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♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight, tracy morgan. editor of the "new yorker," david remnick. live "new yorker" cartoons. featuring the 8g band with franklin vanderbilt. ♪ [ chee and alause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: gooevening, i'm th meyers. this is "late night." how's everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that is fantastic to hear. let's get to the news. supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg is recovering in the hospital after she fell in her office, and fractured three ribs. wow, if you had told me a supreme court justice fell over,
and broke some ribs, i would have bet on the new guy. >> i liked beer. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's right. ruth bader ginsburg is recoring in the hospital aft breaking three ribs, and while she's there, her staff is planning to redo her entire office in nerf. [ laughter ] according to reports, acting al attorney gen matthew whitaker, who will now oversee special counsel robert mueller's russia investigation has previously said the probe has gone too far. why does every trump loyalist look like the security guard at an illegal poker game in the back of an italian restaurant? ] [ laught there is no subtlety with these guys.ug [ er ] "we need someone to protect us from the fbi. get me kgpin." according to "vanity fair --" [ cheers and applause ] yeah. according to "vanity fair," donald trump junior has been g lling friends that he's worried about bedicted by
special counsel robert mueller. said don junior's fries, "i'd say, we're more like acquaintances." [ laughter ] former cnn host lacry king icized his old network yesterday saying they, quote, stopped doing news a long time ago. yeah, back when he was there, things were different. [ laughter ] applause ] a woman in australia lt week gave birth to a 12 1/2 pound baby without any pain relief medication. [ audience groans ] said doctors, "congratulations, it's teenager." abway officials in new yo rewriting the script that conductors use when making announcements to passengers. from now on, all announcements will begin with "you should buy a car." [ laughter ] nasa has warned that three large asteroids will make a close rt approach to this weekend, and nobody is more nervous about it than the dinosaurs. [ laughter and applause ]
a woman in ohio was arrested this week for allegedly stealing more than $1,600 worth of girl scouts cookies, but they let her off with a warning because it turned out they wereluten free kind. [ laughter ] and finally, coca cola has announced plans to launch a new energy drink. they're calling "original recipe." [ cheers and applause ladies and gentlemen, we have a fantastic show for you tonight. he is one of our favorites, and one of the funniest guests who you can find at thnew york comedy festival on november 10th at the beacon theater, tracy morgan is back, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] another -- another one of our favorites, it the of "the new yorker," and "the new yorker encyclopedia cartoons" is available now.d damnick's back, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] and you know -- you know i david's back, we're going have a brand-new edition of "live new s
yorker cartoonyou're here on a great night. so excited to talk to my gues. fore we get to that, president trump is so freaked out about democrats winning back the house that he's already moving to hamstring the russia investigation. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: the more results we get from tuesday's elections, the clearer it becomes that this wav a blue and a national repudiation of trump's presidency. democrats had their biggest net gain in the house since watergate. they won the popular v the house by about seven points, and they won statewide races in key swing states like michigan, pennsylvania, ohio, an wisconsin. or as trump put it -- >> he republican party defi history, to expand our senate majority while significantly beating expectations in the ho e for the midtown, and midterm year. >> seth: sorry. did you say the midtowyear? [ laughter ]
oh, okay. i see what's happening. trump thought it was the midtown midterm , not th election. that's why he spent all his time campaigning at the m&m store with the times square spiderman. [ applause ] "and tonht, tonight i am happy to announce that dirty elmo has been elected to e house of representatives at bubba gump shrimp." [ laughter and applause ] so for a few hours, for a few hours, the big story was democrats massively outperforming republicans in the house, andn swing states across the country which, of course, meant trump had to do something crazy to get the spotlight back, and that's whatd happened yes when trump lost his mind on national television in a press nference. in fact, at one point, he got so mad at a question about the russia investigation that he had to walk away from the podium. gation, e russia inves are you concerned that you may have -- >> i'm not concerned about anything witthe russia investigation -- >> you may have indictments coming down -- >> because it's a hoax. >> are you -- >> that's enough. put down the mic. >> mr. president, are you di worried about ments coming
down in this investigation? [ laughter ] >> seth: look at him. president ralph kramden over there. "one of these days!" [ applause ] but aside -- aside from his l useatrics, trump's performance yesterday was deeply revealing because it made it clear that he sees himself as above the law. in fact, he can't even explain how laws work, or how they're made. listen to trump ramble about how he can't pass tax cuts bause he doesn't have the votes in congress. >> this will have to be now proposed because if we did it now, we don't have the votes in the senate. you dot have -- we would need ten democrat votes. we probably couldn't get them. t we could, we could pass very easily in the house, but there's no reason to waste time because you don't have the voten he senate. so now we go into the senate. we don't have the ten votes, ape what h? it doesn't get passed. even if it gets out of the house, it doesn't get passed. >> eth: it's like watching
episode of "schoolhouse rock" if the bill overdosed on ambiener [ laug now, one feature of our constitutional system is that rain the gets to con power of the president, and investigate him. and right after their victory in the house, democrats announced that they would use that power fr request trump's tax returns, which he has hidde the public despite the fact that presidents going back decades have relsed theirs. and when he was asked about that yesterday, you could tell trump was freakingut from how much he rambled through his answer. rats go blank, dem afte your tax returns. will you try to block that, or will you allow them to have them >> look, as i've told you, they're under audit. they havbeen for a long time. they're extremely complex. people wouldn't understand them. theye done by among the biggest and best law firms in the country. same thing with the accounting firms. thuntants are very, very large, powerful firm from the standpoint of respect. how they respect it. big firm. y but wh're under audit, and i'm under very continuous audit
because there's so many companies, and it is a very big company. far bigger than you would even understand, but it's a great co any, b ig,utbi is nd as t' and it's probably feet high. it's a very complex instrument, and i think that people wouldn't understand it. >> seth: in other words, yes iri have a gird, but she goes to another school, and the school is in canada, and also she died. [ laughter ] also, what do you mean people wouldn't understand it? they're tax returns. trump sounds like a dad who h doesn't kn to answer a question from his 5-year-old. "dad, where does wind come from?" "uh, you wouldn't understand. i definitely know the answer, but you wouldn't understand." [ laughter ] trump cannot abide any checks on his power because he sees himself as above the law. for him, laws aren't nstraints. they're weapons to be wielded against your opponents. for example, he was asked what
would happen if democrat exercised their constitutional authority to investigate him, and he said th if they did that, he would consider it war. >> are y or fering an my way, highway scenario to the democrats?at you're saying - >> negotiation. not at all. >> if they start investigating you, that u can play that game, and investigate them? >> better than them. >> can you compartmentalize that -- ha and i think i know more they know. >> can you compartmentalize that, and still continue to worh with them fobenefit of the rest of the country? >> no. >> or are all bets o n? if they do that, then it's just, all it is, is a rlike posture. >> seth: a warlike posture? i'm sorry, but i wouldn't say posture is your strong suit. [ laughter and applause ] you look like someone let the air out of the michelin man. [ laughter ] in fact, trump is so petty and vindictive that he actually too time out of ess conference to slam members of his own party who lostheir re-election bids,
implying that they lost becauser they didn't suhim enough. >> candidates who embraced our message of low taxes, low regulations, low crime, strong borders, and great judges, excelled. barbara comstock was anotheron i mean, i think she could have won that race, but she didn't want to have any embrace peter roskam didn't want the embrace. erik paulsen didn't want the embrace. >> seth: why does he keep calling it the embra? [ laughter ] sounds like a mike pence x. euphemism for [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] "once -- once a year on my birthday, we engage in the embrac [ laughter ] it's like a "seinfeld" episode where george costanza complains that he went in for a hug on a date, and got rejected. "i didn't get the embrace, jerry." "no embrace?"
"she de-embraced." "looks like you'll have to embrace yourself." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] it's so much like a "seinfeld" episode, tmp is even doing the babu finger now. >> you are a rude, terrible person -- >> he's a very bad man -- [ laughter ] .> seth: and it's not just his petty score settli trump's vindictiveness is very much on display with his power grab at the justicdepartment, and his decision to fire attorney general jeff sessions.f in that press ence, reporters tried to ask trump how he would approach the russia investigation now that the midterms are over, and whether he would try to install a new attorney general. t trump, who spent the entire press conference rambling and yelling at people, was suspiciously coy >> can you give us clarity, sir, on your thinking currently, now after the midterms about your attorney general, and your deputy attorney general? do they have long-term job security? >> 'd rather answer that at
little bit different time. >> seth: you can say yes or no, but saying i'd like to answer th later is the most suspicious answer you can give. if you get pulled over, and your answer to "have you been drinking" is "let me get back to you --" [ laughter ] it's breathalyzer time. of course, it turned out that trump had already decided to fire sessions, although he refused to do himself. >> jeff sessions was fired. he wrote a letter today saying th he was resigning at the request of the president. >> the president who became famous for the phrase, "you're e " punting to his chief of staff to give sessions the boot. john kelly didn't even do it face to face, but opted to fire sessions by phone. >> seth: these guys are such cowards. trump didn't want to fire sessions himself, so he had kelly do it, and kelly didn't want to do it either, so he just called him. i'm surprised they didn't just send stephen miller to perch ono se' window sill. [ squawk ] >> you're fired. [ squawk ]
>> seth: with democrats we regaining in washington, trump is now seriously threatened for the first time in his presidency, and in response he's becoming more lawless. sees the law not as a constraint on his power, but as a tool to protect himself. k d as jeff sessions just learned, he'll attyone in his way, whether you're an opponent who hates him, or a te suppwho gives him -- >> the embrace. >> seth: this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: we'll be right back with tracy morgan, everybody!nd [ cheerspplause ] ♪ >> announcer: for more of seth's "closer looks," be sure to subscribe to "late night" on youtube. ♪ ♪ ♪ (vo) you do more than grant wishes when you share the love. you give hope.
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♪ [ cheers and applaus >> seth: welcome back, everybody. give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] and we've been so lucky this week to have the incredible drumr for four-time grammy winner, lenny kravitz, whose latestlbum "raise vibration" is out now. for more information on his music and work in chicago communities, check him out on social media as well as frklinvanderbilt.com. franklin vanderbilt, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] thank you for a great, great week. really appreciate it. >> thank you very much. on>> seth: our first guestht is an emmy nominated actor and comedian you know from "saturday night live," "30 rock," d "the last o.g." he'll be performing at the beac theater saturday november 10th as part of the new york comedy festival. please welcome back tohe show
one of our favorites, our friend tracy morgan, everybody. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: tracy morgan. [ cheers and applause ] tracy. tracy. tracy. always such a joy. >> that was a lot of love, man. >> seth: lot of love. >> i feel like a magical black dude. h: yeah. [ cheers and applause ] >> i feel magical. >> seth: lot of. >> i feel like the black dude from "green mile." >> set [ laughter ]ke that? >> i could just touch a white dude and feel his senses. yeah. >> seth: a healing hand? oh, my gosh. my cold just left. >> cure your syphilis. yeah. >> seth: oh, my god. [ laughter ] there go the bugs. there go the bugs. you -- you're turning 50 on saturday. >> yeah.
i'm 50. yeah. >> seth: happy birthday, man. [ cheers and applause ] >> i'm joining the 5-0 club, dog. how old aru you? ung. >> seth: 44. 44. >> you young. >> seth: yeah. >> you got another four more years before you suffer from e.d. >> seth: what? [ laughter ] >> got to start taking them blue pills. >> seth: yeah, yeah.at so, you had appen to you at 48? >> no. >> seth: okay, i got you. [ laughter ]-- oh, that's youthat's your analysis of me. >> i'm still making babies. >> seth: oh, yeah. that's right. you got a 5-year-old. >> yeah, she's 5, man. >> seth: and she -- >> yeah. she's 5 going on 50. >> seth: uh-huh. >> i see her teeth -- tooth first -- the first tooth came out. >> seth: she lost a tooth. >> yeah. and i put a dollar under her pillow. >> seth: that's very nice. >> and she's complained the next morning. [ light laughter ] >> she said, "my daddy got hit by a walmart truck and this all i get? [ lahter ] where's my birkin bag?" >> seth: she wanted a birkin bag. >> she want a hermes bag. >> seth: what'd she do for halloween? how was your halloween? >> oh, man. i don't know, man.od these kids, they crazy, man. a kid knocked on my door for
candy. right? and he was supposed to be a gh t and his sheet was black. >> seth: uh-huh. [ light laughter ] >> i said, "wh you supposed to ?" he said, "i'm a ghost." i said, "why your sheet black?" he said, "i'm keeping it real." [ laughter ]ma those holidays >> seth: thanksgiving is coming up. you got plans? >> thanksgiving -- tiving coming up. yeah, we plan -- i plan on eating. >> seth: oy, that's good. laughter ] >> that's it. >> seth: that's it. >> that's all i'm gonna do, eat. i'm not saying grace this year.a last year mymother slipped up and let my uncle say grace. >> seth: oy. >> he just did 25 years in prison. >> seth: okay. >> so, he said grace like he was still in prison. >> seth: got it. >> institutionalized. >> seth: what does grace in prison sound like? >> he just said, "who's that dude over there?" i said, "that's my uncle. your brother. you don't cut meat with a shank. [ laughter ] take the razor blade out your mouth." [ light laughter ] >> seth: what -- >> christmas. >> seth: what do you for christmas? >> okay?t lie to my kids. that's what i don't do. >> seth: you don't lie? >> no. ain't no fat, jolly white dude
bring you nothing. [ laughter ] you know what your mother had to do for you to get that easy bake oven? [ laughter ] you better play with that toy until you're 40. [ laughter ] >> seth: you -- you live in new jet?ey now. corr >> yeah, why? >> seth: nice neighborhood? >> am i asking you about it? [ laughter ] >> seth: what? >> the government asou about it? >> seth: no. >> government always on my ass around tax time. >> seth: how do you -- do you know your neighbors? >> oh, man. i live in a very affluent neighborhood. >> seth: okay. >> yeah. i live in alpine, new jersey. my neighbor -- one of my neighbors is the ceo of pepsi. >> seth: wow. >> ceo of pepsi. when we moved in, she came over with a gift basket. i was like, "oh, wow. this is beautiful. thank you for welcoming me and my fily into your neighborhood." and she was warm and kind, and i let her know it would be an honor for me to one day get hit by one of your trucks. >> seth: wow, that's -- [ laughter ] >> i did. i d. [ applause ] i did. be an hono
it would be an honor. [ laughter ] >> seth: hey, your show "the last o.g." coming back for a second season. a fantastic show.s. congratulati >> i love the work we did. thank you. that's ripped right from my life. >> seth: yeah. cheers and applause ] >> ripped right from my life. >> seth: season two spends a lot of time dealing with gentrification. >>eah. >> seth: is that something that you remember happening in your neighborhood? >> nah. e when i was coming up in neighborhood, that wasn't happening. >> seth: okay. >> you know? it's different now. ite people moving in. we moving out. the other day i was in harlem and i seen a white family goingn he street pushing a stroller whistling. i'm blacand i was scared to death to grow up there.ht [ la ] and plus i don't even know how to whistle. [ laughter ] black people, we just ain't ha y enough to whistle. we've ain't never been happy enough. to whistle. >> seth: you -- you're married, obviously. you have a beautiful wife. >> uh-huh. >> seth: your wife -- >> my wife is a dime. >> seth: yeah.ee >> youyou go on instagram, you see my wife is beautiful.
she biracial. sh seth: your wife is biracial. >> yeah. s a dime. she ain't a nickel and five pennies. >> seth: uh-huh. >> she ain'te'en pennies. a dime. >> seth: gotcha. >> biracial. oh, man. you know my first words when i met her? >> seth: what was that? >> you're going to >> seth: oh, yeah. [ laughter ] now -- >> you're going to get pregnant. >> seth: now -- >> i tell you the truth, man. you know --- you know me, man. i'm old school.ll i don't ut. [ laughter ] >> seth: i -- >> i'm old school, b. i'm like prison. when come in, i come in. [ laughter ] i don't believe it wearing --- no, no.e i don't beli wearing -- i don't believe in wearing no condoms on the first date. [ laughter ] if you ain't willing to die for ityou let them want it. [ laughter ] w e is half white and half black. so, before we make love, i take a knee. now, just to let the white side of them know black lives matter. [ laughter ] [ chrs and applause ] ack lives matter. [ laughter ]
play no games. that's my baby girl.fe i love my i love you, megan. >> seth: that's very sweet. [ laughter ] you -- this is interesting. you just went on ancestry.com.ie you to dig into your past a little bit. >> yeah -- cause the accident scared me. >> seth: after your accident, sure. >> but before i leave, i want to know who i am. so, i went on the ancestry.com. you know, and the results came back. you know, the results like the chart says, like, 20% native american. >> seth: mm-hmm. >> 20% african-american. 10% irish. my whole chart just said dude from brookly >> seth: oh, wow. [ laughter ] >> that's where i'm from. i don't know about africa. i come from brooklyn, man. bed stuy do or die, ta the girl, kill the guy. [ laughter ] >> seth: that was your readout. that was your readout at .ncestry.c >> that's what it said. >> seth: you're getting the key to the borough. you're gettioo the key to yn. >> i'm getting the key to brooklyn tomorrow, y'all. [ cheers and applause ] brooklyn is in the house.
brooklyn is in the house. everybody know that brooklyn in the house. [ cheers and applause ] everybody know, brooklyn. useverybody, you can go toa and they know brooklyn. if you say the word, brooklyn, in russia, they get scared. [ laughter ] >> seth: what is -- are you excited? what is th like?ony gonna be do you know -- do you have expectations? >> i don't know. they're going to give me the key of probably the projects or something. i don't know. [ laughter ] i remember -- because i love brooklyn, man. i remember when i came out the coma, all br friends from klyn called. >> seth: uh-huh. >> so, eddie murphy call. chris rock called.ca jay-ed. mike tyson called. >> seth: mike tyson called? >> yeah.mi called. mike said, "tracy?" [ laughter ] i said, "who this?" "it's me, mike tyson. when you come home from the hoital, we're going to get matching face tattoos and fly pigeons." [ laughter ] i said, "no we not. i don't need your crazy rubbing off [ me. ughter ] i'm already crazy. my head is already mes." >> seth: oh. >> see g, let me tell you something, man walmart think they done paying me.
okay? they think they ne. seth: uh-huh. i'm sure -- >> we'll see. [ laughter ] i don't know the long time -- the long term -- the long term? >> seth: yeah. >> the long term -- >> seth: the long-term effects. >> you see? that's $500,000 right there. >> seth: really? [ laughter ] >> i don't know what the long-term effects of this brain damage was.>> eth: yeah. >> if i started acting messed up in ten years, they're gonna hear from my attorney. >> seth: right.>> tracy morgan just tried to make love to his french bulldog. we want $5 million. [ laughter ] and the dog want $2 million for pain and suffering." [ laughter ] you know what's so messed up? when i settled with them, my brother works for walmart. >> seth: uh-huh. and my settlement starts coming out of his check. >> seth: oh, wow. >> they startaking it out of his check. [ light laughter ] he called me. he said, "yo, man. try work 60 hours, aot was 67 cents and 34.5 cent." i said, "you have talk to the dude that hit me." [ light laughter ] you tell me, i don't know nothing about that. i got nothing to do with it.ou >> seth:- you're about to
do a show at the beacon for the comedy festival. >> am i? >> seth: yeah. >> i am? y >> seth. >> well, i got to get something to wear. >> seth: yh. do you -- do you feel like you talk about politics, or you try to ignore all that? >> i stay out of politics. il seth: yeah. >> politics is aof tricks. look at kanye. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> stay away from that. you see when he was talking to the president? the president looked at him ke "you crazy, mother --" [ laughter ] you go they call that?hat do a maga hat? >> seth: a maga hat, yeah. >> a maga hat. >> seth: he wore it on "snl." >> and he gonna move back to chicago. oh, he want to get shot. [ laughter ] somebody going to gladly put that man out of his misery. [ laughter ] huh-uh. i'll sy away from that. i don't even mess with media -- social media. >> seth: yeah, social media.'c >> no mase, you know, there's always somebody going back eight years to dig up some stuff you said, you don't feel like that now. r >> setht. >> i don't need a thousand strangers calling me on my
stuff. that's what i got married for. >> seth: right. yeah. [ laughter ] >> only my wife call me on my junk. >> seth: i feel like, you know, people don have to go back eight years, either, tracy. they can just -- >> they do, anyway. >> seth: they can just watch this. [ er ] [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: tracy. i'm so happy to have y we are all so happy to have you back with us, my man. >> thank you. >> seth: it is just the best. >> you know seth? you know i love you. >> seth: i love you, too. >> when we was at "snl," you know, when you came on, i was already on there. you my dude. >> seth: yeah. you took care of me. >> you always be my du >> seth: you took care of me from the beginning. >> mess with him in his office at 3:00 in the morning, make him laugh. >> seth: yeah. >> just cause i loved his laughter. it's infectious. i love you. >> seth: thank you. i love you too, buddy. [ cheers and applause ]ra that's morgan, everybody. we'll be right back with david remnick. [ cheers and applause ]♪ ♪
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♪ cheers and applause ] >> seth: our next guest is a hor, zer prize winning a editor of "the new yorker" and host of "the new yorker radio hour." "the n yorker encyclopedia of cartoons," showcasing work from nearly ten decades is on standso please welcome back to the show our friend, david remnick, everyby. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back. >> how do i top tracy morgan? >> seth: it's very -- yeah. >> can't do it. >> seth: i will say this is one of the joys of having a talk show is when you can have an evening of very diverse guests. >> tracy morgan. >> seth: and for me, tracy morgan and david remnick is my dream show. hter ] >> i sat -- you know, we invited him, "the new yorker" invited him to the white house corres ago.ts' dinner years
and he was my guest. we sat next to each other and ds from 100 yway, he waved at obama and obama looked right at him, wt like this. and they had -- they went up, they had a conversion and tracy morgan loved him. obama loved him back. it was great. >> seth: that's great.gi i can only i what a fantastic thing that would be to see. [ cheers and applause ] so you wrote a couple weeks ago about how this election would be a referendum on trump. >> yeah. h: you wrote afterwards that this wasn't quite a blue wave, but that it will have repercussions for trump moving forward. what is -- a couple more days have passed and more seats that we thought have gone to democrats in the last couple of days. y h. >> seth: i think since you first wrote that. >> right. >> seth: does it feel more like a wave now? and how do you think trump is feeling? >>s rump, like blue crush, i not like one of those huge tidal waves. >> seth: yeah. it's like a hudson river lapping. >> yeah. [ light laughter ] right up against, you know, the 79th street pier or something like that. but the big thing that happened is the house of representatives goes to the democrats.se and that cthe chairman and the chairpeople of all the committees to be democrats as
opposed to republicans and when they were republicans, somebody like devin nunes was acting lese as an igator of the president and his committee as the president's personal attorney. >> seth: yes. >> which was a problem. >> seth: it was a problem, sure. >> and so now you havehis investigative heat likely to come down on the president which will, let's face it, it's going to cause a real storm. because even on a good day, en on his best day -- [ laughter ] the president is capable o behavior, well, like what you were showing on the film. >> seth: yes. and this -- >> and now that he's going to be quite possibly in a coer, whether it's possibly his son might get indicted thanks to robert mueller, or sng esght happen to him or they'll look into his finahe's apoplectic about this. so within 8 1/2 seconds, 8 1/2 -- maybe 8 3/4 seconds after the election, what you had was the presidt giving a press
conference that was unhinged. and he fired the attorney s general,pected, but replaced him with a guy that is just going to do his bidding. so this is a recipe for disaster. >> seth: i know you're not in the prediction game, but what do you think is going to happen with mueller going forward? do you think -- because there was this theory out there that mueller was, you know, established courtesies laying of doing anything in the run-up to the election. now that the election is over, doe ou think we're going to a deluge of stuff from him? >> i don't know what the deluge is going to be, but there's obvisly going to be some action. one thing you can say about robert mueller even thouis he's keptounsel so tightly, he's not an idiot. >> seth: yeah. >> and so he knows that the attorney general is going to get fired. he knows the attorney general is not going to be replaced by, you know, justice brandeis or something -- you know something right-thinking and just. i think he could have predicted is outcome. so i think you can expect some
action out of his office and i think he was holding it pretty i t close to his chest. and it's going to be a big drama. and i think it's going to be a drama on the level of its kind like i experienced as, you know, as a kid, watergate. >> seth: yeah. >> in some form or another. and it's -- one thing you can be sure of, seth, and thi great tragedy here. to be very serious about it. f is that e enormous problems in this country. we face, you know, a climate bl change p that we can't even get our heads around and we're going to do noing about it. for the next year. and then we're going to be in e -- if it gets this far we're going to be in a presidential campaign and do thing for another year a it's not just climate change, it happens -- has to do with all kinds of criminal justic issues. has to do with all the things we face. nothing's going to get done unless the democrats at least n makesue out of it because nothing's going to come out of the president's office. >> seth: i want to ask about
this. you mentioned the democrats. it did seem they were more successful in this election because ey didn't make it as much as about trump. they tried to stick with issues, they tried to talk about health care. >> that's right. >> seth: do you think now they might fall into a trap because they have this little power? >> it's a problem. >> seth: yeah. >> i mean, it's a toh choice. and a lot of people in congress, leadership certainly, are very wary, for example, of impeachment because they remember in 1998, of course, republicans impeached bill clinton and bill clinton's pularity shot through th roof. that's aroblem. so, you know, what can actually help donald trump be re-elected? making his base more hardened in their hatred of the press, of the congress, nancy pelosi as a signal. >> seth: it seems like they don't have a lot of road left to hate it more tn they already do. >> it's a problem. yeah. >> seth: but -- >> yeah. zilight laughter ] >> seth: your ma has done so much great reporting in the last few years.
reporting that maybe you weren'o quite as for as far as breaking stories now. >> we don't pretend to be a newspaper. >> seth: uh-huh. >> but we do do investigative reporting, s you know, you've seen, for example, today we learned that eric schneiderman, the attorney general, state of new york, is not going to be criminally indicted, but he fessed up to his very serious sins about his sexual behavior. that story was written by jane mayer and ronan farrow. so on the me too iss, for example, "the new yorker" has been very strong. and jane mayer and many others have been writinabout the presidency and all the drama atthat goes with it with g depth. i'm very proud of that. look, i think it's a civic duty. it's a civic duty for journalists who have this thing calledhe 1st amendment to use it and not be intimidated by name calling and it's very serious. to be called enemies of the people, which is what stalin used to callis enemies. it's no fun. and you're always one indictment
away from trouble and that behavior, you know, toward the s cnn reporter, , jim acosta, the other day in the press conference, was disgusting. that's the kind of behavior you expect from autocrats somewhere else. >> seth: uh-huh. >> now that's -- that's here. >> seth: in this very turbulent time, i do find, i take solace in the fact that "the new yorker" still finds space for caoons. >> look how much -- >> seth: this is -- this is no small amount of cartoons. >> seth. >> seth: are you -- [ cheers and tpplause ] to lift it up in the air. >> seth: it's not -- it's the heaviest holdup i've ever had on the show. >> can you do a curl w th it? >> set new attorney general can curl it.h. >> y >> seth: so -- [ light laughter ] >> he can benchpress it. hpress.: he can be yeah so tell me, why do you think it's endured as a part of "the a w yorker," and are you surprised that oventury it's endured, is a thing that still lives in this magazine at has, obviously is so highbrow?
>> well, you know, that's -- that's the weird chemistry of what this is. you know, you're reading a long pie about politics or abou science or about medicine. though something may be serious. and then weirdly all throughout it are these little jokes. these hand grenades of humor that go off.i ink if it got invented today, this idea, people would be -- would take offense. there would be, like, a tw'sterstorm, oh my god, the a piece about the war in yemen and there are gag cartoons abou. two talking do >> seth: yeah. >> or all the other cartoons we're about toee in a few minutes here. >> seth: and we are going to see them again. and thanks so much.s thisur seventh time on the show and the seventh time that we'll be doing live "new yorker" cartoons. we will be rightack with david remnick, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ um ♪ bumum bum bum wait, wait, wait. this is incredible. yeah, it's an incredible deal.
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"the new yorker" are the cartoons and you ultimately pick which ones are in each issue, correct? >> that is correct. >> seth: and in what has become a tradition here on "late night," every time you appear on the show, we present "live new yorker cartoons."ac >> and ing as your cartoon niels bohr, break down the onthematical properties of each cartoon that causes mouth to expand and emit a ha-like sound. >> seth: i'm sorry, what does that mean? >> well, i explain why it's funny. [ laughter ] >> seth: okay great. well then let's get to it, everybody. without further ado, our theater troupe in residence, tte night" players, are happy to debut their newest piece, "live new yorker cartoons partii: raiders of the lost snark." [ cheers and applause ] let's take a look at our first cartoon. this one by liam walsh. >> it keeps me from looking at my se phone every twnds. [ cheers and applause ]
>> seth: wow. david, you care to explain tha cartoon to u >> absolutely, seth. the man in this cartoon is wearing a cone around his head to prevent him from checking his cell phone. much like a dog wears a cone around his head to prevent him himself from licking his ly surgicemoved testicles. [ laughter ] >> seth: i s, i see. ye >> this cartoon effectively explores our addiction to technology, but most importantly, it allows me to do one thing i've always wanted too >> seth: and what's that, david? >> say the word, "testicles," ov national tion. >> seth: well, we're so very, very happy for you. congratulations. [ cheers and applause >> thank you. >> seth: our next cartoon is by liana finck. >> it's not you, adam. it's men. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: david, what did we just see there? r with , are you famil the common breakup expression, it's not you, it's me? >> seth: i am. b
>> welsimply adding the letter, "n" -- n to the end of that phrase, we now have a piecm of social tary that delivers a profoundly and brilliantly nuanced message. >> seth: which is what? >> that men are absolutely the [ bleep ] worst.>> eth: ah yes, understood. [ cheers and applause ] understood. i get it now. our next cartoon is by jon adams. [ laughter ] >> let me just charge it for ten more seconds. [ laughter ] [ chee and applause ]ht >> seth: all r david, talk us through that one. >> yeah, seth, i could go on and on about how this cartoon is i rootour shared experience of wanting to charge our devices up to the very last minute. even if it means being burne alive in a house fire. but that's not why i ultimately chosthis cartoon. no. >> seth: why did you choose it? >> there's just something very funny about a man wearing ngtighty-whities and calf- socks. >> seth: that's very --
[ light laughter ] very true. david, our next cartoon is by zachary kanin. >> memoir, chapter one. at times i think i may have never fully gotten over the death of my parents. [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> seth: david? y seth, are you a batman a superman guy? >> seth: well, it's interesting, david. igin se in terms of story, the character's emotional journey, not to mention his epic battles with villains like st si and the black hand, i would have to go with the green lantern. >> god, what a dork. >> seth: a dork? me? all right. is there anything you'd like to say about our final cartoon? >> n >> seth: okay. >> seth, i'd like to address your teenage viewers with a anksgiving day message. >> seth: oh, our teenage viewers. go. >> gobble, gobble, teens, it's "the new yorker's" head turkey, dr. d-rem.ay ani know there's a lot for you kids to be thankful for. being lit, for example. [ light lahter ]
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