tv The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon NBC December 19, 2016 11:34pm-12:37am EST
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[ cheers ] i love you. i do. i do. you're going to have fun. here's what people are talking about. of course, the big story is about this. the u.s. drone that china captured from the south china sea. donald trump sent a tweet where he meant to call the incident unprecedented but he -- he misspelled it and take a look. "unpresidented." yeah. [ laughter ] ironically, unpresidented is what half the country wishes would happen to trump. but -- that's not a word. [ cheers and applause ] not a word. >> steve: whoa, hey ho! >> jimmy: well, today, the electoral college officially cast its votes for president. and bill clinton actually teared up after voting for hillary, saying that he's never cast a vote he's been prouder of. then he said, "except for that wet t-shirt contest i judged in cancun. [ laughter and applause ] that was hard. that was a hard decision." >> steve: rock the vote. >> jimmy: and president obama just held the final news conference of his presidency and at the end, obama wished everyone a mele kalikimaka,
for merry christmas. mele kalikimaka is also what donald trump tweeted when he was just trying to spell merry christmas. "merry christmas whatever." [ applause ] "it was in 'christmas vacation.' it counts." [ light laughter ] what? it does. it was in it. it counts. this is kind of funny. i saw that the white house staff pranked president obama by having a snowman photo bomb him in the oval office. this is real. take a look at this. [ laughter ] that's a pretty good snowman. obama said the snowman kind of reminds him of trump. he's white, a little cold-hearted, and prone to meltdowns. [ laughter ] you came up with that list that fast? >> steve: oh, hey! hey! [ applause ] >> jimmy: just in time for the holidays, apple is selling its new wireless ear buds. yep, but listen to this. i read that if you lose one of the ear buds, a replacement will cost you $69. yeah. $69 so the customers know
they're getting screwed. yeah i mean that's the only thing. [ laughter and applause ] hey, what? >> steve: oh. >> jimmy: no surprise here. the big movie of the weekend was the new "star wars" movie "rogue one." [ cheers ] giant. get this. i heard that some of the stars of the movie complained because one of the other actors, who played a 7 foot tall droid, had to wear stilts and his crotch ended up in their faces all the time. then referees in the nba were like, "eh, you get used to it." [ laughter and applause ] let's get to some sports. jacksonville jaguars coach gus bradley was fired yesterday after the team lost nine games in a row. or as the cleveland browns put it, "so he's available? yes. [ laughter and applause ] come on, it's something." and check this out. nbc is launching an all-olympic channel next year. it will feature the summer games, the winter games, and two years of commercials in between. [ applause ]
and finally, this is crazy. i read that the biggest dog in the world lives in the u.k. and on its hind legs stands at 7'6" tall. when asked if he likes being taken for a walk, his owner said, "i love it." there you go. we have a great show tonight. give it up for the roots, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh! hey! guys, it is monday. we're so happy to be back here. we have a big week of shows coming up. tomorrow night, academy award winner matthew mcconaughey will be here. [ cheers and applause ] but first, tonight, we love this guy. the star and director of the new film "fences." denzel washington is on the show tonight. [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: come on. >> jimmy: he knows how to do it. >> steve: come on. >> jimmy: he knows how to do it. oh, my gosh.
we're going to catch up with him and then denzel and i are going to do something fun together a little later on. it's cool. plus, his nbc special "tony bennett celebrates 90: the best is yet to come" airs tomorrow night. [ cheers and applause ] the legendry tony bennett is stopping by tonight. [ cheers and applause ] i mean, denzel and tony bennett. come on. >> steve: come on. >> jimmy: the special airs tomorrow night on nbc. happy birthday. congrats to tony. tonight, we're going to talk about his special and then he's going to perform "i left my heart in san francisco." this is -- [ cheers and applause ] guys, this doesn't happen. >> steve: yeah. >> jimmy: this doesn't happen. guys, we have exactly five shows left before we go on christmas break, which means it's time for that beloved "tonight show" tradition. it is time for 12 days of christmas sweaters. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ twelve days of christmas sweaters five days left ♪ >> jimmy: that is right!
every show between now and christmas, we're giving one lucky audience member an incredible christmas sweater from the countdown to christmas cabinet. [ cheers and applause ] now since there are five shows left, let's open door number five. [ cheers ] oh. ♪ [ cheers ] [ cheers and applause ] uh, also there's a little gift tag up there. you can have -- maybe someone gets -- you can get someone to sign it. [ cheers ] now let's see who's going home with tonight's sweater. everyone look at your seat number. [ cheers ] if i call your number, i need you to jump up, let me know where you are. questlove, can i get a drum roll, please. [ drum roll ]
who wants me to pick their number? it's a good one. 402! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ come here! hi, how are you? how you doing, pal? hey. [ cheers and applause ] how are you? >> i'm good! >> jimmy: oh, fantastic. hey. >> oh, my gosh! >> jimmy: this is -- what -- yeah. i would have the same reaction. >> i'm so excited. >> jimmy: i'm excited, too. what's your name? >> rylee. >> jimmy: rylee, thank you so much for coming. where are you from? >> we're from utah. [ cheers ] >> jimmy: hey, all right, shout out to utah. hi, welcome. thank you for coming to the show. this is a record. i've never seen so many people in the front row win this year, right? like three or four. that never happens. rylee, do you have a sweater like this? >> um, i have one similar. i have a lot of ugly christmas sweaters. >> jimmy: this is the first one that's not ugly. >> i know, it's the best. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: beautiful. >> it's the best one. i'm going to wear it to my christmas parties. >> jimmy: you are? >> yeah, i will. >> jimmy: all right, good. i have a marker here.
>> oh, my gosh. >> jimmy: and i will sign this for you. how do you spell your name? >> r-y-l-e-e. ♪ yep, two es. >> jimmy: from tony bennett. there you go. [ cheers and applause ] rylee, do you want to try this guy on? >> yeah, i'll try it on. >> jimmy: try it on, man. yeah. [ applause ] ready? all right, so far, so good. here, let me hold your hat. oh, rylee, this is the best. [ cheers and applause ] look at that. you're rocking this. this is -- it's so good, right? it's so nice. i love it. congratulations, pal. >> thank you. >> jimmy: rylee right there, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] stick around. we'll be right back with more of "the tonight show," everybody. hi guys! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪
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welcome back. guys, as you know, we always like to showcase new talent here on "the tonight show." there's just so much of it right here in new york city. so we sent our writer, becky, down to the streets to find the most talented people. now it is time for "tonight show sidewalk of fame." ♪ tonight show sidewalk of fame ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: becky's down on the plaza outside 30 rock right now. we're going to have three people do three talents, and then you, our audience, will decide who is the winner. yeah. [ audience oohs ] >> steve: power. >> jimmy: then i don't get blamed for anything. >> steve: exactly. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: no, no, we're all -- we're a team. we're all a team. we'll know. becky, how's it going down there, becky? are you there? >> yeah. hi! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: hi, becky. >> it's going great. >> jimmy: hey, look at that crowd behind you. looking good right there. hey. >> yeah. >> jimmy: yeah, looks beautiful out there. nice tree and everybody. is it a -- is it cold down there? is it -- >> yes, it's cold. i'd say it's a brisk 29. [ light laughter ]
>> jimmy: brisk 29? >> yes. >> jimmy: becky, did you find any talented people out on the street? >> yes, i found three. >> jimmy: that is -- that's enough. [ laughter ] >> steve: good number. >> jimmy: that's enough. perfect. well, who is up first? let's see -- let's meet these people. >> this is saige from seattle, washington. >> jimmy: hey. that's what i'm talking about. [ cheers and applause ] seattle. saige, welcome. welcome to new york city. are you having fun here? >> yeah, having a blast, thank you. >> jimmy: cool. are you just -- visiting or here for the holidays? you wanna see the tree or? >> yeah, just visiting. >> jimmy: yeah, that's cool. all right. well, you have a talent. what is your talent, saige? >> i can make a bird sound. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: i couldn't -- did you say a bird sound? >> yes, that is correct. >> jimmy: okay. like a -- like a tweet tweet? >> yep, that would be it. thank you. [ laughter and applause ] >> steve: i'llw
[ laughter ] >> jimmy: saige? >> mm-hmm. >> jimmy: whenever you're ready, we'd love to hear your bird. >> all right. here we go. [ tweeting ] [ cheers and applause ] ♪ actuly that's -- that's unbelievable. >> thank you. >> jimmy: where is that noise coming from? >> from my nose. [ laughter ] it's like i'm humming really high. >> jimmy: yeah, how did you learn -- where did you learn -- where did you learn how to do that? >> i was in first grade, and i was pretending to be a dog, you know, because why not, and i was whining like a puppy and then i just kept going higher and higher, and i realized it sounded like a bird. so there you go. >> jimmy: hey, saige, i love that. that was very good. thank you very much. [ cheers and applause ] okay, becky, who do we have next, becky? >> this is jake from fayetteville, arkansas. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: jake. >> hey jimmy. >> jimmy: fayetteville, arkansas. jake from arkansas. jake, what is your talent? >> my talent is walking on my
do it like, a hand stand, but use it -- then you can start walking? >> that's what i'll be doing. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: now, this is a -- this could come in handy if you've been walking around the city all day. you're exhausted. you're tired. you go, no more feet, i'll just walk on my hands. [ light laughter ] >> steve: i just want my hands to touch the pavement. >> jimmy: yeah, exactly, yeah. all right, well, this is -- this is fun. i'd love to see this. >> i'll show you. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: thank you. all right, he has to -- he has to back out. here he goes. oh. hey! yeah. he got it. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ you okay? is he okay? we didn't see where he ended up. oh, my goodness. [ laughter ] jake, jake, get -- get down! stop doing it! hey, jake. [ cheers and applause ] oh, my goodness. unbelievable. that was fantastic. how did you find out that you had that talent? >> well, in my all-star days in basketball, i never actually got the ball so i decided on the court to walk a little bit on my hands instead of actually play. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah, that makes sense. yeah, no one's going to pass me
stuff. [ laughter ] i love that. but hey, thanks a lot for playing. i appreciate it. >> thanks jimmy. [ cheers and applause ] thank you. >> jimmy: becky -- do you -- do you have any other talents besides hosting? >> i do. i can do a 360-degree spin in one second. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: let's see it. oh, wait, wow, you did it. wow, hey that was good. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] that was less -- that was less than a second. [ light laughter ] becky, that's great. i didn't even want to make you do it. i was just curious. [ light laughter ] becky, who's our last contestant? >> this is zach from enfield, connecticut. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: hey, that's what i'm talking about. hey, buddy. hi, zach. >> hi, what's up, man? >> jimmy: welcome to the show, pal. what is your talent? >> well, i'm a voice actor, but i can do "star wars" voice impressions. >> jimmy: you're a voice actor -- >> yes. >> jimmy: and you can do "star wars" voices. that's fantastic. >> yeah. >> jimmy: oh, man, i'm so excited. i love "star wars." >> i love "star wars" too, yeah. >> jimmy: did you see the -- did you see the new one? >> not yet but i have free tickets to go see it so i'm excited.
to go see it? >> i -- i work at a restaurant, and i had to sell gift cards for a contest and they gave us free tickets. so, yeah. i have free tickets to "star wars." it's my favorite movie. [ applause ] >> jimmy: how do you know it's your favorite movie? you haven't even seen it yet. [ laughter ] >> it's going to be, all right? it's "star wars," it's automatically going to be great. >> jimmy: all right, yeah. i know it's going to be good. but i don't know if it's going to be your favorite movie. well, anyway, we'll see. we'll hope for the best. >> all right. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: all right. here we go. he's got free tickets. is that now -- your talent is you're going to do "star wars" voices? >> yes. "star wars" voice impressions, yeah. >> jimmy: which ones are you -- can you do for us? >> all right, so the first one is r2-d2. [ r2-d2 noises ] the second one is chewbacca. [ chewbacca noises ] [ laughter ] the third one is darth vader.
[ applause ] and the last one is yoda, but it's -- yoda walking. >> jimmy: it's yoda walking? >> yeah, it's yoda walking, like if he was to put one foot in front of the other. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: all right. this is yoda walking. >> okay. [yoda noises] [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: thank you. you've really -- you've really outdone yourself tonight, becky. [ laughter ] you really -- found three talented people. let's -- let's line up all the contestants right here, so we can take another look at them all together. there they are. yep. [ cheers and applause ] this is a tough one here. >> steve: yeah. might be the hardest decision you've ever made. >> jimmy: yeah, i mean, 'cause two of them were kind of impressions. >> steve: yeah. >>
one was a bird and one was characters. and then one was a -- >> steve: skill. >> jimmy: a skill. yeah. very, very, very, very tricky. the audience will decide now by -- based on round of applause. you guys, was it contestant number one? [ cheers and applause ] very good. not bad. contestant number two? [ cheers and applause ] or was it contestant number three? [ cheers and applause ] i think the winner is contestant number three. congratulations, buddy. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> steve: wow! >> jimmy: becky, what prize do we have for the winner and don't tell me it's free tickets to the "star wars" movie. [ aughter ] >> our winner gets $100 and a a "tonight show" hoodie. >> jimmy: hey, that's pretty cool. [ cheers and applause ] >> and you guys didn't win. >> jimmy: hey, becky? >> yes? >> jimmy: what -- what makes that a "tonight show" hoodie? >> a zipper, a hood, and it says "the tonight show" logo, and it -- >> jimmy: and there it is right there.
it's on the back. i didn't see it. oh, and i'm sorry, you guys did not win the grand prize, but what do they have for consolation prizes? >> you guys get $50 and a a "tonight show" tank top. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: hey, there you go. you got that tank top, that's fantastic. >> thank you guys for playing. >> jimmy: there you go, saige. thank you so much. thank you, becky. how about another round of applause for our three contestants. [ cheers and applause ] thank you, becky. thank you guys. we'll be right back with denzel washington, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ yeah, at first i thought it was just the stress of moving. [ sighs ] hey, i was using that. what, you think we own stock in the electric company? i will turn this car around right now! there's nobody back there. i was becoming my father. [ clears throat ] it's...been an adjustment, but we're making it work. you know, progressive.com makes it easy for us to get the right home insurance. [ snoring ] progressive can't protect you from becoming your parents,
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: our first guest is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. he's won two academy awards, three golden globes, a tony award -- oh, you can give it up. yeah. [ cheers and applause ] he just received his eighth golden globe-nomination, this time for his outstanding performance in the new f
directed. it opens christmas day. please welcome the extremely talented denzel washington! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: always think of something fun. yeah. you know that. welcome back. come on, denzel washington. >> thank you. >> jimmy: good to see you, buddy. [ cheers and applause ] oh, man. they love you. we love you. >> thank you. it's good to be loved. >> jimmy: looking good. >> thank you. thank you. >> jimmy: hey, i saw this picture last week. i saw this picture. can you explain this photo? >> oh, yeah. that was sweet. this -- i forgot how it happened, but this woman turned 99. >> jimmy: connie. >>ni
she turned 99, and her granddaughter, i think, tracked me down to see if i could wish her a happy birthday or come see her for her birthday. she lives in atlanta. so, i called her on her birthday. you know, i said, happy birthday. and she gave me my first library card when i was seven. >> jimmy: is that right? [ audience aws ] >> and she -- yeah. right. exactly. and she remembered me. and she said, "you'd get the little skinny books." i said, "oh, that was me." [ laughter ] that's me all right. >> jimmy: that's me all right. >> with a lot of pictures. [ laughter ] with a lot of pictures. >> jimmy: got to start somewhere. >> so she lives in atlanta. and i said, you know what? i have to come to atlanta because i'm the national spokesperson for the boys and girls club so i had a thing i had to do in atlanta.
so, i went by to see her, and she makes all these scarves. like, a lot of them. >> jimmy: really? [ laughter ] >> yeah, she makes scarves for everybody. so she gave me a scarf, and we just -- me and like a hundred 90-year-olds just kicked it all afternoon. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i just thought that was a cool thing to do. >> yeah, it's cool. no, that's nice. isn't that sweet? ms. connie. >> jimmy: ms. connie, if you're watching, merry christmas and happy new year from denzel and i. [ cheers and applause ] >> so, you know, afterwards, i talked to all the people that work there. and what i said to them is that, you know, the smallest gesture, you never know who you affect. this woman helped introduce me to books, and 50 whatever years later -- bang. so, you never know. a kind word, a positive, uplifting word can go a a lifetime. >> jimmy: absolutely. that's all so great. [ cheers and applause ] i love that that you support that. and do that. [ cheers and applause ] >> oh and by the way, i'm selling scarves if anybody needs. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: that's -- connie's money.
[ laughter ] >> jimmy: of course, you can't have a sexiest man alive issue without denzel being in the magazine. >> oh, the old one. >> jimmy: look at this. [ cheers and applause ] >> oh, wait a minute! >> jimmy: but then look at that guy. >> you got my son right there. >> jimmy: well that's you, that's like father and son. that's your son right there. >> that's my boy, john david washington. "ballers." >> jimmy: good looking guy. yeah, "ballers." >> yeah, he is. >> jimmy: are all your kids in entertainment? >> one is a director. he's working with spike right now. he just graduated from afi. two actors, a director, and a a producer. >> jimmy: wow. [ applause ] >> my daughter is an associate producer on "fences." >> jimmy: is that right? >> yeah. >> jimmy: man, congratulations. "fences" was -- it's just -- every single actor in this movie is unbelievable. >> it is. i'm telling you, the best piece of material i've worked on in my career. now, short of "a soldier's play" which won the pulitzer prize too, became "a soldier's story" back in the '80s. this is the best thing i've ever worked on. >> jimmy: basically, you're just getting into -- it's a a good character study because every single person is interesting. >> and viola davis, i'm telling you, when you see it -- [ cheers and applause ]
oh, it's going to be rough on the men. >> jimmy: it really is. >> gonna be rough on the men. >> jimmy: i got goose bumps just thinking about her. there's a couple scenes in general. she just goes for it and i go, i don't know how you could even do that. did you shoot it in pittsburgh? >> we shot in pittsburgh. we went -- >> jimmy: what neighborhood? that's beautiful. >> it's the hill district, where august wilson grew up. august wilson is the playwright and wrote the screen play and he's one of the -- i call, five greatest playwrights in american history. he really is. you know. so we wanted to go -- i wanted it to be where it was. in the neighborhood. the neighborhood is a character and there were some characters in the neighborhood too. >> jimmy: oh, really. >> oh man. we had a guy, mr. greenly, lived right behind our house. so mr. greenly can't hear that well. so he goes, "how you doing, denzel, you want some coffee?" i said, no, sir. "huh?" no, sir. "huh?" i said, no, sir, no coffee. "all right, go on, make the movie. go on." [ laughter ] he'd say, like, i'm going to go inside.
>> people would come with lawn chairs. oh, i'm watching. like they're watching tv. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: really? >> yeah, they come with chairs just to watch it. >> jimmy: isn't that the best? >> it's beautiful. >> jimmy: i want everyone to check it out. and congrats on all the awards that you get nominated for. >> yeah, yeah. >> jimmy: golden globe. s.a.g. awards. you deserve all this stuff. i want to show a clip. [ cheers and applause ] oh, you'll be blown away. i want to show a clip. here's denzel washington and viola davis in "fences." take a look at this. >> i latched on to and told her, baby, i don't want to marry. i just want to be your man. rose told me -- tell them what you told me, rose. >> i told him if he wasn't a a marrying kind, then move out the way so the marrying kind could find me. >> that's what she told me. you're in my way. you're blocking the view. move out the way so i can find me a husband. i thought it over two, three days. >> two, three days, nothing. you was back the same night. >> come back. told her, okay, baby. but i'm going to buy me a baby rooster and put him out in the backyard and when he see a a stranger come, he's gonna flap his wings and crow. look here bono, i can watch that front door by myself. it was that back door i was
worried about. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: watch it. watch it. >> the back door! [ applause ] and what you don't see is we then cut to a tight shot of mr. greenly and he goes, huh? [ laughter ] >> jimmy: go back inside. >> go back inside. >> jimmy: denzel washington, everybody. "fences" is in theaters christmas day. denzel and i are doing something fun after the break. stick around. this will be good. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ every moment is a chance to surprise... delight... kay jewelers is the place to discover the perfect gift. the one and only museum dial, iconic modern design, envisioned in movado esperanza. sophisticated... unforgettable. meant to be shared... loved. it's time to make a statement. movado esperanza, the gift for now, for always. discover it at kay,
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back. we're here with our pal, denzel washington. [ cheers and applause ] i know. there he is. you can give it up. [ cheers and applause ] the new movie -- the new movie, "fences," opens christmas day. now, denzel, everyone knows that you're one of the best actors out there. >> thank you. >> jimmy: you really know how to make a script come alive. [ cheers and applause ] now, so i wanted to see if -- if you could reach that same level of emotional depth when you read something else. greeting cards.
>> if you do it with me. >> jimmy: yeah, of course. i'm down. yeah. you guys, it is time for "greeting card monologues." here we go. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: you're going to be so impressed. >> jimmy, what are -- what are the rules? should we, like, be dramatic? or -- very dramatic? >> jimmy: oh, i think. let's try to out dramatic each other. yeah. [ cheers ] >> well -- okay. >> jimmy: well, no. >> say it, say it. i'm already been dramatic. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: that is very dramatic. now, in this box, we have -- >> yeah, no, i had to get my glasses. [ dramatic voice ] i shall dramatically get my glasses and prepare for the scene. now! [ laughter ] i will show -- please quietly. >> jimmy: here in this box -- >> an actor prepares, an actor prepares, let us read the first card. i'm suddenly british now.
[ laughter ] >> jimmy: yes, of course. >> and it says -- [ british voice ] >> jimmy: you can look at this camera here. [ laughter ] >> do i have to show it? >> jimmy: no need to show what it looks -- just so we know it's a real card. here we go. >> let me -- let me give you a a cold reading. it says, "thanky-thanky. bo-banky, banana-mana, fo-fanky. me-mi-mo-manky. thanky." now, the dramatic reading. thanky-thanky, bo-banky. banana-fana, fo-fanky. me-mi-mo-manky. [ cheers and applause ] [ laughter ] thanky." [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: all right, here we go. all right, you want to play? here we go. >> uh-ohuh
now i heard you had rehearsed yours, but i -- >> jimmy: no, of course, i haven't. >> well -- >> jimmy: let's see, which cards we'll do. [ light laughter ] this one is -- it's a birthday card. >> okay. uh-oh, uh-oh, i'm in trouble already. i see it. >> jimmy: "inside every 60-year-old is a 30-year-old." [ light laughter ] "saying, whose body is this?" [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> that was an incredible performance. >> jimmy: thanky. really blown away by that one. >> i'm thrown. >> jimmy: i can't top "thanky thanky bo-banky." >> fo-fanky. i got a good one. >> jimmy: here we go, here we go. >> all right, let's see. okay, it says, "you make me so happy."
i'm going to have to, get the, dramatic glasses. [ cheers ] [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i like that -- i love that denzel washington laughs at cards. >> jimmy: i know, i love that. ♪ you make me so very happy ♪ [ cheers and applause ] "i'll be honest, though, cheese makes me pretty happy, too." [ laughter and applause ] i don't have a mic, so i'll drop the glasses. [ applause ] >> jimmy: drop the glasses. >> have glasses ever been dropped? >> jimmy: no, that's the first time anyone's ever had a glass dropped. >> dropped their glasses. something new. >> jimmy: all right, here we go. gosh, i can't handle the pressure. >> oh, the pressure, the pressure.
here we go. ♪ >> it's the music. >> jimmy: i know, i know, i know. [ laughter ] it's a -- it's a christmas card. >> oh, okay, good. >> jimmy: your attention, please. christmas has been canceled. [ audience aws ] >> very good. >> jimmy: i told santa you've been good all year, and he died laughing. [ cheers and applause ] >> oh-ho. >> jimmy: you've got to be good out there. you've got to be good out there. >> wow, wow. >> jimmy: denzel, we saved -- we saved the best for last. >> i -- i ought to stop there. i mean -- >> jimmy: no, oh, we have one more. come on. we have time. [ cheers and applause ] >> oh-ho-ho-ho! >> jimmy: is that it? okay
>> wow. >> jimmy: let's do it. it's -- oh, wow. ♪ >> "another birthday. and you look happier, sexier, and" -- thank you. [ light laughter ] "and in better shape than ever." ♪ "bitch." [ laughter and applause ] [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: it's a picture of a a dog! it's a picture of a dog. >> oh, oh, it's a picture of a a dog. oh, yeah. it's a picture of a dog. >> jimmy: a picture of a dog. get it? >> no, no, no that's what i meant.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: our next guest is a a 19-time grammy award-winning music icon, whose nbc special "tony bennett celebrates 90: the best is yet to come" airs tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. you can also pick up the companion album, which is available now. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the one, the only, tony bennett! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh, my goodness.
come on. that's what i'm talking about right there. they -- you get a standing ovations wherever you go, though, right? i mean that's -- you go to starbucks, they just stand up for you. please welcome to the show. thanks for coming back. i appreciate it. >> may i sit down? >> jimmy: yes. [ laughter ] i don't know if i want you to sit down. i want you to stand up. i want to hear stories. i want to hear things. every time you come on, i always get an awesome story out of you. congrats on the special, and congrats on your birthday. happy birthday. >> thank you very much. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: big special tomorrow night. everybody's on this thing. i mean, all your pals -- billy joel, bob dylan does a a thing. lady gaga, elton john, and of course hosted by alec baldwin, who's our pal. we love alec baldwin. what do you think of alec baldwin's impression of you? here's alec. [ light laughter ]
>> it's pretty good. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: it's not bad. no, it's not bad at all. such a tremendous career. i want to hear -- i always love hearing stories. give me a story about -- something about -- there's always like a back room or a a kitchen or something. where did you start? did you start singing? you were a waiter? right? >> in astoria. >> jimmy: yeah, in astoria, queens. [ scattered cheers ] >> right. >> jimmy: when did it click that oh, this is going to work? i'm gonna be a -- >> i listened to the audience. if they like it, that's it. >> jimmy: i guess so. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> jimmy: but there's cool stories -- here's a picture of you and frank sinatra eating hot dogs in tuxedos in a place in miami. which i just think is so fun. you and frank have a cool relationship. you had a great relationship. >> well, i was -- you know, i was his favorite and he was my favorite, and i couldn't get over it. >> jimmy: really? >> he was a phenomenal artist, a beautiful singer, and a great person.
did you meet? do you remember meeting frank sinatra? >> i met him at the paramount theater. i went backstage when i had my first two million-selling records "because of you" and "cold cold heart." >> jimmy: wow. >> and -- [ cheers and applause ] thank you. thank you. and i was just troubled about -- i felt nervous about an audience, and he taught me that the audience are your friends. they come to see you. and he changed my whole psychology about, there's no such thing as a bad audience. there's a bad performance, but there's not a bad audience. >> jimmy: do -- do -- [ cheers and applause ] we have the best here. yeah. we love them, yeah. [ cheers and applause ] they prove that every single night. but i -- i wanted to ask you a a question about the -- there's a story that you were
performing at the hollywood bowl and you were doing "lost in the stars." >> right. >> jimmy: and as you were doing the song, a shooting star went over the hollywood bowl. is that true? is that a true story? >> it's a true story. and the late ray charles called me up in the morning and said, "how'd you do that?" [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: well, we're very lucky to have you here tonight. i want to show a -- this is a a clip of you and billy joel that's on the special that's going to air tomorrow night on nbc. you're going to -- this is you guys performing "new york state of mind" from the nbc special "tony bennett celebrates 90 --" i know. "the best is yet to come." take a look at this. ♪ ♪ comes down to reality it's fine with me 'cause i've let it slide ♪ ♪ i don't care if it's chinatown or
up on riverside ♪ ♪ i don't have any reasons left them all behind we're in a new york state of mind ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: unbelievable. tony bennett is going to perform for us after the break! [ cheers and applause ] stick around, everybody. we are just so honored. that's what i'm talking about. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh man. oh my goodness. oh my goodness. thank you. thank you so much. [ cheers and applause ] honored. tony bennett, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] "tony bennett celebrates 90" is available now and catch his special tomorrow night on nbc. my thanks to denzel washington, tony bennett once again! [ cheers and applause ] thank you again. and the roots right there from philadelphia, pennsylvania, ladies and gentlemen. [ cheers and applause ] stay tuned for "late night with seth meyers." thank you for watching. have a great night. i hope to see you tomorrow. bye-bye, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- sarah paulson from broadway's "hamilton," actor and comedian, taran killam and writer mark andreyko music from tori kelly featuring the 8g band with fred armisen and craig finn. ♪ [ 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 ] wonderful. wonderful to hear. in that case let's get to the news. well, christmas eve is just five days away and hillary clinton will definitely be visited by three spirits. [