tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC May 14, 2016 12:37am-1:38am EDT
[ cheers and applause ] >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- dana carvey, chat and music from cyndi lauper, featuring the 8g band with mark guiliana. ♪ [ 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's fantastic to hear. let's get to the news. bernie sanders said yesterday that he intends to do everything that he can to prevent a donald trump presidency. though i don't know what he can try that donald trump hasn't tried already. [ laughter ]
donald trump has already started outlining plans for what he hopes to accomplish during his first 100 days in office. once he's done outlining, he's going to start coloring it in. [ laughter and applause ] "what's the best colors for walls?" that's right. donald trump has started outlining plans for his first 100 days in office. and it's pretty ambitious. [ laughter ] the rolling stones have prohibited donald trump from playing their songs at his rallies, adding them to a growing list of artists who have done the same including adele, aerosmith, r.e.m. and neil young. which explains this scene at a recent trump rally. >> donald trump. ♪ down by the old mill stream ♪ >> seth: the only song left. that's the only one left. [ light laughter ] today is cinco de mayo. and now -- [ cheers and applause ]
yeah. and now, in honor of the holiday, here are five quick cinco de mayo jokes. today is cinco de mayo, which commemorates the time the french army was defeated a the battle of la puebla by drunk white girls in sombreros. [ laughter ] today is cinco de mayo, the day every year where white people find out how low we can cinco. [ laughter ] that was dos. today is cinco de mayo, or as it will be known after november, may 5th. [ laughter and applause ] tres! today is cinco de mayo, which means tomorrow is lie-o to bosso. [ light laughter ] quatro! "it's cinco de mayo." said chris christie as he finished his fifth jar of mayonnaise. that's cinco. [ laughter and applause ]
wal-mart has announced plans to revive its greeter program, which they retired four years ago. though a lot of the greeters they called aren't answering their phones. [ audience groans ] [ laughter ] yeah, you're probably right. [ laughter ] but do you get it? it's 'cause they're dead. [ laughter ] i wanted to make sure you were groaning for the right reason. and you were right. you were right. that wasn't -- [ light laughter ] but we can't go back in time and fix it, you guys. i told it. and that's it. that's how today goes. that was the sixth cinco de mayo joke. [ laughter and applause ] rarely told. a 1,109-carat diamond will go up for auction next month, jay-z. [ laughter ] just saying.
and finally, in an interview regarding hillary clinton and his presumptive nomination for the presidency, donald trump said, "i thought i'd be going longer and she be going shorter." "i've heard that before," said melania. [ audience ohs ] [ applause ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight. he's one of my all-time comedy heroes. from the new usa network competition series, "first impressions," one of the all-time greats, dana carvey is here tonight. [ cheers and applause ] and while we're talking about legends, she's got a new album, "detour", out tomorrow. plus she's going to perform for us. cyndi lauper is here. [ cheers and applause ] the great cyndi lauper. we are -- mentioned it a few times on the show. i'm a new dad. my wife and i have a 5-week-old baby boy. [ cheers and applause ] and we've fallen into a nighttime rhythm in our bedroom, because we're keeping, for now
the baby is in a bassinet in the bedroom with us. also our dog -- this is very exciting, too, because our son, ashe, has now -- at five weeks has now weighed more than our dog. frisbee weighs 7 1/2 pounds, ashe is now 8 1/2. just a monster next to our dog. and they get along, because my wife during the day will just send me a lot of pictures of the two of them sleeping next to each other. i'm fairly confident it's staged. [ light laughter ] like, i don't fully buy it. i believe like one of them falls asleep first and then she shoots another one with a tranquilizer dart and just kind of puts it -- [ light laughter ] but at night we find when the baby and the dog -- i should note the dog sleeps in bed with us. yeah, we thought we'd do it for like two days and now five years later that's how it goes. so, at night when the baby cries we all have a different way of going about it. one, i completely sleep through it. that's my move.
that's my wife gives it a minute, 'cause she kind of hopes the baby will put himself back to sleep. the minute, the second he cries, the dog comes out from under the covers and just leaves the room. [ laughter ] and very much, the dog very much has an attitude of, "eff this, i'm out of here." [ laughter ] and as she leaves she looks at the bassinet on the way out the door. and i really feel like if she could talk, she'd go, "you know, this used to be a nice apartment where people could sleep through the night!" [ laughter ] "i hope he's paying rent. i hope he's paying rent." we're a good team. we're having fun. moving on, last week the house armed services committee approved a groundbreaking bill that would require women to register for the draft. the bill is unconventional, has raised eyebrows for suggesting a big change in rules for military service. but the even more unconventional thing about it is the congressman who proposed the bill doesn't even agree with it. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪
[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: turning 18 in the united states brings several important milestones. the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury, and the right to get a tattoo you will later regret. [ light laughter ] in my defense, i got it before the whole lip syncing scandal back when they were pure. now, if you're a guy turning also 18 means it's time to register for the draft. of course there's no active draft right now, but all men between 18 and 25 have to register for selective service in case we start using one again. and america's draft system has always applied exclusively to men, but in february republican congressman duncan hunter proposed the draft america's daughters act, that would require women to register for the draft. now, to begin with, daughters is a paternalistic and demeaning way to refer to women. i mean, why not call it the "little miss gunfire act" or "uncle sam wants you, sweet cheeks," or "want to hold my gun, toots?" and while it seems progressive to register women for the draft, especially coming from a member
of the gop, hunter doesn't actually believe in his own proposal, as you can probably gather from the way he described it. >> the draft is there to get more people to rip the enemy's throats out and kill them for our nation. >> seth: rip out their throats? well, they definitely leave that out of those army commercials. [ light laughter ] watching those, it's all rock climbing and computers. now, duncan is opposed to letting women serve in combat roles and he thought that by sarcastically introducing a bill to require them to register for the draft, he would make his point. but his o. henry style strategy backfired. instead it turns out several committee members think extending the draft to women is great idea. >> if we want equality in this country, we want women to be treated precisely like men are treated, and that they should not be discriminated against, we should be willing to support a universal conscription. so, while you may be offering this as a gotcha amendment, i would suggest that there's great merit.
>> i would support this amendment. >> i do support the amendment. >> i actually support your amendment and will be delighted to vote for it. >> seth: that is not how congressman hunter saw this playing out. [ light laughter ] as you can tell from his bummed-out face during the hearings. [ laughter and applause ] that's the look of a guy -- that is the look of a guy who suggested an open marriage to his wife, but now she's the only one getting laid. [ laughter and applause ] "oh, you're home? were you doin' open marriage stuff?" the bill was approved by the committee and will now go on to a vote in the full house and then the senate. now, the idea of drafting women isn't new, but a gender inclusive draft started gaining real traction last year after secretary of defense ashton carter announced that the u.s. military was ending its ban on women in combat positions. >> they'll be able to serve as army rangers, green berets, navy s.e.a.l.s, marine corp infantry, air force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men.
>> seth: if they're in the navy, they can even play shirtless volleyball with maverick and goose. if they choose to. that's feminism. the truth, though, is that women have been serving in combat positions since long before secretary carter's announcement. in the revolutionary war, margaret corbin manned a cannon during an attack on manhattan. in the civil war, dr. mary edwards walker served in the union army, was held as a p.o.w. by the confederacy, and received the medal of honor. and xena was a warrior who still managed to be a princess. [ light laughter ] you can have it all. and then there's congresswoman tammy duckworth. >> congresswoman tammy duckworth lost both legs flying helicopters in iraq. >> women have been serving in combat in afghanistan and in iraq? >> well, i didn't lose my legs in a bar fight. >> seth: you think women aren't tough enough to serve in combat? that woman lost both her legs and is laughing about it. [ laughter ] she makes rambo look like beetle bailey. [ light laughter ] women have been serving in
essential roles in the military all along, but the ban on women serving in combat created the illusion that they were less valuable to the military than men. including women in draft is controversial, but it's an important step in dismantling that narrative. or as congresswoman niki tsongas puts it -- >> this is really about changing an institution that narrowed and limited the roles that women could have, and i think it's really about saying the military needs to be fully equal. >> seth: because man or woman, everyone should be able to rip out the enemy's throat. duncan hunter introduced his draft america's daughter act as a joke, but if it becomes law, i think we all know who will have the last laugh. [ laughter ] this has been "a closer look." ♪ we'll be right back with dana carvey, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ t-mobile does data differently. while the other guys gouge you for every bit of data you use...
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. and please give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] also we have been delighted all week long to have sitting in with us and the 8g band a new york-based musician and composer whose incredible drumming you can hear him on david bowie's "blackstar" record. mark giuliana has been with us. [ cheers and applause ] be sure to check out more of mark's work on the mark giuliana jazz quartet's latest album, "family first", available now. thank you so much for a great week, mark.
please come back, soon. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you, seth. >> seth: our first guest tonight is an emmy award-winning actor and comedian who you know from his work on "saturday night live." you can see him on the new competition series "first impressions", which premieres tuesday nights on usa. please welcome our friend, dana carvey. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: how are you? [ cheers and applause ] >> criminy. i'm good. >> seth: so happy to see you. >> thank you. >> seth: what a delight. >> i'm good. >> seth: i feel -- >> very happy. >> seth: correct me if i'm wrong, the last time i saw you was the "snl" 40th. >> yep. >> seth: and you guys -- "wayne's world", you and mike closed the night. >> right, we waited for hours. i was just in the hallway dressed as garth for hours. [ light laughter ] and kanye west was going to be part of this skit, right.
>> seth: yeah. >> and he ended up, but we didn't even know ten minutes before. we go, "is kanye going to be there?" "we don't know. we don't know." >> seth: i got a feeling you're not the first people who have been in that situation. [ laughter ] >> oh, i never met him. and i didn't know he was wearing contacts. so i thought, "wow, this is really hip." he had these piercing blue-gray eyes. then i saw kim and she had the same thing and i figured it out. [ light laughter ] that's what they call foreplay. great thing about garth is when you're my age, the wig does this, the glasses do this, then you give yourself a face lift when do you the character. >> seth: oh, that's nice. it naturally brings the face up. >> when i did the movie, i got terrible tmj. i went to the dentist. i go, "this hurts." she goes, "you have tmj. what have you been doing?" i said, "i've been doing this 12 hours a day." [ light laughter ] she said, "you got to stop doing that." i said, "not for what they're paying me, bitch." [ laughter ] i had to put -- >> seth: you shouldn't have -- you shouldn't have called her that. >> and i did it with a sort of southern gentleman accent. not for what they're paying me, i say, i say, i say. i don't know where that's coming from.
>> seth: just keep it coming. >> i love this dark mass of friendly -- >> seth: yeah, right? [ cheers and applause ] >> so, what were we talking about? >> seth: "snl" 40th, who was the -- was there somebody that was the most exciting moment you had? because that was my favorite thing about the night. is no one was too big to not be impressed by someone else they were talking to. >> being a beatle fanatic, it was mccartney. >> seth: okay. >> so this is -- i'll tell this very quickly, but it meant a lot to me. so when i first got "snl", lorne invited me to his house. "you know, come out here for a couple of weeks" -- i'm sorry, everybody does lorne. >> seth: but you do one of the -- you are the top tier lorne. >> right. [ laughter ] no, but anyway, so i'm at his house in long island, i haven't been on "saturday night live." i'm scared. he goes, "paul is coming over tonight." "and paul who?" "that would be paul mccartney." [ laughter ] so anyway, though i hung out with paul -- what happened, interestingly enough, is that i sort of befriended him in a sense
because, like, when he played us a song no one had ever heard. >> seth: wow. >> and i'm paul, and you're me. and he leaned into me while we were hearing this song. there's like three of us there. he goes, "you know sometimes when you're writing, you try so hard to live up to whatever you end up ruining the [ bleep ]." [ laughter ] they'll bleep that. so, he was doing a new album. and i said, will you bring it tomorrow night? so then he and linda walked in, and i go, "oh, you brought the new album." and she said to paul, "see? i told you he'd want to hear it." so they're having conversations about me. you know, paul's like, "i don't know. i'm not sure he's going to want to hear it." [ laughter ] so anyway, we had that week and it was fantastic. and it was life changing, hanging out with paul. >> seth: sure. >> and then ten years later in the mail, i got a letter from him, and a big framed album of "flowers in the dirt" with, you know, a few of our personal, you know, grooviest friends, you know. i thought, wow, i hadn't talked
to him after "snl." so i'm at the 40th and i see him again. he's in the audience. now i'm doing the "chopping broccoli" thing, but there was a commercial break. so i have a piano. all i know on the piano is "for no one", that "your day breaks, your mind aches." so i start to play it. so he does the six gun. [ laughter ] oh, yeah. he's standing up. [ laughter ] even jimmy fallon was next to him. "that is crazy." [ applause ] that's my jimmy. so to finish it off with a little poignant touch, we did the "wayne's world" thing -- >> seth: yep. >> i got the wig off, but i'm in the getup and i'm on the stage and i see bill murray and steve martin. i'm off to the side like that. and suddenly someone's massaging me. and i go, "what the heck?" and it's paul. [ light laughter ] >> seth: wow. >> "you seem to be tighty tighty, you know? loosen, loosen. you know?" suddenly, he's a really good masseuse.
>> seth: i want to talk about this as well, because, so you -- one of the first presidential impressions i ever saw in my life was you doing bush sr. >> yeah. >> seth: and bush sr., an incredibly high level of difficulty. i think the high level of difficultly -- and darrell does a great job with trump. but the high level of difficulty now is trump is so cartoony. george h.w. bush was so boring. >> oh, we thought we were screwed, because reagan was, "well, here we go, you know." and then we just thought it was over. there's nothing to do. this technocrat flat voice, it took me a year. and i was up in 8-h and i was with al franken and we were trying to crack the rhythm of it. and what got me is suddenly i started doing that thing out that whole area. just kind of in this whole -- "those people down in that thing up there doing that thing," and that hooked it. [ cheers and applause ] that hooked it. >> seth: it's great. >> but you know, i had coke and pepsi. i had jim downey, the great jim downey, kind of conservative and i had senator al franken. so we had a really nice team.
>> seth: that was a very nice symphony. >> do you ever do it? everyone does a bush sr. >> seth: oh yeah, well that was -- >> what would you do? let's hear it. >> seth: "not gonna do it. [ light laughter ] not gonna do it." that was the big one. i'm trying to think of the other one. >> well, i just made that one up. "wouldn't be prudent at this juncture." when i do bush sr., seriously now it's just comforting to me. i'm not kidding. [ light laughter ] because i made him a monosyllabic listing person. he'd be like, if i have to cover myself now being on national television -- "there we are. seth, here. there he is. late-night star. cue cards, audience, lights. bam, television." [ applause ] >> seth: that's nice. >> good. like a zen. >> seth: we're going to go to commercial. but when we come back, i was -- you struck up a friendship with the president. i want to hear about that as well. >> absolutely. >> seth: we'll be right back with more dana carvey. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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>> all right. barack obama, you say you created a lot of jobs while you were in the white house. what's the worst job you created? [ light laughter ] >> first off, thank you very much. [ cheers and applause ] there's a lot of great jobs in america. [ light laughter ] my job is not an easy one. [ light laughter ] >> seth: all right, so that was "first impressions." >> yeah, yeah. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: so this is a show -- >> yeah. >> seth: an impression competition show where you are the judge. >> yes, three impressionists come out and do their thing. so, yes. six half hours on usa. you could tivo it. >> seth: you could tivo it? is that possible? >> or dvr. >> seth: or you could dvr it. both are available. >> come on, you're not staying up late watching that thing. >> seth: is it fun watching young impressionists? >> it is. it's cool. >> seth: yeah. >> it meant a lot to them. you know, some are ucb, groundlings, open mic'ers. they all were just great.
>> seth: yeah. that was a great obama. >> yeah, that was. that kid is awesome. >> seth: now you -- we were talking about. >> that kid. they're all kids to me at this point. [ light laughter ] >> seth: because of you doing him on "saturday night live", you've become friends with george bush? >> we have over the years. yeah, we have. one time i was in houston with barbara and george sr. and we were in my hotel room. he goes, "can i get little bit of wine there?" [ light laughter ] and i used to be a waiter at the holiday inn. so, i'm opening it in front of the president. the more you poured it, "easy, easy. [ light laughter ] just a little sipper right there." she goes, "you know, george always fancied himself an impressionist." that's why he liked my stuff. >> seth: oh, really? >> he actually did james cagney and clark gable -- no one anyone in your audience could possibly know. [ light laughter ] >> seth: how were they? what was the level of -- >> he did an incredible cary grant. i couldn't believe it. it was absolutely fabulous. and look, stone silence. nobody knows who the hell i'm doing. [ laughter ] [ applause ] nobody. nobody knows. yeah. >> seth: so give me your take on this election season where we
are right now. what is your donald trump take? >> my donald trump take -- and i do kind of an effeminate trump. i don't know why. [ light laughter ] i'm not -- everyone has their -- it is not intentionally effeminate. but i did see him sort of you know like this. to me he's like a batman villain. "you'll never get away with this, trump." you know, you know, i think i will. okay? [ laughter ] okay? [ applause ] i do, i know. you know why i will? because i'm trump card." [ light laughter ] be a great batman villain. trump card. >> seth: bernie, take on bernie? >> "what i'm prepared to do -- [ light laughter ] what i'm prepared to do is to find people with money. take their money. and give it to people who don't have money." [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: bravo, bravo. >> three or four word increments. >> seth: yeah. >> if you want to do it. >> seth: the clintons, what's the take on the clintons? >> the clintons would be -- she's got an earpiece, you know.
"big dog to little hill. big dog to little hill, come in. [ laughter ] slow down, baby, slow down. they can't all be applause breaks. come on, easy, baby." she's like, "we will do the things we do while we do them." "no, baby, no. [ light laughter ] no, baby. peaches and cream. peaches and cream." [ light laughter ] some kind of code. >> seth: president obama? >> if you want to do obama -- what i've been doing recently, because obama's looking cooler and cooler. >> seth: yeah. >> you know? i feel like he probably learned arabic while he was in office, because it'd be him. >> seth: sure. >> "mr. president, the president of whatever, saudi arabia is here. you want the interpreter?" "nope, nope, i got this. i got this. [ imitating arabic ] yep, that is right. steph curry, good player." [ laughter and applause ] if you want to do obama, you just say -- you say that's not true. "that's not true."
[ light laughter ] i'm going to miss him. it's really interesting rhythm. i do him a lot on my netflix special. >> seth: you have a netflix special that's coming. you filmed it in boston. >> i filmed it in boston. [ cheers and applause ] true story, i wanted to do a boston accent and i remembered your sketch, which i loved. >> seth: yeah. but what you just did, is not good. >> it's not good at all. [ laughter ] >> seth: no. and here you are, voice after voice is perfect. >> i know! >> seth: and that was terrible. >> i know. all i ended up doing for boston, i just -- as i was walking around town, i heard construction guys going, "these [ bleep ] guys." [ light laughter ] that was it. >> seth: yeah. >> all day long. >> seth: were they visiting from new york? [ light laughter ] >> it is new york? >> seth: that sounds a lot -- >> give it to me boston. >> seth: "these [ bleep ] guys over here." >> it's almost australian or something. >> seth: you got to get a little bit farther down. >> we got to spend some time together. >> seth: yeah, absolutely. >> because i can do kind of a kennedy one. >> seth: that's very nice. >> "when i returned" -- you know, that kind of thing. but it's weird when you do voices, you go all over the place. you are an expert. >> seth: then i want to ask about this as well. >> sure. >> seth: schwarzenegger. >> ya. >> seth: this was a lot like trump. [ light laughter ] >> it was. totally.
>> seth: because we forget that there was a guy who governor of california who -- >> had all the answers, bombastic. >> seth: yeah. >> "the girly men and they're losers. it's fantastic, it's fantastic." [ laughter ] he never went negative. at a press conference, you pumped up the unemployment. "ya, the little girly unemployment." [ light laughter ] but the trump connection is -- >> seth: now, i want ask you about this. >> yeah. >> seth: this is a bit of "snl" history that i've always heard -- i heard it when i worked there -- that steven seagal, were you there when he hosted? >> yes. >> seth: and now steven seagal, i heard rumored was not beloved by the cast and writing staff. >> i didn't really have a problem with him. i thought he was such a character, you know. there's a brooklyn. "is richie here? anybody see richie?" so, we write our hans and frans sketch. now, they revered arnold. i don't know if you remember. but they were like -- the sketch was all taunting him in read-throughs. like, "oh, arnold could take you with his little finger and you would fly across the room and land in your own baby poop." [ light laughter ] you know, that. so, i didn't know he had a problem with it. so, we're in the sound stage rehearsing on thursday.
and all of a sudden, where's steven? he goes 50 feet away. so i walk over. i go, "what's wrong?" he goes -- this is a quote. he goes, "i just wish arnold was here so i could kick his [ bleep ] ass." [ laughter ] and i go, "that's fantastic." i go, "you know, these characters are really stupid, right? they're just really dumb." so basically, you know, we switched the whole sketch around so that hans and franz got hypnotized and revered steven segal. >> seth: oh, my goodness. >> "he's the only one -- the only one that can beat up arnold." [ light laughter ] >> seth: did arnold ever hear this? >> a few months later i ran into arnold. and he's sitting there in a big lounge chair, he's got a foot-long cigar. and i told him what seagal said about wanting to kick his effin' ass. then arnold just takes a puff and he goes, "is that a fact?" [ laughter ] it was just like -- you know. i did a press conference with arnold once, because he wanted me to come and entertain. he would call me up and tell me his agenda. so it was like, "dana carvey, you come to the press conference. you know, i do the speeches and
you tell the jokes and everybody is happy for the evening." you know. [ light laughter ] so i show up and the press corps hated him. and he goes, "and now comedian dana carnie." and i come out and they want to talk about -- and it's just dead silence. as we're walking off, i go, "man, is it always like that?" and he literally -- again the giant cigar. he goes, "let me tell you something about politics -- the madder they get, the cooler i get. [ light laughter ] drives them [ bleep ] crazy." [ laughter ] thank you, that's my third f-bomb. >> seth: that's fine. we can bleep them all out. >> it's late. bleep away, pixilate, do whatever you gotta do, meyers. >> seth: so excited, "first impressions." so excited for your netflix special. >> yeah. >> seth: thank you so much for being here. >> my pleasure. >> seth: dana carvey, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] "first impressions" premieres tuesday on usa. catch highlights of dana from "snl", "first impressions" on nbc's new digital subscription comedy service, seeso. we'll be right back with cyndi lauper. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ >> seth: how are you? >> i'm -- i'm good, i'm good. you know, i didn't realize you had a kid, just had a kid. i'm so sorry. i saw the -- >> seth: you are so sorry? [ laughter ] >> no, i'm sorry i didn't say congratulations. >> seth: gotcha. oh, that's all right. >> i mean, i know i saw the baby shower with the red woman >> seth: yeah. >> and i thought she was an interesting choice. >> seth: yeah, our "game of thrones" melisandre baby shower. you liked that. you're a "game of thrones" fan? >> yes. >> seth: from the beginning? >> yes. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. i mean, what else are you going to do if you're on the road? you watch the -- you know. >> seth: yeah, okay. i don't know. i've never been on the road. [ light laughter ] i need to ask you a question. >> go ahead. >> seth: you did a country album. this is a change of genres. >> you don't have it. where is it? >> seth: i'll have it later when you perform. >> okay, there you go. >> seth: we showed already. we showed it in the beginning so --. >> it's pretty. >> seth: very pretty. >> we worked really hard on it. >> seth: what are you, in the back of a wagon? >> no, that's a side car. >> seth: it's a side car. >> kind of like "she-bop." >> seth: yeah, okay.
>> but actually i thought it was very vogue. you know, i went and looked up the old pictures from the old "vogue" magazines, when westerns were really popular. and you're a western fan. >> seth: i like country music through my wife. [ laughter ] >> okay. >> seth: i enjoy it. but it didn't come to me naturally. it came from -- i live with a woman who plays it on a loop. [ light laughter ] >> wow, okay. >> seth: what did -- was country something you loved your whole life? >> you know, i was in a rockabilly band, the blue angel, my first recording band. >> seth: okay. >> and the music is from a time period when country and rhythm and blues were very close. you know, when rockabilly happened, when elvis presley happened. >> seth: uh-huh. >> and wanda jackson, you know, who they called the devil woman, because she was a rocker and they thought that rock 'n' roll was the devil. >> seth: they were right, right? [ light laughter ] >> not like ted cruz. rock 'n' roll is totally different from -- anyway, so i wanted to work with seymour stein. and he was, you know --
and i want to be on sire. >> seth: okay, that was his album back in the day, his label? >> well yeah, he co-founded the label with richard gottehrer and they signed the cramps, the ramones, the talking heads and then later on madonna and i was on epic. and when all my guys left, there was an accountant guy there who was mad at me for the way i dressed and asked me why i couldn't dress more like katrina and the waves in a t-shirt and jeans. and then i cried. i thought, "why, god, can't i be over there?" >> seth: there you go. well now i have to ask, because your look right now, you have not -- it does not seem you've transitioned into a country look. [ laughter ] you still are very true to cyndi lauper, i would say. [ scattered cheers ] >> well, i think it's a little western. >> seth: is it a little western? >> yeah, because it has the kimono kind of. >> seth: kimono is not western. [ laughter ] >> well a lot of asians were in the west. >> seth: it's eastern. it's as far eastern as you can go. >> but they built the railroads. >> seth: they built the railroads. alright, you know what? point lauper. point lauper. [ applause ]
>> no, it's a roots of rock 'n' roll record is what it is. >> seth: gotcha. now you got to sing with some pretty cool people on the album as well. >> my god. >> seth: willie nelson, you got to sing with willie nelson. how was that? >> that was -- well you know, it's a very small big town, nashville, and people are actually really nice. >> seth: that's been my experience with country people. >> and, you know, i'm like from new york like you. >> seth: no! [ laughter ] i could not hear that. >> you couldn't, could you? now, not after my elocution lessons after all. >> seth: yeah, there you go. >> now, no, and they're so nice to you. it's like they come in, they're nice and you're thinking, "oh, what's the catch?" [ laughter ] >> seth: that's the new yorker attitude. >> but they really are nice. and they welcomed me, you know, they didn't care if my clothes were funny. it was all about the music. i don't think my clothes are funny. >> seth: they're not funny at all. they're wonderful. >> very stylish. >> seth: you look very stylish. this -- you have an incredible accomplishment, which is you have won two grammys, you've won an emmy, you've won a tony.
>> yeah. >> seth: so you just need an oscar and you're e.g.o.t., which all four. >> if i get that oscar, which it's on my bucket list. [ light laughter ] i want to write a song that's one of the great movie songs. >> seth: you can do that. >> i want to do that. and then i'll have the e.g.o.t. really, because they have two grammys, so e-g-g-o-t. like eggot. [ light laughter ] i'm going over my grammar from a long time ago. >> seth: well your grammy, you were best new artist. >> i was. >> seth: do you remember the other people that were up for best new artist? >> no. i was frightened of the whole -- >> seth: i know. do you want to know who they are? >> yeah, go ahead. >> seth: corey hart. >> yeah. >> seth: frankie goes to hollywood. >> oh, but i loved him. >> seth: he's great. that's all right. >> he was one of my favorites, oh my god. >> seth: the judds. >> oh, i like them. and mother-daughter, too. >> seth: and sheila e. >> i liked her -- i love sheila e. >> seth: well there you go, isn't that crazy, though? that's a -- >> i was nominated for so many grammys that year, and they all
looked at me like i was going to be like michael jackson. >> seth: uh-huh. >> i mean that's the problem with this whole thing. you always think, you know, it will be like michael jackson. let me tell you, it was so not like that. and i lost every one -- >> seth: by the way, good -- [ laughter ] >> well, no, i know but you know what i mean. the company, he left with a whole big bundle of grammys and they thought, okay, this year it's you, cyn. but like all the titans of rock came out that year. i was like the little train that could, you know. >> seth: yeah. well, here you are, you're still going. >> here i am. i'm still going. >> seth: and this is very exciting, your tony was historic tony, because you were the first woman to win in that category. >> yes, i was. >> seth: you did your show "kinky boots" with harvey fierstein. how was he to work with? how was harvey to work with? >> harvey's awesome. [ cheers and applause ] yeah. you see, harvey doesn't like to travel a lot, so i just take pictures of him with me. so it's kind of like he's with me on your show. >> seth: gotcha. >> but he kind of is. now he would always call me up and go, "christina, where are my
lyrics?" you know, because he kind of talked to me and said he was mommy dearest. it was a whole, like, thing. and i was okay with it. you know. and he called my son his grandson. which i told him, "don't worry, it's just a joke." [ laughter ] >> seth: you know, this is confusing but just go with it. it's easier for to you handle it, than us explaining to harvey why it's weird. [ light laughter ] and then you guys got a hollywood star. >> yes. and it's right in front of the frolic room. you know the frolic room? >> seth: i don't know the frolic room. >> it's right by the pantages theater. >> seth: okay. is there a starbucks around there? [ light laughter ] >> there's starbucks everywhere, come on. and gary cooper's over there and randall scott. so it's good company, right. >> seth: that's great. this is very interesting to me and i want to ask you about it, because everybody has been talking, a lot of musicians have had shows in north carolina. north carolina just passed a bill that made it -- it required everyone to has to use the bathroom that matches the gender of their birth. a lot of people are saying this bill is making it harder for transgender people go about
their daily life. some people have boycotted their show in north carolina. you're going to still do it. what brought you to that decision? >> well, i thought if i didn't play north carolina, i mean, big fat deal. who would care? so i thought, i think what i should do is -- because remember the trayvon martin thing in florida? >> seth: sure. >> well, i was doing this ad for gap way back when and harry belafonte was included. and i told my manager, i said, "you know, we shouldn't play florida." and harry belafonte got up and he said, "yes, you should." and then put me together with trayvon's mother and there's a whole foundation where they teach kids how to behave if someone pulls them over and it saves their life. so i figured okay, here we are in this situation again. well, let's make it a rally and on my rider i have to have a non-gender specific bathroom, because that's on my rider. so just to prove not everybody's crazy in south -- north carolina.
go south, it's different. [ laughter ] anyway, not that i don't love the south, my family thought florida was the tri-state area. [ laughter ] they're mostly there. you know, but i decided to have a rally and these guys not only did they say that it would become a permanent feature of where we're playing in north carolina, but also they did it ahead of time for -- because i guess, because they knew it was the right thing to do. and in rock 'n' roll, i think, we should think like that. we should be forward thinking for everybody. >> seth: well that's great. i think that's a great decision. [ cheers and applause ] i'm so happy you're doing it. i'm so happy you're going to stick around and play some music for us. i promise to have the album with me. we'll be right back with music from cyndi lauper. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: performing her new song, "funnel of love," welcome back cyndi lauper. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ here i go going down down down my mind is a blank my head is spinning ♪ ♪ around and around as i go deeper into the funnel of love ♪ ♪ ♪ i tried and i tried to run and hide i even tried to run away ya just can't hide from ♪ ♪ the funnel of love it's bound to get you someday ♪ ♪
♪ it's such a crazy crazy feeling i get weak in the knees my poor old head is ♪ ♪ a reelin' around as i go deep into the funnel of love ♪ ♪ ♪ i tried and i tried to run and hide i even tried to run away you just can't hide from the funnel of love ♪ ♪ it's bound to get you someday ♪ ♪ ♪ it's such a crazy crazy feeling i get weak in the knees my poor old head is a reelin'
as i go deep into the funnel of love ♪ ♪ ♪ i tried and i tried to run and hide i even tried to run away you just can't hide ♪ ♪ from the funnel of love it's bound to get you someday ♪ ♪ ♪ here i go going down down down my mind is a blank my head is spinning ♪ ♪ around and around as i go deep into the funnel of love ♪ ♪ ♪ deeper deeper deeper in the funnel of deeper deeper deeper in the funnel of here i go ♪ ♪ as i go deep into
the funnel of love deeper deeper deeper in the funnel of ♪ ♪ ♪ deeper deeper deeper in the funnel of deeper deeper deeper in the funnel of ♪ ♪ deeper deeper deeper in the funnel of deeper deeper deeper in the funnel of ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: cyndi lauper, everyone! the new album, "detour", is out now. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ]
[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: my thanks to dana carvey, cyndi lauper, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] mark guiliana and of course the 8g band. stay tuned for carson daly. see you tomorrow. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ >> carson: well, hello there, and welcome to "last call." i'm carson daly, coming to you tonight from the w hotel, high above times square in new rk city.