tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC September 2, 2016 12:37am-1:38am EDT
>> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- blake shelton, from "the night of," actor michael k. williams, music from blake shelton, featuring the 8g band with fred armisen and mary timony. ?? ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers, this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] yeah, it's good to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. happy birthday to president obama, who turned 55 today. he made a wish and blew out the candles, but then when he opened his eyes, he was still president. [ laughter ]
joe biden tweeted out an image of friendship bracelets that someone had made for them. and then later today, donald trump tweeted a picture of the ones he made for hillary clinton. [ laughter ] [ audience ohs ] those are not friendship bracelets. [ cheers and applause ] starting to think you two aren't really friends. a fox news national poll found that people prefer hillary clinton to donald trump by ten points, while an msnbc has already been president for two years. [ laughter ] donald trump yesterday met with rnc officials, who reportedly grew so angry with trump during the meeting that they yelled at him, "do you realize how badly you're screwing this up?" said trump, "the best. [ laughter ] i'm screwing it up the best, right? [ applause ] because that's how i do things. top shelf." so, after tonight's show, "late night" will be preempted for two
the rio summer olympics. but with the way things have been going lately, that also means there are a lot of crazy news stories we're going to be missing. so rather than recap when we return, we're going to try and guess the next two weeks of headlines in a segment we call "late night precap." [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: here we go! veteran offers donald trump purple heart, trump demands crutches as well. [ laughter ] donald trump doesn't win donald trump insists on "fox & friends" there's a very west virginia. jeb bush falls in a well. [ laughter ] chris christie also falls in well, but gets stuck at the top. [ laughter and applause ] donald trump trades melania to putin in "indecent proposal" deal. [ light laughter ] england attempts to re-brenter. [ laughter ] the twist is back, everybody's doing the twist! [ light laughter ]
[ laughter ] hillary clinton finally enrolls in adult education computer course. [ laughter ] trump, the nuke codes are 18-12-1959. [ laughter and applause ] ted cruz accidently eats garlic, turns to dust. [ laughter ] trump sacrifices puppy to satan, has he gone too far? [ laughter ] and finally, donald trump jr. rejected from trump university. [ laughter ] this has been "late night precap." [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: a new poll found that hillary clinton is leading donald trump in new hampshire by 15 points, which makes sense since the choices are literally, "live free or die." [ laughter ] a magazine has put out a printable pdf of donald trump's hand print so people can measure their own hand size against it. or you can print out two of them and pretend they are hugging you, said eric and donald jr. [ laughter ] [ audience ohs ]
[ applause ] the olympic torch arrived in rio today in preparation for friday's opening ceremony. and the cool thing about rio is, if the torch runs out of fuel, you can just dip it in the ocean and it'll reignite. [ light laughter ] and finally, the u.s. women's soccer team beat new zealand 2-0 in rio last night. said the women, "so, can we go home now?" [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a greaow he's one of the coaches of nbc's "the voice" and he'll also be performing a track from his latest album, "if i'm honest," blake shelton is here tonight. [ cheers and applause ] a fantastic guy. always so happy to have him on the show. he is one of the stars of the incredible new limited series on hbo, "the night of," one of my favorite actors, michael k. williams is here tonight. [ cheers and applause ] also, this is very exciting news
first time in our show's history. we'll be taking the show to washington, d.c. at the warner theater the week of october 10th. tickets are available now on our website, so if you're in d.c. or if you wanna go to d.c. in october, go to latenightseth.com and you can sign up. we would love to see you there. so, before we get to the rest of the show, it has been a chaotic week in the 2016 election, and hillary clinton was in the news today after she -- i'm just kidding. it was donald trump. [ light laughter ] donald trump was in the news today. he's in the news every day, meltdown mode this week as he again wreaks havoc on the republican party. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ?? [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: it's been a week of insults and miscues for trump, who, among other things, attacked the family of a fallen soldier, seemed not know that russia had invaded ukraine, wasn't sure if he had ever met vladimir putin and called hillary clinton the devil. but after standing by him through months of controversial comments, gop officials finally found the one thing they would
>> in a stunning turn of events donald trump turns on his own party leader, saying he's not ready to endorse the house speaker paul ryan in his upcoming primary. trump is also refusing to support senator john mccain in his re-election fight. >> reince priebus, the chairman of the republican party is quote, "apoplectic" right now, over donald trump's refusal to back house speaker paul ryan. this is what you could call the final straw for the republican party. >> seth: this is the final straw? [ light laughter ] not the racism, or the misogyny, or the wall? what happened to all of the other straws? oh, there they are. [ laughter ] that's what that is. [ applause ] that makes sense. i apologize. things have reached a point where several gop officials are so concerned, they're planning on appealing to trump directly. >> some key allies of donald trump are plotting a kind of intervention. they're planning what's being called this sort of reset campaign for donald trump, hoping to meet with him in the coming days.
new york mayor rudy giuliani, additionally, newt gingrich, the former house speaker. >> seth: priebus, giuliani, and gingrich! it's the dream team! [ light laughter ] but one of those dreams you have when you eat four slices of sausage pizza right before bed. ah! oh, i just had the gingrich dream again. [ light laughter ] with reports of campaign chaos leaking, trump allies are doing everything they can to reassure us that what we're seeing isn't indicative of the potential president we might be getting, it's just a few bumps in the road. compared trump to a hall of fame quarterback hitting a rough patch. >> i'm frankly reminded, joe montana went through a stretch during his career when he kept throwing interceptions, and for about half a season it looked he, like, he wasn't joe montana anymore. and then he figured out what he was doing and he changed. trump -- trump is in that kind of a slump. he's done a series -- it's like watching a team go out on the field, throw an interception on the first play, and go back off the field again. >> seth: actually, it's more like watching a quarterback
the coach's mother, and storm off the field bitching that the game is rigged. [ laughter ] and then -- [ applause ] then there was mike huckabee, who offered this reassurance to undecided voters that donald trump the president would not be as erratic and unhinged as donald trump the candidate. >> one of the things that i think we have to keep in mind, it's not so much what donald trump says when he's a candidate, it's what he's gonna do if he's president. and one thing that's gonna happen, he's going to be surrounded by a whole lot more people than he is as a candidate. he has a very lean operation, he doesn't have a whole lot of people surrounding him. i think he probably won't have his own twitter account when he's president. >> seth: yeah, dudes, chill out. he'll be way cooler and more reasonable just as soon as we give him more power. [ light laughter ] you know, the same way drunk people always calm down once you give them back their car keys. [ laughter ] and i'm not sure it's all that comforting when the biggest promise you can make about your candidate is, "he'll have adults around him, and we'll lock him out of his twitter account." [ laughter ] that's how you handle bieber,
and yet, despite the attempts to reassure voters, trump's case that he's even an acceptable, let alone preferable choice for president continues to be undermined by trump himself. first there are the small things, like when trump was confronted with a crying baby at one of his rallies and, at first, seemed to responded with empathy. >> don't worry about that baby, i love babies. i love babies. i hear that baby crying. i like it. [ cheers and applause ] i like it. what a baby. what a beautiful baby. don't worry, don't wor the mom's running around like, don't worry about it, you know? it's young, and beautiful, and healthy. and that's what we want. okay. >> seth: see? he is compassionate. there's no way he was just feigning that for the mother and would change his mind less than a minute later, right? >> actually, i was only kidding. you can get the baby out of here. [ laughter ] that's all right. don't worry. i think she really believed me that i love having a baby crying
[ audience ohs ] >> seth: that is a huge gaffe for a republican, because the gop platform does not allow you to change your mind about a baby. [ laughter ] as i understand it. [ applause ] also, we have someone running for president who thinks it's funny people believe him. [ light laughter ] his whole platform is, "psych!" [ laughter ] and quick shout out to the mom who thought, "i'm gonna bring my what could possibly go wrong?" well, obviously, we're not welcome here, danny. let's go to the gathering of the juggalos." then yesterday, trump's national security credentials were undermined when joe scarborough revealed this anecdote on msnbc. >> several months ago, a foreign policy expert on the international level went to advise donald trump, and three times he asked about the use of
three times he asked, at one point, "if we have them, why can't we use them?" >> trump asked three times about the use of nuclear -- >> three times in an hour briefing, "why can't we use nuclear weapons?" >> seth: now that's an anonymous second-hand account, but trump has actually said something pretty similar himself in public, when he told chris matthews that not only would he not rule out using nuclear weapons against isis in the middle east, he wouldn't even rule out using them in europe. >> can you tell the middle east we're not using the nuclear weapons on anybody? >> i would never say that. ul cards off the table. >> how about europe? we won't use it in europe? >> i'm not going to take it off the table for anybody. >> you might use it in europe? [ laughter ] >> no. i don't think so. but i'm not taking -- >> well, just say it. i will never use a nuclear in europe. >> i am not -- i am not taking cards off the table. >> seth: he won't even rule out nuking europe. [ as trump ] "and if paul ryan doesn't get in line, i'm not ruling out wisconsin either. [ laughter ] enjoy your cheese while you can, you sons of bitches." [ laughter and applause ] so trump's national security credentials were undermined by that. then his economic credentials were undercut when a billionaire
trump's business acumen, claiming that when trump's company went public in 1995, investors lost 90% of their money. and that they would have been better off, quote, "if a monkey had thrown a dart at the stock page." [ light laughter ] incidentally, "monkey with a dart" is likely going to be trump's choice for secretary of defense. [ as trump ] "who should we invade next, mr. patches? chuck one at the map. very well, the ocean it is." [ laughter ] but even with his bad week and fading poll numbers, trump has a fallback plan, jt election is rigged. >> i'm telling you, november 8th, we better be careful, because that election's gonna be rigged. and i hope the republicans are watching closely or it's going to be taken away from us. >> seth: so what evidence does trump have for this far-fetched conspiracy theory? well, when asked if he had any reason to believe something illegal would happen, trump offered this ironclad evidence, quote, "i just hear things, and i just feel it." [ light laughter ] that's right, he can detect voter fraud just by feeling it. he's like a demented mentalist.
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everybody! please give it up for the 8g band, right over there. [ cheers and applause ] also, we've been so lucky this week, sitting with the 8g band from washington, d.c., is ex hex, mary timony, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] so nice having you here. and be sure to check out the debut album from ex hex, "rips," available now. thank you so much for a great week, mary. also, fred armisen is here this week. it's been so nice having you back, buddy. >> fred: thanks. great to be here. >> seth: and you know, one of the great things about having you here is we get a chance to catch up. and one of the things we l we both love is television. we talk a lot about our favorite tv shows. i feel like i'm at a little bit of a disadvantage because i only watch a couple shows. that's all i have time for, but fred you claim that you watch every episode of every television show. >> fred: everything, i love it. >> seth: it sounds -- don't take it the wrong way, that sounds impossible. >> fred: i'm taking it the wrong way. >> seth: i just told you not to take it the wrong way. >> fred: but that's how i'm taking it. >> seth: alright. well, i guess you're going to prove me wrong. because it's time once again for fred armisen's extremely accurate tv recap. ??
how this works, fred. i'm going to read you the title of a show, and because you watch every episode of every tv show, you're going to tell me what the show is about. >> fred: great. >> seth: "green leaf." >> fred: "green leaf." >> seth: yes. >> fred: "green leaf," can't stop watching it. it's just -- do you know "green leaf"? >> seth: no. >> fred: did you not tell me about -- >> steve: no i don't, i never -- when i give you one of these i never know what it is. >> fred: got you. okay. please check out the pilot, it's so good. "green leaf" is like, it's this animated program. >> seth: okay. >> fred: it's very animated. >> seth: okay. >> fred: it's just the motion is -- it's not just -- it's very active. >> seth: okay. >> fred: with the animation. and it's educational. and -- but still it's so, like, for adults, too, like, they are very funny, you know what i mean? so they'll tell you how to spell. like, this is how you spell routine, r-o-u and then -- then hashtag selfie. they'll like, throw in things from now, you know, just to kind of, like, keep everyone -- so it's for adults and kids.
>> seth: okay. >> fred: leaves falling, leaves growing. >> seth: oh, are the leaves the characters that teach you what to do? >> fred: the words are on the leaves. >> seth: okay. >> fred: so, i love it. you know, it's just great. it's for kids. >> seth: what time is it on? >> fred: it's very late at night. you know? 11:00-ish, whenever they feel like they can put it on. >> seth: oh, so it's -- >> fred: it's the first show that's like, whatever, let's just put it on whenever. >> seth: so it's not a scheduled >> seth: so, if you're a parent, you're sort of keeping your kid up hoping it's coming on soon. >> fred: yes, you keep it on. >> seth: what? >> fred: you just keep it on the tv, yes, keep it going. >> seth: what's on before it? >> fred: hard news. [ laughter ] >> seth: no. i will tell you, again, i don't want to call you out here , but according to the tv guide on the oprah winfrey network "green leaf" is about a family at the center of a memphis megachurch. >> fred: megachurch. so that was the word they were spelling. >> seth: oh okay. i got you. give it up for fred armisen, everybody!
nine-time cma award winner, whose latest album, "if i'm honest" is available in stores now. his upcoming tour kicks off september 9th in oklahoma city. he also returns as a coach on nbc's hit, "the voice," which premiers monday, september 19th. please welcome back to the show blake shelton. ?? [ cheers and applause ] ?? >> seth: welcome! [ cheers and applause ] i'm so happy to have you here. >> i'm happy to be here. >> seth: and this is very shelton-esque of you. you are partnering, you are currently partnering with smithworks vodka. yes? >> yes. >> seth: you brought some. >> yes. >> seth: so, can we have a little vodka? can we drink a little -- >> yes, you can.
pour it, because i want to see how much vodka you put in a drink. >> okay, but what do we -- what kind of a drink is this? >> seth: it's a real drink. >> is this like we're having a conversation, are we partying, you know what i'm saying? >> seth: can't we do both? >> this is country music, so drink some damn vodka. >> seth: ok, great. what do you mix your vodka with, because we have it, but i want you to say it. >> whatever in the hell that is. what is it? put it in there. >> seth: alright, but i was told this was what you usually drink it with. this is sprite zero. [ laughter ] that's a very popular product. >> seth: is it? >> yes, it is. >> seth: i don't -- okay, when i think of -- all right, when i think of blake shelton going into a honky tonk bar, i just don't think of you sidling up and saying, "vodka/sprite zero." cheers, by the way. >> shut up. [ light laughter ] come on, man. it doesn't matter. you had that back there. what are you talking about? >> seth: so this wasn't a request? >> i mean, i brought it. >> seth: you brought it?
>> seth: see, you got to get money from sprite zero. you can't just be out here. i know you're partnering -- >> that's right, that's right. i'm going to switch over to mello yello, or whatever in the hell that is. [ laughter ] >> seth: i like that you don't -- yeah, as long as you have a nice light soda. this is wonderful, congratulations. >> thank you. >> jimmy: cheers to you. >> thank you, buddy. >> seth: and cheers on this is the 11th season of "the voice." >> oh, my god. >> seth: isn't that crazy? >> yes. [ cheers and applause ] i don't know what's crazier, that it's th "the voice," or that i'm actually still on "the voice." >> seth: you're still on it. >> yeah. >> seth: how many have you won? how many times have you won? >> four. >> seth: have you really won four? >> four times, yeah. >> seth: yeah, all right, that's great. [ cheers and applause ] that's impressive. because that does not mean it's even, like, you definitely have the lead. >> oh, for sure i do. adam has won three times. >> seth: okay, so it's close. >> three. >> seth: and you now have brought on to assist you this year, you requested bette midler. this is true? yes?
chance. >> seth: this proves that you were not kidding. >> that's bette midler. >> seth: that's bette midler. and this was your idea? >> it was. so, every year they come to me and they are like, "hey, you know, who do you want to be your mentor?" every time, i'm like, you know, "bruce springsteen. see if you can get springsteen in here --" >> seth: shoot for the stars. >> garth brooks, see what garth's up to. >> seth: yeah. >> and so, once again, bette midler, see what she's doing. doing anything. >> seth: wow. so she showed up. >> so she came and did it. it's crazy. and she is exact -- i want you ya'll to know, she is exactly who she is in the movies, all that. she is so awesome. i love her. >> seth: that's fantastic. and were you a fan of her work in the movies? >> oh, my god, yes. "beaches." >> seth: "beaches." >> omg. >> seth: "beaches," yeah. >> yes, man. >> seth: i mean, i'll tell you, for me, a perfect night, sprite zero, "beaches." [ laughter ] [ applause ]
i know, hey, i'm a little bit country. i'm a little bit country. >> wow. the way you set these things up, man, you set them up. you're supposed to set them up and let me knock them over. >> seth: oh, i'm sorry. what is bette like? what's it like hanging out with bette midler? i'm very jealous of this. >> she is like she is in the movies. she is just -- okay, for instance, because we're normally, this is the first time i'm really meeting my team. after the blind auditions, the first time i'm ever around them is these battle round rehearsals, which is when we bring in our mentors. in fact, there was one -- there's a kid that's on my team. i say kid, he's not a kid, but he came in, and this is his first time meeting bette also, and she says, "oh, my gosh, you know, your clothes, did you get those from wardrobe?" and he says, "no, ma'am, this is my, you know, my stuff." she goes, "okay, well, the first thing you're going to do is go to wardrobe."
what has she done? but because it's her, you love it. you're right, i do look like crap right now. thank you, bette. >> seth: that is a gift from bette midler. >> thank you. wow. >> seth: also very exciting, this year alicia keys joining the squad, miley cyrus. miley cyrus! >> come on, don't cheer for the other coaches. >> seth: oh, so you don't like that? >> i don't give a crap about them. >> seth: so you -- now, miley, did you know billy ray? have you known miley for -- >> yeah, obviously, i've known billy ray for a long time. little -- whoas in there. did you like him from the mullet days or just the "dancing with the stars" days? >> seth: well, i'm glad you mention the mullet days, 'cause this -- you know, that is for those who forget, that's him. >> yeah, there he is. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: but then this i knew. i couldn't picture this, but then this is a young -- this is a young blake. [ cheers and applause ] i've seen people with mullets before.
[ laughter ] >> i was not getting laid back then. >> seth: no, no! >> i was not. it wasn't happening. >> seth: well, we're going to get to the bottom of why. will you stick around and talk a little more? >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: we'll be back with more blake shelton after this. you know what, it is actually pretty good. [ cheers and applause ] ?? it's applebee's new wood fired grill menu. serving up a delicious variety seared to smoky oak perfection.
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?? [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back. we're here with blake shelton. congratulations on the album. >> thank you. >> seth: this is very exciting, you co-wrote three of the songs on this album. >> mm-hmm. >> seth: is that the most you've done on an album? >> i wrote a bunch of songs for the record, they just -- some of them were sucky -- >> seth: oh, okay. >> --so they didn't make the record. >> seth: okay, but three is excellent. >> three of them didn't suck as bad. >> seth: that's exciting. and you co-wrote one of the songs with gwen stefani. >> i did. have you heard of her? >> seth: i have, yeah. [ cheers and applause ] >> she's, yeah, she's --
>> but yeah, we have a duet on the record called "go ahead and break my heart." >> seth: oh, that's great. >> which is a song that we wrote together. >> seth: is it true you record the songs on this album basically in a closet in your house? >> you don't have to say it like that. [ light laughter ] >> seth: well, just, how would you say it? way to say it -- >> like i'm some weirdo. >> seth: --that makes you not sound like a weirdo? >> so, the way to say it is -- so, we recorded the tracks -- you know what, i'm just weird. i sing the damn songs in my closet. >> seth: yeah. >> that is tru but i didn't have time to go to, like, you know, a studio, because we're making, you know, a tv show at the same time. so my producer would fly to l.a., and we made, i think the last four or five albums i've made, we set up like a vocal booth in my closet. >> seth: and is it super soundproofed? >> yeah, it is. >> seth: or, it's just laundry? >> no, no, it's not. it's like, i don't know how we make it work. >> seth: wow. >> yeah. >> seth: that would be so disappointing for a young fan who wanted to see how you record
[ light laughter ] >> maybe we shouldn't air this part of this segment. [ light laughter ] >> seth: you played a pig in the "angry birds movie." >> i did. i played the -- what the hell's so funny about that? [ light laughter ] >> seth: it's just a character. >> man. earl. >> seth: oh, really? >> earl was my -- took me a minute. i was trying to kill some time there, get on to the audience. >> seth: oh, you turned to the audience to remember your character's name? >> i was like, oh that's real good. and in my mind i was like, earl. earl was his name. >> seto lot of research for earl. you got real deep, yeah. >> i did, i did. i went, you know, it's a pig. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] you and gwen stefani are a couple now. that's very exciting. >> okay. [ light laughter ] >> seth: i'm excited. >> are you excited? >> seth: i'm genuinely excited. >> i'm excited -- oh, my god. >> seth: you should be more excited than i am. >> i still can't believe it. she must have, like, some vision problems. maybe she needs help. >> seth: yeah. have you noticed her like, see
oh, no. like, she's always slowing down at green lights? you're like, uh-oh. [ light laughter ] this isn't good. but now, because you were not, i'm assuming she did not know your music particularly well, you did not know her music particularly well, is that safe to assume? >> well, yes, that's safe to assume. but the difference is she genuinely had to like, outside of maybe couple of songs i've had that were, you know, that to, like, start learning -- >> seth: from the beginning. >> yeah. 'cause she's not in that world. >> seth: yeah. >> and i didn't think i knew much of her music until, you know, until we go to one of her shows. and i remember, this has been like a month ago, she flew into oklahoma and i was driving to pick her up at the airport, and i was flipping through xm radio,
sounds like gwen. what in the hell is this? why don't i know this? it's a song called "it's my life," which was, you know, huge record for them. i'm going, holy -- i didn't know gwen sang that song. i didn't know, i've always known "hey baby," i didn't know she sang that freaking song. all these songs. it's like, wow, that was you? >> seth: that's fantastic. >> that's you? and we've kissed? >> seth: that's great. >> wow, that is amazing! [ light laughter ] >> seth: that's outstanding. >> yeah. that was weird, i was saying and you and i locked eyes. >> seth: i was like, oh, man. because i got to be honest, i don't know if it's the vodka or the sprite zero. [ light laughter ] this is really exciting, and this is a gift you are giving the audience, every now and then we do give-aways on the show. you're starting a concert right now, sometimes we'll say everybody is leaving here with the new blake shelton album. this is outstanding. you're doing a show at the barclays center in october. >> which is here. >> seth: that's here. here in new york. here in brooklyn. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: and everyone in the audience tonight is getting two
october. how about that? [ cheers and applause ] p you're a very kind man. thank you for doing that. thank you for the vodka. blake shelton, everybody! he'll be back to perform his single, "she's got a way with words." we'll be right back with michael k. williams. [ cheers and applause ] ?? it's the final days of the ford freedom sales event... and the deals just got better. ? i'm free to do what i want and have a good time. ? just announced! 0% financing plus $500 labor day cash and specially tagged vehicles get an extra $1000 smart bonus cash. freedom from interest... and freedom to choose with ford. america's best-selling brand. ? i'm free, baby!? hurry. get 0% for 72 and $500 labor day cash across the entire ford lineup. plus specially tagged vehicles get another $1000
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everybody. our next guest is an emmy nominated actor who played omar on "the wire" and chalky white on "boardwalk empire." you can see him in hbo's excellent, limited series, "the night of," which airs sunday nights. let's take a look. >> feels good, right? like silk. what is it? >> it's meat. >> you wish. it's somebody's heart. [ laughs ] >> seth: please welcome to the show michael k. williams. [ cheers and applause ]
>> seth: i'm so happy to have you here. >> hey, i'm glad to be here. >> seth: i've been a fan for such a long time, but i did not know this about you. i obviously know you as an actor. you had a dance background, and is it true that you were discovered, got your first break from tupac? >> yeah, the late great tupac shakur. shout out to tupac shakur. i know him. i know him. [ cheers and applause ] just my condolences to his family. you know his mom, miss afeni shakur, cause she just went home with him to be with her son, so shout out to the shakur family. but yeah, i was a background dancan new york when the right music video would get you the right job, you know, become a star. so, it was like, you know, up and down, you go into the production office, they put you up against the wall. there were polaroids, you for kids, polaroid was where the camera, the pictures came out, and you would just shake it, then you had your image. so you know, yeah, and pac, the production office that i had been auditioning for a music video or whatever, they were housing the production office, they were using it for the house
this movie called "bullet," which was mickey rourke, tupac shakur, donny wahlberg, was a bunch of us in there. broderick, what's the kid's name, i forget his name. but there was a bunch of us in there. >> seth: you went in for a dancing job and ended up in a movie? >> no, i went in for an audition. >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> he saw my polaroid laying around the office. >> seth: oh, wow. >> his exact words was, "who is this guy? he looks thugged out enough to play my little brother." he had seen me, you know, had my buck 50, the scar here. >> seth: why do you call it a buck 50? >> that's jail dialogue. it's mathematics, you know, like the five percenters, the guards it's all mathematics. you know, 360 -- >> seth: okay. >> --the angle this on, you know, is a buck 50, this is under the neck would be called a happy face. you know, telephone is straight from the ear to the mouth. >> seth: wow. >> yeah. [ light laughter ] >> seth: that is, wow. >> it's real out there. >> seth: that is real out there. >> it's real out there, man. >> seth: now, it's interesting, because, you know, i knew you from "the wire," you're great in "the wire," and then you go,
[ applause ] so hard to follow omar. then truly believe chalky white, just as great a character on "boardwalk empire," but your mother, those are not her favorite roles of yours. what is your mom's favorite role that you played? >> "trapped in the closet!" my mother likes "trapped in the closet!" >> seth: you were in "trapped in the closet?" >> i was in "trapped in the closet." shout out to r. kelly. [ applause ] >> seth: and now -- >> her favorite scene she can't get past when little big man jumps out from under the sink with the pie crust on his face and he and i are fighting, you know, because he's poking my wife. >> seth: it doesn't seem like "trapped in the closet" was for moms. but yours just went for it. >> she loved it. i think she also liked "boardwalk empire," but it was really strange. she would just have this weird reaction any time nucky would come on screen. ooh! ooh, nucky! >> seth: really? >> i'd be steve, i think my mom has a crush on you. >> seth: wow. >> it was odd as [ bleep ] >> seth: steve buscemi. [ light laughter ] no, it's fine, don't worry, we're on so late at night, it fine.
>> that's what we're talking about. >> seth: you know, we're talking about, you're mentioning how you were in prison and this film, this show, "the night of," very real. and you play someone who's incarcerated and you sort of based your character freddie on a nephew, is this right? >> yeah, one of my, i have a set of twins, nephews, and dominic, dominic dupont, good boy. just, you know, made a bad mistake. he was defending his brother, his twin brother, in an altercation and a gun went off, and a young man lost his life, unfortunately, and my nephew has been, he paid his debt to society. and, you know, moving forward today, 20-some odd years, he went in at 19, he's still in there. and you know, during the course of the years i would go visit him, i watched him become a man in there. you know, and if there ever was such thing as a model prisoner, it would be my nephew. this man got his education in there, he got married in there. he found a good muslim woman and
he started mentoring young men coming behind him, whether it was hiv/aids awareness or a scared straight situation. he's never, clean, clean, spotless record. never was in the hole. we were never denied access to him because of something he had done, himself. and so, you know, it just -- you know, his spirit, he just has this unbreakable spirit. i'm like, where did you get this strength from? so i base freddie on him, and i my character. like what would my nephew, how would my nephew treat me if he saw someone, you know, as fragile as i am in those situations? >> seth: well, it's fantastic and you certainly do great credit to the part. so, i congratulate you on this. i also want to congratulate you on something else. president obama once said his favorite character on television was omar, who you played on "the wire." what's it like when you get that level of feedback from someone like that? >> it's intimidating. like, wow.
from brooklyn, i did something that warranted the attention of the president of the united states, and it did not involve jail time. [ laughter and applause ] this is awesome. >> seth: i also want to ask this, because i feel like there is a whole world of people that have an amount of respect for you, particularly for that part, i would guess, and i want to talk about an incredible show you're doing on viceland called "black market." i watched the first episode. you actually, you basically play the role of a reporter, a correspondent. you went to newark, and you hung out with guys who carjack. >> yes sir. >> seth: and these are some real -- real guys with guns and whatnot. you went out and they talked to you. what was it like transitioning from being an actor to going out and basically like, being real and talking to people? was that a hard transition or did it come naturally? >> no at first it didn't come naturally because i was trying to be something that i wasn't. i was extremely intimidated going into that situation. you get a call from spike jonze and he offers you a job, you don't tell spike jonez no.
>> you know, and i was clueless. i look at investigative journalism with way too much respect to just go in and try to wing it. i put my o.c.d. actor's hat on, go in there, learn my lines, i'm going to be the best. and i sucked at that. i fell flat on my face. and i got a reality check in houston. in the "lean" episode, i asked a generic question, "so, who inspired you, young man?" and this dude was like, "excuse me?" you know, "dude, i started this culture." and he basically, he checked me. i ha a ignorance and i said never again. i said, "you know what, mike, let the audience see you learn." the only dumb question is the one you don't ask from your heart. and the minute i let that thing go and started taking the journey, letting people let me into their lives and just learn, it became i started getting me these magical moments. i met some people, man, that have forever changed my life. >> seth: well, it's fantastic and you're excellent at it. [ applause ] you also turned up in "ghost busters," so i know you got to
kate mackinnon, leslie jones. and you are, you were just saying -- we're right down the hall from studio 8h where "snl" was. you're a big "snl" fan. you do not want to walk in there, though. >> no, i am a cocky, snobby new yorker from brooklyn, and i've been watching "snl" since i was a kid, and i, you know, now that i'm here, you know, gotten this close, i'm not walking on that set until i'm on that stage. i don't care if i'm an extra. lorne michaels, i want in! i want in! [ cheers and applause ] >> you've got to walk in for the right reason. >> i would be an extra in any skit. i don't care. i want to touch that stage. >> seth: i want you to be an extra just like, in a restaurant scene, so that if someone's watching and all of a sudden they're like, is that omar? >> i want to be in one of your sketches. what you do, the comedic timing that you have, your wit, i'm a huge fan of yours. >> seth: oh, thank you, well, i'm a fan of yours. it's such an honor having you here, michael. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: michael k. williams, everybody. "the night of" airs sunday nights on hbo. we'll be right back with music
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[ cheers and applause ] ?? >> seth: performing his new song, "she's got a way with words," please welcome back blake shelton. [ cheers and applause ] ?? ?? ? when you put two and two together you figure out love's got four letters ? ? i shoulda known that when i met her but she had to spell it out for me ? ? after all that second guessing it's been a long hard history lesson ? ? hell that's a class i got an f in but now i
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: my thanks to blake shelton, everybody! michael k. williams, mary timony, fred armisen and the 8g band. stay tuned for carson daly. we'll see you tomorrow. [ cheers and applause ] ?? hey, sweetie. am i catching you at work? - no. - isn't it already 10:00 your time? - probably. - well, i--i just wanted to call and say i'm thinking about you, and of course your mom.