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that's a crowd. new york city. [ cheers and applause ] the best crowds. thank you, guys, so much. [ cheers and applause ] welcome to "late night with jimmy fallon." everyone, this thursday is larry king's final show, and cnn has apparently scheduled a bunch of surprises for it. yeah, 'cause if there's one thing you want to give a 77-year-old man who's had quintuple bypass surgery, it's lots of surprises. [ laughter ] thank you. thank you, cnn. appreciate that. [ applause ] some huge sports news. brett favre's streak of 297 consecutive games came to an end last night because of a shoulder injury. even worse, it was his texting shoulder. [ laughter and applause ] hey, congrats to the "today" show here on nbc. today they celebrated 15 years
of tv's highest rated morning show. that's right. [ cheers and applause ] good for them. love those guys. of course, everyone knows morning show ratings are affected by the channel people had on the night before -- [ laughter ] so i just want to say to the "today", you're welcome. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] -- this week. [ cheers and applause ] roker! hey, did anyone see this? yesterday, president obama showed up 20 minutes late to a press conference. yeah, it was the longest he's kept everyone waiting. well, unless you count the past two years. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] listen to this, you guys. mcdonald's said that a hacker broke into its database and stole customer e-mails and phone information. [ laughter ] i'm no health freak here, but if mcdonald's has your e-mail and your phone number, you're eating way too much mcdonald's.
that's ridiculous. [ applause ] "hey, gary? we got some fresh big macs right here, man. you've got to come down!" man, the weather's getting rough out there. there's a big snowstorm in the midwest that's coming up the east coast here, and everyone's getting ready. today i saw a hipster putting a snow tire on his unicycle. [ laughter ] i don't know if you guys saw this. yesterday at an elementary school, michelle obama said that childhood obesity is both an economic threat and a national security threat. yeah, it was pretty awkward, mainly because she said it all to one chubby kid. [ laughter ] she was like -- [ laughter ] looking at you, gary. sure you want to eat that lunchable? [ laughter ] this isn't good. a family in texas says that a thief broke into their house and stole their dog and all their christmas gifts. yeah, i'll bet that's exactly what the dog wants them to think. [ laughter ]
finally, a man in illinois was arrested for throwing a dead squirrel at a hardee's employee -- [ laughter ] -- through a drive-through window. [ laughter ] yeah, the employee was like, "get as mad as you want, sir, but like i said, no returns." [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show. give it up for the roots! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> jimmy: we have a great show for you tonight. oh, my goodness. there is showbiz royalty in the house. she is the real deal. [ cheers ] one of the greatest, the divine miss m. bette midler is here! [ cheers and applause ] come on! a great pal, chef mario batali is joining us! [ cheers and applause ]
author rula jebreal is stopping by! and i hope you guys love great music. oh, my gosh, you're going to fall in love. pegi young and the survivors are on the show tonight! [ cheers and applause ] she sounds beautiful. you guys, there are exactly eight shows before we go on christmas break, so it's time for that beloved "late night" tradition, "12 days of christmas sweaters." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ 12 days of christmas sweaters 8 days left ♪ >> jimmy: every show between now and christmas, we're giving one lucky audience member a righteous christmas sweater from the countdown to christmas cabinet. and since there are eight days left, let's open door number eight. [ drum roll ] whoa. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ this is not too -- oh, there you go.
[ cheers and applause ] there you go. there, look at that. [ cheers and applause ] really, really nice. now let's see who's going home with tonight's sweater. everyone look at your seat number. if i call your number, i need you to jump up and let me know where you are. quest, can i get a drum roll, please? [ drum roll ] who wants it? who wants a sweater? [ cheers and applause ] pretty magical. [ cheers and applause ] pretty magical. 308! ♪ absolutely -- come on over, buddy. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ yeah, you know the drill. come on over, buddy. how are you? >> good, how are you? >> jimmy: good. did you take a unicycle here today? [ laughter ] >> no, i didn't bother with that. >> jimmy: no. congratulations. you've won a christmas sweater. are you excited? >> i'm super excited. >> jimmy: where are you from? what's your name? >> atlanta. [ cheers ] >> jimmy: atlanta?
>> i'm james mitchell from atlanta, georgia. >> jimmy: well, good. atlanta james mitchell is a good name if you're an author, or something, yeah. james mitchell from atlanta. >> yes. >> jimmy: oh, it gets cold in atlanta. >> oh, yes, it has been. >> jimmy: yes. you need some christmas sweaters. >> i really do. >> jimmy: some christmas love. look at this, dude. you got one of these? [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> jimmy: you already have one? >> no, i need one, though. >> jimmy: you do, yeah? >> yes. >> jimmy: yeah, and people are going jealous of this. >> they really are. this is what i've been wanting so bad. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i don't want you to cry. it's all right, buddy. you mind trying it on right now? >> yeah. >> jimmy: oh, thanks, buddy. i appreciate it. [ cheers and applause ] this is going to be good. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] oh, that is -- that is just gorgeous. ♪ that is just gorgeous. oh, my god. you look fantastic. >> yeah, i love it. >> jimmy: you look like a million bucks. how many bucks do you feel like? >> a billion. >> jimmy: that's what i'm talking about! that's the attitude, brother. thanks for coming to the show. [ cheers and applause ]
one more time, a round of applause for our winner. congratulations, buddy! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ 12 days of christmas sweaters 8 days left ♪ >> jimmy: yeah, you look good, pal. you know, we pride ourselves on being a positive show here, always looking on the bright side of things. but of course, there's two sides to every story. tonight we take a look at those stories and issues making headlines today and weigh the good with the bad in a segment we call "pros and cons." ♪ ♪ pros and cons and pros and cons and pros ♪ >> jimmy: tonight's "pros and cons" topic -- office holiday parties. >> hit me! [ laughter ] >> jimmy: lots of companies are throwing christmas parties this week. it's always a good time. so let's take a look at the pros and cons of office holiday parties. pro -- it's a great way for companies to show their workers some appreciation. con -- and get them so drunk they forget to ask about holiday bonus. [ laughter ] that's true. good business plan.
pro -- you get to mingle with your co-workers and bosses on a more relaxed, personal level. con -- kill me now. [ laughter ] pro -- times were tough this year, but we worked really hard and made it through. con -- now who wants a mcnugget? [ laughter ] there's only six of them there, so act fast. pro -- don we now our gay apparel. con -- al from the mail room showed up in jeggings. [ laughter ] party's over! pro -- come for the buffet. con -- stay for the woman who accidentally tucked her skirt into her underwear. [ laughter ] that's not good. it happens, though. pro -- somebody always busts out the mistletoe. con -- somebody always busts out the camel toe. [ laughter ]
it's al from the mail room again. you've got to watch those jeggings. >> steve: if they're too tight, you see their nuggets. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: are you suggesting that he hides them in his pants? >> steve: there's only six of them. >> jimmy: that's true. >> steve: you know what i mean? >> jimmy: how many does he take? >> steve: he takes three -- one in the mouth, two in the pants. [ laughter ] [ cheers ] he eats the mcnuggets! [ laughter ] get your mind out of the gutter. he eats the mcnuggets. >> jimmy: i know. >> steve: oh, my god, forget it. edit this out. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: pro -- the invitation said there's going to be free food. con -- it's a trap, don't you get it? you're the food. [ laughter ] yeah. >> well, i'd just serve -- >> jimmy: yeah.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, everybody. thank you so much for watching our program. have you guys been following the john boehner story? everyone's been talking about how emotional he gets. he was on "60 minutes" this past sunday, and he cried, like, three times during the interview. i guess he's a pretty sensitive guy, john boehner. i like him. he's actually talking to the press right now. let's watch via satellite. >> we now join the speaker of the house-elect, congressman john boehner, in a press conference already in progress. >> and that's why i think a tax deal is totally unacceptable for america. i'll now open the floor to questions. >> congressman boehner. >> yes? >> what do you think of republicans' attempts to repeal
parts of obama's health care law? >> well, look, there -- there are some things in there that i don't obviously agree with, but president obama worked -- [ laughter ] -- worked very hard, very hard on it. [ laughter ] hard work is part -- it's part of the american dream. [ laughter ] i can't talk about health care. next question. next question. >> yes. as a politician, do you use any websites to communicate with your constituents, like twitter? >> i am on twitter. it's a great tool, but i don't like that they limit you to 140 -- [ laughter ] it's just not fair. [ laughter ] they limit you to 140 -- 140 characters. my dad used to say some of the
most important things in life -- [ laughter ] -- takes about 200 characters. [ laughter ] i can't talk about twitter. i don't want to talk about twitter. >> are you going to see the new "tron" movie? >> well, i remember -- [ laughter ] -- back when i saw the original "tron." [ laughter ] and you know, they had the blue light cycle and the red light cycle. [ laughter ] i can't talk -- i can't -- i can't -- i can't discuss "tron." [ laughter ] next question. >> do you think kim is going to have her baby during the next season of "real housewives of atlanta"? [ laughter ] >> well, of course, you can't -- you can't talk about -- [ laughter ] you can't talk about kim -- without talking about -- "tardy
for the party." [ laughter ] don't be "tardy for the party." [ laughter ] "don't be tardy" -- [ crying ] why would you be tardy? [ laughter ] it's a party. just come to the party. don't be late, you know? just be on time, you know? and spend time at the party. [ laughter ] i can't talk about, um, kim zolciak. next one. >> mr. boehner, can you even say your name without crying? [ laughter ] >> of course, i can. it's my name. i've been saying it my whole life. my mother gave me this name. [ laughter ] [ applause ] [ crying ] 60 -- 61 -- 61 years ago. [ laughter ] it's john. you know why i can say my name -- [ clearing throat ]
-- without crying? look, i can't. this press conference is over. [ laughter ] i don't want to talk anymore. it's over. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: there you go, guys. that was great. [ cheers and applause ] that was the great john boehner. i like that guy. he's very, very emotional and very handsome. we'll be right back with bette midler, everybody! come on back! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ don't forget mrs. collier.
♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back. our first guest this evening is true show business royalty whose new special, "bette midler: the showgirl must go on," will debut exclusively on hbo at 9:00 p.m. new year's eve, baby. please welcome a supremely talented and hilarious performer, bette midler, everybody! ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
>> jimmy: you look beautiful. >> thank you very much. very kind of you to say. >> jimmy: it's a pleasure to meet you. >> thank you. i'm a big fan. >> jimmy: gosh, i'm a big fan. >> thank you, wow, perfect. synchronicity. >> jimmy: i've probably watched the johnny carson last show -- i consider it the last show -- probably 150,000 times. >> really? >> jimmy: yeah. and you just performing and just being you. it's just one of the greatest things i've ever seen. >> it was a wonderful night in my life. it was probably the highlight of my life. it was totally downhill after that. >> jimmy: no! [ laughter ] >> it was the highlight of my performing career. it really was. because i loved him, you know. i adored him. he was so good to me. but he was so good to absolutely everybody that worked on his show. he really helped so many people. >> jimmy: yeah, he was such a great guy. but you hit it out of the park. did you rehearse it? did you get nervous?
>> you know, when they told me to -- that i was going to be the last one, i just blanked it out. i didn't want to know about it. i didn't want to think about it. i never thought about it again. and i called up all my friends that i had been working with for all my performing life, and we put together what we thought was a real tribute to him because we all loved him and we wanted to give him a good send-off. you know? we didn't want to just come out and do what we always do. we wanted to do a special thing just for him. so we worked on it very hard. >> jimmy: yeah. >> we worked on it for a couple of weeks, more than a couple of weeks, until we were satisfied. and then we thought, you know, it's in the show business gods' hands. >> jimmy: but it was great because you were funny, but then also touching. >> well, that's kind of what i do. >> jimmy: i love it. it was so good. [ laughter ] it's kind of my thing, yeah. >> but you know what? i tell you, of all the things -- i have a room. everybody has a room. i don't have much in my room. the only thing that i have, the private place in my room, is a picture of me and him on that night when i leaned over and he kissed me. oh, my god -- in my trophy room, that's my trophy. and one other thing. when i was in las vegas -- you know, i was in las vegas for two whole years. >> jimmy: wow. >> the ushers and the box office
got together and they gave me the perfect attendance award because -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: two years? >> two years, i never missed a show. and they said in the history of the building, nobody had ever missed a show. >> jimmy: is that right? >> that's right. and they came up with -- they got a little thing from woolworth's. it was so sweet. and they kissed me, and they said, "we love you, because if you don't work, we don't get paid." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: two years in vegas. >> two years in vegas, yeah. >> jimmy: is like a residency. >> yes. >> jimmy: i mean, so you lived -- >> it's like a punishment. no, no, no, no, no. >> jimmy: it is. it's almost a torture. you're not allowed to leave. >> no, it was fine. i had a great time. i was prepared. i was prepared mentally, physically. i worked out. >> jimmy: do you live in the hotel? >> i lived in a hotel. and then i said, "you know, i'm really tired of this hotel." because my track was that i would come out of my room, i would go out into the service elevator where all the dirty dishes and all the washcloths and all the filthy towels -- then i would get into the service elevator. down the service elevator 30 floors. >> jimmy: show business. >> oh, i love show business. then through human resources, which they never, ever changed the carpets, i'm sorry to tell you. and then i would go through the hallways.
and, you know, it can be pretty -- backstage can be pretty rough. and finally, after a year and a half of that, i said, "you know, i'm going to move." and so i moved to a very fancy schmancy hotel, and i had a great time. >> jimmy: i remember as a comedian, i was booked for a week in las vegas. and you go, "oh, my gosh." you think of all the great comedians, and you think of all the great shows. and you get there, and the first day it's, like, exciting and the lights and the bing, bing, bing, bong, bong, bong, the people, the slots, winning, losing. [ bette makes slot sounds ] oh, my god, yes! that's great the first day. the second day, it's like, you get up. you go, "hey, it's awesome. i'm still here." bing, bing, bing, bong, bong, bong. "okay, yeah." third day it was like, bing -- bing -- bing. bong -- bong -- bong. you're like, "i want to get out of here. this is gonna drive me nuts." you start growing a beard. start building a mashed potato mountain. >> yeah. you know what? i -- i -- i really -- thank god i had that huge crew. you know, i had 18 showgirls. i had the three girls, three harlettes. i had a great big band that loved and adored me. >> jimmy: what was the name of the girls? >> the harlettes -- the staggering harlettes, because they did stagger. [ laughter ] the staggering harlettes. and we would go out, and we would have, like, bowling night,
and we would have, like, chili cook-off night. and we would -- do things to keep yourself amused. >> jimmy: chili cook-off night is fun. >> chili cook-off night, deep, very deep. >> jimmy: what do you mean? >> oh, it was, like, intrigue. intrigue. >> jimmy: what? >> because the harlettes decided amongst themselves that they were going to cheat on the chili cook-off. you know, i'm a big believer in chili cook-offs, but i'm very honest about it. my chili is excellent, but my mac and cheese was an award winner. however -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i love both. you guys should make this. >> very good. so the girls decided they were going to cheat, and went to bobby flay's. and they talked to the chef and said, "would you mind making us this chili because we're going to have a chili cook-off?" so the guy called management, and management came down with a camera. i mean, our management came down to shoot the girls getting the chili from the chef. >> jimmy: uh-oh. >> you know? >> jimmy: like "undercover boss." >> "undercover boss." and then during the meal, we showed the video. "we have something to show you all." and were are the harlettes with their pile of chili with a boa on top, walking through the casino -- >> jimmy: busted. >> totally busted. hilarious. hilarious.
>> jimmy: the show debuts -- it's genius, i think -- new year's eve. >> yes, it's new year's eve, yes. >> jimmy: whose idea was this? >> i think it was their idea. >> jimmy: it's brilliant! >> oh, thank you. >> jimmy: new year's eve to spend with your entertainment, bette midler. i mean, what? >> it was good. >> jimmy: anyone having a party go, "great, just turn it on hbo." >> absolutely. get drunk, get sloshed with the divine miss m. yeah. [ laughter ] i intend to. >> jimmy: but you have -- it's all different costume changes. >> thousands of costume changes, really speedy costume changes, costume changes where you go -- [ huffing and puffing ] and then you come out and sing "from a distance." ♪ >> jimmy: yeah. >> and i could never -- for the two years that i was there -- there were two wings. and for the two years i was there, i would get all dressed up and go, "this one or this one? which one is it?" and then i'd, like, have to pick a wing and run -- if i saw the stairs, which i could barely see in my advanced age -- [ laughter ] you know, i would finally make it up to the stage. but it was hair-raising, hair-raising. >> jimmy: yeah. by the end of -- >> and i was in fabulous shape. my god, i lost all this water weight.
you couldn't believe what a stick i was. >> jimmy: see? i mean, still -- >> i got something out of it. >> jimmy: yeah, exactly. yeah. it was two years, all that hard work, and it pays off. now you have it on film now. >> i'm so proud of it. i'm really, really proud of it. >> jimmy: i'm looking forward to it. >> because they said it couldn't be done, and i did it. >> jimmy: you got "boogie woogie bugle boy." you got "wind beneath my wings." you got "the rose." you're gonna do "the rose"? >> we're gonna do "the rose." >> jimmy: you got to do "from a distance." >> "from a distance." we do all the big ones. all the big ones, the ones they get really pissed off at you if you don't sing. they start to yell at you. "why didn't you sing this one? i want my money back!" >> jimmy: yeah, and you go, "all right." so you give them what they want. you give them the candy. >> give them what they want, and do a little bit of stuff that you like. my favorite song is "hello in there," which is an old john prine song which i've been singing for 40 years. and you know, when i first started singing it, i was a young girl. and now i'm the person they're singing about. you know, it's a song about an old person. i shouldn't say that. >> jimmy: it's about a person, yeah. >> it's about old -- old people and stuff like that. >> jimmy: wow, they always make me sad. >> it's very sweet. >> jimmy: anytime you hear any song about old people or -- >> well, your turn is coming. [ laughter ]
i'm sorry to say that. you're next on the ladder. well, i'm sorry. i didn't want to bring that up. >> jimmy: i'll have to call my plastic surgeon immediately. i also want to talk about -- you do so many great charity things. i know a lot, especially for new york. >> yeah. >> jimmy: which i've got to say thank you, as a new yorker. thank you for all the stuff you do. [ cheers and applause ] amazing stuff. >> yeah, i get a lot of joy out of it, a lot of joy. >> jimmy: new york restoration project -- >> yes, new york restoration -- >> jimmy: you started it in 1995. >> 1995. 15 years strong. >> jimmy: wow. >> 15 years. i can't believe it. >> jimmy: i mean, what you've done in 15 years -- >> why don't you come and do our gala with us? >> jimmy: i'm in. let's do it. >> all right, maybe. oh, i knew there was a reason i was here tonight. >> jimmy: absolutely. i will do that. >> it's a great organization. we're the conservancy of forgotten places. we take, you know, garbage-strewn parks and garbage-strewn open spaces, and we turn them into gardens, and we bring them back to their original glory. and people love them. people really love them. we own 55 community gardens. we teach children's environmental education. we have camp for kids. we teach rowing. we built the first boathouse on the harlem river in over 100 years. so we have a lot to be proud of.
>> jimmy: bette, you are one in million. >> i am. >> jimmy: and i am so thankful that you're here. >> thank you so much. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: come back whenever you want to. the great bette midler! new year's eve, you've got to check her out. hbo, 9:00 p.m. bette midler. up next, mario batali, everybody! come on back! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ start the year right. [ male announcer ] and make 2011 a winning year, with two low fat favorites.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, everybody. let's keep the legendary status going. our next guest is one of the best chefs and restaurateurs in the world. he's also a great friend to our show. say hello to my pal, the one and only mario batali! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: my man! mario b., what's up, my man? >> loving the holiday spirit. the snow is looking good. we're at rock center. the roots are playing. life's grand. >> jimmy: that's what i'm talking about, brother. you've been everywhere. >> it's been a big month. >> jimmy: yeah. you were just on "saturday night live." >> yes. >> jimmy: it was pretty exciting, wasn't it? >> my second went so quickly, though. >> jimmy: i know, it's very fast.
>> yes. >> jimmy: you always want longer. we have a clip of your second in the digital short. ♪ walked down the street into a bar ♪ ♪ chocolate ♪ past mario batali >> jimmy: there you go. that's it! that's all you need! >> i was pretty happy. i was pretty happy about the whole thing. >> jimmy: i mean, come on, how fun is that? >> samberg is the nicest guy to work with. they're surrounded by thousands of people at all times, though. it was amazing. >> jimmy: yeah, they have a big crew of people. but they get stuff done fast. did you do a lot of takes? >> two takes. >> jimmy: really? >> i had an extra chef coat just in case. >> jimmy: and they didn't even use it. >> i used two. >> jimmy: came over and just flip-flopped something in you? >> yeah, just bank. it was cool. >> jimmy: i love him. he's just the best. he comes up with these ideas. the other thing that was cool, check this out. you're on "south park," buddy. come on! [ cheers and applause ] >> i'll tell you what. >> jimmy: that is an honor! that is an honor. >> it electrified the seventh grade. i am now a cool dad. >> jimmy: your kids love it? >> yeah, exactly. >> jimmy: beno and leo, shout out to those guys. that must be fun, be on "south
park." >> it was a non-speaking part, so i felt pretty good about it. jamie oliver had a crying part, and everyone else kind of got smacked around. so i felt benignly handled. >> jimmy: i like that. we just had on the show -- we showed, you have an app. >> yes. >> jimmy: you don't stop. look at this. you've got this giant iphone here. [ laughter ] you click on this app here. look at this. mario batali cooks, right? there you are. you can go by region. you can go by what kids like. i like that one. >> kids love. >> jimmy: kids love. >> the cool part is that all the videos are just like watching me on tv. it's just like being at your house. i'm there literally cooking with you. then you go to flick through. there's this really cool timer component. there' a bookmark thing so you can actually make the dish. >> jimmy: i know. i got it. people are using the ipads to cook from. because people like me -- i'm awful. i don't remember recipes. you must remember them because you're genius. >> well, i don't really drive on that road. i just go off-road. once you're used to the technique, you just cook things and put it together. it's more about the shopping than the actual trickiness. i'm not a thinker. >> jimmy: if someone says meatballs to you, what do you do? >> i think, "well, are we going
to make them with pork? pork and veal? pork, veal, and beef? shall i make them with turkey? would i never make them with tofu? no." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: but you just go and get a bunch and throw them together. >> yeah, you get a bunch of stuff and put it together. it's all about ratios and kind of the way it balances out. >> jimmy: i need a list of things to go to the supermarket with, and i check off everything. it takes me three hours to shop. [ light laughter ] and then i go, "what else are we having with meatballs?" i go, "i didn't get anything else." [ laughter ] >> you're a perfect cookbook customer. you're the ideal shopper. >> jimmy: i live for cookbooks. i love them. and your cookbooks are some of my favorite cookbooks. i love those ones -- >> oh, of course you say that when i'm here. >> jimmy: yeah, when you leave, it's all about -- [ laughter ] >> bobby flay. >> jimmy: but no, you're my favorite chef, cookbook, and also now actor. >> yeah. that's a little odd, isn't it? >> jimmy: you're an actor in a movie. explain this to me, please. "bitter feast." this is a horror movie. >> it is a horror movie, ladies and gentlemen. [ light laughter ] my kids can't watch it. >> jimmy: they can't? >> it's just too violent. >> well, beno can deal, but the younger one, leo, can't deal. >> jimmy: leo can't.
>> no. >> jimmy: it's just too violent? >> there are graphic moments where they're kind of describing the payback. do you know much about the movie? >> jimmy: i know a little bit about it. now, it's about a chef who -- >> a chef who has a tv show and a brand of pots and pans and a couple restaurants. and he gets this really bad review by a blogging critic. imagine that. >> jimmy: yeah, yeah, yeah. [ light laughter ] the internet can be cruel. >> so then he goes -- and my scene is, i play the owner of the restaurant, and i have to let him go because the blog article is so bad, it's going to crush our business. >> jimmy: so, you fire this guy. >> i fire the guy. and then what happens is, he goes and he gets the dude. he gets the blogger, takes him up and then make him cook these dishes. and if they're not exactly -- he breaks out these old reviews and says, "well, it says here the guy couldn't turn an egg over. now you make a perfect egg." and when he doesn't make it, something happens to him. >> jimmy: burns his hand with a frying pan -- >> i can't give away the whole movie, dude. >> jimmy: is it like "misery"? like -- >> it's on sale right now for dvd purchasing for christmas gifts. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: for christmas gifts? >> yeah.
>> jimmy: you're gonna put this under the tree, "bitter feast"? [ laughter ] >> i would. well, imagine -- >> jimmy: santa claus would be scared and go back up the chimney. >> no, he's not going to watch the movie. he's going to drop it off, dude. don't burn the dream. my kids are watching the show. [ laughter ] santa's dropping it off and leaving. >> jimmy: he drops it off and splits -- >> exactly. >> jimmy: and goes, enjoy. >> right. >> jimmy: but you had lines and everything and you did well? >> i was petrified. the way it happened is, two of the guys involved in the movie, the actor james legros and the producer and writer and all-around guy that's also an actor, probably the best guy in it, larry fessenden. we drop off at the same time at school, and we pick up at the same time. and he was like, "hey, you want to do this part in this movie?" i'm like, "yeah, sure, i'll give it a shot." then they described it to me. i said sure. for the four days before the actual shooting of it, i was petrified that i would blow one of my three lines. >> jimmy: you had three lines in the movie. >> maybe i had four. maybe i had four. >> jimmy: but you have a really good relationship with critics. i have to tell everyone here, the first italian restaurant to get four stars in "the new york times" in 36 years here in new york city. [ cheers and applause ]
♪ del posto! >> del posto -- >> jimmy: i love del posto, one of my all time -- that place is off the charts. but come on, one of seven restaurants in the city that has four stars, the only italian restaurant. >> we're popular in italy right now because we've kind of helped them kind of come together and say, "yes, we can do it." you know, the italians always kind of lived in the shadow of the fine dining or luxury stuff, and now they're really proud. and me and joe bastianich and lidia bastianich, and then our partner mark ladner and our general manager jeff katz, they really put it together and we really do it. the thing about a four-star review, you're only as good as your last lasagna, so you've got to do it every day. so it kind of raised the bar for every level of expectation. it makes it a little harder. but it's fun. >> jimmy: i like -- three stars is fun. >> be a two-star guy on occasion. >> jimmy: now you're four. pressure's on. like, "oh, my god, here. hope you enjoy it." >> it's a good pressure to have. >> jimmy: it's like "ratatouille." [ laughter ] >> whatever. >> jimmy: i've got to show a clip of your acting here in "bitter feast." here's the great actor
mario batali. let's take a look. >> is it true? >> is what true? >> about the show being canceled? >> what if it was? i've been wanting to focus more on my cooking anyway. >> focus on your cooking? are you [ bleep ] kidding me! bill hayes just called. they've decided to put the expansion plans on hold, which means they're dead. ditto with the line of peter gray cookware. dude, without your tv face going on the screen every y, you have [ bleep ] nothing. there's no cooking to focus on. >> it's fantasy, gordon. we were just getting started. >> peter, let me give you little advice here. this whole organic, sustainable, green shtick -- it's a down economy. people don't give a damn where their hamburger comes from or how it got to them. they just want it to taste good. >> jimmy: dang, dude! [ cheers and applause ] fantastic, brother! >> thank you. >> jimmy: great job! >> thank you. >> jimmy: "bitter feast" is on dvd and on demand january 4th! check out mario's app on your iphone, ipad or android phones. mario batali, everybody!
honestly, i'd love to do this for the rest of my life so i've got to take care of my heart. for me, cheerios is a good place to start. [ male announcer ] got something you'll love to keep doing? take care of your heart. you can start with cheerios. the natural whole grain oats can help lower cholesterol. brrrbb... makes you feel ageless. [ male announcer ] it's time. love your heart so you can do what you love. cheerios. [ bob ] squak. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, everybody! last month, our next guest's international best-seller "miral" was published in the united states by penguin books. and early next year, you can see it as a major motion picture directed by julian schnabel. ladies and gentlemen, please
welcome author rula jebreal. ♪ >> jimmy: rula! >> how are you? >> jimmy: you're very pretty. thank you for coming on our show. i appreciate it. you look gorgeous. >> you look good, too. >> jimmy: thank you so much. i appreciate it. >> and mario looks great, no? >> jimmy: mario's handsome -- >> mario: not as good as you. >> jimmy: yes. >> mario: you guys -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: no argument. congratulations on the book here, "miral." now, this is not you on the cover. this is freida pinto, who's going to be in the movie version of this. but this is about your -- this is your story. >> it's about my life, yes. >> jimmy: yeah. >> and about what does it mean for young girls to grow up under conflict in a war zone. and actually, it's about four women and their destinies intertwine. and it's about hope, dreams and never to give up and how you can really make your own destiny.
so it's this little girl that tried to survive in that environment of conflict under violence. >> jimmy: yeah, under -- and she -- through her mom? >> and if she succeeds or not. that's -- who will ever read the book will discover it. but, you know, it's about the different response that you have in a war zone. so, one woman creates a school -- she creates an orphanage in 1948 for children, especially for girls because they have no options. another woman who was a nurse, was supposed to cure people, she became a terrorist and she carried on a terrorist attack. and another woman who was raped by her stepfather, she becomes belly dancer and then she commits suicide. that woman was my mother. i arrived to that orphanage when i was 5, and it's about my life in that very dramatic circumstances. >> jimmy: and you have choices that you can make and ways you can go. >> and you know what? you can -- have a choice, you can make it, but through education. because, you know, it's incredible.
this country built a lot through education, because that gives you a freedom of choice. it gives you actual ideas. it makes you a critical thinker, in a way. and it makes you ask questions. >> jimmy: right. >> this country knows a lot about this, because one day, they asked themselves, "is it fair that the king govern and ask us to pay taxes without representation?" then, from that question, you have declaration of independence. another citizen who was rosa -- rosa parks, she asked herself another question. sorry, my voice -- >> jimmy: please. >> "is it fair that i sit in this side of the bus or the other side?" and from that question, you have civil rights movement. and today you have a president that's the first president that's afro-american. and i think from these questions, you have a great nation. >> jimmy: very good, yes. [ cheers and applause ] ask questions. i want to show a clip of the -- of the movie. let's take a nice clip here. it's freida pinto. ♪ >> this road is too bloody. it has no exit.
♪ we'll accept 22% of them. it's more than what we have now. we can't go on fighting for that. ♪ >> 22%. ♪ why can't it be one country for everybody? what if we all have the same rights? in a real democracy, like in new york city. ♪ >> two states, one state, we don't care. i want to live. i want a future for our children. ♪ >> jimmy: there you go right there. [ cheers and applause ] torn! what to do? rula jebreal. pick up "miral" in book stores now! [ cheers and applause ] and go check out the movie next year. pegi young and the survivors perform next. rula, thank you so much. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
deeds." and she's here tonight to perform a song from it. it's a beautiful song, "body breaks." please welcome pegi young and the survivors! ♪ ♪ the body breaks the body is fine i'm open to yours i'm open to mine ♪ ♪ the body aches that ache takes its time you'll get over yours and i'll get over mine ♪ ♪ and the sun will shine