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[ cheers and applause ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers. tonight -- john lithgow - chat and music from ana gasteyer - featuring the 8g band with fred armisen ♪ [ 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 that is great to hear. in that case, let's get to the news president trump last night became the third president in history to be impeached. so, he cheated on his wife, he's super unpopular and now he's impeached. for someone who hates the
clintons so much, he sure is turning into one [ laughter ] congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez will be joining senator bernie sanders at a campaign event in las vegas and they'll blend right in because that is the average age difference in las vegas. [ laughter ] the -- [ applause ] the food blog eater published an article today about what presidential hopeful andrew yang eats on the campaign trail they were originally doing the article on bernie sanders, but it got pretty boring [ laughter ] according to a new study, half of democrats believe there should be a maximum age for presidents and that age should be however old trump was yesterday. [ light laughter ] according to "forbes" magazine, a 5-year-old youtube star from russia made $18 million this year, $1 million from youtube and the rest for information she dug up on joe biden.
[ light laughter ] [ applause ] "newsweek -- "newsweek" has published a new article profiling a experimental study conducted 20 years ago that observed eight couples having sex in an mri scanner unfortunately, this news was first reported to the next lady to use it. "they did what?" [ laughter ] the first reviews for the new movie adaptation of "cats" came out yesterday. reviewers gave it three claritins. [ laughter ] according -- [ applause ] according to scientists, a rare species of walking fish has appeared in florida. to be fair, the fish only started walking when it realized it was in florida. oh [ light laughter ] "oh, god, i got to get out of here." [ laughter ] today was the last day for amazon customers to order items that are guaranteed to arrive by christmas eve. "dammit," said you just now
watching this show [ laughter ] and finally, according to a new study, 69% of americans do not know the difference between dairy butter and margarine so, just to be safe, they'll put both on everything ladies and gentlemen, we have a fantastic show for you tonight [ cheers and applause he is a renowned actor and stars in the powerful new film, "bombshell," which is in select theaters now and everywhere this friday john lithgow is here, everybody. [ cheers and applause she is a "saturday night live" comedic legend and also a talented actress and musician. her holiday album, "sugar and booze," is available now here to chat and perform for us, ana gasteyer is back, you guys [ cheers and applause before we get to our fantastic guests, president trump held a deranged rally as he became the third president in history to be impeached and now republicans are threatening to rig the
senate trial in trump's favor. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: president trump is now one of only three presidents to be impeached and his impeachment is not some sort of misuse of congressional powers it's exactly what the framers had in mind when they wrote the impeachment clause into the constitution in fact, as democrats wrote in their 658-page report, detailing the evidence against trump, "the president betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections. president trump has realized the framers' worst nightmare." and i think that's true both in the metaphorical sense and also literally. back in those days, people would have nightmares about stuff like demons, vampires or rubella and trump looks like all three [ light laughter ] he looks like a stowaway who spent three months hiding in a crate in the bowel of a ship who got bit by a plague rat and a dracula. [ laughter ] and if you're wondering -- if you're wondering if trump was
watching yesterday as he became the third president ever in history to be impeached, gop senator lindsey graham said in a press conference, he'd been in touch with trump throughout the day. >> i talked to him today i said, "how are you doing?" he said, "well, i'm being impeached, other than that i'm doing okay." >> seth: so not okay then. [ laughter ] that's like when you facetime your grandpa and before you can get a word in, he bitches about, like, 14 things. how are you -- "well, you know, my back is killing me and i have sciatica, and i need my inflatable doughnut, but i lost it and can't find my hat, but you know me. i don't complain." [ light laughter ] and republicans have insisted that trump is weathering the storm and pushing forward like gop minority leader kevin mccarthy who said yesterday that he met with trump and praised the president's demeanor >> i was with him just yesterday down in the white house. anybody else, this would be traumatic for them i've never seen a man so strong. >> seth: you've never seen a man so strong? have you ever watched a movie with the rock in it because if you replace the rock with trump, they'd have to rename the
movies, "the slow and the furious. [ light laughter ] so, the republicans say trump is holding strong in that case, let's see what the president of the united states was talking about at his rally in michigan last night at roughly the same moment he was becoming only the third person in history to be impeached the rally was billed as a merry christmas rally. and in the spirit of this season, trump went through a list of grievances and insults so long, cnn actually had to tally up a list of everyone and everything he attacked remember, this is what the president was talking about as history was being made in congress >> at the moment that the president was being impeached, he was holding a merry christmas rally in michigan. a state that he is going to need to win if he wants to be re-elected the rally was one of his longest ever and it was also one of his angriest this is a list of just about everyone and everything that he attacked during his two-hour speech it includes his usual targets like democrats and the media, but also event security for being too polite to a protester. and in an odd turn, during what
is arguably the most consequential moment of his presidency, the president criticized dishwashers [ light laughter ] >> seth: you know, christmas stuff. that's right the president attacked security guards, democrats, the media and dishwashers. normally when someone rambles that long you have to take away their keys now, we're going to play the dishwasher rant for you, but i also want to show you cnn anchor brianna keilar's reaction when they cut back to her after the clip because i feel like her face really captures how all of us are feeling >> dishwashers, the dishwasher, right? you press it remember the dishwasher, you press it, boom, there'd be like an explosion five minutes later, you open it up, the steam pours out, the dishes - now you press it twelve times. women tell me, again -- you know they give you four drops of water and there in places where there's so much water they don't know what to do with it. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. that's how - that's how i feel, too that is -- [ applause ]
that's the face you make at a dinner party when someone tells you an insane story that lets you know they're a weirdo. "call me crazy, but lately i've been enjoying 'the cosby show' more." [ laughter ] also, let's assess donald trump's understanding of dishwashers. i mean, he clearly has no idea how they work. there would be an explosion and steam would pour out sounds like he's talking about a baking soda volcano. he has never, clearly never washed a dish in his life. also i like how he says, "women tell me. they probably tell you that to get away from you. "you want to see a solid gold apartment? "um, i'd love to, but my dishwasher exploded? [ laughter ] so i got to go." [ cheers and applause but probably my favorite moment came right before that dishwasher rant when trump was, again, rambling about light bulbs, garbage dumps, sinks and showers for some reason.
and even his own fawning admirers were just staring at him in silence >> when a light bulb is out, you got to bring it to a dump, so let's say over here in battle creek where's your nearest dump? okay that's what? a couple hundred miles away. so every time you lose -- drive a couple of hundred miles -- i said, how many people do that? nobody what do they do? they throw it in the garbage but, you know what it is, cause it's all gas it's much more expensive four, five, times more and i came into office, i did a lot of this. sinks, showers, all of this stuff. i did a lot of it. no water comes out you have areas where there's so much water, you don't know what to do with it, you turn on the shower, you're not allowed to have any water anymore >> seth: when you're donald trump and you lose trump supporters, you know you're way out in left field. [ laughter ] i mean, that the is truly one of the strangest things i've ever seen thousands of people packed cheek to cheek in an arena staring silently at a lunatic just rambling about sinks and showers. a lunatic who they support that would be like riding on the
subway with a crazy guy ranting and raving about how a roach stole his cigarette and then realizing, "oh no, i have that guy's name on my hat." [ laughter ] but eventually, the crowd did get involved in the dumbest way possible when trump went on yet another rant about how people supposedly have to flush toilets ten times now because of environmental regulations and the crowd shouted out some of the words. >> sinks right? showers, and what goes with a sink and a shower? [ yelling ten times, right ten times, but not me. of course, not me. but you, him >> seth: an actual crowd of adults yelled out the word, toilets. [ light laughter ] like kindergartners completing a nursery rhyme. they sound like the audience yelling out the answer on "family feud." "top five answers on the board, name something more important than impeachment show me toilets. [ ring ] [ light laughter ] [ applause ] trump was so desperate, he was
so desperate and insecure about being impeached he actually tried to deny it and told his crowd it wasn't really happening. >> by the way, it doesn't really feel like we're being impeached. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, we're not you are. [ laughter ] in terms of getting impeached, the rest of us did great yesterday. [ light laughter ] also i love how when it's impeachment, he's like "we're all getting impeached" but when it's about toilets, he's like, "you people probably take giant ten flushers not me." then trump ripped off an angry tirade where he insisted that democrats who won the 2018 midterms and got more votes in the 2016 election were trying to nullify his victory and lied about his sagging poll numbers >> after three years of sinister witch hunts, hoaxes, scams, tonight the house democrats are trying to nullify the ballots of tens of millions of patriotic americans. [ booing ] with today's illegal,
unconstitutional, and partisan impeachment -- [ booing ] the do-nothing democrats, and they are do-nothing. all they want to do is focus on this what they could be doing -- are declaring their deep hatred and disdain for the american voter this lawless partisan impeachment is a political suicide march for the democrat party. have you seen my polls in the last four weeks? >> seth: have you? because a fox news poll found that 50% of people wanted you impeached and removed from office and that's a fox news poll trump's favorite channel there's no way trump wasn't watching when they showed that poll his aides probably had to tape over his tv to make it look like the poll said 50% think president trump is a big, strong, tough boy and we love him so much. [ light laughter ] and now -- now in the face of that reality, both fox news and the republican party are doing everything they can to protect trump. and that includes rigging the senate impeachment trial to kill it as quickly as possible. now, impeachment is a huge
historical marker that will condemn trump's name in history forever. but removing him is going to be a lot harder to get rid of trump we're going to have to flush - >> ten times right? ten times. [ laughter ] >> seth: this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause we'll be right back with john lithgow, everybody. [ cheers and applause ♪ switch to boost mobile and get unlimited gigs... so you can download all the music you want. but there's more... with boost you get a fast nationwide network, so the beat never stops. but there's more... you also get 4 lines for $25 per line per month, plus 4 free phones. switch to boost mobile and get 4 lines with unlimited gigs for $25 per line per month, plus 4 free samsung galaxy phones, all on our super reliable, super fast network.
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♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: give it up for the 8g band, everybody [ cheers and applause also we've been so happy this week to have our friend, fred armisen, back on the drums. how are you, fred? >> fred: good, thank you >> seth: and you -- you're a gift in the holiday season, having you here is a gift because you are a renaissance man, fred. i hope you don't mind me saying that >> fred: no, i don't mind. >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] and you just know so much about everything you know so much about music, so much about literature, so much about films. a cinephile. would it be fair to call you a cinephile? >> fred: very fair, yes. >> seth: one thing is, you are also an art connoisseur. >> fred: i am. >> seth: you were telling me recently that you have almost an art historian's knowledge of every painting ever painted. >> fred: not almost. i mean, exactly that yeah every painting [ light laughter ] >> seth: exactly every one >> fred: exactly every one, yes. >> seth: this isn't just something, and again, no judgment, this isn't just something you made up to impress me and you're not putting me in an awkward situation now where i'm
going to ask you to describe a painting and you're going to just make it up off the top of your head. >> fred: no, no, no. of course not. >> seth: you wouldn't do that to me on our last show before christmas. >> fred: no, of course not [ light laughter ] i would not do that to you >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] then it's time once again for our new segment, "fred armisen: art aficionado." ♪ [ cheers and applause fred, this is norman rockwell's 1956 painting "the discovery." fred, tell us about this painting >> fred: a fascinating painting. this is, first of all, mr. rockwell's first painting. and he painted it at a very young age. he was 1 years old >> seth: he was 1 year - in 1956, norman rockwell was 1 years old. >> fred: that's when they, sort of, you know, gave it a title, and they put it up in a gallery, but he had painted it much earlier. >> seth: oh, i see >> fred: as a baby
he discovered it as an adult, like, "oh my god, i think i painted this when i was 1. [ laughter ] so when he was a baby, what they used to do in those days, is they used to just give babies, like, you know, tools and things like, here's a wrench. you're a mechanic. here's a ruler you're a teacher so they give him a paint brush >> seth: so, i'm sorry, like, as means of like an aptitude test >> fred: yes >> seth: okay. >> fred: those were just the days and they gave him a paint brush and canvas and he whipped this up in, i don't know, 20 minutes or something [ laughter ] >> seth: it's hyper realistic for a 1-year-old >> fred: yeah, but - >> seth: i think you said 1 years old. is that how you do it? >> fred: well, he was 1 years old. >> seth: so that's interesting i would say 1-year-old >> yeah, but with months and with babies ages it's a plural, because it's the continuation of the year before. so it's not 1 year he didn't -- he had completed that one year. so he was 1 years. >> seth: okay. i feel like we're away from art. [ laughter ] >> fred: yeah, but he would be then in his second year. so 1 years old 2 years old. >> seth: okay. gotcha because he's, like, 1.2 years. yeah, okay >> fred: exactly
yes. thank you. so, he painted this. he, did it really quickly and then the doctor told him, he was like, "you know you're 1 years old. [ laughter ] and so the baby's expression at the surprise of that he painted onto the face of the boy >> seth: oh. >> fred: he was like, you know what - >> seth: so this wasn't done until he found out - >> fred: yes >> seth: till the doctor told him, you're a good painter >> fred: yes he was like -- [ laughter ] and he just -- >> seth: wow thank you, fred. i do believe that was all true and i really appreciate you not lying to me. >> fred: my pleasure >> seth: merry christmas, buddy. >> fred: merry christmas >> seth: give it up for fred armisen, everyone [ cheers and applause our first guest is an emmy and tony award winning actor you know from his work in "the crown," "dexter," and "third rock from the sun. he's currently starring in "bombshell" which is in select theaters now and everywhere on december 20th. let's take a look. >> i actually started on air during college in central florida, weather i want to convince you that that is where i belong, mr. ailes i think i'd be freaking
phenomenal on your network >> well, it's mr. murdoch's heir, but i did create it. i do run it. >> right >> you have a pretty face. here, stand up and give me a twirl. >> seth: please welcome back to the show, john lithgow, everybody. [ cheers and applause ♪ >> seth: welcome back, john. >> great to be back. i was just told this is my fifth time on the show >> seth: welcome to the five timers >> thanks. >> seth: wonderful [ cheers and applause >> fantastic >> seth: you are -- it's a
holiday coming up. do you have plans? >> mainly, christmas cookies >> seth: christmas cookies >> my wife and i are throwing a party tomorrow night we spend all day today and most of tomorrow christmas cookies. >> seth: are they the kind of christmas cookies when as a guest to your party, people will see them and be impressed? do you put all the- >> we're counting on that >> seth: okay. gotcha >> and i -- at the moment, i'm all cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice >> seth: gotcha. that sort of -- that's the era of your life you're living through. those are your spices. >> yes, yes. the era -- that's right >> seth: this is not -- this is -- roger ailes is not a christmassy kind of guy. >> it's not a holiday film >> seth: yes [ light laughter ] >> it's opening during the holidays >> seth: but do not mistake it for a holiday film >> but in hollywood, you know, christmas is award season. so i guess it is >> seth: there you go. what is a better gift than an award? you are -- you're roger ailes you play roger ailes in this film it takes place in 2015 some of the things that were happening then were, sort of megyn kelly questioning donald trump in a debate
gretchen carlson filing a sexual harassment suit against the network. and this is all sort of a precursor to the me too movement which is - >> right >> seth: obviously very close to it but right before it was it interesting to sort of delve into -- you know, this is a historical piece, but it's sort of recent history >> very much so. and it just -- it was an amazing feeling to be doing a film like this that is so much at the center of everybody's consciousness these days this really was a kind of origin story. when the harvey weinstein scandal came along, that's when the dam broke. well, this was the hole in the dam. >> seth: yeah. >> just -- and in an incredible -- it was a period of only about three weeks when so much happened and roger ailes' life was just washed away. karma caught up with him >> seth: you say that karma caught up with him i think a lot of people would agree with you no matter what you think,
obviously this is a guy who built an empire as referenced in that clip. you know, but many people would have negative opinions of roger ailes. when you play someone like that, do you have to find way to be empathetic towards them, or can you play someone hateful and as an actor be hateful as well? >> well, i thought about that a lot over the years cause i've played a lot of villains i always say i'm on the side of whatever character i'm playing it's just a matter of plumbing the depths, trying to empathize, look inside, and what makes that person tick. it's not necessarily exonerating roger ailes or building sympathy for him, but it is trying to kind of explain -- explain him >> seth: yeah. >> give a little emotional authenticity to him. i mean, it seems to me that everyone -- a villain like this lives a life of shame.
you know, he carries this terrific guilty secret and if you -- if you're that ashamed, surely there's levels of remorse and regret that's kind of what i look for i mean, it's just a kind of conflict inside the character. >> seth: and for someone who, you know, built a television empire, there's not a ton of -- was there a ton of tape for you to go on was there a lot for the purposes of research? >> well, it was very hard. i found what i could, but roger, himself, i don't think he liked to be photographed otherwise, i could have found a lot more i finally found his voice in a kind of media symposium interview he did and was surprised. it was the first time i'd heard his voice. it was a very kind of buoyant and cheerful midwestern accent very different from a villain's voice. >> seth: yeah. >> you know. >> seth: very good for you >> yeah, it's just fine.
>> seth: yeah. you have a good buoyant voice. >> as a matter of fact, he grew up in warren, ohio i spent two years of my childhood in akron, which is right nearby so turns out we had that in common >> seth: that's amazing. you -- there is a lot of -- you had a -- was it your neighbor that knew him or you had a friend who used to be his neighbor what was - >> no, not neighbor. oh, i know yes. our mutual friends, bonnie and terry turner >> seth: oh yeah, of course. >> they're in cold spring. their property abutted roger's and bonnie told me that one day in a diner, she saw roger ailes eat an entire meat pizza >> seth: wow [ laughter ] >> i never even heard the phrase, meat pizza he was - >> seth: yeah, certainly it seems like a special order maybe. yeah >> yes >> seth: there is a -- it should be noted in this film, you are eating a lot there's multiple scenes. >> yeah. >> seth: there's a scene where i believe you grab four doughnuts.
>> yes i think i spoon ice cream -- >> seth: yes >> from a container. >> seth: do you find acting gets a little easier when you also have to worry about eating in a scene or does it take you out of it a little? >> actually, i like -- i like eating during -- during dialogue scenes [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> i always -- >> seth: i agree that it makes -- because once -- it's very hard to act like you're eating a doughnut. you either are eating a doughnut or you're not. >> that's right. that's right it's always good when you're performing a dialogue to have something else going on at the same time, so i like eating. >> seth: yeah. and, obviously, this was not one of those roles, thankfully, based on the clip we saw, where you actually transformed yourself physically. there was a lot of help. you had -- >> yeah. oh, i had plenty of help >> seth: yeah. >> i had prosthetic makeup help from, like, the genius makeup artist, kazuhiro >> seth: oh, wow >> and he's the man who won an oscar for making up gary oldman as winston churchill >> seth: there you go. >> at the very moment when i was playing winston churchill with no makeup at all >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] so you - >> turns out - >> seth: he owed you one >> turns out i look a lot like winston churchill. i was -- yeah.
but kazu came, i was very skeptical about prosthesis, but we spent an afternoon in his studio and it was extraordinary. >> seth: yeah. >> i mean, if you see the film, i mean, there are close-ups that far away and it's -- it's my -- it appears to be my flesh. i could shake my head and this huge fake double chin would shake like a turkey. [ laughter ] >> seth: wow >> like a mace pleased me immensely >> seth: now, i would assume the downside of that is hours. >> 2 1/2 hours >> seth: 2 1/2 hours >> yes, yeah >> seth: then how about getting it off what was the - >> that was only about five minutes. >> seth: oh. and then he just sits there crying being like, "all my work!" >> right, and they would unzip me i'd take off my fat suit it was like the roger ailes diet >> seth: yeah. >> for me. >> seth: and that you had in "churchill," when you played churchill, yes yeah
>> yes, i did have a fat suit. i seem to be going from one bald old fat man to another [ laughter ] it's like -- i'm like the -- a latter day charles laughton. i don't know how people have come to think of me that way >> seth: well you're not helping. cause they're going to see that and they're like, there's our next old fat guy there you go [ laughter ] >> i just go around trying to look as thin as i can. >> seth: yeah, well you look very thin, although i'm worried about these cookies that you've got all baked up for tommorow. [ laughter ] but please, do have the most lovely holiday and thank you so much for being here >> you too, seth >> seth: as always, so delightful to see you. >> it was wonderful, as always >> seth: john lithgow, everybody. "bombshell" is in select theaters now and everywhere december 20th. we'll be right back with ana gasteyer [ cheers and applause ♪ ["i feel love" by sam smith]
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please welcome back to the show our very good friend, ana gasteyer ♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: ana so happy to see you. >> oh, what a pleasure >> seth: this is a very exciting time to have you on the show because you have had a very thrilling fall you were on the television show, "the masked singer." >> yes, that's right, i was. >> seth: and for those who do not know, who maybe have not watched "the masked singer," will you please explain the premise? >> yes, it's a japanese fever fugue state. >> seth: okay. >> wherein celebrities dress in giant amusement park costumes. >> seth: yep >> and sing. and people like robin thicke try to figure out who they are
>> seth: right [ laughter ] >> it's fantastic. >> seth: and for those who don't know, when you say amusement park costume, that is what - you were the tree. >> yeah. i was a christmas tree [ cheers and applause >> seth: yes >> yeah. i was the christmas -- >> seth: and - >> yes >> seth: there you are as well there you are. that's after the reveal. >> yes in full hair and make-up >> seth: uh-huh. >> i wasn't sweaty at all. >> seth: i will say, like, that is amazing, like, to take that off. and you look very good for having worn a metal tree head. >> i'm going to tell you, that is the magic of television >> seth: that is -- oh, there might have been a cut? >> isn't that cool i'm just saying it's magical some magic happened. >> seth: this was -- your son, ulysses, is 11 years old. >> yes, he's 11. >> seth: and he was a fan of this show before you were on it. >> it's his absolute favorite show it is -- it is truly -- you feel great -- the first half of the first time you watch it you just turn to anyone available and go, "what is this? i don't understand what this is." [ laughter ] and then -- and then you can't stop watching it >> seth: right >> cause it's so insane and so funny because people walk out as, you know, christmas trees and so forth so i committed to doing it because he, you know, i have a christmas album coming out and so i thought wouldn't that be fun to be a christmas tree? but then also because he really liked it >> seth: he really liked it. and then you got to text him the good news. >> right well, so here's the thing. because you film it and you cannot -- you don't know anything
they keep you enshrouded in darkness >> seth: right >> you don't know who any of the other contestants are. >> seth: really? >> you don't know anything >> seth: wow >> you are, like, you've signed 5,000 ndas so they say to you, you know, you've got to tell only immediate family so i -- and that was a big deal with an 11-year-old. >> seth: yeah. >> because you have to say, you can't share it, right? >> seth: i want to start, because this is you really stressing. and then i want to say what he showed >> yeah, so -- >> seth: so, what he - >> yeah. should we read it? >> seth: yeah, go ahead. >> that's me texting i said -- that's ulysses that's his thing >> seth: yeah. >> i said, "hi." he texted me, "hi. that's his -- he's very monosyllabic >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> i said, "we're at lunch we just tried to facetime you. remember the very secret show that i was stressing about?" "yes." "i'm going to do it. "great!" that's a lot of emotion for him. [ laughter ] and then he -- then i said, "remember, you can only talk about it with our family." >> seth: and now you might be thinking now is the time where ulysses suggested maybe you could be a christmas tree. >> yeah, maybe yeah >> seth: because you have a christmas album coming out >> instead he said - >> seth: but instead he said - >> "dress as a big penis." [ laughter ] [ applause ]
>> seth: yeah. >> which i have to say is not a bad idea >> seth: it's not a bad idea >> i mean, at first -- but i felt the sweaty balls would give it away. >> seth: oh, yeah. [ applause ] i was going to say there's no real reason for anyone to, like, associate you with a penis >> with a giant penis. >> seth: except, of course, sweaty balls, yeah >> except sweaty balls, and they would have got it the first week >> seth: the minute you walk out, one note, they're like, ana gasteyer good-bye [ laughter ] take off the penis head. perfect hair and makeup. [ laughter ] [ applause ] ana, did you -- was it -- i mean, it was like -- you know, we have sometimes, you know, we'll have people on the show as guests who are in one of the marvel movies or the "star wars" movies >> yeah. >> seth: and they have that same thing. they're shrouded in secrecy. >> yes >> seth: was it weird for you -- i mean, because you've never been in a project before, i'm assuming, like - >> an nda oriented project >> seth: yeah. >> no, only for really heavy duty pharmaceutical voiceovers [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> but aside from that, no i mean, it's super, super weird. you're shuttled, you know, you're shuttled from safe house to safe house. >> seth: yeah. >> it's terrifying >> seth: and what's it like performing -- cause you again,
you're trying to sing to the best of your ability >> yes >> seth: what's it like being under that - >> a giant christmas tree costume? >> seth: yeah. >> it's terrible >> seth: yeah. >> you can't -- you sound -- you know how you hate your voice when you hear it on the answering machine? >> seth: yeah. >> it's like that all the time >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> because your voice is right next to you. you know, i'm used to hearing my voice when i sing. and you can't talk to anybody. you can't talk to the dancers. >> seth: right >> like, you literally only talk to your immediate producers and your therapist >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> yeah. so - >> seth: and does the therapist make you wear the costume as well >> yes >> seth: okay. >> yes just to work through some of the stuff. >> seth: just to work through it >> but you do -- it's funny because, you know, each job, i'm sure you've had this experience by now in between "snl," and this, and that and the other thing. you know, each job you learn the most just rogue skill set that you're like, "oh, i didn't know i needed to know this. and on that one i was like, "oh, theme park acting. there's this art to it >> seth: yeah. >> you have to move from the shoulder >> seth: uh-huh. >> a lot cause you don't have a lot of -- you don't have joints. >> seth: right >> so you literally, you have to wave like that
[ laughter ] you have to react all the time oh you have to use, like -- and if you're laughing, you learn -- yeah >> seth: nothing's subtle. that's really -- yeah. >> no, so it's a whole new, you know, so i got -- i'm going to audition for the "aladdin" float. >> seth: okay, great [ laughter ] >> i got a plan. >> seth: we're looking for you next year. macy's we'll be there >> yeah, you got it. you got it >> seth: oh, so good such a convincing wave so happy to see us >> so warm so warm >> seth: so happy to see us. >> but i did -- we actually did help design the costume as a -- we deliberately had hoops put into it. >> seth: uh-huh. >> because i wanted to be able to twerk >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: you wanted to twerk [ laughter ] i think everybody these days - >> that's a given. >> seth: that's what kids are looking for in their christmas tree yeah >> exactly they want something comforting and twerky >> seth: and twerky. >> yeah. >> seth: you also -- i wanted to ask about the level of stress you felt you sang the national anthem at madison square garden for a knicks/nets game >> seth -- >> seth: so you weren't just singing for new yorkers. also people from new jersey. >> subway series >> seth: brooklyn, i guess >> subway series subway series. i'm a brooklyn girl. >> seth: yep >> yeah, i mean, that's a high-pressure situation. it's much higher than "the masked singer" because people know who you are >> seth: right
>> right and it's a capella no, i've sung the national anthem i sung at the white sox. >> seth: okay. >> for the playoffs back in the 2000s. i don't remember when. >> seth: 2005, probably. >> i'm very old. yeah >> seth: yeah. >> and i've sung at the dodgers stadium. i mean, those are big experiences. >> seth: yeah, yeah. >> but you have the organ, you know >> seth: sure. >> you have that little organ that you play with and in madison square garden it is a capella you're all by yourself and i felt kind of cocky and good going in, rehearsal you know, they're dribbling around you and stuff you feel like one of the guys. >> seth: yeah. >> and then -- >> seth: are they like, "hey, christmas tree?" [ laughter ] >> i mean, this was last year. this was the worst thing that happened in 2019 that's what i'm sharing. >> seth: okay. okay, gotcha >> this was like i laid in bed and thought, "oh, that's the worst thing that happened in 2019." >> seth: oh, wow all right. >> i mean, i know there's a lot of global issues as well but, in my personal life >> seth: sure. >> in my personal life, this was the worst. okay, so, you know, the one thing you don't want to do, i know the national anthem really, really well. >> seth: yeah, >> we all do. and the last person you want to be - it's a career ender. >> seth: yeah. >> it's really a career ender if you blow it. >> seth: that's true, yeah because it's not just that you failed on a performance level. you also were unpatriotic.
>> you're not a patriot. yeah, you're not a patriot so it doesn't matter how many times you've served jury duty. doesn't matter >> seth: no. [ laughter ] >> so i go to the middle of madison square have you ever done it? >> seth: no. >> have you ever walked into the middle of madison square garden? and it plunges into darkness and they have those huge spotlights, like in l.a. where they're looking for bad guys at night. >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah. >> you know? and they're sweeping they're sweeping and it's panicky and i feel like maybe i'm in a getaway car or something [ laughter ] i don't know >> seth: "put down the duffle bag. >> yeah, yeah. literally. and i'm panicking. and it's totally dark. and i'm flanked by very serious basketball players >> seth: yes >> and they're tall >> seth: yeah. >> you know, as you know and they're very serious because they're about to -- they're at a subway series. >> seth: yeah. >> and they're staring at each other. and i'm right in the middle. and i'm just, i'm going into a panicked state a flop sweat a pre-flop sweat panic and i'm trying to remember my note anyway, i don't know it was like a bad ambien feedback moment. >> seth: okay. [ laughter ]
>> okay, you know when you're like, "i think i just, whatever, i just called my mother-in-law another name." it was like one of those moments. >> seth: yeah, yeah. >> so it started to look -- and i flipped the lyrics of the anthem >> seth: what's -- how does that even sound >> like, oh, say, can you -- >> seth: were you like, i see, oh, say? [ laughter ] >> no, like, "what so proudly we hailed - >> seth: yeah. >> i went, o'er the ramparts we - i just flipped them. >> seth: gotcha. >> and this is how i knew -- and i could feel it in ambien slow mo >> seth: yeah. >> i could feel -- i could feel my brain saying, "you blew that." [ laughter ] like, it was happening so slowly >> seth: oh, no. >> and this is how i knew. cause i was like, "oh, maybe i'm just nervous cause of the sweeping lights and the darkness." and i looked and jared allen, a bunch of nets were standing there and they went like, "ooh. [ laughter ] and then they went - like that. >> seth: oh, no. >> i was oofed and then snickered upon >> seth: oh my god >> by very tall men. >> seth: from above. yeah >> by very tall men with talent. you know >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah. >> and i just -- you know, eyes on the prize i "snl"'d it i just went into the tunnel.
>> seth: yeah. >> i delivered it hard big fat money note to try to distract them. >> seth: yeah. >> brought it home lot of cheering and stuff. and i walked off and i -- you know, people were like, "yay." anthem and this, and that and the other thing. and of course, ulysses, my 11-year-old honest son went like, "you blew that." [ laughter ] like, right out of the gate. so that's my -- i'm sharing my shame publicly >> seth: we're going to see you sing now and this will be not shameful at all. >> yes i hope >> seth: because this is from your new album, "sugar and booze. >> yes >> seth: holiday album >> holiday album >> seth: you're second one >> nostalgic fair, throwback big band like big band -- >> seth: you sang a song with maya rudolph on the album called "secret santa. >> we did. "secret santa. it's a bunch of originals and seasonal secular favorites >> seth: i'm very excited that you're going to sing for us right after this >> well, i'm really looking forward it >> seth: all right, let's do it, everybody. [ cheers and applause ana gasteyer [ cheers and applause ♪ ♪everybody ♪needs somebody ♪everybody needs somebody to love♪
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>> seth: my thanks to john lithgow, ana gasteyer, fred armisen, and of course, the 8g band. stay tuned for "lilly singh. see you tomorrow [ cheers and applause ♪ late with lilly singh" we are going to gather some of the most >> lilly: tonight on "a little late with lilly singh" we are going to gather some of the most exciting voices in comedy to roast santa claus. >> the only person who's met more kids in the mall is r. kelly >> lilly: ooh. [ audience ohs ] then i'm going to sit down with academy award-winner and my hero charlize theron. >> i was following emily blunt, and somebody was like, "no, emily's not on social media. i was like, "oh, she is. i follow her." i was like, "hey ems, what's up, >>il sister?