work in. yeah. >> seth: you -- this show obviously, i don't need to tell you has -- fans are very passionate about it.
you -- are you family members -- are they -- would you would you put them in the category of passionate fans? >> yes. [ laughter ] >> seth: is it good or bad? >> no, it's -- it's good. umm, no, i have like this whole text chain. my family in jamaica is gonna love this, because they're on this text chain. and so every time the text, you know, comes out, they have commentary about the show. and so, you get different things. 'cause, you know, people are kind of divided with -- you know, there's a lot going about -- about team beth or team randall and, you know, so -- >> seth: some people in you family are not team beth? >> oh, yeah. >> seth: wow. >> no my -- [ laughter ] my family keeps it a hundred and fifty. okay? it's not -- [ laughter ] so -- so, you know, sometimes, you know, they'll say, you know -- you know, "randall too spoiled. too spoiled. you spoil him too much." you know what i mean? [ laughter ] it's like -- you know, or my niece will say, "auntie, so can you explain to me what your -- how you feel about the team randall, team beth thing? because i'm very team randall and i was wondering view to be just as a normal person, and not actress about --
if you were just looking at it objectively, like who would you" -- [ laughter ] and i was like -- i went to back to -- i was like, "so, you're team who?" [ laughter ] she was like, "randall." but i get it. i think it's fun. >> seth: yeah. >> and i mean -- >> seth: and that is a better option than them not watching the show. >> at all. >> seth: yeah, absolutely. [ laughter ] >> so, i mean -- that mean they're tuning in. and i'm definitely team, you know r and b. and, you know, hope for the best for the couple. absolutely. >> seth: there you go. >> so, yeah. >> seth: and this is very exciting. you shot -- is it "won't you be my neighbor?" the tom hanks film? >> it is called now "a beautiful day in the neighborhood." >> seth: "a beautiful day in the neighborhood." >> yeah. >> seth: and this is the mr. rogers movie? >> absolutely. >> seth: shot in pittsburgh? yes? >> shot fully in pittsburgh, except we did a couple days in new york. >> seth: oh, cool. >> mm-hmm. >> seth: and was that -- that must have been a fantastic experience. >> it was amazing, because i was sandwiched between sir tom hanks and chris cooper and matthew rhys. and so i couldn't ask for a better cast for my first feature film. yeah. >> seth: well, that's exciting. >> mm-hmm. >> seth: we can't wait to see that. >> yeah. >> seth: and congratulations on another season. give it up for susan kelechi watson, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] season finale of "this is us" airs this tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. on nbc. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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