tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC March 28, 2019 12:37am-1:37am EDT
♪ [ cheers a♪ applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- john oliver, star of "network" on broadway, actress tatiana maslany, music from st. paul and the broken bones, featuring the 8g band with jeff friedl. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." d how is everybong tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that's great to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. former acting fbi director andrew mccabe's interview on "60 minutes" aired last night. when asked if he watched the show, trump said, "ugh, how long is it?" [ laughter ]
president trump on friday declared a national emergency in an eort to go around congres to obtain funding for his border wall. but isn't building a wall kind of a long-term way to approach a supposed emergency? [ ght laughter ] that's like trying to save a drowning man by drinking the lake. [ laughter ] "hold on, gary! [ laughter ] keep treing water, bro!" [ laughter ] today was president's day -- off. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] disgraceformer congressman anthony weiner was released from jail over the weekend. also set free, "new york post" headline writers. [ laughter and appla a girl scout in coloas started selling boxes of samoa cookies covered with a shirtless
picture of jason momoa as aquaman. [ light laughter ] which she is calling "momoa samoas." and so far they're selling a lot better than her "ken jeong tagalongs." [ laughter ] we love you, ken. an unopened copy of the 1985 video game "super mario brothers" recen ay soauction for $100,000. and when the buyer's wife found out, she moved to another castle. [ laughter and applause ] according to new data, american women are now more educated thad ever, and acg to -- [ cheers and applause ] yeah. and according to women, actually we couldn't hear, because men were talking over them. [ laughter ] luxury department store barney's partnered with a cannabis company to open a high-e boutique in beverly hills where customers can buy accessories such as glass bongs and cannabis infused candles. you know, for when y want to
be chill about how rich you are. laughter ] bodega owners in new york city are urging state officials to let them sell marijuanif legislators vote to legalize the drug. also hoping weed is sold at bodegas, the makers of bugles. [ laughter and applause ] well -- "there was one other thing i wanted." [ laughter ] a company isolrganizing a n girls" themed cruise that will sail -- [ cheers ] all right. [ laughter ] a company is organizing a "golden girls" themed cruise that will sail in 2020. though i'm pretty suem that's the of every cruise. [ laughter ] a woman gave birth aboard a jetblue flight to florida this weekend. said the man next to her, "fine, take the armrest!" [ laughter ] a massachusetts family's dog was
recently found 175 miles away from their home after it jumped a wall and escaped their yard. but sure, walls work. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] "the dogs are coming for your jobs!" [ laught ] and finally, according to a new study, 25% of millennialilwould go to or a week if it meant they could own their dream home. said millennials, "free meals and only one roommate? that is my dream home!" [ laughter ]di and gentlemen, we have a fantastic show for you tonight! [ cheers and applause ] he is the host of "last week tonight" on hbo. john oliver is back, erybody. [ cheers and applause ] always so thrilled to have him here. she is currently starring in the broadway production of "network" at the belasco theater here in new yorkity. tatiana maslany is joining us! [ cheers and applause ] and we have music from st. paul and the broken bones.
so you are here on a great night. [ cheers and applause ] fore we get to all that, president trump declared a national emergency on friday, and then spent the rest ofshhe weekend g out at critics. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: after trump unilaterally bypassed congress by declaring a fake tional emergency to build his border wall, he spent the rest of the weekend calling the media the enemy of the people, demanded networks,n against and called justice department officials who investigated him treasonous. it's more obvious every day that trump's natul inclination is to be a dictator. he could even try to grow a dictator musche, but based on the rest of his hair situation, i'm not sure. laughter ] and trump wouldn't -- would be even scarier if he weren't so easily distracted. for example, he couldn't even make it 24 hours after decalring his natimergency before he escaped to florida for a weekend of golf and lounging around at b his private n palm beach, where he was spotted on saturday waiting for breakfast. >>
resident trump spending his first day following that emergency declaration at the trump international golf club down in palmeach. and this photo of president trump at the club's omelet bar went viral, getting retweeted thousands of times over. >> seth: there's no clearer sign that this is not a real emergency than the fact that hea is at an omele [ laughter ] in a real emergency, no one goes to the omelet bar. [ lahter ] "the building is on fire!" "i'll be right there! oh, yeah, onions, green peppers, ham. do you have ham? [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] put it in a to go box!" also, it's good to see you emergency wear is the official uniform of golf grandpas he ever. [ laughter ] look at him. he looks like a six-fol band-aid. [ laughter ] i'm shocked wasn't wearing a fanny pack and trying to get them to take an expired coupon. [ laughter ] i'm sorry, but that is not h president should look ever, but especially during an ergency. when president obama got bin laden, he was in the
situation room surrounded by generals. can you imagine trump overseeinf that missim the omelet bar at his golf club? [ laughter ] "navy seals, this t. your presid give me a full situ -- wait, wait, hold on. what's that? yeah, yeah, yeah, hash browns." laughter ] and even when he's not in florida golfing and eating soft foods, it's clear, we have elected as our president an addled grandpa who has trouble forming coherent sentences. for example, during his press conference on friday, trump explained that he expe protracted court challenge to his national emergency declaration. although it was less of an explanation and more of a singsong ramble. >> i'll sign the final papers as on as i get into the ova office. and we will have a national emergency. and we will then be sued. and they will sue us in the ninth circuit. even though it shouldn't be there. and we will possibly get a bad ruling. and then we'll get another bad ruling.[ ght laughter ] and then we'll end up in the supreme court. and hopefully we'll get a fair
shake. and we'll win in the supreme court. just like the ban. they sued us in the ninth circuit, and we lost. and then we lost in the appellate division. and there we went to the supreme court. and we won. >> seth: he sounds like a 5-year-old telling you what he saw at the zoo. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] t "and then we s monkeys and they were eating bananas. and todd said, 'we used to be apes.' and i said, 'that's not true.' and dd said, 'yes it is!' and then a bird crapped on his head." [ laughter ] of course, it's true that trump's national emergency declaration will be challenged in court, given that it's very likely unconstitutional. if trump has any chancof winning in court at all, he has d insist that this was his only choice -- that he e thing, one thing he had to say. "this is a real emergency. we had to do it this way." >> i could do the wall over a longer period of time. i didn't need to do this. but i would rather do it much
faster. >> seth: you didn't need to do th emergency.s not an [ laughter ] that's the exact opposite of an emergency. that's like saying, "i'm having emergency surgery to get butt implants. [ laughter ] i didn't need to do this. but i hate doing squats." [ laughter ] when he heard that, even rudy guiliani said, "oh, no, you shouldn't have said that." [ laughter ] trump might even know on home level th national emergency stands no chance of surviving a court challenge.d very likely doesn't care, because he's doing this entireln to please a verow set of right wing pundits who hectored him into building the ll. like rush limbaugh who trump actually name checked during his press conference on friday. >> mr. president, could you tell us to what degree some of the outside conservative voices helped to shape your views on this national emergency? >> i would talk about it. look, sean hannity has been a terrific, terrific -- uh -- supporter of what i do. not of me. if i wouldn't be with me.
rush limbaugh, i think he's a great guy. he's a guy that can speak for three hours wiout a phone call. try doing that sometime.s for three ho speaks. he's got one of the biggest audiences in the history of the world. i mean, this guy is unbelievable. .ry speaking for three hours without taking cal taking calls is easy. "okay, i'll answer this r e, i'll ansat one." he goes for three hours, and n he's gotdience that's fantastic. >> seth: my god, that eeswer took tours. [ laughter ] also, if he's talking for threeu hours witaking calls, maybe nobody's calling him. [ laughter ] "we're gonna open the phone line!"au [ ap ] and even if yoput aside the chaothis is causing here at home, it definitely seems like all of this is hurting our image aroundhe world, too. vice president mike pence discovered that over the weekend, when he mentioned president trump in a speech in munich. he clearly thought it was going to be an applause line and it was denitely not.
>> i bring greetings from the 45th president of the united states of america, presidt donald trump. [ laughter ] last august -- >> seth: say what you want about mike pence. the man knows how to hold for silence. [ laughter ] never thought i would say thgh, but pence have to hire jeb bush as his hype man. >> i bring greetings from the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. >> please clap. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: but a reaction like that --ik a reactionthat must really sting for trump, who craves validation and praise. in fact, over the weekend we learned that trump asked the prime minister of japan to nominate him for a nobel prize. a japanese newspaper reported that japanese prime minister shinzo abe nominated trump for the nobel peace prize la autumn after receiving a request from the u.s. government to do so. [ light laughter ] which is especially embarrassing, given that on friday trump bragged abouthe
fact that abe had nominated him for the nobel prize and claimed he had no idea he was about to do that. >> prime minister abe an, gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the nobel pze. s d, "i have nominated you," or, "respectfully, on behalf ofa japan,asking them to give you the nobel peace prize." i said, "thank you." >> seth: oh, really? you said, "thank you?" did you also bribe him? oere you go, shinzo. this is for one frlet." [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] it is expired. so maybe just frame it. somehow i doubt that trump will get that nobel peace prize after unilaterally declaring a nonexistent emergency at our border with mexico. for weeks, trump has gone back and forth on the possibility of declarg an emergency, while also insisting he was already building the wall, as he did right before the state of the union address.
although he was very coy about it. >> are you saying now you expect to declare a national -- >> i don't want to say. but you'll hear the state of the union and then you'll see what happens right ter the state of e union, okay? >> seth: "you'll hear the state of the union and then you'll see what happens after the state of ise union." trump is so out ofepth, he's dodging questions by explaining how time works. [ laughter ] "mr. president, didn't you say mexico would pay for the wall?" "i said mexico will pay for the wall in the future, not the present.an everyone knows the future comes after the present, as opposed to the past, which is before the present. and we can't gstback to the we can only go back to the future, which i learned from ry that documenbout bernie sanders." [ laughter ] pecheers and applause ] the reason trump so many weeks seesawing back and forth is because republicans are reportedly urging him not to declare the national emergency, knowing the move would be unpopular and unconstitutional. and yet, as soon as trump did it, republicans either supported him or were muted in their
criticism. iowser k grslwho lyd, ldn't have done it." but grassley was much angrier when gop senate majority leader mitch mcconnell teok to the seloor last week to announce that trump would deare a national emergency grassley was talking about something totally unrelated and got mad when mcconnell interrupted him. >> allowing these tax credits, incentives to lapse has created uncertainty for investors, and the industry about the availability of these -- >> will the senator yield? >> jeopardizing the long-term investments necessary for the development of these biofuels. i hope the next time i get a chance to have the floor, i won't be interrupted. i yield the floor and put the rest of my statement in the record. >> mr. grassley? >> leader mcconnell. >> seth: you know you're old when the young 'un disrespecng you is mitch mcconnell. [ laughter ] that's how loud grassley yells when trump cuts him in line at the omelet bar. [ laughter ]
we're at the whims of angry old men screaming about stuff they hear on talk radio or fox news. trump just rambles aimlessly from one topic to the and his alternate reality is reinforced by the right wing pundits who support him. trump is obviously unfit to be president. and if someone beats him in 2020, that someone is going to get -- >> a thing called the nobel prize. [ laughter ] >> seth: this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with john oliver, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. give it up for the 8g band, right over there! [ cheers and applause ] also sitting in with us this week, he's the drummer from the banda perfect circle and dev he's also a member of the beta machin whose album "intruder" will be released on march 29th. be sure to follow him in the beta machine on both twitter and instagram. jeff friedl is here, everybody. th ks so much for being her jeff. [ cheers and applause ] our first guest tonight is the host of the emmy- and peabody award-winning show "last week tonight", which just returned hbo.ts sixth season on please welcome back to the show, our friend john oliver. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
>> seth: welcome back! >> thank you, thank you. thank you. thank you for having me back. >> seth: it was -- >> it's nice to be back. >> seth: it's nice to be back. it's nice to have you ck on the ai you returned from a little bit of a break. i know you don't really ever take a break >> no, we work through the breaks. we were planning some ridiculous stories for later this year. >> seth: yes. d i think -- no one work harder than you or your staff. and so it's very hard to catch you on vacation. >> yeah. >> seth: sometimes i'll see you and think, "oh, you have a show last week." maybe you'll be refreshed and you just always look exhausted. >> no, yeah. [ ughter ] that's something to do with work and i do have resting exhausted face, anyway. [ laughter ] people do -- even when i come back from vacation, sometimes people will go, "everything all right? it's tough right now, isn't it." well, this is three days on a beach. >> seth: you never -- [ laughter ]
>> okay. >> seth: as you say, you never stop working, but what you do lose when you're on a break is nethe outlet to process th. >> yeah. >> seth: i know even when we hahave a couple weeks off,is the hardest part for me. can you appreciate being unplugged from the news at all d you just miss being able to talk about it? >> it's nice in general. it's nice to unplug from p something thatsonous. [ light laughter ] but the problem is, when there's around, you kind of want to know what's happening. so, no. it feels reckless and irresponsible to say "i won't concern myself with the fact that america is destroying itself. [ light laughter ] s i'prise myself three months later to see what's happened." no, so it's ce to have an outlet again. do you struggle? well --: i - what i found -- i do. >> do you? >> seth: no, i mutter to myself a lot more when we don't have the show. >> oh, really? >> seth: you know, because this is my -- this is like a very polite way to do what would just be muttering if i didn't have a tv show. >> yeah, it's a very erudite mutter that you vot into a camera. >> seth: yeah. >> so you just walk around -- >> seth: i just walk aund town -- >> why was he at an omelet bar? [ laughter ]
seth: here's the thing. and you know, you guys obviously do stories that are sort of longer tail as opped to just talking about what happened yesterday. >> right. >> set what happened yesterday, if you have a week off, you don't have to pay that much attention, because by the following monday, nothing th matters -- nothing that happened matters anymore. >> that's it. that is the sense where time has kind of changed. >> seth: yeah. >> in that it used to be that you could assume tha something happened in the week that you're still in, it would have a place in people's memory. now, 72 hours is a long time. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> so often we find ourselves saying, "oh, and he did this," ats he start of this week, t human week. >> seth: yes. >> this actual week that we started on monday. and so, yeah. there's a lot -- generally we don'talk about anything in t week that doesn't happen kind of thursday night, friday. there's no point. >> seth: you know, it's nice -- you do provide a nice service in that obviously things are crazy here right now. you do remind the world that other places are crazy. >> yeah, but that's a tough sell, thouth. 's the problem. so it's difficult when you're
doing international stories on the show. like last year we wanted to do a show about the brazilian election and it's a tough sell to say "i know things are rough in america right now, but we feed to talk about brazil." and you can kind o going -- not [ bleep ] now we don't. [ laughter ] it's like saying to someone whose house is on fire, "there is a house on fire ttreets away." any other time, i would give a bleep ] about that. [ laughter ] but my possessions are burning. so iugh to kind of say, "we need to talk about brazil." and not have that sense of "do we?" >> seth: yeah. >> do we, definitely? >> seth: you talked about brexit last night. obviously, you have a connection to that. >> yes, yeah. >> seth: do you feel like that's a story thateople here have any sense of exactly how insane it is? >> well, you can -- broadly, you can get a sense of how insane i is, just fing secure in the knowledge that it's y [ bleep ] crat's happening. as you go into actually what is happening, the details of it are so absurd that it kind of exacerbates the insanity, but it does take a long time to understand.
to understand exactly why northern ireland and northern ireland border is so critical here to this deal that isn't actually a deal. it's a deal just a deal to get to an interim period to get to the deal. it's fun to understand all of that if you are into masochism. [ laughter ] but you can just reassure that what britain is doing is driving itself off a cliff. [ light laughter ] they are thelma and louise-ing themselves off a cliff. >> seth: the next cliff opportunity we have here seems to be the 2020 election. >>es. >> seth: that seems to be a good cliff opportunity. >> yeah. that's definitely a good time to look over the cliff. "i don't know, we somehow lived through the last one. maybe we can fly." [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: yeah.nd [ cheerspplause ] we're going to live forever! >> exactly. >> seth: you -- obviously, one of the things -- i mean, and a lot of people are announcing and cable news is certainly doing a lot of coverage of 2020 alady. how do you feel about that? a little early? >> it's a little early, right? w cause the bar is pretty now.
whenever anyone announces for esident, i just go, "sur fine. yeah. add it to the list."in you're kamala harris, great. bernie sanders, great. a tortoise walking across an abandoned wendy's parking lo has he got an exploratory committee? you would work, as well. [ laught ] the bar is so low. so all they're going to do now is just announce they're running for president and then graise money. so there is not much to see there. >> seth: yeah. >> so, yeah, it's dangerous i think givi it too much attention right now when there is plenty of other [ bleep ] that we should be loing at. >> seth: what about this idea of you want to -- you know, you can get caught up in the everyay of what's happening with this presidency. you don't want to get complacent. you don't want to get desensized to the idea that madness is happening. but you also don't want to be screaming and yelling l the time. like, how do you find a balance there? >> i mean, i don't know. that's -- i mean, that's a kind of existential question, isn't it?[ ght laughter ] how do we all seek happiness right now, that isn't, at its root, fraudulent? [ light laughter ]
oh, depressing "oh" from the audience. [ laughter ] listen, we're just trying to have a night out in new yo, dude. [ laughter ] i didn't come here for nihilism. [ cheers and applause ]et >> they were like, "john oliver is on. he's gonna give us an update on brazil." [ laughter ] >> now he's saying we're all dust in the wind of history. yeah, it's difficult.'s ifficult. i think that the problem is that at the moment, like, not only with trump, who is president, so you have to pay attention to h like you would pay attention to a bull in a china shop. but also, the new candidates, tit's a -- it kind of shot we're concentrating too much on personalities right now. which is hard to criticize when those personalities are in the white house. but we do have sysmic problems underneath them. so i can't really get excited about new candidates yet, frcause it's 20 months awa the election. >> seth: yeah, it's a long time away. >> it's a long time. >> seth: youere not always -- at a young age, people probably
assumed that you were talking about international news from behind a desk. but you >> yeah. >> seth: your first on-camera job was you were in an adaption of charles dickens' "bleak house." >> so that is actually true. [ laughter >> seth: you know, that's true. we do have to hammer homthat that's true, because that sounds like a joke you would make. >> it also sounds like an offensive stereotype about a british person. "you were all probably in dickensian dramas growing up." dly, i was. so, yes. no one has really found this out here other than your >> seth: here is a photo. >> this is it. >> seth: yes. [ audience aws ] >> whahappened -- yeah, that's right. this is what the president has doneo me. [ laughter ] there is a child with light in his eyes there. [ applause ] so basically, when i was six years old, there was -- the bbc was shooting a costume drama called "bleak house" nearby my school. and they wanted a ird with dark nd brown eyes. and i was two for two on that. so i was in this, liry, very lavish dickensian drama fo,
the bbc with lame diana rigg. i didn't understand what anything was. i didn't know what was happening. they just said, "do you want to do this?" i said, "is it at the same time as school?" y they said, "ye'll have to leave school." and i said yes before they ended that conversation. yed , it was a very, very we experience. >> seth: here's a clip. i believe your character's name is felix. >> that's right. i was felix pardiggle, and i'm an orphan. >> seth: okay. >> yeah. >> you may have seen the names of my five boys printed on a subscription list. felix.ht >> eence. >> to the superannuated widows. >> yes. >> seth: wow, really good. really good. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. thank u. >> seth: that is like one more element of the stereotype, is d that you pla orphan. [ laughter ] >> it is so offensive. if i'd spent half my childhood up a chimney, that's the only way that you could make that more reductive view of british people. the amazing thing about that
scene, the only thing i remember about it is them saying, "hey, you need to act bored now." and i remember thinking, "that's okay, i am bored." [ laughter ] >> seth: my parents watched a ton of pbs when we were growing up. they watched a ton of costume dramof. every onhem, from my perspective, could have been called "bleak house." >> that is absolutely fair. that's an all-encompassing title. actually, the only other thing remember from that was diana rigg, who was, like, one of the great british actresses. she gave me aniseed balls on t. >> seth: i don't know -- what are aniseed balls? >> you d here?ve aniseed balls no, right, because you value flavor. [ laughter ] is anyone here from britain? >> audience: yes! >> yeah, do you remember aniseed balls?nc >> aud i do indeed. >> yeah, were they pleasant to put in your face? >> audience: no, they're disgusting. a [ laught applause ] >> right. they are absolutely disgusting. >> seth: and then wh [ laughter ] -- he way that's the mo i've never seen someone so effectively interact with an audience member onur show.
[ laughter ] like, you were so clear -- >> yeah, yeah. that is the way that british people reminisce about their pa. "do you remember that?" "yes, it was awful." "me too." ] [ laught >> seth: it is always so wonderful to have you here. thank you so much. give it up for john , everybody. "last week tonight" airs sunday nights on hbo. we'll be right back with tatiana maslany. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: you know our next guest from her emmy-award winning performance on the ser "orphan black." she currently stars alongside bryan cranston in the play "network", which is running at the belasco theater in a limited engagement through april 28th. please welcome back to the show tatiana maslany, everyone. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome back. >> how are you? >> seth: i'm wonderful. congratulations on the show. >> tha you.
>> seth: are you enjoying yourself so far? >> yeah. i mean, it's a dream come true for me. >> seth:t's based on a 76 film. >> yes. >> seth: had you seen that before? >> no. when i got the audition, then i watcd it. and was kind of shocked that i hadn't seen it, 'cause '70s cinema's kind of -- i just love it.h and it's s-- "network" is about a news anchor who goes on the -- the television. i read the script, you guys. [ laughter ] >> seth: spoiler alert. yeah. >> seth: yeah. >> on-air, he says he's gonna commit suicide. and that sparks this huge ratings soar, and so the network starts to, like, capitale on that and use him as this prophet of the airwaves to kind of extol garbage and say stuff. and get the ratings higher and higher. and that's -- it's -- at the time i think it was a satire and now it fact. horribly just >> seth: yeah. >> yep.h: >> sou play the tv executive who's very much behind this, and one of the things that really cool about the show is you have, i guess about 25 audience members sitting on stage.
>> yeah. >> seth: how do they behave, t people that are on stage? do you worry about that, or did you before you actuallto put it into practice? >> yeah, i mean, i didn't know how it was going to be. they just sit there. they're very nice. they eat their meat -- >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] >> and just watch the show. >> seth: good. ometimes they get very uncomfortable because there are moments that happen on the stage that are intimate and -- >> seth: uh-huh. >> and maybe vulgar. >> seth: uh-huh. >> and sthey -- yeah. so they either, like, ignore us completely and watch the screens or, you know, pretend that they're not there. >> seth: what about -- have you had any mishaps? have you had anything go wrong?s >> misith the audience? no. >> seth: okay. >> i did -- i was goofg off backstage one day, and squatted as a joke and ripped my pants op completely. all the way up the front. >> seth: oh, wow. >> yeah, and then had to like, go on and be a cool business exec. and -- >> seth: how much time did you have fro on stage?rip to going >> i think seven seconds. >> seth: okay, that's not great. asah. >> so, iust like, "guys, this is what happened. watch out." and so we like, went on stage. i had a newspaper and i just
held it on my butt for the whole -- [ laughter ] and then, like, backed up off stage like a cartoon. like back like that. [ laughter ] seth: wow. >> i changed a bunch of blocking. a news desk almost mowed me down. >> seth: do you erink people knew anything went wrong or do you think you pulled it off? >> i think i pulled it off. >> seth: wow, that really grea >> yeah. yeah, and then we pulled off those pants, and fixed them. [ ughter ] in seth: 'cause i would sa new york -- yeah. in new york city if i saw somebody holding a newspaper against their butt, i would be like, "that guy rippedis pants." [ laughter ] >> but they're like, "that makes sense." >> seth: yeah. you -- there's something really cool in the show, which is you do live shots from outside. >> yeah. >> seth: you mentioned screens, and so you actually go do scenes outside on the street. >> yes. >> seth: which was in new york. there are people out there. how is that -- have you had any weird ppen there? >> there are people out there in new york, guys. >> seth: yes, every night. [ laughter ] >> i don't knoif you're aware this but -- no, it's so much fun. i mean, we're on a live street right near times square. so it's always full of batmans and santa clauses, and like, people who are just annoyed that we're taking up their space. and it's really fun.
and you get people kind of staring into the screen or, like, waving otrying to get -- tony goldwyn is my scene partner in that scene. >> seth:ure. >> so a lot of people are trying to get selfies with him and -- >> seth: gotcha. >> yeah. >> seth: while -- and he's a fanttic actor. >> yeah. >> seth: but i imagine one thing they don't teach you in acting school is how to do a stage scene while people are trying to take a selfie with you. >> yeah, no. that's the one thing they don't teach you. [ laughter >> seth: that's the one thing they don't teach. >> that's a huge gap in the education of actors. >> seth: you got -- you got a start early, as well. we were talking to john oliver tonight. >> yeah. >> seth: he played an orphan. you did some orphan work early on. >> i did. >> seth:areah. >> i did orphan work. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> i was nine years old and i did my first orphan work. >> seth: and then yonewent on to bef the most famous orphans in television history. >> the titular orphan. right. t >> seth: yea titular orphan. so this was "oliver." >> yeah. >> seth: are you down there? >> y>>h, that is me. eth: wow, so how -- >> popping a squat as i tend to do. >> seth: yup. popping a ]uat. [ laught again, totally fine 'cause you're wearing a dress. >> wearing a dress. it's fine. >> seth: doesn't matter. yeah. >> this -- paul nolan -- >> seth: uh-huh. >> is actually like, a huge broadway star. >> seth: that's fantastic. >> and we grew up together in
regina, saskatchewan. >> seth: wow. >> yeah. [ cheers and applause ] yeah! >> seth: wow. oh, my god. >> that's the entire population of regina, right there. [ laughter ] >> seth: by the way, like, we only had one england for john. >> oh! >> seth: yeah. that's a hot night for regina. [ laughter ] and so this was a regina production of the show. >> it was "oliver!" yeah. >> seth: okay, greatcl >> with the ation point. >> seth: yeah. >> and -- and i played orphan with pipe cleaners in my hair.h: >> sreat. >> so, my braids -- that's all you need to know. >> seth: and with that -- was nine about when you got bit by the bug? was that your first -- >> that was the first start. >> seth: that was it. gotcha. >> that was literally the first performance i did. >> seth: ands soon as you did it, did you think to yourself, "oh, yeah. if this a profession, i want to do it." >> yeah, i was hooked. i was like, "i got do this for the rest of --" >> seth: that's great. >> i was addicted. >> seth: did you have in those early days, do have any bad auditions, or did it come to you naturally? >> i think all the aud at that time were probably bad. i think they still continue to be. [ light laughter ] i did a really bad audition recently, very recently. >> seth:ecently? >> yeah. i -- it was a cartoon. for some big cartoon. i won't name it or the company
that is behind it. but it was a musical, which i'm, like, rtoons, musicals, love them. can't do them. [ light la ihter ] ent in, and was like expecting to be in a booth where you do animation.et >> sure, right. >> so you kind of have, like, space to be a goof and kind of, like, let go.ic but it was bly a couch like this with two chairs where the two execs were sitting that close to me. and it was like a fluorescent-lit room, and they're like, "okay, so let's hear your song."s and i ke, "i think it will be really funny to sing this song." won't say what the song was. [ light laughter ] "part of your world" by the little mermaid [ laughter ] and i was like, so nervous to be sitting th close to them. so i just -- >> seth: close singing is the worst. >> it's horrible. >> seth: yeah. >> so i stood up and just, like, sang to them, and then looked up, because it was so uncomfortable. [ laughter ] and i just stared up and i got progressively more embarrassed, and ran to my car and cried. [ laughter ] [ audience aws ] >> seth: picked up a newspaper. put behind your butt. walked out of the room. >> yeah, yeah. [ laughter ]fa put it on or on my butt.
yeah. cool, yeah. >> seth: is it nice now to be doing a show -- i mean, there's the repetitioning it every night. >> yeah. >> seth: also, you get to play one character every as opposed to -- what was the total in "orphan black"/ >> i don't know. 13? >> seth: yeah, so -- t >> lots m died, early. >> seth: lots of them died early. yeah. i mean, there were the ones where we were like, "that's not your best one, tatiana." >> yeah, yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: "we'll get rid of 'em." >> kill them off. yeah. >> seth: the one that sang, thll her almost immediately. >> oh, they killed her fast. [ light laughter ] she died fast. yeah.it >> seth: iice, though, to just get to play one part? >> it is. and it's like such a different experience to be doing the same piece every nigh you know, the same -- following the same trajectory. but what's so beautiful iswo'm ing with, like, bryan cranston -- >> seth: yeah. >> and tony goldwyn. and bryan, you know, they all -- theveryone in the cast doe amazing work every night where they're just navigating it differently, finding new things. and i feel like, whatever is in the news resonates, you know, with us because the piece is so prescient. we're talking about fake news. we're talking about, you katw, the way ews and entertainment have been fused.
all of it is so alive now that i can feel the audience respond differently, d crap has happened that day. you know what i mean? >> seth: well, that's great. >>onnd we sort of do the sam stage. so, it's -- it's always very alive and bryan's just unbelievable. >> seth: yeah. he's something else. >> he's unbelievable. >> seth: the entire cast i >> yeah. >> seth: and congratulations on the show and thank you so much for being here with us. >> seth: so good to see you as always. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you for having me. >> seth: tatiana maslany, everybody. work" is running at the belasco theater through april 28th. [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with music from st. paul and the broken bones. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪
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