tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC July 9, 2014 12:36am-1:38am PDT
jeff koons. featuring the 8g band. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ and now, here he is, seth meyers. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everyone doing tonight? are we well? [ cheers and applause ] excellent. i'm so sorry that i have to start off tonight with some unfortunate news. a new study -- a new study shows that only 28% of americans think the u.s. is the greatest country in the world. and that's only because they couldn't name any other countries. [ laughter ] that's sort of a double burn.
i like this story. bbc news has ordered their staff to stop giving equal time, climate change deniers during environmental discussions. said climate change deniers, "that's okay, we got all the time in the world. [ laughter ] nothing bad is ever going to happen to us or anything." listen to this. a new rumor. love new rumors here. a new rumor surfaced that the next iphone will feature an all-glass exterior. because why should just the front be cracked? [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] full coverage. now when you hear full coverage, it's referring to the cracks. [ laughter ] this is interesting. today, north korean leader kim jong-un was seen limping across the stage at a memorial for his late grandfather. don't worry, he's fine. it's just an old
grandfather-murdering injury. [ laughter ] "tweaked my knee." "how did you do it?" "murdering my grandfather." [ laughter ] this is kind of great. according to a new report, over 55 million tourists, 55 million tourists, are set to visit new york city this year. they're coming to check out new york's hottest attractions. the top of the escalator. [ laughter ] what's next? the middle of the sidewalk. [ laughter ] you may have heard about this, today is the first day of legal, recreational marijuana sales in washington state. give it up. [ cheers and applause ] it's also the day washington residents noticed that seattle is a funny word. [ laughter ]
seattle. in other marijuana news, new york, has become the 23rd state in the country to legalize medical marijuana. so, if you're wondering what that smell is, it's still new jersey. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] that hasn't changed. it's still new jersey. this is amazing. scientists in massachusetts have developed a contraceptive computer chip that is controlled by remote control and lasts for 16 years. "i'm seeing this new girl and she has intel inside." [ laughter ] controlled by remote control.
things start getting hot and heavy, bloop bloop. [ laughter ] there's a new report out. according to a new report, millennials view smartphones as more important than deodorant. that makes sense. nobody ever totaled their car because they were staring at their deodorant. [ laughter ] not sure what to think about this. over the weekend, an alabama woman was arrested after shop lifting beer from walmart while riding on a horse she didn't own. [ laughter ] which i believe is an anheuser busch commercial. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] i'm almost certain. this is pretty cool. this summer new yorkers will be able to order delivery food to sun-bathing spots in central park.
although, if you have to order delivery to the place where you're sun bathing, you probably shouldn't be sun bathing. [ laughter ] another crazy story. a ugandan police officer claims he was forced to shoot an aggressive tortoise that attacked him while he was drinking tea at home. in his defense, he had to act quickly or move over a few feet and weigh his options for another hour. so -- [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] is he dead? impossible to tell. he's either dead or walking super slow. and finally, another new study out. a new study claims that increased twitter usage may lead to higher rates of infidelity,
so tweet all you want, you never know when you come home to find someone else hashtagging your wife. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, this is the 8g band. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: how are you, 8g band? are we doing well over there? it's great to see you guys. we came back from vacation yesterday. we had two weeks off. i talked a little bit about my vacation. i went on a hiking trip with my wife, my brother and his girlfriend. we went to switzerland, italy, and france. and we did a thing called the tour mon blanc or in english, the mont blanc tour. [ laughter ] and i talked about it yesterday, but i want to talk about it a little more today. not for myself, but we've done
market testing, and it turns out the thing americans love more than anything else, is hearing other people talk about their vacations. [ laughter ] the pieces -- the question i got asked the most after telling people about this vacation is a lot of people were like "hey, seth. how french did your brother look when you guys were hiking?" and fortunately, i have a picture to show you exactly how french my younger brother looked during our hiking trip. the most french. [ laughter ] the most french. [ applause ] my 38-year-old brother looked like a little french boy. [ laughter ] lost in a meadow. it wasn't as a joke, he just thought this is the way you look when you hike. my brother and i years ago were big soccer fans. years ago, we lived in amsterdam. we lived in the netherlands, and because of that, we are huge fans of the dutch soccer team. they're playing tomorrow against
argentina. the winner will take on germany. germany won tonight, 7-1. [ laughter and applause ] 7-1 over brazil. which means that in germany right now, everyone is feeling the early sicklings of jubilance [ laughter ] my brother and i love the dutch team. at the end of one of our hikes, we were in switzerland. we were desperate to see the holland-mexico game. we were in a tiny, swiss town called la foile, and we found a restaurant that had a television. now it was this restaurant -- people were watching the game, but it was not like a sports bar. and the swiss are a very quiet, very polite people. and my wife took a video of my brother and i celebrating after the dutch scored the penalty that would win the game for them. and my brother and i are nothing, if not respectful, and i think you will see as we celebrate, we are both very happy, but we try our best to stay very quiet. let's take a look. [ laughter ]
[ laughter and applause ] >> seth: i'm very excited. hopefully, holland will win, and hopefully, they will find their way into the world cup finals on sunday. yeah, give it up. [ laughter and applause ] hopeful applause for me. thank you. we have a great show tonight from bravo's "watch what happens live" andy cohen is here. [ cheers and applause ] such a fan of andy's. i'm so happy he's here. also from the pbs kids show, "wild kratts," the kratt brothers are back. [ cheers and applause ] and they have some baby animals. they brought baby animals with them. here to discuss his retrospective at the whitney museum, artist jeff koons is with us tonight. [ cheers and applause ] very excited to talk to him. now, our dear friend fred armisen is not with us tonight. he is back in portland. he is working on his great show "portlandia," which is very exciting. we're very happy that he's working on that show. we love watching it.
but, we have tried to come up -- and we think we have come up with a new way to keep him involved when he's not here in a segment that we're calling "fredex." [ laughter and applause ] now, i need to stress this is not a promotional tie-in with fedex. and the reason it's not is because we're idiots. [ laughter ] we totally should have tried to make this a promotional tie-in where we got money, but we're just lazy people, who like that fred rhymes with fed. [ laughter ] if his name was hugh, this would be called hugh-ps. [ laughter ] so, here's how fredex works. we have -- right here with us, we have a fedex box, and we are going to pack that box right now. fred, of course, is known for his great characters, he's known on "snl," he's known on "portlandia." so, we are going to come up with -- we're going to put a wig in the box, and we're going to put a
corn-cobb pipe in the box and we're going to put a beret in the box. and now, what fred's going to do is when he gets this box he's going to put on that stuff and he is going to create a character and then -- and this is the most important part, we have sealed a question in an envelope. this is a sealed envelope. and after he puts on, and creates his character, he will open on camera. he will film this for us. he will open on camera, and read and answer the question. and that, we are going to show on thursday on the show for the first of hopefully many. never getting any money from the good people of fedex because this show is basically a charity. [ laughter ] not what it's about. not what it's about. [ applause ] so, i would like to call out my overly capable assistant erica, and she's going to send this out tonight. thank you, erica. [ cheers and applause ] tune in thursday to see fred on
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night," everyone. now, as you know, we broadcast from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york city. what you probably don't know is that part of the agreement john d. rockefeller made with the city was that nbc would allow five minutes of air time for manhattan residents to come in and air their grievances, make announcements or just straight up talk in a microphone. for some of these people, this is a way to address important city issues. for most of them it's just a way to get attention on national television. so let's get started our first announcement is from new york city landlord abdal hartunian. abdal. [ applause ] >> hello. i have an apartment i am trying to rent. it is beautiful 55 gallon flat plastic studio with easy grip handles and dent resistant plastic molding. >> seth: so it sounds like you're describing a garbage can. >> no, no, no, no, no. was garbage can. now is remodeled luxury condo with all the amenities. is street level, has retractable ceiling.
people come by once a week to clean out. >> seth: the garbage men. garbage men come. >> no, no, no. maid, garbage maid. on maid truck. also is in gorgeous foho neighborhood. >> seth: i'm sorry i think you mean the soho neighborhood, south of houston street. >> no, no, no, no, no, no, no. foho. front of hospital. >> seth: okay. thank you. thank you, abdal. up next, ben mankoff, ben? >> hi, seth. what is your exact home address? >> seth: oh, it's 459 amsterdam avenue, apartment 1 e, zip code 11231. >> thank you. see you soon. >> seth: maybe i shouldn't have told my address to that guy holding the ax. but you know, only time can tell. anyway it says here mta conductor donna moore has
official announcements about the new york city subway. >> attention passengers. if you see something, say something. if you see a suspicious package left unattended, contact an mta official immediately. now if you see a tiger riding a unicycle say something directly to me because i want to see that. also, if you see the ghost of joe dimaggio playing candy crush on his phone, say something to me because i love jolten joe. and if you see four turtles eating pizza, holding marshal arts weapons and cracking wise, find me because they are the teenage mutant ninja turtles and i am a fan. >> seth: okay. donna, thank you. that was very happy for all the mta riders. i think that will come in handy. up next is -- >> hi, seth. real quick, do you have a security system outside your apartment?
>> seth: yeah, i do. >> what's the code on that? >> seth: 1848 xl 4. >> 4. thank you. see you soon. >> seth: was that as mistake? c'est la vie. c'est la vie. up next we have vernon sinclair. >> hello. i just would like to take a moment to acknowledge and praise something that is truly amazing. communal showers in ymcas. that's naked men showering together in one big wet room with no privacy whatsoever. because really there's nothing i like more than washing the stink off my body in front of a bunch of strangers. in fact, i don't enjoy showering in the privacy of my own home because you know what's missing, seth? >> seth: uh no, what's missing? >> strangers. weird gross hairy strangers of various ages and ethnicities seeing my with gross hairy body and let's just say it my fully exposed again genitalia.
so i would like to say this to all of you ymca's out there keep up the good work and splish splash i want to take a bath standing next to a world war ii veteran and his grandson. thank you. >> seth: thank you very much, vernon that was great. i could not have said that better, uh myself. up next we have a very -- >> hi seth. where is the best place to hide in your home? >> seth: no, i'm sorry, i'm not telling you that. but then again, maybe i should. maybe i should trust you, should i trust you? >> yes. >> seth: i would say my pantry. >> thank you. see you soon. >> seth: i like that guy. next up, we have iron man. [ cheers and applause ] [ robot noises ]
>> seth: okay. okay. what is all this? [ robot noises ] >> this is iron man. >> seth: okay. >> aka, tony stark, president of stark industries. >> seth: are you sure you're not just one of those guys in times square who dresses up like a superhero and gets your photo taken with tourists for tips? >> no. how dare you. i am the real iron man. but since you bring up the people who dress like super heroes in times square, i have a few things to say about them. they are people underneath those costumes with real feelings and most of them are at a low point in their lives. so when you tease them, it hurts. it really, really hurts. >> seth: are you sure you're not talking about yourself? >> what! no. i would know nothing of this
pain for i am the real iron man. i don't need tip money for food and toilet paper. i am not $40,000 in credit card debt from a severe and admittedly odd addiction to buying remote control cars. i would never break into abandoned malls to collect pennies from the dried up fountains. i am busy fighting the magnet man. >> seth: who's the magnet man? >> the bad guy. i am iron man! >> seth: thank you very much to all our freaks. we'll be right back with andy cohen. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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>> this is great. how are you? >> seth: it's great. it's great to have you on my show. i've been on your show. >> yes. >> seth: we also connected, one of my favorite way we're connected, is that i have your old office in the building. >> you do. how is my office? >> seth: it's great. >> yes. it's good? >> seth: it's great. it's got a lovely view. >> yes. it's a gorgeous view. >> seth: you can see the ice skating rink. >> yes, you can. >> seth: that's great. >> and the trees seasonally and right now you can see the jeff koons. >> seth: you can see jeff koons. >> yes. >> seth: it's amazing. the incredible piece of art outside the window. >> yes. it's amazing. i'm told that rosie o'donnell had that office and i think phil donahue. >> seth: yeah. yeah, yeah, it's true. yeah. all those people. they're famous. i want to get like old head shots of everybody who's been there before. >> that would be good. >> seth: yeah. >> that would be very good. >> seth: so congratulations, next week you're celebrating the five-year anniversary of your show "watch what happens live." >> yes, i am. [ cheers and applause ] i can't believe it. thank you very much. um, i can't believe that i've been on live tv for five years and not gotten fired. >> seth: it's amazing. >> it's incredible.
>> seth: it's amazing. >> i'm already -- i always say i'm one tweet away from getting fired. >> seth: right. >> but the idea that i've been on this show drinking alcohol live. >> seth: it's such a fun show. >> thank you. >> seth: it's unlike any other talk show because there is a bartender. >> yes. >> seth: you are actually drinking. there are drinking games. >> yes. >> seth: the last time i left, it was pretty buzzed. >> yeah, yeah. we don't preinterview our guests. we just want to know what they want to drink. >> seth: that's the question you ask. >> we make sure that. yes. exactly. >> seth: and how much has it changed in five years or how has it changed? >> it's changed, we're still in our tic tac sized studio. >> seth: yes. >> it's teeny teeny. >> seth: it's really small. >> yes, it's really small. we didn't really know how to navigate our ventilation for the first like year and a half, which meant that i was spitzing like albert brooks basically -- >> seth: gotcha. flop sweat. >> -- for a long time. a lot of flop sweat. it was so bad. and -- my executive producer deirdre connolly is in my ear giving me time cues and stuff and she was always like, "lip, lip, lip." because my lip was sweating.
[ light laughter ] but anyway, and then we realized a year and a half in that we needed a fan. so then we got a fan. >> seth: that's great. >> so that was one way that it changed. and then we also -- [ laughter ] >> seth: that's not like a tv tip. >> no. >> seth: it's just like a room, it's just a room tip. >> it's crazy. it's crazy. yeah, yeah, no, get a fan, right. the ventilation is gorgeous in here -- >> seth: thank you so much. yeah. >> and we have -- you know, the guests have gotten big. we got people like you who come on our show now. >> seth: thank you. meryl streep was incredible. >> meryl streep was great. she was epic. >> seth: any dream guests? >> i would love our first lady, michelle obama. i would be very excited about -- >> seth: yeah. >> seeing her drink something other than water. [ laughter ] >> seth: that would be great. >> i like it that she drinks water but i want to see her slam -- slam something back. [ applause ] and a whole galaxy of people. >> seth: yeah. >> i'd love madonna. >> seth: that would be great too. >> that would be good. >> seth: it's really -- now you are presenting next week for your anniversary, the andy
awards. >> yes, we are. >> seth: i have an andy award here. >> you do. >> seth: thank you for bringing it. >> yes. >> seth: show this. this is great. >> okay, this is the andy award. but what it is, i saw it for the first time last night. okay. so basically, this is -- i think a ken doll or a jason priestley doll, dipped in gold glitter. >> seth: right. >> and i said to deirdre, i go, "this doesn't look like andy. this isn't me." >> seth: yeah. >> she goes no but he has the card. he's got the little -- >> seth: that's true. that's how you know. >> so that's what makes it the andy award, yes. >> seth: it doesn't seem to me that you guys spent a ton of money on these. >> no, we don't spend a ton because we bought the fan. >> seth: oh, right. [ laughter ] >> so we're still advertising the fan. >> seth: the fan. you bought the fan on layaway. >> yeah, yeah. no, so we're still paying for the fan. that's the coveted andy. >> seth: you're doing something that i would love to do one day on this show, which is you've had your parents on. >> yes. >> seth: and you have your mom -- >> so funny. >> seth: tend bar.
>> yes -- my parents tend bar whenever they're in town, i'm like "oh, well great, you'll tend bar. and they're like, "okay." but what i --i'm so terrible to my parents. i'm such a -- i'm such an -- basically. but what i make them do is, basically say dirty words in spanish and then we have to guess what they're saying. and my mom is like, "but we don't speak spanish." and i'm like, "that's the point." [ laughter ] she was on with her bridge group bar tending last week and -- we had them read names of strip clubs that we had either made up or were -- >> seth: real strip clubs. >> -- real and they were very crude and it was terrible. and i don't even think i can even repeat them right now at this time on nbc. >> seth: oh, my goodness. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: that bad? >> it was that bad, yeah. >> seth: you -- it seems like -- your parents -- does your mom give you notes on the show? does she watch -- >> oh she does. she said she'll shoot me a text after the show is over and she'll say, funny enough or --
[ laughter ] >> seth: great. >> you seem shickered -- >> seth: great. >> which means drunk. and -- or she'll say, nice tie. i mean it's always something very -- i'm like but what about the rest of the show -- like yeah. >> seth: that's not what parents do. >> no, no, no, no, no. yeah, exactly. >> seth: we are both baseball fans. >> yes. >> seth: you are a st. louis cardinals fan. >> yes, i am. >> seth: i'm very excited to hear you're going to the all-star game in minnesota. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> seth: you were playing in a celebrity softball game? >> yes, i'm so scared, seth. i have very poor eye/hand coordination. >> seth: right. it's funny cause it's so poor, most people say hand/eye. [ laughter ] it's so poor -- >> i'm a little dyslexic too. so -- i mean but the three words that i dreaded the most when i was growing up were my dad saying, "wanna play catch?" terrible. and so i -- i was invited to play in this celebrity thing and i'm writing this book which is a follow-up to my other book and it's called "the andy cohen
diaries" and it's a takeoff on the andy warhol diaries which i love and so when i said yes to this i was thinking "oh, you know, i really don't have anything going on in july this will be interesting. now it's july and i have to do this thing. >> seth: but it could be a chapter in the book, is that the hope? >> it will be an entry, it will just be an entry for whatever the date is on sunday. but i'm terrified. and i was waffling and john hamm was on the show, who is also from st. louis, and a cardinal fan and i asked him about it, he goes "i do it every year." it's great. you'll do it and it's great. it's easy and we'll have fun and whatever." but i found out the other day, he's like sick or he can't do it so now i'm like, i'm going to embarrass the city of st. louis on sunday. >> seth: they will probably let you wear -- >> i'm wearing a cardinal uniform. >> seth: oh, my god. >> so they ask me -- i had to fill out this paperwork and they go what position do you want to play, this and that, i go put me where the ball won't come to me. [ laughter ] so, i think that's right field maybe? >> seth: right. that's good, you're a coach's dream. >> yeah exactly.
yeah, and then they go -- and then they said, "well do you have any other preferences?" i go, put me on john hamm's team. so i don't know. >> seth: and so -- either way, sunday -- it's more likely that will be better than the all-star game. that i think. >> oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. >> seth: i want to tune in to that more than anything else. >> they're airing it on espn. so that's great. that's no pressure whatsoever. >> seth: i hope this isn't presumptive of me but i think you're going to win an emmy award for best softball player. >> wow, thank you. coveted. >> seth: andy cohen, everyone. "watch what happens live" on bravo. happy fifth anniversary. >> we're so cheap, i have to take this with me. >> seth: you have to take it with you. we'll be right back with the kratt brothers. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: my next guests are the creators of stars of the animated wildlife show "wild kratts." their new one-hour special "wild kratts: swamp things!" premiers july 21st on pbs kids. please welcome back to the show, chris and martin kratt! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: i am thrilled to have you guys back. we had so much fun last time you were here. bit of a change of pace, you're
bringing baby animals today. >> yep, baby animals -- [ cheers ] >> they have the power of cute. >> seth: i was worried it was because i wasn't quite man enough to handle the adult animals last time. >> we have a big baby animal you still got to handle. >> seth: what are we starting with today? >> well, first animal we have is a possum. >> seth: okay. got you. >> and now a possum, they're related to kangaroos right, they're marsupials. right. and they have incredible creature powers. >> yeah, one of them is the prehensile tail. okay? >> seth: all right. >> they hang upside down by their muscular tail and also they're great climbers -- they're great climbers and they can play dead. now the interesting thing about playing dead is that they don't think about it. it just happens. when they're scared it's involuntary. they just keel over and fall over. >> seth: do they know when they stop playing dead do they know what's happened or is it like "i had a rough night last night?" >> yeah. i think they kind of come out of it. they don't really know what happened. >> they just come out of it. after a while their body brings
them out of it. and then if the predator is still there, they might fall over again. >> seth: got you. >> you want the possum to climb on you. >> seth: yeah, i would love that. yeah. [ laughter ] >> as you know, we're always checking out creature powers. >> right, that's it. >> the best way is to experience it for yourself. right. [ laught ] >> seth: playing dead is such a power. >> he's scared. >> seth: he's great. he's a good little dude. >> yeah, he's cool, right. >> seth: good little dude. >> like a lot of people think possums look really fierce, they kind of do in their face. but you know, they're just a cool creature. >> seth: all right. so what's this? >> well this is a baby alligator. >> seth: oh my goodness. >> he's about 6 months old. they're really cute when they're babies. >> seth: six months. i would have thought they would be bigger after six months. >> right, they grow slowly. >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> they grow slowly at the beginning but they never stop grow growing. by the time they're 20 feet long they've been living a long time. >> seth: gotcha. >> when he's bigger he'll eat one of those. >> seth: so this is awkward. [ laughter ] and -- a big possum will eat one of those and the mother
alligator protects babies for two years. most people don't know that. they think lizards just kinda let their babies go. but mother alligators are like super protective, kinda like bears. >> seth: so they're jewish. [ laughter ] alligators are jewish. [ talking over each other ] >> let me get you another baby animal. >> seth: okay. >> the mother alligators will even help these guys hatch. when they start hatching they make a little sound and then the mother will pick up the eggs in her mouth and gently break it open. >> seth: oh, my goodness. now what's this? >> this is a super cute swift fox. >> seth: all right. >> yeah. now this is -- this swift fox is only 7 weeks old. >> seth: oh my goodness. >> it will grow to the size of a house cat and even though it's small it's super fast. these foxes can run 35 miles an hour. that's like as fast as a horse. >> seth: yeah. >> it's pretty cool. >> seth: i would love to hold. >> you don't have to worry about this guy at all. >> seth: okay, gotcha. hi there. now this is great. >> you're gonna turn him around. >> seth: like a swiffer, you can put it -- >> no. so fast.
>> seth: got you. >> but it is soft. it's like fluffy. >> seth: hi. hi, sweetie. oh, my god. a year from now i would be so terrified to meet you. [ laughter ] >> size of a house cat, not a wolf. you do well with the baby animals. >> seth: baby animals. thank you very much. >> now for the real test. >> okay, got you. >> the big baby animal. [ cheers ] >> seth: what's that? >> this is -- here we go. >> seth: oh, my goodness, so -- >> so we'll just put him on the desk here. >> seth: okay, and i'll stand up and go elsewhere. [ laughter ] >> it's okay, buddy. >> seth: he loves -- >> oh. >> seth: hi, buddy. >> that's okay. he loves applesauce. so we'll bring him around. >> seth: okay. great. >> look he's standing. >> seth: and now how old is he? >> he's -- he's about 6 months old. i think the noise is like woah, what's going on. >> seth: come on, buddy. >> there you go. >> seth: and now what's the creature power of a black bear? >> black bears are strong. >> seth: got you. >> fast. they climb trees.
they eat a lot. he's going to -- the applesauce is overcoming his what's going on feeling. >> seth: right. >> he just wants to eat and he's getting more and more comfortable. yeah. look at those big paws he's got. >> seth: he's got big paws. >> talk about strength. when he's 300 pounds he will be able to flip over a 200 pound rock with one paw. >> seth: wow. and now how long -- what is full grown for them? how old do they have to be? >> oh, i think they will get full grown in like four years, you know. >> seth: got you. >> but they grow pretty quickly and right now all the black bears in the woods are eating as much as they can to get ready for hibernation. and that's another of theirs, they are power nappers. they hibernate right. >> seth: it's so sad the things they love so much could only be bought in stores. [ laughter ] >> oh where did he go? >> he's not used to crowd laughter. that's his weakness. [ laughter ] >> seth: i like that the applesauce brings him back. what an adorable animal. >> you know this is one of the animals that we've got on our show.
like ever season we do an episode on 26 new animals and the amazing thing, they all have these creature powers that you don't know about, from black bears to pigeons -- like -- pigeons like drink milk. pigeons make milk out of their esophagus. >> they drink it or make it? >> the mothers and father make milk from their esophagus. the babies, use that straw like beak to drink. that's why you never see baby pigeons eating french fries or pizza crust all right. >> have you ever seen a baby bin begin eat anything on the street? >> seth: no, but i'm not looking for it. [ laughter ] >> now you will. >> seth: yeah, well, that's great. now he's on to the -- >> he likes grapes. >> bears are omnivores, they will eat about anything. >> seth: i feel like the bad thing about this is now all my guests are gonna expect food. [ laughter ] >> well, he's got blueberries. let's see what she likes the best. his favorite thing is applesauce. >> seth: i love it. what a good boy. well thank you guys so much for being here. chris and martin kratt, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] oh, no. please be quiet.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back to "late night," everyone. our next guest is one of the world's most iconic living artists. his first new york museum retrospective is currently on view at the whitney museum of american art and his piece "split rocker" is on display right here at rockefeller center. ladies and gentlemen, jeff koons. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: so, congratulations on this incredible retrospective. it's an incredible show. it must be wonderful to see your whole career under one roof or parts of your career certainly. >> it is wonderful, and i guess i'm 59, so it seems like it was a good time to collect the work together and to get an idea where i can go from here.
>> seth: the view, as andy cohen and i mentioned, we have a view, his old office, the view of "split rocker" out my window. it's an incredible piece of art. how many flowers are on this piece and did you yourself put the flowers into it? [ laughter ] >> there are 50,000 flowers, so there are 50,000 decisions there. so, you know, i have at times been involved in putting each plant in there, but i developed systems where there's like chaos there, there's an order where we'll have certain lights and darks and a different range of color but there's never a repeat in the pattern. so i'll developed systems that i can stand back and watch a little bit from a distance. >> seth: you have a staff of 120, is that accurate, around that many people. >> that's correct. >> seth: what -- how -- do you miss having your hands in the work as much as you must have when you first started? >> you know, seth, i do.
i mean i'm physically involved, but because i'm working on a lot of different projects, i'm able to make paintings, work on sculptures, i'm working with people and articulating people the same way that you articulate a fingertip. and you know, your mind tells your finger what you want to have happen, and i'm having my vision exercise in a similar manner. so it is a physical activity. >> seth: you -- what i loved about the show and what i love about your work, it's very accessible. you know, you go and you see popeye, you see michael jackson in bubbles, you see inflatable pool toys. is that something you've always sort of aspired to do with your art to be accessible to the viewer? >> i've always wanted to enjoy the world and to philosophically to try to communicate that, you know, everything is here. you know, all the information we're seeking in life, it's right beside us. it's everywhere around us. and these are the image, the objects that we confront on a
daily basis. >> seth: they told me at the whitney, because these inflatable pool toys you do look so real, that people are just walking up and touching incredibly expensive pieces of art. because what is the material you make the inflatable pool toys out of? >> the pool toys are aluminium. >> seth: got you. >> they are a little toy where they look very realistic to an actual inflatable but it's permanently in that position. it always -- like a lobster will always be, you know, firm and it won't lose its air and deflate. >> seth: but could i buy a pool toy and put it in my house and tell people that's my koons. [ laughter ] they're so good, i feel like i could maybe get away with that. >> i mean absolutely the essence is a there. i mean if you would have a lobster in your home it's a very similar feeling. but over time, the lobster would probably deteriorate a little bit, but yes, enjoy that kind of pop element, the excitement of that object, it's about
sensation and idea. >> seth: the michael jackson bubble piece, which seeing it, you know, live for first time, i didn't quite realize how big it is, it's an incredible piece of art, did michael jackson -- did you ever meet michael jackson, did you get feedback on what he thought about it? >> michael was helpful to me and he sent photographs that i could work with, some of his personal photographs, and more or less celebrity photographs he would hand out, but i was supposed to meet michael three times and every time i got stood up and i was always excited. one time i made a trip back from europe to new york to meet michael and he came down sick. then he called and he apologized and asked if i would please come to los angeles. and meeting him -- meet him at the recording studio. i went there. i was supposed to meet him at 7:00 in the evening. i knocked on door. and nobody came. so i kept knocking. i guess about 20 minutes later,
a gentleman opened the door and i said, "i'm jeff, i'm here to meet michael," and they said, "michael hasn't been around for at least six months." so again, we got a telephone call apologizing. so i never met michael. i wish that i would have even tried again and would have gone through it one more time. but i hear from people sometimes that worked with michael, maybe a stylist or somebody, they'll say that michael was fond of the sculpture. >> seth: did you ever meet bubbles? >> i did meet bubbles. >> seth: did you really? [ light laughter ] >> i did a photo session with bubbles. >> seth: you did a photo session with bubbles. that's great. there's really something to the fact that bubbles was more reliable with meetings than michael jackson. bubbles always five minutes early. [ applause ] >> he was great. >> seth: well, it's an incredible exhibition. congratulations. 59 now, i want to see another one at 79. is that cool? can you do that for us? >> i hope 89. >> seth: okay, 89, great. thank you very much, jeff koons, everybody. jeff koons retrospective is on
♪ >> carson: hey, everybody. carson daly here. thanks for tuning in. it is "last call" from evr in new york. here's the lineup tonight. for our music, sarah lee guthrie and johnny irion are going to bring their act to the we'll show you that in a little bit. plus, we're going to introduce you to the guys behind the new comedy central series "triptank." but right now, despite appearing in over 80 of some of your favorite tv shows and movies, there's a shot you don't know the name judy greer. well tonight, we're going to do everything we can do to change all of that as she talks about her new book, "i don't know what you know me from." from aventine in hollywoodth