tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC May 17, 2019 12:37am-1:38am EDT
♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers. tonight -- aidy bryant, author and director john watersp 2020residential candidate senator michael bennet featuring the 8g band with johnny radelat ♪ [ cheers and appuse ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night. how is everybody doing tonight [ cheers and applause that's great to hear in that case, let's get to the news president trump today revealed a plan for a newerit-based immigration system said trump, "i love when things are merit-based, just ask my,
presidential adviser daughter." [ laughter and applause new york mayor bill de blasio announced today that he is running for president. come on, bill, everyone knows the next step after mayor of new york is insane lawyer. [ laughter and applause [ eers and applause former vice president joe biden announced today that the headquarters for his presidential campaign will be in philadelia and he's already getting to know the locals [ laughter and applause according to the "washington post," president trump is frustrated with his advisers, because he believes they are pushing him toward war with iran dude, you're the one who hiredto john bol [ laughter ] did you not know that's his whole deal "bomb iran" was his yearbook quote.la [ hter ] [ cheers and applause still rocking that mustacheven
back then. "game of thrones" will air its final episode this weekend and you're wondering who is going to die, my guess is hbo? [ laughter and applause senator bernie sanders said yesterday that he supports breaking up facebook, but only becae he can't figure out to close it [ laughter ] "the green button just made it bigger now it's my whole desktop. [ cheers and applause i don't like being poked!" [ laughter ] kourtney kardashian wen new york yesterday to unveil their wax figures at madame tussaud's wax museum. back to the hotel that their driver realized his mistake. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause , "all right, ladies're here i said, 'we're here,' ladies just jump on o, ladies, we're here [ laughter ] this is the ho -- oh [ bleep ]!"
[ laughter ] arizona's state legislature has passed a bill to make lemonade the official state drink, while massachusetts is still vodka in laughter and applause "here's to the greatest state in the nation." and finally, former president jimmy carter was released from the hospital today after breaking his hip while turkey hunting. and this is cool, he even got a card from the turkey [ laughter and applause tonight.show for you you know her from "snl," and her excellent show "shrill" is now streaming on hulu. aidy bryant is back, everybody one of our favoritese and a legend is here tonight writer renowned director and his new book, "mr. know-it-all" will be on stands tuesday, may 21st john waters is joining us. [ cheers and applause so excited to talk to him.
and he is the senator fromra colo and a 2020 presidential candidate. michael bennet joins us tonight. so, you're here on a great night. [ cheers and applause before we get to all that, the president is arguing in court n' that congress cainvestigate him as republicans wage a war on reproductive rights. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: this week it ally feels like we're seeing one threat after another to our system of constitutional democracy. the president is vowing to block all subpoenas from congress. his lawyers are arguing in court that congress doesn't have the power to investigate him the white house counsel told congress this week that trump would refuse all deman for records and testimony related to the mueller report and trump is turning the justice department into a political weapone at this point thxt "national treasure" movie is just going to be two hours of nic cage trying to tape the constitution back together [ laughter ] "i'm still missing a piece!" [ cheers and applause earlier this week, for example, congressional requests for all
documents like his tax returns, because he thinks congress shouldn't be allowed to see them lo >> why continue to bck these house democrats who are looking for information? >> because they are asking for things that they are not entitled to. i could ask them, i assume, if they ask me, i could ask them for the same kind of thing they wouldn't want to do it. >> seth: yeah, they would. in fact, several democrac presidential candidates have already released their tax returns, because they have nothing to hide. you think elizabeth warren has a side hustle selling hotels to russian mobsters [ laughter ] at most i casee her running a b&b that serves breakfast way too early. [ laught ] "be downstairs at 4:30 because the cream of wheat goes fast." the trump administration is even refusing basic requests for information about big banks that have scammed customerspl yesterday for ex warren grilled joseph otting, the comptroller of the currency in during a senate hear now, the office of the comptroller of the currency, or occ, is charged in part withe
regulating banks lik wells fargo. warren asked otting to release information about the bank, which has had a series of scandalsti ot refused and let's just say it did not go well for him >> will you commit to publicly disclosing the occ's evaluation of the, quote, "competence, experience, character, or integrity," end quote, of the next wells ceo >> i will not. >> why not >> 'cause it'll be confiinntial supervisory rmation. >> well, it's confidential if you make it confidential the point is you have the legal authority -- >> at this point in time i do ns not have po release that information publicly >> and what is the reason that you don't have plans why are you keeping this secret? >> as you ogdicated, it's my prive. >> okay, and our job is oversight here >> senator warren, no one has been more tougher on wells fargo than myself. no one has been more outspoken >> you mean at the occ that's a low bar [ laughter ] >> i would disagree with that. i find that insulting that you would make that comment. >> good. >> seth: oh. [ laughter ] whon do you even say in resp to that? "i'm insulted. "good.
i'm glad you're insulted." "well, i'm glad -- [ laughter ] that you're glad that i'm insulted." [ laughter ] it's such a simple yet effective burn that all you can do is slink down in your chair andou hope she forgetse there. [ laughter ] so the president is arguing that he can't be investigated or subpoenaed and that congress isn't entitled to information about him. and then there's the fact that republicans in alabama passed an inhumane and blatantly unconstitutional anti-abortion law, essentially inviting the supreme court's conservative majority to overturn roe v. wade. in fact, last night the governor of alabama signed the bill into law and actually admitted that it was unenforceable >>tihe most restrictive abor law in the nation is now in effect in the state of alabama the governor of that state signing the bill yesterday, which bans all abortions unless the mother's life is in danger doctors in alabama who perform an abortion if convicted would face up to life in prison. >> planned parenthood and the a ac challenging states who have restricted abortion, saying lawmakers are passing thesbi s only to benefit their parties.
>> they know and say publicly bl that these laws are antly unconstitutional, and they don't care >> tonight the governor here says while she signed the abortion bill, she also knows it is unenforceable because of roe v. wade. >> seth: think about that. they passed a bill they know is unconstitutional, and they don't care can you agine how republicans would react if new york and california passed laws just banning all gun ownership? the nra would send out an all caps e-mail saying, "tyranny is here." trump would tweet something like, "gun grabbin' libs, not nice" with a bunch of weird exclamation points [ light laughter ] and sean hannity would scream so loud, the screen in your tv would crack. well, probably not your tv, but, you know, yourrandpa's tv. [ light laughter ] and it will not shock you to learn that some of the men voting for these bills have absolutely nidea how pregnancy or reproduction work take republican state senator clyde chambliss who was aske about the fact that the bill does not provide exemptions in case of rape and incest. chambliss said thaabortions could only be provided until the
woman is known to be pregnant. okay already, what?ht [ light laug ] is this some kind of ancient alabama riddle "the buffet is a you can eat that is until you get to the restaurant." [ light lauger ] chambliss also said -- [ cheers and applause he also said, "i'm not trainedme cally, so i don't know the proper terminology and timelines, but from what i've read and what i've been told, there's some period of time egnant."ouan know a woman is wait inyou're not medically tra because you [ bleep ] nailed it, dude [ laughter ] did it really not ever occur too to look into the terminology and the timelines before voting on this bill it strikes me the only timelineh e guys think they know is you have sex and then nine months later a stork shows up. [ light laughter ]
in fact, that comment was so dumb, planned parenthood actually had to issue a fact check on its twitter account when asked ithis bill makes an exception for victims of incest, until she knows she's egnant." again, that would mean that that person would have to get an abortion before they know they're pregnant n that's a thing [ laughter ] it's not [ cheers and applause i mean -- who is this guy's sex ed teacher a pole cat in a beer helmet? [ laughter ] but of course, this isn't about protecting life. if that's what it was about, then republicans would invest money in maternity care, parental leave, universal pre-k, or any number of policies thatly would actualelp families raise children what it's really about is depriving women of their basic human rights and chambliss basically gave th game away when he waked why the bill wouldn't apply to eggs fertilized through ivfsa chamblis, "the egg in the lab doesn't apply, it's not in a woman. she's not pregnant." dude, you just admitted it it's not in a woman, so we don't care
you said out loud the thing republicans pretend they aren't doing. you're like one of those guys selling fake watches on the street and admitting it's fake "it's not a rolex, it's a polex, and the numbers are out of order. [ ughter and applause now, these anti-abortion bills passed by multiple stes are blatantly unconstitutional in fact, the authors know these bills will get overturned in the lower courts that's the point they want them to get to the supreme court. and they are doing this now, because they think they've finally got fiveonservative justices on their side with the appointment of justice brett kavanaugh. you remember him [ laughter ] the bad guy from every '80s teen movie. [ laughter ] you know, he looks like he should be telling w michael j. fox, ewolf can't play basketball. [ laughter ] of course, during his confirmation process, kavanaugh repeated a the usual nonsense about how he would be a fair and impartial judge. and honestly for the life of me, i just can't figure out whatli would make repns think kavanaugh is on their side he's already been pretty, you know, balanced >> since my nomination in july,
there's been a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything to block my confirmation the behavior of several of the democratic members of this a committee at my hearing w weeks ago was an embarrassment this whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about president trump and the 2016 election, revenge on behalf of the clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside left wing opposition groups. this is a circus [ laughter ] >> seth: i mean, holy [ bleep ] that guy is a supreme court justice now. can you imagine what his questions during oral arguments are like "i saw hillary clinton outside my house last night digging through my trash as part of a left wing conspiracy to steal my identity and make a mold of my face so she can wear it as a
mask and r a liquor store. [ laughter and applause this guy accused - [ applause ] this guy accused the clintons of orchestrating a secret renge plot with money from left wing opposition groups to destroy him. and now he could be one of the deciding votes on everythinggr from whether cons can investigate the president to roe v. wade. he sounds like he's auditioning for a talk show with alex jones. >> they're demons. th're freakin' interdimensional invaders. okay i'll just say it make fun of me all you want on n or wherever. but everyone already innately knows this these people are not freakin' hillary clinton is a gmn demon! [ light laughter ] 'scuse me takin the lord - it's not taking it in vain she is a demon damned to hell! 'scuse me. [ laughter ] >> seth: i like how he says excuse me at the end like he just sneezed for alex jones, an outburst like that is just involuntary "joe biden is a secret lizard who smells like sulfur!"su
geheit [ laughter and applause of course, throughout his ss conformation procekavanaugh repeated all the usual lines about how he would supposedly respect roe v. wade as settled law. >> senator, i said tha's settled as a precedent of the supreme court. it has been reaffirmed many times over the past 45 years, as you know and most prominently, most importantly reaffirmed in planned parenthood versus casey in 1992. i understand the importance of the issue. i understand the importance that decision, to the planned v. wade parenthood versus casey decision i don't live in a bubble i understand i live in the real world >> seth: man, it's so weird to see someone who is capable of losing his [ bleep ] like that suddenly calm and measured l it'se seeing a crazy guy in the subway screaming, "rats controlled by the government are
spyi on us." and then he turns to you and says, "by the way, that jacket looks fantastic. [ laughter ]h second, kavanas lying about roe v. wade. and we all know he was lying, opposite in an e-mail when he worked for the bush administration >> somebody leaked to the "new york times" and then to nbc news this e-mail written by brett kavanaugh in 2003 in which he argues explicitly that roe versus wade is not recognized to be settled law, because the supreme court could very well overturn it. quote, "i am not sure that all legal scholars refer to roe as the settled law of the land at the supreme court level since court can always overrule its precedent and three current justices on the court would do so." >> seth: man, i'd love to hear kavanaugh's explanation for that "hillary clinton snuck into my office wearing a mask of my face and typed it on my computer to frame me and alex jones is right, she's a demon from hell. excuse me. [ laughter and applause our system of constitutional democracy is facing one threatr.
after anot congress should be able to investigate the president. and women should be able to make choices about theiown bodies i can't believe i have to say that, and if you're offended by me - >> good. >> seth: this has been "a closer look." [ cheers and applause we'lbe right back with aidy bryant, everybody ♪ [ cheers and applause >> announcer: for more of seth'e "closer looks" be suo subscribe to "late night" on youtube. hey, who are you? oh, hey jeff, i'm a car thief... at wh?! i'm here to steal your car because, ll, that's my job. what? what?? what?! (laughing) what?? what?! what?! [crash] what?! haha, it happens. and if yur've got cut-rate car ice, paying for this could feel like getting robbed twice. so get allstate... and be better protected from mayhem... like me.
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[ cheers and applause ♪ >> seth: welcome back, everybody. give it up for the 8g band right over there [ cheers and applause all this week we have had the drummer from the gary clark jr. band. his album "this land" is out now. you can catch gary clark jr. at the hollywood bowl in los angeles oneptember 29th and on tour all summer long. johnny radelat, everybody. thank you so much for a great nd week a really appreciate it. [ cheers and applause our first guest tonight is an -n emmyinated actress you know from her work on "saturday night live." the first season of her show "shrill" is streaming now on hulu please welcome back to our show, aidy bryant, everybody [ cheers and applause ♪ ♪
>> seth: how are you [ cheers and applause >> gode. feels good to be h >> seth: oh, it's nice to have you home and i want to congratulate you i know i've talked to you a little but i don't think you've been here since "shrill" came out. >> it's true >> seth: it's just a fantastic >> oh. >> seth: and you have a second season and you're going to film it out in portland this summer, right >> yes, i damn am. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause >> seth: and i know, you know, it was so great because obviously you have a show like that and it is very much your show. you are driving the show i know you have a hand in creating the show. and when you do press about , it must be different than when you get interviewed about "snl" because it is a far more personal show. >> totally, yeah i mean, the show is about, like, a woman finding her self-confidence and hating her body and deciding to stop hating hersf. and so, you know, like, "snl" they are like, "what's it like in the wacky wigs? seth: oh, yeah. >> and then when i do press
about "shrill," the questions are like, "so you've hated yourself for many ye ]s. [ laughter and i'm like, "yeah! [ laughter ] um, and it's -- there's nothing like back-to-back digging in with people being like, "so, must be tough to wear t-shirts." [ laughter ] and i'm like, "yeah, i guess." [ laughter ] >> seth: your husband, conner, who's a wonderful guy, who i've known for a long time, and your family, did ey have a different experience watching the show versus watching you on "snl?" >> yeah. i think they were weirdly more nervous for it because it is so much more personal and it is, like, you know, a little bit -- ere's parts of my life are in there. and i think for them it was a lot to take because there's, like, some sex snes. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> you know? yeah, if you want to see my ass, check it out [ cheers and applause >> seth: that's a resounding "yes." >> that's a -- if you want it,t. you've got i [ cheers and applause i do what i have to to make money. >> seth: yes
[ laughter ] this is all about money. this is not titillating for her. it's just about money. >> cash. [ laughter ] >> seth: you -- the seasonle fis this week. >> oh, yeah. >> seth: you've had a great season and you did some impressionsd this year and you e of anne mcclain, who is a female astronaut. >> yes >> seth: and she tweeted >> from space! >> seth: from space. >> yeah, it's -- >> seth: from space she tweeted, "i am still laughing about this, and aidy, your uniform looks impeccable!" >> i can't handle it >> s[ h: yeah. ughter ] >> because, i mean, it's easiest the coolest thing that's ever happened to me it means that she watched the ac sketch in sp >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> my face has been to space [ laughter ] like -- yes. [ cheers and applause it, like -- it was the coolest thing. and she gave, like -- in space she gave an interview about it where the like asked - she's floating in the air and they're like, "did you like it?" and she was like, "it was the laugh we needed this week. [ laughter ] and i was like, "are you tellini me i'm hel the astronauts? [ laughter ]
like, it touched me so -- it was easily the coolest thing that's ever happed to me. >> seth: that is fantastic >> yeah. >> seth: i am a little sad that twitter made it to space >> yeah. >> seth: you know, just in general. >> and i hear you. >> seth: yeah, i feel like it is a virus that i hoped we could contain on our planet. [ laughter ] >> i know. >> seth: it's spreading. >> you're right. >> seth: it's spreading to the -- >> yeah. [ applause ] >> seth: meghan mccain was on the showme you did a an mccain impression this year and she was here and she was talking about how she enjoyed that you guys have a crazy connection >> yeah, it's really -- we're both arizona women that is true and we weirdly -- we also went to the same high school.h. >> seth: y >> and so i watched her on your show and in it she's like, "yeah, you know, aidy and i went to the same high school." and she, like, shouts out our high school, and is like, "whoop, whoop. yeah, xavier college prep. and i definitely was like, "oh, man, we had different experiences of high school." [ laughter ] like, i was like, for her it was a "whoop, whoop. [ laughter ] and for me it was the darkest oppositeer [ laught and i really was like, "oh,
okay, okay." like, i'll tell you, i recently found a self-portrait that i drew in class of myself in high school i think you have it. >> seth: yeah. >> butust to warn you before you show it, it's incredibly scary. [ laughter ] okay but i think it's fun to know that, ke, meghan mccain in her mind high school is "whoop, whoop. and for meict's this is - laughter ] this is -- okay. [ cheers and applause and i think something that i love about -- it's very subtle >> seth: yeah, yeah. [ laughter ] >> and that's -- my school had a uniform. so i'm wearing the unifo, and i'm behind bars. [ laughter ] and then i assume that's sort of blood on the walls [ laughter ] or sort of red paint >> seth: they were like, "aidy, we got your submission for theer yearbook cov [ laughter ] and we are going to go another way. >> and that is fair. i have to say it was, like, 2005 it was kind of cool to be emo,vi
and i was li that very hard. [ laughter ] dipping my toe into goth >> seth: i do think people that go, "woot, woo" are not the ones who end up in comedy so i do think that it makes sense that you ended up being the version of meghan mccain that's on "snl." >> yeah, absolutely, begging people in wigs to like me.er [ laug for sure >> seth: so we mentioned your husband, conner. you guys went to italy >> yesmm >> seth: this >> well -- yeah, this past summer >> seth: this past summer and you -- you went to a cheese factor i guess what do you call it? >> absolutely, cheese factory. [ laughter ]ye ah yeah, i mean, we went to italy which -- they were like, "oh, it's the most romantic place for a honeymoon. oh, the romance. anright away when we got there, they were like, "there's also a cheese factory. [ laughter ] and we were like, "that's for us." [ laughter ] and while we were there, one of the women was like, "you need to slow down eating the cheese. [ laughter ] there's such a long day. you must not eat all this cheese."
but here's -- i think this is a -- we had to wear full body condoms to go -- [ laughter ] into the -- into the cheese factory. but it's the -- still to this day, it's guiding our marriage >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] and hodoes it work i mean, is it just like -- they just are constantly, like, saying, "this is what this cheese tastes like?" >> okay, well, it was only one kind of [ laughter ] it was parmigiano reggiano and it's basically you're just watching men who are exhausted and are working so hard. tand you're, like, watchim lift, like, huge chunks of cheese [ laughter ] and then you kind of walk around and taste it and we still talk about it probably once a week >> seth: wow [ laughter ] that is outstanding. living the dream l >> abso -- this e. [ laughter ] >>haeth: it is so exciting t you're going to do season two of "shrill. >> thank you >> seth: and it is so great that this week is the season finaler another great fou. give it up, everybody. aidy bryant. [ cheers and applause first season of "shrill" available on hulu. season finale of "snl" airs this
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♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: our next guest is the iconic director of films like "pink flamingos," "hairspray," and "cry-baby. his book, "mr. know-it-all: the tarnished wisdom of a filth elder" is available may 21st please welcome to the show john waters, everyone. ♪ cheers and applause >> seth: hello, john >> how are you >> seth: i am thrilled - >> good. >> seth: -- thrilled to have you here this book is a fascinating look at your career and your own perspective on your career >> right >> seth: early on, you directed films that were considered by er many vsalacious, very crude. >> yeah.
>> seth: and you embraced bad reviews. >> yeah, i made a career out of bad reviews. [ light laughter ] we waited for them like "variety" said, "the most filthy, relsive, stupidest movie ever made. we said, "thank you. you know [ laughter ] we put it in the ads you know and rex reed, he always came through. said, "where do these people come from? where do they go when the sun goes down? isn't there a law or something?" [ laughter ] >> seth: and did you feel li that drew people to your work? >> of course it did. >> seth: yeah. >> the people that i wanted to come see my movie, which didn't fit in even minority groups, they loved to see that yeah >> seth: that's fantastic. >> yeah. >> seth: and then you sort of entered the mainstream with "hairspray."-- and >> yes, definitely definitely >> seth: -- and now that - >> that was a sneak attack >> seth: a sneak attack. yeah [ light laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: and then all of asu en, you know, you make this very sort of -- sort of honest, authentic movie about where you came from and -- and then now it's been adapted to stage and it's taken on this life of its own. y are you precious abor work or are you happy when it goes -- >> are you kidding there's been 50 versions of it they keep paying me to write it. i want to do the porn version. reallyht [ la and applause which will be "pubic hairspray."
>> seth: "pubic hairspray. there you go [ laughter ] [ audience ohs ] let's wait for the reviews >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> seth: i feel like we could write them yeah >> yeah. >> seth: you -- there is this be lathat has been put on you over the years of cult director. >> yeah. >> seth: do you likeeing called a cult director >> well, i don't mind it, but in hollywood it's the worst thing tyou can ever say because them, cult means, "two smart people like it and it lost every penny. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> so, which was true in my movies >> seth: yeah. >> so, no. i never went in and said, "i want to make a cult movie. h i always to lie and say, "everybody in america is gonna love this movie. you know, and they believed it sometimes. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> it was good i failed upwards in hollywood. >> seth: yes >> yeah.'r >> seth: you -- weall lucky because of that. you did a film you write about this in the book and this really speaks to i ic think the diffties of getting your vision on screen as a director you had a film "pecker." >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: and - >> "pecker." >> seth: "pecker," yeah. >> i thought you said "packer. >> seth: no, no, i -- trust me >> that's the porn version >> seth: yeah. [ laughter and applause >> seth: oh, my god.
i can't believe "pecker" dirty enough for you >> well, there was a porn version. >> seth: oh, there was >> and it was called, "pecker. >> seth: oh, god >> so, so pitiful. right. s >> seth: you -- you had a scene where you had rats -- you needed rats to be -- >> having sex. >> seth: -- ving sex>> but the problem was all -- you know, i know how to get them to have oral sex. you put peanut butter on their -- >> seth: sure, sure. >> always works. >> seth: right [ laughter ] we all know that yeah >> but, i wanted the missionary position >> seth: okay. >> and they wouldn't do it, and i thought "what do we have put on like, 'ben' or illard?' show them rat movies?" >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> or i don't know rat porn is there such thing? >> seth: did you have like -- do have like an animal -- >> there was a trainer there but i'm behind the set, and they weren't doing it so i'm killing time, talking rat dirty going, "hey, where's that eat that cheese, bitch." [ laughter and applause and, you know, trying to get them into it >> seth: yeah. sure, sure >> and then -- there was silence, and nobody laughed. i thought, "what's the matter? walked around the other side it was the trainer, his little child he had brought to work that day [ audience oohs i know i look like a pervert anyway [ laughter ] so, it was kind of sad >> seth: yeah. >> i apologized. >> seth: i will say, whatever you did, you know -- this is
i'm gonna show right n >> oh, god >> seth: i'm gonna show the audience what it looked like >> i haven't seen that clip. >> seth: you hl,en't seen it >> welot for a long time >> seth: let's take a look at all the excellent work you did ♪ [ rats squeaking ] [ laughter ] >> how we actually did it, the prop master, brook yeaton, he said, "give me that. just took them and shook 'em, like that, and underneat and the rat trainer, we sent him home >> seth: there you go. [ laughter ] i really -- what i appreciate is it says, "directed by john waters. >> yeah. >> seth: tt -- you were like, "that's when i want my name to come out." >> of course yeah >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> and it was also flickering mistake. was a technical yeah >> seth: there's a great story about what you were like as a kid and how you talked to your mom about school >> well, about school -- i mean, i just tried to talk about -- when i went there, i used to come home, and said, "ere's this weird little kid in my class and he only draws with black crayons. and i talked about him so much, my mother asked the teacher and she said, "that's your son." [ lahter ] so i was creating characters for myself 'cause i was young. >> seth: yes, exactly. there you were >> yeah, yeah.
>> seth: one of the favorite guests, we were ever lucky enough to have on this show is joan rivers. you went on her talk show. >> a lot of times, and, you know, thonly good thing about her death, she didn't know she died >> seth: yeah. >> she didn't. and i was on the show on the very beginning when she was on with her husband, and it was so elaborate. she had on divine and i and everything and she was always very supportivein i did her home shoppnetwork show, which was so pitiful it was one set with six folding chairs, and she told me that i was the only person that sold not one thing on the show. [ laughter ] >> seth: what did -- >> i was - >> seth: what did you even try to sell? >> i was pushing the video of "desperate living. [ laughter ] my lesbian political melodrama yeah [ laughter ] >> seth: and they sold zero. >> not one person bought one >> set oh, well. hopefully we'll do better with the book tonight >> yeah. yeah, hopefully. >> seth: thank you so much for being here >> thank you >> seth: what an honor that's john waters, everybodus [ cheers and appla "mr. know-it-all's" available may 21st we'll be right back with senator michael bennet [ cheers and applause ♪ ♪ limu emu & doug look limu. a civilian buying a new car.
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>> set senator. to the show, >> thank youet >> now, i want to start by saying there i don't know if you know this -- >> i'm sorry about what myss nephews did your dreg room >> seth: oh, your nephews are back there >> i was working on cleaning it up before i got on here. >> seth: that's very nice of you to do that >> yeah. >> seth: do you -- i don't know if you know this, like a hundred peopleidre running for present. do you know that >> i did know that >> seth: yeah. >> i think -- yeah, i knowd my mom calle and she said, "do we really need a 21st candidate? >> seth: yeah. >> when she read in the paper that i was running [ laughter ] which i think -- >> seth: she was probably -- she was probably mad that n e had to find out ie paper. i think. [ laughter ] >> that may not have -- that may not have been the best way to let her know >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] you -- you are the seventh >> to those of you that are gonna be 25th, 6th, and 7th, call your mom and let them know. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, that's a nice -- that's a nice publich.ervice >> yea >> seth: seven senators running, and i've asked this question too
bernie sanders, kamala harris. is it awkward at work when you thinks they should be ident who more than you? >> yeah, it can be awkward >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> but aot -- a lot hasn't changed. we have the same red jell-o every day for lunch. s >>eth: really? >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: wow, you know, you think it's not sexy and then you hear that, you're like, "wow, what a cool, cool job. >> i know. actually, you wonderhy with so many varieties of jell-o, we have to have the same one -- >> seth: yeah. >> -- every lunch. [ light laughter ] >> seth: is that something - >> but for ten years, it's the same stuff [ light laughter ] >> seth: is it the republicans that choose that it's red jell-o [ laughter ] >> actually, i don't know --e >> seth: yeah >> -toi don't know the answer that >> seth: yeah, we'll get to the bottom of that [ ughter ] >> it was so crazy the first thtime i ever walked into place. you have to give a speech when you, you know -- >> seth: yeah. >> -- go back there the first time and you walk in that room, and they're all there. at that time, hillary clinton was still there. >> seth: yeah. >> john kerry was still there.
and -- but then they're sitting there just eating jell-o like anybody else [ laughter ] who's in kindergarten. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] the problem with jell-o as a food, and i don't wa to make is all about jell-o, but - [ laughter ] -- there's not -- there's not like a refined way to eat it >> no. >> seth: you know what iean? u could only eat it like -- it's not like at "downton abbey" they bring out a knife and fork for the jell-o [ laughter ] >> no, you can't do that >> seth: no, you c't do that >> that's probably enough on the jell-o >> seth: yeah. yeah, that's probably enough [ laughter ] well, it is -- it is one of your platforms. [ laughter and applause oh, i want to ask about this you know, one of the things thao brought you to pnence, certainly one of the first times i saw you in the national news is you -- during the shutdown, you went after senator ted cruz for -- you accused him of having crocodile tears as far as thingt like national disas and whatnot. >> right >> seth: you know, i think hf s sort omously unliked in the senate what was the feedback you got after you went after him >> yeah, that he w famously unliked. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ]
>> i came to understand how beto raised all that money in texas -- >> seth: yeah.- >> -nning against him 'cause people called from all over. [ applause ] but it was kind of funny 'cause after thatu know, a lot of people -- there were a lot of articles about "mild mannered michael bennet." and en my daughter caroline, who's my oldest, was watching that episode of the floor, when i was yelling at them on the floor, she said, "uh-oh, i've heard that voice before. [ laughter ] that's what she said to her te roomma and then every time it shows up in the paper, "mild mannered michael bennet," one of daughters sends it to me circler hey like roll their eyes because they're like, "who's [ laughter ] >> seth: you do -- three daughters? is that right? >> three daughters >> seth: how do they -- how have as a politician?e with a father >> they -- it gives them a profound opportunity to mock me in return. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> whi is what they do i met your dad backstage >> seth: yeah, my dad's here tonight. >> it must be cool to be your dad. [ laughter ] i mean -
>> seth: he was a cool dad i'll tell you that much. >> i'll bet he was >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. they'd probably rather have you as their dad than me as their dad. a cooler job >> seth: yeah, it's a -- you know, with that said, you know, i'm not that good at it. so i think, they're probably lucky to have you. [ laughter ] you know, i want to ask -- in all seriousness, i mean, there is a question of when you get up to those numbers, when it's 15, 16, now it's, youow 21 people, and you don't have much of a national basey you know, d you decide to do this? >> the reason i decided to do it is i think we're at risk of being the firsgeneration of americans to leave less opportunity, not more, to the people coming after us that's how i feel about our generation we've had 40 years when 90% of the american people haven't seen a pay raise. we have no economic mobility in this country at all anymore. and i think we really have to restore integrity to this government of ours this is an exercise in self-government. it's not someone else's government
and the freedom caucus, and ted cruz, and now donald trump have done a good job of separating, you know, this government from the american people and it -pp [ cheers and ause it -- you know, it may be, and i think it is in many ways corrupt and bankrupt and obsolete, and all of which are invitations for us to fix it you can't just leave it alone. this is how we make decisions. other countries around the world who are not inconvenienced by our form of democracy, like china, don't have to wait for us to get our act together. so, you know, you think about the six months we spent screwing around with donald trump and the wall that mexico was supposed to pay for. during that period of time, china landed somebody on the dark side of the moon.ng they're buildi,000 miles of fiber optic cable connecting latin america with africa with china. and we've spent $5 trillion
since 2001 on tax cuts for rich people and $5.trillion in the middle east. that's $11 or $12 or $13 trillion we could havest in in america, invested in the american people to drive our economy for everybody and we might as well have lit it on need to change itnd and i think [ cheers applause >> seth: do you have -- you know, aseople sort of say, you know, i think to some degree it's like, oh, cory booker, you know, he's making his main issue gun control. you know, bernie is medicare for all. klobuchar seems to be, you know, infrastructure kamala, you know, teacher pay. issuhere a michael bennet is right now that you're hanging on >> well, i actually do think that this restoring onomic growth reaches everybody in america. it really is the job that we have to do, because the democracy will not survive with this level of income inequality. it won't f we know thm history. and our income inequality today is the highest it's been in 100 years.f
the lackonomic mobility i described earlier. so, i think there are many things we need to do that's one changegot to deal with climate we've got to deal with immigration. we've got to deal with infrastructureod as somebwho was a former school superintendent, we need to do a hell of a lot better job than we're doing educating people in this countryt every ngle level [ cheers and applause and so -- and finally what i sah about this is weave to govern ourselves again. we have to learn how to do it. that's not just a trump problem. we were screwed up before he got there. when i asked people who voted for donald trump in my state, "why did you vote for m?"÷ almost always they say, "we wanted to blow the place up. >> seth: yeah. >> and so, i say to them, what you wanted to do, but what are we going to do now?" and you know, when i think abouo much wasted time there's been in the senate the 10 years that i've been there, the waste of opportunity for the next generation of americans and the generation after that -- when this country was founded, it was noonfounded on the expectati
that we would agree with each other. it was founded on the expectation that we would disagree with each other that was the whole point of living in a republic or now what we call a democracy. and we've got to get back to a place where we're disagreeing but using that dagreement to fashion more durable and more imaginative solutions than any king or tyrant could ever think of -- of themselves. and that's going to require a lot more out of us as citizens and a much higher expectation of what our elected leadership should look like in d.c. >> seth: you mentioned imaginate solutions. i do want to bring you back to colorado before we go. is it truehat magic mushrooms are going to be legal in colorado [ laughter ] >> yeah. i don't know what ha -- i think our vote just voted -- >> seth: yeah. >> -- yeah, in denver to do that, and i don't know i think they might have thought that we were out of marijuana all of a sudden. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter and applause or they're worri they're gonna be
>> and by the way, we're not out of marijuana in colorado [ laughter ] >> seth: well, that's what it says on the state flag now right? >> exactly [ ughter ] >> seth: thanks so much for being here >> thanks for having me. >> seth: best of luck. senator michael bennet, everybody. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ♪ -we bought a house in a neighborhood with a lot of other young couples. then we noticed something...strange. oh, coyou, uh, make me a burger? -poof -- you're a burger. [ laughter ] -everyone acts like their parents. -you have a tattoo. -yes. -fun. ou not work? -so, what kind oetmower you got, s -i don't know. some kid comes over. we pay him to do it. -but it's noall bad. meone even showed us how we can save money by bundling home and auto with progressive. progressive can't protect you from becoming your parents. but we can protect your home and auto. [video game sounds playing in the background] [videoheame sounds playing inackground]
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