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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- idina menzel -- star of "supergirl" actress, melissa benoist -- music from, kane brown -- featuring the 8g band with darren king. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night"! how about is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] fantastic to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. during his inaugural address on friday, president trump -- whew! [ light laughter ] just a little -- just a little harder than i thought it would
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be. [ light laughter ] during his inaugural address on friday, president trump said, quote, "the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer." quote, "the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer." wow, the good news just keeps coming for three doors down. [ light laughter ] during his inaugural address, president trump said that the ideology for his administration will be america first. which also happens to be putin's ideology. [ as putin ] america first, then we go into ukraine, and eastern europe -- [ laughter and applause ] it's like risk! [ cheers and applause ] it's like game of risk against 6-year-old. white house press secretary, sean spicer, gave his first briefing on saturday. in which he made four inaccurate claims in the first five minutes and thirty seconds. [ light laughter ] and each time he lied, his suit grew slightly larger. [ laughter and applause ]
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according -- according to reports, 400,000 people participated in the women's march here in new york city. and once again -- [ cheers and applause ] yeah. give it up. [ cheers ] and once again, a kenyan woman finished first. [ light laughter ] great. because the whole time you were applauding, i knew where it was going. [ light laughter ] and no way out of it. hillary clinton said yesterday, "that the images of the women's march were awe-inspiring." adding, "nice to see you all come out in full force, finally." [ laughter and applause ] president trump spoke with the president of egypt today. said trump, "it's an honor, i'm such a fan of your pyramid schemes." [ laughter and applause ]
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producers have announced that the next "star wars" sequel will be called "star wars: the last jedi." meanwhile the final film, will be called, "star wars: just chewy and robots." [ light laughter ] rapper snoop dogg recently revealed that country music singer willie nelson is the only person who can outsmoke him. and then someone said, "snoop, that's a mop." [ laughter ] "hey, snoop. once i'm finished with this floor, we should smoke some weed." [ light laughter ] this weekend, a truck driver spilled 38,000 pounds of marbles over an indianapolis highway. which is almost as many marbles as this man has lost. [ cheers ] according, to recent reports, apple is considering building television sets, and the camera is terrific, said tourists. [ laughter ]
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and finally, the butter substitute, "i can't believe it's not butter" is reportedly changing its iconic name. from now on, it will be called, "i can't believe donald trump is president." [ cheers and applause ] you better believe it. real. that's a real deal. you guys, we have a great show for you tonight! [ cheers and applause ] we have tony award winning actress and singer, idina menzel, is here this evening. [ cheers and applause ] from the cw's fantastic show, "supergirl," melissa benoist is joining us tonight. [ cheers and applause ] and we will have music from country artist, kane brown, this evening. [ cheers and applause ] so, you're here on a fantastic night. before we get to all that, though, this weekend could not have provided a more stark contrast to begin the trump era. on the one hand, we saw what may have been the largest organized protest in u.s. history. and on the other hand, we had the new trump administration openly lying on his first full day in office.
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for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: the start of the trump era was greeted on saturday by massive nationwide show of resistance between 3 and 4 million people marched to what analysts believed may well be the largest protest in u.s. history. >> the first day of donald trump's presidency brought more than 600 massive anti-trump protests around america, and the world. >> including in boston, chicago, denver, los angeles, and overseas in london, berlin, even down in sydney, australia. >> hundreds of women's marches sweep the nation, including here in wichita. >> in anchorage, thousands turned up yesterday. >> more than 5,000 people at the sister march in downtown birmingham. >> demonstrators also standing in solidarity. as far as antarctica. >> seth: imagine being so disliked that people are willing to go outside and protest you in antarctica. [ light laughter ] that's like if you climbed mt. everest and when you got to the top, there was a guy standing there booing you.
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[ laughter ] for millions of people upset about the election results, the marches were a welcome show of solidarity and creativity. of course one of the best parts of any protest are the signs. like this woman whose sign said just, "ugh" or this little kid who was clearly put in charge of making his own sign. and decided to go with "i love trains." [ laughter ] although it did make things a little awkward when moments later, joe biden waded through the crowd, screaming "some rug rat stole my sign!" [ laughter ] there was zero arrests and few, if any, tense encounters. in fact, the most tense any of the marches ever got was this amazing exchange captured by "new york" magazine in which a trump supporter tried to lecture a group of marchers, telling them, quote, "if you people had jobs, you wouldn't be out here doing this mess." to which another woman walked by and said, quote, "bitch, it's saturday!" [ cheers and applause ]
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by the way, if you want to be a millionaire, put that on a t-shirt next to a cartoon glass of wine. now, in some ways, this show of organized resistance shouldn't be all that surprising. trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million, and enters office with the lowest approval ratings in modern history. his approval ratings, true story, are almost as low as his tie. [ light laughter ] so you think he might use his inaugural address to unite the country and provide an uplifting vision of the future? instead, he opted for nightmarish dystopian hellscape. >> rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs. america's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. this american carnage stops right here and stops right now.
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>> seth: geez. more like in-ugh-eration. [ laughter ] [ laughter and applause ] so just -- so just to clarify, ronald reagan said "it's morning in america." trump is saying "it's morning in america. but like, early morning. when you wake up hung over in a cold sweat and you realize you're in thailand and there's a dead body in the bed next to you. the only sound you hear is cops banging on your door and all you can think is what the [ bleep ] is happening." it's that kind of morning. [ cheers and applause ] so maybe trump's record low approval ratings and the fact that he lost the popular vote had something to do with the fact that his inauguration was more sparsely attended than previous ceremonies. >> have a look at this. this is barack obama's inauguration. a picture taken from the vantage of the washington monument back in 2009. and on the right-hand side at
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about the same point in the inauguration, this is the crowd that we had today. obviously, considerably thinner. the crowd for donald trump. >> seth: look at those photos. they look like shots from a billy joel concert before and after he plays "piano man." [ laughter ] he played it, let's -- let's beat traffic. he played it. [ light laughter ] now we know trump doesn't care that much about the sizes of things, especially crowds. so it was a little surprising to hear him complain about the media coverage of the attendance at his inauguration the very next day. during what was supposed to be a pep talk at the cia. >> we had a massive field of people. you saw that. packed. i get up this morning, i turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. i said, "wait a minute. i made a speech." i looked out, the field was -- it looked like a million, million and a half people. they showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there. >> seth: i love how he gets so breathless when he's upset.
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[ light laughter ] { as trump ] i turned on the tv this morning and said -- they're showing a picture of an empty field. there's millions and millions of people. [ light laughter ] but he's right. why did they show a field where there was nobody standing when they could have shown the stands along the inaugural parade route, where there was also -- [ cheers and applause ] nobody standing! look. look at how empty those bleachers are. there were more people in the bleachers during "summer lovin'." [ light laughter ] of all the people who did show up, there was al roker, who for some reason tried to get vice president mike pence's attention with candy and almost succeeded. >> mr. vice president, vice president pence! >> mr. vice president! >> mr. vice president! >> hold up the candy. >> tell him about the candy. >> i got candy! [ light laughter ] >> mr. vice president we have a snack. >> he got him. >> he's looking!
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>> nothing. >> come on he's coming. no, he isn't coming. >> nothing, i guess i had the wrong candy. >> seth: come on, al. you know pence would never approve of the unnatural relationship between mike and ike. [ laughter and applause ] also -- poor al roker. "hey, guys, trump seems pretty mad at nbc. i don't think they're going to talk to me." "no, you'll be fine. take some candy." but here's the thing, mr. president. it was a perfectly respectable crowd. full of people who love you and are excited you won. it just wasn't a record-breaking crowd. and it's not your fault you had to follow him. people just really liked him. he won the electoral college -- [ cheers and applause ] and the popular vote. but, hey, you're still the most popular president since obama. [ light laughter ] and look, no one -- no one cares about crowd sizes. the only reason this is a story is that trump insists on lying about it and sending white house
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officials out to lie about it. like he did on saturday when he sent his press secretary, sean spicer, to brazenly lie to the entire press corps by disputing what everyone saw with their own eyes. >> photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the national mall. inaccurate numbers involving crowd size were also tweeted. no one had numbers. because the national park service, which controls the national mall, does not put any out. this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period! >> seth: period? i think you mean double question marks. [ laughter ] and what's going on with that big jacket? do you use the same tailor as tom brady? [ laughter ] now, of course, there are lots of ways to fact check spicer's obvious lies. but you might have noticed that spicer actually disproved his own lie in a matter of seconds. >> no one had numbers.
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this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period! >> seth: "there is no way of knowing how many people were there, but there were definitely more people there than ever before!" no, he's right. he's right that there are no hard numbers, because the national park service does not release crowd estimates. but the washington area transit authority does release ridership numbers, and according to those numbers, friday's metro ridership was the lowest in at least two presidential inaugurations. and it was also lower than that of an average weekday. [ light laughter ] so trump did worse than an average weekday. that means people called in sick to work to not go to the inauguration. and yet trump continues to lie about approval and obvious facts. and now white house officials are even coining new terms to defend their lies as white house counselor, kellyanne conway did yesterday on "meet the press." >> why put him out there, for the very first time in front of that podium to utter a provable falsehood. it undermines the credibility of the entire white house press
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office, on day one. >> no it doesn't. don't be so -- don't be so overly dramatic about it, chuck. what, and you're saying it's a falsehood and they're giving sean spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that. >> seth: kellyanne conway is like someone trying to do the jedi mind trick after only a week of jedi training. [ light laughter ] these are not the droids you're looking for. yeah, they are, those are my droids. no. these are alternative robots. [ light laughter ] yeah, these may seem like small lies, but the small lies inoculate us against bigger lies. they make facts a matter of partisan debate. rather than accepted shared reality. it may be crowd sizes now. but soon, much bigger decisions will come when reality will matter. the only way to answer these lies for the next four years will be organized resistance. like the protests we saw this weekend. and if that doesn't work, there is always this. >> i got candy! [ laughter ] >> seth: this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with more
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] please, give it up for the 8g band right over there! [ cheers and applause ] also, our drummer this week is from the grammy-nominated rock band, mutemath, who are coming off a summer tour and surprise, e.p. collaboration with twenty one pilots. and they're currently in the studio working on their fifth studio album. darren king is here, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] i'm so very happy to have you here, darren. thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> seth: now, if i may, before we continue with the show, there is something i need to get off my chest. last night, i'm hanging out with some friends who are just going on and on about this new netflix show, "the crown." and i said that i hadn't seen it. and then, everybody started going off on me, saying, "you have to watch 'the crown.' you have to." [ light laughter ] and i'm sorry, but i have to say this. stop telling me which shows i have to watch. [ light laughter ] >> at this point in the broadcast, seth launched into a 60-second obscenity-laden tirade about how people need to keep their tv show recommendations to themselves. [ cheers and applause ] network policy prevents us from broadcasting his comments, but due to a technical issue, we were forced to air this portion of the show. in short, seth believes that
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tv-show recommendations are like butt holes. everybody has one, they all stink, and each one is just a big, black hole that seth refuses to get sucked into again. [ light laughter ] seth continued, saying, "unless you are the pope, don't tell me to watch 'young pope.' and if you are the pope, let me know where you got that sweet hat, bro." [ laughter and applause ] seth then let out a high-pitched squeal before unloading on the new wave of foreign shows that people are obsessed with, saying, "if you think i'm going to waste my time reading subtitles, i've got a subtitle for you." seth looked down at the subtitle he had printed out and realizing it was the wrong one, said, "it was supposed to say, 'eat my farts.'" [ laughter and applause ] at which point seth's nana opened her birthday card and immediately died of a broken heart. at which point, seth said, "don't worry. she's not really dead, and she's not really my nana." [ laughter and applause ] seth then criticized people's comparisons of tv shows, saying, "stop pretending that any show is as good as 'the wire.' also, if you haven't seen 'the wire,' you have to watch
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'the wire.'" [ laughter ] seth then let out a long sigh and explained how he was planning to watch "the man in the high castle," but he couldn't figure out what tv channel it was on. at which point his stage manager, tom, said that it wasn't on cable television, but rather on amazon prime, a streaming web service. at which point, seth said, "streaming web service, this sounds like a job for spider-man." [ light laughter ] he then struck a spider-man pose and shot a stream of web from a gadget hidden in his sleeve, covering tom in a sticky webbing. [ laughter and applause ] at which point tom asked, "did you know the whole time that amazon was a streaming web service?" to which seth replied, "my spidey senses told me." [ light laughter ] seth then complained about the time commitment he would have to
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invest, saying, "in the time it would take to me to watch all the shows you told me to watch, i could get an mba." at which point a basketball player, who was in the audience said, "did you say nba?" [ light laughter ] and seth replied, "no, i said mba. it's a business degree." to which the basketball player said, "i know what an mba is. i just didn't hear you." [ light laughter ] so which seth replied, "well, try listening for once." to which the basketball player said, "why don't we settle this on the court?" at which point both seth and the basketball player got out of their chairs and made it over to the basketball court in the middle of the studio. [ cheers and applause ] and then, seth got dunked on real bad. [ audience oh's ] [ applause ] nbc would like viewers to disregard seth's opinions about tv show recommendations, as they do not reflect the network's position and do not make any sense. we now resume our broadcast. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: and if you've got a problem with that, you need netflix and chill the f out! woo!
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. our first guest tonight is a tony and grammy award winning artist who originated roles in the hit broadway musicals, "rent" and "wicked." she kicks off her latest world tour this march. please welcome to the show idina menzel, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: you look wonderful! >> thanks. i almost sat here. >> seth: you were going to lay there on the couch? >> i was going to lay down, it's like a shrink couch. >> seth: it would be very passive-aggressive, if you put a chair between us. if you took the couch as a way of saying i like boundaries. >> exactly, no. >> seth: i like to have a little -- one chair between. so happy to have you here. >> i'm so honored to be here. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: and you -- you marched in l.a. this weekend.
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>> i did, yeah. i marched with -- what was it, like 750,000 people. >> seth: fantastic! [ cheers and applause ] was -- what was it like being in the middle of the march? >> it was -- it was good. first of all, i got to meet jane fonda. >> seth: fantastic i mean if you could meet anyone at a woman's march. >> i know it's not all about meeting celebrities. we did have priorities, you know. but it was cool. i was with my mom and she got to meet jane fonda. but then you know it was like so many people, i don't think they prepared for it, and the whole street where we actually were supposed to march was full. so we were just stuck. and then you saw like jamie lee curtis going, girls, it's okay! we've done it! we're great, it's all love! don't worry about it, and jane fonda is like stuck and we're supposed to move. so then we took like another detour. we went down another street. we just felt like, okay, at least we're moving. >> seth: and then we ended up on the 405. >> exactly. exactly. >> seth: you mentioned you were with your mother. your mother, i'm assuming, is a huge fan of yours. >> yes, she is. >> seth: and congratulations, you were just in "beaches."
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>> i was. >> seth: a remake of "beaches" that was on this saturday, as well. >> yes. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: a big saturday for you. so, you're with your mom for the march and your movie's on that night. >> a lot of mom time. a lot of mom time this weekend. >> seth: a lot of mom time. that's good. this was a good weekend for mom time. >> yeah, well, she loves to watch my stuff. and -- >> seth: she loves two things, watching your stuff and standing still in a crowd. [ light laughter ] >> exactly, exactly. which is why she's kind of antisocial when there is a big event like "beaches." i was like should we invite people over, mom? i know you like to brag. and she's like, no i don't want anybody here, she just wants to like focus on her daughter. >> seth: is it because she's worried other people will ruin it? >> yes, she doesn't want them talking, you know -- it's like the oscars, when you have a whole party, i like to sit and actually hear what people say. >> seth: so you're with your mom and she's intently watching your performance in "beaches." are you someone who likes watching yourself? >> no, not at all. >> seth: so what are you doing, are you watching your mom watch you? >> a little bit yeah. i let my son drag me around the house a little bit. i had a good excuse. >> seth: okay, got it.
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was she pleased? >> of course. she's probably watched it 12 times in like one day. and then she and my sister, they go to my -- whenever i've been in like a play or broadway show or whatever, their thing is that intermission, they look at each other, alright lets do this. and then they go to the bathroom and stand in line and listen to what everybody says about their daughter. >> seth: oh, really? >> yeah, of course, most of it is nice, but if there is ever one like ready to take that bitch down. you know what i mean? [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> seth: i -- i remember once being in the bathroom and having somebody say i want to say something about this show but i want to be quiet because i hear idina menzel's mom lurking around. [ light laughter ] >> exactly. >> seth: and she report's back. so you're about to go on tour, and you're doing nassau coliseum, which is very exciting. >> yeah, because that's my hometown. >> seth: that's your hometown. >> i'm at the coliseum. i'm there the night after billy joel is there, which is really cool. >> seth: fantastic, that's great. >> and they're renovating it, it's a whole new opening. so it's cool. >> seth: is it fun? do you like performing to a hometown crowd? >> i always think i'm going to be really excited about that.
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i did jones beach a couple years ago which is where we all went to see music. and we hung out at that beach all my friends and everything. but like i don't know, i end up putting so much stress about it. >> seth: sure. >> the situation. and there's so much nostalgia. and it's not all positive. i get out there on stage, and i like -- think like the bully, that girl that was so mean to me that threw spit balls in my hair and hated me for dating glen carpel. >> seth: yeah. >> that she's going to like -- she's going to be there. she's never come to any of my shows. everybody from high school come and check back in with me during the shows. it's a nice way to reunite, you know. so i always just have this feeling like she's going to -- i'm going to see her or maybe -- you know, or she's not there. why isn't she there? you know what i mean? come on, let bygones be bygones. get over it, i'm a better singer than you were. you know what i mean? >> seth: yeah. exactly. [ cheers and applause ] i think the lingering question is, though -- >> that i'm neurotic? >> seth: has glen carpel ever showed up? >> yes, he has. he's a sweetheart. he's my friend. >> seth: oh good, good, good. >> but it's just so much
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buildup. and then i end up really liking jersey better. i go to jersey and have a great show the night before and then i move on to new york and long island and it's always a little bit of a disappointment. sorry, long island. [ light laughter ] >> seth: well, i think this is a great thing to say right before you do a show there. >> buy the tickets. buy the tickets. >> seth: when you walk out and they all have their crossed arms. you'll be like oh right. i brought this upon myself. >> i know, i know. >> seth: you mentioned your son. does he ever tour with you? does he ever come on the road? >> yes, he does. he does. he does. he comes on the tour with us and everything. he's 7 now. so i think he's going to be at a better age. we're going to put him to work. he's going to sell some merch. he's going to help the drummer. >> seth: as a 7-year-old is he more drawn to the music or the bus? >> oh totally the bus. because you get these cool cubby kind of beds and i can put little stars, glow in the dark stuff and we have like toys and the whole thing. >> seth: that's fantastic and does he -- do you feel he's drawn to music at all yet? >> he is. but it's like his family, his parents are obviously in the business and singing all of the time and sort of like he doesn't want to call attention to himself. so i don't know --
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>> seth: he goes to the same school as my dear friend amy poehler kids. >> yes, he does. >> seth: and you and amy have a connection as parents at this schools. >> we have become buddies you know and it's like, it's weird. you know, some mom's out their know. being a mom, school can make you feel like you're back in high school, as well. >> seth: sure >> it brings up all these things like. there's like -- there's like these moms that are so -- they have three kids, like -- skinnier than they ever were. they're gorgeously clothed, put together. one mom she goes to, like zimbabwe and opens like free cancer female clinics and stuff. comes home, got the kid there on time. and me and amy show up, we roll out of bed in our pjs, we've got like dreads in the back of our hair. we're just like hey, man, we did it, you know. [ light laughter ] we're here. >> seth: but i think, poehler doesn't have to do anything. natural beauty. she doesn't have to do all that pre-work. she just rolls in and looks great. >> she is. >> seth: i'm sure it's the same for you. >> of course. >> seth: so i want to ask about "wicked."
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obviously an incredible role that is very hard to picture with anyone other than you. yet when you audition for it, did not lock it down right away. >> no, i didn't. i had to hit the high note at the end and i botched it, i totally cracked. and then instead of like giving up, i i screamed [bleep] at the top of my lungs. i was so mad at myself. >> seth: by the way, when you whisper it, the censors still hear it. >> sorry. >> seth: you might as well go for it. >> i'm trying to be a lady! so i say [bleep]. >> seth: i can't -- yeah, there you go, thanks. [ cheers and applause ] and then i didn't give up and then i went for it again. i went like bring may down and i hit it like really nailed it. and then that is supposedly why the director gave me the job. he just said i looked totally evil when i did that, and i could totally be a great witch. >> seth: that's fantastic. i'm glad it worked out and it's such a delight to have you here congratulations on "beaches." best of luck on the tour. >> i'm honored to be here. i'm a fan of yours. >> seth: thank you so much idina. same here. [ cheers and applause ] idina menzel, everybody. her world tour kicks off this march. we'll be right back with more
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. you know our next guest from her work as marley rose on "glee" and from the film, "patriots day." she currently stars the hit cw series, "supergirl." new episodes air monday nights. let's take a look. >> hey, thanks for coming. i -- [ clears throat ] want to tell you something. >> yeah, me too. i -- i am -- i'm losing my mind right now. livewire is just out there roaming the streets, and i don't know where she is or when she'll
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strike. i just know she is out there somewhere, and she is going to hurt people. >> the city is not defenseless, kara. >> i hate having a nemesis. clark always makes it look so much fun, like you have a deadly pen pal you see once a year, but having a nemesis is stressful. >> seth: please welcome to the show melissa benoist, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: hi! >> hey! >> seth: thank you for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> seth: i was talking with idina earlier tonight. she was at the march in l.a. you were at the march in d.c. >> i was at in d.c. >> seth: you went to ground -- [ cheers and applause ] >> i was there! >> seth: the center of it all. >> yes. >> seth: and you made a sign that is very "supergirl" appropriate. and i credit this sign -- there we go.
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why don't you read that for us. [ light laughter ] "hey, donald, don't try to grab my -- you guys can figure it out -- it's made of steel." [ cheers and applause ] >> it's pretty straight forward. >> seth: then it was reported on -- this was an incredibly well behaved marches everywhere. there were no arrests. but, obviously, you have this sign, well, obviously very funny, a little off color. and i could note, there is a very sweet old lady here. did she see the sign? [ light laughter ] >> there were lots. i mean, everyone saw, and i was not the only one with that on my sign. >> seth: yeah. >> there were very graphic signs. >> seth: and yet, sort of an all-ages rally. >> yeah. >> seth: so there was something about the signs and the spirit of it that everybody sort of knew from a place of, i don't know, like, it seems like a very good-natured way to spend the day. >> it was so peaceful, and everyone was loving and patient. and when you're in a crowd of that many people, it's always a little like, "oh, my gosh. something could happen." but it never once crossed my mind just because everyone was there for the right reasons.
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>> seth: well, that's fantastic. i'm so glad you made it. [ cheers and applause ] >> i was so happy to be there. >> seth: congratulations, a second season of "supergirl." and, did you know -- how much did you know about "supergirl" before you started doing this? >> i knew that she was a comic book character. but i did know that much. [ laughter ] >> seth: you didn't think she was a historical figure? [ laughter ] i hadn't really read the comic books. >> seth: gotcha. >> and i grew up more with, like, "batman." >> seth: yeah, and by the way, "supergirl," i mean, it's okay to not have read have "supergirl." it wasn't the most mainstream of comics. >> right. >> seth: but it's a fantastic character. >> yeah. >> seth: and you do obviously a lot of, not to spoil it for people who haven't seen, you do a lot of harness work. you're flying a lot. >> yes, i do harness. i'm suspended in mid air. >> seth: how is -- do you enjoy the harness? [ laughter ] >> i do. i enjoy it for the first three hours or so. >> seth: okay. >> but you're essentially in, like, a really tightly yanked metal diaper. >> seth: right.
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[ light laughter ] >> and you're hanging in mid air, and, you know, your legs go numb after a while, and we have to be really careful. you're holding your entire body weight up. it's not the easiest. >> seth: yeah, doesn't sound great. plus you then have to act and have dialogue and stuff, which seem -- >> right. but, th -- i mean, there are moments i have to say where i'm on the green screen, and this humongous ritter fan, like taller than an nba player, is, like, blowing air on me, and -- it kind of -- you do suspend this belief, and my imagination goes with it. >> seth: that's great. >> and i believe i can fly. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] if you believe you can fly while wearing a metal diaper, you have really suspended disbelief to a point that i'm impressed with. >> thank you. >> seth: you, one of the great things about the cw is all -- there's multiple shows from the dc universe, "the flash." >> there's four of us. >> seth: there's four of you now. that's fantastic. oh, right, of course, "arrow" -- >> "arrow," "legends of tomorrow." >> seth: legends of the dc -- oh, tomorrow. and you guys do a lot of crossovers, which must be fun because -- now do you all shoot in the same place? >> we're all in vancouver now,
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yeah. >> seth: that's fantastic. [ cheers and applause ] and when you're all -- because i imagine, you know, when you're doing your show, there's a lot of the time, you're the only person in a super hero costume. >> yes, but we did four crossovers this season, which is massive. and there is a lot of people in super hero suits. so it would be days where all of us were in one place. and you guys would have to look around. i would step back and be like, "are we at a costume party?" [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah. also, if that thing weighs -- because you can really suspend belief when you're reading comics. >> mm-hmm. >> seth: and you forget that how weird it would be if you actually were -- >> saw that. [ light laughter ] >> seth: if you were all wearing crazy costumes. and, but this is really exciting. so, you have done these crossover episodes and that's fantastic because i think in the comic book world it's always exciting when different characters interact with each other. >> yeah. >> seth: but you're doing something that does not happen in the comics as much, which is you are doing a musical crossover with the flash. >> we are doing a musical episode, yes. >> seth: that's so exciting. >> it's pretty cool.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> i can't wait. i can't wait. >> seth: and you obviously -- well, we know you can sing. you were on "glee." did you think when you started doing "supergirl" that there would ever be a use for your musical talent? >> no, it's not something that crossed my mind, no. [ light laughter ] well, i don't know, though, because i do think greg berlanti, our executive producer, probably had this in mind because there are so many musical theater people across all four shows. >> seth: yeah, there really are, and there are some "glee" alums, as well, right? >> yes, grant was on "glee" as well. >> seth: oh, yeah, of course, grant. >> and now we cast the villain for the crossovers. music meister will be played by darren criss. >> seth: oh, well, that's fantastic. [ cheers and applause ] >> so, it's like a little "glee" reunion. >> seth: and now what -- when you audition for a show like "glee," obviously, you're not just acting when you go it. >> you have to sing. >> seth: you have to sing, as well. what did you think when you auditioned? >> i had to say, i sang, like, six or seven songs because the first couple songs i sang were really weird. >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] so do they let you finish the whole song and then say, "that was weird"?
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>> no, you pick, like, a 16 or 32-bar -- >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> section of the song. so, the first song i sang was a blues traveler song, "run around." >> seth: uh-huh. [ light laughter ] >> which i love, but i don't know if they understood. >> seth: right. that, "run-around" is a perfect karaoke song, maybe not as good of an audition song. so you worked your way to a more appropriate song. >> yeah, i ended up with sara bareilles and colbie caillat, which they sing a lot of their songs on the show that we did. >> seth: oh, perfect. now, you were fantastic, by the way, this year in "patriots day." >> thank you. >> seth: that was an excellent performance and a great film. but your first time -- your first movie was "tennessee," yes? >> "tennessee." >> seth: with mariah carey. >> yeah. >> seth: and that was your first time on film entirely, yes? >> yeah, basically, because i had just grown up doing theater. and then, i got the part out of albuquerque because i was living in denver, and i was 17. and my sweet mom drove me to albuquerque, seven hours. [ audience aws ] >> seth: for the audition or no? >> for the audition and when i filmed. >> seth: and that's, like, what, six, seven hours? >> yeah. >> seth: okay, wow, that's a lot of faith. that's really fantastic.
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>> yeah. >> seth: yeah. >> she's a great mom. [ applause ] >> seth: and this it true that she, she made you pay for gas both ways? [ light laughter ] so that's amazing. you drive down, get the part, and then did it film in albuquerque? >> we did a lot of the filming in albuquerque, and lee daniels was our producer. and this is -- to this day will always be the most terrifying moment of my acting career. >> seth: this is lee daniels of "empire" fame, a very accomplished producer/director/writer. >> yes, yeah. and he came up to me after my very first take. i had never done anything on camera before and had only ever been stage, and came up the and the most serious. he said, "i don't believe anything you're saying." [ laughter ] just, ugh! >> seth: and you were like, "i drove from denver!" >> "i'm 17!" [ light laughter ] >> seth: so, was it helpful, though? did you -- >> yeah, i mean, it kicked my butt into gear. it was a hell of a motivator. >> seth: well, there you go. and it certainly worked, not
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just then, but in the years that followed. so great to meet you. congratulations on your show and all your success. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] thank you so much. >> seth: melissa benoist. "supergirl" airs mondays nights on the cw. we'll be right back with music from kane brown! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ 90% of the world's largest supercomputers run on intel? that means you can take a universe of data - in your case literally - and turn it into medical discoveries, diagnostic breakthroughs... ...proof that black holes collapse into one singularity. i don't know what that is. but yes. innovation runs on supercomputers... ...and supercomputers run on intel. you are super smart. and super busy. ♪ ooh! ufo! false alarm, eyelash!
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: tonight's musical guest first album debuted number one on the billboard top country chart and he will headline his "hometown proud tour" starting in february, making his "late night" television debut, performing "thunder in the rain," please welcome kane brown. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ your lips your eyes don't wanna let go your skin on mine ♪ ♪ i'm losing control hear the rumble in your chest feel the wind coming off your breath ♪ ♪ your curves ain't slowing me down ain't nothing gonna stop us now ♪ ♪ you're fire i'm lightning we're burning at the core falling and crashing ♪ ♪ girl we're the perfect storm ♪ ♪ every time our hearts collide i can feel love come alive ♪ ♪ it's insane baby we're like thunder in the rain ♪ ♪ ♪ twisted tangled like a hurricane we shake ♪ ♪ these walls like an earthquake hear the rumble in your chest feel the wind coming off your breath ♪ ♪ the way you're calling out my name makes me hard to contain ♪ ♪ you're fire
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i'm lightning we're burning at the core falling and crashing ♪ ♪ girl we're the perfect storm ♪ ♪ every time our hearts collide i can feel love come alive ♪ ♪ it's insane baby we're like thunder in the rain ♪ ♪ ♪ we're like thunder in the rain ♪ you're fire i'm lightning ♪ ♪ we're burning at the core falling and crashing girl we're the perfect storm ♪ ♪ c'mon one, two, three c'mon ♪ ♪ you're fire i'm lightning we're burning at the core falling and crashing ♪ ♪ girl we're the perfect storm ♪ ♪ every time
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our hearts collide i can feel love come alive ♪ ♪ it's insane baby we're like thunder in the rain ♪ ♪ ♪ we're like thunder in the rain ♪ ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: kane brown, everybody. the debut album is out now. we'll be right back! [ cheers and applause ]
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: my thanks so idina menzel, melissa benoist, kane brown, everybody! darren king, 8g band! stay tuned for carson daly. we'll see you tomorrow. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ >> carson: well, it's 1:30 in the morning on nbc which means it is time for "last call." i'm carson daly. thanks for being here. we're at 230 fifth nyc. it is our backdrop for a great


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