tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC March 17, 2018 12:37am-1:38am PDT
>> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight, joel edgerton, from cnn, anchor don lemon, star of nbc's "champions," actor j.j. totah. featuring the 8g band with jim riley! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, setheyers! >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that is -- fantastic to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. the senate yesterday confirmed president trump's nominee for deputy white house budget chief, so congratulations to trump's second cousin's ex-wife's godson.
[ laughter ] president trump is planning to meet next week with members of the video game industry as part of the discussion over school safety. he's also very interested in taking a look at mario's immigration papers. [ laughter ] according to cnn, the chief white house calligrapher now has greater access to sensitive information than senior adviser jared kushner. [ laughter and applause ] after kushner's security clearance was downgraded said the calligrapher. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] according to cnn, white house senior adviser jared kushner's demeanor has seemed paranoid in recent days. apparently, he's constantly looking over where his shoulder should be. [ light laughter ]
according to reports on the anniversary of attorney general jeff sessions' confirmation, aides gave him a bullet-proof vest with his name on it. while president trump gave him a five-minute head start. [ light laughter ] president trump said yesterday he would write an executive order banning the sale of bump stocks. and if he writes it as well as he tweets, by next week it will be illegal to buy blimp socks. [ laughter ] vladimir putin announced this morning that russia has developed a new nuclear weapon that he says are invincible and have unlimited range. trump is so scared he peed the bed by accident. [ laughter and applause ] a very, very subtle difference, but an important difference. according to a new study, snapchat is the most used social media app among adults 18 to 24. while calculator is still
accidentally the most used app by people my age. [ laughter and applause ] a new report claims that california is the state with the worst quality of life. "ha-ha!" said a new yorker right before a rat fell in his mouth. [ laughter and applause ] from where? and finally, music streaming app spotify has filed to go public. never going public, my workout playlist. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a fantastic show for you tonight! [ cheers and applause ] he is one of the stars of "red sparrow" and one of our favorites here at "late night," joel edgerton is back on the show. [ cheers and applause ] he is the host of "cnn tonight," don lemon joins us.
[ cheers and applause ] and from nbc's new series "champions," a fantastic young actor, j.j. totah joins us. [ cheers and applause ] so you are here on a great night. but, before we get to that, this has been one of the most chaotic weeks of donald trump's presidency. key aides are quitting or mired in scandal. the russia probe is heating up. and the president is publicly attacking his own attorney general. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: even for the tumultuous trump white house, this has been a head-spinning week. not only is it white house awash in scandal with constant staff changes and turmoil, but on policy, the president himself keeps swinging wildly from one position to the next. just take the issue of gun reform. before trump became president, republicans spent eight years issuing dire, apocalyptic warnings about president obama's supposed desire to take everyone's guns away. >> i am convinced that if this president could confiscate every gun in america, he would.
>> your campaign posted on your website a menacing picture of president obama. and the headline said, "obama wants your guns." how is that anything but fearmongering? >> it is actually quite accurate. this is the most anti-gun president we've ever seen. >> you know, the president's thinking of signing an executive order where he wants to take your guns away. you hear it this way. this is new. not going to happen. >> seth: yeah, of course it's not going to happen. because it wasn't real. i love how trump just makes stuff up and then assures his audience the thing he made up will never happen. [ light laughter ] what were his bedtime stories like? "there's a monster under your bed and he wants to eat you. but don't worry, it won't happen. [ light laughter ] except for you, eric. he might eat you." [ laughter ] i'm just kidding. in that trump never told his kids bedtime stories. [ laughter ] "yeah, i'm not going to make it home. comp their milk." [ laughter ]
so republicans including trump spent eight years spinning unhinged fantasies about obama trying to take people's guns away. and then yesterday as vice president mike pence was discussing the idea of gun violence restraining orders, trump just blurted out the exact thing he falsely accused obama of doing. >> allow due process, so that no one's rights were trampled. but the ability to go to court, obtain an order and then collect not only the firearms, but any weapons in the position -- >> will mike take the firearms first and then go to court? because that's another system. because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court, to get the due process procedures. i like taking the guns early. so you could do exactly what you're saying. but take the guns first, go through due process second. >> seth: take the guns first. [ laughter ] republicans got their dream president and now he's just blurting out their worst nightmares. [ laughter ] we're like a week away from trump driving up to the white house in a prius blasting the hamilton soundtrack and wearing
a t-shirt that says #resist. [ laughter and applause ] and while trump swings wildly on policy, his white house keeps getting engulfed in new scandals, seemingly on a daily basis. just take the president's son-in-law and senior advisor jared kushner, who is already under fire for his business dealings, his lack of security clearance and his inexperience. last night, we learned that kushner accepted half a billion dollars in loans from companies after meeting with officials from those companies at the white house. >> early last year, a private equity billionaire started paying regular visits to the white house. joshua harris, a founder of apollo global management. during that period, mr. harris met on multiple occasions with jared kushner. >> in november, apollo lent $184 million to mr. kushner's family real estate firm, kushner companies. an even larger loan came from citigroup, which lent the firm
and one of its partners $325 million. that loan was made in the spring of 2017, shortly after mr. kushner met in the white house with citigroup's chief executive michael corbat. >> seth: you know that saying when a friend asks you for money because he's in a jam and you decide hey, he's your friend, you'll help him out. so you say "how much do you need?" and he says "half a billion dollars." [ light laughter ] and you say, "what the [ bleep ] did you do?" [ laughter ] that's jared kushner. [ laughter and applause ] seriously, that -- that is cartoonishly corrupt. how much more suspicious can jared kushner get? he took millions in loans from companies he met with in the white house, tried to set up a secret channel to talk to russia, can't get a security clearance to complete a background check and lurks ominously in the background of every white house photo like he's the ghost of a boy trump killed with an errant tee shot. [ laughter ]
"why didn't you say fore?" [ laughter ] "is the ghost back?" [ light laughter ] the big question now is this, why does jared kushner still have a job in the white house? on top of everything else, his security clearance has been downgraded to such a low level that he's now incapable of doing anything. >> president trump's senior adviser and son-in-law now has reduced access to classified information after his security clearance was downgraded. jared kushner is authorized to access information only at the lower secret level. >> secret level are for people like the kitchen workers, the butlers and the residents. [ light laughter ] >> seth: also, secret level sounds like something you'd make up to tell a child. [ laughter ] "what's my security clearance?" "you're secret level." "what's that?" "you can go in the kitchen." "okay, i'm going to put my drawings up on the fridge! [ laughter and applause ] i'm secret level!"
so one of the president's closest confidants is on thin ice. while another close confidant, white house communications director hope hicks has already resigned. hicks abruptly quit yesterday, just a day after admitting to lawmakers in closed-door testimony that she told white lies for the president. and yet, republicans on the committee aren't mad about the lying itself. they're mad hicks' testimony got out. like florida congressman tom rooney who last night called for the investigation to get shut down and complained that the question that got hicks in trouble was too broad. >> the question was, have you ever lied for the president? and, which, as you know, is an extremely broad question. that could be like me telling a staffer to tell somebody that's calling me on the phone that i'm not here. that would be asking my staffer to lie to me. >> seth: oh come on, that's ridiculous. if someone called the white house asking for trump and hicks said he's not here right now, she'd be telling the truth. [ laughter and applause ] and of course, he's also been
lashing out wildly to his own attorney, general jeff sessions. trump has been furious at sessions for recusing himself from the russia investigation, which led to the appointment of special counsel robert mueller. trump has also made it clear that he's upset sessions won't prosecute his political opponents. and now, according to the washington post, trump has privately come up with a new insult for his attorney general. behind the scenes trump has derisively referred to sessions as mr. magoo. [ laughter ] a cartoon character who is elderly, myopic and bumbling. i'm sorry, but sessions -- [ light laughter ] sessions is not mr. magoo. mr. magoo is an old, incompetent rich guy who gets himself in trouble through ineptitude and short sightedness. and yet, through sheer luck and blind confidence, never seems to face any consequences. you the magoo! [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] magoo. we're only a little more than a year into the trump administration and what we've seen is truly staggering of corruption. the president's wildly unqualified son-in-law is taking
meetings in the white house that result in millions in private loans, while trump publicly berates his own attorney general for not investigating his political opponents. and on top of that, the russia investigation is getting closer and closer to the president himself. and if trump does ever get indicted, i think i know what he'll say. >> oh, magoo, you've done it again! [ laughter ] >> seth: this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with joel edgerton, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: for more of seth's "closer looks" be sure to subscribe to "late night" on youtube. ♪ day-o, dayyyyyoooo. ♪ wake up early, ♪ slap on some cologne ♪ i'm 85 and i wanna go home ♪ ♪ just got a job ♪ as a lifeguard in savannah ♪ ♪ i'm 85 and i wanna go home ♪ ♪ dropping sick beats, they call me dj nana ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] welcome back, everybody. please give it up for the 8g band right over there! [ cheers and applause ] all this week, we've had fantastic drumming from the band leader of multi-platinum country group rascal flatts whose latest album "back to us" is available now. for more info, check out jimrileymusic.com. jim riley, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] thank you very much for a great week. >> thanks, seth. it's been awesome. >> seth: our first guest is a versatile actor you know from films such as "loving," "zero dark thirty" and "the gift." he is starring opposite jennifer lawrence in "red sparrow," which will be in theaters tomorrow. let's take a look. >> you know my name? >> you told me. >> you stole my i.d. from the pool.
>> that would be illegal. were you just looking for me? >> i know where to find you if i was. >> because i'm curious, did you want me to know that you were following me or are you just real clumsy? >> you americans always think that the rest of us are so interested in you, don't you? >> seth: please welcome back to the show, one of our favorites, joel edgerton, everyone! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back. >> how you doing? >> seth: i'm wonderful. i'm very happy to hear this. you are now -- is this true you're living in new york now? >> yeah, yeah. i'm living in brooklyn. >> seth: that's exciting. [ cheers and applause ] have you ever -- is this the first time you lived in new york? >> yeah. >> seth: how do you like it so far? >> i live in brooklyn, and i feel like i'm just a little bit hipper. >> seth: oh, wow! [ light laughter ] >> but i don't have to wear a collar.
you know what i mean? >> seth: did you have this before brooklyn or did it come with brooklyn? >> the moment i arrived. i wake up and the next morning, i brush my teeth and was there. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's exciting. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> seth: well, it's nice to have you local. >> thank you. >> seth: we love having you here and the last time you were here, you were in a film, "it comes at night," which was post-apocalyptic. >> yeah. >> seth: and we talked about how you would be personally in a post-apocalyptic situation and said, "very bad." >> yeah. >> seth: now you're in a spy film, you're playing a cia agent. how would you, joel edgerton, be as an actual spy? >> i'd be equally as bad -- >> seth: yeah. >> as my post-apocalyptic -- well, i was thinking about it because, you know, if you're a spy, you can't really talk about yourself. >> seth: yeah. >> and the job -- right? and you're an actor. like, how am i not supposed to brag? >> seth: yeah. no, i'm thinking now that you say it, i don't think we've had a single spy on the show. [ laughter ] >> it'll be like, "you're a spy?" and i'm, like, "yeah." let me tell you all the
things -- let me tell you all the cool things that i've done. [ laughter ] >> seth: oh, so you'd give it up pretty quickly. were you, is it true? i read that you had some curiosity for when you were younger. you had a spy kit. >> i was totally a spy when i was a kid. >> seth: yeah. >> because i lived in a little town called dural, and that's -- i think that's where all the spies go when they need to like hide out. >> seth: oh, really? >> yeah, dural is like a really tiny town, but for some reason i had a spy kit. i had binoculars. i had a -- >> seth: was -- had this been purchased for you or did you go out and buy a spy kit? >> no, i don't know where i got the binoculars from, like a fair. >> seth: okay. >> that were just tiny little binoculars -- that i had made a little electronic bug, like listening device. >> seth: oh, wow. >> and i'd hollowed out a book and the listening device, i remember using to listen in to my grandmother because she was snoring and she was living in the room next to me. so it was like maybe i was on the mission to prove to my mother that my grandmother was snoring and that she should move
her to another room. [ laughter ] >> seth: so this is some -- >> and i successfully completed that mission. >> seth: wow. oh, so you did provide audio proof to your mother that your grandmother was snoring? >> she's passed away now, my grandmother. i didn't -- [ laughter ] >> seth: well, if, i mean, but again, as a spy, you couldn't tell us. [ laughter ] >> no, i couldn't. no, i wouldn't. but i'd brag about it if i came on your show, theoretically. >> seth: theoretically, yeah. you have, there's a scene in the film and you obviously, joel edgerton, no one would have to do this to you. like you would have to give up the information right away, but in the film, like they actually have to like strip -- there is a torture scene. they're like stripping away the skin -- your skin. it's very hard to watch. was it hard to do? >> no. [ laughter ] the hardest thing to watch for an audience, sometimes is the most fun thing for an actor to do. i had fun. it was weird. i spent all day in my underpants. [ light laughter ]
actually, i spent all -- most of my other days in my underpants, but have other stuff over the top. [ light laughter ] >> seth: oh, so only -- >> just to be clear. >> seth: this was an only underpants situation. >> yeah. >> seth: yeah, okay, gotcha. >> this was an only underpants situation, and makeup, where i was getting my skin peeled off me. >> seth: yeah. >> not for real because i'm an actor. >> seth: right, of course. [ light laughter ] >> i had a team of people protecting throughout. [ laughter ] >> so many -- they'd have to get through so many people to actually peel your skin. >> to actually get my skin off. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah, but we have -- see we have very thin skin. >> seth: actors. >> actors. >> seth: yeah. >> very easy hurt. but i'll tell you something that happened that day that was pretty funny, actually. jennifer lawrence. >> seth: yeah. >> pick that one up. >> seth: oh, you name dropped? [ laughter ] >> yes. she -- [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: yeah. say that -- don't let me muss that up for you. >> she has a little dog called pippy, and pippy is about that
big. and pippy came to her rescue that day, thought she was really in trouble. >> seth: oh wow. >> and ran on to the set and was -- there's a big german guy who's torturing us or me, and just decided that this is the guy who's threatening mom's life, and i'm going to -- and went in. >> seth: oh, wow! >> yeah, like this. and you know -- it was pretty cool. >> seth: and did he -- so pippy did a nice job, ultimately? >> better job than me. [ laughter ] >> seth: it takes a man to say that. it takes a man to admit that. >> yeah, but i ended up -- >> seth: this is really cool, your parents are backstage. >> yeah. >> seth: they flew out from australia because you got two premieres this week. you have this film, and then, you have a film "gringo" that you're in that your brother nash directed, which is really cool. and you guys have worked together over the years but this is the first time obviously he's directed a big american movie. how was that? >> it was awesome. i mean, you know, as nash said the other day, he's been bossing me around and directing me since i was, like, a kid. >> seth: yeah.
>> and then we both get paid to live out that same dynamic. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> and he did a great job. we played the movie in miami the other night. it went down like crazy. it's about a guy who gets kidnapped in mexico, a guy who works for a pharmaceutical corporation. charlize theron and i play these corporate jerks, which is strangely easy to play. [ light laughter ] for charlize. [ laughter ] bigger stretch for me. and it was -- it's amazing, and i really encourage everybody to go see all of my movies. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, well, i want to say, because we've talked about your brother before, you are also a wonderful director, and i know you're working on something else right now. >> yes, i am. >> seth: your brother, though, like, a lot of actors direct. your brother is a stuntman. >> he started as a stunt guy and then became an editor and then a director. >> seth: so i guess what i'm saying is like, you went from actor to director, i've heard about that before. your brother, it's kind of mind blowing -- if there's someone
i'm impressed with. [ laughter ] you know, stuntman -- i mean -- >> what actor you got from nail salon to director. that would be slightly more. no, he is a very impressive director. my brother, and i hate pay him a compliment on live tv, but i'm going to look down the barrel of the camera -- pretty much anything he puts his mind to, he does very well. >> seth: that's fantastic and so lucky that you guys get to work together. i'm very -- i'm very jealous of that. i want to close because we've done this before. you've been on the show -- i think this is the fourth time and we've busted you on some outfits. >> yeah. >> seth: these are -- last time you were here, i pointed out, these are two different times you were wearing this sweat -- [ laughter ] and it's literally like you're going out thinking, "i hope someone takes a picture for the next time i'm on 'late night.'" [ laughter ] and yet, here you go. you're out again, and this is the latest. you're on a beach. i guess, based on the hat in the middle of winter. [ light laughter ] >> no wonder i would make a terrible spy.
[ laughter ] no one's going to see me. i'm wearing the same sweater. >> seth: but, you know, i thought you were but then, look, it's a slightly different logo. [ light laughter ] you've got a new one. >> when you are sponsored. >> seth: you're sponsored? >> they update you. [ laughter ] >> you're trying to strip me of my sponsorship here by ridiculing me. >> seth: they sponsored you and they were so good with this, they said we've got to give him a new one? [ laughter ] >> you know what, i promise you, next time i come on your show, i'm just going to wear one of these outfits. >> seth: please! >> forget all this. >> seth: yeah. forget this. this isn't the real joel. [ cheers and applause ] >> it doesn't feel like me. >> seth: i want to meet the real joel. >> all right. >> seth: all right. i can't wait. >> the real joel is coming. >> seth: always such a pleasure to talk to you. thank you so much. >> i love it. thank you. >> seth: congrats on everything. [ cheers and applause ] joel edgerton, everybody. "gringo" will open in theaters on march 9th and "red sparrow" will be in theaters tomorrow. we'll be right back with don lemon. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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(avo) get 0% apr financing on all new 2018 subaru forester models. now through april 2nd. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: our next guest is an emmy-winning journalist who anchors "cnn tonight" weeknights at 10:00 on cnn. please welcome to the show don lemon, everyone! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: yeah! >> nice joint! >> seth: thank you. it's not bad. well, i know you do this -- >> i know. >> seth: you do this every night. you don't have a live audience so we wanted to do -- >> well, i do, people at home watch. >> seth: that's true. >> yeah, yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's true. yeah, but you don't hear them. >> i know, i know. >> seth: you don't get to feed off of them. >> no, you don't have a live audience. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's true. all right, you put me in my place. so i have to -- first of all, happy birthday! it's your birthday. >> thank you. thank you. [ cheers and applause ]
>> seth: and -- >> oh, wow! 25 again. >> seth: 25 again. >> yeah. >> seth: and not only are you spending your birthday with us, but then, of course, you're going to go and you're going to do your show live. >> yeah. yeah. >> seth: at 10:00 tonight for two hours. is that the perfect way to spend a birthday surrounded by a panel of people talking about what happens in the news every day. >> as opposed to with seth meyers? yes, it is. [ light laughter ] actually, i -- i, well -- thank you. [ laughter ] i love what i do. >> seth: that's great! >> it's a great way to spend my birthday and what we're covering now is so important so i can't imagine any other thing, any other way except with maybe with my partner or with my family. >> seth: well, i'm so -- i think you do a great job. >> thank you. >> seth: and i also want to just speak to the level of difficulty anyone who has to manage a panel has versus what i get to do which is i have you here, you're the only person i have to talk to. >> right. >> seth: it's very easy. >> right. >> seth: i don't have to finish talking to you and then say, "and now you hate don lemon." so -- [ laughter ] >> or someone is yelling at you. >> seth: yeah. >> behind your -- in a satellite box or in your ear. "don't say that or get to the break." >> seth: and yeah, exactly. >> yeah. >> seth: because sometimes they're not even there. >> right. >> seth: how much -- i guess my
question is how much of it is that organizing in your head where you're going go next and how you keep it all in the -- juggling in the air? >> i try to be fair and not let people talk over each other. or let other people talk too much. but i want it to be organic. at conversation i try not to, you know, ask canned questions. but it's tough. sometimes i forget people's names. >> seth: uh-huh. >> and i have to look at my card, the blue card and go, "wait a minute, um -- wait a minute. [ laughter ] that's chris and not rob." right? >> seth: right. [ laughter ] >> sometimes i get it wrong so -- >> seth: do you do a lot of like, "hey, buddy, what about you?" yeah. [ laughter ] >> yes, so it is always, you know, "and what do you think?" >> seth: yeah, right. [ laughter ] >> but sometimes it's really easy because all you have to do is say, you know, "seth?" >> seth: right. >> and then just let someone talk. >> seth: well, that's the other thing. i will say everyone on those panels, they're basically wind-up toys who are ready to go if you -- [ laughter ] if you turn it over to them it's not -- i've never seen anyone on a panel say, "you know what, don, i got nothing to say about this." [ laughter ] >> and when we do, we mark it because every once in a while we stump people and they say, "you know what, i really don't have an answer to that." so -- >> seth: now, one thing that we've been talking about on this
show is it's this crazy thing that happens now which donald trump will suggest something so far afield of conventional wisdom and yet, because he's the president and because it's the news -- >> yeah. >> seth: you actually have to have a panel and talk about this stuff. >> yeah. [ light laughter ] >> like we should have a ratings system for movies. >> seth: yeah. for movies. so he says that and then -- >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: and then you have to go -- and, like, say, like -- >> yeah. >> seth: what do you have to say about this -- >> yeah. >> seth: totally nonsensical thing? [ laughter ] >> you talked about it and i saw it with wolf blitzer. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah, it's crazy. and i try not to engage in that, and i will say, you know, i do give a point of view on my show which is interesting. i think people find interesting for cnn. i do give a point of view and i'll say, "that's ridiculous." >> seth: yeah. >> i mean, we can be fair, we can be open minded, but we don't have to be stupid. and -- [ laughter ] but, seriously. >> seth: yeah, i think that's a brilliant thing. [ cheers and applause ] >> one issue is arming teachers. >> seth: yeah. >> and, you know, i come from a long line of teachers and none of them want to be armed in school.
>> seth: yeah. >> do we want security in school? absolutely. but do, you know, do you want your teacher, do you want coach edwards to be armed? [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> i don't think so. >> seth: my mom was a teacher and if she ever had a gun so many things would have had to go wrong. >> you might not be here. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] what i also really enjoy about watching your show is, not only do you have a point of view, but there are times when you cannot quite hide exactly as absurd you think things are. we've cut a little highlight reel. >> oh, boy. [ laughter ] >> i can be more presidential than any president that's ever held this office. that i can tell you. [ cheers ] >> this is "cnn tonight." [ laughter ] sorry. i'm don lemon. [ laughter ] i mean, listen, you -- what is going on here? i want to talk about the former white house aide omarosa -- manigo -- manigault -- >> yeah. >> new -- >> it's black history month. we got to talk about omarosa? [ laughter ] we have to talk about omarosa not during black history month, don. hmm-mm.
[ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> i watched that a million times. >> seth: yeah. >> and every time it's like the first time. >> seth: you know, obviously, it's really important any i'm glad shows like yours try to do it which is to have voices that, you know, support the trump campaign. it would be silly not to let those voices be on tv. but there are times when trump surrogates, i feel, don't express themselves honestly. they're supporting the president but you know that if the camera stopped they would express a different opinion. how do you handle that? >> i just confront it head on. >> seth: yeah. >> listen, i think that, especially my show which is a big panel show that he watches all of the time, by the way. but i think we were sort of -- [ laughter ] we were sort of the canary in the coal mine. canaries in the coal mine. or the canary in the coal mine because a lot of the people who either became surrogates for the campaign, once he became the nominee, or who were working in the white house, were on my show as guests. and oftentimes they were supporting other people. and so i just see the absurdity of it.
i know, you know, the history of the people and now i'll just say, "come on. let's just be real." >> seth: yes, and by that you mean a lot of these people work for other republican candidates and spoke just as ill about donald trump as people on the left do now. >> yeah, absolutely, if not more so. >> seth: right. >> because they were, i mean, vehemently against him until he, you know, he clinched the nomination and then all of a sudden they're, like, "oh, wow, this is our guy. he's great and he is, you know, the moral leader and he's going to do great for the country." and it's like, "what about last week when you said he built his business on the backs of poor people. like," how did that change all of a sudden? so, you know, i -- >> seth: yeah, i'm glad you did. >> yeah. >> seth: i'm very glad you. [ laughter ] you mentioned that he watches your show. >> yeah. that does seem he is definitely -- he used social media comment on your show. and have you heard from people close to the trump administration that he's still actively watching? >> every time someone comes on if they happen to work in washington, or at the white house, or near the white house, they'll tell me the president watches you every night. if they're a surrogate and they go to the white house for some sort of meeting, they'll come back and say, "you know the president watches you every
night." and i don't know if you saw my twitter today, but anthony scaramucci wished me a happy birthday, by the way, and says, you know, "someone calls you sour lemon. guess who." [ laughter ] guess who came up with that nickname? [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: i wonder, yeah. >> i wonder who. >> seth: it's a really, really good nickname so -- [ laughter ] >> that's a tough one to come up with. i've never been called that before. >> seth: he's not a second-thought nickname guy. [ laughter ] i want to ask, before you go, it feels like what happened in parkland and what we're seeing from these students, it feels different watching it from where i'm sitting that maybe, and i'm hopeful, maybe this time it's different. is covering it, has that been a -- >> yeah. >> seth: difference experience for you? >> it is sometimes. and i know -- get your question out. but it is different. and i am so proud of these kids. i don't know if you guys are. >> seth: yeah. >> i am extremely proud of them. [ cheers and applause ] they are a game changer. they're -- i hate that word when people say they're so articulate, but they really are. >> seth: yeah.
and they're so knowledgeable. i'm like, "you're going to take my job." >> seth: yeah. >> i think they, you know, speak sometimes better than i do, and they understand issues in ways that i don't think that i would have at 17, 18 years old. some of them 16 years old. i do think that they're going to be a force in the midterms. i think whether it's legislatively or politically, they're going to make a huge difference, and i don't think that you should discount them. this time we have these kids who are able to speak out about gun violence in ways that obviously that they couldn't do in newtown because they were so young, and so i think it's going to be a big difference. i'm really proud of them. >> seth: well, i hope you're right and, really, congratulations with what you're doing. >> and you, as well. >> it seems exhausting, but you do such a great job. thank you so much. >> i love that you're using "a closer look." [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: of course. any time we can. don lemon, everybody. "cnn tonight" airs weeknights at 10:00 on cnn. we'll be right back with j.j. totah. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ great, another dead end.
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march 8th at 9:30 here on nbc. let's take a look. >> can i just say what an honor it is to be here at the manhattan academy for performing arts. i have dreamt of this moment ever since my humble beginnings in the horrible town i was raised in. >> it's not that bad. it's cleveland. lebron james, rock 'n' roll hall of fame, very vibrant polish music scene, actually. >> no, i wasn't criticizing. you know, you did the best you could with your limited resources. she's a single mom. >> seth: please welcome to the show j.j. totah, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: hi, j.j.! >> hi! how are you doing? >> seth: now, i'm so excited to have you here because this is your first talk show appearance. >> this is. this is -- you're the first. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: but you -- i know so that means you're so lucky to be here for this. >> thank you. >> seth: and when you were younger, this is something you wanted to do. you wanted to host a talk show. >> yes. >> seth: but you would do yours differently. >> i would do mine differently. i mean, i think it's a bit narcissistic. you have your name everywhere.
>> seth: uh-huh, yeah. [ laughter ] >> i totally respect it. but no, this has been a dream. when i was younger, everyone else was, like, you know, "i want to be an astronaut. i want to be a doctor." and i was, like, "i want to be wendy williams." [ laughter ] and people were really confused by that. >> seth: yeah, i don't even -- i don't even think -- >> yeah. >> seth: that's an option on the test they give you. >> it's not. >> seth: of what you want to be when you grow up. [ laughter ] >> but i wrote it in on "other." [ laughter ] so -- >> seth: so you were shooting the show and mindy kaling plays your mother, brings you to new york and you start living with your dad and your uncle. >> yes. >> seth: but while you were filming the show you had to still go to school. so how does that work? >> i did. i actually had to do finals and apply to colleges while filming. it was horrible. >> seth: uh-huh. [ light laughter ] >> and i remember finishing my english final at, like, 10:00 o'clock at night. it was horrible. but i have great teachers who love me and support me and i got it, all as, so -- >> seth: that's great. congratulations. >> so you can applause for that. thank you. >> seth: and how -- how is it having -- working with mindy kaling, having mindy play your mother? >> oh, it is so cool. she's like a comedy legend. >> seth: yes. >> from "the office" to "mindy project."
she's amazing. we had so much fun. and she always has, you know, so many cool little comedy bits that we do together. and yeah, it's been really fun. >> seth: you seem mature for your age. did you watch the same television shows and the same movies that your peer group did? >> no, i don't think so. i was exposed to a lot as a young child. my first film was "the green mile." >> seth: uh-huh. >> which is not -- [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> the most -- >> seth: that's not spongebobby. >> happy film. >> seth: yeah. >> no, it's not. [ laughter ] and then there was "thelma and louise." and i was an avid kardashian watcher. >> seth: uh-huh. >> for christmas i got the kardashian dvd for our car so i could watch it on the way to school. [ laughter ] >> seth: and you still got all as. that's amazing. >> and i still got all as. so again, another applause. [ laughter ] thank you. [ cheers and applause ] thank you so much. >> seth: and so, because you were not watching the shows and movies that your peer group was, did you have a -- did you have a lot of friends in your peer group? >> no, friend group from, like, one to nine was, like, pretty much nonexistent. >> seth: uh-huh.
>> i did have two friends, one of which was my cousin. [ laughter ] and the other just, like, dealt with me. [ laughter ] she very much was like, "all right. like, i guess." [ laughter ] so that was kind of difficult. [ laughter ] but i do love them. lynn and sabrine. >> seth: oh, that's great. >> they really -- >> seth: all right. they're still -- so they're still on the list as -- >> they are. >> seth: okay. >> i just -- and i've added more. i have reached double digits with friends. >> seth: oh, congratulations! >> thank you so much! [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: has hollywood -- has hollywood and the entertainment industry been good for you as far as friendships? >> yeah. i think so. i think it's really cool as, like, a child actor. this is such an exciting thing. most kids are, like, playing soccer or what have you at this age and the fact that i get to do stuff like this is so cool. >> seth: that's really awesome. you -- this is -- i -- i'm not the least bit surprised that you're as confident as you are. you were ten years old -- >> i was. >> seth: when you first did stand-up. >> i was. >> seth: at a real stand-up club. [ laughter ]
[ cheers and applause ] >> i was very small. >> seth: yeah. >> just out of the womb. yeah. >> seth: so what was your material like as a 10-year-old? >> a lot of it was on my family. >> seth: oh. >> yeah. there was a film "contagion" and in an arab family everyone's kissing and hugging and so that's basically that. like, if one person had influenza it would have spread like a wildfire. [ laughter ] in montecito, like, literally insane. >> seth: that's great, how did it go? >> it was great. >> seth: did you feel like it played pretty well when you did your standup? >> i think so. >> seth: yeah. >> i mean, i was young, so -- >> seth: right. [ light laughter ] >> everything seemed like it was going well. >> seth: you are living a hollywood life. >> i am. >> seth: you posted this on instagram. this is -- is this -- you were getting a facial. >> this is a real los angeles facial that i experienced, and it was treacherous. >> seth: yeah. this does not look fun. >> no. [ audience ohs ] [ laughter ] i mean, there was itching involved. it was scary. it was so scary. i texted my best friend kelly, i was like, "i don't think i'm going to be okay." >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> i snuck my phone out and i
said, "i don't think this is going to be okay." but it was fine. >> seth: how long does a facial like this take? >> this was, like, two and a half hours. >> seth: wow! >> and they put a muzzle on me at one point. [ laughter ] >> seth: where -- and now how -- >> and then a cone. it was insane. >> seth: were you talking to the point that they needed to put a muzzle on you? [ laughter ] >> maybe. i do talk a lot, okay. [ laughter ] but i don't think to the point that that would be necessary. it is kind of rude of you to say that. >> seth: yeah, exactly! [ laughter ] >> i enjoy my voice and i think they do. >> seth: yeah. no, hey, i was saying it is. i was going to take a stand on your behalf. >> oh. >> seth: if i had found that you had been -- >> yes. >> seth: muzzled inappropriately. >> yes. [ laughter ] no, yes. >> seth: i was going to go on yelp. >> thank you. [ laughter ] >> seth: and be very negative. >> yelp is so great. >> seth: yeah. that's where -- >> i love yelp. >> seth: and you are? you're a yelper? do you -- >> i am a yelper. >> seth: do you trust other people on yelp, though? you -- see you don't strike me as someone who would trust another -- >> i don't trust many people. >> seth: i think you would write a beautiful -- yeah. >> i don't trust many people, and you can't really. >> seth: yeah. >> you know? [ laughter ] i do like yelp because i'll lie to myself. like, if someone else -- like if jenny u. from, like, utah says this restaurant is great, i'm
like, "okay, jenny says it." [ laughter ] >> seth: right. >> so, like, and that's me. you know? >> seth: i see it. >> like, i don't want to go in cold. i like -- >> seth: i see. right. you want to see -- you decide where you go -- >> yes. >> seth: and you want to back it up with one rando that you're never going meet. >> yes. 100 percent. >> seth: i like your style. >> thank you. >> seth: i think, yeah. >> i mean, it gets me great food. >> seth: yeah. >> so. >> seth: okay. >> i think so. >> seth: you've talked a lot about owning who you are. >> yeah. >> seth: you seem to have this very -- i don't know. again, like, a very mature outlook. a very optimistic outlook. is that something that's sort of always been true about you? >> i just -- i've always been, like, so different and growing up on tv, you just, you like, straight white boys playing soccer. which is, like, totally cool, but, like, not me. [ laughter ] and i just -- i never had anyone to relate to, and i felt so different. and so i feel like i was just forced to own myself in a way. like, if no one's going carry this baggage, might as well have it be me, you know what i'm saying? [ laughter ] so, yeah. so, yeah. i mean, it's definitely tough
when people come at you and they're against you, but just -- it's liberating just -- i don't know. i feel -- >> seth: i really mean this. yeah. give it up for j.j. >> why thank you, one person. [ cheers and applause ] thank you. >> seth: it is -- your optimism and your confidence are -- they're really infectious. >> thank you. >> seth: and you're so good on the show. >> thank you. >> seth: and i've just loved you in everything that you've done and i'm so happy you're here. >> thank you, again, thanks for having me. >> seth: and that this is your first time on a talk show. and i'm certain you'll take my job one day. thank you so much for being here. >> oh, thank you so much. thank you so much. [ cheers and applause ] j.j. totah, everybody. "champions" premieres march 8th at 9:30 here on nbc. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ if your moderate to severe ulcerative colitis or crohn's symptoms are holding you back, and your current treatment hasn't worked well enough, it may be time for a change. ask your doctor about entyvio,
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