tv Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC September 15, 2012 12:35am-1:35am EDT
and if i know you at all ♪ ♪ i know you've gone too far so i can't look at the ♪ ♪ stars [ cheers and applause ] >> jay: grace potter. boy, that was beautiful. really beautiful. you clean up good. that was great. fantastic. i want to thank my guests, adam levine, earvin "magic" johnson, and of course, grace potter. tomorrow night, ellen degeneres will be here. but jimmy fallon's happening right now. jimmy! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh, thank you very much. hi. please -- thank you. welcome. welcome. thank you for the love. i appreciate it. welcome to "late night with jimmy fallon," everybody. we're gonna have fun -- we're gonna have fun tonight, you guys, i guarantee. here's what people are talking about. >> i love you, jimmy! >> jimmy: i love you too. [ laughter ] it was just announced that president obama and paul ryan will speak at the aarp's annual meeting next week. yep, they're expected to face some tough questions, such as "huh?" [ laughter ] did you see this? mitt romney told kelly ripa that he tries to wear as little as possible when he goes to bed. this explains why romney said he's eager to become this country's first commando in chief. [ laughter ] it's -- [ cheers and applause ] -- commando, dude.
>> steve: that's nuts. >> jimmy: speaking of -- speaking of romney, a new poll found that president obama has a 28-point lead over mitt romney in new york. [ cheers and applause ] 28 points. you can tell -- you can tell romney's trying to narrow that gap because today he was like -- [ nerdy voice ] "i can't wait to check out the center park! [ laughter ] before riding the underground transportation system! [ laughter ] for -- get about it! [ laughter ] for -- get about it." hey, did you guys see the trailer for the new movie "lincoln"? steven spielberg's movie. there's a lot of controversy about this. [ laughter ] it's getting a lot of attention because no one's ever heard lincoln's voice. so, i mean, take a look at this trailer.
♪ [ as pee wee herman ] >> blood's been spilled to afford us this moment. now, now, now. shall we stop this bleeding? [ laughs goofily ] [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: interesting choice. >> steve: that's what he sounds like? >> jimmy: he's amazing, right? i guess -- i guess that's how -- romney. >> steve: how romney -- >> jimmy: that's how lincoln sounds. yeah. like pee-wee herman. [ laughter ] i don't know what to make of this, you guys. a farmer in new york has grown a 1,200 pound pumpkin that he takes care of for six hours a day. yeah, even the pumpkin is like, "anyone else want to hang out with this guy? [ laughter ] -- hang around with a pumpkin all day." get this. i read about a woman who says she learned how to speak english by working at a starbucks. which explains why today she was like, "it's so grande to mocha you. [ laughter ]
here's my venti, tall me maybe." [ laughter ] i had to do it. >> steve: he had to do it. >> jimmy: i had to do it. >> steve: it's right there. >> jimmy: check this out, you guys. this fall, a restaurant at disney's magic kingdom will serve beer and wine for the first time ever. [ cheers and applause ] that's why they shouldn't. because of that one guy. [ laughter ] they do. they serve beer and wine now. which is explains why tomorrowland will be just serving a bottle of gatorade and cold pizza. [ laughter ] and finally, i want to say happy birthday to prince harry, who will turn 28 years old tomorrow. and if you want to get him a gift, you can't go wrong with pants. [ cheers and applause ] we have a great show tonight. give it up for the roots, right there. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh, man! it is a great show. it is a fun show. a lot of talented -- a lot of funny people. you knew him as house.
now he has a new movie. hugh laurie is here! >> steve: oh! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: he's a funny dude. >> steve: love him! he's one of my favorite people. >> jimmy: you said that he's one of your favorite people. >> steve: yes he is. >> jimmy: higgins also works on "saturday night live." he's a producer up there at "snl" and when hugh hosted, he was fantastic. >> steve: oh, he was fantastic. >> jimmy: but what a nice man. >> steve: super-nice, super -- like, smarter than you. that's the thing you like about him. [ laughter ] not you as in -- smarter than one. he was smarter than me. he's smarter than you too but he is -- >> jimmy: yeah, yeah, yeah. thanks. [ laughter ] anyway, plus, he's one of the busiest guys in show business. j.j. abrams is stopping by. [ cheers and applause ] with a new nbc show, "revolution." looks amazing. that guy always does good stuff. and we have great, great music from grizzly bear. oh, man! [ cheers and applae ] that's good stuff. talented musicians. it's gonna be a fun show. you guys, today's friday. and that's usually when i catch up with some personal stuff. i check my inbox, i return some e-mails and, of course, send out "thank you notes." and i was -- [ cheers and applause ]
i'm running a bit behind today, so i thought, if you guys wouldn't mind it, i'd just like to write out my weekly "thank you notes" right now. is that cool? do you mind? [ cheers and applause ] thank you very much. hey, james, how you doing, buddy? got any plans for the weekend? great. [ laughter ] james, can i get some "thank you note" writing music? ♪ [ laughter ] >> steve: this is disappointing. >> jimmy: what's his problem? >> steve: yeah. he thought you were gonna ask about his weekend. >> jimmy: little chip on his shoulder, man. >> steve: looked like a baked lays. >> jimmy: yeah. ♪ thank you, people who know a lot about wine, for making sure everyone knows you know a lot about wine. [ laughter ] we get it. >> steve: "this has got legs. and it knows how to use it." >> jimmy: [ deep voice ] "the bouquet is pretty amazing on this one." [ laughter ] >> steve: is something wrong with your voice, sir? >> jimmy: are you a drag queen? [ laughter ] >> steve: "my name is
cleopatrick." >> jimmy: oh. [ laughter ] cleopatrick. >> steve: "yes." >> jimmy: okay. ♪ thank you, potato chip slogans like "bet you can't eat just one" and "once you pop, you can't stop," for being nicer ways of saying, "ha ha, we control you, fat ass." [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: really insulting. it's an epidemic. >> jimmy: ha ha. >> steve: you have no willpower. ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, beyonce, for holding a fundraiser for president obama next week, which makes sense since most people who vote for obama tend to lean to the left, to the left. [ laughter ] >> steve: that was old school. >> jimmy: james, you did make plans this weekend? >> yes. >> jimmy: you are lying to me? yeah, you -- [ laughter ]
i knew it. ♪ thank you, voiceovers, for being a great way to reveal what a character in a tv show is actually thinking. >> jimmy smiled to mask his pain. as he put the "thank you note" into the envelope, he couldn't help but think, "i should have been a dancer." [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> steve: -- theatre. >> jimmy: thank you, identical twins, for being god's way of saying, "well, if you like that person, here, have another." [ laughter ] ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, wikipedia edits, for giving me the power for a brief moment to make world war i a battle between the smurfs and the teletubbies. [ laughter ] hey, why not? >> steve: you can do it.
♪ you have the power >> jimmy: ♪ it's gettin' -- it's gettin' it's gettin' kinda hectic ♪ [ light laughter ] ♪ thank you, lost cat signs, for basically being obituaries for cats. [ laughter ] [ audience aws ] >> steve: "i haven't seen skippy in six months." where's -- skippy? [ ominous music ] ♪ >> jimmy: thank you men who let women go first through revolving doors, for looking like a gentleman while making the woman do all the work. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: ♪ free ride yeah. ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, tlc, for debuting a new reality show called "breaking amish." even though that's not as good as the original title -- "as the world churns."
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] jimmy: that sounds awesome. welcome back, everybody. hey, guys, on the count of three, what's the one thing we all have in common? one, two, three. [ random shouts ] that's right, brains. every one of us has one. and now, it's time to play a game where we put your brains to the test. it's time for "tell us what you know." ♪ tell us what you know ♪ >> jimmy: let's meet tonight's contestants. come on over, guys. ♪
nice to see you. welcome to "tell us what you know." america's fifth best trivia game show. [ light laughter ] if you forgot the rules, here they are. first, i'm going to give you a topic. next, you have ten seconds to say everything you know about the given topic. it could be words, ideas, thoughts. the more you say, the points you'll earn. once your time is up, the brain master will give you points based on your response. [ laughter ] brain master knows all there is to know about everything in the universe. [ laughter ] he also just joined the online dating site okay cupid. [ laughter ] in the end, the contestant with the most points wins. you guys ready to play? >> i am ready. >> jimmy: very good. now, before we begin, let me give you a taste of the brain master's wealth of knowledge. brain master, how long is the nile river? >> 4,132 miles.
>> jimmy: that is correct. what is the best show on tv right now? >> "here comes honey boo boo." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: that is correct. and finally, how old were you when you first kissed a girl? >> 33. >> jimmy: how old are you now? >> 30. >> jimmy: that's correct. [ laughter ] ready contestants? >> i'm ready. >> jimmy: all right. ready albert einstein? >> let's do this, jimmy. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: all right, contestants number two and three, why don't you go over there. ♪ hey, cool shirt, man. [ talking over each other ] -- smoking some crazy hash or something, yeah. [ laughter ] >> totally. >> jimmy: now what is your name, and where are you from? >> i am -- my name is nick, and i'm from gulf shore, massachusetts. >> jimmy: hey, welcome, nick. good man. [ scattered applause ] no need to respond. they don't like you, nick. it's all right. [ laughter ] nick, now, remember, we want you to say as many things as you can about the given topic. >> all right.
>> jimmy: okay? so, what topic would you like to talk about? >> entertainment. i don't know. >> jimmy: doesn't really matter because i decide your topic. remember, the more you say the more points you'll earn. ready? you're topic is countries. go. >> united states. canada. germany. france. netherlands. russia. india. china. [ buzzer ] >> jimmy: very good. times up. brain master, how many points did he earn? >> 402. >> jimmy: not bad. not bad. please, go stand way over there. [ cheers and applause ] contestant number two. ♪ how are you? what is your name, and where are you from? >> my name is elana, from jersey city, new jersey. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: well, that's very good. yeah. [ buzzer ] oh, you know what that sound means? it's time for a quick word from albert einstein. >> e=mc squared, biatch. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: all right. typical einstein. now, you know what that sound means? you get to take two, which means you get to talk about two topics
for a chance to earn double points. you ready? >> yeah. >> jimmy: okay, your topics are oatmeal and tobey maguire. >> okay. >> jimmy: and to help you out, here's a quick list of things you can say about oatmeal and tobey maguire. all right, ready? [ laughter ] begin. >> "spider-man." "seabiscuit." maple syrup. apple cinnamon. quaker oats. [ buzzer ] >> jimmy: yeah, oats is a good one. [ laughter ] talking about the famous tobey maguire movie, "oats," where he played an orphan child named oats. brain master, how many points did she earn? oh, 401. [ audience ohs ] that's coincidentally just one point less than contestant number one. just out of curiosity, brain master, is it true that you just joined okay cupid? ♪ why is that? >> looking for love, jim. [ light laughter ]
>> jimmy: you know, i actually have a cousin. she's really cute. she's single. she's 28. she likes really smart people. >> really? >> jimmy: no. [ laughter ] i do have a cousin, but it's a guy. [ light laughter ] >> i'll take it. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: thank you very much. contestants, wait over there. contestant number three, come on over. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] what is your name, and where are you from? >> chad from parkersburg, iowa. >> jimmy: hey, welcome, chad. [ slide whistle ] now, you know what that sound means? it's time for a word from our sponsor. >> henderson linoleum. henderson linoleum. henderson linoleum. we're henderson linoleum. we sell linoleum at henderson linoleum. come on down to henderson linoleum. you want linoleum? we sell linoleum. knock, knock. who's there? henderson linoleum. the best place to buy linoleum in linoleum, illinois. only linoleum at henderson linoleum says loanie henderson, owner of henderson linoleum. right across from anderson linoleum. but, don't shop there. henderson linoleum. henderson linoleum. henderson linoleum. call 1-222-555-122222222222 -- henderson linoleum! >> jimmy: got to love henderson's linoleum. [ cheers and applause ] [ sneeze ] you know what that sound means? you've earned the peanut butter sandwich of wisdom.
>> good, oh. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: how you doing, buddy? >> good, surgery was good. >> jimmy: okay, now, before i give you your topic, please take a very large bite from the peanut butter sandwich of wisdom. [ light laughter ] your topic is linoleum. go. [ laughter ] >> vinyl. >> jimmy: vinyl. >> tile. >> jimmy: tile. >> carpet. [ buzzer ] >> jimmy: carpet. [ cheers and applause ] your topic was linoleum, and you said carpet. [ laughter ] that's pretty good. we'll give you at least four points for that. brain master, what did he earn? four points. there you go. sounds good to me. let's bring out all the contestants. come over. let's see who won. ♪ it looks like contestant number one is the winner with 402 points! ♪
[ cheers and applause ] which means that's he will be going home with the "tell us what you know" grand mystery prize. the grand mystery prize is chosen by the brain master himself and potentially holds the answers to all of life's questions. but no one goes home empty handed. the two losers will each be going home from $100 gift cards from subway restaurants. these gift cards allow you to buy $100 worth of delicious food from subway. all right, contestant number one, go ahead and open up your grand mystery prize. yeah. a bag of wise potato chips autographed by tony danza himself. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] who's the boss? you are now. ♪ what you going to do with your grandpas ♪ ♪ what you going to do when you can't get home ♪ all right. you will also be getting a $100 gift card to subway restaurant. there you go. that's what i'm talking about. everyone wins. that's all the time we have for "tell us what you know." stick around. we'll be back with hugh laurie! [ cheers and applause ]
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>> jimmy: yes. i will talk and then -- >> i may respond. >> jimmy: yeah. [ laughter ] and sometimes we will say words -- [ both say ] together. >> jimmy: yeah. >> yeah. >> jimmy: welcome to our show. everyone in america knows you from "house," of course. you did great work on "house." we love you. i don't know if people -- [ cheers and applause ] sure. i don't know if people know that you're a very famous comedian in england -- >> hugely famous. >> jimmy: you really are. [ laughter ] i mean, you do sketch comedy in england. do people in england -- >> i almost got too big. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: no, well, yeah. that's what happened. you had to leave the country. >> no, i did do -- yes, i did do sketch comedy. i loved it. i loved it. that's how started out. >> jimmy: do people in england understand that you are a dramatic actor in america? or do they -- >> well, i haven't asked them -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah. >> -- specifically, but i think they do. >> jimmy: you can now. >> i can now, it'd be a good time. >> jimmy: if they're listening. >> yeah, yeah. people of england -- >> jimmy: yes.
[ laughter ] >> this is the way television should be used. "people of england." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: talking to people of england. yeah. >> i don't know. i think they probably treat it as a sort of act of betrayal of some kind. >> jimmy: yeah, they should. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah. but it's phenomenon. of course, i watch all your stuff. i have like -- video cassettes of you -- and stuff like that. but now it's all on youtube. do you miss sketch comedy? >> oh yes, i really do. sketch comedy is a great thing. i think it's a bit of a young man's game. >> jimmy: yeah. >> because, i think essentially -- the essential sort of dynamic of it is young people mocking old people. it's sort of pupils mocking teachers. and once you become -- now that i'm old enough to run for president. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: that's true, yeah. >> or possibly too old to run for president -- >> jimmy: well, maybe, yeah -- >> it has a slightly different meaning. you, of course, you're a young slip of a thing. >> jimmy: thank you very much. >> you're very welcome. i do miss it. and i do miss -- because a good sketch -- and they're hard to get right. in fact i'm not sure i ever did. but, when you do get something right. one line, or one idea that someone comes up and repeats to
you 30 years later is an immensely satisfying thing. >> jimmy: it's really fun, yeah. >> i never did it but -- [ laughter ] i imagine it would be. >> jimmy: that would be unbelievable. i've got to say congratulations on this is getting rave reviews. "let them talk." you're a great musician, pal. you do a great -- this is like new orleans blues is what this album is. >> yeah. >> jimmy: you know what it reminds me of? you're going to blush. >> okay. >> jimmy: if you can blush. maybe you're cold blooded and you don't blush. [ light laughter ] but it reminds me of a little eric clapton. "from the cradle." do you know that record? >> i do, absolutely -- and i'm blushing. >> jimmy: you are blushing. [ laughter ] yeah, that's you blushing. >> it's the english version of blushing. we blush on the other side of our faces. >> jimmy: hugh blushing -- we have booked for next week, by the way. it's a different -- he's a british actor, hugh blushing. [ laughter ] i hear a little of that. i hear a little kind of, rolling stones when you do that blues. who are your influences as far as blues? >> well, i mean, i wound up really worshiping all the great,
new orleans piano players. but i started out -- muddy waters was the first record i bought -- >> jimmy: oh really? >> when i was 10 or something. it was a lot of money then, i mean, vinyl was a lot of money. >> jimmy: sure. you saved up your money to get it. >> i did. and he'd done a record, a live record at mr. kelly's in chicago. it no longer exists. chicago exists still. [ audience yelling ] mr. kelly's -- >> jimmy: people of chicago -- [ audience yelling ] if you exist, just tweet us, let us know. >> but mr. kelly's no longer exists. and substantively on this tour that we've just done, i got to meet and sing with and play with muddy waters son -- mud morganfield who is the spitting image. i mean it's uncanny. >> jimmy: really? >> uncanny. he would -- he did "walking through the park," and we'd be playing a thing behind him and every now and then he would finish a verse and he'd just go "play the blues!" and all these guys were going -- i thought we were. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: what were we doing the past 2 minutes? >> just do it more. >> jimmy: interesting thing to yell.
>> he was just fantastic. >> jimmy: "play the blues." >> yeah. >> jimmy: that's pretty good. >> "well, well." >> jimmy: he did the "well well?" >> yeah, all the gestures. he did not make someone doing an impression. this is just in him. it just -- >> jimmy: comes out. >> it is uncanny. i got -- really, hairs up on the back of my neck. it was -- wonderful. >> jimmy: i was going to say something about the hair on the back of your neck. >> i know, i should -- >> jimmy: they look fantastic. i don't know who styles them. well done. [ light laughter ] let's talk about your movie "the oranges." of course, as a part of "the oranges." >> as opposed to what? >> jimmy: "the oranges." [ imitating american accent ] >> "the oranges." >> jimmy: that's a good impression of me. >> is it? [ light laughter ] saying the word, "orange." yeah. [ imitating american accent ] >> yeah, orange. [ laughter ] what is the other way you said it? >> jimmy: "orange." >> i'm not alive with that subtly. >> jimmy: yeah, "orange and oranges." what do you says say, "oranges?" [ audience says orange ] >> jimmy: i grew up and i say, [ short a sound ] "orange," and i say "radiator." [ laughter ] my mom and dad say, [ short a sound ] "radiator and orange.
but it's orange and radiator. >> okay. i can't help you with that. >> jimmy: you can't, no. [ laughter ] the movie is not about pronouncing the word "orange." >> it is not. it forms only the loosest skeleton on which we hang this story. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: it's a comedy. >> it is a -- well, yes, it's a comedy but with serious -- >> jimmy: content. >> it's about a very thoroughly inappropriate relationship between a man of -- a 50-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman. i play the 50-year-old man, by the way. [ laughter ] i was given the choice of roles. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: see, i think you could pull off -- leighton meester is a beautiful lady. >> beautiful leighton meester, and we form this relationship and she's the daughter of my best friend. and you can imagine the trouble and tumult this causes. and it is about how the two families reconcile this. and it is, i hope, funny, but
it's also touching and it's a good yarn. it's a good yarn. >> jimmy: it's a good movie. i have a clip for everybody. >> then people of the united states -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: here we go. "the oranges." hugh laurie. >> how's it going, buddy? >> hey, you remember ann? >> ann, sure. hi, yeah. >> nina, this is petey and allen who i work with and ann. >> hi. nice to meet you. >> nina and i are -- uh -- we're old friends. >> jimmy: yeah. [ cheers and applause ] it's a little weird. very good. [ applause ] since you are here and since you are from england, i would like to challenge you to a game of cricket. [ light laughter ] >> done. i accept. >> jimmy: hugh laurie and i are
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"cricket home run derby." [ cheers and applause ] we will take turns hitting these big foam balls into the audience, who have been divided up into three scoring areas with red, white and blue hats. [ cheers and applause ] red hats up front are worth one point. the white hats are worth two points, and the blue hats in the corner are big time. they're worth five points. now, we'll each swing three times taking turns. highest score wins. hugh, batter up. do they say that in cricket? >> they do not say that. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: okay, well, i take it back. >> does that mean i go first? >> jimmy: i take it back -- yes, please. after you. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: i'm so mad! five points? [ applause ] all right. i'm looking at you. come on, blue. [ talking over each other ] >> jimmy: yeah, you should clear -- >> health and safety. >> jimmy: oh, my gosh. [ cheers and applause ]
[ drum roll ] [ audience ohs ] [ sad tuba ] >> jimmy: oh! watch your head. watch your head. be careful. is that safe? [ applause ] maybe you should move out of those seats. [ light laughter ] i'm going to move you out of those seats right now. you just come down here, yeah. what if he falls on your head. yeah, come on. stand over here. >> yeah. there you go. >> jimmy: you can just stand right there. ♪ just to be safe. >> don't you worry. >> jimmy: you can hit it to those girls if you want to. >> do you want a mulligan for that one? >> jimmy: [ laughing ] no. [ cheers and applause ] [ drum roll ] [ audience ohs ] [ applause ] it doesn't count! it doesn't count because no one's sitting there! [ sad tuba ] no one's sitting there! it does not count. [ applause ]
girls, you can go sit down now if you want to. [ laughter ] i was going to hit your foot. i'm just afraid. you are ready? [ cheers and applause ] [ drum roll ] ♪ oh. [ applause ] of course, 6-1. [ drum roll ] [ audience ohs ] >> oh no! [ sad tuba ] >> jimmy: is that negative points? >> negative. >> jimmy: all right, girls, here we go. it's coming to you again. >> come on. >> jimmy: i need a fiver. [drum roll ] i need five points to tie. talking about you! ♪ [ cheers ] that's it. that's him! come on up. the champion right there! [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you! >> jimmy: hugh laurie. >> very generous of you, thank
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jimmy: our next guest wrote, directed and produced such hits as "alias" and "lost." monday night his new show "revolution" premieres at 10:00 p.m. right here on nbc. please welcome the multitalented j.j. abrams. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: j.j. abrams. j.j., that stands for jimmy jam? >> it does. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: jimmy jam abrams. >> jimmy jam, yes. >> jimmy: welcome back to our program. >> thank you. >> jimmy: you know i'm the biggest fan of you. you're a busy dude. i mean, you're doing movies. you're doing tv shows. you've got everything, and everything's good quality. >> oh, you're too kind. you're too kind, sir. >> jimmy: what do you do when you're not working? >> well, we -- you know, i spent some time in maine this summer. where my wife is from. you know, i'm with the kids a lot and reffing soccer. >> jimmy: do you ref soccer? >> oh, yeah. >> jimmy: you ref soccer games? >> yeah, yeah. and we got to wear the yellow jersey and the black knee socks,
and the parents are so angry at you because you're not even reffing your own kids' games, you know? so you don't even get that. so you're reffing games, and people are just like, "lineman!" you know, like, they're just so mad at you. "that was off side!" i'm just trying to volunteer as a ref. i'm wearing knee socks. >> jimmy: these are 7-year-olds running around. >> how do you yell at a dude in knee socks? >> jimmy: i never -- yeah. my dad was one of those guys that yell at little league games. actually, my dad would come to my little league games, and i'm just so bad that other dads would give my dad advice on how to make me better. [ light laughter ] and so my dad just stopped coming to the games. [ laughter ] it's just so embarrassing. >> that's horrible. >> jimmy: it is horrible. at age 8 you started making films. >> yeah. >> jimmy: that's interesting. what were those films like? >> they were horrible. they were awful. it was just ridiculous. i would -- one of the things i want to talk about is -- i wrote letters to people who inspired me, like special effects guys and makeup artists. >> jimmy: really? >> this one makeup artist, dick smith, did like "the exorcist" and "the godfather" and "scanners." he's amazing. before cg stuff, right? he did all these amazing things.
and i wrote him this letter. i was like, 13, 14 years old. huge fan. and he sends me -- one day i come home. i have it here. i get there, and there's this box just waiting for me and from dick smith, the makeup artist. and i open it up, and there's this note that he wrote. here, you read that. or some of it. >> jimmy: dear j.j., here is an old but clean tongue from "the exorcist." [ audience groans ] [ light laughter ] >> he sends me this tongue, right? which for me is like having mick jagger send me a guitar. [ laughter ] what, are you kidding? look at this. >> jimmy: that is insane. >> but this is the tongue that she wore. and for me it was like, oh, my god. it was like a gift from god. >> jimmy: that's crazy. >> dick smith, ladies and gentlemen. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh, my god. ♪ that is so cool. oh, my god. and we started corresponding. my mom is like, "who is this guy named dick, and why is he sending you tongues?" [ laughter ] she was so freaked out by the whole situation. >> jimmy: how wild is that? >> it was, like, inspiring
because here was a guy -- it shows you, when someone reaches out, you kind of pay some attention. it was so inspiring i, for years, just -- >> jimmy: freaked out. >> i knew i had that crazy tongue at home. >> jimmy: and it also led to other work -- you writing letters. which is very cool. for your scoring because you do musical scoring. >> i just play around. but, i was -- you know, again, 15, 16 years there was this very geeky, shocking magazine called "cinemagic." how to do special effects. and i sent a letter to the guy, the editor. he also made these very "b" horror movies. and i said i'm a big fan. i do all this stuff, music and makeup, whatever. and he's like, "do you want to score my next movie?" i'm like, "sure." >> jimmy: wait, has he ever heard your music? >> no! so i score this movie called "nightbeast." and you have -- >> jimmy: look at "nightbeast." i can't wait to watch this. yes! [ laughter ] if you have the guts, he wants them. "nightbeast." that's pretty rad. "nightbeast." >> that was awesome, yes. >> jimmy: which led to you doing all these great movies and "lost" and now "revolution." >> yes, sir. >> jimmy: revolucion.
>> si. >> jimmy: now what is this about, the apocalypse? >> no. it's actually not a post-apocalyptic -- it's post-power. it's a show about what if everything just turned off. what if all the power just went off, phones, cars, lights, everything? and eric kripke, who created the show, came and pitched this cool idea. and what was cool about it was he pitched -- sort of -- the show begins 15 years after it's happened. and so, in flashbacks, we'll sort of see highlights of the mayhem and insanity that ensued. but, it's a very cool premise. it's a kind of big, romantic adventure. >> jimmy: what would i do, like as a talk show host, if there was no power? >> well, you could still -- >> jimmy: would i be in a parking lot somewhere? [ light laughter ] what would i do? >> my instinct is that i would, you know, probably last 90 minutes. i'd be like -- you know. it's a really crazy idea. and when you actually think about it and talk it through, it gets kind of scary. >> jimmy: i love it. i love that you do these things. you're so good, and this is going to save the network. thank you. [ laughter ] we have a clip. here is a scene from monday night's episode of "revolution." >> you were supposed to watch out for him. >> sorry.
>> you know that road's not safe. >> i know. i'm sorry, really. >> go on. >> nothing's safe. everything is off limits. >> i am just trying to look out for you. >> i don't need you to. i mean, dad, if it was up to you, you wouldn't even let us leave our street. >> fine. you know what? then, wonder off into the wild blue, get your throat slit by bandits or get yourself lynched by militias. does any of that sound good to you? >> it's not all like that. >> i don't know. it can get pretty rough out there. >> there's other towns like ours, right? other people. >> trust me, there is nothing worth seeing, not any more. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: j.j. abrams! "revolution" premieres monday night 10:00 p.m. set your dvrs on nbc. grizzly bear performs after the break. stick around, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ ♪ but it's calm and it's clear collapsed here on the stone ♪ ♪ delivered to this place a vision dark and cloaked and those figures through the leaves ♪ ♪ and that light through the smoke and those countless empty days ♪ ♪ made me dizzy when i woke and i live to see your face and i hate to see you go but i know no other way ♪ ♪ than straight on out the door