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♪ >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center in the heart of new york city, it's "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon." tonight, join jimmy and his guests -- charlize theron. tom brokaw. musical guest, death cab for cutie.
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and featuring the legendary roots crew. >> questlove: 260, northern indiana. >> steve: and now, here he is, jimmy fallon! ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: hey! good to see you. that's what i'm talking about. welcome, welcome, welcome. thank you for being here. welcome to "the tonight show" everybody. you're here. you made it. you're at "the tonight show." [ cheers and applause ] it's happening. this is it! thank you for being here. welcome. i want to start by saying happy
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belated mother's day to all the moms out there. [ cheers and applause ] thank you moms. i saw a lot of people were posting old photos of themselves as a kid with their moms. because what better gift to give your mother than a photo of how she used to look, before you completely wore her down. [ laughter ] so nice. thoughtful. you used to smile? yeah, i did. [ laughter ] and this is nice. in celebration of mother's day yesterday, president obama called three moms who had written him letters. yeah, then kids who made their mom a macaroni necklace were like, "thanks, obama." [ laughter ] actually, president obama surprised some moms who had written him letters with a a phone call from the oval office. pretty cool. it was really nice for everybody, take a look at this. >> hi, stephanie? >> yes? >> hi, this is barack obama. >> no way. >> okay, give me a test. ask me about anything. >> well, as a lame duck
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president without control of congress, how do you expect to gain meaningful traction on immigration reform, pacific trade, or iranian nonproliferation. [ dial tone ] ♪ [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> jimmy: you're cutting out, you're cutting out. i'm going through a tunnel. i'm going through a tunnel. >> steve: what? you're in a white house. >> jimmy: no, no, no. air force one, i'm sorry. [ laughter ] also, this weekend, the republican presidential hopefuls got together in south carolina for something called the freedom summit. and donald trump kind of stole the show, as he does. in fact, he said, "i'd be the greatest job as president ever." and if you don't believe him you can watch his television show where he fires people for fun. [ laughter ] [ applause ] ah, he's great. carly fiorina was also at the freedom summit. and she said, "unlike hillary clinton, i am not afraid to answer questions
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about my track record or beliefs." then someone asked about her track record and beliefs and she was like, "well, we're talking about hillary right now." [ laughter ] so let's stick to one thing, yeah. and then, i wish i was making this up but i'm not, according to a new report, since he's been governor, chris christie has spent $82,000 at a a concession stand at metlife stadium. [ laughter ] now, i know it seems like the perfect story for a a chris christie joke but i'm actually on a diet. i'm on a chris christie joke diet. so nothing for me, thanks. >> tariq: all right, well, you mind if i tell one? [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: if you must. >> tariq: okay, i heard asked when wegman's employees asked chris christie if he wanted paper or plastic he said, "mouth." [ rim shot ] >> kamal: can i tell one? >> jimmy: sure, if you do that type of stuff.
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>> kamal: when a website asks if you want to enable cookies, chris christie always clicks, "hell yes!" [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> mark: wait, wait, wait. i got one. i got one. i got one. >> jimmy: okay, mark. >> mark: how many chris christies does it take to screw in a lightbulb? >> jimmy: i don't know. >> mark: that defends on how many chicken fingers are in the lightbulb. [ laughter ] [ rim shot ] >> tariq: see how much fun this is, jimmy? now don't you want to tell one? i mean, it's a lot of fun and we'd all love to hear it. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: no. no! no more, guys. no. no more. and you didn't even do any good ones. i mean if you're going to do one, just say, christie spent $82,000 at a concession stand at metlife stadium. then he turned to his friends and said, "you guys want anything?" [ laughter ] that's a joke. [ applause ] i can't believe it! i can't believe i caved in. i can't believe i gave in!
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i feel awful. i feel awful. i feel awful. by the way, "i falafel" is what chris christie orders when he's at the halal guy down the street. "i falafel." ♪ [ applause ] he orders in roman numerals. >> steve: yeah, roman numerals. he wants one falafel. he says, "i falafel." >> jimmy: yeah, "i falalfel" that's correct. >> steve: "v falalfel." >> jimmy: did you guys see this? during his appearance on fox business, rapper ja rule said that he is voting for hillary clinton. people on fox business thought that was ludacris. [ laughter ] ♪ >> hey, oh! hey ho, ho, ho. luda! >> jimmy: they actually thought it was ludacris the whole time. while most of the country is
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finally enjoying some warm weather, a snowstorm hit colorado over the weekend. denver got 5 inches of snow. or as stoners put it, "whoa, how long was i asleep for?" [ laughter ] "is it christmas yet? i hope santa got me that new board. ah, it's the same old board. maybe he cleaned it. no he didn't. hey, maybe i traveled all the way to the present." [ laughter ] "back to the present." that's the new screenplay i'm working on. >> steve: "back to the present?" >> jimmy: "back to the present." i'm going to send it to steven spielberg himself. >> steve: oh really? marty! [ laughter ] >> jimmy: oh, this is sweet right here. i heard about a teenager in indiana who took his 93-year-old great- grandmother to prom. [ audience aws ] the prom went well, although it got weird when she left with someone else. [ laughter ] "don't wait up!" no.
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>> jimmy: and finally, this weekend, when president obama spoke on the importance of community college, when he gave the commencement address at lake area tech in south dakota. the president only gets to do these types of speeches once a a year, and i think it's clear he was a little rusty. >> and there are few community colleges that are as important as lake area take -- tech. but they're also a great place for people who have already been in the work force in a a while. you have lived through some of the toughest economic times in you country's history and still you chose to came here -- come here and invest in yourself. >> jimmy: the students were like, "yeesh, what community college did he go to?" [ laughter ] we have a great show. give it up for the roots, everybody! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: guys, it's monday. we're so happy to be back here.
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happy monday! happy monday, roots. good to see you. higg bones, nice to see you. guys, we're happy to be back. we've got a big week of shows coming up. from "pitch perfect 2" anna kendrick and rebel wilson will be joining us! [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: oh, come on! >> jimmy: then, later this week, bill o'reilly and queen latifah will be stopping by! [ cheers and applause ] and we have great performances. big fun performances this week. snoop dogg will be here with a a new track. >> steve: oh! [ cheers and applause ] also, the tony-nominated cast of "something rotten," will be here. >> steve: ooh. broadway smash. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: nominated for like a a thousand tony's. and you know him as the lead singer of the band fun, nate ruess will be here. [ cheers and applause ] oh, it's going to be good. but, first, she is the coolest, an oscar winning actress who anchors one of the most anticipated new movies of the summer, "mad max: fury road," this thing is insane. charlize theron is here, ladies and gentlemen!
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[ cheers and applause ] ooh la la. charlize and i will catch up about her "mad max" reboot and then we're going to slip into something more comfortable. [ light laughter ] it's going to be fun. stick around for that. plus, this guy is fantastic! he's an award-winning journalist here at nbc, a a best-selling author. this is his new memoir here, "a lucky life interrupted," tom brokaw is dropping by! [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: he's the man! >> jimmy: he's one of the most interesting people. i love tom brokaw. and we have music from death cab for cutie! [ cheers and applause ] hey guys, it's time for "tonight show" kid letters. here we go. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ now we get letters from kids all over the world. they send us ideas, jokes,
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suggestions for the show. they're always great. and i wanted to share some with you right now. these are real letters from real kids. we did not make this up. our first letter comes from montana. she is eight years old. it says, "dear jimmy fallon, my brother and i watch some of your videos. we think they were pretty awesome. we think you are really funny and maybe a little smart." [ laughter ] >> steve: a little, a little smart. >> jimmy: i'll take it though. thank you montana! thank you very much. funny, maybe a little smart. [ laughter ] >> steve: maybe, i'm not sure. >> jimmy: she's like backing out of the room. this next one here is from our pal finn. finn is nine-years-old. he says, "hey jimmy, my name is finn, i am nine years old and i live in redondo beach, california. i saw the kids writing letters to you and i wanted to share jokes with you and the audience. here are some. yesterday i noticed my math book was sad. guess why. it had a lot of problems." [ laughter ] there you go.
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[ applause ] >> steve: i like that one. >> jimmy: "what do alligators cook with? a crock pot." ♪ [ laughter ] "what do you call an alligator that steals? a crook-adile." ♪ [ laughter ] "how do alligators call others? they crocka-dial." ♪ [ laughter ] "p.s. yes, i do have a lot of alligator jokes." [ laughter ] [ applause ] specializes in alligator humor. >> steve: we need gator jokes. get finn. >> jimmy: you got to call finn. this next one comes from charlie and jed. they're seven and four. they put, "i live in australia. i love your show. my favorite part is the games and songs." "i think steve higgins should try vegemite, because he doesn't really do anything." [ laughter ] >> steve: hey, these kids are
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smart. these kids know what's what. >> jimmy: they want you to try vegemite. >> steve: because i don't do anything. i eat, obviously, i eat. >> jimmy: no, no, there not saying that. we have some vegemite around. >> steve: i got some right here. >> jimmy: jed and charlie have spoken. now, have you had vegemite before? >> steve: no, i never have had vegemite. >> jimmy: okay, it's pretty -- >> steve: oh, no i have a piece of bread. >> jimmy: it's salty i believe. >> steve: no, it's yeasty. >> jimmy: is that right? >> steve: it says, yeast extract, vegemite. >> jimmy: eat it! [ light laughter ] [ laughter ] >> jimmy: wait a second. hey, are you a spokesperson for vegemite? >> steve: he just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich, so. all right, ready? i'm going to spread this on this bread. this is real vegemite. all right, sorry, here we go. >> steve: going to throw a a shrimp on the barbie. >> jimmy: yeah.
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>> steve: vegemite. >> jimmy: here we go. yeah! [ applause ] >> steve: oh, so good. >> jimmy: i saw that! i saw that! >> steve: what? >> jimmy: i think your tooth fell out. [ laughter ] >> how is my gingivitis? >> jimmy: no, it's bad. [ laughter ] you should go see a dentist immediately. what did it taste like? what's it taste like, man? >> steve: oh god. >> jimmy: it was not what you expect? >> steve: i think it's not for the american palate. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: you think it's just for australia. >> steve: well, i think it's like, you know, apparently french people think root beer tastes weird. because they've never tasted it before. this is like, i'm sure it is delicious in australia. >> jimmy: let me try a little. [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: i'm going to give you the thinnest amount. >> jimmy: it looks great. [ laughter ] it looks like something you want to eat. >> steve: it looks like nutella gone bad. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: oh yeah, yeah. >> steve: smells like beer. [ laughter ]
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[ applause ] >> steve: it's not for the american palate. >> jimmy: it's okay. i mean, it's like waves. it comes in waves. not bad. >> steve: this is so good, any body in australia, i love it. >> jimmy: not bad, it's almost like a -- [ laughter ] stop. you don't know what you're doing the commercial for at this point. it's like bouillon or something. like beef bouillon. >> steve: it tastes like beef bouillon that fell on a a brewer's floor. [ laughter ] it is a yeast extract. >> jimmy: well, i feel better already. you feel good? >> steve: yeah, i feel like -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah. >> steve: i might just bake a a loaf of bread. >> jimmy: there you go buddy. good man. >> steve: oh, god. >> jimmy: let's see, the last letter here. it comes to us from phoebe. she writes. "dear jimmy, you make my mom
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and dad laugh all the time. and me. we live in green bay, wisconsin. i was born in 20707. my brother was a fat baby." [ laughter ] [ applause ] went off the rails a little bit. >> steve: yeah, a little bit. >> jimmy: went off the rails. it happens. from the future. brother is fat. fat baby. >> steve: fat baby, that kid was fat. >> jimmy: "p.s., i dare you to dance with someone you don't know. all right do it now!" [ cheers and applause ] thank you. what's your name? >> julie. >> jimmy: julie? >> julie. >> jimmy: julie. oh, julie. welcome, nice to meet you. is this your boyfriend? >> no that's my husband. >> jimmy: husband. hey, what's up, dude? [ laughter ] mind with i dance with your wife? >> absolutely not. >> jimmy: to a little roots? ♪
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>> jimmy: hey, pretty good. this is fun. hitting it off. you're awesome. thank you to all the kids who sent in letters and drawings. if you wanna see yours on the show, e-mail them to kidletters@tonightshow.com. we'll be back with charlize theron, everybody! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ so gorgeous huh? not as gorgeous as you. wow, you seem nervous. you're not gambling again are you david? i love you. gasp! shut up!
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: we are joined right now by an academy award-winning actress who stars in the giant new reboot of the "mad max" franchise. it's called "mad max: fury road," and it opens everywhere this friday. please welcome back to the show the gorgeous, the talented, charlize theron, everybody. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome to the show. so, you're a much better dancer
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than i am. that was really me dancing. >> that was awesome. >> jimmy: that was good, right? yeah. >> that was awesome. >> jimmy: that was a deep cut. right? >> nobody's done that so far. that's killer. >> jimmy: little tina turner for you. >> yeah. >> jimmy: absolutely, yeah. you're a good dancer. >> i am? >> jimmy: you really are. yeah. >> stop flirting. >> jimmy: i'm not flirting. [ laughter ] i'm just saying, when we walked out and i was like. i'm -- yeah. >> i am a terrible dancer. sometimes when i dance, my boyfriend goes "how does she do it?" man it's not a good thing. >> jimmy: that's not true. come on. please. we just read kid letters just now, and your kid is backstage. >> we're having a good -- yeah. >> jimmy: how old is here? >> he's -- he turned three in january. >> jimmy: man, he's a cute baby walking around our hallways. >> he is. >> jimmy: they're just saying he's really cute. >> he's the cutest kid in the whole wide world. >> jimmy: he really is, yeah. i didn't want to get into it, because last time we were here, we talked about him, he was really into his "frozen" dolls. >> yes. [ whisper ] >> jimmy: no. >> "frozen." boy oh, boy. >> jimmy: princess dolls, right? >> he calls them his girls. [ laughter ] he goes, mom, where is my -- where are my girls? today -- today was like
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packing, and i heard him. you know when they start role-playing and their imagination goes crazy. and they're just making up stories or in the bath and they're just like, you know, in their own world, just unbelievable. and i literally just heard like, blah, blah, blah, and then i just heard "karen, handle it!" [ laughter ] >> jimmy: oh, my gosh. it sounds like something straight out of like, a a lifetime movie. >> it was amazing. >> jimmy: karen, handle it! >> handle it! [ laughter ] >> jimmy: karen, handle it. is that, your little boy, that's how he plays. >> yeah, it was some -- one of the girls were just -- >> jimmy: but does he play with any other -- have you gotten him like ironman or any of those dolls? >> i did. i did, yes, yes. he has -- he likes all of it. the girls have a special place. he, he -- i think what it is and i notice this with other little boys too. the boy toys are just, they're so one dimensional. you know, like i got him an ironman and he was really into it. and then on day three he was like, well where is his
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wardrobe? [ laughter ] like, what else can -- what else can he wear? >> jimmy: what else can they do with this thing? >> he doesn't say anything. i might have got him a cheap ironman. i'm sure -- >> jimmy: no, no. he doesn't have hair. >> he didn't have enough stuff. >> jimmy: well, if he doesn't like the ironman dolls he's not going to like you as a doll. in "fury road," this is you. look at you. this is you in "mad max." oh my gosh, no hair. the same wardrobe, the whole thing. but gosh, you are so bad ass in this movie. i got to say this movie is so great. here's my experience with the movie. it's like you walk in and go, "hi, one ticket to see 'mad max: fury road' please?" uh, right this way. and you walk in and someone grabs your shirt and goes -- you're not going to watch this movie! you like it now?! and two hours and they throw you out and you go, what just happened? [ laughter ] it's exactly what you wanted. it's the most intense movie i've ever seen in my life. i swear, that's what it sounds like.
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then you go, oh, my gosh. it's a post-apocalyptic world. people driving, there's dust everywhere. >> it's intense, yeah. >> jimmy: people strapped to the front of cars. there's a guy one point just shredding electric guitar. >> with fire coming out of it. >> jimmy: with fire bursting out of the thing. it's just like. wow, what a crazy mind. >> it is like a fever dream. >> jimmy: it really is -- >> it's a crazy fever dream, yeah. >> jimmy: it's intense. and this is on imax as well, i'm assuming. that would be the jam. it's giant. man, oh man, it just doesn't stop. >> it is, it's quite relentless. >> jimmy: oh, my gosh. i loved it. i thought it was great. >> i don't think anybody's ever explained it as well as you though. that was phenomenal. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: but you know what i'm talking about? >> karen, handle it! >> jimmy: yeah, handle it, karen! that's the only line. [ laughter ] [ applause ] i couldn't handle it. [ laughter ] i couldn't handle it, karen, i'm sorry. man, oh man. but this is a reboot of the original mad max.
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>> yeah, i guess it's like a a re-imagination. it's a stand alone movie, though. so you don't have to -- >> jimmy: know the other movie. >> yeah. i mean, i think if you like them, you'll see the homage elements to it. but there's no -- i feel like you can go and watch this -- the new generation, these kids. >> jimmy: yeah. >> you know. >> jimmy: because i saw it, and i've never seen the original either. i watched this one, i was like -- oh, i was right in immediately, and just -- just alone, the giantness and -- where did you film this? >> we filmed in, most of it in namibia, which is just above south africa. it's on the west coast in africa. >> jimmy: and all the car crashes in this, i heard, were like, really done and not cgi. >> the whole film is pretty much practical. we used very, very little cgi. a lot of shots are enhanced, but if you see a stunt in the movie, the stunt actually happened and really took place. and that's quite -- quite rare these days. because they think you can really smell all the cgi all over movies and george was just -- hence we were there for 70 years. >> jimmy: did you meet mel gibson? >> i didn't meet him.
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he showed up at the premier, and i didn't get to see, i saw -- >> jimmy: he was the original "mad max." >> he was the original "mad max." >> jimmy: australian. >> very. >> jimmy: have you ever had vegemite? [ laughter ] oh, my gosh, it's so good. >> yes. >> jimmy: you are going to flip out. this is a tribute to you, mel. this a little tribute from charlize to you. have you ever had vegemite? >> yeah, i'm gonna be disappointing because we have a a very similar thing in south africa. >> jimmy: yeah, marmite. >> we have marmite. and then we also have bovril, which is very similar, and i kind of -- >> jimmy: bovril? >> like it. >> jimmy: bovril? >> bovril, it's like the beef version. this is the vegetable version. >> jimmy: yeah, i just wanted this in beef flavor. that's what i wanted. [ laughter ] all right, here's a little bit. >> i love it. >> jimmy: you do? >> i'm not gonna, my face won't dance like yours. >> jimmy: it won't. we'll see. >> it's good. >> jimmy: like bovril? >> the bread is crap. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: that's an american-made slice of bread. >> forget it. >> jimmy: get a grip, karen! can't you handle it?! [ laughter and applause ]
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>> jimmy: i will of -- i want to show everyone a clip of this. this is seriously high octane. it is filmed chaos, this film. "mad max: fury road." here's charlize theron. in theaters this friday. check it out. ♪ [ grunting ] ♪ [ grunting ] [ cheers and applause ]
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>> jimmy: it doesn't stop. it's fantastic. i'm exhausted just watching it. it's worth it. it is worth the ride. yeah. now -- this has been a great interview so far. but i thought that during the break, maybe we can slip into something a little more comfortable. how does that sound? [ laughter ] >> i thought you've never ask. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: yeah. i'm going to choose what charlize is going to wear from our wardrobe closet and charlize is going to choose what i should wear from our wardrobe closet, and we'll see what happens. more with charlize theron after the break. stick around, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ they are the natural borns enemy of the way things are. yes, ideas are scary, and messy
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, everybody. during the break, charlize theron and i went backstage to our wardrobe department. she picked this outfit for me to change into. [ laughter ] i guess she thought this would be more comfortable for me -- to wear this. [ laughter ] so i did the same for her. i picked out a new outfit for her to wear. she's has it on right now, backstage. so let me introduce her one more time. ladies and gentlemen, charlize theron! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: thank you so much for coming on. oh, my gosh. this is fantastic. [ laughter ]
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nice. [ laughter ] welcome. i like your little top hat. uh -- yeah, a little surprised when i found this in my dressing room. this is what you -- you chose for me. you thought this would make me feel more uh -- comfortable? [ light laughter ] >> i thought it'd make your shoulders smaller. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i don't know who this person is. i can't get a grip. am i a -- i hate to say this. am i a man or a woman? [ laughter ] i have no idea. maybe that's the fun. that's the fun. that you don't know when you invite me over. >> you are a woman. >> jimmy: i am? >> yeah. i'm a woman, yeah. >> your name is rosetta
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mcclintock. can i ask a question? are her -- rosetta's shoes. [ laughter ] they can see -- they have dice -- [ applause ] they have dice in the heel. does rosetta have -- does she have a gambling problem? she has a gambling problem. she likes -- this [ bleep ] hair. [ cheers and applause ] sorry. she likes morango. >> jimmy: your hair is very potty mouth. very bad mouth. >> she likes m0rango. she likes morango. i do wanna say, i do -- it's a a full-length pantsuit. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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can we talk about your character for a little bit? >> yes. >> jimmy: your character, i think she's -- she's played with prince for a while. and your character's name is bonanza. yeah, it's just a fun -- it's like a bonanza when you get around her, yeah. now bonanza as -- as rosetta, i would like to ask you -- by the way, is rosetta's voice -- i know she's a woman, higher than mine? just perfect. there you go. thank you so much. since you did play the bass for prince for a while on some off tours, would you mind playing a a little riff tonight? mark, over at the roots, can you lend -- can we come over there? just maybe try it on, just give us your good bass riff and we'll make a song. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> oh, my gosh! look how fly it is! am i going over there? >> jimmy: yeah, i'll walk with you. how did you pull it off? ♪
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[ cheers and applause ] >> oh, god, my -- >> jimmy: can you hear this? can you just hear this right here? listen. just -- snake eyes. >> oh, my god! >> jimmy: all right, ready? so now that -- >> i just took his face off. >> jimmy: bonanza, whenever you're ready just give us a a bass riff and the roots will make a song around it. and you'll get dancin'. ♪ that's what i'm talking about, right there. my thanks to charlize theron! [ cheers and applause ] bonanza! we'll be right back with tom brokaw, ladies and gentlemen! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ i moved back in with my parents.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: our next guest is an emmy and peabody award-winning journalist, and a bestselling author.
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his new memoir, called "a lucky life interrupted," is in stores tomorrow. please welcome, the one and only, tom brokaw, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: that's what i'm talking about right there. tom brokaw, ladies and gentlemen. tom, i -- >> i got to tell you if i had a a chance to hang with charlize theron, i think i'd get a better wardrobe person. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: it wasn't exactly what we were planning on doing. welcome to "the tonight show." >> thank you. >> jimmy: first time with us on "the tonight show." >> well, you know, i was on the old show and i must say, i watch and know how well you're doing. but the big test for me is goldy nichols who's been our household assistant for 35 years, says to me, "mr. brokaw, you've to get on jimmy fallon. that's where the action is. >> jimmy: yeah, see, that's
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what i'm talking about. [ cheers ] see -- they know it. that's where the action is. >> right, exactly. >> jimmy: i have a photo -- here's a photo of you. not to embarrass you, but we're going to talk about you for six minutes. if you don't mind. look at this. you received -- this is the highest civilian award right here. this is the presidential medal of freedom. >> yes. it was very -- [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: congratulations. >> it was very touching. my children, my grandchildren were there. we were exchanging looks. what i was terrified about is that some of my old college pals and high school pals would storm the room and say "wait a a minute." >> jimmy: you made a big mistake. >> yeah, right. no, but i was very touched. >> jimmy: were you always -- were you always just hitting it out of the box? were you always just hitting homers? were you ever a screw up? did tom brokaw -- was he ever bad tommy brokaw or little tommy brokaw? >> old tommy brokaw uh -- was not as innocent as he appeared from time to time. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah. >> actually, things went very well. i went through high -- i came
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out of high school as a whiz kid. and then i completely went off the rails for a couple of years. i thought beer was food as a a matter of fact. [ laughter ] then for two years, i went to university of iowa, back to south dakota, dropped out of school even, for a while. and uh -- can't say i was having the greatest time in the world, but i -- there were certainly no rules that i was paying any attention to until a woman that i had known since we were 15, who was kind of all everything in south dakota. by then she was ms. south dakota. she was the most beautiful and accomplished woman in our little circle. wrote me the nastiest possible letter you can imagine saying, "don't show up any more. i don't want to hear from you anymore. no one can understand what's going on in your life." and it was a big turnaround for me. i thought, you know, if meredith can see that, and we were just friends at that point. and so i turned myself around. she came to me and said, "you know, i was out of line. i went too far." and i said no, i had it coming and nine months later we got married. [ cheers and applause ] so, that was unbelievable. >> jimmy: no way, that's fantastic! i love that story.
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you did -- you certainly did turn around. you know we love you here. and uh, this book, "a lucky life interrupted," you had a a pretty scary couple years. pretty -- >> i did. i've never had anything go wrong in my life. everything has gone -- my friends would always say brokaw's lucky star just follows him around. you know, married the woman i loved more than anybody else in the world 52 years ago. we have three fabulous girls and grandchildren. and then, bang -- [ cheers and applause ] i had a back ache. i was bicycling across south america, and i was in africa doing things. and i was fishing in montana. i couldn't get rid of this back ache. and the orthopedist said, "well, it's your lifestyle. you're getting older." and a very smart doctor from my old clinic said, "i think i'm gonna run some blood tests." and i was called into an office, and a man looked at all the numbers and he turned to me and said, "you have a a malignancy. it's called multiple myeloma. it's a cancer. and it was a very tough time. very tough time. but i made it. >> jimmy: how does the family
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deal with it? >> the family was fantastic. and why i wrote this book to help other families, because somebody in your family gets cancer, and then everybody gets cancer. because they're all involved in the treatment, making sure you're taking the right pills. your life changes profoundly. and you've got to keep the sense of humor going, and you've gotta keep the relationships going. and i couldn't have asked for a a stronger, better, more informed family. our eldest daughter is a a doctor. and i tell families now, get somebody you who's a doctor or who has medical expertise, put them off to the side, and they become your interpreter, your ombudsman, they help you through all that. and that was very, very important to me. and i -- and i'm now in remission. i still have some bone damage. [ cheers and applause ] thank you. yeah, because it affects bones as well, and i had spinal damage and they had to repair that. and they didn't tell me until i came out of it. they said, "you were 5'11" going in. you're now 5'9." i lost 2 inches in height.
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>> jimmy: you're much shorter. yeah, yeah. significant. well, i got to say -- you have to pick up the book, because the stories you tell in here and the advice you give is fantastic advice. and as you can see, it has a a happy ending. we're happy you're here, buddy. thank you for writing it. >> thank you very much. >> jimmy: you're a good man. tom brokaw. "a lucky life interrupted" is in stores tomorrow. we'll be right back with more "tonight show", everybody. stick around. come on back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: our next guests are in the midst of a big u.s. tour and they're here tonight to perform the song "the ghosts of beverly drive" from their new album "kintsugi." please welcome, death cab for cutie! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ if only you'd have known me before the accident for with that grand collision
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came a grave consequence ♪ ♪ receptors overloaded they burst and disconnect 'til there was little feeling please work with what is ♪ ♪ left ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ oh i need not be flattered that you've never been here before so there's no need to mention that ♪ ♪ you've no firsts anymore but if you let me be your skyline i'll let you be the wave that reduces me to ♪ ♪ rubble that looked safe
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from far away i don't know why i don't know why i return to the scenes of ♪ ♪ these crimes where the hedgerows slowly wind through the ghosts of beverly drive i don't know why i ♪ ♪ don't know why i don't know what i expect to find where all the news is second hand and everything ♪ ♪ just goes on ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ you wanna teach but not be taught i wanna sell but not be bought so let us not be ♪ ♪ lonesome so let us not be lonesome lost in between our needs and wants ♪ ♪ i don't know why i don't know why ♪ ♪ i return to the scenes of these crimes where the hedgerows slowly wind through the ghosts ♪ ♪ of beverly drive i don't know why i don't know why i don't know what ♪ ♪ i expect to find where all the news is second hand and everything just ♪ ♪ goes on as planned i don't know why i don't know why i don't know why ♪
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♪ i don't know why i don't know why i don't know why i don't know why ♪ ♪ i don't know why ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you for that. i appreciate it. >> jimmy: death cab for cutie! catch them at madison square garden this fall! we'll be right back, ladies and gentlemen! >> thank you very much. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: my thanks to charlize theron, tom brokaw, death cab for cutie once again! [ cheers and applause ] see them at madison square guard than fall. and the roots right there, ladies and gentlemen. [ cheers and applause ] stay tuned for "late night with seth meyers." thanks for watching, have a a great night and i hope to see you tomorrow. bye-bye everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪

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