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>> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- michael douglas, chat and music from rufus wainwright, featuring the 8g band with nikki glaspie. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening, everybody. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that's great to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. according to a new poll, president trump's approval rating has risen to 46%. though, the only question on the poll was, "would you rather have
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president trump or scabies?" [ laughter ] a start-up in san francisco has developed a way to make an aged whiskey in just 24 hours. they just put the whiskey in a bottle and put the bottle in front of cnn. [ laughter ] researchers have launched the first-ever large-scale test of a male birth control gel that is rubbed on and absorbed through the skin. wow, i can remember when this was the only male birth control gel. [ laughter ] very effective. [ cheers and applause ] ozzy osbourne turns 70 today and technically -- [ scream ] yeah. technically it was a surprise party. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] "it's my birthday? it's my birthday?" starbucks has announced that it
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will block pornography on its in-store wi-fi in 2019. but, bad news for them, all i need is that mermaid lady. [ laughter and applause ] a worker at a food processing factory in wisconsin has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for putting foreign objects into sausage links. of course, in wisconsin, that could just mean vegetables. [ light laughter ] a couple visiting new york from england this weekend got help from the nypd, recovering an engagement ring after it was dropped through a grate in times square during the proposal. said the woman, "oh, thank god. now i can finally say, 'no.'" [ audience oohs ] [ laughter and applause ] "do you have it? you officially have it?" "no." she said "yes," you guys, relax. [ light laughter ] a company has developed a new robotic arm that attaches to toilet lids and automatically
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puts the seat down. and it says a lot about men that this was an easier solution than just asking them to do it. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] i could. i could do it or, or -- hear me out -- robot arm. [ light laughter ] parents of first graders at a new jersey school received an apology letter last week, after a substitute teacher told the class that santa claus isn't real. even worse, she told them that when someone texts "on my way" it means they haven't left yet. [ laughter ] a vintage twa airlines plane from 1956 arrived at new york's jfk airport last week, where it will soon be converted into a 1960s themed cocktail bar. though, if you really want to pretend it's 60 years ago, go to laguardia. [ laughter ]
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[ cheers and applause ] and finally, a teacher at a hawaii preschool, last week, mistakenly served students the cleaning product pine-sol instead of apple juice during snack time. [ audience oohs ] on the bright side, when the kids threw up it smelled great. [ laughter and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a fantastic show for you tonight. he's starring in "the kominsky method" currently streaming on netflix. michael douglas, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] the legend. michael douglas is back. he's currently on the north american leg of his "all these poses" anniversary tour. and he'll be at town hall here in new york city on december 16th for his christmas show "noel nights." here to chat and perform for us, rufus wainwright, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] so, i had a fantastic weekend. i went to indianapolis for the big ten championship football game. i went to northwestern. that was my alma mater. it was the first time they had ever played in the game. so i met up with a bunch of college buddies. we went. unfortunately, lost to
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ohio state. but had a great time. and the one thing that happened was i got to indianapolis, which was a great city to host this game. everybody was very friendly. great restaurants and bars. and one thing that indianapolis has right now is scooters you can rent. motorized scooters you can rent. you download an app, and you rent a scooter and you can just ride it down the street and go where you're going next. and i pretty immediately after doing that, fell off the scooter and hurt myself pretty badly. [ light laughter ] making it all the worse was five minutes before i fell off my scooter, i sent an iphone video to my wife of me on the scooter saying, and these were my exact words. "look at me. i am young and cool." [ laughter ] i fell so hard off the scooter that people on the other side of the street went, "oh!" [ laughter ] and then i did that thing when you fall and you're embarrassed. so i got up right away and started walking to show everybody i was fine. but the gait that i had was -- made it very clear that i was not fine.
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[ light laughter ] i was definitely favoring one side of my body. i landed on my wrist. i hurt my wrist pretty bad. and that was difficult, because when you go to a weekend like that where you keep running into people you went to college with, you constantly have to shake their hands. i met a lot of ex-football players who played at northwestern when i was there. and even when i -- my hand is fine, it's going to get hurt a little bit by an ex-football player. and in this situation, it got hurt a lot. and i was in a situation where i could have said, "oh, i can't shake your hand, i hurt my wrist." but then that would lead to the next question, "what happened to your wrist?" and then i'd have -- [ light laughter ] and then i'd have to say, "i fell off a scooter." [ light laughter ] i feel so bad for my wife, who was so fantastic when i asked if i could go to indianapolis for this football game and she said "of course. despite the fact that we have two young children, i want you to go. i want you to have a fun time." and then i show home -- i get home and i'm like, "i'm sorry i can't pick up the babies. [ laughter ] i hurt myself on a [ bleep ] scooter." [ laughter ] a 44-year-old man. she shouldn't have to say to me when i go on vacation, "hey, this goes without saying. don't get on a scooter."
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[ light laughter ] we were in the hotel with the families and the players of the game and i met -- at one point i was about to go out and this guy came over to me and said, "hey, i'm the father of the tight end. will you say his name on the show?" and i said, "i will say his name on the show if he gets 100 yards receiving or scores a touchdown." and he said, "how about 50 yards?" and i said, "fine." because i just shaken his hand and i was in so much pain, i couldn't negotiate. [ light laughter ] but unfortunately, his son did not get the 50 yards or a touchdown. he got 42 yards. so i regret to say that i will not be mentioning bennett skowronek's name on the show tonight. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] because you did not meet those numbers. but it was fantastic. we had a great season. it was great watching you on saturday night. president trump freaked out about the russia investigation this morning after returning from a very awkward international summit. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: trump was at the g-20 summit in argentina over the weekend as he faced his most serious legal threat yet from the russia investigation. which right off the bat has to be weird. every time trump goes to one of these international summits, he's under a cloud of suspicion. he's like a guy who goes on a date and tries to ignore the fact that his ankle bracelet is beeping like crazy. [ light laughter ] "what? no. that's just like a fitbit. that noise means -- it just means i got my steps in." and from day one, the constant and increasingly damning revelations from the russia investigation, it made trump's relationships with other world leaders super awkward. for example, in bob woodward's book "fear", woodward describes trump calling his egyptian counterpart in president abdel fattah el-sisi saying, "donald, i'm worried about this investigation. are you going to be around?" trump said it was like a kick in the nuts. [ light laughter ] although in fairness, trump always looks like he just got kicked in the nuts. [ laughter and applause ]
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right? [ cheers and applause ] and -- look at the way he stands. the way he stands looks like a freeze frame "america's funniest home videos." [ light laughter ] he looks like a dad who was standing on the wrong end of a see-saw. [ laughter ] and you can see how lonely trump was throughout the g-20 summit. on friday, for example, world leaders gathered for the traditional group photo. [ light laughter ] and after the photo was done, trump just sort of milled around by himself for a while. [ light laughter ] look at him. he looks like he's at a house party and the only other person he knows is in the bathroom. [ light laughter ] surprised he didn't do that move where you pretended to respond to texts, but in reality he's just playing "words with friends." [ light laughter ] trump is desperate -- [ cheers and applause ] trump is desperate to socialize at these things, but he's so bad at it. for example, he signed a new trade deal with mexico's president and canada's prime minister, justin trudeau, who he's repeatedly attacked. trump tried to claim the dispute
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had made them better friends, but trudeau didn't seem to agree. >> i'm honored to be here with president enrique pena-nieto. i've become a great friend of mexico and prime minister, justin trudeau, who has also become a great friend. who has just been a battle and battles sometimes make great friendships. so it's really terrific. >> seth: look at his face. [ laughter ] absolutely nothing. that face is the closest thing canada has to a middle finger. [ laughter and applause ] in fact, on canadian television -- on canadian tv, that face is considered so obscene it has to be blurred out. [ laughter ] and even when someone does want to be friendly with trump, he messes it up. for example, he was supposed to take a photo with the president of argentina, but watch as trump walks away from the shoot early and is caught muttering off camera on a hot mic, while the president of argentina stands there awkwardly by himself.
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[ camera shutters ] >> get me out of here. >> seth: that's right. trump was caught on a hot mic saying "get me out of here." first of all, we're trying. [ laughter ] second, why? [ cheers and applause ] why can't -- why can't you stand still for like ten seconds? i've had better luck getting my dog to take a christmas photo in her santa hat. [ light laughter ] is there a more exhausting job than man who has to chase president trump? [ light laughter ] "go get him, jerry." [ light laughter ] the only person trump ever seems truly comfortable with at these summits is russian president vladimir putin. so trump must have been super bummed when he was forced to cancel his meeting with putin after his ex-lawyer michael cohen admitted in a plea deal that he lied about plans to build a trump tower in moscow during the 2016 campaign.
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although, when he was asked about the meeting with putin, trump insisted that he canceled it not because of the guilty plea, but because of a naval skirmish between russia and ukraine. and as usual, trump made clear that he definitely knows the specific details of what happened in that naval skirmish. >> you know, frankly, in light of what happened with ukraine, with the ships and the sailors, it just wouldn't be the right time. we can't allow certain things to happen. and, you know, it happened. >> seth: okay. so, he has no idea what happened. [ light laughter ] all he knows is that it had something to do with ships and sailors. [ light laughter ] this is what i think went down. a national security adviser briefed trump and told him, "okay, mr. president, all you have to do is tell the press that the united states is protesting the seizure of ukrainian naval personnel by russian forces in the black sea in violation of international law." and then trump just like stared at him for 30 seconds. [ light laughter ] and the naval -- the national security adviser said, "russians ceased ukrainian naval personnel," and then trump stared at him for another 30 seconds. and then he said, "you know what?
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just say it's about ships and sailors." [ laughter and applause ] the revelation that trump was pursuing a business deal with putin in the summer of 2016, during the presidential campaign, is probably the most damning development in the investigation so far. it makes clear that not only have trump and his closest associates lied repeatedly, both to the american people and to congress, but also that special counsel robert mueller knows they lied and he can prove they lied. and now trump is freaking out, unleashing an angry tirade this morning on twitter. >> the president wrote this. "michael cohen asked judge for no prison time. you mean he can do all the terrible unrelated to trump things having to do with fraud, big loans, taxes, et cetera, and not serve a long prison term? he makes up stories to get a great and already reduced for himself and get his wife and father-in-law, who have the money, off scott-free. he lied to this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence. 'i will never testify against trump.' this statement was recently made by roger stone, essentially
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stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out-of-control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about president trump. nice to know that some people still have guts." >> seth: damn. there are only two explanations here. either he got more bad legal news this morning or someone kicked him in the nuts again. [ laughter and applause ] also, i have a few questions. first of all, you know scot-free is spelled with one "t," right? it's not a person's name. [ light laughter ] trump probably thinks scott free was the first person to get way with a crime. [ laughter ] "in the 1700s, a guy named scott free, he stole a donkey and he got away with it. [ laughter ] and that's why we still use his name today. [ light laughter ] because of the donkey." second, why does he put his own name in quotation marks? i swear, it's almost like even he knows he's not really the president. [ laughter ] he could have saved us all a lot of time if he had just tweeted
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this. [ cheers and applause ] in order -- in order to believe that trump did nothing wrong, you'd have to believe that he and his closest associates have been lying for three years including to congress under penalty of perjury because they're innocent. just think about how many times their story has changed. first, they said there was no contacts with any russians, period. and then they said that even if they did try to collude, nothing came of it. then they said collusion is not a crime. and now trump's defenders are reduced to insisting that he wasn't personally involved in the hacking himself. >> robert mueller and his team of partisans have no evidence, not a whiff of collusion involving trump and the russians. trump tower meeting perfectly legal. hacking, that's absurd. trump wasn't involved in that. >> seth: of course he wasn't. trump couldn't hack into a computer even if the password was melania. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] trump's ex-lawyer lied to
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congress about a business deal with the russian government and he told investigators he lied because trump lied and mueller can prove it. every new legal filing from mueller makes clear that he knows what really happened and when mueller's done with him i have a feeling trump will be saying -- >> get me out of here. >> seth: this has been "a closer look." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ we'll be right back with michael douglas, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: for more of seth's "closer looks", be sure to subscribe to "late night" on youtube. ♪ the right tech can move you. the best tech can move the world. ♪ surround yourself with safety, in the all-new 2019 nissan altima.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. and give it up for the 8g band right over there! [ cheers and applause ] sitting in with us this week, she's an incredible drummer who's played with music icons beyonce, maceo parker, and her own band, the nth power. nikki glaspie is here, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> seth: our first guest tonight is an emmy and academy award-winning actor you know from "basic instinct", "wall street," and "fatal attraction." he stars in the netflix series "the kominsky method", which is streaming now. let's take a look. >> you know, i wake up every morning and my first thought is, "what part of me is not working today?" >> can i tell you a secret? >> sure. >> sometimes when i laugh real hard, i fart a little. [ light laughter ] >> oh, please, you're still young. wait until you're my age. every time i sneeze i hear rattling around my hips, it
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feels like a foreign object broken loose. >> yeah, we are passengers on boats slowly sinking. >> seth: please welcome back to the show michael douglas, everyone. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome back. >> thank you, seth. >> seth: always a delight to have you. >> thank you. nice of you to have me. it's been great. >> seth: this is a show about people getting older. >> about people getting older. i don't know how they cast me. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> i can't figure this out. then they just came to me. i said, "this is a stretch, man. this is a real stretch." >> seth: well, there is one thing that would lead me to believe that it would seem like a stretch to you, which is your father, kirk douglas -- i know you're going back out to l.a. he is about to have his 102nd birthday. [ cheers and applause ] >> i'm going out -- i'm going out sunday.
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sunday he's 102. >> seth: 102. which is, i mean, what a gift to you and your family to still have him around. >> except i'm afraid it's a generation skipping thing. >> seth: oh, yeah. >> my kids are in good shape. me, i'm not so sure. >> seth: right, they're -- they're already casting you as an old guy. >> exactly. >> seth: your dad's still alive. it's not fair at all. [ laughter ] what do you do for 102nd birthday? >> not much. >> seth: yeah. >> not much, you know. [ laughter ] no -- first thing is very smart, we're making it for lunch. >> seth: okay, there you go. >> you know, make it good. and then that lets him go out and not do his favorite line, which he's been doing for the last 30 years, which is "i'm late for the disco." you know? [ laughter ] you got to go out. so, we'll have a good time. you know, he's amazing. he's is -- actually i blame myself. he has discovered facetime. >> seth: oh, wow. [ laughter ] gotcha. >> well, that's all great except, you know, i live on the east coast. so he hasn't -- he's kind of forgot about the time change. >> seth: uh-huh. >> you know, the three hour time change. >> seth: yeah. >> so he likes dinner 7:30, 8:00 and catherine and i we're up -- we're to bed early, you know, so it's like 10:30, 11:00 at night. so i'll get a ring.
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he says, you know, "hi, dad." "where are you?" i said, "i'm in bed, dad. i'm in bed." "let me see." you know? [ laughter ] i know where he's going. i said, "i know, you just want to see catherine, don't you?" [ laughter ] so poor catherine, she has got to fluff her hair up and everything. "hi, kirk." you know, like -- >> seth: she has to get hair and makeup for bed. >> hair and makeup up for -- >> seth: that's not fair at all. >> no, it's rough. rough. >> seth: so, do you think that -- going back to the show, obviously, it's a comedy, it's about getting older. do you find getting older has humor to it? has that been your experience this far? >> well, that's why i'm doing the show. >> seth: yeah. >> to find that humor. it's produced by chuck lorre. >> seth: a very funny man. >> yeah, pretty good. yeah, great -- you know going back to "dharma & greg," "two and a half men," "big bang theory," "young sheldon." but it's in the streaming situation, which is really cool, because there's no commercials. >> seth: yeah. >> right? it could be half hour comedy. it can be 20 minutes one week, 40 minutes the next. but the purpose when i read it -- it's a great script -- was finding the humor in getting old.
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and i said, "i think i got to read this." >> seth: yeah. >> "i got to work on that." and so we got an unbelievable response already, probably more than any picture i've ever had. >> seth: oh, that's fantastic. >> i'm enjoying it a lot. alan arkin's a lovely partner to work with and here we go. >> seth: another one of your co-stars is danny devito, who you have a long history with. >> yes, i do. >> seth: and you put him in "cuckoo's nest." you worked together in "romancing the stone." is it true -- because that is a movie that means a great deal to me. is he true that he, danny devito -- i've heard him say this and i don't know how, you know, how good a source he is -- that he saved your life. >> i think i know where you're going. >> seth: did he save your life? >> that he saved my life. i can't believe that he gets away with this story. >> seth: okay. [ laughter ] >> he -- yes. i had -- we were down in "romancing the stone" and a snake bit me. >> seth: okay. >> and it bit me on the arm. right? now that was the extent of it. danny, on the other hand, says he reached over and sucked the blood out of the snake wound on my arm. then he says, "can you imagine if it was on his balls?" you know. [ laughter ]
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i said, "danny" -- i mean, what he'll do for a joke, i don't know. you know? [ laughter ] >> seth: so none of this is true? >> no, no, i mean, he was there when the snake bit me, you know. >> seth: didn't do anything, though? >> he didn't do nothing. [ laughter ] >> seth: you're also in a fantastic film, "american president." >> yeah. >> seth: and that, indirectly -- [ cheers and applause ] a wonderful -- a great movie. >> thank you. >> seth: i guess indirectly, or even directly, led to you meeting president clinton at the time. >> right. >> seth: how did that go? what was your first meeting with him like? >> well, that was pretty cool. because in the movie, remember there's a scene at the white house where i'm having dinner for the french president in the movie. and i meet annette bening and sort of fall in love. about six or seven months after the picture is over, i get an invitation to go to the white house for a dinner with president chirac of france. and i thought, "well, these guys are pretty cool." and they come up, and before you go in for the formal dinner, there's a reception line with
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president clinton, mrs. clinton and president chirac and his wife. and as i walk up to the line he says to me, "you know, michael, i've always wanted to do this." and he's standing there and i'm walking up. he says, "here." he says, "michael, you come up here and stand next to president chirac." and then he got in line and president clinton walked up, he said, "hello, mr. president," you know. [ laughter ] [ applause ] and i got a series of pictures. and it's the coolest thing. i have this series of these pictures from it. you know it was one of the great moments about "there's no business like show business." >> seth: there's no business like show business. you -- before he was a president, you had -- you got to golf with president trump. >> i did. >> seth: multiple times? >> yeah. i played with him two or three times. he's a serious golfer. he's got golf -- >> seth: what was he -- what was his attitude like on the course? was he a fun -- >> he's charmed. no, he's charming. he's always -- he was really fun. look, i really assumed, you know, once he got in there -- surprised we all were -- that he was going to kind of move to the center, after he had this one trump group in his pocket.
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but that was not the case. >> seth: no, didn't really happen. >> but i do remember -- what i remember playing with him is that i made about a 60-foot putt, the longest putt i ever made in my life when i was playing with donald trump. so i haven't seen him much since, but i know he always remembers it. [ laughter ] >> seth: well, i would assume that if you make a 60-foot putt against him, you don't get invited back. [ laughter ] do you remember your first -- obviously you have this long-acting career. do you remember your first job? what was your first role? >> my first acting job? >> seth: yeah. >> well, my first acting job, my father was doing a picture called "cast a giant shadow" in israel, true story about mickey marcus. and i was a gofer, an assistant working there. and they had a situation where they had to drive a jeep up -- somebody then was having trouble. this was back in early '60s and there weren't even that many cars in israel. >> seth: mm-hmm. >> so, dad asked me to jump in there and put on an israeli uniform and just drive the car up, hit my mark.
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you know, a little rock and all that. got it done. >> seth: you did it? >> i did it. [ laughter and applause ] i did it right on. >> seth: see, that strikes me like a lot of pressure. >> it was. it was, you got the old man there, you know, watching you. "come on, son. come on, son." [ laughter ] >> seth: he came to set on "the kominsky method." he came by -- >> he did. he came on by. it was a, you know, a little much, everybody getting on their knees and bowing. >> seth: well, i can only imagine -- >> you know the whole thing. >> seth: when he shows up. >> but it was great. he's fantastic and i recently had this hollywood walk of fame award and to see him sitting down there, you know, watching him thinking. i know he's thinking to himself, "i have no son who has been in this business for 50 years." >> seth: yeah, it is something else. >> he's doing great. i'm very proud of him. >> seth: well, congratulations on the show. please give your father all of our best. >> thank you, seth. >> seth: and a happy birthday. and it's always so great to see you. thank you so much. >> good to see you. thank you so much. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: of course. michael douglas, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] "the kominsky method" is streaming on netflix. we'll be right back with rufus wainwright. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: our next guest is a talented musician and grammy-nominated artist who is celebrating both the 20th anniversary of his self-titled debut album and critically acclaimed "poses" album. he is currently on the road with his "all these poses" anniversary tour. please welcome to the show rufus wainwright, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: how are you? >> i'm great. i'm great. >> seth: i am thrilled to have you here. it's great to have you back in new york city. >> yes. >> seth: for people who don't know, you came from a very musical family. >> yes. >> seth: both your parents are musicians. your sister, martha, is a singer as well. >> yes. >> seth: did you ever have -- >> if you weren't a musician, you were essentially put up for adoption in our family. >> seth: gotcha. so it never occurred to you to do anything else? >> um, much to the chagrin of my dad, who would have rather i
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mowed the lawn, but my mom was very excited. >> seth: interesting. so even as a musician, your dad was -- >> and then they got a divorce. [ laughter ] >> seth: i'm sure you weren't the only reason. no, um -- [ light laughter ] you're coming back for the first time in four years to do this christmas show. >> yes, family christmas show. >> seth: family christmas show with your sister, martha. >> yes, yes. and my dad, loudon wainwright. the great, fantastic -- >> seth: the great loudon wainwright. yes. [ cheers and applause ] >> is in the christmas show as well. >> seth: and you've been away for four years from doing it here. >> yes. >> seth: but every time you do it, you have other fantastic guests. who is joining you this year? >> we have emmylou harris. and we have sufjan stevens. >> seth: oh, wow. >> yeah. and some other famous people who i can't remember right now. [ laughter ] >> seth: so every year on thanksgiving, which was just, you know, obviously, two weeks ago. i don't have to tell you the calendar. [ light laughter ] but every year my guests on the thanksgiving show are my parents and my brother. >> yeah. >> seth: and it always turns out great, but i have a -- i do feel stressed all day knowing that my
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family is coming. >> right, right. >> seth: how do you feel when you go on stage with your family? is it very natural or do you have -- >> oh, i look forward to -- >> seth: oh, that's great. >> you know, just digging in the knife. [ laughter ] and you know, seeing what pours out. and then likewise. >> seth: okay, good. >> it's a great christmas show. [ laughter ] >> seth: in the moment of it, when you're on stage, you know, are you -- are you then in the music or in the back of your head, are you also -- it's surreal to be out here with family? >> well, no. no, it is -- it really is. it's like a hyper realistic or unrealistic illustration of all of the emotions. there's moments when you want to kill them. there's moments when you want to just hug them. >> seth: yeah. so, christmas. >> yeah, yeah. christmas. yeah. and it all happens in front of an audience. so, it's -- it's a great privilege and i'm very fortunate for it. >> seth: you are touring right now as well. >> yes. >> seth: and has the road -- has your experience with being on the road changed over the years? >> yes. thank god. thank god. [ light laughter ] no, yeah. no, i used to treat the road as a kind, you know, of a war zone
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back in the day. you know, with trail of victims along the various coastlines. [ laughter ] but now it's more i just have to survive myself. >> seth: uh-huh. >> and make it home to my lovely husband, jorn, who is here tonight, so. >> seth: all right. [ cheers and applause ] >> so shout out to him. >> seth: do you still -- is there something nice? i mean, obviously, do you like the peace and the solitude of the road now? >> yeah. i mean, the one that's -- we have a 7-year-old daughter. so, one of the great -- yes. [ cheers and applause ] it's good having kids. but having a -- being on the road i'm allowed to sleep more. >> seth: yeah. >> so, i can sleep more. and i can also stay up later at odd times and not worry about -- >> seth: i found having children, and i love them dearly, has made no greater joy in the world than being on an airplane alone. [ laughter ] like when i get on an airplane, even when they say they're not letting us land, we have to circle. i'm like, "yes." [ laughter ] "more time alone."
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and then you -- you're doing a show at the beacon. >> yes. i'm doing a show at the beacon. >> seth: what is it -- do you have a different relationship? obviously, i would assume to some degree the same show. but when you do it in front of a new york audience, is it a different experience for you? >> yeah. i mean, i was born in new york state. and then i was brought up in canada. but then i came back down -- [ cheers ] yeah, canada! here we go. [ cheers and applause ] you're loving canada these days. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> let me tell you. but anyways, so then i lived in new york city for many years. and now i live in l.a. so, every time i come home to new york, it feels like i'm coming home. but because it's not really my home, i don't actually have to face that fact. and i can leave and feel normal. >> seth: yeah. >> so it's great! i love it here. >> seth: that's good. [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: dip a toe and then get out of here. >> yeah, yeah. pretend i love it here. i adore new york. but i have to say we're really loving l.a. right now with the kid and stuff. >> seth: that's great. >> yeah, so -- >> seth: you -- i also want to ask, i heard
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you -- you've written two operas. >> yes. yes. >> seth: as a way to slow down. >> yeah. >> seth: i've heard you use that word. like, it seems to me that writing an opera would not be something that would be peaceful or -- >> yeah. well, i'm writing operas, because i want to be super famous -- >> seth: oh, great. yeah that's -- >> and popular. [ light laughter ] >> seth: that's where the money is. get that opera money. >> i know. i know. i know. so, i'm really excited to be, you know, buying the house next to lady gaga's in malibu from my opera sales. [ laughter ] but, yes, i enjoy the fact that when i write an opera i have to be in one place. and i don't have to tour. and i can also tell my daughter, "i can't play with you. i'm writing an opera." [ laughter ] >> seth: and then you -- >> and you know, there's a great story. 'cause i once told her, i said, "viva, you know, im' writing -- i'm working on my opera." and she said, "well, i'm working on my opera, too." [ laughter and applause ] and i said, "what's it called?" and she said, "the rose petal." [ laughter ] >> seth: that's a really -- that's a really good off the top of your head opera name. >> yeah. yeah, yeah, yeah. >> seth: will you let us know when "the rose petal" is going
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to be available. >> yeah! no you owe me. [ laughter ] >> seth: your operas, have they both been about personal -- >> yeah. "prima donna" premiered, it was here in new york. and "hadrian," which is the second one, was just in toronto. >> seth: and about your families? >> no, no. it's about the roman empire. >> seth: oh, okay. >> you know, which is essentially my family. [ laughter ] >> seth: i want to ask you, obviously, you're well known and yet you suffer through an indignity that many of us have suffered through, which is even at starbucks -- and i don't -- look, your name is not -- i mean, maybe it's not "john" or "steve." >> it's tricky. it's tricky. >> seth: but it shouldn't be this hard. you've had some real bad cup trouble. >> yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: there's a weird spelling of rufus for you. [ laughter ] >> i know. >> seth: this one, i don't -- is that rufass? >> that's my porn name. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] all right. this one. all right, you know what. i'm going to give a pass. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> seth: but this is the best, because either something it's even worse than when it's printed out on a computer. it's not handwritten.
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>> yeah, yeah. >> seth: but rodus. [ laughter ] >> rodus, i know. >> seth: that's like the -- >> emperor rodus. >> seth: the ai version of you. does your family come and watch you perform ever when they're not performing with you? >> yes, they do. they do. and mostly they enjoy it. though, they are forced to essentially. >> seth: yeah. >> we all have to go see each other's shows as a way of just reminding each other how much better we have to do to supplant each other. >> seth: yes, of course. >> come to the christmas show. >> seth: do you ever -- when you have family or friends in the audience, where do you want them to sit? do you want them to be close enough that you can see their faces? or nowhere near? >> whites of their eyes. >> seth: you do want whites of their eyes? >> no i love -- no -- we love -- you know, we really -- i can't stress as much as i am already how, you know, my mother wrote songs. my dad wrote songs. my sister and i. and we did all write about each other. so, it's a way of also just knowing what the hell is going on. >> seth: well, that's fantastic. [ laughter ] >> so it's -- >> seth: well, i can't wait for that.
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congratulations on the album. and it's just lovely having you here. and you're going to stick around and do a song for us? >> yes. yes. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: thank you so much. >> thank you. >> seth: rufus wainwright, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] his christmas show "noel nights" returns to new york city's town hall on december 16th. and he's performing tomorrow at the beacon theater. and stick around, because he's going to do a song for us. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ missed out on this. don't worry, the biggest deal is happening right now at t-mobile. when you buy one of the latest sumsung phones you get a free 50" samsung 4k tv. seriously, no! [announcer]seriously! t-mobile is giving you a free 50" tv. you gotta be kidding me. this deal won't last long. so get your free samsung tv at t-mobile store today. woooo!! pop pop pop!!
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: performing "shadows", welcome back rufus wainwright, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ who will keep keep me in this evening even though they are not here with me ♪ ♪ i could be a great star
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: my thanks to michael douglas, rufus wainwright, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] nikki glaspie, and of course the 8g band. stay tuned for carson daly. we'll see you tomorrow, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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