tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC May 24, 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 -- jesse tyler ferguson. author governor john hickenlooper. music from bryson tiller. featuring the 8g band with tim alexander. ♪ [ 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 ] fantastic. fantastic to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. the nra on friday endorsed donald trump for president. i guess that reaffirms their commitment to absolutely zero background checks. [ laughter ] the latest numbers show
hillary clinton and donald trump are the most unpopular likely nominees in the history of nbc and "wall street journal" polling. but remember, saying they're both unpopular is like saying that eczema and cancer are both diseases. it's -- [ laughter ] -- certainly true, but when it comes time to pick one, shouldn't be a tough decision. [ laughter ] "eh, i'll get some lotion, i'll be fine." the white house went into lockdown yesterday after several balloons drifted onto the property. even worse, bernie sanders' house was attached to them. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] "balloons to break up the big banks. millionaires and billionaires." [ laughter ] a new poll shows that almost half of registered voters say they would consider a third party candidate as an alternative to hillary clinton or donald trump. i don't know. a third party candidate is a little bit like a tinder date. you think to yourself, what have i got to lose?
can't be worse than my ex. then you get to the restaurant and they're sitting there in one of those western-style fringe jackets talking about how we shouldn't have to pay taxes and weed should be legal because the founding fathers smoked weed and you can't help but stop staring at their lazy eye. [ laughter ] then you walk them to the subway and as soon as they're out of sight you text your ex, "hey, you up?" [ laughter ] papa john's salads were among several hundred products recalled for listeria contamination this weekend. said a spokesman for papa john's, "we have salads?" [ laughter ] the san diego padres have issued an apology after an employee interrupted a national anthem performance by the san diego gay men's chorus, which is sad because all the san diego gay men's chorus ever wanted was the approval of their padres. [ laughter ] [ light applause ]
swiss officials next month will open the world's longest and deepest train tunnel which passes 7500 feet below the alps which beats out the current and deepest tunnel, yo mama. [ laughter ] [ audience ohs ] [ laughter ] you guys took that really -- [ laughter ] guess that one hit close to home for this -- [ laughter ] competitive eater matt stony has released a new video showing himself consuming three pounds of cinnamon toast crunch cereal in 17 minutes. and check out the plaque he won. [ laughter ] x-rated website pornhub has released a new fitness app that claims to help couples get in shape by recommending physically intense sex positions. it's a fun way to get in shape, but the other people at the gym really hate it. [ laughter ] hey, you got to wipe that down! [ laughter ]
not just a little wipe, you got to do a full -- [ laughter ] new research suggests that dinosaurs may have had lips. here's an artist's rendering of what that looked like. [ laughter ] it's a kyliesaurus. [ cheers and applause ] and finally a man in ohio was arrested this weekend for exposing himself at a local mcdonald's. on the bright side, people in mcdonald's got to see actual meat. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight. [ cheers and applause ] he is the star of the one-man show at new york's lyceum theater, "fully committed," jesse tyler ferguson is back on the show tonight. [ cheers and applause ] the very talented jesse tyler ferguson. this is very exciting. we have the governor of colorado joining us tonight. he's also the author of the new book "the opposite of woe," governor john hickenlooper is with us this evening. looking forward to talking to him. [ cheers and applause ] and we have music from trap soul
artist bryson tiller. it's going to be a fantastic show this evening right here. now -- [ cheers and applause ] we mentioned in the monologue a lot's been made about donald trump's supposed departures from traditional gop positions on issues like trade, but as he proved in his speech to the nra friday one area where trump is now in total lockstep with the rest of the gop is his position on guns. and his evolution over the last few months into a full-throated champion of gun rights has definitely been an awkward one. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: before donald trump entered politics -- oh. [ laughter ] sorry, i'm just remembering that. [ laughter ] such a sweet time. [ laughter ] colors were so much brighter. anyway, sorry. before donald trump entered politics he was on record supporting several major gun control proposals. in his 2000 book trump wrote,
quote, "i support the ban on assault weapons and i support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun." and he criticized republicans who walk the nra line and refuse even limited restrictions. but now that he's running for president as a republican trump is walking that line like a drunk driver taking a sobriety test. >> i'm a very much second amendment person. >> i'm a big, big, big second amendment person. [ cheers ] big. big! >> the second amendment's my whole thing. >> i just want to say up front right now, second amendment 100%. [ cheers ] >> the second amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding americans. right? i wrote this. >> seth: he wrote it. [ laughter ] so trump wants credit for supporting the second amendment and he wants credit for writing it down. [ laughter ] also, why is your hat so low? those are your hats. do they not have your size? [ laughter ] you look like a teenager who
smoked so much weed he has to hide his eyes from his parents. but if you were high, you couldn't come up with stirring prose like -- >> second amendment 100%. [ laughter ] >> seth: in fact, candidate trump has gone so far to pander to the gun law that he's even invoked gun-toting action movie characters. >> what was the famous movie, remember, where he went around and he sort of -- after his wife was hurt so badly and killed -- charles bronson, right? >> yeah. >> the late, great charles bronson. name of the movie? come on. >> "death wish." >> "death wish." remember that? oh, we're going to cut you up, sir, we're going to cut you up, oh, oh. beak. >> seth: i'm sorry. [ laughter ] was your gun sound effect "beak"? [ laughter ] "look out, he's got a bird"? [ laughter ] maybe next time you're asking the crowd questions ask them what sound a gun makes. [ laughter ] but trump was so intent on proving he's bona fides as gun lover that he then proceeded to act out his own bronsonesque gun fantasy.
>> i have a license to carry in new york. can you believe that? nobody knows that. [ cheers ] [ laughter ] but can you imagine with trump, somebody says, "oh, all these big monsters aren't around. he's easy pickins." and then -- shiiiing. [ light laughter ] >> seth: again with the sound effects. "shing" is the sound a sword makes. bang, you're looking for bang. not beak, not shing. now, to support his claim that his opposition to gun control is motivated by a concern for personal safety, trump has sometimes repeated a very weird story about a conversation he had with a woman after a prison break in upstate new york. >> she said, "you know, mr. trump, i always was against guns. i didn't want guns. and now since this happened, it's up in the prison area, my husband and i are finally in agreement. because he wanted the guns. we now have a gun on every table. we're ready to start shooting." i said, "very interesting." >> seth: now, to be fair, that
is definitely what you'd say when someone tells you a story like that. [ laughter ] "we have a gun on every table in our house." "wow, that's very interesting. now, if you'll excuse me i'll be right back never." [ laughter ] nonetheless trump's ham-fisted attempts at pandering to gun owners were apparently enough to sway the nra, which announced its endorsement of trump on friday. now you might think how can an organization devoted to defending second amendment rights back a candidate whose positions on that issue have been so inconsistent. well, as nra chief wayne lapierre made clear in hus speech friday, the group's support for trump is less about guns specifically and more about a long list of right-wing obsessions and hatred of hillary clinton. lapierre's speech sounded like a dramatic reading of email forwards from your uncle. >> a clinton white house would be a cesspool for nbc, abc, and cbs elitists. the 13 hours of benghazi. a personal server. deleted emails. allowing convicted felons the right to vote. washington and new york. san francisco and hollywood
elites. school bathrooms. if she could, hillary would ban every gun. you can kiss your guns goodbye. >> seth: that's right. you can kiss your guns goodbye although lapierre probably does that any time he leaves the house. [ laughter ] "i'll miss you. [ laughter ] don't shoot anybody while i'm gone." [ laughter ] trump meanwhile continued his awkward attempt to pander to gun owners by talking about his son's gun ownership. >> my sons have been members of the nra for many, many years. and they're incredible. they have so many rifles and so many guns sometimes even i get a little bit concerned. i said, "that's a lot." >> seth: yeah, i'd be scared of my sons having so many guns too if they look like extras from "american psycho." [ laughter ] the rest of trump's speech was -- [ cheers and applause ] -- his usual rambling. but he offered at least two specific gun-related proposals -- eliminate gun-free zones and reverse president obama's executive order expanding background checks. let's take those one by one. trump wants to end gun-free
zones, but as abc news reported last week, at many of his own properties, including mar-a-lago, trump international golf club, trump national and trump international hotel las vegas, guests are not allowed to carry guns. but you are allowed to brandish a finger and make totally real gun sounds like beak and shing, bleep blorp, bazinga. [ laughter ] and it's not just trump's properties. the republican national convention in cleveland in july will also be a gun-free zone. in fact, even a convention center where trump was speaking to the nra was itself a gun-free zone on friday. and what about trump's opposition to expanded the background checks? well again, that's a little tough to take from someone whose own campaign informed aspiring volunteers that they would have to pass background checks if they wanted to serve in the trump tower call center in manhattan. although i assume a trump background check is just a questionnaire asking you your gender and how hot you are on a scale of one to ten. "this is the call center. not a sausage fest." [ laughter ] ultimately, any progress on this issue will have to involve the
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[ applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. now, i'm not sure, are you guys familiar with these dog shaming websites? if you're not, what they are is people take a picture of their dog looking guilty next to a little sign that says what the dog did. here's an example. "i ate my daddy's $300 sunglasses." pretty cute, right? here's another one. "i enjoy digging the flower beds up and eating mulch because i'm bored." they're adorable. adorable. but, you know, really if you think about it just minor offenses. well, after searching around the internet we found some websites featuring dogs that have done much, much worse things. we'd like to show them to you now in a segment we call "extreme dog shaming." ♪ [ applause ] >> seth: extreme indeed. so let's take a look at our first dog. aw, she looks adorable. [ audience aws ] i can't imagine she'd do anything too bad. "i stare at myself in the skype window instead of the person i'm talking to." [ laughter ] bad dog. you're very vain. nobody likes that.
who's next? oh, that's a cute little puppers. what does this guy do? "i remind people it's whom let the dogs out." [ light laughter ] bad dog. and also, i don't think you're right. i think you're wrong about that. who's up next? oh, this one. "i'm the one who releases updates to adobe reader." [ laughter ] we're fine. we're fine with adobe as it is. [ light laughter ] who's next? he's a good little boy. "i buried my bone." okay, well, there's nothing bad about that. all dogs do that. wait, i'm sorry, there's more. "in your mom." [ laughter ] [ audience ohs ] [ applause ] bad dog. who's next? oh, this guy's too cute. "i show up to byob parties with one michelob ultra." [ light laughter ] you're the worst. who do we have next? aw, the only thing this guy's guilty of is being the cutest.
"i livestream my wife giving birth on facebook." [ laughter ] oof. bad dog. nobody -- just bad dog. who do we have next? no doubt about it, that's a good boy. "i dress up like a cat so i can use their bathrooms." [ laughter ] how does that even work? who's next? oh, this guy looks like a powerful businessman eating a taco bowl for lunch. "i love chihuahuas." that's -- nobody believes you. [ applause ] nobody believes you. who's next? oh, wow, who do we have here? a very good boy. "i pretend to be active military so i can board planes first." [ audience ohs ] bad dog. who's next? wait a minute. okay, this is my dog frisbee. and before we find out what frisbee does, you know, we had a baby boy about two months ago, my wife and i, very exciting time. [ applause ] thank you. and everybody told us, you know, really keep an eye on how
frisbee acts because having a baby in the house is going to completely change her personality. and it totally hasn't. she loves our son so much. she spends all her time with him and i'm so proud of frisbee for being a good dog. so let's see what she did. "i like the new baby. it's great to finally have a man in the house." [ applause ] frisbee. that was extreme dog shaming. we'll be right back with jesse tyler ferguson. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ i struggle with bipolar depression, and it's hard. ♪ it's difficult to see someone you love struggle. i miss out on life's little moments. so i talked to my doctor and he prescribed latuda. there are many forms of depression. latuda is fda approved to treat bipolar depression, which is different from other types of depression. in clinical studies, once-a-day latuda was proven effective for many people struggling with bipolar depression.
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please welcome back to the show our friend jesse tyler ferguson. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: how are you? >> i'm very good. how are you? >> seth: thank you so much. >> new dad. >> seth: yeah, i'm new dad. and you -- but, i feel like -- >> i'm so glad i'm not a new dad right now. you look so tired. [ laughter ] >> seth: do i? we brought in an extra makeup person and everything. >> you look great. >> seth: i'm amazed how good you look because, for those who don't know this show, you play 40 -- one man show, you play 40 characters. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: having dialogues with one another in an 80-minute show. is this the biggest undertaking you've ever done on stage? >> yeah, yeah, yeah. yeah it is. you know, when i'm not doing "modern family" i'm looking for projects that are so different from mitch on "modern family." and so the most different thing i could find was a one-man show where i'm 40 different characters. everyone from like an 84-year-old senior citizen woman
to, you know -- bryce, gwyneth paltrow's assistant. you know. >> seth: yeah. that's nice. you get a full range. >> yeah, i really get to stretch my muscles. >> seth: i have to imagine it must have been so hard to memorize all these characters. how did you even approach that? >> well, you know, you open the script and it reads like a play, like dialogue. and then you sort of realize, "oh, i'm act --" it looks like a play with 40 characters. i'm like, "oh, i'm actually all 40 of these characters." that's terrifying. [ light laughter ] but i had my husband actually working with me a little bit. we were on vacation. and i was like, "do you want to run lines with me?" he's like, "sure." so, i give him the script. and, like, on page two i went into one of the characters. and he's like, "why are you doing it like that?" i was like, "okay, you're fired." [ laughter ] he's not an actor. that's not the right thing to say to me right now. that's not the right thing to say. just like second guessing all my choices. >> seth: that's terrible. >> yeah. >> seth: do you have a favorite of the 40 characters? >> well, right now since i'm really tired the senior citizen is a lot of fun. >> seth: okay, gotcha. [ light laughter ] >> yeah. judith rush. she's 84-years-old. >> seth: and is this something -- like, other than working with your husband on this, did you have to like -- do
you just walk around constantly doing it? >> i look like a crazy insane person. i'd be driving to work to do "modern family," and i'd be working on my accents and like talking to myself, gesturing in the car. and it looked like there was a bee trapped in car with me. [ laughter ] and you know even now in new york on my days off, i sort of have to kind of go through the plays to make sure i still remember it on my days off. and i'm on the street of new york doing different accents. i'm talking in a french accent. i look crazy, i look insane. >> seth: probably the best city to do that in as far as nobody stopping. >> nobody really cares. yeah, exactly. >> seth: probably most people think he's crazy or oh, this guy's probably in a one-man show. [ light laughter ] >> or also like, mitch from "modern family" is insane. that's what i'm worried about. now people know who i am and i'm like, "oh, god. what are they going to think of me?" >> seth: you -- sort of the main core character that everything revolves around is someone who takes reservations at a very fancy, hard to get into restaurant. >> yeah. >> seth: for research, you spent time with some of those people that do this for a living. >> yeah. >> seth: what did you learn? what were the most interesting things you learned from them?
>> well, i met with some reservationists at very high-end restaurants and i was with them when the phone lines opened up and they showed me the computer screen where they would look up people who were calling in for multiple reservations. and they keep track of everything that happens from the moment you call to the moment you come in and have your dinner, then leave. like, if you are rude to a server or something, they'll keep notes on you. >> seth: oh, no. >> yeah, so it's really -- be nice to your waiter. there you are. enjoy the fish, but be nice to your waiter. >> seth: this is a bad thing. i'm thinking is there a way to hack into those databases and change my history. >> i saw your history. it is not good. >> seth: no. to be fair, they were a little snide with me before my meltdown. >> before your meltdown. >> seth: did you have any? when you heard that did you immediately flash back to any like time where you wish you had behaved differently? >> there was a time when i peed in the middle of a restaurant and now i'm wishing i hadn't. >> seth: you did, yeah. [ laughter ] >> i didn't really. i didn't. [ light laughter ] >> seth: did you avoid working in restaurants coming up?
or did you -- >> no, i worked at a mexican restaurant in albuquerque, new mexico, called sadie's cocina. >> seth: gotcha. >> and actually neil patrick harris came in to -- 'cause he was also >> seth: to do "rent." [ light laughter ] >> okay. >> seth: no, he did. he did a touring -- >> no, he did do it. >> seth: i'm sorry. i feel bad now that that felt like a joke. but here's -- do you want to know why? here's what i'm going to tell you why. 'cause neil patrick harris did a touring company. my wife's from albuquerque. >> okay. oh, i didn't know that. >> seth: yeah, and he did a touring company of "rent." and my wife went and saw it, and my wife had the biggest crush on neil patrick harris for years. >> awkward. >> seth: exactly. [ laughter ] especially awkward when she falls for me. [ laughter ] so anyway, neil patrick harris comes into sadie's. >> it was in like the clara's heart, like doogie howser's days. like way before "rent." i was, like, so excited. i was like, "oh, my god, a famous person." and then i sat him. and then like years later we've become friends and i always -- i never tell him that our first encounter was me like sitting him at table 31 at sadies. [ light laughter ] >> seth: i worked at a mexican restaurant in chicago for years. >> did you really? >> seth: yeah. i still have nightmares.
i have more nightmares about waiting tables than i ever have of anything, like, performing wise. >> oh, yeah, it's ter -- i've never waited tables. i was only a host. they would not -- never let me near the customers. because i'm -- >> seth: gotcha. [ light laughter ] >> i don't handle stress well. >> seth: now, this is interesting to me. you've been doing -- throughout your whole run on "modern family" you've been doing theater. but this is the first one that's been inside. >> i've done a lot of shakespeare in the park, which is outside in central park, for the past like eight years. and i've done stuff for the hollywood bowl which is outside. this is the first time in like eight years that i've been under a roof. >> seth: wow. >> yeah, which is really nice. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] as an actor that's a sign that you made it. >> yeah. you don't have to worry about weather and rain happening in the middle of your performance. which is -- >> seth: did you have any terrible shakespeare in the park weather days? >> oh, yeah. we've done the show through, like, torrential storms. i remember when -- my very first time doing shakespeare in the park i was doing a production of "on the town" which is this musical. and there was a very -- >> seth: one of my favorite shakespeare plays. [ light laughter ] >> not shakespeare, but yes, a musical. and there's this like, one very
quiet song. and garth brooks was giving a concert about ten blocks north of us. and so all the helicopters, the news copters that were doing footage of the garth brooks concert, were hovering over our theatre. and we're trying to have this very quiet moment. and it was like we're in the production of miss saigon. [ laughter ] just like, helicopters like circling around us. it was awful. >> seth: you -- so early on, you're an actor. were you here in new york city? was that where -- >> yeah, i did theater here in new york for ten years before going to l.a. >> seth: and obviously some people in their early days have some strange parts. you early on -- "annie get your gun" -- played a part that i would not have picked for you. >> well, i was in a production of "annie get your gun," it was at a regional theatre. and i was in the ensemble. and you know, you played lots of difficult roles when you're in the ensemble of a musical. and one of the roles i had play was an indian. >> seth: okay. [ laughter ] >> and the costume designer --- we'll put her in quotes -- quit halfway through the rehearsal process and she had basically only made the bottoms of our costumes, so we all had to go shirtless. so, i was in pajama bottoms with no shirt and then, like, an
elvira wig with braids on the side. [ laughter ] and i drew so much attention as an ensemble number because of my white skin they had to have a red follow spot follow me around the stage. [ laughter ] >> seth: oh, my goodness. >> like, i had my own follow spot as ensemble indian. terrible. awful. >> seth: i get why -- i mean, at some point you just have to say, "i know he's in the ensemble, but this guy can't play an indian." >> right. also, wow, what range. >> seth: yeah, that's true. [ laughter ] you know, i'm underselling you. no wonder you're playing 40 characters now. you were an indian in "annie get your gun." >> exactly. i set it up early. >> seth: thank you so much for being here. congrats so much on the show. >> thank you. thank you. >> seth: always a pleasure to see you. jesse tyler ferguson, everybody. "fully committed" is playing at lyceum theatre, now through july 24th. we'll be right back with governor john hickenlooper. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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i really want ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. our next guest is the current governor of colorado. his new memoir "the opposite of woe: my life in beer and politics" is in bookstores tuesday. please welcome to the show govenor john hickenlooper. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: such an honor to have you here. now, i want to get right into the title, "my life in beer and politics." some people might see that title and say, "we might have elected the wrong guy." [ laughter ] that he's putting beer first. but beer actually did come first for you. you had a -- what was it, a microbrewery. a micro -- well, explain. >> i was a geologist, i got laid off, couldn't find a job. so like anybody, i saw this brew pub thing coming. and opened a brew pub, now the biggest brew pub in the country in 1988. there should be somewhere around here -- >> seth: yeah we got it right here.
so you brought this, this is lovely. >> this matches the book consider. >> seth: i see when things look the same. >> i just wanted to make sure you saw that. [ laughter ] one thing doesn't fit. >> seth: so now this is -- is this a beer that you brewed just for the book release? >> my partner did. he bought me out. so i have no self-interest in this beer, just so we're clear. >> seth: well, you know, your face is on it so there's some self-interest. [ laughter ] >> not a good likeness. >> seth: yeah. hopefully i didn't ruin this pour, but cheers, i'm really excited to be having a beer with you to talk about things. i really appreciate it. so -- mm. that tastes like a great book. [ laughter ] so, you've -- as you mentioned you're in the beer business. and there's a great story about the running of the pigs, which to me really explains what life in politics is going to be like. explain what the running of the pigs was. because this was your idea, yes? >> well, yes. we take our spent grain and give it to these pig farmers up in eastlake, colorado. >> seth: spent grain from the -- >> from the brewing. and they -- every year for our anniversary, they bring down a big pig and we roast it on a
spit out in a trailer outside the restaurant. have a big celebration. and the second year, one of my bartenders said, "let's get them to bring little oinkers." and we -- little oinkers are like 80 pounds. so they're not small. and we put dog harnesses on them and got the local weatherman and the local gossip journalist. everybody would run around the block with these pigs. and it was -- >> seth: run around them on a leash? what do you mean? >> yeah, they had dog harnesses and a leash. >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> and the local media. and it was the running of the pigs. we called it pamplona on the plat. >> seth: there you go, that's great. and so -- but then you got in some trouble. >> well, there are people -- peta, people for the ethical treatment of animals. [ laughter ] >> seth: i thought they would be the ones who would have trouble with it. >> you guessed. and the -- you know, the pigs would get excited, and they -- "wee wee!" louder than that. >> seth: yeah. >> louder than that. so, unfortunately one year, i guess about the third year, there was a pig that -- there was a little drop of blood and they did a close-up of the hoof in the grate and the pig was -- and they were going to send this -- in the restaurant
business, you try not to have enemies. >> seth: yeah. >> that's just a good idea. >> seth: yes, of course. >> no margin to having enemies. so we -- i went to talk to the peta folks and said, "how can i make this good?" and they said they wanted me to liberate the pigs. >> seth: liberate the pigs? >> yes. which is said, "what do you mean?" and they said, "well, we have -- there's a retirement farm for farm animals that have been liberated." and so i had to go to the guys at carl's home dairy and say, "i want to buy your 14 pigs." and they go -- it was 40 bucks a -- it cost me about 500 bucks, but i liberated those pigs. >> seth: wow, so you freed those pigs. [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: amazing. [ cheers and applause ] well done. i feel like -- the pig i feel bad for in that story is the one that got roasted on a spit the year before. [ laughter ] because the ones that had to run around the block once, now they're in retirement. that pig's long gone. so i want to talk about this. we talked about beer, but of course you're the governor of colorado, so let's talk about marijuana. >> of course. [ laughter ] >> seth: so your state legalizes marijuana.
when this was voted on, you were actually against legalization. so explain -- you've softened on it in recent years. so explain your thinking on it then as opposed to now. >> well, generally it's not a good idea to be in conflict with federal law. >> seth: sure. >> just as a rule for governors. >> seth: yeah. >> you try to avoid that. and also to start a regulatory framework from scratch is just a very steep hill. but we had this young guy andrew friedman who came in and helped us once it was passed. you know, it passed 55-45. once the voters tell you something like that you really have to do your very best to say, "all right, we're going to make it work." and he's done a remarkable job of creating a regulatory framework. and it's not perfect, and we've still had, you know, more kids in the hospital for eating edibles, but we're really try to focus on the high -- the intense edibles. but in many ways we see anecdotally less drug dealers around places where they used to hang out. and i think that there hasn't been a spike of young people suddenly using marijuana. it wasn't like it was impossible
to find beforehand. so i think -- >> seth: kids will find weed, that is. [ laughter ] whether it's legal or not. >> i knew i was giving you a straight line there. if i had a magic wand before -- you know, after the election, i probably would have reversed it just because it was going to be such a difficult challenge. now i think there's -- i mean, this is going to be one of the big social experiments of the next 20 years. and i think it might work. so if i had a magic wand, i wouldn't wave it. i'd wait for a couple years and see how it goes. >> seth: and that seems -- because you've taken in almost a billion dollars in the state and that means tax money. what have you guys taken in, $135 million from taxpayers? >> 120, $130 million. >> seth: that's a lot of money. >> but it's a $27 billion budget so it's a drop in the bucket. but it is -- it allows us -- i mean the first 40 million goes to education, but then it goes for, you know, educating kids, it goes for making sure that we have more mental health. if kids do fall off the tracks, we can have the mental health resources to connect them back with a constructive life.
if there are unintended consequences of the legalization of pot, we have resources to address it. i want to shift gears to something a lot more serious, which is -- obviously there was a very tragic aurora shooting in colorado. you took on some gun control measures in your state. and because of that, you risked your political future, you almost lost re-election. some state senators were recalled. and you know, here you are in a state where you have something that, no matter whether you're a gun owner or not a gun owner, everybody agreed it was tragic. how is it even in a state like that, where something happens that you have that agreement, it's so hard to pass something as simple as background checks? >> it is. it's frustrating. and i'm not sure there's a good answer. i went and talked to pretty much every republican i knew. and the people that weren't in elected office didn't have a problem with it. and yet we had this big battle in the general assembly. i went home one night to my son teddy, who at that time was 11. and i was complaining. that's a terrible thing to do to an 11-year-old. he goes, "dad, what do you do all day at work that's so hard?
make decisions? get the facts. make a decision. check, next." he repeats that a couple times. he talks about how he has to go in everyday and learn something completely new that he didn't know existed. i admitted that sixth grade was being harder than being governor. [ laughter ] >> seth: it's nice to finally hear a governor admit that. [ laughter and applause ] leave me hanging. >> but i think that -- i came back in, and we had all the national statistics, but we got the local -- the information for the half of the background checks that we did do. we got to about half the gun sales in 2012. and so we went back, and in just colorado -- it's 5.5 million people -- we had 38 people convicted of homicide who tried to buy a gun, and we stopped them. 133 people convicted of sexual assault, 620 burglars, 1,300 people convicted of felony assault, where somebody goes to a hospital.
these are the people we found just getting to 50% of the gun purchases. that's crazy. right? how can you not -- my republican friends, the elected officials would say, "well, crooks aren't stupid. they're not going to go get a background check." what a surprise. turns out crooks are stupid. [ laughter ] we arrested 420 people when they came to pick up their gun for an outstanding warrant for a violent crime. go figure. how can you be against that? >> seth: mostly i'm just super psyched -- [ applause ] i'm super psyched that in colorado it was 420 people. that's what my favorite part is. [ laughter ] you -- one of the great things about being governor, obviously, you get to host the president every now and then. i know president obama came through. so you, obviously, were a brew pub guy, you're sort of a bar guy, the president comes through and you got to play pool with him, yes? shoot some pool? >> there's a big pool hall on top of the wynkoop, so i owned a pool hall for 15 years. and you know he was looking --
his campaign people were looking for a place he could relax. and of course, there are cameras everywhere. but we played a game of pool. and i'm pretty good, right? i got up four balls to one. i had a difficult shot. i was thinking maybe i should miss this one. not a good thing to make national news -- >> seth: sure, you're -- exactly. >> beating the president of the united states. >> seth: you are already going to legalize weed. you got to take it easy. [ laughter ] >> one step at a time, right? but in the end i wanted to beat him. so i still miss the shot. and then he comes back and clears the table and wins. we're playing for ten bucks. i said, well double or nothing. and he says "okay" and we play again. he cleans my clock. the guy is not only competitive, he's a good pool player. so i give him the 20 bucks. and by this time the cameras have all left. there's still like a hundred people. and he takes the 20 bucks. he says, "oh, no, wait, give it to me again. you guys have cell phone cameras. take some pictures, will ya?" [ light laughter ] and so then i give him the 20 bucks, he laughs, we walked him down. everyone is cheering. as he gets in the limousine, he starts to get in. and then he comes back out. i say this -- i'll show you. he palms me the 20. right? [ light laughter ] and there's nothing more diminishing to have the president of the united states say -- you can do a close-up on
this. he says, "maybe you can find a good charity for this, governor." [ laughter ] >> seth: he just gives you like this? >> no, like this, here. >> seth: oh, my god, that's the worst. so you had to give the president a good table. [ laughter ] amazing. thank you so much for being here. congratulations on the book. [ cheers and applause ] it's delicious beer. governer john hickenlooper, everybody. "the opposite of woe" is in book stores tuesday. we'll be right back with music from bryson tiller. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ breyers peanut butter gelato,
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