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and now, here he is, seth meyers. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: good evening, everyone! how is everyone doing tonight? i am seth meyers! this is "late night." welcome. welcome everybody. well, whoever of you saw this. it was bound to happen. it was bound to happen. today, the director of the secret service julia pierson resigned. she resigned. she's being replaced by the white house's new state of the art security system, a scarecrow. [ laughter ] which can't do a worse job. which is great. [ laughter ] julia pierson resigned but she remained in good spirits on her way out, and even, which i thought was nice, she even
politely held the door for some weird guy that was coming in. [ laughter and applause ] it was great. this is a weird story. it's being reported that north korean dictator kim jong-un has been out of the public eye lately because he had surgery on two broken ankles earlier this month. no one is saying how he broke his ankles, but he did recently have the inventor of roller blades killed. [ laughter ] so it could be that. [ applause ] could be that. jeff rollerblades has gone missing. [ light laughter ] here's some showbiz news. earlier this week, ben affleck confirmed that he appears naked in his new movie. [ cheers and applause ] and by naked, he means without matt damon. [ laughter ] listen to this. this is interesting. kendall jenner and justin beiber
were spotted having dinner together in paris last night. bieber had linguini and jenner had the shrimp. [ laughter ] fair, fair. a fair reaction to that joke. [ laughter ] you may be thinking i am mad, i am not mad, i am educated. [ laughter ] i took that as an education, now i am processing that, and i think i will be better moving forward. not sure what to you think about this. a student at a florida high school was forced to remove his costume after he came to school spirit day dressed as a condom. [ light laughter ] dressed as a condom. officials said they'd really feel a lot better if he took it off. [ laughter and applause ] they always do. this is kind of cool. a new app has been released called "good to go." called "good to go." where couples log in to verify that they're each sober and willing before having sex. wow.
2014, and we're still finding new ways to kill the mood! [ light laughter ] "can i get you a drink? what's your wifi password? [ laughter ] log in." i thought this was interesting. lebron james' childhood will be the subject of an episode of a new children's television series, hopefully it'll help teach kids a valuable lesson that they can do anything they put their mind to as long as they're amazing at basketball. [ laughter ] that's all you need, kids, that's all you need. [ applause ] this is a shame. scientists in northern california and oregon found that marijuana gardens are threatening the salmon population. though i don't see the problem, really. everyone loves baked salmon. [ laughter and applause ] and finally, a japanese company has released a jumpsuit that can double as an overcoat and futon.
so, yes, it does make your butt look fat. [ applause ] ladies and gentlemen, the 8g band! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: how we doing, 8g band? everybody good over ther? wonderful. baseball playoffs started last night. do we have any baseball fans in the house? [ screams and applause ] a very exciting start for the playoffs last night. congratulations to the kansas city royals, who made the playoffs for the first time -- [ cheers ] --since 1985, and won a thriller in kansas city last night. my father's from pittsburgh. so, even though i grew up a red sox fan. all right, i love it, i also root for the pirates. so i'm very excited for their game tonight against the san francisco giants. it is october, what pirates fans call it is "buctober." so i would like to wish all the pirate fans a happy buctober.
and hopefully it lasts more than one day, because the minute they're out of the playoffs, you have to go back to calling it october. [ laughter ] so, hopefully buctober will last the full month for the good people in pittsburgh, pennsylvania and to san francisco fans, i have nothing against you, but you won a couple world series last couple years and i think the polite thing to do is just gently step aside. we spread it around. [ applause ] we had such a fun show last night. it's such a fun show for me. we had three wonderful guests. we had nathan lane. we had weird al yankovic. we had writer÷irector garry marshall, who are three lovely gentlemen who have all been in show business for so long. and both, you know as a credit to how kind they are, and also, how hard working they are. and they're just show biz pros, and it reminded me that working in this building, working at "snl" and now here at 30 rock, you work with so many show biz pros, one of whom is our lighting director, phil hymes who is 91 years old. phil is 91. he is not just our -- yeah, give it up for phil. [ cheers and applause ] 91 years old and not just
lighting director for our show but the lighting director for "snl" and the lighting director for "the tonight show" as well. and -- he is always at the show, but he actually missed the show last week. he's missed the show because he wasn't feeling well, he's feeling better. and i just want to say get well soon and tell phil how much we miss him. phil, as many 91-year-olds is no fan of my generation. [ laughter ] he's not enamoured with what we're doing, and is very happy to remind me often that we're ruining everything, but as a credit to his professionalism, still beautifully lit. he will still light up beautifully. and he has this great thing he does, which is when phil does not like the show, he will leave me an angry voice mail, detailing what he didn't like about the show. but which is what makes him lovely. if he does like the show, he will leave me an angry voice mail telling me what he liked about the show. [ light laughter ] the exact same tone no matter whether he likes it or not. "i did not care for last night's show," or, "last night's show was very good. i'm proud of you."
i am so happy to get this chance to sort of tell phil how much we miss him here because i know that if he's watching, and i really hope he's watching, he will hate it so much that i am talking about him. [ light laughter ] that it is very likely i will show up to my office tomorrow morning and he will be standing at the door and he will poke me in the finger with his super strong 91-year-old finger, that's somehow like a steel gerter. and -- i hope that he is angry enough to come back and tell me that, because we love you and miss you, phil. so come back soon. [ cheers and applause ] we have such an excellent show for you tonight. from the new film, "gone girl," neil patrick harris is here. [ cheers and applause ] great guy. can't wait to talk to him. also, joining us to talk about her solo show at café carlisle, the lovely rita wilson. [ cheers and applause ] and we'll have music from a band i love, the both. [ cheers and applause ] should be great. so -- we here at "late night," we have a team of loyal researchers, statisticians and polsters. all of whom worked hard to bring
you a little segment we like to call "this week in numbers." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] all right. let's get started, everybody. one, the number of yankees who retired last week. also one, the number of yankees who everyone wish had retired last week. [ light laughter ] 16,000, the number of dollars derek jeter could be forced to pay in taxes on the farewell gifts he's received this season. 17,000, the number of times his accountant has sarcastically said, "i guess i'm not retiring." [ laughter ] 2020, the year the president of ukraine says his country is planning on apply for admission into the european union. 50/50, the odds ukraine is still a country in 2020. [ laughter and applause ] 102, the age of a woman on long island who celebrated her birthday by going to white castle. also, 102, the number of ingredients in a white castle
hamburger that aren't meat. [ laughter and applause ] three, the number of u.s. presidents who have ordered increased military action in iraq. one, the number of u.s. presidents who fooled themselves into thinking they could make it through two whole terms without having to order increased military action in iraq. [ laughter and applause ] sorry pal, it's just what presidents do. it's just what they do. eight, the number of hours a person sleeps per day. 15, the number of hours a cat sleeps a day. 24, the number of hours the secret service sleeps per day. [ laughter and applause ] 18, the number of gold medals michael phelps have won. two, the number of duis michael phelps has gotten. [ audience awws ] zero, the number of gold medals michael phelps won while he was drunk. remember, kids, if you want to go for the gold, do it sober. ♪ [ applause ] [ laughter ]
99.99, the percentage of germs killed by your kitchen counter top cleaner. 00.01, that last lonely germ forced to wander alone on the clean kitchen counter top that is his whole decile universe. hello! hello? anyone there? [ light laughter ] i guess if no ones here, i'll wait to reproduce asexually. okay, here we go. i'm dividing into two cells now. oh, this feels good, real good. [ laughter ] every chemical in my outer membrane is being replicated in anticipation. my cytoplasm feels like it's on fire. oh and this minor incision feels nice. dna must be copied, must be copied. must be oohh, i need a cigarette. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] 1,645, the number of billionaires there are in the world. 6 billion, the number of 1,645-aires there are in the
world. [ light laughter ] 20, the number of units out of 22 currntly occupied by sex offenders in a massachusetts apartment building. [ audience oohs ] two, the number of units in that building that are currently available for rent. [ laughter ] 111, the number of miles designated for bike lanes in new york city. 0.72, the number of miles designated for office chair lanes in new york city. >> come on, what's going on up there? >> hey buddy, what do you want me to do, huh? >> quiet, i'm texting. >> my wife's in labor! >> go around! >> aahh! [ applause ] >> seth: i know it's hard to believe, but the budget for that film was under $2 billion. [ light laughter ] five, the number of points by which europe defeated the united states in this year's ryder cup. 12, the score kevin costner's character roy "tin cup" mcavoy made on the last hole of the
u.s. open in the 1996 film, "tin cup." one, number of passionate speeches i will now give in celebration of kevin costner's career, starting with 1.8 billion, total amount of money kevin costner's movies have grossed at the box office. two, the number of oscars kevin costner has won. oh yeah, he's won oscar's all right, and they weren't for chump awards either like best sound mixing. no, no, no. he won for best picture and best director. thank you very much. 1 million, the number of bucks costner looks like in that tux. one, movie called "waterworld." okay, fine. i knew you were thinking that. and "the postman" probably wasn't that too far behind, but is that the best you got? because, here comes three. the trifecta. "field of dreams." "bull durham." "the untouchables." also, i'm gonna throw in "the upside of anger" because it was underrated and costner gives a subtle yet highly effective performance. so, in summation, 100, the number of times i cried at the end of "field of dreams." is this heaven? no, it's iowa. wait, it is heaven because kevin costner is there. [ cheers and applause ] this has been "this week in numbers." we will be back with more "late night." [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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that was a landing! wow! wow! [ light laughter ] >> seth: i'm sorry, who are you? >> who am i? well i'm amelia earhart. >> seth: i'm sorry, you're the amelia earhart? >> according to the name on my bloomers. [ laughter ] >> seth: but amelia, you went missing over 70 years ago. >> yeah, i know. people said i got lost, but boy do i have a story for you, tin tin. >> seth: i am not tin tin, i am seth meyers. >> really? you look just like tin tin. >> seth: well i have to say you look like you haven't aged at all, amelia. >> i know. i was caught in a time hole. it's all part of my amazing story. it will knock your socks off. but first, i have been traveling for quite awhile. do you mind giving me directions to the nearest bathroom? >> seth: yeah, sure. of course. so you just want to go down that hall, you take a left, and then another left, and then it's the second door on your right. >> great, so i go down that hall, and i take a right.
>> seth: no, you go down the hall and -- [ light laughter ] --and you take a left. >> right, right, right. a left. which is this way. >> seth: no, the other way. >> this way. >> seth: no, no, no. it's that way. >> that. great. hold on. let me just get my bearings. which way is weast? [ laughter ] >> seth: sorry, amelia. do you mean west or east? because those are different directions. >> those are different? >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> that explains a lot. >> seth: you know what? i think maybe it will just be easier if i draw you a map. how about do i that? >> great, i love maps. >> seth: good. >> i'm amazing at maps. >> seth: great. >> i never have any problems with maps. >> seth: good. >> i am a perfect map reader. >> seth: good. >> i don't take naps, i take maps. >> seth: that's great. [ laughter ] >> some people call me amelia map. >> seth: do they? >> no. [ laughter ] most people call me young man. because i sort of look like a dude. [ laughter ] >> seth: okay.
well look, here we go. here is the thing. you're going to go down there, you're going to make a left, you're going to make another left, and it's the second door on your right. >> great. >> seth: okay. you just turned it upside down. >> aha, yes. >> seth: okay. now you're holding it backwards. so that won't help you. >> of course. right. no problem. worst case scenario, if i get lost, i can use my handy dandy compass. >> seth: okay. now amelia, that is a watch. [ laughter ] >> it is? >> seth: yeah it is. >> it's been a watch the whole time. >> seth: i think it has. >> it's ticking. >> seth: yeah. there ya go. >> dag nab it. i mean, that does explain why the directions change like every second. [ laughter ] north, north, north, north. >> seth: hey amelia, why don't i just keep this and then i'm going to cut you off. and then why don't you go right down there, and that's where you'll find the bathroom. >> great. thank you. >> seth: okay. >> this way. >> seth: that is the opposite way of where i told you to go. >> ah, correct. very good. >> seth: okay. well we will be back with neil patrick harris and then later, the first ever post-flight interview with
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back to "late night," everyone. our first guest is having an incredible year. he wrapped up his ninth season run on the hit show, "how i met your mother," won a tony award and october 14th he will releases his book, "neil patrick harris -- choose your own autobiography." and starting this friday, you can see him in the new film "gone girl." let's take a look. >> well, i hope you don't mind me coming by. i got your address from this letter that you wrote my wife. >> amy and i believe in the lost art of letter writing. >> i always wondered why you kept in touch -- after -- everything. you were together for two years in boarding school, right? >> she was my first serious girlfriend. >> why did you break up? >> that's a strange question. >> did you treat her bad? did you cheat on her? >> that's a rude question. >> let me tell you what amy told me. she dumped you. you completely unraveled. you stalked her, you threatened her, you attempted suicide in
her bed and were institutionalized. >> your wife is missing and you came all this way to tell me this? >> seth: ladies and gentlemen, neil patrick harris! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: hi! >> how are you? >> seth: so great to see you! >> it's so awesome to be here. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: so with everything amazing going on career-wise, congratulations. you just got married as well. >> we did just get married. [ cheers and applause ] in italy. >> seth: you got married in italy? >> in italy. yeah, it was fun. we had a good time. >> seth: you involved the guests to your wedding in a way that most people don't. >> yeah, well, it was a small little destination wedding, so there was only about 47 people and rather than -- rather than send out all itineraries -- >> seth: by the way, i like that you said "only about 47," which means it was exactly 47. >> well, i don't -- [ laughter ]
because if it's like 44 and i was wrong, i just look like a dork. so, instead of giving people itineraries, we decided that everyone in the wedding had a task that they had to complete in order to make the ceremony successful. so, some people gave speeches, some people had readings, some people were greeters. so they didn't know what they were going to get to do or that even they were going to be doing anything until they got a, you know, a clue handed to them -- >> seth: wow! >> --from someone giving them a drink or something. and then in the clue would be, like, a piece of a puzzle and they'd have to find out what their other piece of the puzzle was. there was another clue and then they figured out that they were like gonna give a speech. >> seth: that's really great. >> yeah. so, it was fun. >> seth: at my wedding, i would have given clues to my aunts that would have said "please, try to keep your voice down." [ laughter ] "and it would be great if you didn't grind up against people half your age." [ laughter ] that is your wedding task. >> that sounds like a hot wedding. >> seth: it was hot. if you like, if you like aunts getting their groove on, it was -- my wedding was a winner. >> i think that's the best
way -- that's my favorite way to dance is wedding reception dancing. >> seth: oh, yeah. >> for real, i think it's great. every demographic, you're not like trying to pose 'cause you're in a club scene. you're grinding up with your aunt. it's fun. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, and it's celebratory. also, you reach a certain age where if you're dancing anywhere else, it's pathetic. >> yeah. >> seth: where -- when you're at 50, like, you realize those people are -- this is my dance night. i'm going to get crazy. [ laughter ] you also -- elton john was at your wedding, and you chose a very good task for him. you had him sing at your wedding. >> he did. >> seth: did he know he was going to have to sing? >> that was an appropriate task. [ laughter ] yeah, well i asked him. we had a piano player that was just playing and i asked him before if he would play a song and he -- he lovely, in a lovely way said that he would play a song. and he played three. it was fantastic. we tasked david furnish, his husband, with giving a speech right before he introduced elton. we had people that were tasked with dancing the tarantella, the classic italian wedding dance. >> seth: without knowing how to dance it?
>> without knowing. >> seth: wow. >> and so, they got a clue and then they had to go find a flash drive which had video instructions of how to do the tarantella. [ laughter ] and then, they had tambourines and they had the music and they had to figure out the whole thing. it was great fun. >> seth: this sounds like a wedding where every ten minutes another person was murdered. [ laughter ] like, it seems like an agatha christie novel. someone had to learn the tarantella and then went missing. [ light laughter ] >> yeah, we were thinking more like "lost." like, the dharma initiative where you keep finding little clues here and there. >> seth: i also feel bad for the guy who had to go back to playing piano after elton john finished his three songs. and now, ladies and gentlemen, your regular piano player. [ laughter ] you also just finished up on broadway playing "hedwig" -- [ cheers and applause ] congratulations. >> thank you, man, very much. >> seth: -- which seemed like it must have been such a grind. i mean, i can't believe anyone who can do the broadway schedule, but to play a part like that. i mean, what is the -- being done with it, what's the best part of being done with it? >> it was so fun and exhausting
to do. it was just essentially a one man, one woman show with a band. and -- and it was just a monologue and lots of punk rock songs. but it was just debilitatingly exhausting. so, now the fun part is -- day drinking. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] that was not a show you could day drink. >> i wasn't allowed to do that -- on two-show days. so, yeah, i'm wasted right now. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's great and you should be. you should be. you deserve it. >> goldschlager. >> seth: oh, is that your drink? i always thought you would be a goldschlager person. >> well because you drink it and then you poop gold. [ laughter ] >> seth: and then you feel like the richest man in america. congratulations on "gone girl." it's wonderful. >> thank you very much. it's a good movie. >> seth: it's a really good movie. [ cheers and applause ] in my -- >> i just can't believe that i got to be part of it. i mean, with ben affleck and with rosamund pike and with david fincher. >> seth: yeah. >> i mean, i'm a massive david fincher fan. >> seth: same here. >> he is a radical, amazing,
thought-provoking director. and i've been such a fan of his movies and then to be in it in such a very interesting role that -- it's fairly spoilery -- but to get to do some of these scenes was like a real once in a lifetime thing. >> seth: i've always -- i mean, i'm so impressed with your range. you're on broadway, you're the best host of everything and you were a sitcom actor. >> at the "emmys." >> seth: oh, no. >> you killed it on the "emmys." >> seth: right after, right after. i'm trying to stay right below your quality. but you -- [ light laughter ] -- how is it like going from sitcom acting to a david fincher movie? it seems about as far away on the sides of the spectrum. >> super different, but that's the fun of acting is just being able to, like, challenge yourself with different skill sets because yeah, "how i met your mother" was great fun but with barney, i was looking for scenery to chew on. >> seth: right. >> you know, the whole conceit of that show is trying to just take funny dialogue that was amazing and even do some random prat-fall or spit-take or something off of it. david fincher, not so much. >> seth: yeah, right. [ laughter ] >> he calls you out. he will notice every little thing. >> seth: yeah, he seems very detail-oriented. >> so, you can't really come
with a bag of tricks and that's kind of what your job is on a sitcom is to have like a fun bag of tricks and things that you can do. so, he would bust you out easily. like, i'd do a double take and i thought that was really creepy and cool. you know what i mean? she'd say a line and i'd finish and i'd go -- [ laughter ] cut. and he'd come back and "neil, quit the double take." [ laughter ] >> seth: you can't do a double take. >> i was like, "gah! you got me, fincher." [ laughter ] >> seth: this is such a -- of the autobiographies that have been written, this is such a unique take. you did a choose your own adventure, which was a style book i loved as a kid. >> do you remember them? >> seth: i do remember them. i used to take them out all the time from the library. they're so much fun. i wonder if anybody knows what they are anymore. >> the conceit of the choose your own adventure book is -- they still have them now -- is that you are a character in a book and say it's marlo thromby has been murdered, and you're in a house and you have to figure out who did it. and so it will say, "suddenly the phone rings." and then at the bottom, it will say "if you choose to answer the phone, go to page 25.
if instead you want to go investigate down in the attic -- up in the attic -- go to page 94." and then you follow whichever path you want. so, you're choosing your own adventure of the book. and there's terrible, horrible endings, which was weird for young adult novels. >> seth: yeah, it was weird as a kid. [ laughter ] you knew sometimes you would turn to a page and you know you were about to die because there was only three lines. "and then you sunk in quicksand and are dead now." [ laughter ] >> "i sink in quicksand and die" is in my book. >> seth: do you really? [ laughter ] >> yeah, that's actually one of the horrible endings. i thought that in -- i thought because i don't have a lot of valuable life lessons i think to preach, that i thought instead i have lived lots of weird little chapters of hosting and movies and theater and randomness. so, i thought i would make that. so, you as the second person -- you are me and you get to live the autobiography life that you want to. so if you think it would be fun to make babies with a dude, you can go to page, you know, 147. [ cheers and applause ]
if you'd rather -- there it is. >> seth: there it is. >> if you'd rather stick to, you know, lines of coke off a stripper's ass in "harold and kumar," you can go to page four. [ laughter ] and there's magic tricks and drink recipes and secret pages. >> seth: you go to a party with katy perry. that's great. >> party with katy perry, that actually happened. yeah, the super bowl and peyton manning's house. >> seth: that is the greatest -- >> at a katy perry concert and there's peyton manning. "hey, hey, neil, how are you? i'm having a party over at my house later tonight if you want to come by. here's my cell phone number." "well, thanks, peyton manning." [ laughter ] so, then we meet katy perry and she's like, "what are you doing later?" "oh, we're going to peyton manning's house." [ laughter ] we're big wigs. and she goes, "oh, maybe i'll show up." that's fantastic, that would be fun. so, we go to peyton manning's house -- >> seth: do you text and you're like, "hey, peyton, weird question -- katy wants to come. that cool?" [ laughter ] or do you just bring her? do you feel like that's okay? >> i did exactly that. [ laughter ] and it was like, "yeah, no
problem, bring her over." so, fine. so, we go and show up and it's peyton and all his friends and they're kind of hanging out, middle-aged people dancing. then, katy says, "i'm here." she shows up with, like, 15 people. >> seth: great. >> all of her dancers, her entire -- the whole vibe of the party shifted. and they all got along swimmingly. >> seth: that's great. so, that's just one of the many great stories that's in your autobiography. another one of my favorites is -- >> and on page 219, we have an orgy. [ laughter ] >> seth: you were worried -- your husband and you were worried that your daughter, harper? is your daughter harper? >> harper, yes. >> seth: you might be -- and again, these are your words -- you were worried that you might be raising a stripper because of how often she takes her clothes off. [ light laughter ] >> sort of, yeah. well, kids at that age, they do the naked baby thing a lot. you know, they just run around naked all the time. so, that was disarming because -- there's a lot of disease in strip clubs. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] i like that you just jumped right there. but i guess you have to worry.
>> what else could she be? >> seth: yeah, that's true. there's very few jobs. >> now, she's changed. she keeps her clothes on but now she's into mermaids. she dresses as a mermaid all the time. so, she has all of these little spandexy dresses that she walks around, showing how pretty she is. >> seth: yeah but -- but stripper adjacent. it's pretty close. [ laughter ] >> i feel i should teach her some real, like some pole work where she can get the fin really going. [ laughter ] >> seth: give it up for ariel. [ laughter ] >> oh, now, that crossed the line. >> seth: that crossed the line. that crossed the line. you know what? let's move that -- let's move that to the end of the book. thank you so much. it's a great book. thank you so much for being here. >> you're welcome. >> seth: neil patrick harris, everybody. >> thank you, thank you. >> seth: "gone girl" is in theaters this friday. it's really great. we'll be back with rita wilson and, of course, amelia earhart. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ hmm. trade in your old iphone
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: congratulations on the show! >> thank you, thank you! >> seth: you've been getting great reviews for your show. café carlyle, which is such an incredible space. for those who don't know the space, describe it for us real quick. >> well, it's in the carlyle hotel and it's been known, it's been around forever. i think since the invention of the carlyle hotel. and it's known as this sort of iconic new york cabaret club where people have performed, people like elaine strich, who was an iconic broadway person. and there was also a gentleman there who performed for years, a pianist called bobby short. >> seth: okay. >> and bobby short was sort of this iconic guy, and it's just, it's amazing. it's a beautiful place and it's intimate. you get to really see people.
[ laughter ] >> seth: and are you having a good time? are you enjoying it? >> i'm having the best time. it is so much fun. because, you know, i had an album come out a couple years ago called "am, fm," and that's cover song from like the 60s and 70s. so, i'm doing those numbers but i'm also writing original music now, so i'm doing some of that music too, which is pretty exciting and fun. [ cheers and applause ] the band -- i love the band there over there. i see you. that's nice. >> seth: they're the best. and they write music for the show every night, which i'm so impressed by. and you, transitioning to songwriting, has that been fun? i would assume you have to expose a lot of yourself when you write songs. >> oh, my gosh. it is incredible. i write with really, really great writers and this is what it's like. sometimes you've never met them before and you go in and you introduce yourself. >> seth: so, you meet a songwriter. you decide you're going to write with them before you even meet them? >> sometimes, yeah. like in nashville, they're very disiplined about it. so, they're very structured
writing sessions. so, you go in. you introduce yourself. and i describe it this way -- it's like you get metaphorically naked, you have musical intercourse and then you give birth to song babies. >> seth: wow. [ laughter ] that is a super creepy way of describing it. >> uh-huh! uh-huh! >> seth: and how -- when you schedule time to write songs -- how long do you go in? it sounds like, it's like the dentist. >> well, exactly. i have an appointment. well, that's what's so amazing about musicians as these people over here now know, there's a discipline to it. and you're all very committed. so, you really want to get it done. i don't like that thing where you're leaving something dangling, you know? >> seth: and how is nashville? nashville to me seems like such a fascinating city. my wife and i have gone down there a few times because she loves that music scene. it must be great surrounded by so many music professionalists. >> oh, it's the greatest city. i love it so much. it's just full of music. now, they have all of this really great food down there. >> seth: yeah. >> they have a festival called "the music and eats festival." that's kind of amazing. but yeah, it's just, it's a place you go for music just like here when you're doing a play on
broadway. you know that at 8:00, the lights go down, the curtains go up and then this square, ten square blocks or whatever broadway is, everybody's doing something creative, right? you're writing, you're singing, you're dancing, you're acting, you're playing an instrument. it's that great energy. >> seth: so songwriting and performing's a bit of a departure for you. and then also, it seems recently your acting is a bit of a departure with things like "girls" and "the good wife." you're playing sort of different characters. is that fun for you? >> yeah, i totally love it because in "girls" and in "the good wife," i was so tired of playing these warm, nurturing, kind, understanding wives, girlfriends, daughters, mothers, sisters because that's really what the roles are for women out there. they're just kind of sad. so, i said to my agent, "get me some crazy ass bitches." [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: that's great. >> so, that's what those two characters are like. >> seth: that's good. well, i say this from the bottom
of my heart, you make an excellent crazy ass bitch. >> thank you. i'm so proud of my crazy ass bitch. [ laughter ] >> seth: you also got to work with some of my old "snl" friends, bobby moynihan and taran killam, you guys shot a movie this summer in oregon. >> okay, we had the most fun time. we shot this movie called "brother-in-laws" and we just finished it, so it will be out sometime in the future. but we shot on this little lake called lake of the woods. and it was like being on vacation. it was deceptively not like work at all because first of all, they are so insanely funny and talented, but you're on this location all day. you're sitting on like lounge chairs, looking at a lake, and somebody's making you laugh. and, you know, when you're watching the video monitor, you think you're watching a movie. so, it doesn't feel like work at all. and they were just fantastic. they were amazing guys. >> seth: now, are you nice in that or are you crazy ass? >> i'm a little crazy in that. >> seth: okay, so this is your new thing. i'm glad we're keeping it going. that's going to be your hat trick of crazy ass. >> exactly, definitely. it's the trifecta. >> seth: you also produced "my big fat greek wedding," which is one of the --
[ cheers and applause ] it's the "cinderella" story of movies. you made it for no money, it made a pile of money, and now you're going to do another one. >> yep. we just signed on to do a sequel. [ cheers and applause ] oh, i'm so happy. i'm so happy. i'm really so happy. and yeah, and we have the original cast back and nia vardalos who wrote it and starred in it has, you know, a great take on the story, which i can't tell you what it is but it's really funny. >> seth: this made me really happy because i assumed greek people would love the movie "my big fat greek wedding." everybody loved it, but i assumed it would have a special place in the hearts of greek people. and nia sent you a youtube video of a woman -- this is a greek mother being told by her son that they're making a sequel to the movie. >> yeah, this was the best. are you going to show it? >> seth: and it's as if she's been waiting her whole life. we're going to show it. >> oh, it's so good. >> seth: this is such a delight. this is a woman hearing news about the sequel for "my big fat greek wedding." >> oh, i love it.
you love me. hurry up, eat and get out of here. i got to go. oh, my god, are you serious? second, second one? >> yes. >> this is going to be -- all the other movies can go to hell. [ laughter ] the greeks making movies. [ laughter ] >> seth: if she doesn't have a cameo in that movie -- track her down. >> i know. we have to get her. >> seth: she could just be dancing in the back of some scene whether there's music playing or not. >> oh, i think that's such a good idea. >> seth: yeah, absolutely. >> we definitely have to. >> seth: well, i am just as excited. well, i'm sorry, i'm a little less excited than her but i'm very excited. >> okay, good. >> seth: thank you so much for being here. >> thank you, seth! >> seth: rita wilson, everybody! check out her show at café carlyle through october 4th. we'll be right back with music from the both as well as our interview with amelia earhart. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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musical collaboration between ted leo and aimee mann. here to perform "volunteers of america." please welcome the both. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ the contract's a joke but when you see smoke you run toward the fire cause you must ♪ ♪ they all called your name when the crash finally came then left you to ♪ ♪ pick up the dust i saw you walking in silence down to the bridge but nothing went ♪ ♪ over the side so i guess to someone with your heritage withdrawal, like ♪ ♪ consent, is implied and it's true no one else will do what you do ♪ ♪ volunteers of america i'm calling you
what makes you feel you're less than ideal ♪ ♪ if you can't get over it all that walk-away clause can't be just because ♪ ♪ you're mad at the cross on the wall oh, and the last time i saw you, with ♪ ♪ that hole in your side i had to put my hand in to believe oh, but i couldn't meet ♪ ♪ those elephant eyes and you couldn't take time to grieve and it's true ♪ ♪ no one else will do what you do volunteers of america i'm calling you ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ with your thousand-yard
stare and your caretaker's hair i guess we're not ♪ ♪ sleeping again you're up there online building your shrine a go-to solution that then ♪ ♪ come tomorrow you'll tear down again so bring out your poor your washed on the shore ♪ ♪ your refuse, your teeming depressed you take them all in cause that's ♪ ♪ where you've been a person who has to say "yes" and every sunday ♪ ♪ and wednesday you pay homage to the naked and martyred and dead ♪ ♪ where every crypt tells the story the story of you where bodies aren't ♪ ♪ bodies, they're bread
and it's true no one else will do what you do ♪ ♪ volunteers of america i'm calling you no one else ♪ ♪ will do what you do volunteers of america i'm calling you ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: the both, everybody! their self-titled album is available now. for tour dates go to the-both.com. we'll be right back! [ cheers and applause ] my one word to describe ac would be laid back.
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