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fourth until sam ballard crashes in from three yards away. that score gives len apy a lead. iverson clement fires deep to a wide open mark sykes, and he he's psyched as he should be. highway cuss valley back on top. len apy comes right back. matt la highway avoids the rush and launches one to jake top loss ski, climbs the ladder to go get it. a 67 yard touchdown. len apy wins 17-13. that's it for nbc10 news at 11:00. i'm danny pommells. thanks for watching. "the tonight show" starring jimmy fallon is up next. we'll see you next time. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center in the heart of new york city, it's "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon." tonight, join jimmy and his guests -- tyler perry. abigail spencer. musical guest van morrison.
and featuring the legendary roots crew. >> questlove: 550! >> steve: and now, here he is, jimmy fallon! ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh, hey! that's what i'm talking about. hi, hey! welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome, everyone. welcome to "the tonight show"! [ cheers and applause ] this is it. you're here. you made it. thank you for being here. i'm your host, jimmy fallon. you guys, this weekend is the second presidential debate
between donald trump and hillary clinton. and i read that hillary took time off the campaign trail to get ready. while donald trump spent yesterday stretching out his thumbs for another 3:00 a.m. twitter meltdown. [ laughter and applause ] apparently, hillary says she's expecting a prepared and focused donald trump to show up to sunday's debate. [ light laughter ] trump said, "wrong." [ laughter and applause ] you don't say that. nobody says -- >> steve: why would he say that? >> jimmy: actually, hillary clinton just did an interview with "elle" magazine, and said in high school she ran for class president and lost. but it got weird when she showed up at her high school eight years later and ran again. [ laughter ] couldn't stop. >> steve: wow. had to do it. in the same interview, hillary clinton told a story about when she wore a fake pony tail to school that got pulled off in front of everyone. she said it was the worst moment of her life. even hillary's fact checkers were like, "uh, sure.
yeah. [ laughter and applause ] yeah, that's the worst -- that pony tail. let's go with that." but here's some good news for hillary. a new poll has hillary clinton ahead of donald trump in the swing state of new hampshire. [ cheers and applause ] but trump said he didn't care, because if he can't win new hampshire, he'll just build an even newer hampshire and make the old hampshire pay for it. [ laughter and applause ] "this is the newest hampshire ever." here's a little entertainment news. it's rumored that jay-z is going on a world tour next year to respond to beyonce's album, "lemonade." [ audience ohs ] which is a pretty round about way of saying he's still locked out of the house. [ applause ] he's not locked out. i saw that "bachelor" winner, lauren b., is claiming she felt very alone after ben chose her, because they couldn't reveal their relationship. while ben said he felt very alone, because he was just down to one girlfriend. [ light laughter ] used to nine around the house. this is pretty amazing. a british man just solved the world's smallest rubik's cube using tweezers and a magnifying
glass. when asked if he got any help from friends, the man said, "friends?" [ laughter and applause ] [ british accent ] "i'll never solve that puzzle." [ light laughter ] and finally, this is cool. it was just announced that a a live production of "mean girls" is coming to washington, d.c., next year. [ cheers and applause ] then hillary said, "you're damn right it is." [ laughter and applause ] hey, we have a great show tonight. give it up for the roots! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: thank you, guys! thank you very much! happy friday, everybody. guys, come back again next week. on monday, taraji p. henson will be here. >> steve: yeah! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: cookie! >> steve: c'mon! i love to see cookie.
>> jimmy: and we got great music from phish will be here on monday as well. [ cheers and applause ] then later next week, kevin hart will be back. we love kevin. [ cheers and applause ] going to do something fun. bryan cranston will be here. >> steve: oh! >> jimmy: vin diesel will be here. >> steve: what? [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: and jon hamm will be joining us. >> steve: yeah! [ cheers and applause ] slice of hamm. >> jimmy: and we have great music performances from james bay, barry gibb -- [ cheers ] >> steve: barry gibb? >> jimmy: barry gibb will be here. and kings of leon will be here! >> steve: yo! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: all next week. it's going to be good. but first, we have a fantastic show tonight. he is one of the most successful and talented guys around. he has a new movie called "boo! a madea halloween." [ light laughter ] tyler perry is here. >> steve: oh! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: boo! madea herself may stop on -- may stop by a little bit later, too. >> steve: really? >> jimmy: maybe. not sure. probably will. plus she stars in the giant new nbc show "timeless." abigail spencer is stopping by. >> steve: oh.
[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: and we have music -- >> steve: from the one and only. >> jimmy: from the one and only. van morrison is here, ladies and gentlemen! >> steve: oh! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: guys, today is friday and that's usually when i catch up on some personal stuff. i check my inbox, i return some e-mails, and of course send out thank you notes. and i was just -- [ cheers and applause ] i was -- i thought if you guys wouldn't mind, i'd just like to write out my weekly thank you notes right now. is that cool? [ cheers and applause ] roots, can i get some thank you note writing music, please? ♪ [ laughter ] >> steve: looks suspicious. >> jimmy: no, no -- confident. he's confident. like james bond. >> steve: like james bot? he's like a robot james. >> jimmy: here we go. ♪ thank you, vice presidential debates, for being a couple of people sitting around a table fighting about donald trump and
hillary clinton. or as most of us call that, thanksgiving. [ applause ] there you go. ♪ thank you, ted cruz, for calling people to remind them to vote for trump, but looking like a guy who's telling his wife he just lost the kids' college fund at the track. [ laughter and applause ] "oh, you picked up. i didn't think you were going to pick up." >> steve: "thought i was going to go to the machine." >> jimmy: yeah. ♪ thank you, leaf piles, or as adam and eve call you, laundry. [ laughter ] >> steve: it's what they wore. they wore leaves. that was their clothes. ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, stella artois, for making every guy say, "uh, i forgot it came in this stupid glass." [ laughter and applause ] i like that glass. >> steve: love it.
>> jimmy: something different. >> steve: classy. >> jimmy: something different. >> steve: pinky out. ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, cows, for not being called "milk horses." [ laughter and applause ] they're not called that. >> steve: don't call 'em that. that's your beef with cows. [ light laughter ] ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, pumpkin carving for assuming that after being ripped open, disemboweled and stabbed, the pumpkin would be smiling. [ laughter and applause ] horrible. >> steve: horrible thing. pumpkinocide. ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, jogging, or as i like to call it, practice for emergencies. [ applause ] just in case. i would be going faster. ♪ thank you, tom brady, for spending your four-week nfl suspension for deflategate sunbathing naked in italy,
riding a scooter in rome, and visiting the beach with your super model wife. i hope you learned your lesson. [ laughter and applause ] never do that again. those are my thank you notes. we'll be right back with more of "the tonight show," everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ when it's time to potty train... it's time for training underwear!
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, everybody. guys, the election is only a a month away, and both candidates are scrambling to get every vote they can. in fact, i heard donald trump's been reaching out to african-american and women voters by calling them himself. [ light laughter ] it's true. and this is crazy. we actually got footage of his very first phone call to an african-american woman, and it is fascinating stuff. take a look at this. [ phone ringing ] >> who that calling me? [ cheers and applause ]
hello? >> jimmy: congratulations, you're speaking with donald trump. >> i know damn well you ain't calling about -- how you get my number? >> jimmy: i am making cold calls to undecided voters and you were the first name on my list. is this -- media? >> first of all, my name is madea. ma to the damn d-e-a, okay? [ laughter and applause ] that's my name. learn how to talk, dernald. >> jimmy: look, media, i'd like to conduct a quick survey with you. do you mind if i ask you a few simple questions? >> yes, i mind. good-bye. >> jimmy: perfect. first question, what is your biggest concern this election? >> oh, that's simple. you. you are my biggest concern. next question, please. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: okay, when i win this election what should be my first act as president? >> oh, i think you should have the national guard and all the army people bring out jackets and give to everybody. the quilted lined kind. >> jimmy: why is that? >> because if you win, hell done froze the hell over. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: okay. wrong. wrong. wrong. not. >> this is not a debate, donald. this is not a debate. >> jimmy: have you seen my poll
numbers lately? have you seen my poll numbers? have you seen my poll numbers? have you seen my poll numbers lately? [ laughter ] they're very impressive. >> yes, honey, i've seen the size of your hands so trust me, i'm sure that your poll number is not that impressive. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: there's no problem with the size of my hands. trust me, they're big, they're beautiful, and they are fantastic. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> are you done? can i get off -- >> jimmy: hold on. [ growling ] all right, boy. okay. he's not thirsty. look, is there anything i could say to convince you to vote for me? >> oh, yes, very simple. "hello, my name is hillary clinton and i approve this message." [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: okay, moving on. what is your opinion on building the wall? >> oh, i'm all for that. >> jimmy: really? >> yes, yes, i think -- >> jimmy: the wall? >> i think you should build a a wall, yes. >> jimmy: because i want a tall wall. >> yes, you should have a tall wall, a tall wall. a tall wall in a circle around trump tower so i can lock your ass up, because that's exactly what you deserve. [ cheers and applause ] hallelujah somebody.
>> jimmy: okay, okay. i don't -- what is with all the hostility? haven't you heard the old saying, "if you don't have anything nice to say, tweet it at 3:00 a.m. instead?" [ laughter ] >> look, donald, okay, that's one thing that you and i have in common, okay? it's that we both say whatever's on our minds. for instance, you can say that a beauty queen is disgusting. ain't that what you said? and i can say that i heard that you look like a pumpkin sitting outside my house. the truth is you look like the jack-o-lantern that sit out of my house. in this case it's a a jackass-o-lantern. >> jimmy: okay. >> like, can you please get off my phone? >> jimmy: wrong. i prefer the term, trumpkin. [ laughter ] now, look, let's cut to the chase. on election day, will you be voting for donald trump? >> ain't no black people voting for you donald. don't you understand that? lord, help him. ♪ lord help him understand help him understand lord help him understand ♪ [ laughter ] ♪ help him too timothy help him understand ♪ >> jimmy: what was that? is that some kind of hymn? i love hymns. they're so much better than hers. [ laughter ] all right, media, i have to move on to my next caller, but
before i go, i got to tell you, if you're voting for hillary clinton, you really need to wake up. >> first of all, i'm woke, okay? i'm woke. i'm woke like a rooster. cock-a-doodle-doo, bitch. >> jimmy: well, whatever. [ laughter and applause ] >> yeah. >> jimmy: i'm going to go eat a a bucket of kfc and do my seven minute workout. >> okay, fine. then i'm gonna do my -- eat my popeye's and do my seven-minute twerkout. >> jimmy: cue the music. >> cue the black people music. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ["diggy" by spencer ludwig] ♪
♪ ♪ power! lord ♪ i'll have that goat cheese garden salad. that gentleman got the last one. sir, you give me that salad and i will pay for your movie and one snack box. can i keep the walnuts? sold. but i get to pick your movie. can i pick the genre? yes, but it has to be a comedy. a little cash back on the side. with the blue cash everyday card from american express, you get cash back on purchases with no annual fee. throw. it's more than cash back. it's backed by the service and security of american express.
multitalented tyler perry! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> jimmy: tyler perry! >> hello. hello. hello. >> jimmy: tyler perry. thank you. >> that's pretty funny, man. >> jimmy: that was fun. >> i love your donald. your donald's hysterical, man. >> jimmy: thank you for doing that. >> that was so much fun to do with you man, i appreciate it. >> jimmy: i never know what you're going to say. 'cause it's so fun, kind of like improvising a scene. >> you never know what i'm going to say? i never know what you're going to say. >> jimmy: you know the little hand. that was a good one. [ laughter ] >> the hand was good. the hand was really good. >> jimmy: you posted this picture yesterday and i wanted to know what was on the picture. you and -- >> bernie sanders. >> jimmy: bernie sanders? >> yeah. >> jimmy: where was this? [ applause ] >> i was leaving a hotel in detroit and oh my god, this is so awful. i'm leaving this hotel in
detroit and i walk up to him and i'm kind of fan girling. like, "oh my god that's bernie sanders, i want to say hi to him." so i walked up to him i kept up with him, and i said, "hi, i'm tyler perry -- i -- i'm --" he goes -- you know how you have that -- people have that look where they have no idea who you are? [ laughter ] he totally had that look. so i'm like, "hey, i'm tyler perry how you doing." "i'm really good." i say, you're here stumping for hillary, right? "yeah. yeah, i am, i am." okay. well, can we take a photo together? "just do it quickly, do it quickly." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: he had no idea who you are. >> no, no, not at all, right? so, i'm like, okay, okay. so then i say -- i'm losing him, right? so i say, "listen, i know lots of black people. this is going to be good for elections." i felt like such a tool, man. i said that to him. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: you did say that? >> i said that to him. i said that to him. >> jimmy: make it quick. make it quick. >> yeah. wait. so he goes, "make it quick," right. then i say "i know lots of black people" and he looks at me like, "who the hell are you saying this to me right now?" it was really funny, man. so i'm sure some of his people are telling him tonight, "hey, bernie, i'm tyler perry. how are you? good to meet you. i'm a huge fan. huge fan.
huge fan." [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: i know that, when they have no idea. >> yeah, yeah, you know that face where it's like -- >> jimmy: that face where like i am not gonna -- >> i don't know who you are. >> jimmy: i don't recognize you at all. how was detroit, by the way? i haven't been there in a a while. how is it doing? >> detroit, you know what. let me tell you something about detroit. the people are so resilient, so i think detroit is going to be fine. as long as the people and the attitude and the spirit that's there now continues to live there, it will be fine. >> jimmy: very good. i love detroit. shout out to everyone in detroit. [ cheers ] >> yeah. >> jimmy: i hope it comes back, because it's a beautiful place. and happy belated birthday. >> yes. >> jimmy: i'm a september birthday too. >> yes, virgo. >> jimmy: yeah. virgo. [ cheers ] we have four or five people, yeah. we have four or five people in the audience. >> but we're usually more introverted than that. that was pretty loud. >> jimmy: yeah, exactly. >> chill out, virgos. >> jimmy: yeah, exactly. you sure you're not on the cusp? [ laughter ] you're a cusp kind of person. >> right, right. right, right. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: virgos wouldn't do that. that's a cusp move. >> never. we're chill. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: we had a good horoscope coming up, though. i think october's supposed to be good for us. or november is supposed to be good for us. something like -- >> is that right?
>> jimmy: yeah, we've got a a good couple months coming in, yeah. >> i'll take it. >> jimmy: you're 47 years old this year? and so far, i -- 20 plays, 25 movies, seven tv shows, 853 episodes you've written and directed. [ cheers and applause ] you're only 47. >> only 47, yes. >> jimmy: not bad. >> no, not bad. >> jimmy: that's pretty impressive. >> and the finale of my show, "too close to home," is on tlc this monday night. [ cheers ] so yeah, we're pretty excited about that. >> jimmy: you just love working? you love the reaction? what do you like? >> all of it. i love the work. i love the reaction. and i work really hard but then i take breaks and i take really hard breaks too. i take long periods off. but for the most part -- >> jimmy: so like a vacation for you is an actual vacation, do you actually just chill? >> i write on vacation. >> jimmy: you do what? >> i write. >> jimmy: i thought you said you ride. i'm like no, see that's -- that sounds like, "yeah, i did 87 miles in three days." that's not vacation. >> no. no, no, no, no. yeah, i know those kind of people. >> jimmy: yeah. >> for my birthday, i road 47 miles on my bike and you
know, there's this woman -- i get out of the parking lot, i'm feeling great, i'm going to get on my bike, i'm going 47 miles and this woman gets out, i said, "how far you going today?" i just met her. she goes, "i'm going to go 100." i'm just like -- >> jimmy: come on, give me something. it's my birthday, you know? >> yeah. yeah, yeah, yeah. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: give me something, man. >> let me have something. >> jimmy: let me have one thing. but you do -- so now you have "boo! a madea halloween." >> yeah. >> jimmy: i just -- i want to get into, because i know the idea, the origin of how it came in. but madea -- if you don't know the story about what tyler's done, i think it's the coolest thing ever. you do these like -- like it was a -- was it a character or a one-man show? >> no. it's a face play. so it's like broadway, just with black people. [ laughter ] yeah. yeah. and it's -- >> jimmy: i know. yeah. >> right. [ talking over each other ] i was doing a show in chicago was where it started about 18 years ago. i did this -- i had this play called "i could do bad all by myself," i think it was the first one. and madea was in the show, but
there was a lady who was supposed to show up who didn't, so i had a small role, but it became much bigger because that person didn't show up. i had her lines and mine. and then at the end of the night, i was apologizing to the audience because i'm like, i've been advertising that this person would be there. she had a hit record on the radio and she didn't show up. and the audience is chanting, "we don't care, we don't care." so that's how it all started. >> jimmy: isn't that unbelievable? >> yeah, so for all of you who hate madea, you've got chicago to thank for it. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: no, we love madea so much. as we just saw. >> thank you. thank you, baby. thank you so much. i appreciate that. thank you so much. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: i don't know what you're going to say. >> no, neither do i. that's the thing. that's so scary. to have no clue. >> jimmy: doing that bit today, i don't know what's going to happen. but the fun thing is, you're doing this thing with waze, which i love that app. you know, the gps app? where all of a sudden you can choose madea. [ laughter ] >> yeah. yeah. >> jimmy: do you know about that? let me give you a sample. here's one thing that madea might say to you if you're using waze. >> hey, baby, hello, this is
madea, i'm back. come on now, let's go. >> jimmy: and here's another madea on waze. >> police reported ahead. stay alert, honey. >> jimmy: yep. [ laughter ] stay alert, honey. and then three? >> heavy traffic reported up there. just breathe, child. relax. >> that's on waze. they wouldn't let me -- they wouldn't let me cut loose, though. >> jimmy: oh, really? >> no, they wouldn't let me. i would be like, "what the hell? didn't i tell you turn left? turn this damn car around!" [ laughter ] that's what i wanted to say. they wouldn't let me do that. somebody have an accident. "get your ass out the fast lane, please!" [ laughter and applause ] those were the things i wanted to say. those were the things i wanted to say. >> jimmy: that's what you wanted to say. >> yeah. right, right, right. next time. next time. >> jimmy: the idea for this one, for "boo," came from a a chris rock movie, "top five." >> yes. >> jimmy: i remember this scene in the movie because he was talking about his movie's coming out and he was up against a -- >> a madea movie, yeah. >> jimmy: but it was a fake -- >> it was a fake movie. chris called and asked if he
could use the character for the movie and "boo! a madea halloween" and i think okay, great, fine. and when lions gate saw it, they said, "wait a minute, you got to do that movie." i'm like, "are you serious?" you want me to do a movie called "boo! a madea halloween"? [ laughter ] this was a chris rock joke, you know? and they're like, "no, no, we want you to do it," and it's funny, man. oh my god, this movie's funny. >> jimmy: no, this one -- >> no, dude -- >> jimmy: i've seen all of them. this might be the funny -- >> dude, this is -- this is the funny one. >> jimmy: i think it's the funny one. [ laughter ] they're all funny. but this has got some great moments. >> we got great moments. >> jimmy: and there's also some new -- you also give a chance to new artists and new people out there. there's a lot of youtubers in that. >> yeah, yeah. i wanted to do that man, give people a chance. these kids are so talented. yousef erakat and brock o'hurn and lexy panterra. this girl has 68 million views twerking. >> jimmy: yeah. >> you've seen it. you've seen it. >> jimmy: seen it? i'm the finished product. i've been twerking out for about two years now. >> right, right. that's exactly what it is. yousef videos. he's got like 168 views of some
of his pranks. >> isn't it unbelievable now? >> it's a whole new world. >> jimmy: it's a whole new thing. it's entertainment, tv and streaming. it's just so -- but it's cool when they get to be on the big screen. >> yeah. and they're right there holding on. they did a great job, too. >> jimmy: should we set up anything at all about the movie? >> i don't know what the hell we about to see. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: well, no, i mean in general. madea is baby sitting for her great -- >> her niece. >> jimmy: her niece? >> yes. great niece, yeah. >> jimmy: great niece, and she's like, "you're not going to this halloween party." >> she sneaks out to a frat party, right? >> jimmy: and she sneaks out. >> and all hell breaks loose. >> jimmy: i mean, there's -- clowns. [ audience ohs ] >> listen, and i got nothing to do with that, man. i got nothing to do with that. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: no, no, no. >> i filmed this movie before that happened. i got nothing to do with it. >> jimmy: i'm not saying you're responsible. >> oh, please, please. let's get that -- yeah, right. let's get that straight. >> jimmy: i'm not responsible either. i want to get that straight too. i have nothing to do with any -- and if there's any clowns out there, i love you. [ laughter ] just stay away. stay away. we're good. we're cool. we're cool. i don't need --
>> i see you clowns come up to me i'm going to beat one of those bitches down. [ laughter ] let them come up on me, i'm telling you right now. it's crazy, man. it's crazy. it's weird, right? >> jimmy: but you got zombies in here. i want to show everyone a clip. here's tyler perry as madea in "boo! a madea halloween." take a look at this. [ cheers and applause ] >> we about to get turned up. let me get everybody's hands up like this. >> i can't stand this music. >> if you can't stand it, why your body -- why your body moving like that? >> that's my bottom half. every time i hear this music, it just want to drop. that's the ho from back in the day coming out in me. i don't like this crap. i don't like this. i don't -- i don't like this. i don't -- i don't -- i don't like this music. i don't -- i don't -- >> mable! >> i got to get the hell out of here. my ho coming out. [ laughter ] [ applause ]
>> bottom half. >> jimmy: i love this guy. tyler perry, "boo! a madea halloween," opens everywhere october 21st. we'll be right back with abigail spencer. come on back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ my mother passed 2003, but she always told me i don't care if you turn out to be a great athlete or whatever but, you need to make sure you get your college degree. sometimes i call the house, just to hear her voice. (phone ringing) answering machine: hi, leave a message after the beep. (beep) hey mom, this is larry. i just want to let you know that uh, i fulfilled the promise that you held me to. love you. (beep)
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>> this is how i do all my entrances in all my sittings. >> jimmy: yes. well done, it's fantastic. thank you for coming on the show. >> thank you for having me. >> jimmy: i wanna know -- >> hi. >> jimmy: hi, by the way. >> we have so much catching up to do. >> jimmy: i really do. >> we've never met. >> jimmy: no, that's why. [ light laughter ] that's why we have a lot of catching up to do. congrats on the show. >> thank you. >> jimmy: i want to get into that big sci-fi time travel hit for nbc, but i want to go back -- speaking of going back in time -- to when this little girl existed. >> there she is. [ audience aws ] >> jimmy: oh, my goodness. >> this is my favorite part, the flowers on clearance that i'm holding in my hand. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: was that a price tag? >> it was a price tag. >> jimmy: that's like such a a minnie pearl move right there. how adorable. oh, my -- >> oh, my gosh. this was my first pageant dress that my mother made me and notice the pantaloons. it was, you know, seeing into the future, i was little miss competition. clearly still reigning little miss. >> jimmy: i love the costume. >> thanks. oh, yeah, it's weird. it's like what i did yesterday when i was on "timeless."
>> jimmy: yeah, that's you now. >> yeah. >> jimmy: you kind of -- still into that type of wardrobe. >> yes, i do. i like it. >> jimmy: what was it like -- i want to hear about the pageant life. how long did you do it? did you just -- >> i did pageants for ten years. >> jimmy: you did? >> ten years. >> jimmy: wow. >> well that -- the reason i did it for ten years is because that's how long it took me to win finally. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: oh, no. did you have fun doing it? >> oh, i loved it. i mean, i'm from gulf breeze, florida, and there's not a lot of things to do if you want to sing and dance and you wanna be an entertainer and you wanna be an actor. you've got to do pageants, and that was what was available to me. >> jimmy: was your mom into it? >> no. no. not at all. my dad is a professional surfer and this is like my mother's worst nightmare that i did all this stuff, but i roped them and i pulled them along because i was like, "i have to sing, i have to dance, i have to have a a way to do this thing." >> jimmy: i have to get out there, mom! do you understand me? i have to! >> yeah. >> jimmy: i got to be a star! >> i got to be a star! and then i roped her into making all of my clothes and she did my hair and we choreographed all my routines together. >> jimmy: what routine was that one?
>> this was -- >> jimmy: "cats?" [ laughter ] >> the one that i clearly didn't win -- that's why it took ten years. >> jimmy: yeah. >> i was like, ah ten years? >> jimmy: did you have a go to talent that -- >> oh, yeah. i was a singer. that's what i did. >> jimmy: oh, really? >> yeah. >> jimmy: what was the song? do you remember? >> yeah, oh, my gosh. well, there were a few. there was "if i only had a a brain," which is one that i started with. >> jimmy: really? >> i dressed as a scarecrow. >> jimmy: yeah. >> i did it. >> jimmy: i like that. that's cute. >> yeah, a song from the heart, not the brain. >> jimmy: yeah. >> and then i had a "hit me with a hot note" but really the culmination was "new york new york" that was my big -- [ cheers and applause ] my big number. >> jimmy: that was your thing. >> that was my big number because i would religiously watch liza minelli sing that song over and over and over. >> jimmy: oh, yeah. she's the great -- >> she's great. >> jimmy: and can you give us a a taste of what that would be like? >> i don't know. should i? [ cheers and applause ] should i? >> jimmy: just give us a taste. >> if you want to join in. >> jimmy: yeah, of course. we all know the song. ♪ start spreadin' the news i'm leavin' today
i want to be a part of it new york new york ♪ ♪ i want to wake up in a city that doesn't sleep ♪ ♪ when i'm in a and find i'm king of the hill top ♪ >> jimmy: top of the list? ♪ top of the heap >> jimmy: king of the -- >> oh, yes. ♪ king of the >> jimmy: no. >> number one. >> jimmy: no, i got it. ♪ a number one [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: you got to take it home. >> i do? >> jimmy: take it home! >> are we still singing? ♪ my little town blues [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: whoa, that's what i'm talking about! ♪ are melting away i'll make a brand new start of it new york new york ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ if i can make it here
i'll make it anywhere come on come through new york new york ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh, my gosh! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we did not plan that! >> we did not plan that. >> jimmy: we did not plan that at all. thank you roots. >> i sang so much higher than i should be singing. >> jimmy: oh, my gosh. that was a knock out. you won, you won, you won, you won. >> thank you, thank you. >> jimmy: you made it -- you made it here. you made it everywhere. wow, that was unbelievable. >> oh, my gosh. i apologize to everyone for that. >> jimmy: we loved that. abigail spencer. [ cheers and applause ] >> i never sing. i never sing anymore.
>> jimmy: that was amazing that you just could do that. >> you know what? i met leslie odom, jr. at my carnegie mellon audition. >> jimmy: oh, he's the best. >> isn't he the greatest? he's one of my closest friends. >> jimmy: oh, no, he's great on our show. yeah. >> oh, my gosh. he's so amazing. >> jimmy: he came back and sat in with the roots. he has a new jazz album. >> he's the best. we met at my carnegie mellon audition and became very good friends ever since. >> jimmy: we have something in common. do you know this? both of our tv debuts were on regis and kathy lee. >> yes, i heard about -- i want to see this. how can i see this? >> jimmy: there's a tape of it somewhere that exists. i went with my buddy because i was a big fan of regis and kathy lee. i had a crush on kathy lee gifford. [ light laughter ] i liked her. i liked that she could close one eye. i just thought it was funny and like she could do the eye. i can't do it. >> oh, 'cause she has a lot of dexterity in her eyes. yeah, yeah. >> jimmy: yeah, she can do that. it's the best. >> yeah. >> jimmy: i had everything. i had the calendars. the regis and kathy lee -- yeah, i was a big fan. >> oh, my gosh. i love this. >> jimmy: so i was in high school, i think, or college at the time and i went with my buddy, got tickets, we went, we were so excited. and you know they have that contest where it's like, who was the star of "top gun?"
you know? then i go, uh -- >> with the wheel when they like -- >> jimmy: yeah. then they go, tom cruise. and they go, all right, pick a a number between 1 to 200, and someone in the crowd wins it. i said to my buddy, "no matter what number they yell, stand up like we won." yeah. >> that's amazing. >> jimmy: 'cause it's live. >> i've always wondered that. like, how would they know? >> jimmy: live tv. they're like, 31. we had the worst seats and we we're like, oh my gosh, we won! the camera came on, i'm like, hi, mom. you know? [ laughter ] >> are you serious? >> jimmy: oh, yeah, it was a a big deal. >> that was amazing. >> jimmy: now what was your story? >> well, when i met leslie odom jr., i was in new york auditioning for all of the theater schools, i was going to do musical theater. and my father was kathy lee's first love. so when she was 15 -- controversial, okay. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: scandal. >> scandal. the surfer and the junior miss. because she was junior miss and my dad was professional surfer, so of course they should meet. but my dad kept in touch with her over the years, and my mom knew about it. so my mom and i -- [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah, i get it. >> you got it.
and my mom and i were coming to new york to do all of these auditions, and just as like a a fun -- i had never been to new york before. again, little miss gulf breeze. like, small town. >> jimmy: yeah. >> don't know what i'm doing. and yeah, remember her? >> jimmy: fluffy dress. >> there she is. nothing changed. and so she got a ticket to the show. he reached out to her and said, "my daughter and my wife are coming, could they come sit in the audience?" so we were just like, "oh my gosh, a fun tourist thing to do. this will be great." and then five minutes into the show, when they started, all of a sudden, kathy lee goes, "we have a very special guest in the audience today." and i'm looking for someone famous. i'm like, "david letterman's in the audience," like, just look because she had all these famous friends. >> jimmy: david letterman would be sitting in the audience, yeah. >> that was what i thought. [ laughter ] i was like, "maybe they do that." like, maybe they'll help each other out. >> jimmy: he might have. i have no idea. >> they high five each other before their talk shows. >> jimmy: it's very possible. [ laughter ] >> little miss gulf breeze. >> jimmy: yeah, i know. >> so then, she goes, "everyone, i'd like you to meet abigail spencer," and i was --
i was like, "what?" and then one of these giant cameras, like, exactly what's happening right now, came forward right into my face, and she goes, "abigail, tell everyone what you're doing in new york." and i went, "i'm a singer and an actress and a dancer and i'm here auditioning for colleges and i'm going to be a a director." literally, i just, like, went for it. i did it. >> jimmy: no way. [ laughter ] >> oh, yeah. all in. 17 years old. super green. no fear. >> jimmy: wow. >> and it just so happened that the casting director of "all my children" was watching the live feed and kathy lee's assistant called the casting director and said, "hey, we're chatting with this girl in the audience that kathy knows and she wants to be an actress. would you like to meet her?" and of course like, usually people, like, click, but no, judy was like, "oh my gosh, i'm watching the live feed, i'd love to meet her." so the next day, i had a a general meeting with the casting director of "all my children" and i will never forget it. i had this emerald green 70s coat and my beret and i was like sashay, "i love new york!' you know, like, "love is all around us," just like mary tyler moore-ing my way down to --
>> jimmy: mary tyler more, yeah. ♪ you're gonna make it after all ♪ [ light laughter ] >> and i had the meeting, and literally, i guess, four months later, i had been cast on the show. >> jimmy: and you haven't stopped working since. so thank you, kathy lee gifford. [ cheers and applause ] kathy lee, we love you! >> kathy lee! >> jimmy: how cool is she? oh, my gosh. here you are, now you're on "timeless," on nbc, it's a big hit on our network. it's a -- well, it's a sci-fi, it's like a time travel thing, you play a professor who goes back 'cause there's a guy trying to change history. >> yeah. >> jimmy: and it's almost like -- >> which is bad for historians. >> jimmy: yeah, really makes -- >> uh-oh, don't know anything anymore. >> jimmy: yeah, but you go back and try to fix it and stop it, but then everything that gets changed in the past affects, obviously, the future. >> yeah. >> jimmy: so, yeah, that's basically the gist. i want to show everyone a clip. here's abigail spencer in monday night's episode of "timeless." take a look at this. >> i'm general grant's aide. >> you're robert todd lincoln. >> have we met? >> no.
i admire your father. >> pleased to meet you, miss -- ? >> juliet shakesman. >> are you an actress? >> no. yes. not a very good one. just starting out. >> something rarer than an actress, a modest one. general grant was supposed to attend tonight's play but he can't make it and i have to return his tickets. >> well, i'll take the tickets to the box office for you. >> i'd like to leave a note too with the general's apologies. >> of course. take your time. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: can we just say, i don't know if we -- did we see in the clip, who that was? who was that? >> robert todd lincoln. >> jimmy: yeah. >> that was abraham lincoln's son. [ audience ohs ] >> jimmy: abigail spencer. "timeless" airs mondays at 10:00 p.m. on nbc. [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with a a performance from van morrison! stick around! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: i can't even tell you how much i appreciate this -- our next guest, because he was our very first guest on "late night," and it's just at the time, we couldn't book the show and nobody had any faith in us and this guy had faith in us. i don't know how or why, but he just did our show and i thank him all the time. i love this guy ao much. he's one of the most prolific recording artists and songwriters around. just released his new album. "keep me singing." performing "too late," please welcome van morrison! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ well it's too late for sorrow for sorrow baby it it's you late ♪ ♪ well it's too late for tomorrow for tomorrow baby jump and wave ♪
♪ well it's too late crying in the rain 'cause it's too late to start all over again ♪ ♪ can't complain but it's not too late for what my garden with my baby ♪ ♪ you're pardon just don't hesitate well it's too late for sorrow ♪ ♪ for sorrow then it hits you late it's too late for tomorrow ♪ ♪ for tomorrow tomorrow just can't wait
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: my thanks to tyler perry, abigail spencer, van morrison once again! [ cheers and applause ] and the roots, right there, from philadelphia, pennsylvania. [ cheers and applause ] stay tuned for "late night with seth meyers." thank you for watching. have a great weekend. i hope to see you next week. bye-bye, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: live from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- will forte. from nbc's "this is us," actress mandy moore. mlb all-star david ortiz. featuring the 8g band with danny carey. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening, everybody. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] fantastic. we are live right now. it is 12:37:34 in the morning. and to prove we're live, it's now 12:37:39. [ laughter ] all right let's get to the news everybody. tonight was the first presidential debate of the