tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC January 20, 2016 12:37am-1:38am EST
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- james spader. from "you, me, and the apocalypse," actress jenna fischer. comedian gad elmaleh. featuring the 8g band with josh freese. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers! ♪ >> seth: good evening, everybody. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that is good to hear. let's get to the news. donald trump said in a new interview that he has a very good relationship with god. said trump, "i have a great, great relationship with all my employees." [ laughter ] sarah palin appeared in iowa
today to endorse donald trump for president. though i think she just likes him because trump sounds like a name she would give one of her kids. [ laughter ] bristol, willow, track, trump. [ laughter ] track. [ laughter ] according to a recent poll, hillary clinton has a better chance than bernie sanders at beating donald trump. while martin o'malley still has a good chance at beating traffic. [ laughter ] like, leave now. i'd leave now. [ cheers and applause ] director spike lee is boycotting this year's oscar ceremony due to their lack of diversity, and called the awards show "lily white." replied the academy, "oh, my god, we forgot to nominate lily white!" [ laughter ] the tragic story of a white lady who's got too much money. can't decide whether or not she's going to take the promotion. [ laughter ] so spike lee is boycotting the oscars because they're lily white. is it really that bad? let's look at the acting nominees. okay, yeah. [ laughter ] that's pretty white.
also, what is that reminding me of? oh, yep, that's what it is. it's a paint strip. [ laughter ] you know what i'm thinking? doing my guest bathroom in leo. [ light laughter ] happy birthday to dolly parton, who turns 70 today. i'm sorry, that should be -- yeah, yeah. but that should be 70, 24, 36. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] a researcher at cambridge university said that for spiderman to be able to scale buildings in real life, he would need size 114 feet to get enough traction to climb up walls. then the researcher looked up, and his tinder date was gone. [ laughter ] "it's not really about surface area, as much as -- the size of the foot. [ laughter ] people focus on the suction, but it's not that." amazon has begun revealing
details about its upcoming drone delivery program, such as drones adapted specifically to the climate of the city they're in. for example, a chicago drone will be equipped to handle cold weather. the seattle drone will be waterproof, and the detroit drone will be on fire. [ laughter ] [ applause ] a snowstorm last week caused west virginia university to use a campus police officer as a replacement singer during the national anthem at a basketball game. what amazing luck for west virginia campus police officer andrea bocelli. [ laughter ] and finally, a u.s. company is coming under criticism for selling small balls of perfumed herbs that women can put in their vaginas to cleanse the womb. said a spokesman for the company, "ma'am, that's a garlic knot." [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight!
[ cheers and applause ] we are so happy to have back with us -- he's the star of nbc's "the black list." james spader is with us on "late night" this evening. [ cheers and applause ] she is a fantastic actress, and one of the stars of the new nbc series, "you, me and the apocalypse." jenna fischer joins us tonight. [ cheers and applause ] and he is a very funny man. he has a one-man show at joe's pub here at nyc, "oh, my gad." gad elmaleh is with us this evening. [ cheers and applause ] a very, very funny man. now, i'm from new hampshire. a lot of candidates right now, obviously, are going to new hampshire, and my mom is very excited. she sent me this clip yesterday from the newspaper. this is from the "wall street journal." and basically, john kasich was in new hampshire, and he was in a drug abuse prevention center. and he basically -- some kids were talking about the importance of, you know, stopping drug abuse, and he said, "i think you ought to add a couple people to the board,
famous people from new hampshire." and then after a bit of time, he had this quote. "by the way, i figured out who you should ask to be on the board." he said, "seth meyers, he's on television. maybe you could ask him to be an honorary board member." so nice to read. john kasich was on the show. lovely that he remembered i was from new hampshire. that excitement did not last long. it lasted until the next sentence, because, "mr. kasich turned the affirmation of 17-year-old molly brown, one of the teenagers who just completed their presentation. she had never heard of mr. meyers --" [ laughter ] "-- the late night tv show host who lived in new hampshire during his middle school and high school years." why do you have to put that in the article? [ laughter ] why does that have to be there? and molly brown, why you gotta do me like that? [ laughter ] it's not texas! it's not california. [ cheers and applause ] there aren't a ton of people in new hampshire who have their own tv shows. but at least kasich had my back, because he then said, "you don't know who he is? he's a big tv star."
which definitely sounds like a quote that would only come from my mom. so anyway, any press is good press, even when people don't know who you are. speaking of this presidential election, the democratic presidential candidates held a crucial debate on sunday night, and many thought that debate was won not by the long-time front runner hillary clinton, but by bernie sanders, who has closed the gap with hillary in the polls and made the race a dead heat in iowa and new hampshire. with more on how we got here, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: for months, hillary had a wide lead over sanders, and to many, the democratic primary seemed like a one-horse race. then this happened. >> new poll numbers just released within the last hour show bernie sanders pulling ahead of hillary clinton in iowa. >> hillary clinton facing a whole new campaign, folks. >> younger voters really are thronging to bernie sanders over hillary clinton. >> clinton's lead is evaporating and anxious democrats see 2008 all over again.
>> seth: that's right. it's 2008 all over again. a young, handsome, charismatic challenger has entered the race and he's losing by 40 points to waldorf from the muppets. [ laughter ] okay, so there are some differences with what happened in 2008. but the polling is clear. democrats love bernie sanders. and it's resulted in a democratic primary campaign that no one could have anticipated just a few weeks ago. if you think hillary is worried about the polls, you are wrong. >> well the funny thing, allison, is after that poll came out, about an hour later there was a [ applause ] poll where i was leading him by the same margins, about six points up. i don't pay any attention to this. >> seth: you can't say i don't pay attention to polls right after citing a poll. [ laughter ] that's like saying, "i'm not a gambler, but taking new england minus 3 and a half plus the over is a fantastic parlay." [ light laughter ] now it should be noted that iowa and new hampshire are naturally strong states for bernie. once the race gets to the south and midwest, things get a lot tougher for him.
but so far, the bernie surge is very real. and voters are now starting to take seriously the possibility he could win the nomination. but here's the huge part of the story. the media completely missed it. they ignored bernie sanders for months, and as a result, hillary got a lopsided amount of coverage. >> bernie sanders received just ten minutes out of 857 minutes of campaign coverage in 2015. >> seth: bernie got ten minutes! ten! that's it. and five of those minutes came when he tried to sell his stamp collection on a recent episode of "pawn stars." [ laughter ] "what do you mean they're worthless? you're ripping me off! just like wall street is ripping off the middle class!" so without the press coverage, what explains the massive surge and support for bernie? well for one thing, he is vastly outperforming hillary among young voters. they see him as authentic, someone who cares about the plight of the working middle classes. now, there are a lot of reasons for that, including his years in the senate fighting for reclusive causes. but just as important, the way he travels.
>> passengers are sneaking selfies with presidential candidate bernie sanders in the background, riding in coach as he campaigns across the country. he is seen climbing over passengers. some passengers saying they flew with him on southwest airlines flights, and even waiting at the gate with other passengers, watching movies. >> seth: now, was he watching his own movies or was he watching other people's movies over their shoulder? because that sounds like how bernie would watch movies on the cheap. "i don't pay for movies. i just grab free peeks." [ laughter ] look at him crammed into the middle seat in coach. [ laughter ] bernie sanders is so frugal that if he's elected president he might travel on bus force one. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] perhaps -- perhaps the most shocking factor in all of this is bernie's popularity with very young people. among voters under the age of 24, a whopping 68% back sanders, while only 26% support hillary. so why are young people drawn to
bernie? perhaps an explanation lies in the answer rapper killer mike gave earlier this week. >> how does a rapper end up supporting senator sanders? >> smoking a joint and reading his tweets. [ laughter ] >> seth: smoke a joint, read the tweets. [ applause ] not much more confusing than that. but there still has to be more to why young people are feeling the bern. usually young people are drawn to youth, which explains why billy joel still doesn't have a kid's choice award. [ laughter ] but every so often, an old person transcends their age and enters what we call the betty white zone. what's the betty white zone? it's a place reserved for the elderly, who are so cool, they make young people believe it will actually be fun to get older. [ laughter ] and bernie sanders is currently in the betty white zone. barack obama promised hope. but bernie promises hope in a different way. kids watch him and say, "man, i hope i'm that cool when i'm 74! i'm going to have one suit and
yell about everything!" [ laughter ] meanwhile, hillary remains in the hillary clinton zone, a fine place to be. the hillary clinton zone is a place for established politicians who still lead their challengers in national polls. the biggest mistake hillary could make is trying to enter the betty white zone. because when she tries to be cool, it does not work. [ applause ] ♪ >> seth: hillary just enters the white zone, which is -- [ laughter ] very different. [ cheers and applause ] this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with more "late night!" [ cheers and applause ] ♪ melda. i'm john. hello, nice to meet you. we invited you here today to get your honest opinion about this new car. to keep things unbiased, we removed all the badging and logos.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. please, give it up for the 8g band. so wonderful to have you guys here. [ cheers and applause ] also back with us tonight, and all week long, he's one of the most recorded drummers in the history of music. josh freese is with us, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] josh has played with hundreds of incredible artists, such as katy perry and michael buble and been a member of such iconic bands like the vandals, guns n' roses, to name just a few. thank you so much for being here with us this week, josh. >> all right! [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: now, this is very exciting. it is a very exciting time in the world of chemistry.
recently, scientists have discovered four new elements, and they have been added to the periodic table. this is a big deal. the confirmation of the elements came after years of work from scientists. the new elements are ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium. they were created by shooting beams of ions at metal and then measuring the radiation and other nuclides produced as they decay into isotopes. the elements themselves only last for a fraction of a second. but i realize that me talking about this is super boring. that's why there is a group going around to schools here in new york city to teach kids about the new elements in a fun and exciting way. we are very lucky to have them here tonight. give it up for the four elements! [ cheers and applause ] >> hi, everybody! >> yeah! >> woo! >> woo! >> woo! >> are you ready to learn? >> yeah! >> hey, dj, hit it! ♪
♪ there are four new elements memorize them if you're able ♪ ♪ that's four new spaces at your periodic table ♪ ♪ i'm ununtrium the element 113 if you'd like to know my symbol it's uut ♪ ♪ school is in session so pull up a seat the periodic table's seventh row ♪ ♪ is now complete >> seth: see, this is very nice. and it's such a great way for kids to learn. i love this. ♪ ♪ i'm ununoctium for learning it's never too late memorize my number ♪ ♪ it's 118 i'm uuo but i don't mean to gloat but if you hatin' on me son i'll ♪ ♪ punch you dead in the throat ♪ [ laughter ] >> seth: well that, doesn't seem right for kids at all. ♪ i'm ununpentium the violent one i'm straight up unstable how many elements ♪ ♪ you know come with a warning label
i'll stab you bitch might not get out alive ♪ ♪ the last thing you'll ever see is 115 ♪ >> seth: okay. well, that guy was worse. that was worse -- ♪ i also got fetishes it's easy to see i'm the element that wants to watch uup ♪ [ laughter ] >> seth: okay. we should stop. somebody should tell the dj we should stop now. ♪ i'm ununseptium i'm the sexy one now you come to me if you want some fun ♪ ♪ for fat thighs big breasts no love just sex better big that latex ♪ ♪ who the best uus bad ass bitch if you know what i mean ♪ ♪ how many different ways do i like to [ bleep ] 117 ♪ [ laughter and applause ] >> we have been chem.w.a. chemists with attitude! [ drops mic ] [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i'd like to apologize on behalf of nbc. we'll be right back with james spader. ♪
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>> seth: welcome back, everybody. our first guest tonight is a three-time emmy award-winning actor who you know from such shows as "the office" and "boston legal." he currently stars as ex government agent raymond reddington on the hugely popular series "the black list" which airs thursday nights at 9:00 right here on nbc. let's take a look. >> now, given the publicity surrounding the assistance i render to special agent elizabeth hene during her recent stint as a fugitive, i understand where one's suspicion may come from. but it is unfounded. and before this dinner is over, i will not only prove that i have not betrayed us, i will identify the person who has. >> save your breath reddington. your grave's already been dug. >> i'm sorry, but "been dug --" is that correct? that doesn't sound correct. >> i think it's digged. it is dug. >> i'm pretty sure digged is the archaic past tense. i suppose they're both grammatically correct. sounds funny either way. i'm sorry. you were saying. >> seth: please welcome back to
the show, james spader. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: so lovely to have you back! >> thank you. >> seth: and it's always -- this must be nice for you. the show has already been picked up for a fourth season. congratulations. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: and when you're telling a character's story like yours, is it nice knowing so far in advance, that we're going to have this much more time to tell it? >> in some ways. i mean, that's one of the things about a television show that makes it interesting to make, but also makes it -- it has to be so fluid and flexible, because you don't know what the life span of your show is going to be. and if it's serialized in any way, which our show is, you
don't know how circuitous your route has to be to get you to your end point. >> seth: right. >> which is very different. cable shows tend to be or to a great degree sort of have -- >> seth: shorter seasons. >> a map that they can sort work out. and ours is not like that. so who knows? if we're all of a sudden canned, we'll have to quickly sprint to the end. >> seth: right. just take out guns and start blazing. >> yes. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. now, you worked with the playwright david mamet on a play and i heard you say this quote -- he worked in television and he said that when you make a movie, it's like running a marathon. when you make a television show, it's like running until you die. [ light laughter ] is that something that you found to be true? because obviously you've done a lot of film work, as well as some tv work. >> yeah, david has a great sense for the dramatic. [ light laughter ] but it's a little like that -- i mean, you know what it's really more like is -- remember in elementary school or junior high, when the teacher
would sort of -- when i was going -- was that age, it was sort of a progressive period in education. and the teacher would often break the class into groups, work groups. and give you a project. for the week, you know? and they always -- she always -- she or he always made a very real attempt to sort of take the misfits in the class and spread them out amongst the groups. >> seth: right. don't put like all misfits in one group. >> like don't put all the misfits together. every once in a while, just by some strange happenstance, the misfits might all land in the same group for one project. >> seth: sure. >> okay? well, a television show, or at least an hour-long drama, is as if you're back in elementary school, and all the misfits have landed in the same group, and you're working on that same project until you die. [ laughter ] >> seth: okay. that sounds lovely. >> yeah.
>> seth: now, you -- you've obviously done -- you were on "the office." you were on "boston legal." and this -- you said the broadest fan appeal you've ever had. >> i mean, by a staggering amount. i don't mean in terms of numbers. i really mean i -- i just -- you know, for instance, "boston legal," a show i did years ago, had a very sort of clear demographic. i mean, there's always exceptions to the rule. but on this show -- and the same with "the office", by the way. it also had a very different demographic, but a very sort of clear demographic. and, again, there are exceptions to that rule, as well. this one is -- just seems to be the exception. there doesn't seem to be a rule for it. i really -- i have people who -- and i -- you know, i live in new york, and so i -- i'm out on the streets a lot, and i travel a fair amount. and it is staggering the cross
section and diversity of people who come up and are fans of the show. i mean, by leaps and bounds, more than anything i've ever worked on, including any film i've ever done. it -- all ages -- shockingly young. >> seth: like too young -- they probably shouldn't be watching the show? [ laughter ] >> like way too young to be watching the show. too old to be watching the show. [ laughter ] i mean really shockingly old, as well. every economic strata. every cultural group. from the guy with no teeth who is selling pot in washington square park -- [ light laughter ] >> seth: to the guy who has two sets of teeth. >> yeah, right. you know, enormously successful, you know, people. professionals, male, female. >> seth: i want to speak real quick about one super fan of your show who is snl's leslie jones. [ laughter ] now, snl leslie jones is such a
fan that she just came down from snl the last time you were here, without permission, walked into your dressing room -- >> yes. [ laughter ] >> seth: and took this photo. and then she was on the show as a guest. >> yesterday. >> seth: and i would just like to show -- not yesterday. but this is from last time she was on in a clip to prove exactly how she feels about you. >> okay. >> james, if you're watching right now. [ laughter ] i think that my obsession for you might be a little unhealthy. [ laughter ] but i love you. i love everything about you. [ laughter ] you are a kooky little white man, and oh my god. [ laughter ] >> seth: now -- [ cheers and applause ] >> so crazy. >> seth: she's crazy. now, you would think that level of fandom would maybe push you away but then she tweeted the other day, "i can literally die now." this is on set. she's on "the black list" set. >> you know, she was on our show. >> seth: she did an episode. >> she did. >> seth: so she behaved in a way that you should have gotten a restraining order. [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: but instead, you -- >> i wasn't aware of all of this!
someone should have made me aware of this. >> seth: someone should have made you aware. but now -- >> no, i'm telling you. and this -- can i tell you something? this is like 7:00 a.m., okay? [ laughter ] >> seth: and i know leslie. she's never been happy at 7:00 a.m. once. >> leslie at 7:00 am. neither am i! neither am i. i'm miserable at seven. >> seth: so we can look forward to leslie jones making a cameo on "black list." >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: all right, great. that's very exciting. and it's always so exciting to have you back. congratulations on the show. [ cheers and applause ] give it up for james spader. "the black list" is on thursday nights at 9:00 here on nbc. we'll be right back with jenna fischer. ♪ every day you read headlines about businesses being hacked and intellectual property being stolen. that is cyber-crime and it affects each and every one of us. microsoft created the digital crimes unit to fight cyber-crime. we use the microsoft cloud to visualize information so we can track down the criminals. when it comes to the cloud, trust and security are paramount.
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>> seth: welcome back to "late night," everybody. you know our next guest from her nine-season run as pam on "the office." [ cheers ] her new series, "you, me and the apocalypse" premiers thursday, january 28th on nbc. let's take a look. ♪ >> hurry up, and don't make a sound! [ squeak ] [ barking ] oh, crap. >> what is it, boy? [ barking ] [ squeak ] >> leave them rabbits alone! [ barking ] >> oh, oh, hello, puppy. it's okay! it's okay! [ squeak ] oh, my god! how many toys does this dog have! [ barking ]e oh, my god. oh, no, oh, no! good doggie! >> seth: please welcome to the show, jenna fischer! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
>> seth: how are you? >> i'm so good! >> seth: it's so great to see you! >> it's so good to see you too. this is so surreal for me, because, well, i love you. >> seth: thank you. >> and i've known you for a long time. and when i first got on "the office," you were on "snl." >> seth: yes. >> and whenever we get to go to those kind of like nbc parties. >> seth: there were nbc parties, yeah. >> nbc parties. i would always try to, like, meet the "snl" people, because i'm a huge "saturday night live" fan. and so -- which i think makes sense. >> seth: yes. >> because if you're at a party and there's a "saturday night live" actor or writer in the room you should talk to them because they're clearly gonna be the funniest people in the room. that's who i want to have a conversation with. >> seth: excellent theory. [ laughter ] >> and you were always so nice to me. >> seth: that's great. >> whenever i would come and like be a huge fan. >> seth: i changed. >> oh you're -- [ laughter ] >> seth: i need you to know. >> oh, you're not -- you're super mean now. >> steve: that was like a decade ago, and i'm super mean. >> oh, shoot. >> seth: and i wish you hadn't brought up those parties, because that person is dead to me. [ laughter ] >> oh, no. >> seth: no. it's so great to see you. and that was -- it's very nice for me, as well, because those parties you would go to, and not a lot of tv shows are around for a long time. so every year you would go to an nbc party and you would meet a
lot of people on new shows and then those shows would be gone the next year. >> i know. >> seth: so it was a nice run for "the office" because i feel like for seven years like we overlapped. >> i was able to stalk you. yeah. >> seth: yeah. we got see each other. >> for a full seven years. yeah. >> seth: right. and now you're back on nbc, and this is such a cool show. i watched the first episode, which i thought was great. explain the premise to people because i would say it is a premise that is not common to network television. >> yes. you definitely haven't seen -- it's wacky. it's a totally wacky show. it's so fun. okay so it starts -- >> seth: it's nice that a show about the apocalypse is wacky and fun. [ light laughter ] >> it's super wacky. okay. so it starts with a group of people stuck in a bunker underground and the world has just ended. >> seth: yeah. >> then you flash back 30 days and you see how all the people wind up there. >> seth: perfect. >> seemingly coincidentally, but there's some mystery and intrigue. so i play a librarian who is falsely, falsely imprisoned. [ laughter ] >> seth: thank you for making that clear. >> for hacking into the nsa's computer system. but i'm covering for a loved one. so i'm in a maximum security prison. megan mullally, who's on the show, she plays a rightfully imprisoned woman.
[ laughter ] >> seth: yes. a terrible person. >> a career criminal. >> seth: yeah. >> and then rob lowe, who's also on the show, plays this foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, drinking priest at the vatican. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> it's so good. >> seth: it's all the classic casting you've come to expect. >> right. you've heard it before. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. so -- so what happens is, news of the end of the world comes, there is a prison break. megan and i travel across the country, we team up, kind of "thelma and louise" style -- >> seth: very nice. >> -- as outlaws to get back to our family before the world ends. >> seth: it's fantastic. >> it's crazy. >> seth: it's a great -- the first episode is a wonderful setup. because unlike, i feel like a lot of comedies, you're like, "oh, there's a real story here." and i'm very much looking forward to seeing more of it. and we can tell from the clip you're doing some stunts. i will say, pam from "the office," very few stunts. >> no. [ laughter ] no. >> seth: how is stunt life treating you? >> it was so cool. i spent like ten years at the same desk in the same office on the same sound stage in van nuys, california. >> seth: right. like when you go in to like, "i'm gonna be an actor."
>> right. >> seth: you actually managed to get a regular person job. >> i did. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> i completely did. >> seth: yeah. >> so i thought my next job, i need to get out in the world. i want to see the world, i wanna do things. and i did. we shot this series in london. >> seth: mh-hmm. we went to south africa for part of it. they shot it in malta. we did stunts. there were car chases. i loot a store. i take someone hostage. i would -- there were days when megan and i would look at each other, and we would say, "i think this is what tom cruise feels like." [ laughter ] when he goes to work. >> seth: you were living the tom cruise life. >> we're tom cruise. >> jimmy: and you know tom cruise's new movie is just him in an office. [ laughter ] >> that's so full circle. >> seth: it's so full. it's called "accounting" and it does not look good. >> it doesn't? >> seth: no. >> it's not. oh, shoot. >> seth: you mentioned south africa. i have seen these. these are fantastic. >> yeah. >> seth: but you -- there was some culture shock, based on signs. explain real quick. >> yes. when i was in south africa, i was so taken with the funny signs. so i kept taking photos and i
sent them -- would send them home to my husband. and i call this series, "signs of south africa." >> seth: "signs of south africa." >> okay. >> seth: the first is from an airport. do you want to explain it first and i'll show it? >> yeah. okay. so i landed in cape town, south africa, i'm looking for the restroom. you know, they have the signs, it's like bathroom straight ahead, customs to the left. one of the items on the sign says firearms/weapons. >> seth: there you go. >> that's a real airport sign. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. there's the toilet. there is your firearms/weapons, and there's the exit. >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: and i will note that i would have thought exit would have been the opposite way of firearms/weapons. same way. >> i was like, am i dropping off my weapons, am i picking them up? >> seth: right. >> what do i do? i thought it was crazy. >> seth: i think this is my favorite one. >> yeah. >> seth: so what was -- explain. i'm going to show this one first and you explain it. >> okay. >> seth: so, this says "please close door after use due to baboons." >> yes. [ laughter ] yeah. okay. so there are real wild animals in south africa. >> seth: sure. okay. >> mostly baboons that will wander into the rest room after you. so this was a public rest room
warning you to shut the door. so that you don't get a baboon in the bathroom. >> seth: i feel terrible. i feel like these baboons are trying to prove they've evolved to the point they can use a human restroom and they're like, "what? we gotta go in the woods?" >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: all right. so this is a very similar sign. >> yeah. >> seth: this basically like beware -- >> children at play. >> seth: children -- >> we have these signs, sort of. >> seth: yeah. children at play. if you're driving, like, "look out, children at play." >> yeah. but we were in kind of a rural area. >> seth: uh-huh. >> and we saw this sign. >> seth: fantastic. "slow --" get in close -- "free range children." >> free range. [ laughter ] cage-free. cage-free, no antibiotics. >> seth: that's true. >> yeah. >> seth: because i gotta be honest. i can't eat a kid unless i know -- >> it's free range. >> seth: it's free range. yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: i just feel like, i don't feel like a good person. [ applause ] fantastic. >> yeah. >> seth: thank you so much for the photos of south africa. >> yeah. >> seth: that's an incredible photo series. >> that's all i took pictures of. i should have taken -- >> seth: and your children were with you. and you didn't take a single picture of them.
>> that's right. that's right. >> seth: they're like, "mommy, take a picture of us in africa." you're like, "not now, only signs." >> wait till you see these signs. yeah. >> seth: thank you so much for being here. >> thank you. >> seth: lovely to see you again. >> yes, thanks. >> seth: congrats on the show. jenna fischer, everybody! "you, me and the apocalypse" premieres january 28th at 8:00 p.m. on nbc. we'll be right back with gad elmaleh. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ lemme get a mcpick 2 introducing a hot new deal at mcdonald's that starts with you. now, get 2 delicious tastes for just $2 dollars. the mcpick 2 menu. mix and match new melty mozzarella sticks with a juicy mcdouble. or golden fries with a classic mcchicken. only $2 bucks for any two. hurry in and choose your faves for just $2 dollars. it's the tastiest deal yet. just ask for it.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back to "late night," everybody. i'm very excited about our next guest. he's a hugely popular french comedian and actor who is premiering his new one-man show, "oh, my gad" at joe's pub at the public theatre on thursday night. please welcome to the show, the very funny, gad elmaleh. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
>> seth: gad, how are you? >> i'm so excited. this is my first appearance on american television tonight. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i'm so honored. i'm so honored. >> it's incredible. really. >> seth: i saw your show at joe's pub. it's fantastic. watching you do standup in not your native tongue was amazing. and yet i was nervous when you came out, because i wanted to make sure i said gad elmaleh right. did i pronounce it right? >> almost. but it's okay. it's okay. americans, they don't get my name. >> seth: okay. >> you know what, i was at the airport a few days ago, and a lady was greeting everyone by name, reading their boarding passes. she was like, "nice travel, mr. spencer, nice travel, mrs. robinson." she took my boarding pass. she was like -- "and you're all set." [ laughter ] >> seth: didn't even try. she didn't try. >> she didn't even try. >> seth: well, i did try. >> so you just say gad, gad. >> seth: yeah, gad is good.
>> oh "gad is good," that's a good one. >> seth: i wanted to show off, because -- my mom -- my mom is a french teacher, madame meyers, a middle school french teacher, and i do not speak french. so at the very least, i wanted to prove i could say your name. >> so your mom is a french teacher and you don't speak french. >> i took -- i studied it a little bit, but it didn't stick. >> this is the most american thing i have ever heard in my life. [ laughter ] my mom is not an english teacher, and i -- she doesn't even speak french, and i speak english. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, no. look, i get it, you're rubbing it in, and you're right. >> you know, you should learn. >> seth: do you want to teach me a french phrase? would that be helpful? >> oh, sure. >> seth: something i could bring back to her? >> do you want me to teach him a french phrase? [ cheers and applause ] all right. bonsoir -- >> seth: bonsoir. >> je m'appelle seth meyers. >> seth: je m'appelle seth meyers. >> no, with the french accent. set meyer. >> seth: je m'appelle set meyers. [ laughter ] >> his name is not sexy at all in french, right? >> seth: no. yeah. >> seth meyers is something.
"set meyer" is like a little guy, you know. [ laughter ] okay. je m'appelle set meyer. >> seth: je m'appelle set meyers. >> et le seul film que j'ai vu. >> seth: et le seul film je te vu. [ laughter ] >> no, i didn't say that at all. >> seth: i wanted to put a little seth meyers on it. >> i said "my name is seth meyers." >> seth: okay. >> "the only movie i've seen --" >> seth: okay. [ speaking in french ] >> sur le france. >> seth: sur le france. >> about france, talking about france. s'est -- >> seth: s'est. >> is -- "ratatouille." >> seth: "ratatouille," yeah. ratatouille. >> parce que -- >> seth: parce que. >> je suis american. >> seth: je suis american. [ laughter ] >> seth: so the only movie i've seen about french people is "ratatouille." >> yeah, exactly. >> seth: that's amazing. and all the rats cook. [ laughter ] >> yeah. croque monsieurs. you know what, when you come -- i mean, you come to paris, this is what you see in the streets. you know, rats cooking croque monsieur. [ laughter ] >> seth: i've got to go. >> all the time, you know? >> seth: i've got to make the trip.
now, i -- i want -- >> i can't believe your mother is a french teacher. >> seth: she's not proud of me. [ laughter ] >> my mom came to see my show. you know what? i have to say hello to my mom, even though i'm not a young artist. i still -- you know, it's my first show. my mom flew from france, all the way from france, to see my show in new york city. and was really, really happy. i didn't do a great show. [ laughter ] she's a crazy jewish mother. >> seth: okay. >> she came up to me after the show. i said, you know, "i feel bad. i didn't like my show." i felt like, oh, the english. and -- she said, "that's what you felt on stage. but in the audience, it was worse." [ laughter ] she's crazy. >> seth: she was bragging. i'm sure she was bragging about you when you were on stage. she just wanted to be honest with you. >> but she doesn't speak english. so she doesn't know what's funny in english. >> seth: i want to -- i think it's important.
i feel like our audience might not understand. you are hugely successful. you are hugely famous, not just in france, all over europe, all over the world. and yet you decided to come here -- >> except america. >> seth: except america. >> the world -- >> seth: yes. and you came here, and for the first time i saw you just a few shows in for the first time you were performing your act in english. why after all that success did you give yourself a challenge like this? >> to be honest, it's because it's so exciting, you know? i'm not saying i have everything in france, i'm very grateful and i want to say hi to my french fans. they are watching us right now. it's 6:00 a.m. over there. they have no idea who we are, but -- >> seth: no. [ laughter ] that's okay. >> this is what's happening for the americans who are watching who have no idea who i am. [ laughter ] >> seth: there we go. we're trading. a little tradeoff. [ cheers and applause ] >> so, you know, to be honest with you, you know, being able to start over, you know? i feel when i go on stage in america in english, i feel exactly like i felt 20 years ago
when i started the standup. and every performance, they can tell you, you know, when you're excited, when this is something new, when you're starting over, this is the best thing you can experience. that's why i'm happy today. because when i started my first show, it's not only, you know -- in english. it's something i experienced new. i would say it's like if a woman falls in love with you, and she doesn't know you're famous or you have money. >> seth: oh, wow. that is hard to believe that would happen. that would never happen. >> that would never happen. [ laughter ] >> seth: because i bring it up right away. [ laughter ] it's the first thing i bring up. yeah. you have to. >> no. it's -- you know. >> seth: now i do want to talk about it. >> challenge. i'm challenging myself. >> seth: and not just on stage. because is this also true that you are -- you're in the states. are you dating? are you dating and how is dating different for you here? >> you know -- yeah, we talked about it, i remember. i don't understand. french people, we don't understand the dating concept, you know.
because american girls, they want to know what's going to happen. we don't know. we improvise. we don't know. so, you know, i've learned a lot of things from you guys. thank you. [ laughter ] just learned this girl who texted me "netflix and chill." >> seth: okay. you didn't know that? [ laughter ] >> i responded, what about nbc and massage? [ laughter ] >> seth: nobody wants nbc and massage, no. >> no, no. >> seth: that is not -- that is not good. >> i learned also friends with benefits. >> seth: okay. >> didn't know this one. >> seth: yes. >> so i mean -- in america when two -- girl and a guy, they are friends and they have sex. >> seth: yep. >> in france we call them friends. [ laughter ] >> seth: it's just implied. in france it's implied. >> you know, you don't go -- it's logical. [ laughter ] oh, no, this one. okay. for a frenchman, this is the most hilarious concept i've ever heard. date night. >> seth: okay.
>> you're married, right? >> seth: i'm married. >> you go on a date night? >> seth: we have date nights, sure. we have date night. [ laughter ] what's wrong with date night? >> that's the most -- all right. date night is basically when americans -- couples -- married -- the guy goes on a date with his wife, right? >> seth: yes. >> all right. what's the best-case scenario? i mean, what can happen? even if it goes really well. is he going to marry her again? i don't get it. [ laughter ] no, i mean, i'm serious. it's like hitting the jackpot in a casino. you own the casino. [ laughter ] it's stupid. we do this in france, but with someone else's wife. [ laughter ] >> seth: i see. that makes a lot more sense. >> yeah! [ applause ] >> seth: that makes a lot more sense. now, the first time i saw you -- i was introduced to you -- was on "comedians in cars getting coffee" jerry seinfeld's wonderful show where he has comedians on. and you knew jerry because you were the voice of jerry's character in the french "bee movie." >> "bee movie," exactly. >> seth: so you dubbed it. so he came -- you met jerry in
paris the first time, and did you show jerry around paris? what do you do when jerry seinfeld comes to paris? >> i was really honored. i've been a huge fan of jerry seinfeld's work since so many years. and this is what happened. it was very funny. we were having lunch with jerry in paris. and then he said, "i want to see your place." i said, "what do you mean?" he said, "i want to go and see how a french comedian lives." i said, "no, i'm not going with you to my apartment." [ laughter ] he said, "is it too far?" i said, "no." "is it too small and you're ashamed?" "no." "is it a mess?" "no." do you want to know why i didn't -- you want to know why? >> seth: yeah. >> i had posters of jerry seinfeld -- [ laughter ] on the walls in my apartment. can you imagine if he entered? "oh, my god, this guy is crazy. [ laughter ] he's going to kill me and eat me." [ laughter ] so i gotta go. >> seth: good call. i'm glad you avoided it. >> but i was so, so honored. you know? i'm a huge fan.
i love him. you know, it's great. it was a great -- rencontre. rencontre. >> seth: uh -- you said it right. [ laughter ] so, so happy to have you here. >> thank you so much. >> seth: thank you, we're so honored this is the first time you're on american television. gad elmaleh, everybody. his show, "oh, my gad" premieres thursday night at joe's pub -- it's fantastic -- at the public theater, and runs through june. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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