tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC June 15, 2018 12:37am-1:38am PDT
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- ed helms, from "the crown," actress vanessa kirby, star of "nanette," comedian hannah gadsby, featuring the 8g band with brian fraiser-moore. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies a gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening, i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that's fantastic to hear. that's great. in that case, let's get to the
news. today is president trump's 72nd birthday. and when she heard that, melania disappeared again. [ light laughter ] that's right, today was president trump's 72nd birthday. and he's still not over the hill. [ laughter and applause ] he'll get over it one day but he's not over it yet. according to buzzfeed news, president trump told leaders at the g7 summit last weekend that crimea is russian because it's people speak russian. and then he talked about his plans to build a wall with on our border with spain. [ laughter and applause ] this sunday is father's day. and in honor of dads, all thermostats will be set to 68. [ laughter and applause ] new york's attorney general today filed a lawsuit against president trump, donald trump jr., eric trump, and ivanka trump. said president trump, "i can explain. eric and don jr. did it."
[ laughter ] according to a report released by the justice department's internal watchdog, former fbi director james comey used a personal gmail account on numerous occasions to conduct fbi business. and when she heard that, hillary clinton punched a wall so hard the building collapsed. [ laughter and applause ] according to the "washington post" epa chief scott pruitt last year tasked an aide with finding his wife a job. while trump tasked an aide with finding his wife, period. [ light laughter ] "seriously, it's been like three weeks and i haven't seen her." [ light laughter ] the craft site etsy raised it's transaction fee for sellers today, and they are not happy about it. [ laughter and applause ] a new study has found that people who run marathons have less arthritis than non-runners.
responded non-runners, "this. this is why no one wants to hang out with you." [ light laughter ] and finally, the cdc is warning that there has been a hepatitis a out break in six states. and you know what that means, he's back on tour, baby. [ laughter and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight. [ cheers and applause ] he is starring in "tag," out this weekend, ed helms is back on the show. [ cheers and applause ] she plays princess margret in "the crown," which you can check out on netflix. vanessa kirby is here tonight. [ cheers and applause ] and she has incredible netflix special, "nanette." it's great. hannah gadsby is here tonight. so we've got a great show. [ cheers and applause ] hey, since our very first episode i've had this action figure on my desk. it's a cartoon we made called "the awesomes" about a team of super heroes. it's like the avengers, justice league. but so much better, so much more popular. [ light laughter ]
we did it on hulu and it's been out there for a few years. but it's just been released on dvd, all three seasons. we're very proud of this show. we had an amazing cast. these are just some of the names, kenan thompson, taran killam, ike barinholtz, rashida jones, bill hader, paula pell, chris kattan, amy poehler, will forte, it's everybody. [ light laughter ] and it's very exciting. you can get this now for the first time wherever you get dvds. probably amazon, right? and tonight, you don't have to worry about it, because everyone in the audience is getting a copy, which we're very excited about. [ cheers and applause ] so thank you. andy samberg, rachel dratch, kate mckinnon, leslie jones. [ applause ] moving on, everybody, republicans are applauding president trump's summit with north korean leader kim jong-un, as trump faces a mountain of new legal problems. for more on this, it's time for a closer look. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: in the span of just a few days, trump managed to throw a tantrum over a summit with our allies at the g7, called for russia to be admitted back into
the group, and lavished praise on brutal dictator kim jong-un. every day, he acts more and more like an nba player who is trying to get traded to a rival team. [ light laughter ] and yesterday he returned to a familiar target, the media. >> the president is on the proverbial war path. another tweet from this morning. quote, "so funny to watch the fake news, especially nbc and cnn. they're fighting hard to downplay the deal with north korea. 500 days ago they would have begged for this deal. looked like war would break out. our country's biggest enemy is the fake news so easily promulgated by fools." >> seth: oooh, promulgated. [ laughter ] it's always great when he tweets a word you know he'd never take a swing at in real life. [ light laughter ] it's like if your pizza delivery guy showed up wearing a monologue, get out of here with that [ bleep ]. not a monologue, a monocle. i tell a monologue. [ laughter ] and --
[ cheers and applause ] the problem is, what happened is, even though i'm doing "a closer look," in my head i'm thinking i [ bleep ] killed the monologue tonight. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] so anything -- even close. [ light laughter ] so trump has once again declared the media america's biggest enemy. you know who's really breathing a sigh of relief right now? isis. those guys are like, "i know this sounds crazy, but i think we're in the clear." [ laughter ] of course, trump's media comment came and went without a peep from elected republican leaders. now, if it seems to you like the gop is cultishly loyal to trump, you're not alone. tennessee senator bob corker admitted as much yesterday. >> we're in a strange place. i mean, it's almost -- you know, been a -- it's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it? and it's not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it
relates to -- to a president that happens to be of purportedly of the same parties. >> seth: oh, come on, it's not a cult. in a cult you have to abandon all your beliefs and have weird sex with a bunch of people, and -- okay, maybe it's a cult. [ light laughter ] the gop's cultish loyalty to trump was on display this week after trump's summit with north korean leader kim jong-un. now remember, republicans in fox news lost their minds when president obama bowed to saudi arabia's king and shook hands with venezuelan president hugo chavez. and yet, they were silent today when koran state tv released this previously unseen footage of trump saluting a north korean military officer. ♪ >> seth: okay, wow, not only did trump salute a military officer from a brutal dictatorship, but the guy gave trump a down low, too slow. [ laughter and applause ] look at that.
[ cheers and applause ] sorry, dog. by the way, check out kim jong-un's face after trump salutes the officer. [ laughter ] he's smiling but he's definitely thinking, "oh man, tell me you got that on tape." [ laughter ] again, to be clear, we cannot stress this enough. diplomacy is good. talking is infinitely better than threats of war. but it doesn't require gushing over a brutal dictator or manufacturing preposterous lies, which trump did again just last night. for example, he and kim struck a deal to return the remains of u.s. soldiers who died in the korean war. now, u.s. involvement in the korean war ended in 1953. so if we're being generous, the parents of those soldiers would be at least 100 years old. which makes this claim trump made last night on fox news very hard to believe. >> one of the things that really i'm happy is that the soldiers that died in korea, their remains are going to be coming back home.
and we have thousands of people that have asked for that. thousands and thousands of people. so many people asked when i was on the campaign, i'd say, wait a minute. i don't have any relationship. but they said when you can, president, we'd love our son to be brought back home. you know, the remains. >> seth: there is no way that story is it accurate. [ laughter ] why does trump always have to make up a little one act play where someone begged him for something and he got it done? [ light laughter ] if he signed a bill making june 14th, national cupcake day, he would say, "oh a little old lady came up to me. she said please mr. trump, my dying son's wish was that june 14th would be cupcake day. please sir, is there anything you can do? and i said i would, but the democrats won't let me. [ light laughter ] but then, i did it because i'm strong and i absolutely don't have dementia." [ laughter and applause ] it's never been clear. it's never been clearer that the republican party is trump's party. and the gop's silence enables trump as he contends with one scandal after another. in fact, every day seems to bring fresh new legal trouble for trump.
before trump even started his presidency, he settled a fraud lawsuit against trump university. now he's entangled in multiple criminal probes. and today, he got yet another lawsuit to worry about. this time, over his scandal plagued charity, the trump foundation. >> new york's attorney general is now suing president trump and three of his children, ivanka, eric, and don jr., regarding president's personal charity. the suit alleges persistently illegal conduct claiming the president repeatedly misused the nonprofit's funds, paying off business debts, golf club decorations, and multi million dollar getaways at his campaign events in 2016. >> seth: that's right, trump used money from his charity to decorate his golf club. when he should have used it to spruce up his golf look. [ laughter ] look at him, he looks like droopy's deadbeat dad. [ laughter and applause ] and on top of all that, trump is also dealing with the fact that his personal attorney and fixer michael cohen is under federal criminal investigation.
cohen set up a secret shell company to pay off stormy daniels and took in millions from major companies and a russian oligarch. and now, even cohen seems to be expecting an indictment. >> trump allies reportedly view the legal cloud hanging over trump's former attorney michael cohen at -- as at least as ominous as robert mueller's investigation. michael cohen has told friends that he expects to be arrested any day now, according to a source close to cohen. >> seth: in fairness, he's probably been expecting to be arrested for years. [ light laughter ] cohen probably rsvp's to weddings "yes, unless indicted." [ laughter and applause ] trump and his inner circle are clearly very nervous about cohen. there's probably no one closer to trump and his personal finances. and trump's confidants admit that if cohen were to turn on trump, he could cause trump real damage. one former white house official told "vanity fair," "trump should be super worried about michael cohen. if any one can blow up trump, it's him." i'm sorry, but donald trump has already blown up.
[ light laughter ] he's blown himself up 1,000 times but somehow he keeps walking away. he's president wile e coyote. [ laughter ] and like wile e coyote, trump has been obsessed with trying to catch his roadrunner, special counsel robert mueller. mueller's the one who referred the cohen case to prosecutors in new york. and trump has attacked him relentlessly, calling mueller's investigation rigged and unconstitutional. and yet, both mueller's probe and the cohen investigation have escalated rapidly. in fact cohen himself might even be helping them. >> the white house is closely watching what happens with the president's former personal attorney and fixer michael cohen who is seeking new legal council. the question looming large here, could cohen be ready to flip on his former boss? >> sources telling abc news cohen is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors. >> seth: wow, so the president's personal fixer is going to cooperate with federal prosecutors. robert mueller, any comment? >> meep meep. [ laughter ] >> seth: of course, trump's other big target has been ex-fbi director james comey. trump has claimed comey was
biased against him. today, the justice department inspector general finally released a report on comey's actions during the 2016 campaign. and if anything, this report makes it clear that comey helped trump by reopening the investigation into hillary clinton's emails just days before the election. and on top of that, the report includes this infuriating detail about comey's own email use. >> there's a portion of the report that says james comey used a personal email account, a gmail account, to conduct fbi business. >> seth: that's right. james comey was using a private email account while he was investigating hillary clinton for using a private email account. [ light laughter ] the issue that the entire election revolved around, and one of the biggest reasons donald trump was elected president. so if you'll excuse me for just one second, i'm going to put my head on the desk and mutter mother [ bleep ]. [ laughter ] mother [ bleep ]! [ cheers and applause ] this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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that's going to change. from now on, facebook will do more to keep you safe and protect your privacy. because when this place does what it was built for, then we all get a little closer. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome back everybody. and please, give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] also all week long, we've had an
incredible drummer sitting in with us who you can check out this summer on justin timberlake's "man of the woods" tour. for more information go to bfmworld.com. brian frasier-moore everybody. [ cheers and applause ] thank you so much. it's been a great week. >> thank you. >> seth: you know our first guest tonight from his work in "the hangover" films as well as "the daily show" and "the office." he stars in the new movie "tag" which is in theaters tomorrow. let's take a look. he got me. i'm down. this is on you now. come here. let me tag you. come on. all right. i can see him. he's at 3:00. 50 yards out. >> 3:00. >> 3:00. got it. [ whispering ] >> that 3:00. >> you didn't say it was time zone man. >> it's not time zone. >> why didn't you just point the first time? >> seth: please welcome back to the show ed helms everybody.
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: how are you, ed? >> oh, i'm great. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: that's wonderful to hear. >> what a lovely crowd. >> seth: it's a good crowd. they're very excited you're here. this is a true story. well not -- it's inspired by a true story. i don't know if these guys were actually -- >> word for word. >> seth: word for word? [ light laughter ] >> this is actually a documentary. >> seth: this is a documentary. >> we -- >> seth: but these are friends, a group of friends who have been playing a real game of tag for 30 years. >> yeah, it's true. there was a "wall street journal" profile on these guys. they're from spokane, washington. [ cheers ] and they -- there is ten of them. we scaled it down for narrative reasons to five. >> seth: yeah. and it's cash, right? >> right, right. we couldn't afford it. >> seth: yeah, right.
yeah. [ laughter ] >> but they really do play this game. and it's actually kind of a beautiful thing. because it's kept them together as friends for 30 years. you know, when you get older -- >> seth: yeah. >> it's harder to stay in touch with people. we have facebook and stuff now. but to actually be in the same place, this game does that for them. and it's a beautiful thing. >> seth: it is a beautiful thing. i still think it would be a hard sell if i told my wife i got to -- it's tag time. [ laughter ] feels like no matter how many years i've been doing it, i think -- >> sorry, honey, you got the kids tonight. i got to go run around -- >> seth: yeah. >> and tag -- >> seth: i got my tag thing. >> yeah. well, it is only one month out of the year. >> seth: well that's -- i guess she -- she would definitely give me that. >> yeah, it's reasonable. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. jeremy renner is one of your cast mates. and one of your other cast mates, annabelle wallis was here talking about how he broke both his arms. >> right. >> seth: she was not one of the taggers. you are. >> yeah. >> seth: did you get hurt? any injuries for you? >> no, i didn't. >> seth: oh. >> i didn't get hurt at all. and it's worth, i think, pointing out that jason bourne -- >> seth: yeah.
and the guy from "mission impossible" and hawkeye the avenger got hurt. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> and i did not. >> seth: you came out -- yeah. >> i came out unscathed. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: well do you think -- do you think the industry has noticed? >> well, that's what's so weird is that now there is all this buzz. cause everyone was like, "helms got out scot-free, without a scratch so like maybe he's the next big action star." >> seth: oh, wow. [ laughter ] and it's like -- i'm just hearing all this buzz. i don't know where it started. [ laughter ] i don't know. >> seth: but this is a palpable buzz in hollywood? >> palpable buzz seth. >> seth: wow. >> seth, it's -- i mean this is -- it's buzzing. >> seth: yeah, yeah. and now -- >> everyone is like, "he's going to be --" and this is -- i mean, i'm very humbled by this. there's oscar buzz. >> seth: there's oscar buzz too? >> yeah for me. yeah -- and i -- again, i don't know where it started. i don't know. >> seth: wow. is it the oscar for not getting hurt on the set? [ laughter ] >> it's because i just -- i
transformed in this role. >> seth: all right. >> you know? >> seth: here's my question though. so renner's hawkeye, if ed helms is the now the new action star, superhero guy, what would be a good superhero for you? >> so i've been thinking about that. when i do get the call from marvel, what am i going to say? [ laughter ] and i think a good one would be, because renner's hawkeye, i could be hawkguy. >> seth: okay. >> yeah. >> seth: seems very similar. >> no. >> seth: okay. >> it's not. it's not at all. because renner runs around with a bow and arrow. and i'm just the guy who knows a lot about hawks. >> seth: oh, okay. [ laughter ] >> yeah. hawkguy, he's like your go-to guy for hawk related trivia. >> seth: gotcha. >> facts. a lot of people don't know this, falcons and hawks get confused a lot. >> seth: gotcha. >> right? but hawkguy can tell you the difference. >> seth: gotcha. [ laughter ] could he tell me a lot about falcons or would he push me off to someone else for that? >> yeah, he'd push you off to falconguy. >> seth: right, exactly. >> obviously. [ laughter ] >> seth: not to be confused with the falcon. >> jon hamm -- >> seth: yeah. >> is going to be falconguy. >> seth: yeah.
>> and i'll be hawkguy. >> seth: that's great. i think your scenes will be the best -- >> yeah. >> seth: in that film. >> it's just like i said, don't know where the buzz started. [ laughter ] so humbled by it. >> seth: so humbled by the buzz. >> but we'll see what happens. >> seth: you shot in atlanta which is where you are from. >> my hometown, yeah. atlanta, georgia. >> seth: so how was that? was it nice to be back home? >> it's awesome. i do -- i love going back home. it's, you know, stirs up a lot of old memories, old jobs and school and stuff. >> seth: where were -- what was young ed helms doing for jobs? >> well, i worked -- i was a lifeguard. >> seth: all right. >> at a pool. >> seth: oh, that's where they do it. [ laughter ] >> right. well, it's funny. when you say you were a lifeguard, people are like, "whoa, that's impressive." i was not impressive. >> seth: okay. >> i was a lifeguard at a city pool. the most i did, like the most heroic thing i did was stopped children from peeing in the pool. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> and that's -- >> seth: if you are stopping them from peeing in the pool, that means they're doing it from outside the pool? cause otherwise how -- [ laughter ] how can you tell? >> no, you can tell.
>> seth: you can? >> you can absolutely tell. because they can be in the middle of like a crazy game of marco polo, and when they start to pee, they just drift away. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> and they get this blank look on their face. >> seth: yeah. >> and it's just -- they're like -- [ laughter ] and the -- [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i did not -- it's nice when once you see that face, it's already too late. >> it's too late. well -- but you can shame them into hopefully not doing it again. >> seth: i see. >> right? >> seth: i got you. so you are policing the next time out? >> i'm a child shamer. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> that's what -- >> seth: that's really what a lifeguard was. >> yeah. >> seth: a child shamer. >> let's go back to oscar buzz. [ laughter ] because again, somebody keeps saying it. somebody keeps repeating it. >> seth: yeah, no, i've heard it a lot in the last five minutes. [ laughter ] you got to go golfing with your buds back in atlanta. >> hey. >> seth: you guys are still there. you got to take them golfing with jon hamm. >> yeah. >> seth: that's pretty cool. >> yeah. >> seth: are they impressed with what you do? are your friends proud of your success? >> i think initially they were
like -- they thought it was pretty cool. but now, i don't know if your audience knows this, but atlanta is like the hollywood of the east. >> seth: yeah. all the marvel movies. >> all the marvel movies shoot there. there's so much movie production there, that they are super blaée about movie stars now. and i was like -- my buddy rob was like, "hey, let's play golf next weekend." i was like, "great, i can bring jon hamm." he's like, "okay." [ laughter ] and this was a good game though. this was a fun outing. >> seth: what happened out here? >> well, actually, so this is rob -- >> seth: uh-huh. >> in the hat there. and he was down range. i hit a -- i should start by saying i'm not a good golfer. >> seth: right. this story seems like it's going that way. >> yeah. [ laughter ] so i -- he was down range, and i just lined up this four iron shot and shanked the hell out of it, veered off, tagged rob right in the calf.
>> seth: oh, wow. >> glorious bruise. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: you -- i actually think you sent us the bruise. i hope people can see it. yeah, you got him. [ audience oohs ] so maybe it's less about there are movie stars in atlanta, maybe they are just not that psyched you're back because you -- >> cause i hurt them? >> seth: hurt them. yeah. >> yeah. [ laughter ] yeah, that's true. but i don't know what to tell you. >> seth: yeah. >> i -- >> seth: look, it's hard to even hear you over the buzz. >> i know, right? >> seth: yeah. >> let's -- this is so much fun. >> seth: hey, thanks for being here. >> i'm sorry. i do want to say sorry to rob. >> seth: oh, yeah. of course. >> yeah. >> seth: we all -- we apologize for laughing at your expense. [ cheers and applause ] ed helms, everybody. "tag" is in theaters tomorrow. we'll be right back with vanessa kirby. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ howl whimper yap yap yap yip is your dog trying to tell you something? licking, scratching, scooting, and rubbing may be signs of allergic itch, a medical condition that may require treatment.
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she recently won the bafta -- bafta tv award for her work as princess margaret on "the crown," which is streaming now on netflix. let's take a look. >> does he have a name? this stylist? >> i want to say they took -- so i'm quite right. um -- vida baboon? >> vida baboon -- >> yes. well, anyway, i talk endlessly about harry's -- >> and it was surely pretty. do you happen to have a number for this baboon, i might pass it on to my wife. >> seth: please welcome to the show vanessa kirby everyone. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome. how are you? >> i'm good, seth. i'm good. >> seth: i'm so very happy that you are here. it's impossible for me to not picture you as princess margaret in "the crown," now. this is a role you almost did not get though, is that correct? >> yes, actually. i had quite a strange screen
test. i nearly, nearly ruined it for myself. >> seth: you nearly blew it? you're putting this on yourself? >> i nearly blew it. >> seth: what'd you do? >> well, it was my birthday. >> seth: okay. >> and -- i was having birthday lunch with my friends. i was going out in these, like, quite fandt dungarees. anyway, as i was walking out of the house -- i slipped. i did a double take in the mirror and i thought, "oh, my ankles looks so pale." and it was, like, a summer day. so i, sort of, wacked on some, like, instant, sort of, fake tan i found in my sister's -- >> seth: okay. >> -- drawer. >> seth: this is because you didn't want to have bad looking ankles -- >> yes. >> seth: -- on your birthday? >> i mean, come on. >> seth: yeah, okay. we've all been there. >> we've all been there, even nessa. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: you want to have birthday ankles. it's your day. yeah. >> that's what i mean. >> seth: yeah. >> like, that, sort of a sunkist -- >> seth: yeah. >> for whatever reason. so i, kind of, like, just slapped it on. slapped dash. i'm very slapped dash. um, and then went to my screen test and i borrowed some, like -- my mum's ill-fitting skirts and, like, pearls just to look a little bit margaret-y. and i changed -- and i just forgot about the ankles. [ light laughter ] and i walked into my screen test and -- all four of the directors and peter morgan, the creator, just went straight to my ankles. [ laughter ]
because i was wearing this skirt, and they were looking at them for about ten minutes as i was trying to get into character and i was trying to be margaret. and i looked down, and eventually peter said, "look, what has happened to your legs?" and it was a fast-developing, very strong, kind of, industrial fake tan. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> so, they were like luminous orange. >> seth: so -- you said -- >> and he said -- >> seth: you said you had, sort of, a regular colored leg -- >> yes. >> seth: into the -- >> very pale. >> seth: okay. >> yeah. >> seth: into, like, what? did it look like a sock? >> yeah, sort of, fluorescent football sock. >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] >> i'd say. yeah. >> seth: so, a very strange choice for a member of the royal family. >> do you know what i mean? >> seth: yeah. >> i mean, pete just said -- i mean, honestly, i think he looked at my ankles more than my face. for the whole hour. and he said it nearly cost me the job. >> seth: wow. >> yeah. >> seth: well, i'm glad you persevered through that. >> i know i pushed through, or something. >> seth: yeah. the great actors always have to handle bad self-applied tanning at some point. [ light laughter ] >> at some point, it happens. doesn't it? i think, like -- >> seth: it happens. it happens to the best of it. >> it happens to the best of us. and that was an early -- that -- i haven't used fake tanner since. >> seth: when he auditioned for "there will be blood," danny day-lewis, crazy-bad fake tan. >> is that true? >> seth: no. [ laughter ]
>> i mean, seth, i'm incredibly gullible. so -- >> seth: yeah. oh, i'll keep that in mind and enjoy the rest of this interview. [ laughter ] so, you -- this is a -- because you play a royal, and this time where people are obsessed with royals because of the wedding, do people, sort of, assume that because you play one on tv, that you have extra intel into the royal family? >> i mean, all the time. people are like "so, how do you think harry feels with the roast chicken and meghan? how do you think he did it?" i'm like, "well, i played his great aunt in a show. [ laughter ] i think -- i'm sure he's overcome with emotion." and the queen, i mean, all of them. >> seth: but you did -- you fell in love with princess margaret, yes? >> quite right. >> seth: you really did. >> too obsessed. >> seth: too obsessed. you so obsessed that you -- you framed a picture of her and the queen and put it in your bathroom. [ laughter ] so, now people who go in this bathroom know that that's someone you play on a tv show. >> i know. most people don't, i don't think. >> seth: oh. >> and they just think i'm -- just obsessed with the queen on horse back with a -- >> seth: yeah. >> the thing is, is what happened was i got so nervous before playing her, i just was like, i need to order every
picture i could find. and, like, put it all over my house, and then somehow when i wake up or when i wee -- [ light laughter ] you know what i mean? like absorb her personality. >> seth: oh, wow. >> gradually by osmosis. and then i wee -- >> seth: oh, so you don't want to lose a single moment. >> no. >> seth: yeah. >> and why? i mean, they both look dreadful. >> seth: yeah. >> sorry queenie, but you don't look great, like -- >> seth: i do have a question. is this -- is this you in the mirror trying -- >> that was my mum. >> seth: oh, that's your mom trying -- [ laughter ] so, she's -- >> that's my mum. she hates pictures of us. oh, she's gonna be so embarrassed. but look. like, creepy stalker. >> seth: by the way no one's going to be like, "that's a terrible picture of your mom." you can't even tell it's her. [ laughter ] >> also, by the way, that was the tea towel from my kitchen. she put it in to make to make the loo look nicer. >> seth: oh, really? >> there's not usually anything there, yeah. >> seth: did you say, "hey, i need you to take a picture of this for television?" >> i did, yeah. >> seth: and then she said "okay, i'm gonna -- i'm gonna spruce it up." >> she drove down -- she drove right to to my house -- [ laughter ] then took it. >> seth: really? >> she's like my life. driving around doing -- >> seth: oh, that's great. >> pictures of your toilet. >> seth: well, it's -- she's obviously not a professional. [ laughter ] >> ah, she -- >> seth: but -- i think she did a really good job. >> that's, like, not even an eye. yeah. >> seth: that's, i mean, it's fantastic. i think -- and obviously it's a
place -- who wouldn't want that as a bathroom? >> you think so? i think i need to take it down. >> seth: i think you -- yeah, you maybe need to, like -- or put, like, something else up to complement it. >> what should i put? >> seth: i don't know. >> maybe i do. >> seth: but maybe some -- definitely don't put someone you've played on tv. i think -- >> i know. >> seth: like, don't make that dramatic. >> it's kind of cringe, isn't it? i mean, she's all over my house. like my dvd collection. >> seth: is it also just 'cause you live with your sister? >> and my best friend. >> seth: and your best friend. and do you also -- is it true that you make them listen to music that princess margaret listened to? >> yeah. i know, terrible. >> seth: so, what did she listen to? >> so, she has this desert island disc on youtube. i really recommend it. i'm such a desperate fan. it's quite embarrassing. [ laughter ] but -- so she talks about all of her favorite music. and one is scotland the brave on the bagpipes. so i'd blast it out on a sunday. [ laughter ] it was like -- ♪ like that. literally. and my sister is, like, waking up to it at 9:00 a.m., like, "please, dear god. i hate having an actress as a sister." and then, like, none of them are actresses. but they put up with me. and like, the dvd collection is like "royal family," "the royal wedding," "the queen at 50." you know, "margaret and peter." this is really -- it's pathetic. >> seth: and -- and do you watch it a lot?
>> to reminisce and like cry. [ light laughter ] my sister. >> seth: this is very -- exciting. you are doing a show in london right now. "julia." >> "julie." >> seth: "julie," sorry. >> no, no. it's okay. >> seth: oh, i saw you in "julia." it was not as good, so i'm glad you've moved on to "julie." [ light laughter ] so, i probably just -- but there was -- i always am fascinated by things that happened during live performances of shows. you had something that you would not have predicted happening in a performance of "julie." >> yes. it was one of the first previews. and someone in the circle -- or the balcony. at the end when everyone was clapping, they had a fight, and a man tried to push another man off it. while they were clapping. i was like, "was it me? [ laughter ] was it something i did? is it something i said?" maybe they hated it. but, yeah. it was a -- it was older than you. >> seth: so, it was, like, during the applause -- >> yes. >> seth: and nobody ever figured out what the conflict was? between the two guys? >> no, it was just two guys. >> seth: wow. >> like a big bust up. >> seth: it doesn't seem like you would get wasted and go see "julie." [ laughter ] >> i know. i know. maybe they were just, like, clunking it down. >> seth: yeah.
>> enjoying -- during it. or maybe they just -- i just -- in fact, what was the fight about? >> seth: yeah. all right. but, hopefully. please come back, and hopefully we'll get to the bottom of that, 'cause maybe we'll have those guys on as well, and we can both ask them. >> do you know what? they'd probably -- yeah. they'd be -- >> seth: they'd probably love it. yeah. >> yeah. probably wouldn't talk about margaret so much. >> seth: that is true. hey, thanks so much for being here. it's such a pleasure to meet you. [ cheers and applause ] vanessa kirby everybody. the first two seasons of "the crown" is currently streaming on netflix. we'll be right back with hannah gadsby. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ this goes out to you, to you, to you and you ♪ ♪ if i can do it, you can too if i can do it, you can too ♪ ♪ see life, life is a moment ♪ the story doesn't need thwriter's involve ♪ ♪ so edit this for me ♪ don't embellish and twist it, please ♪ ♪ don't embed it in mysteries ♪ edit this for me ♪ 1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: our next guest is a critically acclaimed australian comedian. her new special "nanette" begins streaming june 19th on netflix. please welcome to the show hannah gadsby, everyone. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: hi, hannah. how are you? >> good. i missed the hug, there. i'm so sorry. >> seth: oh, no. it's all right. >> yeah. >> seth: we'll do it later. >> yeah. >> seth: okay. >> no, or not. or not. [ laughter ] i -- i just feel -- i always feel like i should apologize to the live audience, not the ones at home. they're fine.
[ light laughter ] you know, they can turn over. but -- it just seems like i'm not famous. >> seth: oh, yeah. >> and they're like, "oh, we're gonna see some famous people." [ light laughter ] >> seth: they've got this unique opportunity, right there. 'cause here's the thing, i think you are gonna be huge. >> oh. >> seth: and they're gonna be able to say -- >> i'm gonna take that as a compliment. >> seth: i saw her -- i saw her before she was famous. >> oh. >> seth: there you go. >> i'm going to be huge. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: so, when -- we were talking backstage. you say you've been doing this about 12 years now? is it? >> oh, yep. yep. >> seth: and, so, what made you first decide that you wanted to do comedy? >> look, like everything in my life was an accident. i was an accident. [ light laughter ] but, yeah, i was planting trees for a living. it wasn't going well. [ light laughter ] you get -- you get paid per seedling and that's, i don't move that quickly. >> seth: oh, yeah. [ light laughter ] >> i wasn't planting a forest a day. so -- and one day i -- i just, basically, broke my wrist. i didn't do it right. and it was the seedling, too.
i broke my wrist planting, like, a tiny little seedling. not a tree. >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah. >> not an actual tree. just like -- [ light laughter ] and so, i was at a bit of loss. i was just, you know, not doing much. just waiting to have a bit of surgery. as you do. and i was just entertaining a friend, or possibly annoying them, i'm not sure, in hindsight, which. but they said, you really need to broaden your audience. how about comedy? and he entered me into a comedy competition. >> seth: wow. >> and i -- i won that. >> seth: that's fantastic. >> if i'd of known -- it was ignorance that got me through. >> seth: uh-huh. >> you know, that charm. >> seth: your special is coming out -- next week. and someone in, i think, new zealand noticed -- there was a promo up on netflix, but the description is definitely not for your special. because, if you look right here, it says, "years after getting his girlfriend pregnant -- [ laughter ] washed-up jock, vince meets his eccentric son michael and learns about father hood one show at a time." [ laughter and applause ]
so, that is -- is that safe to say that is not the theme of this? >> it's similar. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. but tell us. "nanette" is the title of your show. >> yeah. "nanette-flix." [ laughter ] >> seth: also, it's very clever to tie it in like that. >> yeah. yeah, it wasn't deliberate, but -- >> seth: why is it "nanette"? why did you choose that as the title of the comedy sketch? >> such a mistake. and everyone asks this question. in australia, i did the festival circuit, so i'd write an hour every year and you got to come up with names. well, before you -- write the show. because -- well, i do, 'cause i don't do the work in a timely fashion. so, i d thisdea for a show, and just met this woman called nanette, and i thought, i'd get an hour of laughs out of it. easy. and then i sat down to write it after naming it, and, no, like it was -- [ laughter ] i really overshot the potential of nanette. i mean, she was really a fascinating -- like, it was in a really small town that i'd met her. we didn't -- i don't know what made me think i could get an hour out of it because we didn't actually speak, but -- [ light laughter ] i was in a really small town and
i grew up in a small town, but i don't feel comfortable in a small town because -- [ laughter ] you know, like, people, sort of, you catch people off. because, you know, like, they can see you from a distance and i go all -- and then you're not, and they get upset. >> seth: yep. yep. [ light laughter ] >> so, i get it. anyway, so i went into this caée and i saw this adorable little sign on the counter, and it had in very fancy chalk work, which excited me. do remember cursive? >> seth: yeah, sure. >> yeah. all the letters holding hands? >> seth: oh, it's the best. yeah. >> yeah. and it said, "your barista for the day is nanette." and i thought, i found a friend. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> i could tell she is gonna be one of my people because i like nens, and i'm a literal thinker. >> seth: yeah. >> like, that doesn't make sense. to assume that nanette is an old person. >> seth: right. >> because when did she get that name? not from birth? [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah. >> it's like, "happy '70th, kathryn, you're now nanette." no. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> but in my mind -- and i love old people, especially old ladies.
they're my favorite. >> seth: uh-huh. >> they're my people. >> seth: okay. [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: and do they feel strongly about you? >> well, no, they can't feel strongly about anything. they're bones are hollow by then. [ laughter ] but i do. i've always had a lovely affinity with -- with the old ducks. [ laughter ] and i thought this is going to be adorable old lady, because, not only was the name nan, but it was nanette. >> seth: yeah. >> and i thought, well, the ette on the end makes it extra adorable. >> seth: mm-hmm. and the cursive. >> yeah. oh, yeah. >> seth: the cursive made me think. it's like, "oh, this is an old person." 100%, yeah. >> i know. cute squared to the power of puppy. [ light laughter ] so i was just so excited to meet nannette. and she was just a bruiser. like, she was just -- she was full of hate. and she -- [ laughter ] she just wasn't there and then she was. i don't know how she traveled. she didn't walk. she certainly didn't glide. she just, poof, arrived. and i was caught off-guard, because i was expecting a lovely little old lady and -- she was just -- she's one of those square humans, you know, the -- [ light laughter ] kankle. pure kankle, all the way down. >> seth: oh, yeah. [ laughter and applause ]
and i was right. i thin she was old but, you can't, like, she could have just had a tough -- tough -- tough old time really quickly in the sun. >> seth: yeah, yeah. >> but she did look weathered. and she was just -- i felt the hate radiate off her. like -- she looked at me as if i represented everything that's wrong with the world, you know. like, this like, "uff. oh, this didn't happen in my day." a furious thumb in an apn and -- [ light laughter ] i just got so scared, and i -- we didn't talk. i just thought, i don't want a coffee anymore. [ light laughter ] and from that interaction i thought, "there's a show in this." and -- [ laughter ] there wasn't. >> seth: well, the good news is -- there's a fantastic show in what you made. and -- there takes a really interesting turn and a really cool turn, because, i would say, it goes from, sort of, a conventional stand up show to a show that talks a lot about what stand up is. and also, it's very personal and you talk about the difference between humility and humiliation. and what is -- what is your
journey being with the difference between those two? >> when i first started doing the comedies i naturally went into self-deprecation, because that's how i'd learnt to -- to fuse the situation. [ light laughter ] i've always created a little bit of tension wherever i go. so, you develop a sense of humor. and i feel like it's self-deprecation, which i personally love. i love that kind of humor. i find it hard to laugh at high-status comics. you know? >> seth: mm-hmm. >> just come in swaggering, swinging their little crotch-heavy situation around. you know, i'm just saying. [ light laughter ] you're not -- you're not funny. >> seth: yeah. >> but what i realize instead, it is very much a men's game, and that's fine. i try and dress the part, but -- [ laughter ] do what you can. but what i was finding is, i was diffusing everything that people would assume about someone like me. so, basically, i'm a fat queer woman who makes no attempt to be attracted to men. it's a tough angle. [ light laughter ] but with that comes a lot of, you know, people think, you know, lesbians are angry. and i'm too vane to be angry.
people think that, you know, fat woman are stupid 'cause they forget to stop eating. so, i -- i make a very conscious choice. so, i'm quite a cerebral comic and i have to undermine all this and i found that i was putting myself down all the time. you know, playing up to these stereotypes. even though i eventually tried to subvert them, i decided to, like, quit comedy because i couldn't do it anymore. because, i -- i was hurting myself. like, i was putting myself down. i was doing all the fat jokes. all the, you know -- >> seth: mm-hmm. >> all these sorts of things. and i realized then the power i had on stage was not reflected in -- in the world, and i didn't know how to reconcile the power i had in the reach with my, you know, platform. and then i go out in the world and just be, you know, almost sub-human in certain parts. so, that's what the show's about. so, like, you know, putting the -- putting the line in the sand saying, "how can i do this job, if i'm putting myself down?" >> seth: well, that, i have to tell you, is a lot more
interesting than that nanette lady sounds, so -- [ laughter and applause ] i think you made the right choice. [ cheers and applause ] really, really lovely to meet you. thanks so much for being here. hannah gadsby, everyone. "nanette" will be streaming june 19th on netflix. you can also see her at the soho playhouse in new york june 20th through the 30th. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ foaming body wash.
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