tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC December 9, 2015 12:37am-1:38am EST
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- jason schwartzman, from "downton abbey", actress michelle dockery, music from grammy nominee elle king, featuring the 8g band with fred armisen. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlem, seth meyers! >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how's everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] very, very happy to hear that. let's get to the news. donald trump said yesterday that the united states should block all muslims from entering the country. he says all you would have to do is remove this plaque from the statue of liberty and replace it with this. [ laughter and applause ]
that's right. donald trump said that the united states should block all muslims from entering the country. he said that, in fact, the only reason we should ever allow anyone to come here from any country is to marry him. [ laughter and applause ] no, no, no. yes. following trump's proposal last night to ban all muslims from entering the country, ted cruz tried to distance himself from trump's plan saying, "that is not my policy," adding, "unless you guys like it." [ laughter ] when asked in an interview this morning if he was bothered by his growing association with hitler and the policies of nazi germany, trump simply replied "no." [ laughter ] and when she heard this, hillary clinton simply replied, "yes!" [ laughter and applause ]
president obama reportedly met hillary clinton yesterday for a secret lunch at the white house. and then when lunch ended, hillary said, "okay, thanks for coming over." [ laughter and applause ] thank you very much. you should stop by again sometime. not all of the time, but, feel free to come by. with lots of notice. the victoria's secret fashion show aired tonight on cbs. wow. normally you'd have to watch the food network to see that many oily ribs. [ laughter and applause ] former california governor arnold schwarzenegger said yesterday he will become a part-time vegetarian to cut down his carbon footprint. if you're wondering what a part time-vegetarian is, it's someone who eats meat.
[ laughter ] [ schwarzenegger impression ] but when dessert comes, i am a full vegetarian. never have meat in my dessert! [ laughter ] killed it with the schwarzenegger. hillary clinton took time off the campaign trail to go christmas shopping in iowa yesterday. women, right? always running for president. [ laughter ] a nevada politician last week released a christmas card that featured her whole family, including her 5-year-old son, holding guns. and then santa claus announced from now on he's just going to leave the presents on the lawn. [ laughter and applause ] not gonna walk into a house in the middle of the night. weird guy with a bag. adele revealed the meaning
behind her song "hello" in a new interview. it turns out it's about not being able to get a good cell signal in the woods. [ laughter ] turns out. lions gate said today they want to make prequels to the "hunger games" movies. they're bee called, "eh, i could eat." [ laughter ] and finally, apple has unveiled a new case for the iphone 6 and iphone 6s. it costs $100 and can provide the phone with as much as 25 hours of additional battery life. which raises the total amount of battery life to 25 and a half hours. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight! [ cheers and applause ] an excellent show. he is a wonderful actor. he is going to be talking to us about his show on amazon, "mozart in the jungle." jason schwartzman joins us this evening.
[ cheers and applause ] she's joining us to talk about the final season of "downton abbey." michelle dockery is on "late night" this evening. [ cheers and applause ] looking forward to seeing if we can get some "downton" spoilers out of her. and we're very excited to have her back on the show. she has performed with us, she sat in with the 8g band, and now she is nominated for two grammys. so excited. elle king is with us -- [ cheers and applause ] this evening. so it's a great show. now, before we get to that, donald trump made headlines today for proposing a total ban on muslims entering the united states. it's just the latest in a series of bigoted comments trump has made about muslims and other ethnic groups. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: let's remember that just a day before these comments, trump's fellow gop presidential candidate, marco rubio, had this to say in response to president obama's call to reject discrimination
against muslims. >> spend a significant amount of time talking about discrimination against muslims. where is there widespread evidence that we have a problem in america with discrimination against muslims? >> seth: now most people saw that and said, "that's ridiculous." but donald trump apparently saw that and said "challenge accepted!" because on monday, he said this. >> donald j. trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states, until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on. >> seth: of course, "what the hell is going on" is also what many americans think when they see donald trump's poll numbers. [ laughter ] now -- [ cheers and applause ] now, you might be saying, trump's idea sounds like some of the draconian measures adopted in pre-world war ii germany. or maybe like f.d.r.'s internment of japanese-americans. and you'd be right.
in fact, that's how trump defended his proposal on abc this morning. >> you are increasingly being compared to hitler. does that give you any pause at all? >> no, because what i'm doing is no different than what f.d.r. -- fdr's solution for germans, italians, japanese. >> i've got to press you on that. so, you're praising f.d.r. there. i take it you're praising the setting up of internment camps for japanese? >> no, i'm not. no, i'm not. take a looking at what f.d.r. did many years ago. and he's one of the most highly respected presidents by -- i mean, respected by most people. they named highways after him. >> seth: it's true. [ laughter ] it's true. they did name a highway after f.d.r. but it's f.d.r. drive. [ laughter ] and that's not really a reward. it's more of a punishment when you consider every time someone drives on it they think f.d.r. is the [ bleep ] worst. [ laughter and applause ] not a nice thing to do to somebody. also, trump is defending his
proposal by citing a policy that the u.s. government officially apologized for and described as an act caused by racial prejudice, war hysteria, and the failure of political leadership. internment is the worst thing f.d.r. did. praising fdr for internment is like praising peyton manning for those papa john's commercials. [ laughter ] still love him in those nationwide ones, though. ♪ chicken parm you taste so good ♪ [ laughter ] to back up his proposal, trump cited some widely-debunked poll numbers from an anti-islamic organization, claiming that 25% of those polled agreed that violence against americans here in the united states is justified as part of the global jihad. but that polling has been widely discredited as nonsense. in fact, the guy behind it, frank gaffney, is an anti-muslim conspiracy theorist who is such a crack pot, he claims barack obama actually changed the logo of the u.s. missile defense agency to look like an islamic crescent. because that's what a secret muslim would do if he was
elected president. [ laughter ] hey, guys, it worked. i got elected and you're not going to believe what i did to the logo! [ laughter ] operation logo is a success! trump's comments were widely condemned by democrats and republicans alike. including marco rubio, and speaker of the house paul ryan. even dick cheney, who doesn't exactly have a spotless record when it comes to treatment of muslims in the united states, had this to say. >> i think this whole notion that somehow we can just say no more muslims, just ban a whole religion, goes against everything we stand for and believe in. >> seth: trump has pulled off the impossible. he's managed to make dick cheney look like a moderate. [ laughter ] and true story, they unveiled dick cheney's bust in the senate this week and then pushed it all the way against the wall, because no one is to the right of dick cheney. [ laughter ] when it comes to first amendment violations, trump didn't stop at freedom of religion. in a speech on monday, he also
called for unprecedented censorship of the internet. >> we're losing a lot of people because of the internet. and we have to do something. we have to go see bill gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. we have to talk to them maybe in certain areas, closing that internet up in some way. [ laughter ] >> seth: closing that internet up in some way. [ laughter ] so not only does trump want the kind of internet censorship that only exists in repressive regimes, he also doesn't even know how the internet works. "you know, you just close it up. you call bill gates, he has the big internet on/off switch. [ laughter ] it's on and then it's off. you need to send an e-mail you call him. he turns it on. once it sent he turns it off." and also, if you're going to call bill gates and ask him why i have to update adobe so many damn times. [ laughter ] it's fine. i have no complaints about my adobe. never use it as it is. but, here's the most dangerous thing about trump -- he's shifting the boundaries of
what's considerable accessible in american politics. he may be calling for a religious immigration ban now. but, remember just a few weeks ago ted cruz and jeb bush were also calling for religious tests for syrian refugees. a plan that's also discriminatory. but, now looks almost reasonable compared to trump. in fact, jeb's plan was so crazy, he couldn't even find words to explain how it would work. >> so, what's your focus on what christian families actually look like? >> you're a christian. i mean, you can prove you're a christian. >> how? >> i think you can prove it. if you can't prove it, then, you know -- [ laughter ] >> seth: you know, like, you -- you say to them, if you're a christian, finish this sentence. ♪ on the first day of christmas my true love gave to me ♪ oh, i know this one, i know this one. a parrot. [ laughter ] get out! now obviously trump's plan is more thought-out than bush's. on "morning joe" trump discussed
the specific technique custom agents would use to determine if a muslim was trying to enter america. >> they would say "are you muslim?" >> and if they said yes, they would not be allowed in the country. >> that's correct. >> seth: because that's the thing about terrorists. they're terrible liars. [ laughter ] finally, you might be wondering why did trump suddenly come out with this crazy plan to ban muslims now. what could possibly have motivated him to say something so controversial that it would demand wall-to-wall news coverage? how about this poll released monday showing trump the second in iowa behind ted cruz. trump knows exactly what he's doing. after his comments, he appeared today on three major morning shows. trump coverage is wall-to-wall on television. meanwhile, the last time other candidates like rand paul appeared on tv was as an extra on "bones." [ laughter ] it was great. trump's rhetoric is dangerous and has been for a while now. he's cynically appealing to people's fears and inciting racial resentment purely for his own political gain. you know the old saying, "those
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and please give it up for the 8g band. [ cheers and applause ] so happy to have them here. also, we're very lucky tonight. fred armisen is back on the drums. how are you? [ cheers and applause ] the 8g band leader. dear friend of mine. so happy every time fred is here, because we talked about this recently. there is so much good television on right now. some would say one of the problems is there is so much good television, it's impossible to stay caught up on everything. when i was complaining about this recently, fred says he doesn't understand why that's a problem, because he watches every episode of every television show. [ laughter ] you stand by that. you stand by that statement. >> fred: everything, yes. >> seth: okay, great. that means it's time once again for "fred armisen's extremely accurate tv recaps." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: all right. so, one of the big new shows this fall is "supergirl" on cbs. >> fred: yes. >> seth: and i just want to make sure -- i want to confirm that you saw last night's episode. but this is a show a lot of people maybe haven't had time to watch yet. so i don't want to spoil it for
people who still haven't watched it. so i think if you could just give a recap that's very specific, but also, you know, kind of vague. >> fred: first of all, did you see it? >> seth: no. >> fred: oh, it's great! it's -- the best episode. >> seth: okay, great. >> fred: okay. so, in the latest one, she's like -- all these people are sort of like shouting at her, "help us, help us." right? so, she's like, "this city is so big, i need to get a handle on everyone's faces and names. [ light laughter ] so one by one, will you please line up and just tell me who you are, what you look like. where you live -- [ laughter ] and make it fast." so it starts happening, but there are so many people. she's like, guys, this is going way too slow. move it along. you know, she kept sort of editing it. "now just names, now families, now groups of ten." and then -- so, she sits down, she's like, "i think i did this wrong." she's like, "how am i a supergirl, if i'm going to do these things wrong?" [ laughter ] and her friend, leonard, is like -- [ laughter ]
he's like, "everything's a learning process. so, that's what makes you supergirl. you're learning. you're super at learning." [ laughter ] and they sing privately. >> seth: they what? >> fred: they sing privately. like they go behind a door -- we're gonna sing a song really quick. and that's the end of the episode. >> seth: hold on. when you say they sing privately, do you, the viewing audience, see them sing? >> fred: you don't. [ laughter ] so they just kind of disappear, and i guess -- we're going to sing. so they go behind this door. >> seth: do you hear the singing through the door? >> fred: barely. just touches of it. >> seth: the whole camera on -- is the camera on the door? >> fred: on the rest of the city going like, "i think they're singing. i think it's really happening." which is kind of nice. it's just like, very heart-warming, just very sweet episode. >> seth: that's really great. can i tell you what tv guide said happened last night? >> fred: okay. >> seth: national city is struck by an earthquake. >> fred: no, no. >> seth: alex and hank are trapped in the d.e.o. with a powerful alien. >> fred: no. that's -- that's a misprint, i think. [ laughter ] >> seth: okay. thank you very much.
give it up for fred armisen. [ cheers and applause ] and his extremely accurate tv recap. now, we here at the show, believe that no matter how different two things are, they still have common ground, and to prove it, it's time once again for "venn diagrams." ♪ [ applause ] >> seth: you guys remember "venn diagrams." we take two seemingly separate groups and find out what they have in common. now many people are currently celebrating the jewish holiday, hanukkah. so one side, we have hanukkah. the other side we have a husband apologizing for an affair. and in the middle we have eight nights of presents. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] next, on one side we have things philosophers say. on the other side, we have things you say at midnight mass. and in the middle we have "why are we here?" [ laughter and applause ] can we go home now?
moving on. one side we have four candles. on the other side, we have four candles. and in the middle we have -- and it's a menorah! [ cheers and applause ] and if i may, we here at "late night" don't think hanukkah gets the attention it deserves and it's a very -- oh, my god, there it is, it's a christmas tree! [ laughter ] oh, my god, sorry hanukkah, the christmas tree showed up. we forgot about you again. [ light laughter ] so excited for christmas! next, on one side we have adele. on the other side we have your mom. and in the middle we have people who say "hello it's me." i know it's you, mom. yeah, no. i have caller i.d. i have had caller i.d. for like 15 years. [ light laughter ] moving on, on one side we have pixar movies. on the other side, we have bernie sanders. and in the middle we have "the good dinosaur." [ laughter and applause ] "the good dinosaur."
moving on, on one side we have things college football teams want. on the other side we have things snoop dogg wants. let's see what's in the middle. a good bowl. [ laughter and applause ] a good bowl. and finally, on one side we have televised musicals. on the other side, we have things you see in the men's room. and in the middle we have "the wiz." [ laughter ] that's "venn diagrams." we'll be right back with jason schwartzman. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ of the better network.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back to "late night," everybody. our first guest is a very talented actor, writer, and musician. who you know from films like "rushmore" and "the grand budapest hotel." he is a creator of the amazon show, "mozart in the jungle", which returns for its second season on december 30th. please welcome to the show, jason schwartzman. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
>> seth: how are you? >> hey. i'm great. how are you? >> seth: good. i'm so happy you're here. >> thank you for having me. i've never been here before. i'm very excited. this is out first time together. >> seth: it's our first time together. and i think we're doing great so far. >> yes, i think it's great. [ laughter ] >> seth: so "mozart in the jungle", congratulations. it's so exciting that you created a show like this. and you obviously do a great part of the writing being a creator. but this year, for the first time, you directed an episode, yes? >> yes, i got to direct one. >> seth: and have you ever directed anything else before? >> well, actually, when i was 10, i directed a movie called "one man, one reality." >> seth: okay. >> that was sort of a crazy detective drug epic. >> seth: oh, i saw it. >> you saw it? okay, yeah. [ light laughter ] it got out there. but it's been a long time since i've made anything. >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> so this is my first time ever directing anything.
and it was -- it was truly frightening. >> seth: uh-huh. >> i -- well, the first thing i did was look up famous directors and what their outfits were so that i could -- >> seth: oh, wow. >> i wanted to have my own trademark look, even though it was my first time. so, you know, i looked at different people. one guy has, you know, has a safari outfit, another guy has a suit. i wanted to really have my own thing so i got -- i ordered five pairs of dickies overalls and i even bought a handkerchief and had it like stick out of my pocket like, so i could like wipe my hands off. i don't know. [ laughter ] >> seth: so, you thought it was like being a mechanic. >> yeah, exactly. yeah, just like, i'm workin'. i'm workin'. there's nothin' fancy, i'm at work. and so, like, i did that, and then um, yeah, it was frightening though to walk out there and to see all these actors and to yell "action," that's -- that's an embarrassing thing for me, at least. it felt really like weird. i didn't want to be like "and action, everyone." so i looked up different synonyms for the word "action." and we just yelled those out, because it was too embarrassing. so i would just be like, "and enchant me!" [ laughter ]
and "surprise us." it was ridiculous. >> seth: that is way less embarrassing. >> so much more embarrassing. >> seth: it's funny thought that, like, action is so -- it's like they've been doing it forever. >> i know. >> seth: like that it hasn't changed at all. >> i know, i know. do people still say "lights, camera"? >> seth: i don't think you hear "lights, camera" as much any more. >> lights, camera, action! >> seth: but they're really holding on to action. >> yeah, they do not lose action. >> seth: yeah. they made a deal years ago. they're like, we'll give you lights and camera, but we have to keep action. >> we gotta keep it. >> seth: it's too important. >> it's trademarked. i mean, it is by all directors. but saying it was really -- but once i finally did it, like, it took me until the third day to say it. and once i did it, i felt like a big weight was off my -- off my shoulders. >> seth: now, you work with great actors on this show. >> yeah. >> seth: and i wanna show a clip from a scene -- so this is two actors. and the show is about sort of a make-believe symphony here in new york city. >> mm-hmm. mm-hmm. >> seth: and so you have -- are they conductors? is this the scene between -- >> yes, this is a scene between the outgoing conductor and the
new conductor. malcolm mcdowell is the one who's gone. and gael garcia bernal is -- "y tu mama tambien." >> seth: yes, a wonderful actor. a smokily sexy man. >> oh, my god. yeah. it's really -- you know like -- you know in the movie "goonies" when they're all like -- chunk and the other guy are looking for the other guys that are ahead of them. and they're walking through a room and all these pipes are moving and they're like, "yep, mikey's definitely been through here." that's how i feel when i walk into a room about three minutes after gael garcia bernal's walked in, because all the girls -- 'cause everyone's just like -- [ laughter ] it looks like a man just walked through and just, like -- just, like, destroyed everyone. >> seth: just slowly like pushed people over with his fingers. yeah. >> it's amazing. anyway, so this is a scene between the two of them. and in it, they've taken a drug. >> seth: okay. >> we don't know what the drug is, in fact. and we actually made it up. and it's mostly made up of gummy bears and leaves. >> seth: okay. >> but it's some kind of a drug. and this scene is a big scene for the two of them where they talk about a lot of things that we don't normally get to talk about in the show.
and as you know as a writer, like, trying to get to talk about death, life, music, all these things in one scene, it was near impossible. so we came up with this idea to just put the actors in this tent and we wrote down different topics on these big cue cards. did not show them to them. put them in the tent, three cameras aimed at them and we just did one long 45-minute take. >> seth: wow. >> and we just would hold up different cards and the actors would look at 'em and then talk about the things that were on them. so it would just say like, "love." or, "like," when did you, you know, "how do you think you'll die?" and things like that. and the actors just reacted. and it was amazing for me as a first time director to just watch these two people just take this concept and make it -- >> seth: and were they happy about this choice or were they like, "hey, why didn't you guys write a script?" [ laughter ] >> they -- they seemed happy with it. >> seth: we have a clip. >> now that you say it, it's never too late to ask. >> seth: let's take a look. >> can we start? >> yeah. >> no baton. eight seconds. >> no baton, because i don't need one.
i can use my finger! huh? >> good. ♪ >> nightmare. >> look into my eyes. look into their eyes. >> good. >> and don't blink. >> at what point did you become an adult? >> when i was born. ♪ >> i would like you to teach me some really filthy words in spanish. like go [ bleep ] yourself or go [ bleep ] your mother or something like that. >> oh, my mother, she was really nice. [ laughter ] >> seth: it turned out. it turned out very well. >> yeah, it was really cool. [ applause ] >> seth: so, you also recently appeared in the bill murray netflix special, "a very murray christmas." >> yes, yes. >> seth: and you obviously worked with bill murray many times in wes anderson films. is it crazy to like know bill murray? >> yeah. i mean, i think that how i would answer that question is how anyone in this room would react if i said "what's it like to know bill murray?" i just think it's like one of
the greatest things that i've ever gotten to do in my life. and i'm such a fan of his. like, even recently when we were working, he introduced me to someone. he's like, josephine, this is jason. jason this -- and i was thinking, "oh, my god, he remembered my name." [ laughter ] it was amazing. like so cool. i mean, i love him and he's just like -- he's a mysterious man. and -- but every time he comes into your life, he changes it in some way. >> seth: you -- so you shot that special in just three days, yes? >> yes, just three days. >> seth: and it's a lot of music, it's a lot of musical performances. paul schaeffer was sort of the band leader and you got to -- you got to play drums in front of paul. >> yep. >> seth: was that exciting? >> yeah, it was amazing. i got to play drums with phoenix, paul shaffer, and david johansen of the new york dolls all together. and it was really frightening, because i play some drums and two of the things that i'm really not good at with drumming -- i mean, i'm not like amazing. the two things that i really struggle with are like shuffle time and when sometimes you'll see drummers holding a percussion instrument in one
hand and playing -- i really suck at that. and i was -- when i was sent the demo for it was like a sleigh bell and drumming and i was like "oh, my god, it's gonna be terrible." and they were like, "no, it'll be fine." i get there and they give me this sleigh bell which is really heavy. and i was trying to play with them. and it was very bad. and paul shaffer was like, yeah, it's just -- it's just, uh -- let's just try it again. let's just keep rehearsing it. [ laughter ] and we like kept rehearsing it and it just was getting worse and worse and worse. and i was getting tired -- >> seth: right. >> holding that thing. >> seth: now you feel for horses. 'cause they have to carry those things around all day. >> it's so hard for horses. people don't think about that. think about that next time you ride a horse. [ light laughter ] anyways, so i got to play finally, they -- david johansen said "i'll take the sleigh bells." he did me a solid and i got to play with them. but it was amazing to play with a real, like, old-school band leader. >> seth: yeah. it's true. >> and i've -- you know, you play and you look up and every time -- he's just got you in a way that i can't describe. but he's looking at everyone,
making sure they know where they are in the song. and he gives like the old fashioned cue, like, the old ending cue and he was really like -- i can't describe it, but it was like a safety net. musical safety net. and it was like a dream for me. i never thought i'd get to play with paul shaffer. >> seth: that's fantastic. >> so cool, yeah. >> seth: now, we do not have sleigh bells, so we were wondering if you would play us out into the commercial on the drums. would you be cool with doing that? >> yeah. [ cheers and applause ] i'll do it. is that all right with fred? >> fred: yeah. >> is that all right? >> fred: yeah. >> it's all right? >> fred: yeah. >> seth: fred, are you okay with that? >> hey, thank you for having me. was this all right? was it okay? >> seth: this was great. you did a great job. >> i'll be right back. i'll just go over there. >> seth: jason schwartzman, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] the second season of "mozart in the jungle" will be available on amazon on december 30th. we'll be right back with michelle dockery. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ the beam family has a long history
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indeed, she could clearly run the kingdom, should she be called upon to do so. >> well, i hope you mean that. >> i do. and i'm more interested than ever to see who, in the future, does come up to your exacting standards. >> maybe no one. i'd rather be alone than with the wrong man. >> seth: please welcome to the show, michelle dockery. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome! >> hi. >> seth: i'm so happy to have you here. >> thank you. >> seth: i will admit i'm a little sad that "downton abbey" is coming to a close. >> me too. >> seth: six years. six wonderful years. >> six long years and it feels like a very long goodbye. >> seth: yes. >> we keep saying goodbye -- >> seth: because the show airs, what, six months in advance in the u.k. >> yes. >> seth: so you've done this
goodbye tour sort of there already. >> yes, so, we finished in august. so -- yeah. and now we're here and we're promoting the show that's about -- it's about to air here. and it just never seems to end. which is great. >> seth: and the show is very popular in the u.k. even maybe a little bit more popular here in the u.s. >> yeah, i think people are a bit more bonkers about the show. >> seth: yeah, we do bonkers very well in this country. >> yeah. >> seth: that's what -- we pretty much invented bonkers. [ laughter ] >> a different -- the show is more -- i guess more exotic here than it is at home. you know, some people at home kind of do that thing where they're like, "oh, what show are you in? that 'downton abbey'? oh, i've never heard of it." and you think, "yes you have." [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah, you've heard of it. >> yeah. >> seth: don't be a jerk about this. >> yeah. >> seth: is it true -- i read somewhere you created a fake character to address american fans who came up and asked -- >> well, that's not true, actually. i never do that where i pretend i'm not, you know-- >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> if people say are you lady mary, i'm never that cruel to say -- pretend to be someone
else. but i did create this character when i was bored, you know, with a friend of mine at some point. called brittney, who, she looks just like lady mary crawley. and she's a fan, so she's probably waiting outside here. waiting to come out. it's sort of an in joke, really. >> seth: okay, gotcha. so this is an intense lady mary fan that looks like lady mary. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> seth: that's like a dream right there. >> and she travels the world. >> seth: that's interesting you say that thing about telling people -- like, you can't pretend not to be yourself. but i remember once, very early on in my time at "snl", someone came up to me at a bar and said, "hey, anybody ever tell you you look like that guy on 'snl'?" and i said, "i am that guy on 'snl'." and he said, "[ bleep ] you" and just walked away. [ laughter ] i was like, "how did this turn against me?" >> that happens all of the time. >> seth: yeah. people think, like, you look like that person and you're like "no." they're like -- >> i was in a restaurant last week, and shirley bassey was there.
>> seth: oh, wow. >> and i thought i can't leave without at least saying i'm so privileged to be, you know, standing in this restaurant, you know, under the same roof. so, i went over and i said, "such a privilege to meet you." and, you know, i'm such a fan and everything. and she was like, "thank you! you look just like that lady mary from 'downton abbey'." [ laughter ] and well, i am. and i don't think she believed me. [ laughter ] >> seth: like that weird lady -- now, speaking of restaurants, i heard that you -- like sometimes people don't -- it must be jarring to see lady mary not in period clothes. >> yeah. >> seth: like when you're dressed in modern clothes, people must be thrown. >> people get upset. they don't like it. we were at the waverly, here in new york, a few years ago. me and laura carmichael, who plays edith. and it was bill hader, and leslie mann and we met them outside and i think it was leslie mann and she was like, "i just can't deal with this. you're wearing a leather jacket. black jacket and jeans." [ laughter ]
and i was like, "well, you know, this is how we dress. it would be weird if we turned up on horseback." [ laughter ] >> seth: a reservation for two, the cast of "downton abbey." >> i'e arrived. >> seth: like bill hader wasn't dressed like stephan. he's allowed to dress in his street clothes. >> exactly. >> seth: are you surprised by who watches the show over the years, like what sort of demographics of the people that are fans? >> yeah, especially -- often cab drivers in london. so, like, burly, big cab drivers. i get in the back of the cab, and they're like, "oh i know you, you're from that 'downton abbey'. my wife watches it, and i watch it occasionally." >> seth: i like that even in a cab they're like, "it's like it's not me. it's her. it's on. i catch it that way." >> yeah, he's denying it. but cried over matthew's death and everything. >> seth: well, it's interesting now you mentioned matthew's death. because i would assume people try to get spoilers out of you all of the time for what happens on the show. because, let's be honest, people on "downton abbey" be dying. >> yes. yeah, yeah. >> seth: people die on that show a lot. congratulations on making it,
again. i don't know. >> i was one of the lucky ones. >> seth: right. >> but i think i thought i spoiled it for you -- >> seth: you did. you spoiled it. and i wasn't even looking for a spoiler. we met at a golden globes event and i'm saying i like this actor. >> dan stevens. i was like, "i hate him." >> seth: you were like, "he left the show." and i said, "oh, does that mean" -- and you went, "he dead." [ laughter ] >> it's true. >> seth: it was. >> it's true. >> seth: and it was like not like a gray area, like -- but you don't know. it wasn't like a john snow thing. oh, yeah, he full dead. >> yeah, and i'd had a couple of drinks. normally i would have been more discreet. >> seth: you got escorted out, because they were like, "you have to stop telling people who is dead on 'downton abbey'. [ light laughter ] you're ruining this party." speaking of people trying to get spoilers out of you, is it true -- you worked with julianne moore. >> i have, yeah. >> seth: was she someone who tried to get spoilers from you? >> she was obsessed. so, the only thing she ever wanted to talk to me about was "downton." she we'd come on set and she'd be like --
[ whispering ] "i heard a rumor that dan stevens is leaving." you know, she'd be obsessive. that's all we would ever talk about. >> seth: which is an interesting thing. did she want the full spoiler? because that's the interesting thing. i feel like people want a spoiler right up into the moment -- >> they do and they don't. >> seth: yeah, once you get it, it spoils everything. >> and i felt like that about "mad men" and other shows i love. you want to know and you don't. >> seth: it's like crack cocaine, i want it, i want it. like that was a mistake. i shouldn't have done that. now i feel like my next week is ruined. >> exactly, yeah. >> seth: i should have just waited. [ laughter ] thank you so much for being on the show. congratulations on a successful year. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: michelle dockery, everybody. the sixth season of "downton abbey" premieres on january 3rd on "masterpiece" on pbs. we'll be right back with music from elle king. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: my next guest debuted her now two-time grammy-nominated platinum number one single, "ex's and oh's", right here on "late night." now back to perform her new song "under the influence", please welcome elle king. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ just another morning with shaky hands pounding head i guess i did it again try to leave but i can't stand ♪ ♪ start to think that i'm better off dead i'm sick of this condition your kiss is my addiction ♪ ♪ i can tell you cast a spell that knows no moderation it's dangerous the things we do ♪
♪ under the influence i got no defense it might be criminal but still i just can't quit ♪ ♪ under the influence i'll take the consequence well if it's poisonous let it take my last breath ♪ ♪ under the influence temptation creepin' up on me gets under my skin won't let me be haunt my days ♪ ♪ and haunt my sleep viciously unrelenting i'll lay down again i'll give in again ♪ ♪ and i'll feel good again begging for another beautiful sin it's dangerous the things we do ♪ ♪ under the influence i got no defense it might be criminal but
still i just can't quit ♪ ♪ under the influence i'll take the consequence well if it's poisonous let it take my last breath ♪ ♪ under the influence the walls are closing in it's inevitable that i can't seem to live without the ♪ ♪ destruction of your love under the influence i'll take the consequence well if it's poisonous ♪ ♪ let it take my last breath under the influence i got no defense it might be criminal ♪ ♪ but still i just can't
quit under the influence i'll take the consequence well if it's poisonous ♪ ♪ let it take my last breath under the influence under the influence under the influence ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: elle king, everyone. the debut album, "love stuff" is out now. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ]