tv The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon NBC January 27, 2017 11:34pm-12:38am EST
an update on the breaking news we brought you at the top of the newscast. police released this picture of a white minivan suspected in a deadly hit and run in west philadelphia. a 48-year-old woman was walking with five children when she was hit around 8:00 tonight. she died at the hospital. the latest starting at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow. >> hopefully, that will lead to answers. that's nbc 10 at 11:00. >> thanks for joining us. have a good weekend. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> 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 -- drew barrymore -- tom brokaw --
musical guest, parquet courts -- and featuring the legendary roots crew. >> questlove: 612! yeah! >> steve: and now, here he is, jimmy fallon! ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh! hello! welcome, everybody. pcpc thank you for being here. thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, and welcome to "the tonight show." this is it, baby. [ cheers and applause ] you're here. you made it. you're here. i'm your host jimmy fallon. you guys, we have drew barrymore on the show tonight. [ cheers and applause ]
we also have tom brokaw. [ cheers and applause ] tom brokaw. this sunday nbc is airing a a special, highlighting his 50 years at the network. isn't that an amazing 50 years? [ applause ] tom began his career in a a bygone era when the news people watched was actually true. [ applause ] and its' -- fascinating. >> steve: wow. >> jimmy: fascinating. but here's what people are talking about, you guys. yesterday, president trump announced that he will pay for the border wall by placing a a 20% tax on mexican imports, like avocados. [ audience boos ] which explains why every super bowl party this year, will have a a bouncer guarding the guacamole. [ laughter and applause ] i don't see your name on the list. and this morning, trump and mexican president enrique pena nieto reportedly spoke on the phone for an hour. trump said, "i called him collect. so, they're already paying for the wall. [ laughter ] they don't even know." [ applause ]
i also saw that senator lindsey graham responded to president trump's proposal for an import tax to make mexico pay for the border wall. writing, quote, this is real, "simply put, any policy proposal which drives up the cost of corona, tequila, or margaritas is a big time bad idea." mucho sad. [ cheers and applause ] yeah, that's right. [ laughter ] but he didn't stop there. he kept tweeting about it. here's what else he had to say. "you're salting the rim of america's margarita glass with tears. yo soy crying." >> steve: wow. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: he wouldn't stop. he has another one. >> steve: he has another one? >> jimmy: here's another tweet. he said, "this is 'nacho' decision to make, el chumpo." [ laughter and applause ] >> steve: that's it though, right? >> jimmy: no there's one more. >> steve: one more? >> jimmy: this is last one. "tax my tequila? no way, jose. cuervo!" [ cheers and applause ] [ chanting ] >> jimmy: hey. [ light laughter ] i've got to say, it seems like trump himself might already be a little bored with the job.
check him out, this is real. check him out signing an executive order -- executive order earlier this week. watch this. [ sigh ] [ laughter ] >> jimmy: "has it been four years yet? okay? [ laughter ] how much longer until i can run for pope?" [ laughter ] this week, during his first interview as president, donald trump brought abc's david muir into the white house. it was the first time we got a a glimpse into trump's oval office. it was really interesting. trump even showed off some new paintings he has on the wall. take a look at this. >> so we're in the oval office. >> this is the oval office. i actually put some pictures up that i thought would be great. some of the paintings that i thought would be really appropriate, and i bring people in -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: did you notice something there? did you notice something?
>> steve: that looked like alf. >> jimmy: that was that alf. >> steve: there's a painting of alf? >> jimmy: i don't know. can i just see that again? because i think i missed something. >> some of the paintings that i thought would be really appropriate. and i bring people in -- [ applause ] >> steve: okay. >> jimmy: okay. >> steve: i don't think that's real. >> jimmy: #nofilter. no filter. [ light laughter ] i heard that a growing number of couples are incorporating marijuana into their weddings. yeah. when the priest asks them to say "i do." they go, "do what?" [ laughter and applause ] i dude! and finally, if you go online and read about politics on facebook these days, it can feel like people are really divided. so we sent our writer becky to the streets of new york to find real republicans and democrats and get them to try and find things that they had in common. take a look at this. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> so you're republican and you're democrat and there may be issues you don't agree on but there's got to be something you both have in common. what is your favorite day of the week? >> saturday.
>> monday. [ buzzer ] >> hmm, all right. what do you like better, day or night? >> night. >> early morning. [ buzzer ] >> would you say you're a day or night person? >> both. >> i'm both. [ bell dings ] yeah, burn the candle at both ends. lll >> yes! >> yay! common ground! [ applause ] what's your favorite animal? >> dog. >> tiger. [ buzzer ] >> did you ever hold a frog? >> no. >> of course. yeah, as a child. [ buzzer ] >> when you were a a child, what was your favorite tv show? >> "friends." >> i go "friends," yes. [ bell dings ] we made it. >> yes, we made it. [ applause ] >> you both love "friends." >> yes. >> what's your favorite pizza topping? >> olives. >> meat lovers. [ buzzer ] [ laughter ] >> what's your favorite dessert? >> cookies. >> new york cheesecake. [ buzzer ] >> do you like ice cream served cold or warm. >> cold. >> cold. [ bell dings ] >> you guys both like ice cream served cold. [ applause ] do you want to look at each other and give each other a a compliment. >> you're very pretty. >> thank you. you seem very nice. >> thank you. >> now do you have a compliment for me? [ light laughter ] what's your favorite season? >> spring. >> summer.
[ buzzer ] >> what's your favorite holiday? >> christmas. >> christmas. [ bell dings ] >> common ground! [ applause ] you both love christmas. ♪ o what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh hey ♪ >> if you were eating a hot dog on the fourth of july what topping would you put on the hot dog? >> ketchup. >> me, too. [ bell dings ] >> oh! [ applause ] you both put ketchup on your hot dog. do you have any pets? >> i have a dog. >> i have a dog. [ bell dings ] >> all: we love dogs! [ barking ] >> do you guys want to look at each other and give each other a compliment? >> sure. >> i like your coat. >> that's a nice hoodie you're wearing. [ laughter ] ♪ ♪ we found some common ground oh yeah ♪ ♪ we were friends who weren't down oh yeah ♪ ♪ they said we couldn't do it
but we knew we could make it if we tried ♪ ♪ we found common ground >> all: common ground! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: we have a great show tonight. give it up for the roots, ladies and gentlemen! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: ah! [ cheers and applause ] common ground! join us again next week everybody. on monday, my man ricky gervais will be here. [ cheers and applause ] and vanessa hudgens will be here as well. [ cheers and applause ] and vanessa and i have something fun planned together, be sure to tune in for that. then, later this week, dakota johnson will be here, keanu reeves is going to do stand-up on the show. we have kristen stewart and gordon ramsay, they'll all be joining us!
>> steve: yeah! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: we'll also have performances from ub40, will be here. >> steve: whoa! >> jimmy: that's right. the lumineers. [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: hey! >> jimmy: and big sean will be here next week. it's going to be good. but first, tonight we have a a great, great, great show. she is the best, it makes us all so happy when she comes to visit from the big new netflix show "santa clarita diet," drew barrymore is here, tonight! [ cheers and applause ] "santa clarita diet," drew and i are going to talk about the new show and then she's going to set some really awesome guinness world records tonight. >> steve: ooh. >> jimmy: you don't want to miss it. it's going to be great, yeah. plus, he's one of the most respected journalists in television news. tom brokaw is dropping by. >> steve: ah, beautiful. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: and we have great music from parquet courts! look at that right there. [ cheers and applause ] "human performance" is the name of the record. and if you do buy the vinyl, it comes with like a nice beautiful booklet in here with all the words and some nice
artwork as well. >> steve: oh my gosh! lhlh >> jimmy: you used to call them "the butter courts," right? butter? >> steve: yes. >> jimmy: it's parquet. [ laughter and applause ] >> steve: you got me! >> jimmy: guys, today's friday. that's usually when i catch up with some personal stuff. you know, i just check my inbox. i'll return some e-mails. and of course, i send out thank you notes and i was just -- [ cheers and applause ] it's a good thing to do. i was running a bit behind today so i thought if you guys wouldn't mind i'd just like to write up my weekly thank you notes right now. is that cool with you guys? [ cheers and applause ] james, can i get some "thank you notes" writing music, please? ♪ lhlh >> steve: wow. >> jimmy: mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm! mmm, mmm! mmm. [ laughter ] >> steve: you talked about -- >> jimmy: mmm. mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm! [ mumbling ] happy birthday. [ laughter ] ♪ thank you, classic patriots logo, or as kellyanne conway
calls you, "dad?" [ laughter and applause ] >> steve: hey oh! >> jimmy: i like it. i like that outfit. >> steve: really? >> jimmy: fantastic. absolutely. i dug it. ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, fancy menus, printed entirely in italian. for forcing me to choose between either sounding like an idiot or ordering spaghetti. [ laughter and applause ] it's like, "uh, i'll get the uh, frigara -- frigaralini. it's with the -- i'll get the spaghetti, thanks." >> steve: ziti olive oil. >> jimmy: when you're here, your're family, dude. >> steve: hey, pasta italiano. >> jimmy: we have that. that's our slogan. >> steve: yeah. >> jimmy: did you know that? when you're here you're family. we got that legally from the olive garden. >> steve: oh, yeah. [ laughter ] it's legal, and all. >> jimmy: it's a good story. because we said -- we used to say all the time. when you're here you're family.
just goofing around. and then they changed their slogan and then legally the president came on the show, and we signed the contract and now we legally own "when you're here you're family." >> steve: yeah. >> jimmy: so -- [ cheers and applause ] "the tonight show." when you're here, you're family. i forgot. we got to do more with that. >> steve: yeah. what's their new logo? >> jimmy: what's their slogan now? can someone google it? do you know what it is? >> all: we're all family here. >> jimmy: it's a little similar to our slogan. [ laughter ] >> steve: are you thinking what i'm thinking? >> jimmy: we got to take them to court, dude. >> steve: yeah. [ laughter ] sue him! >> jimmy: we've got to sue olive garden. >> steve: we've got to sue them. lhlh >> jimmy: we should totally do that. >> steve: you're awarded 20 bread sticks. >> jimmy: i would totally do that. yeah. i would go on "judge judy" and sue olive garden. [ laughter ] >> steve: who put sauce on my leg? >> jimmy: oh, we've got to do that, i think it would be great. oh man, i would totally do that. [ laughter ] >> steve: pasta italiano. ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, falcons owner arthur blank for having a a last name that makes me wonder if your parents left a a line empty on your birth certificate. [ laughter and applause ] they definitely went with arthur. >> steve: arthur what? >> jimmy: oh, he's like cher. >> steve: he has but one name, arthur. >> jimmy: he's got one name. ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, push and pull signs on doors. i appreciate the help, but i'm still going to make the wrong decision. but thanks though.
[ laughter and applause ] >> steve: get rid of the handle. ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, dogs, for basically being wolves that were like, "eh, i give up." [ laughter and applause ] >> steve: whatever. eat out of the bowl. >> jimmy: you got the food? great. >> steve: let's do it. >> jimmy: i'll eat out of a a bowl, let's do it. >> steve: i don't got to look no more? i'm good. >> steve: awoo! ♪ >> jimmy: ruff! [ laughter ] >> steve: it's rough out there. ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, "the bachelor" for making tinder seem like a downright classy way to meet people. [ laughter and applause ] there you go, everybody. those are my thank you notes. we'll be right back with drew barrymore. [ barking ] [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ sorry there's no elevator in this wing. i made you a little snack. sweet dreams!
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: hi, everybody. welcome back. welcome back. we are joined right now by a a golden globe award-winning actress. starting next friday you can see her opposite timothy olyphant, in a brand new netflix series called "santa clarita diet." please welcome back to the show
one of our most favorite people, drew barrymore! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> jimmy: oh, that's how you do it right there. that is how you do it. >> thank you for playing sza, who is -- so awesome and i instagram me, like, words -- like mouthing the words to her songs. called drew barrymore. which is crazy! >> jimmy: yeah, i know. i heard that it -- it's pretty crazy. >> it's so crazy! >> jimmy: is that the first time? that can't be the first time? >> i don't know. i've seen weird things about me my whole life -- [ light laughter ]
but that, to me is like a, you know, like the top. >> jimmy: yeah. to have a song written -- >> yeah. and she also says the lyrics, mom jeans and tacos. so i really am excited about this song. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah. that's so nice of her, yeah. >> i'm like, there's like a a lack of perfection and a wink and back bite to the song. and so anyway -- >> jimmy: you don't wear mom jeans. >> i shouted out that i loved her, and she shouted out back, and it's all awesome. >> jimmy: you could pull off mom jeans. >> i'm -- i'm getting to the mom jean point. >> jimmy: no, you are not. i know that you -- you're in a -- you're in a fanny pack phase, or was. >> always. [ light laughter ] i think i might have been born with a fanny pack. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: that is not true. there's no way! >> it's marsupial living. [ light laughter ] and, i'm sorry for all the women out there. i just don't get this thing. what -- what -- really? were -- were going carry bags like this? >> jimmy: oh, yeah. >> it's like -- >> jimmy: that seems comfortable. >> i don't get it! i don't get it. >> jimmy: just fanny pack it out, man. >> i want to be like, yeah. what up? >> jimmy: what's up, yeah. ♪ zip, zip, zip, zip. ooh, ooh, ah, eh, ah, eh, ah,
eh, ah. fanny, ah. [ laughter ] the fanny pack's song. >> yeah, exactly. thank you. >> jimmy: i -- i got to hug and kiss the babies back stage. they're the cutest kids in the world. >> so my kids came in and i was like, hi, girls. they're like -- where's uncle jimmy? [ laughter ] and i was like how was school? >> jimmy: yeah, i got some good hugs. >> yeah. >> jimmy: and then -- just gosh, they look just like you, and it's so great. it's just so cute to look at, and we were talking and you -- you told me that you went through some storage unit that you had, and you found these old photos. >> i did. >> jimmy: and i had to show it to everybody, because the kids have to see this, too. i mean, it is them but, explain this -- this photo. >> i -- i just -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i love it. i mean, it is fancy, fancy. >> it's like -- you know, you're 7-years-old, and instead of going to school and being in your uniform, i went to a photo shoot -- >> jimmy: you're the queen of england, yeah. >> and got, like, full gold lemme elizabethan clown collar. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: clown costume. >> and i, yeah, i unearthed
that in this crazy moving day. >> jimmy: do you remember doing this photo shoot? >> that photo shoot not so much, but i do want to get that outfit. >> jimmy: yeah. >> i really -- >> jimmy: this with a fanny pack and that's a friday night. >> yes! >> jimmy: that's a friday night. that's moms jeans and tacos right there, man. [ applause ] >> yeah, it is. >> jimmy: i -- i want to talk about so many things. 'cause you're very busy. you have so many great things going on. the wine is fantastic. >> jimmy: and then flower beauty. >> yep. >> jimmy: you started this thing. and i go, great, that's perfect. you have a line of makeup. it's great. it is gang busters. it's all over place. it's everywhere. you're winning awards, not only from every fashion magazine and -- and magazine, but also customers like it? >> i'm so thrilled! [ laughter ] it's not easy to start a a business. it's intimidating and it's scary, but i think if you're well-intended and you work hard enough, you know, good things can happen. i think flower beauty is honestly like -- barrymore wines is a passion and it's -- i'm very passionate about it. i'm not an oenophile. i talk like a valley girl.
can you imagine, like, winemakers are like, oh, no. this girl. [ light laughter ] she's making wine. i get it. i'm a -- i'm a wine producer, it's a side job, but for me the beauty business is a real lesson in, like, if you have a a dream and you work hard enough, things can be possible. because it was an up-start, and -- and we started with nothing. >> jimmy: i don't know if anyone understands, like, how much work goes into it too, because you travel all around with your -- it's a -- it's a team of people. >> we go all over the world for it and we're about to launch in mexico, which i'm so excited about, and we've just -- you know, we started it six years ago, and we're -- we're still going. which is amazing. it's a -- it's a blessing. >> jimmy: this has just landed in korea, you said you're getting into masks now, flowers? >> we've been doing a lot of skin care research. >> jimmy: yeah, this is -- this is not frightening at all. >> yeah. >> jimmy: that's -- [ light laughter ] >> yeah. >> jimmy: that's the new -- >> petra, who is that woman right there. >> jimmy: yeah. >> right there. is in the audience, and we do flower beauty together and have, since the beginning. it's my favorite picture of
her. [ laughter ] it's, like, that's not -- that's not what she really looks like. but -- >> jimmy: man, you put the work into it, and it pays off. congratulations on all of that. >> thank you. >> jimmy: i'm just so happy and -- >> i did a mask for you before the show. i was like, i want to look dewey and -- >> you're glowy, and gorgeous as always. thank you, yeah. i appreciate you looking dewey. [ light laughter ] >> going to jimmy, got to be dewey. >> jimmy: it's "santa clarita diet." >> yes. >> jimmy: dude, congrats on this netflix -- couldn't be a a hotter thing right now. oh, my god. >> by the way, to be a part of netflix feels to me, at 42-years-old, like, being a a part of the cool kids' club for sure. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah, i got -- i'm on -- i'm on snapface and everything! >> i'm on netflix. >> jimmy: i'm on snapface. >> right? that's cool. >> jimmy: yeah, i'm totally young and cool. >> you know what, i admire netflix because nan and i, your wife, as we produced all of our films together, we really always wanted -- we never made an r-rated movie. we wanted an all-ages party. we wanted to make people feel like they were ingratiated. and we made this story for them, and it was sort of, you know, all age neutral without
watering it down for any generation, and i think netflix is really the epitome of that right now. like grannies and teens alike are thinking this is cool, and yet they're happy each other thinks it's cool. >> jimmy: the idea is so -- you're -- well -- can i? i don't want to spoil anything. >> do it. >> jimmy: really? >> yeah. >> jimmy: you eat people. >> i do. >> jimmy: okay that's -- [ laughter ] >> and when i got the script i was like -- yeah. that's the mood i'm in. [ laughter ] so -- [ applause ] and -- >> jimmy: i really understand what you're talking about. yeah. >> yeah, i know you do! >> jimmy: your like ah, just sometimes -- >> and yet, i want things to have heart and be likable and enjoyable, like the world is a a tough place, and to have a a little escapism and entertainment is crucial. >> jimmy: it's good. it's funny and it's tricky, and it's good. but also, it's in suburbia, and then all of a sudden, you're just like, gnawing on an arm. >> totally. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy:but it's --
only netflix can do it, and only you can pull this off. it's so good. i have a clip, here's drew barrymore in "santa clarita diet." it premieres on netflix next friday, february 3rd. binge it, check it out. ♪ >> i'm telling you he's on to us. >> we don't know that. >> who talks about ants with that much intensity and innuendo? >> maybe he's just obsessed with them. did you know that ants can carry up to 50 times their weight? they're not uninteresting creatures, joel. >> we should buy some of their stuff so we don't look suspicious. >> suspicious that we're cleaning our house? >> we also need taco shells for taco tuesday. which gets so messy. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: drew barrymore and i are breaking some guinness world records after the break. stick around it's exciting! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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>> jimmy: welcome back. we're here with the one and only drew barrymore. her new show, "santa clarita diet" is on netflix starting february 3rd, next friday. drew, we all know you hold the record for being one of the coolest people in the world. [ cheers and applause ] tonight i thought you could attempt some guinness world records here on the show. these are real records to make it official, we have someone from guinness world records in the studio. now, drew, since you have your own line of beauty products, flower beauty, we thought it would be fun to attempt the record for most lipstick applications in 30 seconds. >> okay. >> jimmy: let's bring out our lipstick recipients. hi, guys. ♪ there they are. they have their own -- they're all holding their own personal lipstick. so no -- in case you're worried about -- the boys brought theirs too. everyone brought their own lipstick from home. >> i think he's like the biggest flower beauty customer. >> jimmy: yeah i know, he is.
he's the poster boy. >> yeah, absolutely. i love a redhead. >> jimmy: drew, take a position and we're going to get 30 seconds on the clock. ready, set -- go! ♪ drew, this is fantastic. 19, 18 -- [ cheers and applause ] 16 seconds. 15 seconds, 14! 13, 12, 11 -- 10, 9 -- you did it. 8 seconds left! 8 seconds left. not bad hey. he's so happy about it. >> thanks, guys! >> jimmy: he's so happy. thank you guys, so much! >> jimmy: the redhead guy is really, really happy. >> he's our flower boy. >> jimmy: he is the flower boy. your next record is most paper banners run through in 30 seconds. let's bring out the banners. drew? [ cheers and applause ]
>> jimmy: yeah. exactly. how fun is this going to be? all right. just because we love you, we made these ten banners. >> okay. >> jimmy: okay, here we go. we have -- can we get 30 seconds on the clock? 30 seconds on the clock. drew, are you ready? >> i'm ready! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: three, two, one -- go! ♪ >> jimmy: yes! [ cheers and applause ] how fun was that? how fun was that? >> i mean, i'm afraid of my face. i think it was like this -- >> jimmy: let's see what you did in slow motion. look at this! yeah. [ laughter ] ooh! [ applause ] all right, drew. we have one more record. okay? and this one might be the
coolest one yet. you're about to break the record for wearing the world's widest wig. let's bring out the wig. [ cheers and applause ] now, the previous -- wait a second. wait a second. now the previous wig -- the previous record for world widest wig was 5'2." this wig measures 7'4"! drew, are you ready to break a a record? let's do it. all right, great. step right here. step back into the wig. sit down. and make sure it gets on. i see it's on your -- >> uh-huh. >> jimmy: okay. let's -- it's official. is it official? [ cheers and applause ] oh, my gosh! to verify everything. we have michael furnari here from guinness world records. michael, is it official?
>> it is an official guinness world record title! >> jimmy: yes! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: in the guinness book of world records. oh, my gosh! oh my gosh! that is right there. you look amazing! official guinness world record holder, drew barrymore, everybody! more "tonight show" after the break. come on back, everybody! wow! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ i love the smell of napalm in the morning. no, this is double espresso. hodor! hodor! ehhh, hodor. you guys watch game of thrones, right? inconceivable! surely, you can't be serious. i am serious. and don't call me shirley? that's the unlimited effect. stream your entertainment and more with unlimited data
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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ yeah he's 50 yeah he's 50 yeah he's 50 yeah ♪ ♪ >> listen, i want to say something at the beginning. i wanted to do the lipstick deal, but i've got an exclusive with revlon. >> jimmy: i understand. >> yeah. >> jimmy: i understand. >> you can't use a competitor. >> jimmy: well, next time we'll do it. i understand. yeah, we'll do the lipstick next time. [ light laughter ] i love when you come on the show. you know i love you. every time i run into you i love you. and i say -- >> we've been friends for a a long time. >> jimmy: it's just anytime you're around, and want to come in. any time. if you want to come host the show, you can come host the show. you are nbc royalty. you are royalty to america. we love you and thank you for stopping by. [ cheers and applause ] i love you. i love having you on. have you been on the -- have
you been on every "tonight show" or, no? just johnny? >> yeah, well, i did johnny three times. i did jay several times. >> jimmy: yeah? >> yeah. i didn't do the earlier jack paar shows but i was a big fan of them. johnny and i grew up 40 miles apart. he grew up in norfolk, nebraska. i grew up just up the road in yankton, south dakota. it came up on the air one time and he said, "but i think i'm a a little older than you." i made the mistake of saying, "god, i hope so." i got a big laugh. [ light laughter ] got a big laugh, but i said, "but you got a few more dollars than i do, john." it got another big laugh, now i know i'm in trouble. [ laughter ] then he waits for the laughter to die down and he looks at me and says, "i hope so." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah, he knew he had to ride out that laugh. i want to get into politics and ask you, what's your take on everything, because now we're a a week into trump presidency. how is it going so far, according to you? >> well, i think it depends on your point of view. from their point of view they think it's going very well. this is what he was elected to do. everybody has to remember that. he didn't say he was gonna do
something differently. i do think that in the republican party when in the hill, they thought he would make what they call a pivot and be a little more presidential. but what he has done is extended his campaign, because he thinks it rightly connects him to that core support group that he had out there who said, "go to washington, and drain the swamp, and return the power to the people." and that's what he's determined to do. now, being in the white house is a lot harder than most people realize and i think what we're seeing is that from day to day and even within a day, they're changing a lot of the positions because they get a a lot of blowback when they say something, and you sit down in the oval office and stuff starts coming in over the door, and through the window, and under the rug. and there's a lot of things to deal with. say, for example, putting tariffs on mexican goods. that started in the morning. then in the middle of the day, there was a little maybe not. and by the end of the day, we're in a full-blown economic war with mexico, at this point. and it's one of our biggest trading partners.
and the fact is, you know, they've got some ammo on this regard. >> jimmy: yeah, really interesting. >> so it's tough. but it's from a press point of view. it's fascinating. they've declared war on us. made it clear, the media, they think is the opposition party. i think that's not just a a tactic, i think it's a a strategy. it's how they keep their supporters in line, because they're angry with us. they think we've betrayed what it is that we should be doing. we have to stay cool. we have to do our job. not get in some kind of an ideological war with them or a a "yeah, yeah, yeah" war. it's when he says on thursday that the cia releasing the statements that they did were like "nazis." and then on saturday he says, when he goes to the cia, "no one loves the cia more than i do." well, it's our obligation to say, "thursday he said this. saturday he said that." showing the crowds at the inauguration. we took aerial views. we did this on a routinely -- the kind of thing we do every inauguration. here's the big crowd.
or here's a slightly smaller crowd. he's crazed by the idea that he didn't have a bigger crowd than obama did. he's asking everybody in government -- >> jimmy: he's obsessed with it -- >> to prove it to him. >> jimmy: why is he so obsessed with this? there's other things to worry about. >> it's who he is. he has to be -- look how he builds his buildings. it has to be bigger than anybody down the street. he has to put the "t" on everything that's going on. that's got him to where he is. >> jimmy: right. >> people like that about him. but at some point, i know that republicans on the hill and even in his staff are saying, "we've got to move on. we've got to move on and deal with the real problems." so it's going to be rock 'n' roll for a while. >> jimmy: yeah. what do you think about the whole fake news thing, or -- >> it's very troubling. i've been saying for some time that i think the big game changer, in our business, and in america altogether, is social media. stuff comes over the screen, we don't know where it comes from, but it's very sophisticated. you know, they're very clever, the people who doing it and a
a lot of them have a mission in mind, which is to disrupt whatever's going on. and not just on the right, but also on the left. there are people out there who are spinning stories, they're trying to get you to believe what they're saying, and so my advice to consumers is, jimmy, that you got to look at something and apply the same test to it that you would to a a flat screen television. am i going to buy that one or this one or that one? and see what you can trust after a while. there's a lot of effort out going on now coming in from god knows where, to try to -- in effect, really become a a saboteur of the truth. and that's troubling in a free society. >> jimmy: wow. i was watching this special, that "first 50 years," and all the stuff you've seen and lived through, through nixon, 9/11, the berlin wall. fascinating especially to see. what have you learned or what do you take away from all this?
is there anything that you -- >> one of the things i take away is that the world is constantly in motion, and then when i first started in television news, was nbc in 1966, the principle opponent we had in the world was the soviet union. the world was really divided between the soviet influence and the west influenced by america. and china was a blank spot on the map in those days. it was, mao had a dark, dark country. i went to china when he was still running the place. and everybody was in blue. they wouldn't talk to you about what was going on. and then the soviet union started to come apart, because couldn't sustain their way of living, and it's no longer the soviet union. it's now a collection of former satellites. vladimir putin would like to put it back together again. china, on the other hand, is absolutely fascinating. look how far they have come just in the last 50 years that i have been covering stories. the big test for china is this. they have 100 million people in
the next 10 years moving into cities. they all want cars. they want utilities. they want housing. and china wants to keep political control over them, but expand the economy so they can accommodate all that. that's a historic challenge, it seems to me, and it's, in a lot of ways, very exciting to watch. so we have to keep our eye on them. putin, you know, donald trump is going to be talking to him. thinks he's got kind of a a friend in him. it seems to me that putin's only interests is to advance his interests. not ours. >> jimmy: and how about -- what about our country? anything? are we going to be okay? [ laughter and applause ] please tell me. >> well,i know. actually, i was just thinking about that. back when i was doing this, when i was doing this two-hour special, that's the question everybody kept coming -- oprah said, "are we going to be okay?" [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah, i'm glad asked the same question as oprah. >> and the fact is we're going to be okay.
we're a very strong country. the fact is that everybody that i ask, like bill gates, or warren buffett, or others who are out there. and they would say, "look, we're still a great country." we've got so many more resources than anybody else. we have more people in college than we've ever had before. the biggest challenge, i think, in the country is, how do we get everybody back together? there's a lot of uneasiness. and the way to work through it is to listen to both sides and say, "how do we find common ground?" and i -- i wish we'd see more of that. >> jimmy: all right. here's to common ground. [ cheers and applause ] let's get it. i want to see more of you. i love you. tom brokaw, everyone. "tom brokaw at nbc news: the first 50 years" airs this sunday at 9:00 p.m. on nbc. we'll be right back with a a performance from parquet courts. stick around! common ground! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ um, i can't have happen what happened last time...
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: my thanks to drew barrymore, tom brokaw, parquet courts! [ cheers and applause ] and the roots right there from philadelphia, pennsylvania! [ cheers and applause ] stay tuned to "late night with seth meyers." thank you for watching have a a great weekend. hope to see you next week. bye-bye! [ cheers and applause ] ♪