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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- anna kendrick, from "silicon valley" actor thomas middleditch, comedians tom scharpling and jon wurster, featuring the 8g band. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] and now, here he is, seth meyers! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: good evening, everybody, i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that is great to hear. well, it seems like the election, it's so far away, but
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it seems like it's almost in full swing now. we have a lot of candidates giving interviews, a lot of candidates criticizing other candidates. and jeb bush criticized hillary clinton this week by saying "you can't script your way to the presidency. you cannot script your way to the presidency." when she heard this, hillary said, "that accusation is completely -- line? [ laughter ] line?" presidential hopeful rick santorum said this week "that men who father children with many different women are sexual predators. while men just father many different children with one woman are catholic." [ laughter and applause ] subtle difference. subtle difference. [ applause ] everybody been following deflategate? it's a really -- it's the most important thing that's been happening not only in this country, but all the countries. [ laughter ] a new england patriots employee ahd described himself as
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"the deflator" in text messages is now sayings it's a nickname he gave himself because he was trying to lose weight. [ laughter ] but just in his balls. [ laughter and applause ] just ball weight. and that -- being closer to the summer, beach bodies, you want to lose your ball weight. [ laughter ] your winter -- [ laughter ] dairy queen has announced plans to remove soda from it's kid's menu. raising the question isn't their entire menu a kid's menu? [ laughter ] "i like a blizzard because it's for gentlemen. [ laughter ] it's a gentlemen's desert for grown men. and the opera was wonderful tonight. shall we go get blizzards? charles, to the dairy queen. [ laughter ] for where royalty eats." [ cheers and applause ] tomorrow, this is amazing and true.
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tomorrow, mitt romney will have a boxing match with evander holyfield for charity. and i suspect that's what romney will be yelling the whole time. "for charity evander! [ laughter ] this is for charity." that's right. mitt romney will box evander holyfied tomorrow. so finally, someone can honestly say "mitt, i think you should run." [ laughter and applause ] and finally, a new zealand woman managed to survive after getting lost in the wilderness this week by living off of her own breast milk until she was found by search and rescue. and boy was she pumped to see them. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, this is the 8g band. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: how are we doing, 8g band? good to see you guys.
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i'm very excited about this. not next week, the week after, i'm doing a couple shows -- i'm doing a show in norway, in oslo. at the, i hope i'm saying this right, the folketeateret. [ laughter ] and in stockholm, this is on the 28th, i'm doing a show at the göta lejon. i probably said both of those wrong and if you -- so if you live in norway or sweden, i guess my question is how are you seeing this? [ laughter ] is this -- are we on tv there? are you watching it on youtube? i don't know, we'll talk when i get there. but i'm very much looking forward to that. and my mom, my mom was actually in olsen so she's part swedish. so when i'm in sweden it's really going to be a homecoming and then because of my swedish blood when i go to norway, those are my arch enemies so. [ laughter ] that will certainly make that show interesting. you guys, we have a great show for you tonight from the new film, "pitch perfect 2" anna kendrick is here. [ cheers and applause ] the great anna kendrick. also, he's an old friend of mine. he's a on the great show "silicon valley."
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thomas middleditch is joining us again. [ cheers and applause ] and they just put out, this is for real, their new 16 cd box set, "scharpling and wurster: the best of the best show." tom scharpling and jon wurster will be joining us this evening. [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with more "late night." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ normally people wear pants. yeah that's why i'm hiding, captain obvious. not very well. i found you immediately. you know what else is easy to find? a new hotel with the app. i don't need a new hotel room, i just need to get back into this one. gary? it's wednesday gary! i know that janet! is more helpful than janet.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. you know, we read a lot of weird news items here at "late night" and all these news items roll in from all over the country. but somehow, it seems like the strangest stories always tend to come from florida. they're so crazy, you'd swear they're made up. you'd never be able to tell the difference, right? well, we're going to see if you can tell the difference in the latest edition of our "late night" game show -- >> audience: fake or florida! [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: let's bring in the contestants. ♪ all right, contestants. you've taken your place behind the podium, you're getting settled, and now, before we begin, please remain seated for the florida national anthem sung by one-time florida pageant winner and current mother of seven. britany valez davis. ♪
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florida grand peninsula we sing your praise from swamp to trailers ♪ ♪ florida i'm never bored of ya because you're full ♪ ♪ of alligators disneyworld for little boys and girls ♪ ♪ for adults there's pcp florida, grand peninsula built on the pensions of the elderly ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: thank you, brittany. and that's brittany with three ts and two ns. all right. contestants, hello. your name is? >> annalee. >> seth: okay. i wanted to make sure i was saying it right. welcome annalee. where are you from? >> i'm from new york. >> seth: you're from new york?
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welcome. kelly, where are you from? >> oregon. >> seth: oregon. lovely to have you. and kristin, where are you from? >> boston. >> seth: boston. all right. well, welcome everybody. and now, let's play fake or florida. uh, cassandra, will you please bring me the news item. [ cheers and applause ] nice. cassandra, that is a beautiful dress you're wearing. >> thank you. it's from sachs. >> seth: wow, sachs fifth avenue, very nice. >> no, i made it myself. from sacks. >> seth: okay then. all right. thank you cassandra. thank you for the cards. [ applause ] all right guys. let's begin. the game is simple. i will read a news story, you will use your fake or florida paddles you have in front of you to guess whether it's fake or whether this news story really happened in florida. then once has everyone has answered, we'll ask the judges. if it's a fake news story, you'll hear the sound of a tourist in flip flops stepping on a rusty boardwalk nail. >> ow! >> seth: if it's an actual news
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item, you'll hear the sound of a waffle house waitress winning $100 on a scratcher. >> oh hell yes! >> seth: all right. [ laughter ] this is the first round and each correct answer will earn you one manatee. so lets begin. news item number one. a high school principal was arrested in palm springs last week after she was caught smoking marijuana with her students in the school parking lot with her shirt unbuttoned. fake or florida. hold up your paddles everyone. everybody's going with florida. judges? >> oh hell yes! >> seth: that indeed happened in florida. that is a real thing. [ applause ] anyone here ever smoke marijuana with the teacher? >> no. >> seth: even oregon? oregon? [ laughter ] be honest oregon. >> my parents are watching this right now. >> seth: okay, you're parents are watching. totally understood. all right. here we go. the second question here we go. a woman in new smyrna beach was
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arrested for drunk driving wile breast-feeding a baby with several other children in the car. is that fake or is that florida? the paddles. we're going to go one fake and two floridas. judges? >> oh hell yes! >> seth: really happened in florida. really happened in florida. [ applause ] next question. a housekeeper in vero beach was arrested after she was captured on a nanny cam masturbating with her employer's electric toothbrush. is that fake or is that florida? florida. fake. florida. judges? >> ow! >> seth: that was fake. a professional comedy writer spent 15 minutes working on that question. [ laughter ] all right, let's see the scores after the first round. and kristin is in the lead with three. and then kelly with two and annalee with one. all right. let's move on to the second round. [ applause ]
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>> second round. >> seth: it'd be a lot nicer if you could bring these back to me over here at the podium. okay. >> i don't know how. >> seth: all right. each correct answer in this round is worth two manatees. are you ready contestants? a man in key largo is suing a hospital after they amputated his leg and then threw it in the garbage with his name tag still on it. is that fake or is that florida? two floridas and a fake. judges? >> oh hell yes! >> seth: that is a real thing. that happened. though i will say, i'm glad they left the name tag still on it, otherwise they wouldn't know if it was his leg or not. all right. a man in the everglades region had to be rescued after he got drunk on hand sanitizer and drove his friend's airboat into heavy vegetation. fake or florida? judges? >> ow! >> seth: that is not a true news
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story. all right. a round of applause for florida. [ applause ] annalee, have you ever been to florida? >> yeah. >> seth: where'd you go? >> a couple places. my grandparents live there. >> seth: all right. i don't believe any of that. all right? >> sure. >> seth: the lack of specificity. what are your grandparents names? >> uh, roy and audrey. and they're watching. >> seth: are they really? >> yeah. >> seth: you're sure. >> i think it's margate. >> seth: you think it's margate? >> i'm pretty sure it's margate. >> seth: well, you're breaking their heart. [ laughter ] >> sorry grandma and granpa. >> seth: all right. this isn't about you. [ laughter ] moving on. a 75-year-old gainesville man was arrested last week after stopping and tearing apart the back of a garbage truck while high on crack because he claimed that his girlfriend was inside. we've all been there. is it fake or is et florida? all three say florida. judges? >> oh hell yes! >> seth: you're all right.
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that happened in florida. last question. round two. what about you, kelly. ever been to florida? >> i will not go to florida. >> seth: you will not? >> no. >> seth: way to stake a stand my man. i really like that. [ laughter ] i really like that. a jacksonville man turn himself in after stabbing his imaginary friend mr. happy to death because mr. happy never picked up his empty cocaine baggies. is that fake or is it florida? fake. everybody says fake. the answer? >> oh hell yes! >> seth: it's florida. but it's also a tricky one. because that actually happened. so it is in florida. but since his friend was imaginary, it's also fake, everybody gets a point. [ applause ] all right. let's look at our scores going into round three. all right. so kristin, you are still ahead. annalee you are in second place. and kelly you're in last. you do not know a lot about florida but that's okay because you're never going to go there. and now, oh. >> hey mon!
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>> seth: the sound of a runaway jet ski crashing into an all white ragae band means this is the final round. [ cheers and applause ] >> final round. here you go. >> seth: all right, thank you. okay. here we go. final round. [ laughter ] hey, cassandra? >> sach's fifth avenue. what is that? >> seth: cassandra darling, you're right in the way. >> oh, sorry, take camera three. >> seth: okay, thank you cassandra. here we go guys. this is the final round. correct answers are worth 50 manatees. 50 manatees. a man in murdock florida was arrested after he called 9-1-1 multiple times to complain that the owner of a strip club would not let him bring his cat inside. is this fake or is this florida?
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judges? >> oh hell yes! >> seth: that really happened. let's see the final scores. and that means that kristin is our winner. [ cheers and applause ] kristin as the winner of fake or florida, you win a full-sized florida state flag. bring it on out. ♪ there you go. it is perfect for displaying state pride, or cramming under your door so your neighbors don't smell the meth you're cooking. runners-up, you each receive a book of weird news stories from florida so you won't be caught flat-footed the next time you find yourself playing -- >> audience: fake or florida! >> seth: we'll be right back with anna kendrick. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back to the show, everybody. our first guest is an oscar-nominated actress who you know from films like "into the woods" and "up in the air." her new film, "pitch perfect 2" will be in theaters everywhere tomorrow. let's take a look. >> okay, we didn't come here to start something with you guys, we just wanted to check you out before the world before we're going to kick your ass. >> that's right.
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>> you? you are the kicker of ass? >> yeah. >> you are so tiny. like an elf. or is it a fairy? right. [ inaudible ] >> troll. >> you are like a troll. >> you? are physically flawless. >> thank you. >> but it doesn't mean i like you. >> seth: please welcome back to the show, the lovely anna kendrick. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: you screwed up and then i was like apologizing -- >> it's like when you go for the high five and you miss. >> seth: yeah. >> and then you have that whole conversation about how if you look at your elbow and then you'll never miss. but who thinks to do that? >> seth: yeah, and then when i'm high fiving someone, i don't want to have to look at someone's elbow. the whole point is to make eye contact and be like, "we did it."
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and then you totally missed. congrats on this movie, it's so exciting. >> thank you so much. >> seth: you've been doing a ton of press. >> yeah. >> seth: i so appreciate it that you found time for us. >> my pleasure. >> seth: when you do all this press, you have to generate so many different things to talk about. >> so many anecdotes. i mean, especially on this one when we're making it. it's actually unusual to go into a film knowing, "people actually want to see this." >> seth: right, because they loved the first one. >> normally, you don't know. and a group of us were like, "oh god, when we do press, they're going to be like what happened on set." you know, we're like soldiers and we all get along and it's really nice. >> seth: not enough. that's not enough for people. >> we were like, okay let's create. let's have some adventures. and there was -- we were shooting in this house and i think, like, somebody on twitter was either saying that they lived in the house or it was like this teenage boy was talking smack on twitter being like, "yeah, i saw the girls from "pitch perfect", they ain't all of that." and were like, "we've never seen this kid." and he was just trying to be the
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big man. >> seth: also in this day and age that's, like, one of the nicest things you can hear on twitter. >> it's true. it's true. not "all that." okay, that's fine, you don't need to be "all that." i can be "some of that." >> seth: right, exactly. >> and so we were like, "we should mess with this kid we should leave, like, some fake vomit in his house or something." we're like -- >> seth: were guys reading a book of 1950s pranks? >> that would be, i know it's so lame. so lame. i mean, like this is so unoriginal. yeah, that will teach him. >> seth: he's, like, "i would like to retract my last tweet. fake vomit in room." >> they sure gave me a taste of my own medicine. >> seth: all that and then some. [ light laughter ] >> oh, so sad. and then we were like "yeah, but then one of us would have to go to the store and like get it." and we were like, well we could just say that it happened. we're too lazy to prank anybody and i'm too lazy to lie about it. >> seth: so your efforts to generate a talk show story did not go well. >> all i did was prove how lazy we are and unoriginal. >> seth: i do, by the way, where ever this house was, i like that you think at the local store
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they'd have fake vomit. [ laughter ] >> i don't know, like a spencer's gifts sort of thing. >> seth: where is your pranks aisle? [ laughter ] i'm shopping for pranks. >> where is your teaching "scoungrals a lesson" eisle? >> seth: we have run across a scallywag and we need to teach him a lesson. you had a lot of -- because it's the sequel of a popular film, you get a lot more people who want to be involved, a lot of great cameos. >> yeah. >> seth: snoop. you got to work with snoop. >> the one and only. >> seth: how was it? >> so terrifying, but he was so cool. this man is so cool, he had nail art. that's when you realize it's not about a cool person doing cool things, it's just a person that is so cool that they just make everything that cool. >> seth: right, they elevate nail art. >> like, a dude wearing nail art, sure live your life. i love that about you snoop. and um -- but he was like fun and game and cool. and -- we didn't really interact that much, but he was very funny. and we were supposed to have this moment where we sort of sing this little duet together. and originally, it was like "blue christmas", and it was
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this beautiful arrangement and i was kind of excited about it. and at the last second, they were like "actually, it's going to be "here comes santa clause." and -- that was the most humiliating moment in my life. singing "here comes santa clause" in front of snoop dog and it also felt like a fever dream i had once. where, i was at work and keegan michael key was there and snoop dog was there and i sang "here comes santa clause." i didn't have any pants on. but you know. >> seth: of course in the first film, your "cups" song. >> yeah. >> seth: huge. >> crazy. >> seth: people loved it, it became like a top selling song. >> yeah, it was crazy. >> seth: and then, but i imagine it's something that people approach you about all of the time. >> yeah, well, girls will come up to me and say, "i can do the cup song." and "i did it at my talent show." and then the other thing i get is, dads coming up to me and saying, "yeah, my kids have cups and it was a cute at first." i'm, like, so sorry. i am so sorry. i really didn't -- i didn't mean to -- i'm so sorry. >> seth: you usually see those people at bar they're, like,
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sitting there. they recognize you like,"oh anna kendrick." >> i used to have a relationship with my kid. [ laughter ] >> seth: feel i got "cups" on the brain. >> sorry, that was dark. >> seth: yeah -- that shouldn't happen. kids can see "pitch perfect ii" and they'll be fine. >> yeah, they'll be fine. >> seth: you are going to write a book of essays. >> yeah, i know, i'm really scared. i don't know. i've never written a book. so i don't know if i could do it but it will to be fun. it's going to be great. >> seth: your mom has helped out. >> my mom -- my mom e-mailed me. so it's just like the ideas, i just want to tell stories about the last time i was an idiot. there were plenty of stories. lots of great material there. my mom e-mailed me and she was like, "i saw that you're writing a book." because i was too afraid to tell anybody in my family, and she was like i saw you writing a book," -- "i saw that you're writing a book and i think you should put these stories in." it's the time when i was nine like when i was an absolute angel and did something really sweet and cute and like selfless. and i was like, "mom, i can't tell stories about how great i
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am." "i have to tell stories about that time i really messed up and everybody laughed at me." like that's funny. that's great. and she's, like, "i just want people to know i want your young fans to know that you're a good person." and i was like "do i not seem like a good person?" [ laughter ] like is she sitting at home going, "my god, she comes off like such an ass." [ laughter ] >> seth: ultimately, she thinks that people read -- her friends will read your book and judge her as a parent. so she wants at least two winner stories. >> but she told me, she was like, "okay, but if you want any stories, i keep a spread sheet." because she's an accountant. >> seth: she's an accountant so she keeps a spreadsheet of your good stories? >> so she has revealed to me -- by the way, this is not because of the book, she just said, "by the way, i keep a spread sheet of family stories." how cute is that? it's crazy. >> seth: it's taking the thing with the most heart in your life, like the stories of your children -- >> breaking it down, into, yeah. >> seth: your stories average out to a 6.2 out of 10, which is very good for someone your age.
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speaking of children, you were in england doing press during "royal baby mania." >> royal baby mania. first of all, i don't know why anybody cares about the royal baby. because it's a baby, it hasn't done anything it hasn't achieved anything. it was just born. >> seth: also it's not like i get, in, like, 1540, it was exciting when the king had a baby. but it's not like he's ever going to be the king that matters. >> no, he's not going to do anything and like so americans care a little bit, but when i was in england, it was like the city had gone crazy. like there were all of these flags up and there were people baking special cakes at lunch to have, you know, in celebration of the royal baby. and i was like, "the baby doesn't know you're doing that." "the baby doesn't care." and the baby was on, like, a full page of the daily mail in the u.k. like this picture of the baby. like the first picture of the baby. it's just looks like every baby. all babies look like sacks of potatoes. it just looks like a baby. you could put a picture of any baby, any caucasian baby. and you'd be, like, "oh, it looks like a baby." >> seth: that's a queen.
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that's a baby's going to be a princess. >> is it a boy? is it a girl? is it a sack of potatoes? i don't know. >> seth: that was what the headline was, "boy, girl or sack of potatoes." and then you had to send -- if you got it right, you got a free newspaper for contributing. this is so exciting, and this is very exciting, as well, for everybody here. we are going to -- we have a give away of the soundtrack for everybody here. "pitch perfect 2" soundtrack. [ cheers and applause ] >> that's me. >> seth: that's you right there. anna kendrick everybody, "pitch perfect 2" opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow, we'll be right back with thomas middleditch. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ right now, verizon is offering unlimited talk and text. plus 10 gigs of shareable data. yeah, 10 gigantic gigs. for $80 a month. and $15 per line. more data than ever. for more of what you want. on the network that's #1 in speed, call, data, and reliability.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] seth: welcome back, everybody. my next guest is an actor and comedian who stars in the emmy and golden globe nominated "silicon valley" airing sunday nights on hbo. let's take a look. >> you're sure it's not urine? and you're not just wetting the bed? >> yeah, i'm sure, it's not. it's just sweat. >> well, then, the medical term for what you have is "night sweats." >> okay. >> but night sweats can be a precursor to bedwetting and that is very serious. >> how serious? like cancer? >> no, embarrassing. [ laughter ] you're a grown man, richard. come on.
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that's what children do. >> but i'm not wetting the bed. >> yet. [ light laughter ] >> seth: please welcome back to the show, thomas middleditch. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: will you explain real quick what you just did? you came out -- >> i threw, i threw a milky way at someone's head. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, well you tried to throw it into the crowd. >> it's great. i'm, like, "check out how cool i am, you know?" i'm on the show "silicon valley." i'm a nerd. i play a nerd. but i'm really cool in real life like -- >> seth: you hit a face. a crew member directly in the face. [ laughter ] >> really. i'm really sorry. i like came out -- it's like yeah we hug.
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like, okay well we're all friends here. and then like whoo-bam! but now, for real. [ laughter ] >> seth: i also like that everybody would be like, "it was so cool. he threw out the tiniest milky way. [ laughter ] there were like 200 of us and he had one milky way." [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: the little one. >> the weird thing is i just got paid so much money by milky way. [ laughter ] >> seth: oh, by milky way. oh yeah, that's great. >> "what we want you to do is throw this little chocolate bar at someone's head. [ laughter ] the only thing, and again tom, it's in the contract but i wouldn't worry about it. you cannot hit anybody with the milky way or else that voids the deal. >> fair enough. >> seth: but you are a cool dude. >> yeah. thanks. [ laughter ] >> seth: that is absolutely accurate. last time you were here, we didn't get a chance to talk about this because you play a lot of video games. >> sure. >> seth: you're really good at that. >> yeah, i'm great at that. >> seth: you're so good like people watch you play video games. >> yeah. >> seth: to like learn about video games. >> i play on this thing, you know, >> seth: yeah. >> i play this thing and people watch me play video games. >> seth: that's great. >> it's like a real thing. >> seth: no, no, no, i -- it's true. >> i'm telling you. >> seth: you don't have tell me it's a real thing. [ laughter ] >> i'm telling you. >> seth: i wouldn't bring it up if it was fake. i'm going to bring up things
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about you and you tell me whether they're real or fake. >> okay. >> seth: but this is something else that i want you to explain because you participate in something, it's role playing, yes? >> okay. >> it's called gurps. >> you get me -- you bring me out on this show, you rustle all of these nerdy facts. >> seth: right. >> we talked about ren fairs last time and now gurp. >> seth: we did. we did a little ren. and gurps is what? [ sigh ] [ laughter ] >> so people, some people know what d and d is. it's dungeons and dragons, right? >> seth: yeah, mm-hmm. >> you know, you've got a dungeon master and he's like, "you're in a tavern." [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> and you're like, "i'm grog the barbarian. a barbarian. tommy barbarian." anyway. then there's gurps and gurps is -- gurps stands for generic universal role playing system. >> seth: okay. >> it's exquisite. [ laughter ] >> seth: okay. >> bear with me. okay, so what happens in gurps is now you can, it doesn't have to be like fantasy, dragons, and all that kind of stuff. >> seth: got you. >> you can put it in anything. >> seth: got it. >> i played in -- i played a 1930s film noir, los angeles. >> seth: gotcha. >> or cyber punk or anything.
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>> seth: and is grog the barbarian in that. >> grog is not in any of them. >> seth: okay, gotcha. okay. >> when it was my turn to be the game master. [ laughter ] i made a game called "we the people." >> seth: okay. >> and it took place during -- the like the beginning of the war of independence. [ laughter ] >> seth: okay. >> and i'm a -- i'm canadian, so this was great to do. >> seth: yeah, gotcha. [ cheers and applause ] and totally serious, you collect your friends and you say, "hey we're going to -- >> i collect my friends. >> seth: but you say -- >> i force them at gunpoint. [ laughter ] >> seth: they say "we don't wanna gurps any more." >> you play with me or else. [ laughter ] >> seth: so you say, "hey, we're doing this. this is the world we're doing, the 1700s." >> yeah. >> seth: yeah. >> well, the game started, first i said to my four friends that play, i say, "okay. okay, this will be fun for you. [ laughter ] pick a signee, a signer, of the declaration of independence. research him. [ laughter ] present it to the gang and then in gurps make him as accurately as you can using the system of
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the game." >> seth: gotcha. >> so people -- okay, here were the players. [ laughter ] we have ben franklin, clutch. >> seth: great, somebody grabbed -- yeah. >> you need a big one. >> seth: you need a franklin. [ laughter ] >> you need a name. >> seth: dream team. >> dream team. ben -- benny franks, we had john hancock. >> seth: yeah. >> aw, what's his name, charles carroll of carrollton. >> seth: okay, great. >> and button gwinnett. >> seth: okay. >> gwinnett. >> seth: gwinnett, okay. >> who i've learned through m.p.r. is the most valuable signature. >> seth: oh really? >> i don't know if anyone listens to this american life or a radio app. [ laughter ] >> seth: he's the most valuable -- >> he's -- if you have one of his, like, original signatures 'casue he didn't sign a lot. >> seth: oh gotcha. >> 'cause i guess he died or something. >> seth: oh yeah. >> i don't know. i guess one of these guys is dead. [ laughter ] >> seth: it only goes up in value. >> it only gets richer. the better they are. ben franklin is still around signing. [ laughter ] anyway, so the premise was, right, the game starts off. there they are. they're all -- 50 of them? i don't know.
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>> seth: okay. >> and the last signature, ha, ha, ha. hubbub, hubbub shaking hands. and then someone is, like, "ooh, i don't feel well." "are you sick?" "i ate something strange." and then, this is me, the game master describing. >> seth: yeah. >> and then, they say, "what's wrong with your arm?" "oh, i was bit by a dog on the way over here." "huh, that's strange. full moon. i suppose anything is possible." [ laughter ] then he turns into a werewolf. [ laughter ] and he's attacking everybody. >> seth: he's attacking the signers of the declaration. >> i'm explaining something that happens only in my mind. [ laughter ] >> seth: like this was real. >> like if this happened -- get this. [ laughter ] but the premise of the game was that, you know, like all of these, you know, signees get ripped apart by this werewolf and then one guy is left. he's, like, "get to washington!" like george washington. he's there, he's at this place. and they had to go and get re-taught their psychic mind powers to deceive monsters. [ laughter ] >> seth: wow. this would be a really good --
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>> i'm so sorry. [ laughter ] >> seth: it could be a really good movie. it could be a really good film. >> maybe the president of hollywood is watching. >> seth: i hope so. [ laughter ] you -- this was a real exciting thing that happened to you. you mentioned d. and d. which i used to think was nerdy, but then after this gurps thing, it's like rock and roll. [ laughter ] like this is like -- >> you laugh. >> this is new york city punk in 1980 right here. >> see you laugh, but when you play. >> seth: yeah, no, i have money. the next time you gurp, you let me know. [ laughter ] for real. >> "dad you don't gurp." [ laughter ] >> seth: "my son, thomas, gurps." >> god you're such a doyyio. >> seth: "i played baseball when i was in high school. he gurps." >> "i tried then i threw the ball at someone's face." [ laughter ] >> seth: you -- this was a new "d. and d." character was created -- >> yes. >> seth: and you believe it's based on you. >> okay. i got this tweeted at me. >> seth: okay. >> just let's say, "hey tommy check this out." i don't -- it's from a game. are you going to show it or not? >> seth: okay, i'm gonna show it. there we go. [ laughter ]
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>> so that's, this is, you know, artists when they do their drawings of characters or whatever. they use source material. this -- i would hazard a guess that this is -- >> seth: you want to add a third case? >> yeah, yeah. [ laughter ] i'm growing the mustache so that people won't be, like, "oh, "d. and d." dude. d and d dude." [ laughter ] the best part is, you don't see it in this picture. i think the guy's name is like homit or hogrit or something. and he -- it says like in the description. "hogrit is a necromancer with a twist. he has good intentions." [ laughter ] it's, like, "oh, it's so nerdy." i got, like, the nerdiest character in the nerdiest game. >> seth: no, he's good at improvising. >> yeah. >> seth: well, this is a real -- >> i'm an improviser. >> seth: yeah you're -- [ laughter ] >> whoa, what happened to them. >> seth: he's an improviser you guys. >> spell! and you all go to sleep. [ laughter ] it's real.
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>> seth: this is a real achievement. thank you so much for coming. >> of course. >> seth: thanks for explaining that. [ cheers and applause ] >> i'm very happy. >> seth: i would like to play. i would like to play. thomas middleditch everyone! "silicon valley" on sunday nights on hbo. we'll be right back with tom scharpling and jon wurster. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ don't, don't, don't, don't stop the beat ♪ i can't, can't, can't, can't ♪ ♪ control my feet ♪ p p p people in the street ♪ c'mon everybody and move your feet ♪ ♪ go! ♪ ♪ everybody ♪ move your feet and feel united ♪ ♪ oh oh oh ♪ everybody ♪ move your feet and feel united ♪ wheawhat are you,ake? a suspender---wearing hipster trying to grow his first beard?
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. our next guest is a comedy duo behind the legendary radio show, "the best show", which aired for 13 years on wfmu. you can currently listen to their live show every tuesday at they also have a new sixteen cd box set of the best of the first 13 years of "the best show." in stores now. please welcome, tom scharpling and jon wurster. ♪ [ applause ]
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>> seth: thank you guys for being here. i'm very excited about this. >> we're told that was the first group hug. >> seth: that is the first group hug on the show. thank you for that. >> historical. >> seth: it was historic. so for those who don't know, i've been a fan of "the best show" for a long time. for those who don't know, explain the world really quickly that you've set up with this show. >> well, it's a call-in radio show we do every tuesday night. and i take regular calls from actual people, and then john calls every week and is a different, weird person who yells at me and frustrates me and usually threatens to kill me at the end. >> seth: yeah, i know sort of a recurring stable of characters that listeners get to know over time. you sort of built this world a new bridge -- the town of newbridge, and so you get to know the characters. >> right, yeah. >> seth: and um -- all these characters, you have to sort of maintain a patience with, as well. how scripted is it when you guys talk? because it feels very natural, and i would have believed it was
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improvised. >> no, we script everything out. it's like 90 percent scripted, and we know where we're going with the things and it's really, we're performing. we are performers. >> seth: i credit -- it is a credit to you guys how it does feel like a caller calling in. like it has that same natural rhythm to it. some of my favorite characters, philly boy roy. >> yeah. >> he's from philadelphia. >> yeah. >> seth: yeah, you do have a very good --you must be from philly. >> i'm from a town called harleysville, pennsylvania. which is outside philly. >> seth: one person, one class. >> one person with an ankle bracelet on, with parole officers out in the hallway. >> seth: can you give us a little bit of philly boy ron? >> if roy was here, roy is full of unearned confidence. and he thinks he can just do anything, even though he doesn't really have the skills to do anything. so he'll say something like, "oh, seth, you've got to hook me up with anna kendrich because i just wrote this screen play that
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i want her to co-star in with me. remember that movie "open water"? where those two people get called out in the ocean, you know? and well, it's just like that, but it takes place in philly. [ laughter ] it's called "open cheese steaks." >> seth: you -- it is so fun because you don't, on the show, you are so patient with his characters and that is so much where the comedy comes from. like -- is that you guys constructed from the beginning? like this idea of being patient? >> well, we're just trying to let john do the characters. it's like you can't have two crazy people competing for whose going to be more intense or weird. somebody's got to be straight person. >> seth: and you also have regular callers still calling in. >> that's when i scream at people and hang up on them at the drop of the hat. >> seth: you've had some weird callers over the years -- >> oh, yeah. >> seth: then they became the callers in the early days of the show.
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>> yeah, there's a guy named spike, who used to call and -- i would just take a call and he'd be like, "where's debbie?" and then he would hang up. [ light laughter ] and that went on for a year and a half. >> seth: every show he called. >> more or less, yeah. >> you're on the air, "where's debbie?" [ laughter ] >> seth: did you even get an answer out before he hung up? >> i didn't know who debbie was. and, finally, one week, i was, like, "please, caller, let's talk." "i want to know more about you." "who are you?" and then this guy started talking and telling me about himself and he goes by the name of "spike." and he is a fan of duop music and horror movies like "chucky," who was one of his all-time heroes, i think. >> he has a favorite actor, who's his favorite actor? >> it's this guy john weslie shipp, who is on "the flash." he was on both flashes. >> seth: oh, gotcha. >> he played the flash on the old "flash" show.
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and now he's like the flash's dad or something. [ light laughter ] >> seth: very exciting for spike. >> he's like, flash senior. >> seth: another one of my favorite characters you play, gorch the gorch. he's a gentleman who believes the fonz was based on him. >> yes, he's 63 years old and he's still a hoodlem. >> seth: yeah. >> and so -- yes, he claims that gary marshall, who created "happy days", based the fonz on him. and he called into tom's show to basically to say that and also to hype a self help book, or a book he wrote for teenagers called "the real life fonzy's guide to real life. " [ light laughter ] >> seth: and the gorch thinks his big complaint about fonzy is not as dark as the gorch was in real life. >> yes, you never saw fonzy swinging a chain, beating people up, or -- >> seth: that would be worse. that would make the show worse. >> fonzy would not look like henry winkler. >> seth: right. it had to be based on somebody.
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>> you would be terrified if you saw a '50s hoodlem coming at you back then, could be a creep in a leather jacket. >> -- whipping a chain around. >> seth: you also do gene simmons on the show as a character. and one of the things you do as gene simmons is you talk about how you were an investor in gene simmons toyota in newbridge, new jersey. >> that's right. >> seth: that is totally fictional. >> totally fictional. >> seth: that is not -- gene simmons does not do that? >> we did that call at least ten years ago. >> seth: at least 10 years ago, i'm very happy to tell you guys, just to let you know that the reach of your show. this is currently as of today on his wikipedia page, that gene simmons is an investor in gene simmons toyota in newbridge, new jersey -- >> oh, my god. >> ten years back. >> seth: is that a real feather in your cap? >> kind of. >> we've done the show for free for 13 years. we've flushed thousands of hours of our lives down the toilet. the creative shank of our lives
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was thrown away for no money. so that is payment for all of that. i'll take it. [ laughter ] >> seth: well, congratulations, guys. thank you so much for being here. [ cheers and applause ] this is something else. tom scharpling & jon wurster, you can listen to their show every tuesday at, and the "new best show" boxset is in stores now. you can also see them live at thursday night records in nashville this saturday. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: my thanks to anna kendrick, thomas middleditch, tom scharpling, and jon wurster, everybody. and of course to the 8g band. stay tuned for "carson daily," we'll see you tomorrow. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ >> carson: good evening, i'm carson daly and you are watching "last call." tonight, we're stationed at the world famous kroq radio studios here in los angeles, california. tonight we're going to feature the comedy of marcella arguello. also, the music is young rising suns. but, first, this sunday marks the end of an era as "mad men" airs its series finale. so, we take this opportunity to sit down, one last time, with the show's creator and talk all things "mad men." from catcher in the rye, take a look. ♪ >> i promised them that there would be a holy [ bleep ] -- can you swear here? >> you jus


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