tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC July 9, 2019 12:37am-1:38am PDT
[ cheers and applause ♪ [ cheers and applause ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers. tonight -- olivia munn, comedian ramy youssef, music from matt maeson featuring the 8g band with jon wurster. ♪ [ 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 in a new interview president trump said that he is not prepared to lose the 2020 election saying, "i
haven't lost very much in my life." dude, you lost a billion dollars in ten years [ laughter ] that's like the team that plays the globetrotters saying they haven't lost very much [ laughter ] according to reports, senator bernie sanders is preparing for this week's democratic primary debate by reading opposing policy positions instead of doing drills or mock debates while president trump is preparing by consulting a rhyming dictionary [ light laughter ] "o'rourke, dork. that's good. write that down. [ laughter ] former pennsylvania congressman joe sestak announced yesterday he is running for president. also yesterday a tree announced that it was falling in the forest [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause the first democratic presidential debates are this week and the top 20 candidates will be split between separate events also anyone polling below 5% has to bring their own podium. [ laughter ]
the supreme court ruled today that the government cannot deny companies trademarks for names that are deemed scandalous which is good news for finger in the butt movers. [ laughter ] that's finger in the butt movers, we'll get you there. [ laughter ] two members of the acrobatic family - [ laughter ] two members -- come on, guys seriously. [ laughter ] two members of the acrobatic family, the flying wallendas, walked a tightrope 25 stories above times square this weekend. even crazier, there were still tourists in their way. [ laughter and applause failed alabama senate candidate judge roy moore has announced he will run again in 2020 he also has to announce if he moves into your neighborhood [ laughter and applause [ audience oohs "hello, i'm -- i'm judge roy moore.
but i'm not just a judge." [ laughter ] a dog named scamp the tramp was crowned the world's ugliest dog over the weekend [ audience aws ] they knew it was a no brainer when the other dogs started sniffing its face. [ laughter ] madonna said in an interview this weekend that she would like to meet with pope francis to tell him that jesus would support abortion and for a second, pope francis was really excited "madonna oh, that madonna." [ laughter ] a washington k9 officer early last week found two suitcases filled with $1 million worth of methamphetamine in a state forest this is him now. [ laughter and applause and finally, so exciting thanks to newly developed
technology, we here at "late night," we now have the ability to record the tiny voice that is inside donald trump's head and you might be surprised to know that, like everyone's inner voice, it's filled with paralyzing fear and self-doubt so here is "the tiny voice in the back of donald trump's head." ♪ [ applause ] >> hey, donald, it's the tiny voice in the back of your head and you've done it now you have to stand next to a tiny old woman while she shows you boring [ bleep ] interesting. yeah, point. that shows her that you actually care about what she's saying now, what is this? oh, my god is she actually going to show you a photo album of pictures? [ laughter ] and you have to lean down and pretend like you care? hey, remember when you used to go to the playboy mansion and you used to run miss usa pageants, you would think, "this is so great. because i'm not with an old woman showing me even older things."
[ laughter ] and you thought, "i'm a winner, not a loser. and then you blew it all by running for president. look at camera like a weirdo look at camera like a weirdo there it is. [ laughter ] ♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: she is starring in the new series "the rook" on starz our friend, olivia munn is back, everybody. [ cheers and applause his comedy special, "feelings" premieres this saturday on hbo he's a very funny guy. ramy youssef, is here. [ cheers and applause and we have music from singer/songwriter matt maeson. so you're here on great night, everybody. [ cheers and applause also want to let you know this friday, i will be in minneapolis, minnesota, doing two shows at the pantages theater. that's this friday june 28th please come and check me out always fun to be in minneapolis. moving on. president trump has spent the last week creating crises and then pretending he solved those crises for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause
>> seth: well, it's been another rollercoaster few days with our split personality president creating a bunch of problems and then turning around and claiming he solved those problems every day with this guy is like "fight club. one of these days we're going to find him in the parking lot outside the white house beating the crap out of himself. [ laughter ] one day he's threatening war with iran, the next day he's claiming he stopped a war with iran one day he's threatening to deport millions and rip apart migrant families, the next day he's saying he delayed the deportations it's almost like he saw the polls and instead of running against the democrats in 2020, he decided to run against himself. [ laughter ] "vote for me i'm the only one who can stop donald trump!" [ laughter ] trump swings wildly from one position to the next because he has no moral compass or a strategic vision. and that combination of ignorance and impulsiveness has been on full display during his administration's march toward war with iran. now war with iran would be catastrophic it would be reckless, unjustified and illegal. and yet, many of the people around trump have been agitating for a war with iran for years. trump, meanwhile, has repeatedly
refused to divulge any details about what his administration might do >> mr. president, will you go to war with iran? >> i hope not. [ laughter ] >> -- comments on the 27th, will you take additional action >> i won't say what i'll do. >> mr. president, how will you respond? >> you'll find out >> are you willing to go to war with iran? >> you'll find out you'll find out. >> seth: what, we'll find out? [ laughter ] you're talking about a massive war that would destabilize the middle east. you can't talk about it like you're hosting "dateline." [ laughter ] "they weren't sure if they were heading to war with iran, oh, but they'd soon find out." [ laughter ] trump doesn't answer questions about his plans. because he has no plans. he waivers from one position to the next based on the last person he talked to or something he saw on tv if he watches sean hannity's show, he wants to go to war. if he watches tucker carlson's show, he wants to pull back. and if he watches qvc, he ends up buying a bunch of jewelry [ laughter ] and that reckless impulsivity was on full display last week
when it was reported that trump had okayed an attack on iran and then changed his mind at the last minute. >> "the new york times" reporting the president authorized military strikes against iran, then called them off the "times" says the president initially approved attacks on a handful of iranian targets like radar and missile batteries. the "times" reports there were ships in position. there were planes in the air when the president walked the whole thing back >> on monday, they shot down an unmanned drone flying in international waters "we were cocked and loaded to retaliate last night on three different sites when i asked, how many will die? 150 people, sir, was the answer from a general ten minutes before the strike, i stopped it." >> seth: this tweet is trump in a nutshell he makes it genuinely difficult for you to focus on the fact that he almost started a disastrous and unconstitutional war with iran. because he used the wrong "sites" and used the phrase, "cocked and loaded." [ laughter ] it's "locked and loaded. "cocked and loaded" sounds like the name of a tom green movie where a guy takes a road trip
with a rooster [ laughter ] now, it's obviously a good thing we did not go to war with iran but it's terrifying that it even got this far trump wants us all to praise him for pulling back from a catastrophic situation that he almost started praise he doesn't deserve as senator bernie sanders argued on sunday >> was president trump's decision this week to call off that strike the right one >> see, it's like somebody setting a fire to a basket full of paper and then putting it out. he helped create the crisis. and then he stopped the attacks. the idea that we're looking at a president of the united states who, number one, thinks that a war with iran is something that might be good for this country >> he was just doing a limited strike >> oh, just a limited strike oh well, i'm sorry. [ laughter ] i just didn't know that it's okay to simply attack another country with bombs just for limited -- that's an act of warfare. >> seth: he's right. and also, you got to love his old man sarcasm. [ laughter ]
"what are you always doing on your phone?" "i'm just sending an emoji, grandpa. "oh, just an emoji [ laughter ] you see, when i was growing up, the only emojis we had were our faces. so when our friends wanted to know how i was, they wouldn't look down there. they would look up here. and that's how they knew i was grumpy!" [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause and on top of everything else, trump's account of how this episode unfolded makes no sense. ex-national security officials who have actually been in these kinds of briefings said it was unlikely the president would find out at the last minute what the casualty count would be. >> is it plausible in any way the president is first informed of casualty estimates that close to the actual commission of the strike >> no. the whole thing here is very -- is very strange. >> does that make sense? >> no. it's not credible in terms of whether he was briefed or not at that late time it's laid out right in the beginning. it's like the first powerpoint slide. >> seth: okay.
well, see, there's your problem. you can't give him information on a powerpoint slide. when donald trump hears powerpoint, he slides out of the room "we'd like to start our powerpoint presentation. "powerpoint, good, good, good, yeah, get that started okay [ laughter ] okay okay oh, okay [ applause ] oh." if you really, really want donald trump to pay attention to a briefing, you got to write it somewhere he's going to look like a mirror. [ laughter ] and listening to the president's incoherent explanation of how he made the decision is even more terrifying here's trump narrating his thought process and explaining how he was ready to order a military strike on iran until it occurred to him, at the last minute, to ask what might seem like an important question >> we had something ready to go, subject to my approval and they came in and they came in about a half an hour before. they said, "sir, we're about ready to go. i said, "i want a better definition." >> planes in the air were planes in the air >> no, no, we're about ready to
go no, but they would have been pretty soon. and things would have happened to a point where you wouldn't turn back or couldn't turn back. so they came and they said, "sir, we're ready to go. we'd like a decision." i said, "i want to know something before you go. how many people will be killed?" in this case, iranians i said, "how many people are going to be killed?" "sir, i'd like to get back to you on that. great people, these generals they said -- came back, said, "sir, approximately 150. and i thought about it for a second i said, you know what, they shot down an unmanned drone, plane, whatever you want to call it [ light laughter ] >> seth: no. whatever i want to call it i want to call it a goose. [ laughter ] "shoot down the goose, papa. why don't we all call it a drone since that's what it is? [ light laughter ] if it was a drone, then by definition, it was unmanned. there's no such thing as a manned drone you never see a drone flying
around with a dude hanging off of it. [ laughter ] not only is this story of what happened in this particular case incoherent, but so is trump's overall policy toward iran just listen to him today in the oval office announcing new sanctions on iran and talking about president obama's nuclear agreement with iran, an agreement trump tore up despite the fact that his own administration said iran was complying with it. >> they've done many other things aside from the individual drone. you saw the tankers. and we know of other things that were done also which were not good the agreement that was signed was a disaster it was not doing what it was supposed to do many bad things were taking place. so i look forward to discussing whatever i have to discuss with anybody that wants to speak. >> seth: whoa, whoa, whoa. [ laughter ] slow down with all the specifics. [ laughter ] it's amazing to think there used to be a time when reporters covering the white house had to furiously scribble notes in their pads to keep track of all the complicated details of treaties and legislation and now when they cover the president, they just have to write stuff down like "things
that were not good, bad things taking place, cocked and loaded." [ laughter ] but the important question here is what is the end game? what does trump want does he want war does he want a new deal? if so, how would that new deal differ from the old deal and why would iran ever agree to a new deal after the last deal they negotiated was torn up for no reason? these are all important questions yet the president clearly has no answers >> mr. president, is your goal to negotiate a new deal with iran mr. president, is your goal to negotiate a new deal - >> we would love to be able to negotiate a deal if they want to if they don't want to, that's fine, too. >> seth: oh my god, man. next time just throw a smoke pellet and run away. [ laughter ] in the past few days, we've seen the president take us to the brink of war with iran, threaten to inflict more cruelty on migrant families, all while being accused of a horrific sexual assault the question now is what more will it take to impeach this guy? i don't know if he'll win a second term. but at this point, all i can say is - >> i hope not. >> seth: this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause
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give it up for the 8g band right over there [ cheers and applause also, sitting in with us this week, he's the in-demand drummer for indie legend superchunk and bob mould. he can also be heard on the new mountain goats' brand-new album "in league with dragons. jon wurster is back, everybody thank you for being here, jon. >> thanks for having me, seth. [ cheers and applause >> seth: our first guest tonight is a talented actress you know from the critically acclaimed series "the newsroom" and "x-men: apocalypse." she can be seen next in "the rook" which premieres this sunday on starz. let's take a look. >> if you have actionable intel on the vultures, you should give it to gestalt in the ops hub >> marcus wasn't a vulture he was a friend and a colleague. okay, how about this if we get a hit, we take it to gestalt. if not, it's a waste of time, anyway i'm just trying to find out what happened to someone i care about. so if you can use your preeminent skills to help me - >> i'll run the names. >> thank you >> but only if you stop pretending to respect my
vocation >> done. >> seth: please welcome back to the show olivia munn, everybody. [ cheers and applause ♪ ♪ >> seth: hi, olivia. >> hello hi, seth >> seth: it's so great to see you. >> you, too. >> seth: you know, i love asking about your mother every time you're here. >> yeah. >> seth: last time you were here, we talked about how you were renovating her house for her. >> yes >> seth: and you just -- you were filming the show in london. >> mm-hmm. >> seth: and you had her come to london >> yeah, my family, they find a way to come wherever i'm filming. and it's never just one. it's my mom, my step dad, my aunt who lives next door, my sister, my brother-in-law, my niece, my brother and his girlfriend >> seth: wow [ laughter ] >> all of them >> seth: it's a lot of people. i feel like that is not -- i mean, you have a photo here.
>> yeah, well, so when they came to london i really wanted it to be special they'd never been in london. and you'd think that one of them was dying. because they literally went to kensington palace, and wimbledon three times. met serena williams. i mean, this is -- this is where they meet her. >> seth: that's proof they met serena williams. >> yeah. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. [ laughter ] they -- we did everything. and i actually -- i tried to make it really special, like i said and one day, i actually rented this double-decker bus and i invited some of the cast and my family and some friends were in town and now the thing about my mom is she's obsessed with chinatowns across the world. >> seth: okay, gotcha. [ laughter ] >> and she really wants to go and see if every chinatown is just like all the other chinatowns >> seth: okay. [ laughter ] >> that's all she wants is just to see if it's the same. >> seth: does that make her happy when it's the same >> it makes her -- yes, makes her very happy [ laughter ] >> seth: so she likes the consistency. >> yes yes, she's like, "ah, yes. like, almost like we've taken over, you know >> seth: right [ laughter ] >> and so we get this double-decker bus, which is not cheap, you know. and it's just -- just us on this bus. and so we're going around to see
the most amazing places. and there's big ben. there's kensington palace. we get out, take pictures. we're doing all this stuff but the entire time my mom just keeps asking, like, "where's chinatown? where's chinatown? and so a few hours into the -- into the trip, we get to this crossroads and the bus driver says to me, like, "hey, so here's the thing. if we take a left, we're gonna continue going on and seeing -- there's a lot of amazing historical sites that the we can go see but because of traffic, we can't really come back around. so if we take a left, we can do that but if we take a right, i can drop you off and you can go to chinatown. [ light laughter ] now, he's like, "and i just -- i've been hearing your mom talk about chinatown. he's like, "so, i don't really know what you want to do." i said, "let me go talk to her." so i said, "mom, okay, we got a few more hours left on this amazing trip now, if we take a left, we can go see allhese amazing historical sites it's like, you know, hundreds of years old. and this is london and there's gonna be so many amazing things or if we take a right, we got to get off and then we can go to chinatown. and she goes, "chinatown." [ laughter ] and i was like, "okay. but when we -- that's -- oh,
yeah, that's us on the - >> seth: i mean, that is - >> the bus >> seth: that looks like a -- that's the way to rock it right there. >> that's us on the bus. >> seth: that's amazing. yeah >> yeah. the entire time, this iser, "chinatown where's chinatown? >> seth: gotcha. [ laughter ] she's -- she's smiling because chinatown's over here. [ laughter ] >> and she's - >> seth: so she's looking at chinatown. >> she's like, "that's it. >> seth: yeah. >> but when -- here's the best part when we get there, we get off the bus, say good-bye to the driver who's very perplexed at this moment. he's understand. and we walk into chinatown my mom looks around and goes, "same. [ laughter ] and then about -- i'm not kidding, like 15, 20 seconds later, she's like, "let's go home." and that was it. [ laughter ] she just wants to go there to be like, "is everything in order? is everything where i put it?" >> seth: that's so great well, at least chinatowns are not like mcdonald's. you know what i mean >> that's true but although, i realized after this trip, if that's what matters to her, we could stay local. we can go to iowa, you know. we can go to michigan. we can go to all the just domestic chinatowns. we don't have to go across an ocean. >> seth: yeah, that's true
>> let's go see all the american chinatowns why are we doing this? >> seth: yeah, when you get on a british air flight, you feel like, they're never like, "let me guess off to chinatown [ laughter ] taking a trip to see our chinatown? [ laughter ] >> yeah, i wish -- you know, your family is so sweet. i mean, your family's so close your mom, dad, your brother. >> seth: yeah. >> you guys are all so close i feel like -- when you guys go places it's -- you know, you guys -- you and alexi go on the most amazing vacations >> seth: yeah. >> it's very -- my family would go to amazing places and then we just go to chinatown. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. well with my mom, i would say it's -- instead of chinatown, it's just a bar. [ laughter ] she's telling the bus driver, like, "are we going to see any bars?" [ laughter ] >> he's like, "we passed a bunch. yeah, any one will do. >> seth: yeah, yeah, yeah. she like's -- you know, she's like, "i want to look at the bars." >> and your family loves karaoke. i know that. >> seth: no. >> no? >> seth: my wife's family loves karaoke. >> the wedding, i felt like your mom and dad were really into it. >> seth: yeah. we were, but again -- >> to be supportive of the in-laws. >> seth: yeah, we were supportive of the family >> do they love country music as much as we do? >> seth: no.
[ laughter ] >> oh. 'cause his wife's family loves country music and so do i. >> seth: yeah, and my wife's family has an actual karaoke -- you've seen it >> oh, yeah. >> seth: like a karaoke setup. >> yeah, i've been to new mexico at his wife's family home there. and it's the moment you get in, it's karaoke >> seth: yeah. >> the moment you get in >> seth: it speaks to how much i love my wife that i've look past that [ laughter ] >> she's amazing >> seth: she's amazing and so -- my in-laws are amazing. but when my father-in-law -- my father-in-law sometimes will just -- i will come downstairs and he'll be sitting outside singing karaoke to himself >> yeah, yeah, yeah. yeah [ laughter ] no it's just -- when i came to visit, i came out late at night to get some water. and he's in there by himself in the dark >> seth: yeah. >> we just the words coming up on the screen just - [ laughter ] he's really giving everything. >> seth: and then he said, "make something up." like, "it's the only way to keep away the coyotes." you're like, "no, it's not [ laughter ] you're doing this. 'cause you love the sound of your own voice." this is a really cool show >> i'm excited >> seth: you play -- you shot in london >> yeah. >> seth: and you play a government agent >> mm-hmm. >> seth: did you do any research
for your government agent work >> my -- well, you know, i just came off the show called "six" where i played a cia operative and this -- this show -- "the rook" is different it's not where it's a made-up, you know, agency but we are spies and i was able to -- i'm the only american in the whole show, in the cast. so i was able to bring some of that, you know, experience just from that show into this one >> seth: there's supernatural elements in the show are you -- do you buy into the supernatural i don't know >> you don't do you >> seth: no. >> i know. >> seth: yeah. >> i can tell by the way you say it >> seth: yeah. "do you buy in i feel like -- no. i don't. >> seth: do you buy in -- like, do you feel like you waste your time with that [ laughter ] >> that felt like, a very different question >> seth: no, no, no. i'm just curious i mean we all waste our time different ways and, you know [ laughter ] >> i'm trying to figure out how to answer this [ laughter ] i -- i -- i believe in the science of things. >> seth: yeah. >> and -- and i believe that we don't know everything. but i don't just -- i'm not just a believer who just -- i don't believe in everything.
i just don't go, like, "oh, there's a medium i'm going to go find this person there's a psychic. i don't believe in that. but i believe in the science of things is that vague enough >> seth: yeah, that's getting vague. yeah, yeah, yeah >> yeah. well, for example, my brother right now, he's getting his ph.d. in physics and he and i talk a lot about just science and stuff and my family, they're very analytical, and they're like you. they don't -- they just -- they're like, "if it's not science based, we don't believe in it. but my brother talked to me once about the color blue so we're talking about a friend who loved blue and he goes, "oh, that makes sense. because it has a really high vibration, high frequency. i'm like, "what are you talking about? he's like, "well, you can measure colors." he put out a -- he's getting his ph.d. in physics i feel like you're not nodding but not believing me [ laughter ] >> seth: i just like - >> i feel like you're doing this thing. >> seth: i didn't know -- the part of this story that's crazy to me is like, "we were talking about a friend of ours who loved blue." i'm like, "is he six?" [ laughter ] how does it even come up a friend at dinner being like, "have you guys seen the new blue?" [ laughter ] >> well, it's -- and you know this friend. and it was -- and the reason i
brought it up because i thought it was just so strange >> seth: yeah. >> everything had to be blue >> seth: yeah. oh, gotcha >> that's why i was like - >> seth: so, it's like an obsession. >> i was like -- yeah, i was like, "hey." he's like, "it's so weird. everything has to be blue. >> seth: yeah. >> "head to toe blue couch is blue. >> seth: and so blue vibrates. so that's -- >> and he was like, "well, maybe it's because --" you know he's like, "it makes sense if he's, like, vibrating to the color blue." and then i was like, "oh, well that's an interesting thing of just --colors can put out an actual frequency that scientists can be able -- you know, can measure. so, i mean, can we just cut this whole part out and just me go -- i'll just be like, "i don't believe in it either, seth." [ laughter ] >> seth: no. i, like -- yeah, sure, we'll cut it [ laughter and applause >> i mean, my brother's gonna call me. i know my brother's going to be like, "that's literally not what i said." >> seth: exactly >> but i feel like -- i think i translate in my head - >> seth: i feel like your brother is a scientist and he's like, "hey, olivia. i know i just told you this. you don't know enough to go tell someone else." >> i know. [ laughter ] i know and -- but he told me this years ago. and it's most likely gotten wrong in my head multiple times. >> seth: he talked to you for an hour straight. and you were like, "blue, vibrates, got it bye.
[ laughter ] i have to go to a tv show now. >> yeah. "i'm gonna go tell seth all about this." >> seth: i want to talk about your dogs real quick >> my dogs yeah that's chance and frankie. >> seth: gracie and chance >> chance and frankie. [ audience aws ] i think you were thinking of - >> seth: and -- what did i say >> grace >> seth: i think grace and frankie. >> 'cause i think that you're thinking of the show with -- >> seth: i am. >> yeah. >> seth: yeah. >> it's a great show [ laughter ] >> seth: chance and frankie is very close to grace and frankie. >> yeah, it's super close. >> seth: it is jane fonda almost was named chance [ laughter ] yeah >> seth: but i've seen this all over town. >> yes >> seth: it's a lot of billboards in new york >> yeah. >> seth: tell us about this great organization >> well, this is great this is the shelter pet project. and it's with the humane society, maddie's fund and we're -- you know, the three of us, we're trying to get people to adopt, you know, shelter animals. 'cause there's -- i mean, these are -- these two pups, okay. this -- he's a cavalier king charles. it's purebred, yet he was in a shelter. this kid was on the street living just life, living large >> seth: i feel -- >> and now they're on billboards i mean, how cute is that >> seth: i feel like that breed -- like being a cavalier king charles is at a shelter is like when a rich person gets locked up, they're like, "do you know who i am? [ laughter ] i'm a cavalier i would like to make a phone call."
[ laughter and applause they're beautiful dogs >> thanks. >> seth: thank you so much it's so great to see you >> it's so good do see you >> seth: that's olivia munn, everybody. [ cheers and applause "the rook" premieres this sunday at 8:00 p.m. on starz. we'll be right back with ramy youssef [ cheers and applause ♪ that i won the "best of" i casweepstakes it. and i get to be in this geico commercial? let's do the eyebrows first, just tease it a little. slather it all over, don't hold back. well, the squirrels followed me all the way out to california! and there's a very strange badger staring at me... no, i can't believe how easy it was to save hundreds of dollars on my car insurance with geico. uh-huh, where's the camel? "mr. big shot's" got his own trailer. ♪ wheeeeeee! believe it! geico could save you 15% or more on car insurance. pringles wavy. with a big crunch and totally different flavors, they're not really pringles.
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>> seth: welcome to the show >> thanks for having me. >> seth: congrats on the special. i want to talk about how you -- you talk about your faith a lot in your stand-up and your belief in god and i feel like we don't see that a ton from comedians. when you first start doing that, what was the reaction you were getting from audiences >> yeah, i remember the first time i openly talked about it. i think i was fasting actually and i had just ended it was in ramadan. and i was onstage at a bar in brooklyn and starving kind of and talking about it and saying, "i believe in god. and i just fasted ramadan. and i could just feel this energy from the crowd, like, "why are you here? >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> shouldn't you be somewhere else >> seth: yeah, this does not seem like a good use of your time >> doesn't feel like the place to be at and it kind of felt like that way a few years ago. now it's kind of changing. i feel like people have kind of caught on and also islam and l.a. dieting trends have kind of caught up. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. [ laughter ] 'cause there's kind of like intermittent fasting and stuff
i was at a juice shop in l.a. during ramadan and i told the woman i was doing ramadan. and she was like, "oh, yeah, i'm doing it this weekend. [ laughter ] she said it like it was coachella. she was like, "yeah, i'm going do the second weekend. [ laughter ] i don't know who's headlining. i was like, "i think it's god. [ laughter ] we couldn't get beyonce. >> seth: you have a -- it's a really cool thing about your special is - because oftentimes in specials, you don't -- the audience might not be lit or it might not cut to them a lot. you -- your audience is -- plays in the special and also it's very well lit. and you can see sort of how diverse an audience it is -- >> yeah. >> seth: and how you see women in headscarves and things you might not see elsewhere. do you -- do you enjoy having that audience? and was that a conscious choice of like, "hey, here's who comes to my shows? >> it was, "this who comes to my shows. >> seth: yeah. >> i mean, it -- i feel like i'll be at a, you know, a bar, wherever i am, a comedy club and it is half hipster and then half muslims and you can't tell if it's a muslim beard or hipster beard. >> seth: right [ laughter ]
>> and then there's women in headscarves. but i remember being at a comedy club once. and the chef came out sweating and he was like, "man, your crowd eats a lot." and i was like, "well, yeah, because you got to get two things and they don't drink so this is one of those times that you find out how much muslims love mozzarella sticks." >> seth: right [ laughter ] >> "it's just our food of choice." and so it's really -- it was a really conscious choice. you know, i talked about it with my director, chris, "can we light this place up? >> seth: right >> because who's watching is as important as what's being said >> seth: i want to talk about your fantastic show as well. because, you know, obviously there's been -- it's been talked about a lot. how there are not a lot of strong or diverse nuance muslim characters in television and film you've got this situation where you get to tell a story about an immigrant family and the characters are all very different. has that been a fun thing to be able to do >> it's been awesome i mean, it's been cool to bring nuance to a family like this, to see an arab-muslim family like that
and when i first moved to l.a., that wasn't -- there was no roles like that. you know, you hear it, you're like, "oh, man, did everything you auditioned for, was it a terrorist role?" and it was and i -- the sad part was it wasn't like i got them and a lot of people would be like, "i called my agent and said, 'i'm never auditioning for a terrorist.'" i would actually go on the audition and they just wouldn't believe me >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> they'd be like, "yeah, you don't look like a -- no. and i'd be like, "no, no." and they'd like, "yeah, no, we don't believe it when you say, 'death to america. [ laughter ] like, your face, we just feel like you want america to live. and i'd be like, "no, i don't. [ laughter ] and so i kind of didn't get the opportunity to sell out my people so i was like, "all right, i'll - [ laughter ] i'll make a nuanced show." >> seth: yeah. >> yeah. >> seth: and you obviously have immigrant parents. and that's a big part of this show as well how has the response been from a muslim audience, who has maybe seen this for the first time thanks to your show? >> it's been really cool i mean, it's tricky to say
muslim audience, even muslim community. >> seth: of course >> because there are so many different -- >> seth: sure. >> muslim communities. i mean, the arab-muslims, i think, who watch the show really appreciate it. and then there are other, you know, south asian black muslim communities. most muslims in america are black. people don't know that i think they watch the show. and they're like, "what is this guy complaining about? we have a lot more going on. >> seth: right >> you know, and so for me, it was just really important to make something that felt honest to my experience and what i was doing and not try and take all of it on 'cause i think sometimes you watch. and it feels like there's you know, this box checking of, "well, we need to cover everything." and we really took the approach of, "no, let's do what we know." >> seth: right >> and you know, i know an arab-muslim family and let's not worry about it being like the first because i think a lot of times when people say "first," what they're really trying to say it's the last. >> seth: right >> and so we were like, "no, there are going to be a lot of opportunities. we just want to tell this as honestly as we can." >> seth: yeah, i do apologize for phrasing it like that. because when you said, you know, "that's a hard question answer," i realize a lot of people are on the show and i'm never like, "and do white people like it?" [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: "are you going to get feedback from white people?"
>> yeah. i got an email from this guy he was like, "i'm an evangelical christian father of three. and i am ramy. >> seth: oh, wow, that's really good >> and i was like, "are you? [ laughter ] i didn't know if it was like an identity theft thing but he was - [ laughter ] no, he really related to just seeing someone, you know, look at faith in an aspirational way. >> seth: sure. >> i mean, i think there's a lot of knocks against religion, rightfully so. i think the industry of religion, the culture, is really polluted it can be dangerous. but we talk about just aspiring to faith in an honest way which is something that i hadn't seen from a character and we were really excited to explore that >> seth: that's wonderful. and i also want to ask about this because you hear it all the time, particularly in these, you know, heightened era we're living in now about the idea of moderate muslims >> yeah. >> seth: and that you -- the offense you take when you hear that term. >> yeah. >> seth: can you explain that real quick >> yeah, no, we were talking -- it's a weird -- moderate muslim makes it seem like if you were fully muslim, there'd be a problem. >> seth: right >> it's like, "well, no, he's
only, like, 50% muslim, so -- so it's fine. and it does -- it kind of negates the fact that you could be fully practicing and fully involved and that would make you a good person. i think people feel like muslims wake up. and we have this decision every day to be moderate when we wake up and we're like, "isis or breakfast? [ laughter ] and we're constantly wrestling and it's like, "ah, he chose breakfast. wow. [ laughter ] like, what a moderate. you know, i mean, really just -- yeah so that -- yeah, it sounds -- the phrasing of it is a little odd. >> seth: well, hey, congrats on the special. the show is fantastic. >> thanks man. >> seth: it's just been lovely talking to you again and getting a chance to meet you >> so good to meet you >> seth: thanks for being here >> thank you [ cheers and applause >> seth: ramy youssef, everybody. "ramy youssef: feelings" premieres june 29th on hbo we'll be right back with music from matt maeson thanks so much, man. [ cheers and applause ♪ this is something big. this is something bigger.
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