tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC March 21, 2018 12:37am-1:38am PDT
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- john oliver, from "the detour," actress laura benanti, music from blake shelton. featuring the 8g band with lil john roberts. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening, i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how's everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] fantastic to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. today was the first day of spring. psych! [ laughter ] president trump said today that he and vladimir putin will
probably get together in the not too distant future to discuss the arms race. oh, sorry, i misread that. it's to race into each other's arms. [ laughter ] when asked today if the russian election was free and fair, white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said, quote, "we're focused on our elections. we don't get to dictate how other countries operate." "ha, ha! good one," said iraq. [ laughter ] according to cnn, president trump's lawyers sat down with members of special counsel robert mueller's team last week to discuss the topics investigators could cover with trump. and so far, it's a pretty short list. [ laughter ] president trump today met with the crown prince of saudi arabia at the white house. the prince asked for trump's help fighting terrorism, and trump asked for three wishes. [ laughter ]
ivanka trump traveled to iowa yesterday to speak about workforce development and visited a classroom where she studied a zebra fish embryo under a microscope. said mike pence, "uh, a zebra fish baby." [ laughter ] believe it or not, that's twice as good as i thought that joke would go. [ laughter ] british officials are demanding that mark zuckerberg travel to london to testify about facebook's handling of customer data, but based on his response, i'm pretty sure he's not showing up. [ laughter ] according to reports, adult film star stormy daniels took a polygraph test in 2011 about her relationship with president trump, and the examiner found there was a more than 99% probability she told the truth about their affair. and we know trump is lying because we can hear him.
[ laughter ] prince harry and meghan markle's wedding cake will be lemon elderflower instead of the traditional fruitcake. incidentally, "lemon elderflower" is the name queen elizabeth uses on tinder. [ laughter ] honest about age. you don't see that all the time on tinder. [ light laughter ] not that i would know. [ laughter ] a new study has found that people are able to interpret a person's emotions based on the shifts in blood flow color around the face. though some people know how to cheat the game. [ laughter ] a hospital worker in ohio this week alerted authorities after a horse entered the emergency room at 1:00 a.m. even more disturbing, the horse didn't get out of there until noon the next day. [ laughter ]
we had a long conversation about what a horse in an emergency room would look like. and graphics team crushed that one. [ light laughter ] and finally, movie theater chain alamo draft house has introduced a new trash island milkshake that is made with vanilla ice cream, chocolate, caramel, peanuts, reese's pieces, chocolate chip cookies, popcorn, oreos, cocoa puffs, and salt. it's almost the worst thing i've ever seen there. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight! [ cheers and applause ] he is one of our favorites. the host of "last week tonight with john oliver," john oliver is here tonight. [ cheers and applause ] she is the star of "the detour" on tbs. laura benanti is here, everybody. a very fantastic actress. [ cheers and applause ] and music from blake shelton. so you guys are here --
[ cheers and applause ] on a very, very good night. before we get to all that, the midterm elections are just months away. so how concerned should we be about a foreign power once again meddling in our elections? for a look into how are vulnerable our infrastructure is to getting hacked it's time for "the check-in." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: even before trump became president, he demonstrated that he didn't really take the issue of hacking too seriously. how do i know? well, because he publicly appealed to a foreign adversary to continue hacking into the e-mails of his opponent at the time, hillary clinton. >> i will tell you this. russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> seth: that's right. trump didn't just not take it seriously, he encouraged it. he's like one of those parents who say, "if you kids are going to drink, i'd rather you do it in the house, and then when you're good and buzzed i have 'shrooms in the freezer." [ laughter ] now one of the reasons russia
was able to hack into the dnc and meddle in our presidential election is that we were ill-prepared for such an attack. and to be fair no one was ready. there was little preparation and bumbling responses from both sides of the aisle. but now trump is in charge, and that's disconcerting, considering this is how he talks about cyber security and technology in general. >> now the cyber is so big. maybe there's something with the crazy computers. you know, in the old days, everything was better, right? now you have to open up things, press a computer. takes you 15 minutes. you know, we're in a cyber world. this is now a cyber world. russia is knocking us off. we talk about the hacking. hacking is bad. [ light laughter ] and it shouldn't be done. a hacker. some guy with a 200 iq that can't get up in the morning. okay? >> seth: sounds like he's got a handle on it. [ laughter ] it reminds me of old "law & order" episodes where someone tries to explain the internet to lennie briscoe. [ laughter ] "so you're telling me i can type
something here, and somebody else can read it in another city? what a world." [ laughter ] okay, so it's clear that trump is no expert on this topic, but at least when he became president he had his choice of anyone he wanted to put in charge of cyber security. and he went with a young, charismatic tech whiz, rudy giuliani. [ laughter ] even though he couldn't recognize rudy when he was sitting right in front of him. >> i want to introduce rudy giuliani, and rudy is very much of an expert on cyber security. it's been a very important thing to him and what he does. maybe i'll ask rudy to say a few words. where's rudy? >> thank you very, very much, mr. president. first of all, congratulations on what is in fact a historic start of an administration. [ laughter ] >> seth: he was directly across the table from him! [ laughter ] how was trump going to find the hackers when he can't even find rudy giuliani -- [ laughter ] -- at the same table? no one else looks like rudy giuliani. [ laughter ] was there another 200-year-old bald, beady-eyed man at the
table? now, over a year after that proclamation, reports say giuliani's committee accomplished pretty much nothing. but luckily, trump didn't just leave rudy in charge of it all. he also tasked jared kushner with helping to lead cyber security efforts, in addition to being in charge of creating peace in the middle east, fixing the v.a., and solving the opioid crisis while simultaneously going through puberty. >> many of our federal systems are decades old. we are here to improve the day-to-day lives of the average citizen. that's a core promise and we are keeping it. >> seth: that's right, jared kushner, the guy whose previous relationship to the internet was, i'm guessing, clearing the search history before his mom got home? [ laughter ] "jared, what are you doing?" "oh, just the middle east. fixing the middle east. [ laughter ] just middle east stuff!" [ light laughter ] and back in october, we thought we'd finally learn more about what exactly the administration plans to do to prevent other countries from hacking into our databases. but unfortunately, trump's cyber
security czar rob joyce didn't show up to a hearing on u.s. cyber defense strategy. the white house actually blocked him from testifying, citing executive privilege, resulting in an empty chair with his name tag during the hearing. and that only seemed to encourage senators on the committee to draw attention to his absence. >> the empty chair is outrageous. we had a foreign government go at the heart of our democracy. >> we see the person in charge at an empty seat here today. >> seth: but let's be honest. even when trump administration officials do show up for questioning, senators are also pretty much just talking to empty chairs. just take a look at this. >> i -- i -- i can't answer with definity what the conclusion is. >> i don't know what the barriers are. i don't under -- senator, i don't understand it. >> wish i could give you that number. i don't know. >> i don't know. >> i don't know. >> i don't know. >> i have no idea. >> do i know what now? >> seth: what now? [ laughter ] now this particular empty chair attorney general jeff sessions
announced just last month that the department of justice would create a new cyber security task force in order to study election interference. the doj is tasked with providing a report on its findings at the end of june. but beyond that we don't know much more about this task force. but what we already know about the situation in general is that it may be a little too late for more studies and reports. >> frankly, the united states is under attack. >> russian meddling is a very real threat in the upcoming election, and the u.s. is unprepared. >> until we have some deterrent capacity, we are going to continue to be attacked. >> if we don't change the dynamic here, this is going to continue. and 2016 won't be viewed as something isolated. this is something will be sustained overtime. >> seth: now, if that's not enough to scare you, that guy right there, nsa chief mike rogers, who's actually retiring this spring, also indicated that he hasn't received orders from trump to disrupt russian cyber attacks targeting elections. and after months and months of inaction, the state department was finally given $120 million to fight russian election meddling.
and of that $120 million, it has spent zero dollars. now, to be fair, the trump administration is probably saving all that money for good-bye cakes for all the people leaving the white house. [ laughter ] that's not official. it's just -- we're taping at 6:30 so it's a guess. [ laughter ] meanwhile, the senate is still waiting. [ cheers and applause ] still waiting to get detailed cyber security plans from this administration. because right now, trump cyber plan seems to boil down to -- >> do i know what now? [ laughter ] >> seth: this has been "the check in." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with more "late night," everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ p show the peninsula trail? you won't find that on a map. i'll take you there.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. being a talk show host means a lot of cool opportunities come my way. and i want to tell you about one, but first, please welcome out one of our writers, amber ruffin, everybody! give it up for amber! [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you! hi, seth! >> seth: hi, amber. so, here at "late night," we have a great new sponsor, tourism australia, and they called and asked if they could send me on a tour of australia. they said it would be magical, unforgettable trip of a lifetime. and i said, "are you kidding? i have a toddler and my wife is like 12 months pregnant."
i cannot do that. [ light laughter ] >> luckily, i was listening at the door and i shouted, "send me!" and you will never believe this. they did. take a look! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> welcome to australia, where the koalas hold you. ♪ while things are crazy in america, i'm jumping ship to australia, the land down under. now you know what they say about australia? what happens in australia, you make a video about and show to everybody. now i want the full australian experience. i want to see fun food, friendly wildlife -- sports i've never heard of. and most importantly, wine. so i hit up the montalto winery where head wine maker simon black showed me everything they have to offer. >> so i will pour some chardonnay. >> i'm getting floral notes. and they sound like this. ♪
>> does that pass the taste test? >> hm-mmm. >> good, you're doing a good job. [ light laughter ] >> let's taste more now. >> all right. pinot noir. >> i get a lot of uh -- grapes. >> now i think this might be one that you gravitate to. this is very chugable. >> moscato! >> perfect. great wine, check. another thing they do here is something called footy or australian football. so i suited up, put my game face on, and tried to learn the rules from some real aussie pros. >> this is a hand ball. so you hold your hand underneath the ball, and then you make a fist with the other hand. >> and then you punch them in the face. you say "get away from my ball." >> push. >> push. that's pretty good. >> hey, i won. thank you. >> i like it. >> i'm naturally athletic. >> are you? >> no. >> i'm going to keep it going now through those two uprights there, right through the middle, and i've missed it. >> yea! >> try and have it a bit more
towards the middle. your hands. >> like the ball is my wiener. [ laughter ] >> yes! >> you guys are playing this game wrong. it's pretty easy. >> they begged me to join their team but i said no. because i had more drinks to drink, baby. so i called up one of my local friends to meet me in downtown melbourne. i'm at the rooftop cinema with my best friend, australian pop star jessica malvoy. yay! >> hello. >> hello, jessica. now, jessica and i have something in common. we're both pop stars. [ laughter ] >> yes. >> for all you know in america, i'm a huge pop star. ♪ me and my friends are on the roof ♪ you don't believe us? here's some proof. jessica wanted to introduce me to a genuine australian treat that she called a top. it wasn't nothing but a drum stick. isn't that cute? i think i'm going to like it here. >> yeah. >> sorry. let me say it so you understand
it. oh, i think i'm going to like it here. [ laughter ] >> do i really sound like that? >> no. new best friend, check. so i hopped on a plane and went to kangaroo island off the coast of adelaide to find out if their mayor is a kangaroo. let's get fuzzy. i'm here with my friend, matt wright, crocodile wrangler. [ laughter ] i'm going to touch him. >> yeah, go ahead. >> i feel scared. >> no, you'll be fine. [ laughter ] >> you butt-head. >> feel him under here. >> i will not. i need consent. [ laughter ] >> let's go see some fluffy things. >> let's go see some fluffy things. sorry, dude. [ laughter ] ♪ you'll never guess what we found on kangaroo island. kangaroos! so what kind of kangaroos are these? >> so these are your kangaroo island kangaroos. they're sort of middle class as far as size goes. >> oh, middle class? >> yeah. >> me, too, kangaroos. [ light laughter ] we're both the same. i'm lying, it's lower. but it wasn't just kangaroos
that needed my attention. i get to feel a little penguin. who's hungry and who's been good? and who's going to bite me? here you go. [ audience awws ] you look like a dinosaur and a bird had a baby. [ light laughter ] ♪ bye. yuck, a snake. [ laughter ] now all these animals were cute but, holy [ bleep ]! [ audience awws ] it's a baby koala. i'm going to name you keisha knight pulliam. i love you so much. we have the same hair, pumpkin. now don't you let white people to tell you to straighten your hair. they're going to tell you that your whole life. don't do it. you're beautiful just the way you are. okay? ♪ it's true love all that traveling made me hungry. and they wouldn't let me eat any of those animals. so i went to chef ben shewry, he
runs one of the best restaurants in the world, attica. >> so we'll make a dish for you. it's called all parts of the pumpkin, so everything. >> yea! >> so we have pumpkin seeds, and some pumpkin skin, some chives, pumpkin oil. >> pumpkin oil? >> and now we have a piece of pumpkin that was steamed for 12 hours. i'm gonna finish it with a pumpkin and beer. >> dude, this is fancy as [ bleep ]. [ laughter ] >> in australia, we got the salada cracker. and we're going to put butter on it. >> i like this so far. >> okay, so now we're going to do the same thing with this vegemite. >> rumor has it that vegemite is disgusting. is that true? >> i think it is a little bit true. [ laughter ] are you okay? [ laughter ] >> this tastes so bad. you're supposed to be a good chef. [ laughter ] ben had a beautiful restaurant full of delicious food, except vegemite.
australia is incredible. i had such a good time that for a moment, i actually forgot who the president was. thanks, australia. it was truly the trip of a lifetime. and for good measure, let's take one last look at that baby. australia. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: all right everybody, i have to say. looks like -- looks like you had a very good time. >> yeah, i did. it was honestly the best vacation i have ever had. >> seth: well that is great to hear. >> that's why from now on, i'm going to split my time between australia and america. >> seth: you are not going to do that. you have a job. >> what i have is a baby koala who needs me. >> seth: all right. give it up for amber ruffin, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] >> i'm coming keshia! >> seth: we'll be right back with more "late night." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ mercedes-benz glc...
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody! please give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] back with us on drums tonight, he's one of the most sought after r & b and jazz musicians. he's played with such icons as stevie wonder, prince and currently with janet jackson. for more information, head over to liljohnroberts.com. lil john roberts, everybody. thank you for being here! [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you, seth. >> seth: our first guest tonight is the host of the emmy and peabody award-winning show "last week tonight" which airs sunday nights on hbo. please welcome back to the show our friend, john oliver, everyone. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: there you go! how are you?
[ cheers and applause ] >> thank you, thank you very much. thank you for having me. thank you. >> seth: i want to start with something we talked about because you're sunday night, you kind of have to pick up the pieces of the weekend first. >> that's right. >> seth: and usually the weekends are quiet in d.c. >> well, there was a time when that was the case. >> seth: yeah. >> but, unless, unless he's on the golf course without cell service. >> seth: exactly. but you sometimes try to avoid getting too caught up in it. you told one joke this sunday about how rex tillerson was fired on the toilet. >> yes. >> seth: yeah. >> i did. i did. we literally did it. there was just -- we just couldn't do it this week. so -- >> seth: yeah. >> what we thought we'd do instead is just do one joke about the trump administration as if to say, "yeah, we know." a lot happened. and then, instead, we turned on to the russian election, which was obviously a huge surprise. >> seth: yeah, i mean, you must have been blown away by the result. [ laughter ] >> amazing. amazing, what a classic come-from-behind victory that was. [ light laughter ] >> seth: are you surprised to see that donald trump call putin to congratulate him?
>> i'm not surprised to see donald trump has done whatever you were going to finish that sentence with. [ laughter ] i'm emotionally callused. i've lost the capacity for surprise now. however you were going to end that sentence, i was going to say, "no." >> seth: yeah. >> no. [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah, that's fair. >> yeah, but he called him to say, "congratulations." >> seth: yeah. >> yeah, of course he did. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: a bit tacky. >> amazing. what an amazing win for vlad. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> yeah, he did really well. >> seth: yeah, boot straps. let's talk about mike pence real quick. he's our vice president. >> that's right. >> seth: and you -- one thing you are a fan of, genuinely -- >> yes. >> seth: is the name of his pet rabbit. >> well i'm a huge fan of his -- i'm a fan of his rabbit. that's an objectively nice rabbit. it's hard to find a real [ bleep ]head rabbit. but, they've got an excellent rabbit. and the name of his rabbit is marlon bundo, which is objectively great. >> seth: yeah. >> that's a -- that's a rock solid pun right there. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> and -- yeah marlon bundo is a great name for a bunny and so -- i have no beef with his bunny. >> seth: and then, the book was written about marlon bundo.
>> the beef i have -- so, they've written a book. again, it's nice. >> seth: yeah and his wife, karen pence did the art. it's beautiful. >> it's all very nice. the beef comes in regarding michael pence who has a history of, let's say, homophobic views. yeah, i didn't even try and talk around it. i just said it. >> seth: yeah i think -- >> homophobic views. [ laughter ] i just sounded like i was talking around it. i was actually just saying the word of the thing that he emphatically is a homophobe. yeah, and so -- we did a whole piece about his appalling views over his career and especially his friend, james dobson, who is an appalling human being, and starting an organization called focus on the family. sadly one of their book events is at focus on the family. so, instead what we thought we would do, is write our own -- >> seth: you wrote your own book? >> yeah, we did. on the quiet. >> seth: and is it safe to say that it's inspired by -- i'm going to replace the book --
the original book with your book and tell me if they were they maybe inspired by each other? >> i mean, i guess. [ laughter ] i don't know if i'm seeing quite what you're seeing there, seth. but, i guess. >> seth: yeah. >> i guess if you squint, you could say there's some resemblance there. >> seth: yeah. so, your story -- and it's -- it's beautifully written. >> yeah. >> seth: and gorgeous illustrations. >> yes, it's great. it's about marlon bundo, the bunny, falling in love with another male bunny and getting married. [ laughter ] because that's absolutely fine. >> seth: it's fine. [ cheers and applause ] >> so, yeah, it's a sweet children's book that jill twiss, one of our writers, she wrote with marlon bundo. marlon bundo wrote it. >> seth: right, the rabbit wrote it. >> but, one of our writers, jill, she helped -- >> seth: there is a stink bug. >> there's a stink bug in it. >> seth: who's very upset that two male rabbits would wed. >> he is, yeah. >> seth: is it safe to say the stink bug is maybe inspired by mike pence? >> again, i'm not seeing what you're seeing there, seth. >> seth: okay, gotchya, yeah.
[ laughter ] >> again if you really squint. it's like the magic eye painting. i suppose you could say that that looks like him because of his hair and his general demeanor and his attitude toward gays. yeah i guess. >> seth: okay, gotchya. >> i guess you could say, that that's mike pence like. >> seth: you guys are doing something very lovely. the book is very successful. it is ahead. it's selling more than the original marlon bundo. i believe so. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: which in fact, it is now selling more than the james comey book, which was number one on -- you're now more -- >> at that point it's getting ridiculous. it sold -- i just found out, i just got the latest figure this afternoon. it sold 180,000 copies so far. which is definitely more than we were prepared for. >> seth: right. and you didn't know how successful. and before you even knew how successful it would be, you made the terrible mistake of giving the money away. [ laughter ] you thought it would be a few bucks here and there. >> i'm sure hbo would find it absolutely hilarious they're getting no money out of this. >> seth: yeah. but you are giving -- tell us who you're giving the money to. >> we're giving it to the trevor
project, a fantastic organization for at risk lgbtq youth and to aids united, a wonderful hiv organization. >> seth: fantastic. >> fantastic organization. [ cheers and applause ] and you can still get it. you can still get it. even though all the books that we had are gone, many more are being printed now and it will be in bookstores this week, next week. >> seth: there's also a really nice thing which is it's like 4.9 out of 5. very high rating. >> oh, it is? >> seth: it's very good, but you're getting some one-star reviews. but the one-star reviews -- >> i'll bet we are. >> seth: the one-star reviews are trolling the people they're thinking are going to give it one-star reviews. so, people will say one star because i fear the write something above president trump's reading level. apart from that, i'm glad i bought it and i hope it becomes a best seller. [ laughter ] >> well that is -- that is some high-level trolling there. >> seth: yeah. like this one say -- >> they're giving us one star reviews on our book, just so they can draw the eyes of the people looking for people [ bleep ] about it. that's low class.
>> seth: so that someone will be like, "oh one star i gotta look." and it's like, "love this book. posting one star to annoy all the homophobes who will read this." [ laughter ] in find, i think the book is absolutely -- >> yeah, that's very good. that's very good. well done, internet. >> seth: well done. >> internet doesn't always act particularly well, but that's rather nice. >> seth: that's a problem, it's like once a month, the internet does something really good and you say, "you know what? i'm going to do give the internet another chance." >> that's right, and then they turn into [ bleep ] monsters. >> seth: you also did an audio book. >> we did. >> seth: and you got some very good voices. >> yeah, it was jim parsons, jesse tyler ferguson, ellie kemper, rupaul, jack mcbrayer, jeff garland. amazing cast. amazing. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: that's great. i want to ask about, last week you did an excellent piece on cryptocurrencies. which was very helpful because it's something everybody hears about, doesn't fully understand. >> yeah, 'cause it's really, really complicated. >> seth: really, really complicated. but then, as soon as you do the piece, i think people assume that you're now the expert. the foremost expert. >> well they shouldn't do that. i'm definitely more of an expert than i was five weeks previously to learning about it for the first time.
but, yeah, the tricky thing in writing is you kind of have to remember that first version of yourself. 'cause you -- in -- 'cause we were trying to do it at a very basic level that -- for people that really did not understand it at all. so, you have to kind of remember what you were like before you had a more fuller understanding of the landscape of cryptocurrencies. and also, it's not anything that a lot of people really want to hear about. when you say late on a sunday night our main story will be cryptocurrencies, you have three people going, "why don't you just [ bleep ] right off?" [ laughter ] this is really taking the absence of "game of thrones" to an offensive extent. [ laughter ] this is the exact opposite of "game of thrones" right now. >> seth: you're right. >> you talking about cryptocurrencies. >> seth: well, i'm very glad you did. >> oh, thanks. >> seth: and, but it is nice to know because i think that some people when they get knowledge of any kind, they immediately forget the person that didn't have it. and then they like talk down -- >> it's so -- it's so complicated. we wanted to explain basically bitcoin and the cryptocurrencies
and then block chain, which you need to really understand the first two things to have any full comprehension of and try to make jokes along way, as well. >> seth: yeah. and then is it nice when you have -- know you have to do cryptocurrency piece, it's must be very nice to then write a children's book about gay rabbits. >> it is. [ light laughter ] there was about halfway through the cryptocurrency week that i was thinking gay rabbits next week. [ laughter ] >> seth: well, i like both. thank you so much for being here. it's always great to see you, john. >> thank you, thank you, seth. >> seth: john oliver. "last week tonight" airs sundays on hbo. we'll be back with more "late night." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: our next guest is a tony award winning actress who stars in tbs' hit show "the detour." the third season finale airs next tuesday. let's take a look. >> there's my place to go. save yourself a world of hurt and just walk away and never look back. >> listen to me right now. i will never walk away from my family. >> then i hope you enjoy prison.
>> stop it! >> stop it! you stop. you stop. >> seth: please welcome to the show laura benanti, everyone! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: welcome to the show. >> thank you so much. i'm sorry i didn't give you a proper hug but my daughters have the flu. >> seth: that's very kind of you. >> i'm very kind. >> seth: yeah, because i have a son as well. and if you give me the flu and i gave him the flu, then my wife would take it out on me. >> yeah. >> seth: so that was very kind of you. i appreciate that as a parent. >> you're welcome. >> seth: so this -- congratulations. three seasons now of "the detour." you play a federal agent. maybe not a great one? >> yeah. she's probably not good at her job. >> seth: yeah, i think that's pretty accurate. >> yeah, that's kind of status quo. that seems appropriate right now. >> seth: yeah. it's a very funny show. is it hard to keep it together when you're doing scenes with -- like that with jason jones? >> yeah. they wrote that scene, like, the day before and then, he and i
did some, you know, riffing, as it were. >> seth: yeah, sure. >> as you know, he's a really funny guy. >> seth: he's really funny. >> and i had to eat a lot in that scene, like a lot and drink a lot, too. not alcohol, unfortunately. but there was one point where he made me laugh so hard that i actually did a spit take which i've never been able to do. >> seth: oh, congrats. >> yeah, thank you. >> seth: that's really something. >> i didn't mean to. >> seth: sure. >> and actually tried to use it, but it was not appropriate. >> seth: i think, yeah. it would probably look a little bit like drooling, maybe. >> yeah. >> seth: a spit take that happens naturally doesn't look the way you picture. >> it looks pretty beautiful. it's gorgeous. >> seth: so, you have -- your daughter is one? just turned one. >> she's 13 months. i know that's so annoying, but the month makes a difference. >> seth: i talk about it as well. i definitely do months. >> you have to. >> seth: i feel like he's about to turn two, and i feel that's when it stops. >> after that, then you're done. >> seth: no one says 29 months. >> some people do but we don't like them. >> seth: yeah, those people, i have no time for them in my life. [ light laughter ] other things obviously now 13 months, there are things she's into, things she's not into. what is she not into? >> she -- she's not into, right now, sleeping through the night. that's not her jam. >> seth: that's a drag.
>> yeah, yeah, yeah. but she's a very decisive baby. like, my friends joke that she's actually not a baby. she's a ceo. she's like a tiny ceo. she's a single mom. she's working hard, she works full time. but we live in harlem and she's like the mayor of our four-block radius. she walks down the street and people are like, "hi, ella." and she goes, "hey!" [ laughter ] she's literally 13 -- a year old. but if she likes you, she'll come up to you whether she knows you or not and goes -- to give you a kiss. but then, if she doesn't like you and a grown-up is like, "oh, you're so cute," she goes, "no-no." [ laughter ] so, i'm like, "oh, no, she's just kidding." >> seth: you did not -- you did not grow up in the city, right? >> i actually was born in the city. >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> and then, i grew up in new jersey, and then, came back when i was 18. >> seth: because i grew up in the suburbs, and like, having a new york kid is such an interesting thing. they are interacting with people so much more. has new york as a parent changed for you? >> actually, yes. it's become a friendlier, smaller town for me because when
it was just me, i would sort of, like, walk down the street with my blinders on and not look at anyone. and now, having this adorable little person who is walking around, people always want to stop and talk to us. >> seth: yeah. >> so it's a much friendlier environment. there's a coffee shop we go to every morning. and she is a regular there. she's like the norm of this coffee shop. when she walks in, everyone says her name. and for her birthday, they played "single ladies," which is her favorite song. >> seth: yes. [ laughter ] >> and we put her on the table and she danced to "single ladies." all the baristas came out from behind the counter and all the locals were there. we were all dancing to "single ladies." and this one guy came in, not a local, and started, like, complaining, like he wanted his coffee, and our favorite barista mariah goes, "well then, you can leave." [ laughter ] >> seth: that is fantastic. >> and i was like, that's what growing up in new york is. >> seth: i -- true story. i've talked about this on the show before. "single ladies," also my son's favorite song. we -- it turns out we each had multiple iphone videos of our child -- children dancing to "single ladies." >> yeah. >> seth: so here -- they've never met. here's ellen and ash dancing to "single ladies," two separate videos.
>> can't wait. ♪ ♪ if you like it then you should have put a ring on it if you like it ♪ ♪ then you should have put a ring on it ♪ >> oh, my god. >> seth: i have to say, she's half his age and twice as good. [ cheers and applause ] >> his foot work. >> seth: his foot work. >> he has like tango foot work going on. he had very intricate footwork. >> seth: intricate footwork. it was like the footwork of a very drunk man. [ laughter ] >> yes. >> seth: start trying to get into a fight, you know. >> yes. [ laughter ] but she also had the very drunk man like i'm just going to stand there and like pulse my arms in the air. >> seth: well she got the -- he does this every now and then, which is very exciting. >> the first time i ever played it for her, i did not push beyonce on her. i mean, i love beyonce because i'm a human person who lives on the planet. >> seth: yeah, of course. yeah. >> but i wasn't playing it over and over again. the first time when beyonce said, "put your hands up," my daughter went -- >> seth: yeah. >> five months old. >> seth: children -- they love instruction. they love instruction. >> from beyonce. >> seth: yeah, exactly. >> only from beyonce. >> seth: but he very seriously ask for it. like he'll very earnestly go oh-oh song. and i think that's pretty good. [ audience awws ] >> yeah. >> seth: you, i want to ask, you do something very wonderful with
stephen colbert. you play the first lady, melania trump. >> i do. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: you've done it six times now. did you ever, obviously, you wanted to be a performer. you could not have imagined many things that have happened to you. >> yeah. none of it. >> seth: but could you imagine and ever conceive of playing the first lady on a late night talk show? are you surprised that this has happened? >> i am shocked. >> seth: yeah. >> i am shocked that i would be playing the first lady of the united states of america on a talk show. i don't think anyone could see it coming, mostly her. >> seth: yes. [ laughter ] do you -- but you enjoy doing it? >> i do. i do enjoy doing it. i try not to make fun of her. >> seth: yeah. >> you know i try to use her as a conduit to make fun of him. and i kind of see her as america. we're all reluctantly married to donald trump now. >> seth: yes. [ light laughter ] >> just making the best of it. >> seth: yeah. [ cheers and applause ] and it turns out -- yeah, like basically the constitution is our prenup. we're like, how do we -- and we're just stuck with it. all right, great. [ laughter ] your mother was a performer as well and a voice teacher, is
that accurate? >> yes. >> seth: and you guys -- you convinced her to go out and do some shows together. >> yeah, both my parents actually were performers. and then when i was, like, 2 years old, they got divorced. i'm fine. [ light laughter ] and my mom remarried. my dad sal, we moved to new jersey and she never performed again. she has an amazing voice studio in new jersey. and right after i had my daughter, about three months after i had my daughter, i asked my mom if she would come do concerts with me. so 36 years after being an actress, she finally came back on the stage with me. >> seth: that is so cool. >> it's so cool. it's so fun. >> seth: that's really wonderful you guys are doing that together. [ applause ] >> i'm just -- i'm so grateful to her because she -- she gave up performing to raise me in a way that was meaningful to her, raise me and my sister mary ellen. the fact that i get to sort of give it back to her is really meaningful to me because she should have never given it up. >> seth: well that's very kind you gave it back to her. >> no, please. like, she gave me a life. >> seth: there you go, that's true. you haven't done enough! [ laughter ] thank you so much for being here. just lovely to meet you. >> thanks for having me. >> seth: laura benanti, everybody. season finale of "the detour" airs next tuesday at 10:30 p.m. on tbs.
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♪ ♪ girl it's high time i tell ya no more messin' around ♪ ♪ time to lay these cards on the table and just throw it on out ♪ ♪ i'm talkin' you and me with the same street name same last name same everything ♪ ♪ it's a real thing a how i feel thing so i'mma go on and take a swing ♪ ♪ you find the spot and i'll find the money you be the pretty and i'll be the funny ♪ ♪ you plant the flowers i'll plant the kisses baby let's get right down to business ♪ ♪ i'll hang the pictures you hang the stars you pick the paint i'll pick a guitar ♪ ♪ sing you a song out there with the crickets and the frogs ♪ ♪ you name the babies and i'll name the dogs ♪ ♪
♪ you can park your car in the driveway i'll park my truck in the grass ♪ ♪ i'll put a little swing on the front porch if you put a little tea in my glass ♪ ♪ watch the sun set from a gravel road kiss me in the kitchen on your tippy toes ♪ ♪ still lovin' on you when the rooster crows watching way more than the garden grow ♪ ♪ you find the spot and i'll find the money you be the pretty and i'll be the funny ♪ ♪ you plant the flowers i'll plant the kisses baby let's get right down to business ♪ ♪ i'll hang the pictures you hang the stars you pick the paint i'll pick a guitar ♪ ♪ sing you a song out there with the crickets and the frogs ♪ ♪ you name the babies and i'll name the dogs ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ yeah laying next to you
every night sounds like a damn good life ♪ ♪ you find the spot and i'll find the money you be the pretty and i'll be the funny ♪ ♪ you plant the flowers i'll plant the kisses baby let's get right down to business ♪ ♪ i'll hang the pictures you hang the stars you pick the paint i'll pick a guitar ♪ ♪ sing you a song out there with the crickets and the frogs ♪ ♪ you name the babies and i'll name the dogs ♪ ♪ ♪ yeah i'll name the dogs you name the babies and i'll name the dogs yeah i'll name the dogs ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: blake shelton, folks! "the voice" airs mondays and tuesdays at 8:00/7:00 central right here on nbc.
[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: my thanks to john oliver, laura benanti, blake shelton, everybody! lil john roberts and of course the 8g band. stay tuned for "carson daly." i'll see you tomorrow! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> carson: hey, what's up folks? it's "last call" carson daly and you are looking at the beautiful time new york hotel, our home for tonight's show.