tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC November 24, 2021 12:37am-1:37am PST
[ cheers and applause ♪ [ cheers and applause ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers. tonight -- lin-manuel miranda star of "a clusterfunke christmas," actress, rachel dratch, music from mastodon, featuring the 8g band with jon epcar. [ cheers and applause and now, seth meyers >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night. we hope you're doing well tonight. and now, if you don't mind, we're going to get to the news donald trump's former personal attorney michael cohen was released, yesterday, from his 18-month-long house arrest
the decision is being celebrated by everyone from his wife to his kids "do you guys want to hear something else trump did?" "no. [ laughter ] "he did some crazy stuff." "we know, dad. [ laughter ] "get out of the house! president biden traveled to nantucket, today, for thanksgiving, but only after jill made him swear on the bible, no limericks. [ laughter ] the house committee investigating january 6th issued subpoenas, yesterday, for several allies of former president trump, including conspiracy theorist, alex jones, and longtime adviser, roger stone, which could only mean flap -- flap? [ laughter ] was his name flat top or flap top? [ laughter ] i feel like it was always unclear. [ laughter ] don't worry, this punch line will still work. [ laughter ]
which can only mean flat top and little face are next [ laughter ] why did you write in the flap top part [ laughter ] in a new interview, dr. anthony fauci said that vaccinated people should, quote, "feel good and safe about enjoying thanksgiving in their homes," while unvaccinated people should really rely on that wishbone. [ laughter ] "grandma, i need this more than you do." [ laughter ] port authority officials have projected that over 1.4 million people will travel through new york and new jersey airports over the thanksgiving holiday, and 1.2 million of them will stand up as soon as they call group one. [ laughter ] germany's health minister held a press conference, yesterday, to address the country's spike in coronavirus cases and said the germans will either be, quote "vaccinated, recovered, or dead by the end of winter."
or, as it's called in germany, a pep talk [ laughter ] analysts are projecting that this year, there will be a smaller selection of christmas trees for americans to choose from, which explains the one outside of 30 rock [ laughter ] did you think it was going to be that little? i thought it was supposed to be four feet, but i guess i don't know the difference between four feet and inches. it's a real little fella [ laughter ] and finally, an oklahoma woman was recently kicked out of church after she brought cilantro to a service that was mistaken for marijuana, which was a double whammy because, "a," she got kicked out of her church and, "b," she got ripped off by her weed guy. [ laughter ] and that was the monologue, everybody. [ cheers and applause we got a great show for you, tonight. he wins tonys, emmys, grammys. he created "in the heights" and "hamilton. he wrote the music for disney's "encanto," and his featured
directorial debut is "tick, tick... boom," which is out now. lin-manuel miranda will be my guest, tonight [ cheers and applause and she -- she is my dear friend from "saturday night live," who with ana gasteyer created "a clusterfunke christmas," which i saw this weekend i laughed all the way through. my good friend, rachel dratch will be here as well [ cheers and applause and they are a grammy award-winning rock band, who just today were nominated, once again, for best metal performance. they're currently on tour, promoting their ninth studio album, "hushed and grim. we'll have music from mastodon but before we get to all of that, you guys - [ cheers and applause so i read recently that los angeles' famed staples center was being renamed the crypto.com arena and, well, i don't know, it got me to thinking, you know getting older. sometimes i look around and, well, i don't even recognize the world i'm living in.
[ laughter ] things are changing every day. and not always for the better. and it's time to take a moment to talk about how things were just, well, a bit more simple. "back in my day. ♪ [ cheers and applause back in my day, the staples center wasn't changing its name all willy-nilly. no, back in my day, we had loyalty, by golly. and that loyalty wasn't to some faceless, decentralized digital currency company it was to some faceless corporate office supply depot. [ laughter ] because nothing says laker basketball like a 50,000-square-foot mega store full of ergonomic office chairs. [ laughter ] back in my day, big bird wasn't getting vaccinated for covid snuffleupagus.
no, sir, back in my day, if you saw a needle on "sesame street," it meant oscar was using again [ laughter ] back in my day, there was no bisexual superman. back in my day, superman was just a very fit journalist who wore glasses and was very secretive. spent a lot of time in a phone booth, and holy crap, maybe he was bisexual this whole time [ laughter ] oh, my goodness. my goodness. now -- now rusty, which superhero do you think is secretly bisexual? [ rusty barks green arrow, why [ rusty barks well, it is a well-manicured beard. [ rusty barks i don't want to show a picture, rusty. this is an observation for people who already know what green arrow looks like [ rusty barks maybe you're the nerd. [ rusty growls ]
back in my day, president biden's approval rating wasn't at 38% back in my day, president trump's approval rating was at 38%, and we couldn't believe it was that high until we went back to our home towns for thanksgiving, and we were like, "oh, right." [ laughter ] back in my day, people weren't attending virtual meetings on meta, zucker nuts. [ light laughter ] we spent our time on facebook, tending to our virtual crops and poking our ex-girlfriends until they blocked us. [ laughter ] and then, we grow bitter and delusional and start watching alt-right videos, one after the other, after the other, until we had some pretty screwed up ideas about how to make america great again. back in my day, there wasn't a "pam & tommy" series coming out on hulu. paradiddles. back in my day, if you wanted to watch "pam & tommy," you had to be friends with the kids whose parents had one of those vcr's that could make copies and he'd hook you up with a tape that had been copied a zillion times and was so grainy, you couldn't tell a boob from an elbow
[ laughter ] but it got the job done. back in my day, mel gibson wasn't making a "lethal weapon 5. back then, mel gibson wasn't making anything, because no one wanted their name associated with his brand of sexism and anti-semitism. but now -- now that sexism and anti-semitism are over forever, we can forgive him and move on [ rusty barks they're not over well, give me one example. [ rusty barks all right, fine. give me ten examples [ rusty barks ten times well, who knows, maybe "lethal weapon 5" will fix it all. [ rusty growls ] [ laughter ] back in my day, apple wasn't developing a self-driving car. macintosh. back in my day, apple was developing a phone with a self-destructing screen. all you had to do was drop it from a height higher than one inch [ laughter ]
back in my day, matthew mcconaughey wasn't thinking about running for governor of texas. back in my day, matthew mcconaughey was thinking about, well, honestly, who the [ bleep ] knows what that guy was thinking about [ laughter ] i mean, heck, maybe he was thinking about running for governor maybe he was thinking about bongo drums, or shrimp tacos, or huarache sandals, or what he'd say to the dalai lama or what he wouldn't say to denis leary. the fact is, none of us know what's inside that man's head, but we'd like to because, man, it seems like he's got it all figured out. [ laughter ] back in my day, taylor swift wasn't re-recording all her albums i was. and people were not excited. [ laughter ] taylor even sent me a cease and desist letter, which i framed. free autograph [ light laughter ] [ rusty whimpers ] back in my day, we didn't have terrifying korean tv shows like "squid game. beeb and bop back in my day, the only squid
game we had, was ordering calamari at a 24-hour diner and trying to guess how much was real squid and how much was pig buttholes. [ laughter ] and in that squid game, there were no winners. [ laughter ] you like pig buttholes, rusty? [ rusty barks back in my day, new york wasn't ending their gifted and talented school programs. d-plus back in my days, those programs were the only way new york kids got into the ivy leagues either that or you would pay some rowing coach up at dartmouth to say your kid was the best cock-sway in this side of the hudson, even though you both knew we couldn't tell the difference between a kayak and a canoe. and then, your son would find out and say, "i don't want to get into school on a lie," and you'd say, "well, you're certainly not getting in on the truth, because harvard ain't going to be blown away by the fact that you make sick beats on your computer all day long." and he'd say, "you never believed in my music." and you'd say, "oh, if you can call that music. [ laughter ] and then, your wife would come in and say, "don't be so hard on him," and you'd say, "maybe if we were hard on him, he wouldn't
have turned out this way." and she'd say, "just fix it. and you'd yell, "i'm trying to fix it, but tyler won't even pretend to be good at rowing." and then, he'd yell, "i'm not tyler anymore. i'm ty fresh." and you look at your wife with the expectation that she would finally come over to your side of the argument. but she wouldn't [ laughter ] so you throw your hands up in the air and you go down to your man cave to watch the history channel. [ laughter ] "oh, but i love that boy [ laughter ] i love him." i had to do that 'cause you all seemed a little bummed out [ laughter ] i was mean to my fictional son [ laughter ] wait until they find out you're not a real dog [ laughter ] [ applause ] [ rusty whimpers ] back in my day, sure, coronavirus cases were spiking over the holidays, but this year, because of vaccines, we
can gather with family members and friends who have been inoculated and won't that be nice, rusty? [ rusty barks what's that, rusty you're not anti-vax per se but you have some questions? [ rusty barks rusty, are you vaccinated or are you not vaccinated [ rusty barks you're immunized what the hell does that mean [ rusty barks that medicine is for horses, not dogs [ rusty barks no, horses are not just tall dogs [ rusty barks you know what, rusty, i think you've got a little bit too much screen time in this segment. [ rusty growls ] [ applause ] well, i'm sorry, but sometimes, you just have to do that this grumpy old gus sometimes gets his gripe on. this has been "back in my day. [ applause ] [ rusty barks this holiday season, i'm once again partnering with american express to remind everyone to
get out and shop small on small business saturday, this november 27th. [ sleigh bells ] small businesses play an important role in our communities, so remember to shop at them throughout the holiday -- i'm sorry, what is that it's me, seth, your favorite writer [ cheers and applause oh, boy. and why? >> hey, seth, do you know how to get people to shop at small businesses >> seth: how's that? >> by singing a catchy holiday song >> seth: oh, no. oh, yes. ♪ this holida go purchase something loca it is the da to decide to shop small ♪ >> seth: are you singing to "o holy night"? ♪ go buy a shir or a top if you're a lady ♪ >> seth: it's just this song is super slow ♪ or get some soa add a stall in a mall ♪ >> seth: i don't think this song is working >> okay, wait, wait, you'll like this next part
♪ go buy some chees and while you're there pick up some crackers ♪ >> seth: no, i don't like that i don't think this song is going to motivate people to shop at small businesses >> okay, okay. well, what about this one? ♪ where are the sales look for the sales there are the sale small business sales ♪ >> seth: no, no, no. >> okay, well, this one's the best one ♪ away in a bread store no jam for the bread ♪ >> seth: i'm sorry, what is a bread store? >> a bakery. okay, seth, writing these songs is hard. but you know what's not hard, shopping small this holiday season wink >> seth: how many times do i have to tell you, you don't have to say wink when you wink? [ laughter ] look, american express reminds everyone to shop small on small business saturday, november 27th. wink >> wait, what? wait a minute. >> seth: it's funny when i do it [ cheers and applause ♪
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this is what it means to be subaru. ♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: please give it up for the fantastic 8g band. [ cheers and applause also, back with us tonight on drums, he's a veteran broadway and session musician who has recorded with icons like john legend and rihanna. he's also an orchestral member in the broadway production of "karate kid," set to open this spring be sure to check out his
sophomore album, "solo duo toot," available now jon epcar is here. thank you so much for being with us, jon. [ cheers and applause our first guest tonight is an emmy, grammy and tony award-winning composer, playwright and the creator of hit broadway shows, "hamilton" and "in the heights. his feature directorial debut, "tick, tick... boom!" is now on netflix. and you can hear his new music in disney's "encanto," which is in theaters everywhere tomorrow. let's take a look. ♪ welcome to family ♪ ♪ madriga the home of the family madrigal ♪ ♪ we're on our wa where are all the people are fantastical ♪ ♪ and magical i'm part of the family madrigal ♪ >> oh, my gosh, it's them. what are the gifts >> i can't remember all the gifts. >> but i don't know who is who >> all right, all right. relax. >> it is physically impossible to relax >> tell us everything. what are your powers >> just tell us what everyone can do >> and that's why coffee's for grown-ups. [ laughter ] >> seth: please welcome back to the show, our friend, lin-manuel miranda
[ cheers and applause ♪ >> seth: welcome back. >> thank you thank you for having me. >> seth: a lot -- a lot has happened >> a lot has happened. >> seth: whoa, thank you you're so kind thank you. [ cheers and applause [ laughter ] >> well -- >> seth: so -- one thing i want to ask about, you know, doing a disney film like this. >> yeah. >> seth: a lot of pressure insofar as, "how are kids going to like it?" right? you were saying backstage that you did "moana." that was the first movie your oldest ever saw. >> yes, i -- i found out i got the job on "moana" -- i in -- i interviewed for it, and i found out i got the job the same day we found out we were going to be parents. so it's all mixed up like, "moana" is, weirdly, my oldest son's sibling >> seth: i would imagine when he saw "moana" and liked it, that's great. but he also hadn't seen anything else, right? >> yeah, he had nothing to compare it to. [ laughter ] >> seth: so he might've just
been like, "look, i just like the idea of movies." >> yes yes, this concept of -- of images on a screen is -- >> seth: so now he's a little older. i'm assuming between this and "encanto," he's seen some other movies >> he has serious sophistication >> seth: yeah. he might have some standards now. so you must -- were you more stressful when you showed him this one >> 100%. well, you have to understand, also, i wrote this during the pandemic, so they had to hear every phase of "encanto" as i was writing the songs, as daddy is talking to himself in the corner singing - ♪ welcome to the family madrigal ♪ [ laughter ] but i also have -- i mean, i have -- i have a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old they are the greatest beta testers in the world there were moments in early drafts that were too scary for them [ laughter ] my -- my 3-year-old has the immortal quote at one point, he grabs you and goes, "daddy, can we watch a kid's movie? [ laughter ] and i went back to the director. i was like, "okay, that seems too scary. [ laughter ] we got to -- we got to go back to the drawing board." >> seth: i - yeah >> but, yeah, it was -- it was great. >> seth: stephanie beatriz >> the great stephanie beatriz >> seth: stephanie beatriz is -- is a voice in this [ cheers and applause >> is -- is mirabel -- is our disney hero. >> seth: and -- and -- so i know
we are both -- we were both huge fans of "brooklyn nine-nine. >> yes >> seth: and it must've been so great to -- to work with her on this i know you worked with her on "in the heights" as well, but -- >> absolutely. well, i think one of the great cosmic jokes is that stephanie became famous on a show where her voice is two octaves down and in a monotone. >> seth: yes [ laughter ] >> and detective rosa diaz when you actually meet her, she's like, "hi! [ laughter ] and she has, like, one of the bubbliest, most musical voices you'll ever hear so i knew that stephanie i -- i -- i met stephanie in our early 20s, mid 20s, when she was doing kiara's plays, like, very experimental off, off, off-broadway plays so it's -- it's been a joy to -- it was amazing when she had her, sort of, nationwide prominence on "brooklyn nine-nine." and -- and then, you know, to work with her on this, like, where i'm writing disney songs and she's the disney, like, hero like -- i'm like, she's in a club with, like, jodi benson and anika noni rose and lea salonga and all these, like, disney heroines so, it was -- it was -- we would text each other while we were recording her songs, like, "can
you believe this can you believe this?" [ laughter ] it was great >> seth: so you must -- at this point, it must be cool to have, like, a good working relationship with something as iconic as disney which it, like, introduces so many children to musical theater, i feel. >> yeah, 100%. i think -- i think -- i think a lot about howard ashman, who was -- was alan menken's great lyricist and partner and really, i think, is responsible for ushering in that, like, second golden age of disney he wrote the lyrics for "little mermaid" and "beauty and the beast," and -- and really just, sort of, brought musical theater into animation it was like, "this is how it works, guys. and -- and just was -- i was really inspired by that. and -- and so, i -- you know, when i started working on "enconta," i just said, "i want to be there from the beginning," so that the songs and the scenes can, kind of, go as seamlessly into each other as possible. and, you know, it's -- it's been -- you know, i'm -- i'm really proud of "enconta" and the work we did together >> seth: and -- i'm sure when you -- you know, when you work on a musical on a broadway stage, you see it at every level, there's no moment where you're, you know, blown away by what happened between the night
before and -- and, you know, the -- the morning after >> right >> seth: with animation, it must be so thrilling the first time you see, like, a song you wrote. >> yeah. this is the movie i've seen the least that i have worked on. also, because i think -- because we were working from home, disney security was even more intense. so i would be like, "can i just get minutes 45 to 48 'cause i have a write a song for that [ laughter ] can i see it, please?" and -- but it was also, it was -- it -- what's so thrilling about writing for animation, is that they can move at the speed of thought so, there's a song in the -- in the movie called "surface pressure," where, you know, this -- this character is singing about how she feels nervous and what's under the surface. so, like -- again, like, cut to my kids worried about me and me in the corner being like, "nervous, surface, how big the iceberg is [ laughter ] cerberus?" and just as many nervous rhymes as i can get, and i -- i write the song and then when it comes back, the
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♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: we're back with lin-manuel miranda, and congratulations on "tick, tick... boom!" it's receiving fantastic reviews. >> thank you >> seth: so this is based on the writer of "rent," but this is not about this part of his career or that part of his career, i should say this was about something earlier. this was about a failure >> yeah, he -- jonathan larson was -- was an aspiring composer. i can't relate at all. [ laughter ] and he spent his 20s trying to -- first of all, he tried to do an adaptation of "1984.
couldn't get the rights. he said, "i'll write my own dystopia." he spent his 20s writing this musical called "superbia" and everyone basically said, "it's really interesting you're very talented what else do you have? and he said, "i spent my 20s writing this." and i think he processed that loss, and the fact that no one wanted to produce it, by writing this one-man show called "tick, tick... boom!" and he performed it as a rock monologue with a band all over the village and all over new york. and he, basically, was like -- it was him processing spending his 20s on something nobody wanted to see. and, as a result, it's a brilliant, sort of, portrait of this great artist as a young man and -- and figuring out whether he wants to proceed in this line of work or not and "rent" is still way down on the horizon. >> seth: and you were how old when you first see this? >> so i was 17 when i saw "rent. i saw the original cast for my 17th birthday from the back row of the nederlander theatre and that was the show that made me want to write musicals. it was the first, really,
contemporary musical i ever saw. and then, after larson's passing, it was commissioned to -- to be turned into an off broadway show. they basically turned it into a three-person off broadway show and i saw that now i'm a senior theater major i'm like, "i'm a theater major it's just after september 11th." like, "what do i have to offer the world? and i went and saw this brilliant musical directed by scott schwartz, starring raul esparza, and it was basically this sneak preview of my 20s it was this brilliant, kind of, wrestling with, "what are we meant to be doing with our time?" and it was even more specific and brilliant to me than my experiencing "rent" at 17. and so, it's been sitting in me, like, ever since and -- and -- i was thrilled to get to direct the film adaptation >> seth: you get it to direct it, and you get to take this core story but obviously, because it's film, in some degrees, you get to make it bigger and one way that you seem to make it grander
and, sort of, a tribute to jonathan, is all these broadway cameos >> yeah. >> seth: and -- and it, sort of, goes back to what you were saying about the speed of thought. right? like, you get to do -- you get to internalize this person, and it must have been so cool to reach out to the broadway community and explain why it's important to do a cameo in this film >> sure. and half of the folks that people are considering cameos, they're not cameos to me they're just, like, great new york actors that i want to be -- you know, you know this from this. you've got richard kind in every third thing. >> seth: absolutely. >> richard kind is in our movie too. >> seth: you can't say "no" to richard kind >> you can't say "no" to richard kind >> seth: and he will call you. >> yes [ laughter ] but, you know, it's -- it's -- i just wanted great new york actors to be in this great new york story but there are elements to it that, you know, jonathan was -- never got to see his success you know, he passed away the night before "rent's" first public performance and the goal at every stage was, "what would jonathan larson do?" and "what would jonathan larson want to see? and the film is an opportunity to go to new york in 1990. that, sort of, post-kotch pre-giuliani weirdo time in
new york that i remember as a child and -- and populated with jonathan's heroes. i mean, that was, sort of, the goal at every step of the way. >> seth: one cameo that i think people are very excited to see, is your father >> sure. >> seth: yeah. >> when you talk about new york royalty. >> seth: yeah. >> luis miranda, when you get there -- >> seth: when you get luis, i'm like, "is that the luis? >> "they -- they booked luis?" [ laughter ] >> seth: no, but how is your dad to work with as -- when you're the director [ laughter ] >> he's -- it -- well, i could have made it easier on myself, because the scene he's in is this uninterrupted -- it -- it's, like, my only scorsese take [ light laughter ] it's this, like, long dance sequence in a new york lobby, and i also wanted it to play like they're moving in slow motion so all the dancers are dancing at 1.75 speed. so my dad has a really specific cue, and it goes by really fast. it's like -- ♪ hello he was a doorma but looks like captain kangaroo ♪ and then wave. and daddy wave [ laughter ]
and he's got, like, this really tough, kind of, musicals [ laughter ] and he'd be like, "i've got it i've got it. leave me alone you can't direct your parents. >> seth: no, no, no. [ laughter ] >> you know, i know martin scorsese put his mom in, like, a lot of his movies. >> seth: yeah. >> and i don't now how he did it because i was just hearing, like around -- after take five, my dad was like, "how many more?" [ laughter ] "because i have a real job." >> seth: also, stephen sondheim was a very important person in jonathan's life. >> yes >> seth: and bradley whitford plays him. i imagine that's something you don't take on lightly to play stephen sondheim >> no. you -- you made it very difficult for me, because in the great "co-op," the musical -- i don't know if you've seen "co-op" the musical -- produced by mr --. >> seth: document now, very popular. [ cheers and applause >> -- seth meyers -- dozens of fans in the audience >> seth: dozens of fans. >> john mulaney plays sondheim >> seth: yeah, mulaney did a very good sondheim >> he did a brilliant sondheim >> seth: yeah. >> so, you know, we -- luckily, we were in a different age bracket of sondheim, so we cast bradley as sondheim. >> seth: and sondheim liked it, right? he's -- he liked the performance. >> yes, he -- he wrote me -- "you treated me gently and royally, for which i am
grateful." but he had a note, which is there's -- there's a moment in which the character of sondheim leaves a message for -- for jonathan larson, and i forget what the sentence was. but he was like, "i would never say that." [ laughter ] "can i rewrite my voicemail message? >> seth: so he thought the way you presented him in the film, even though it was him being kind, was, maybe, a little cliche >> yeah, this one moment, this one sentence >> seth: yeah. >> it was like, "i think you have a bright future in this business." and he was like, "i would never say 'bright future' in this business." [ laughter ] and so he said, "can you rewrite it and if you can't get the actor back to record the voicemail, i'll - i'll -- i'll record myself." and i was like, "i can't get him. [ laughter ] i'm sorry, would you please? and so, he -- so we have, like, e a writfrom sondheim in our movie, and it's his voice on the voicemail to jonathan larson >> seth: now that -- >> which is this cosmic reaching across the years >> seth: now that's a pretty good cameo as -- you know, with all respect to luis. [ cheers and applause >> yeah, that sure is -- that's how you do a leg roll. >> seth: that's how you do it.
hey, thank you so much for being here >> thank you thank you for having me back >> seth: congrats on both films. you guys, that's lin-manuel miranda [ cheers and applause "tick, tick boom!" is available on netflix "encanto" in theaters everywhere tomorrow we'll be right back with rachel dratch. ♪ when you really need to sleep you reach for the really good stuff. new zzzquil ultra helps you sleep better and longer when you need it most. it's non habit forming and powered by the makers of nyquil. new zzzquil ultra. when you really really need to sleep.
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♪ [ cheers and applause >> seth: you know our next guest from her work on "saturday night live" and movies like "sisters" and "wine country. her new movie, "a clusterfunke christmas," airs december 4th on comedy central let's take a look. >> well, where are you coming in from, hun? >> uh, new york city >> oh. >> oh, new york, never been there myself hm-mm. too many lights. honking horns. >> oh, yeah. >> all that hustle and bustle. >> that's a great story. could i just get my key? >> yeah. let me ask you something in new york city, can you see the stars when you look up at the sky?
>> uh, not really. not with all the lights. >> no stars? how are you going to make a wish [ laughter ] >> seth: please welcome back to the show, our friend, rachel dratch. [ cheers and applause ♪ ♪ >> seth: splendid. look at you, dratch. >> i'm wearing christmas sparkles >> seth: you always sparkle. >> it's not even thanksgiving. yes. >> seth: you sparkle every season >> oh, thank you, seth [ laughter ] it's good to be here >> seth: it's great to have you here >> thank you >> seth: i -- so, this was the first time i was at a movie theater in almost two years. >> oh, yeah. >> seth: i went to the screening of this film on sunday night it was so much fun >> thank you >> seth: it was so much fun for me and i can't imagine how much fun it was for you to hear it with an audience.
>> yeah, we had never seen this with an audience, and people were laughing a lot, so, it was -- it was a lot of fun yes. >> seth: you had one audience member where the stakes were a little bit higher. your 11-year-old son, eli. >> yes, i took eli i don't usually take him -- you know, i haven't done anything in a long time that would be, like, you know, kid friendly >> seth: appropriate, sure >> and i didn't know how he was going to like it i had to tell him -- so this is a parody of a hallmark christmas movie. >> seth: yes, a loving parody, it should be noted >> loving parody - >> seth: a lot of people from the hallmark world actually helped make the film >> well, yeah, we had this one guy, who -- michael murray, who has written like 20 hallmark movies >> seth: yeah. >> this -- this movie was not sanctioned by hallmark, though >> seth: right >> it has nothing to do -- so don't sue us, hallmark [ laughter ] it's just the idea >> seth: the very -- as greeting card companies go, the most litigious. [ laughter ] >> it's just the idea of a hallmark movie [ laughter ] but, anyway, yeah -- but, so, eli -- i told him, you know, "here are the basics of one of these real movies. and he really liked it he was laughing a lot. >> seth: that's great. >> yeah. >> seth: and, you know, cause we've talked before -- you have showed him "snl" sketches from your time that, maybe, haven't always gone over that well >> well, i tried to show him -- when he was, like, seven i tried to show him that original
"debbie downer," and he sort of, like, checked out halfway through. [ laughter ] and then -- then i didn't try again since then i should try, though but, um -- >> seth: of course, that even showing the "debbie downer" sketch is somehow a debbie downer moment [ laughter ] >> exactly, yeah >> seth: here, look. there -- we'll take that single, say, he didn't -- you showed it to him and then look there, and say he didn't like it. >> he checked out halfway through. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause can't even entertain my own kid. yep. >> seth: it's cluster -- so there's umlauts over both "u's." >> they're umlauts >> seth: so i think it should be clusterfunke >> i know -- i heard we have a german and an austrian here, so, there's some umlauts in the audience >> seth: they laughed when they heard how i pronounced it. yeah, that wasn't -- i just realized - >> seth: they're like, "that's not an umlaut. >> and also, that wasn't on the air. that wasn't on air that was in the preshow. >> seth: yes >> cut that. >> seth: yeah, rachel is referring the crowd work that we do [ laughter ] >> i like to -- i listen to every moment, including the crowd work [ laughter ] um, no "cluster funk" we threw in some umlauts for comedy but, yeah, the last name of
the -- ana and i play the clusterfunke sisters >> seth: yes, whose idea it was to cast you as, sort of, aunts who own an inn >> okay, so, you know, we knew we weren't going to be, like, the executive who shows up from the city and fall in love. it wasn't going to be that so, it was so funny 'cause we were talking about, "what are we going to play? and it was like, "oh, we're playing the spinster aunts who run the inn. they were like, "oh, yeah. [ laughter ] like, there was -- there's no question it wasn't even a discussion. [ laughter ] it was just like, "we good with this?" "yeah. and then, like "bring on the gray buns. [ laughter ] you know, it was, like, we knew we were going to have, like, gray buns, glasses it was so fun. cause it was like "snl" style. like, sometimes when you're in a movie you can't be as broad as you would like to be >> seth: yes >> like, "snl" style you have to play it real -- and this was so fun, 'cause we got to be like - >> seth: yes, the minute we see you, there's not a sense of like, "i feel like this is gonna -- >> reality >> seth: --"dig down to what it's like to be an aunt who owns an inn." >> exactly [ laughter ] >> seth: i heard there was a phrase that you personally really wanted to get in the film >> right, so, you know, for these hallmark-esque movies, there's all these tropes, and, like, things to hit to make it seem real.
so, anyway, there's one thing -- like, in all these romantic comedies, someone always says -- like, someone asks someone on a date, and then the woman goes, "i'd like that." [ laughter ] and so, i hate that. i hate, "i like that." so i -- i would say that to tina sometimes, like, when we're just like, "do you want to come over to --" i'm like, "i'd like that." and so - [ laughter ] but, so, i know we had to throw "i'd like that" in there so, that's a little, like, find "i'd like that" in the movie [ light laughter ] >> seth: there are -- were there other, like, cliches from this, sort of, you know, non-branded holiday show >> right, so, i mean, there's several -- there's, like, a - [ laughter ] there's like a few plot lines. >> seth: your -- the next hallmark card you get, you're going to open it up, and there's going to be a summons. >> "you've been sued." [ laughter ] so -- so, there's, like, five basic plots, but the number one is, like, big city bitchy executive who doesn't have time for love or christmas gets sent to small town, and meets, you know, small town, like, woodsman, or fireman or whatever [ laughter ] and then -- then, like, falls in love she's there to, like, take over a business, a quaint business.
and then she falls in love, and finds the spirit of christmas. not to ruin the movie, but - >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> but that's -- so that's what it was so, we picked that as our main plot but we also had, like, a magical dog. you know, there's, like, things we threw in. >> seth: yeah. it's very self-aware, but i think the part that delighted me the most the longer i watched, was realizing, "oh, this is also a christmas movie. and i like christmas movies. >> yeah. >> seth: and everybody in it is great. >> yeah, i think it plays on two levels, 'cause we made sure to make, you know, the love story kind of real so, if you like these movies, or if you can't stand them, i think there's something for everyone in "a clusterfunke christmas." >> seth: i think that's true, and you mentioned, i don't know if you mentioned it here, but you mentioned before you introduced it where you shot it, and what time of year you shot it >> oh, right so, all of these movies shoot in vancouver in july. that's real. [ laughter ] like, so, you know, there's fake snow every where i learned about fake snow. 'cause it's, like, there's a blanket, like, a white blanket that's one part. and then there's someone -- there's, like, the snow person in vancouver who comes with a truck, and, like, puts snow all along the edge so, that's a whole science and then -- yeah, there -- so
there's a few little moments where we make sure you see that this is in canada in our movie like, you know >> seth: yeah. i really -- i like that you introduced it with that, because you are wearing so many sweaters, and so much gray bun >> yeah. there was -- >> seth: and when i thought about the fact that it was, like, 90 degrees >> there was -- we were there in the heat wave. [ laughter ] and it was, yeah, it was a lot [ laughter ] but everyone -- everyone made it through. yeah >> seth: everybody made it out >> yeah. >> seth: thank you so much for being here it is a delight to see you >> oh, my gosh, it always goes so fast. >> seth: it goes so fast [ laughter ] >> it goes so fast >> seth: it is always the best to see rachel dratch, everybody. [ cheers and applause "a clusterfunke christmas" airs december 4th on comedy central we'll be right back with music from mastodon. ♪ that's the thing about claims, you see. they don't happen on your schedule. i mean, take a chestnut, it doesn't just say “oh, beg pardon, sir, but is now a good time for a jolly bit of window cracking?” i mean, if they did, you wouldn't need a geico claims team that's available 24/7. but, near as i can tell, chestnuts don't talk.
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