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finally, tonight. a successful uncomplicated rescue for some sunnyvale firefighters. >> look at that! >> oh my goodness! >> nice job guys! >> there he is. the crew worked four hours, to get the kitten out of the chimney. as the group later tweeted, catastrophe averted. no word on how that cat actually got back there. [ cheers and applause ♪ >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center in the heart of new york city, it's "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon."
tonight, join jimmy and his guests - tracee ellis ross, sara bareilles comedian, d.j. demers. and featuring the legendary roots crew >> questlove: 1673 >> steve: and now, here he is, jimmy fallon [ cheers and applause ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause >> jimmy: oh, my goodness. that is a hot crowd tonight. hot crowd. welcome, everybody enjoy yourself welcome, welcome, welcome to "the tonight show. you're here. thank you for being here, thank
you for watching [ cheers and applause guys, it seems like there's so much going on right now. father's day is this sunday. [ cheers and applause congress just held another hearing about january 6th. the first photo of ryan gosling as ken in the "barbie" movie is out. and i just heard jack daniel's teaming up with coca-cola to sell a canned jack and coke. [ cheers and applause there's a lot to go over, so let's just jump in and cover it all at once. it's time for a news smash [ cheers and applause ♪ first up, this sunday is father's day it is the time to thank your dad for everything he's done for you. it's a fun day to celebrate, but you know what's not so fun the congressional hearings [ laughter ] they're investigating january 6th. that's when a mob went after mike pence who, by the way, has as much going on below the belt as a a ken doll
[ laughter ] what can you do? he's a ken doll. i mean, and ken and barbie, they're a great couple i mean, they go together like jack and coke. [ laughter ] now you get it as a pre-mixed cocktail, which is good news if you still need a gift for father's day your dad deserves something special, 'cause it's not easy raising kids i mean, before he had you, your dad probably looked like ryan gosling [ laughter ] i mean, just look at him if that ken walked into a bachelorette party there would be a full-on riot. [ laughter ] people stormed the capitol and took selfies while they did it you know they must have pre-gamed with a few canned cocktails. [ laughter ] you drink one, you drink six i mean, they go down real smooth speaking of down and smooth, poor ken [ laughter ] he'll never be able to be a dad. [ laughter ] so, in conclusion, nice abs. tastes bad make it stop love you pop [ laughter and applause
this has been a "news smash. ♪ thank you very much. as i mentioned, this sunday is father's day [ cheers and applause four people. yeah, that's great yeah, it's a day we thank dad for all times we went to him with a problem and he said, "ask your mother." [ laughter ] on father's day, you don't even have to make breakfast in bed, because there's always half a baloney sandwich on his nightstand let's be honest, no one cares about father's day even the hallmark channel does nothing for father's day [ light laughter ] seriously, they'll air an arbor day marathon before a father's day movie. yep, father's day is a lot different than mother's day. on mother's day, every card looks like a novel on father's day, you basically get the cliff notes. [ laughter ] meanwhile, leading up to father's day, kingsford released a new ad for their charcoal and it might just me, but it seems a little strange watch this
♪ >> this father's day, gather around the grill with kingsford, because a kingsford flame is the perfect thing to stare at to avoid eye contact with your dad. squirt the lighter fluid listen to him say, "that's plenty," and realize it's as close to, "i love you" as he's ever going to get. stand there as he retells the story of how you dropped a pop fly in little league 37 years ago. ♪ finally, work up the courage to ask to if he's ever felt how much you need him. and listen to him reply, "billy, i need you to get me another beer." kingsford, you won't talk again until the fourth of july [ cheers and applause >> jimmy: that's right beautiful. well, this is fun. the westminster dog show kicks off tomorrow, right here in new york [ cheers and applause breeds are categorized into groups, including working, sporting, and non-sporting, it's the same way dads classify their sons "i got one working, one non-sporting, one not working. [ light laughter ]
get this, i read that president biden will soon release his plan for the next pandemic americans were like, "awesome. wait, what next pandemic?" it's not much. all they're planning to do is mail everyone a sourdough starter kit. [ laughter ] no, i'm kidding. it's a highly detailed plan called "tiger king season three. [ laughter ] well, guys, gas prices are still soaring, and experts say that there is no relief in sight. with that in mind, we went to our sound engineer, steve mandel, who's going to tell us what he thinks about gas prices in a new segment called "steve mandel's rant zone." >> this is "steve mandel's rant zone." the only place where you're going to get 100%, unfiltered, steve mandel if it you can't handle the heat, stay away from the flames 'cause steve mandel pulls no punches and takes no prisoners and now it's time to find out what goes on in the mind of this man steve, what do you think about gas prices >> i think gas prices are too high [ light laughter ] >> this has been "steve mandel's rant zone. consider yourself ranted
>> don't forget to smash that like button. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: some entertainment news - [ laughter ] i heard that a new marvel series called "wonder man" is in the work at disney plus finally, a superhero for boys to relate to [ laughter ] yep, wonder man has a superhuman strength, speed, stamina and the ability to fight copyright infringement lawsuits from superman actually, wonder man's superpower is hearing what wonder woman said in a meeting and then repeating it louder [ cheers and applause hey, guys, i saw that this saturday is paul mccartney's 80th birthday. [ cheers and applause and i want to be real for a moment, his music means so much to me, so to honor him, here's a special performance of his most beautiful song "let it be." [ cheers and applause
i know the rights to this are super expensive, but, hope we cleared them ♪ old macdonald had a farm ee-i-ee-i-oh and on his farm he had some pigs ♪ ♪ ee-i-ee-i-o with on oink oink here and an oink oink there here an oink ♪ ♪ there an oink everywhere an oink oin old macdonald had a farm ee-i-ee-i-oh ♪ [ cheers and applause >> jimmy: thank you, very much thank you for the music, sir paul
hey, guys, i saw that lego is spending more than $1 billion to build its first factory in the u.s. yep, it'll probably take a a while to build because halfway through they'll realize one brick's missing and have to start over [ laughter ] well, you guys, summer is officially here, and i read that today national flip flop day. [ cheers and applause that's pretty fun. i love flip flops >> tariq: like, okay, you love flip flops? what else? >> jimmy: i mean, i like flip flops. i like tank tops >> that's cool what else? >> jimmy: i like pawn shops, and bus stops. i like listening to hip-hop, k-pop, doo-wop, nonstop at a a coffee shop on my laptop i like eating lamb chops with carrot top and fetty wap, drinking peach schnapps, watching "robocop" on a roof top of a co-op i like rocksteady not bebop. brooms not mops. sucking gum drops and lollipops with bellhops. jamming to zz top and sounds of alka-seltzer going plop plop >> fizz, fizz, oh, what a relief it is
♪ is it nice to be naught is it naughty to be nice okay ♪ ♪ is it naughty to be nic okay naughty to be ♪ [ cheers and applause >> jimmy: guys, listen to this, a motorcyclist in minnesota was arrested for going 144 miles-per-hour and he said that he was going that fast to cool off from the heat [ laughter ] it actually worked because he got to ride in an air-conditioned police car [ laughter ] and finally, like i said, this sunday is father's day, and there's so many amazing dads out there who do such great things and the one thing we all know dads can do is dance [ light laughter ] so, we went down to the streets and asked dads to show us their best moves to celebrate father's day here's some great dad dancing. [ cheers and applause ♪ my money don't ♪ ♪ jiggle jiggle it folds i'd like to see yo wiggle wiggle ♪ ♪ for sur it makes me wann dribble dribble you know riding in my fiat ♪ ♪ you really have to see it
six feet two in a compac no slack but luckily ♪ ♪ the seats go back i've got a knack to rela in my mind sipping some red ♪ ♪ red win [ cheers and applause >> jimmy: happy father's day we have a great show tracee ellis ross is here. [ cheers and applause sara bareilles is on the show. [ cheers and applause we have great stand-up from d.j. demers. stick around, we'll be right back with "thank you notes," everybody. come on back [ cheers and applause ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, new jack and coke in a can, for telling your guests this barbecue is not gonna end well ♪♪ making friends again, billy? i like to keep my enemies close. guys, excuse me. i didn't quite get that. i'm hard of hearing. ♪♪ oh hey, don't forget about the tense music too.
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sara bareilles is here [ cheers and applause and we've got great stand up from d.j. demers tonight [ cheers and applause very funny guys, today is friday and that's usually when i catch up on some personal stuff you know, i check my inbox, i return some e-mails and of course i send out thank you notes. and i was running a bit behind - [ cheers and applause i'd like to write out some "thank you notes" right now. james, can i get some thank you note writing music, please ♪ [ laughter ] fantastic. >> steve: happy friday >> jimmy: thank you, father's day, for being the one day each year you get to say "i love you" to your dad's nostrils over facetime. [ applause ] thank you, new jack and coke in a can, for telling your guests this barbecue is not gonna end well [ cheers and applause
you drank all of them? >> steve: one for me, over here >> jimmy: you drank all -- oh. ♪ thank you, "new york times" crossword puzzles, for making me feel like a genius on monday and a total moron by sunday. [ laughter and applause i don't know words >> steve: what ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, roadside fireworks tents, because nothing is more reassuring than an explosive store designed to pack up and leave town as fast as possible. [ laughter and applause let's go >> steve: it done blowed up. [ light laughter ] ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, clicking "skip credits," for being what i do because i don't have 45 seconds to spare while i watch three hour-long episodes of tv. [ applause ] i don't have time for that >> steve: it's a waste of my time
♪ >> jimmy: thank you, centipedes, for being the rockettes of bugs. [ laughter and applause ♪ thank you, drawing the sun in the corner - >> steve: what what [ laughter ] >> jimmy: helping me hide my deepest, darkest secret. i don't know what the other three-quarters of the sun look like [ cheers and applause >> steve: when was the last time you drew a drawing? >> jimmy: that was my actual drawing that was from this morning. >> steve: that was your drawing that you drew today? >> jimmy: yeah >> steve: and you sent a thank you note to your own drawing >> jimmy: was it to my own drawing? ♪ thank you, ripped jeans, for letting my knees get the window seat yeah, that's what i'm talking about. [ cheers and applause those are our "thank you
notes. we'll be right back with tracee ellis ross, everybody [ cheers and applause ♪ >> i saw brad pitt once. >> jimmy: ah, now we're talking. >> i saw brad pitt okay i saw brad pitt. i don't think brad pitt saw me, but i saw brad pitt. >> jimmy: wait, so you saw brad pitt. >> i looked right into his eyes, jimmy. and i was like - [ gasp ] one day you might realize going to grandma's doesn't count as vacation. when you decide to go to that amusement... -no. -no. when you decide to go to hawaii. aloha. turns out your beach people. i think we're beach people. whoa whoa, slow down boys. we know you love it. and did you know they like ceviche?? and best of all, the hotel has babysitters. so you have a date night. remember those? with amex, it's never a question of if vacation will actually feel like vacation. it's when. ♪♪ this summer, dinosaurs are in our world.
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available to stream on hulu. everyone, please welcome our pal, tracee ellis ross [ cheers and applause ♪ ♪ >> jimmy: come on! welcome back to the show >> hello, jimmy. >> jimmy: it is always so fun to see you >> so good to see you. >> jimmy: i love hanging with you. the series finale of "black-ish" aired a couple months ago >> first of all, it's a couple months ago is even crazy where is time going? >> jimmy: i know >> nuts. >> jimmy: but it was beautiful, it was great it was everything that i wanted it to be i loved it so much eight seasons. >> eight seasons 170 some odd episodes. >> jimmy: wow, do you remember - do you remember? >> every single one. >> jimmy: yeah, no, exactly. do you remember the one episode -- >> yeah. >> jimmy: do you remember the audition, is what i was going to say >> oh, yes, i do
[ light laughter ] it was so funny. so first of all, kenya barris, creator of - >> jimmy: genius >> yes, genius he wrote on "girlfriends," so i knew kenya and he told me he wrote this part for me, and he let me read the script and i was so excited. and i kept calling my agents, and i'm like, "you got anything like, anything?" and they were like, "nothing." and i was like, "seriously, because he wrote it for me so, like, that's weird." [ laughter ] but that's okay. like, maybe it will come in. it will be fine. so it came in and it was an audition [ laughter ] >> jimmy: the part that he wrote for you. >> it was an audition. >> jimmy: okay, got you. >> so i go to the audition and this is ridiculous >> jimmy: that's hilarious >> and there's are all these women there. and i was tired because i had flown in and i fell asleep on the floor. and then, i go in for the audition and there's anthony and like, it is in a little theater and there's kenya and all of them are in there, everybody. we do the audition it was great it was valentine's day anthony was giving out roses like it was the -- what's that show called? "the bachelor. >> jimmy: "the bachelor. >> like it was "the bachelor." [ laughter ] which i thought was kind of -- >> jimmy: he's a charming dude >> um -- >> jimmy: yeah -
>> anyway, audition was great, and then, when we finished the audition, he leaned out the door and he said to all the girls, "go home. we found her." >> jimmy: no, he did not >> he did. >> jimmy: he did not >> but still i didn't know >> jimmy: is that right? >> well because -- so i don't always trust it because early on in my career, you know, they do the breakdowns and when you're an actor that doesn't have an agent, you follow the breakdowns and you go and you -- so there was an audition that said "a tracee ellis ross type" but they wouldn't see me >> jimmy: you're like, "i am tracee ellis ross. >> they're like, "no, no, no, we're looking for a type." >> jimmy: a tracee ellis ross type >> type. we don't want the real thing yeah [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah, is that right? >> it's right. that's right but you know, now, it's like, "i'm on jimmy fallon." >> jimmy: yeah, exactly right. come on. [ cheers and applause i mean, you've been -- the show has received, i want to say like almost 30 emmy nominations. >> a lot >> jimmy: you've been nominated five times [ cheers and applause >> i've been nominated five times, yes
>> jimmy: you are phenomenal in this >> thank you >> jimmy: i just saw you present on the oscars, the academy awards >> ah, yes that was quite a night >> jimmy: do you like being a nominee? or do you like being a a performer on the oscars? >> i always like being a a nominee. but i love going to awards shows mostly because i love getting dressed up >> jimmy: yeah >> i mean -- >> jimmy: you get dressed up, and you get to go to these amazing parties. >> you get to go to these amazing parties. usually you know people. because now, when -- if you got into a point of being nominated, you see your friends. it is really fun to do that. but also, you get to see very exciting people. [ laughter ] like very exciting people. >> jimmy: who freaked you out? >> i saw brad pitt once. [ cheers ] >> jimmy: ah, now we're talking. now we're talking. >> i saw brad pitt okay, i saw brad pitt. i don't think brad pitt saw me, but i saw brad pitt. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: wait, so you saw brad pitt. >> i looked right into his eyes, jimmy. and i was like - [ gasps it was like if you see a bear, you don't want to make eye contact. i was like -
nothing happened and he walked away >> jimmy: you felt all the feels. >> i felt all the feelings the same thing happened, keanu reeves oh, my god, come on. i mean, i'm 49 >> jimmy: people just heard that story and they had the feeling. [ cheers and applause >> listen, i'm 49. i grew up on the keanu i mean, get out of here. you know what i mean keanu reeves, like, stop it. >> jimmy: hey, get out of here get out -- >> okay, brad pitt, keanu reeves, this is not the type of guy that i usually date but whatever you know what i mean these are very exciting movie stars. >> jimmy: where did you see the keanu reeves >> on a very small elevator, jimmy. [ audience oohs oh, my god, i got on on the fourth floor i think he got on on three we were only going to one. >> jimmy: but still -- >> but when he got on, i was like, "oh, my god. so like, i held my breath and i was ready. because i was like, "oh, god, here comes the marriage proposal." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: he met -- that's a a meet-cute. he ran into you. a meet-cute on the elevator and he just kept on wanting -- >> i was ready you know what i mean >> jimmy: yeah >> so i like, held my breath, and then, i was like, "oh, no, i should introduce myself. but then, the elevator door opened and he walked out >> jimmy: and he left. >> and that was it
that was it. >> jimmy: but brad, were you more composed with brad pitt >> no, no, no. composure is not a word that's used to describe me, jimmy that's not the thing for me. >> jimmy: but you actually brought us a video >> well, when i got back hours later, the energy was still coursing through my veins. >> jimmy: just so you can see how much energy comes out of the great tracee ellis ross. take a look after seeing brad pitt. >> i saw brad pitt i looked in his eyes he didn't look at me, but -- [ cheers and applause >> jimmy: "i saw brad pitt!" i love that. >> and i feel like i turned into my mom in "mahogany." [ laughter ] i was spinning around like life had begun. >> jimmy: that's so fun. you made like you said over 170 episodes of "black-ish." >> oh, my goodness >> jimmy: this past season, you co-wrote an episode that had michelle obama
>> i co-wrote the episode about perimenopause. and then, the first episode of the season, michelle obama came you know, it's like -- [ cheers and applause >> jimmy: that one about - it's interesting >> which one do you want to talk about, maybe we talk about michelle obama >> jimmy: well, i mean, i don't mind talking about menopause either >> well, peri -- perimenopause don't rush me. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: but here's why i like the show here's why i like "black-ish," because you can be funny but also talk about serious issues >> yeah. >> jimmy: and you've got that across and you got to be proud of that. >> yeah. i leave with so much joy and pride. the subject matter that we touched on the way we, you know, gave america a black family as an american family. yeah there were so many things. [ cheers and applause really explored as a woman so many different spaces and places and anchored in the show is this couple that loved each other, which i really loved. we loved and liked each other. so it wasn't based on that traditional rolling your eyes at your partner that i loved, yeah
>> jimmy: congrats on a fantastic eight seasons, buddy. >> thank you >> jimmy: and thank you for coming on the show [ cheers and applause you're so good >> i really thought brad was going to show up >> jimmy: no >> no brad >> jimmy: no brad. no brad pitt you didn't need brad pitt. you didn't need brad pitt. but i want to show everyone a clip here's tracee ellis ross in the final season of "black-ish." take a look at this. >> i think we should sell this house and move to a black neighborhood >> really? >> really. >> can you imagine if devonte got to grow up around successful black men and women that were not in his family? we've done sherman oaks. like we did it and it was good. it was great but i just think it is time for us to do something new >> let's do it you have always had my back. >> always. >> mama was wrong. >> after 20 years, you finally figure out what to say to turn me on, baby.
oh, say it again >> oh, mama was wrong. >> oh, my god. [ cheers and applause >> jimmy: that's exactly right tracee ellis ross, everybody all seasons of "black-ish" are available to stream on hulu. more "tonight show" after the break. stick around, everybody. [ cheers and applause ♪ moderate to severe eczema still disrupts my skin. despite treatment it disrupts my skin with itch. it disrupts my skin with rash. but now, i can disrupt eczema with rinvoq. rinvoq is not a steroid, topical, or injection. it's one pill, once a day, that's effective without topical steroids. many taking rinvoq saw clear or almost-clear skin while some saw up to 100% clear skin. plus, they felt fast itch relief some as early as 1 week.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ♪ >> jimmy: ah, i'm so happy you're here. nice to see you. >> it's the greatest thing on earth that you have in your room, every single day, it's incredible >> jimmy: you're talking about higgins? [ laughter ] yeah, he's amazing, i do love him, he's unbelievable i -- i'm so happy you're here. you just came back from a trip i want to ask you about. you went to finland? >> i did >> jimmy: so - >> i did, went with friends, yeah >> jimmy: yeah why did you -- why finland any connection >> um, so, okay. so my boyfriend joe tippett has an affinity for photographing the northern lights. so this was like, the pilgrimage to see the northern lights, 'cause he'd gone before so we got a small group of friends together, we decided to go for new year's, and we had the most unbelievable time >> jimmy: yeah, it was just amazing. >> it was like a fairy tale.
it was -- just couldn't believe my eyes. >> jimmy: almost can't believe this photo's real, but this is a photo -- >> this isn't even really a great photo. joe would be disappointed in my -- this is my photography >> jimmy: but that looks like -- almost like a fake set on like a christmas -- >> that actually is -- this is -- this is awkward that is a fake photo from a set. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: oh yeah, that -- i was gonna say, 'cause that doesn't look real. okay, good but the real - >> if we could have them send - >> jimmy: the real - yeah, send the real photo eventually >> yeah, yeah, yeah. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: but, that -- so you - [ light laughter ] you see that, right? and what do you do i mean, what -- how do you react? and what is it what is it, the northern lights >> oh, science >> jimmy: i know, yeah [ laughter ] sorry to do -- >> no, it actually - >> jimmy: don't explain the whole thing, but - >> is -- it's like, um, it's particles of the atmosphere interacting with, um, space. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: now is that real or you just made that up >> i think you can decide for yourself [ laughter ] >> jimmy: but, you -- you do that, and i go - >> i looked it up too when i was there. i mean, they have all these incredible activities, so i was more -- i was more, like, focused on riding behind a a reindeer, and they have like -
>> jimmy: wow. >> you can jump into the water >> jimmy: i wanted to ask you about this, because they do -- they have a thing where you can jump into a frozen lake. >> yeah. >> jimmy: yeah, and you posted a little video of it, but tell me about the experience, was it amazing? >> well, it was awful. [ laughter ] that's a terrible -- i don't know -- the people that do the polar plunges, this is not who i am [ laughter ] this is what i learned about myself >> jimmy: you're not a polar plunger at all >> no, i don't think so. but i said yes, i was again, trying -- trying to sort of, like, impress my boyfriend >> jimmy: yeah, what - >> apparently, i'm very insecure about my boyfriend is what's happening >> jimmy: no, this is -- he takes great photos, and - but wait, so what happens? and what time of the day is this >> so we went at night we had this beautiful spa that's like, right on the corner of the little edge of the lake there, and the guide sort of brings you over there, and they leave you in this hot sauna. and then they're like, "the hole is over there," and - >> jimmy: "the hole is over there" [ laughter ] that's not what they say >> and i'm not -- i'm not exaggerating - >> jimmy: that's not what they say.
>> well, there's a language barrier. >> jimmy: okay, yeah, sure, yeah [ light laughter ] so you're in the hot tub >> it's essentially like a a cut-out of the lake, and there's a ladder and like a flashlight, and there -- nobody's there there's no lifeguard, there's no attendants or anything. so you're like, "this is a a terrible idea. but we did it, and it was terrible [ laughter ] >> jimmy: but, you -- do you go in, don't you feel like, free or something or, don't you feel like you're a new person >> no. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: doesn't it feel like you have new skin? >> no, i felt cold and i wanted to go inside and drink a beer. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: we have the video of you doing the plunge in finland. let's take a look at you in action >> oh, my god! ah oh, my god oh, that's awful [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause >> jimmy: you don't know where you're going to go with that, you're like, "oh, my god that's awful. >> no, it's just a sinus headache it's an immediate, like, headache, and i ran inside >> jimmy: that's so funny. >> and then people were like, "let's go again! i was like, "not on your life! [ laughter ] "no.
>> jimmy: it is -- it is pride month, and you wrote and recorded your hit song "brave" almost ten years ago it's become sort of an anthem. [ cheers ] >> aw. >> jimmy: for -- for, yeah what does it feel like when you -- when people play that, or come up to you and go "thank you for writing that song", or --? >> oh, my gosh, it is -- it's like, the dream as a songwriter to have a song kind of take on a life of its own. and i wrote it as a love letter to a dear friend of mine who was struggling with coming out, and then over the years the song has kind of taken on a few different lives of its own - >> jimmy: yeah >> -- and been embraced by all kinds of communities, and especially the lbgtq+ community, and i have so many stories and letters from people who said that it was a part of their coming-out story and i just think it's -- it's just so beautiful. it's so meaningful to me >> jimmy: congrats on that i mean, you're so talented i -- i love that you get to do that, and then you get to do "girls5eva." >> me too. [ cheers and applause
that is like - two seasons are streaming right now on peacock, i should mention. >> none of your friends are on the show >> jimmy: i don't know anyone involved with this thing >> you don't know anyone involved >> jimmy: but when tina fey calls you and says, like, "sara, we should do this thing. did you know each other before >> she had -- i mean, i knew her a little bit i mean, i had like, stood next to her in line at a bathroom at a charity. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: that's a great story >> i think she'll remember [ laughter ] and i didn't have, like, the cajones to say anything at that point. >> jimmy: yeah >> but i -- i was like, "oh, my god, i'm next to tina fey. um, and then she had came to see me in "waitress," and so she had seen me perform and, yeah then i got the call that they were interested, and had my first zoom with tina and meredith and - >> jimmy: oh, meredith is amazing. >> oh, my god, meredith scardino, our creator, show runner. >> jimmy: yep. >> and, i was not graceful, or cool, or sophisticated at all in my meeting. >> jimmy: no what were you like >> i like, screamed, "i'm so nervous! >> jimmy: oh, my god [ light laughter ] >> -- on the zoom.
and they're like, "oh. and i'm like, "are you sure that you want me i don't -- i've never done this before, i'm not sure i can do it." >> jimmy: but it's - >> which i've learned is not the best thing to say in your first -- [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: how did you psyche yourself out of that how'd you say that you can do it >> well, i actually had a sweet conversation -- again, this is a conversation about my boyfriend. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: sounds like a great guy, we all approve. we love that guy [ laughter ] well-travelled >> well, he -- >> got an eye for the stars, you know [ light laughter ] >> yeah. yeah, he's a good guy. >> jimmy: yeah >> he kind of reminded me, i was struggling with insecurities about being able to sort of meet the challenge of it, and i felt really out of my depth and he's like, "if tina fey believes you can do this, why don't you just trust her like, if you can't find it in yourself, just trust that one of your heroes is not going to put you in position to fail. and that was really good advice so yeah. >> jimmy: hey, i love that see, that's -- that's fantastic. [ cheers and applause >> joe, come on out. >> jimmy: no, he's not here. no, joe's not here "come on out"! i would love if i surprised you with joe somewhere coming out.
>> like, "i'll see you at home, later. >> jimmy: yeah, "why are you coming out here? let's talk "into the woods," can we please? [ applause ] >> yes [ cheers and applause >> this is stephen sondheim, legend i mean, one-in-a-zillion this is -- when was the last time this has been on broadway >> so i think the story sort of goes - so, this is the first production that is going into production since stephen sondheim's passing, so it's been a really tender time for the creative team. and steve and james lapine, who wrote the book, are always very involved with their productions, and, um - so, it was written during the 80s, sort of surrounding the aids crisis, and then it was remounted again after 9/11 and now this -- this seems to be the next -- there was another production, but this is, i think, the next production on broadway, so, yeah >> jimmy: and do you -- do you feel -- feel pressure when you do such a, like, a work of stephen sondheim or do you go like, "well, you know what? i love you, and you're not here, and this is a way to say
'i love you.'" >> i do just try to surrender, and honor the material as best as i can we did a two-week run of this at encores at city center, and the -- the process is so quick you almost don't have time to think about anything so we're -- we're again, kind of doing this really quickly we open at the end of the month, you know? so, it's, um, it's fast. but i think, you have to trust -- this show is so special, and so beloved for so many reasons. it's really dense, and complex, and deals with really deep subject matter with a lot of humor and a lot of heart and the songs are amazing, this cast is bonkers, so -- >> jimmy: yeah will -- will joe make an appearance [ laughter ] >> i'm sorry, who? >> jimmy: joe. >> joe >> jimmy: you know joe, yeah but joe -- joe may or may not be there opening night [ light laughter ] >> he's going to be so pleased how much he got mentioned in this >> jimmy: he really did get mentioned a lot. i can't wait to meet him
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how are you? thank you, thank you so much what a dream thank you so much for having me keep that applause going for my interpreter caroline, everybody. [ cheers and applause yeah yeah, i wanted -- i wanted to have an interpreter. i wanted to make sure that all my deaf homies could appreciate the show as well, 'cause i'm deaf you know i'm not full deaf. i wear a hearing aid i actually don't know sign language myself. i'm bad at being deaf, but, uh - [ laughter ] i'm not good at hearing either, i'm like a daywalker [ laughter ] i don't know where i belong. but, i actually learned recently there's a bit of a beef between the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, a a quiet beef, but -- [ laughter ] -- but a beef nonetheless. but i want no part of that i got nothing but love for everybody, deaf people i've never felt deafer than i did during this pandemic [ laughter ] for real, man. everybody's had a mask on, i
haven't had a real conversation in two years i don't know - [ laughter and applause honestly for real [ cheers and applause oh, my god it's been brutal people used to always ask me, like, "how much can you actually hear, and how much are you, like, lip-reading?" and now that everybody's been covering their mouth, i was finally able to run the numbers, and it, uh -- [ laughter ] turns out i'm lip-reading 100% of the time. [ laughter and applause so, yeah yeah man, oh, man the worst is when they have a mask on and they're behind plexiglass, you know you walk into the bank, you're looking at a guy, he's got the mask on, he's behind the glass i just go -- i'm staring at the teller for, like, ten seconds before i'm finally just like, "hey man, have you started talking yet? [ laughter and applause "i legitimately have no idea." [ applause ] man. "if this is important, could you -- if this is important, could you, like, write it on a piece of paper and put it up against the glass, like a reverse robbery situation? [ laughter and applause man. i don't know sign language, but i realize that it might be time
for me to learn, you know? [ light laughter ] but, that wasn't "learn," by the way, that was "poop. but, uh -- [ laughter ] that was a joke for my deaf homies [ laughter ] might have ruined the joke by explaining it, but i had to for my blind homies. [ cheers and applause yeah had to do it, yeah i knew the pandemic was real when they took all the sports away that's when i knew you know 'cause i'm an idiot. like, when i first started hearing about covid, i was one of those morons. i was like, "guys, this'll be over in four or five days. we'll be back to business. and then they took all of the sports away, i was like, "it's pretty serious, guys." [ laughter ] "it's pretty serious they took all the sports away. we should probably start washing our hands. [ laughter ] they took them all away, and i love sports. like, i need sports. when they took 'em away -- like, i love every sport -- violent sports i mean, it is a bit difficult for me to watch violent sports sometimes, because i played a lot of hockey growing up, and i got a lot of concussions, and i feel like they might have scrambled my brain a little bit. [ light laughter ] but, i don't know. i just love violent sports
it is a little hard for me to watch violent sports sometimes though, 'cause i played a lot of hockey growing up - [ laughter ] and i got a lot of concussions -- [ laughter and applause and, yeah. feel like they might have scrambled my brain a little bit, but - [ laughter ] that was a joke, but if i do it again, call an ambulance, please [ laughter ] yeah, then they took 'em all away all of a sudden, i had no sport to watch i had to, like, i went on youtube, i started watching weird, random sports just to fill the void in my heart. i got into darts for a while [ light laughter ] i was watching darts cornhole i got deep into cornhole that was weird [ laughter ] i started watching a lot of speed walking. [ laughter ] speed walking is amazing though like, i stand by that. i know it's easy to hate on speed walking, i've been there [ light laughter ] but once you get over your prejudice, undeniably the sexiest sport on the planet. [ laughter ] you know undeniably what other sport is literally all in the hips, you know? [ light laughter ] and they go hard they go for 50 kilometers, 31 miles 30 -- could you imagine doing this for 31 miles? [ light laughter ]
[ applause ] my hips would break. man, it's no joke. you know what i love about speed walking, too it's the only sport with, like, a built-in limit every other sport, the coaches are like, "give it 110%. speed walking is the only one where they're like, "better cap it at 98, you know?" [ laughter ] "if we're not careful, this could turn into a jog. [ laughter ] "it's a dangerous game we're playing here." [ light laughter ] speed walking's got a marketing problem. it should be he biggest sport on the planet. what i would do if i was in charge of speed walking, i would license it out to all the other sports create brand new, beautiful sports with speed walking. take your favorite sport, add speed walking to the front of it you got a beautiful -- think of any sport you want. speed walking baseball [ laughter ] you see it you see it right a guy up to bat just hit a ball to the left field gap. he's going down to first base. [ laughter and applause outfielder trying to track it down [ laughter ] come on. speed walking football could you imagine speed walking --
just, "hut!" [ laughter ] receiver trying to get it. [ light laughter ] come on. man oh, man. it doesn't even have to be like a real sport like a random event i would watch if they added speed walking to it. you know the running with the bulls they do every year in spain? [ laughter ] big deal anybody can run with the bulls let's see what you're really made out of, you know? [ laughter ] speed walking with the bulls, that's what i'm talking about. [ light laughter ] thousands of people die every year, what a sport [ light laughter ] pure violence. be a little hard for me to watch though, 'cause i played a lot of hockey growing up - [ laughter ] and i got a lot of - [ laughter and applause what's so funny? you guys have been amazing thank you so much! [ cheers and applause i'm d.j. caroline, everybody. ♪ [ cheers and applause >> jimmy: come on. oh, my god, fantastic. d.j. demers, right there [ cheers and applause "born in '86" is available now on youtube we'll be right back everybody, come on back [ cheers and applause
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for kung fu? i am a shaolin master. [ sigh ] ♪ ♪ i will teach you. [ groans ] [ sigh ] dig down deep. find your inner beast. [ growl ] [ groans ] [ sigh ] kevin. kevin. kevin. [ deep breath ] ♪ [ cheers and applause >> jimmy: my thanks to tracee ellis ross, sara bareilles, d.j demers, ladies and gentlemen [ cheers and applause that was a fantastic set caroline blake, caroline, thank you very much. [ cheers and applause and of course, the roots, right there, from philadelphia, pennsylvania [ cheers and applause thank you for watching stay tuned for "late night with seth meyers. good night, everybody.
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