tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC February 8, 2016 11:37pm-12:37am CST
[ cheers and applause ] >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- rebel wilson, star of "the grinder," actor fred savage, music from parson james, featuring the 8g band with jaleel bunton. [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers! [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: good evening. i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how's everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that's fantastic. let's get to the news. the denver broncos beat the carolina panthers 24-10, last night, to win super bowl 50. it was a great victory for peyton manning.
forehead. [ laughter ] last night's super bowl featured coldplay as well as some cold play. [ laughter and applause ] [ laughter and applause ] okay. we're okay on the forehead -- [ laughter ] less so on the other thing. peyton manning said last night that he's not made a decision about retiring and will wait until he's less emotional to determine his future. yeah, you shouldn't make any long-term decisions on the same day you voluntarily kissed papa john. [ laughter ] real. a real thing. [ applause ] rudy giuliani, this morning, criticized beyonce's super bowl halftime performance and said she attacked police officers by including backup dancers dressed as black panther members. that's rudy giuliani, the only person in american who was
[ laughter ] chris christie, in a new interview, continued to performance in this weekend's and said rubio is scripted and not spontaneous. to which marco rubio replied, "that's not true, comma. i speak from the heart, exclamation point." [ laughter and applause ] donald trump said, this weekend, he feels the iowa caucus results were very unfair, to himself and dr. ben carson. other things trump considers unfair to him include google, sidewalks, shoe laces, oxygen, and dame judi dench. [ laughter ] today is the chinese new year, and 2016 will be the year of the monkey. i'm just glad it's not the year of the puppy monkey baby. [ laughter ] on that note, super bowl 50 was yesterday, and one thing is for sure, if you were a kid watching the game, you went to bed and had mad nightmares. [ laughter ] these commercials were way too disturbing. last year, nationwide caught
at least death is something that occurs naturally. what's your excuse, puppy monkey baby? [ laughter ] congratulations, mountain dew, for having the most disturbing mascot on a night that also had a walking coil of a large intestines. [ laughter ] what happened to the coca cola polar bears? were we not clear that we liked those dudes? [ laughter ] even when there was a cute animal in a commercial, the takeaway was, "is he trying to bone that marmot?" or "are they going to eat those dogs?" [ laughter ] that's not even mentioned in the commercial that suggested your unborn child will turn into rosemary's baby for a dorito. [ laughter ] i.e., the devil's chips. [ light laughter ] hey advertisers, the disease doesn't have to be the mascot. we'll still understand the commercial. you can sell toenail fungus cream without putting a face on a toenail with fungus. [ laughter ] the mascot for cialis isn't a
[ laughter ] "oh, man, i have no energy." [ applause ] i speak for all of us when i say i was perfectly happy when this was the most terrifying mascot any of us had to look -- get in the game, super bowl commercials. i expect better next year. after a decade-long search, an 82-year-old new york woman, who grew up with her adoptive parents, found her 96-year-old biological mother. unfortunately, she found her in heaven. [ audience ohs ] [ laughter ] i have been doing this job too long to think that joke would
[ laughter ] they're both in heaven. [ light laughter ] nobody. not one of you helped me out! [ laughter ] i'm not sure how this one's going to go now. [ laughter ] and finally, according to a new list, virginia beach is the most romantic destination in the country. and the least romantic is pound town. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show for you tonight! [ cheers and applause ] from the new film, "how to be single," rebel wilson is with us tonight. [ cheers and applause ] from "the grinder" on fox, the wonderful fred savage is in the house. [ cheers and applause ] alongside music from
[ cheers and applause ] before we get to all that, the republican presidential candidates held a high-stakes debate on saturday, the last before the crucial new hampshire primary. and it was hands down one of the weirdest events ofhe entire primary season. for more about this, it's time for "a closer look." [ applause ] >> seth: considering this was the eighth republican debate, you may have expected things to be running like a well-oiled machine by now. instead, the night began with the precision of a kindergarten holiday pageant, led by ben carson, who somehow missed his cue to take the stage. >> dr. ben carson. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: is ben carson really a brain surgeon, or did people start calling him that sarcastically, and it just stuck? [ laughter ] "oh, yeah, that guy's a real brain surgeon." [ laughter ] what was it like to have him as
"your surgery will begin any moment, we just need to get dr. carson in here." [ laughter ] after that, it kept getting better, because if there's one thing we've learned from this election so far, it's that no candidate is going to get attention for doing something dumb on tv without donald trump getting involved. [ applause ] >> businessman donald trump. [ laughter ] >> florida senator marco rubio. [ cheers and applause ] [ laughter ] >> seth: wait a second. what are those two reminding me of? oh, yeah. that's it. [ laughter ] that's it. eventually, the candidates made their way to the stage, and almost immediately new jersey governor chris christie went on the offensive against florida senator marco rubio. rubio was coming off a strong third place finish in iowa, but christie has been leading the
being too scripted. on the debate stage, rubio had a chance to prove everyone wrong, but instead, did the opposite. >> let's just stop once and for all with this fiction that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing. he knows exactly what he's doing. but i would add this, let's dispel with
this fiction that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing. he knows exactly what he's doing. this notion that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing is just not -- >> there it is. >> he knows exactly -- >> there it is. the memorized 25-second speech. >> that's the reason why -- >> there it is, everybody. >> we are not facing a president that doesn't know what he is doing. he knows what he is doing. [ laughter ] >> seth: that's marco rubio on a loop brought to you by vine. [ laughter and applause ] if he's the nominee, i hope he picks a donald trump gif as his running mate. in fact, i think -- there's what this ticket would look like. >> let's dispel with this fiction that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing. he knows exactly what he's doing. [ laughter ] let's dispel with this fiction that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing. he knows exactly what he's doing. >> seth: but the night -- the night wasn't just all botched entrances and rubio malfunction.
so you know jeb bush is going to try to take down donald trump. specifically over donald trump's use of eminent domain to build a limousine parking lot for one of his casinos. >> that is not public purpose. that is downright wrong. and here's the problem with that. >> all right, okay. >> the problem was, it was the -- it was the -- >> jeb wants -- he wants to be a tough guy. he wants to be a tough guy. >> to turn this into a limousine parking lot for his casinos is not for public use. >> he was just -- you know, he wants to be a tough guy. a lot of times, you'll have -- you'll have -- and it doesn't work very well. >> how tough is it to take -- >> a lot of times -- >> property from an elderly woman? >> let me talk. quiet. [ audience ohs ] >> seth: true story, after the debate, trump used eminent domain to pave over jeb bush and replace him with a parking lot. [ laughter ] but the crowd -- the crowd was apparently on jeb's side, which upset trump so much, he actually went full wrestling heel and turned on the audience. [ booing ] >> that's all of his donors and special interests out there.
[ booing ] it's what it is. you know who has the tickets for the -- i'm talking about -- to the television audience? donors, special interests, the people that are putting up the money. [ booing ] and this -- [ trump impression ] >> seth: and let me tell you something else, new hampshire, that's right, i'm talking to you, ah! [ laughter ] when it comes to your motto, "live free or die," just know i'm pulling for the latter! ah! [ laughter ] in fact, the only thing trump seems to hate more than donors are terrorists, as evidenced by his position on waterboarding, and whether or not he'd allow it in a trump administration. >> i would bring back waterboarding and i'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding. >> seth: so what is worse than waterboarding, you ask? well, trump gave a hint when discussing his skill at deal making. >> with congress, you have to get everybody in a room, and you have to get them to agree. but you have to get them to agree with what you want, and that's part of being a deal maker. you have to get people in, grab 'em, hug 'em, kiss 'em --
>> seth: incidentally, "grab 'em, hug 'em, kiss 'em" is also the title of trump's book on dating. [ laughter ] the new hampshire primary is, of course, tomorrow. for trump, rubio, and cruz, it's a chance to emerge as a frontrunner. for kasich, christie, and bush, it's a last stand. and for ben carson, it is, like all things for ben carson, a waiting game. [ applause ] this has been "a closer look." [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with more "late night."
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back to "late night," everybody. so, as you may have heard recently sarah palin endorsed donald trump's presidential campaign. and you know, things like this really get me to thinking. i'm getting' older and sometimes i look around and i don't even recognize the world i'm living in. [ light laughter ] things are changing everyday and not always for the better. [ laughter ] and it's time to take a moment to talk about how things were just a bit more simple back in my day. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: back in my day sarah palin wasn't endorsing
sarah palin was endorsing john mccain and then she was endorsing nobody, because everybody realized that endorsement from sarah palin meant political suicide. [ light laughter ] maybe it still does. maybe it still does. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] back in my day donald trump wasn't threatening to kick mexicans and muslims out of the country, he was threatening to kick gary busey and omarosa out of the boardroom. [ light laughter ] isn't that right, rusty? [ dog barking ] [ laughter ] no, you're fired! ha-ha-ha-ha! [ laughter ] back in my day, we didn't eat vitamints, the mint flavored candy vitamins. back then when a man wanted his daily dose of vitamins he got 'em the old fashion way, from a fruit flavored gummy. [ laughter ]
[ laughter ] didn't count on 'em bein' this chewy, rusty. [ laughter and applause ] i can feel 'em workin' already, buddy. back in my day, blizzards didn't have names like jonas, we just called 'em what they were. a big ol' pain in the ass. and that way the kid in your class named jonas didn't have to get teased for the next months by other kids sayin', "thanks for coverin' my dad's car with snow, ya dickhead." [ laughter ] back in my day, kanye wasn't about to release an album called "waves", promising it to be the best album of all time. he was callin' that album "swish" and promising it to be the best album of all time. [ light laughter ] and before that he was gonna call it "so help me god." and maybe god will help him -- pick a title and stick with it. [ light laughter ]
[ laughter ] still got some gummy on one of my teeth. [ laughter ] back in my day people didn't go zippin' around on hoverboards. poppy cock! they went zippin' around on rollerblades. and those folks on rollerblades never caught on fire. you just wished they did. [ laughter ] [ dog barking ] no, you can't have a gummy! they're for people. [ light laughter ] i just saw it said eat gummy on the card. [ laughter ] can't rob 'em of this comedy gold. [ applause ] back -- [ laughter ] back in my day, peyton manning
in super bowl 50. he was the oldest quarterback in the league facin' the seahawks in superbowl 48. [ light laughter ] and as a fan it made you happy to see it. as long as they weren't servin' papa johns at your super bowl party, because -- papa johns is not that good [ laughter and applause ] back in my day, if you didn't wanna date someone anymore you didn't just "ghost" them by ignoring their texts. no, back in my day if you didn't doubled down and you married them. [ light laughter ] were you happy? heck no, but after awhile you forgot what happiness even felt like and then it don't sting so bad anymore. [ dog barking ] oh! [ laughter ] thanks for bringin' me back there, rusty. i was havin' a weird moment. [ light laughter ] back in my day, people weren't testing out the h bomb like
no, back in my day, the only bomb people were testin' out was the "f" bomb. and if you ask me it was [ bleep ] inappropriate. [ laughter and applause ] look at me goin' on and on. i guess sometimes this grouched up grinch has gotta tight grip on the grump gate. [ laughter ] this has been "back in my day." we'll be right back for more "late night." [ cheers and applause ] let the moment stop you. not the miles.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back to "late night", everybody. our first guest is a very funny actress who you know from films like "bridesmaids" and "pitch perfect." starting friday, you can see her in the new comedy "how to be single." let's take a look. >> what is that? [ scream ] >> oh, my god. i thought that was going to be boiling hot. it's actually really cold. >> you have ltrp. >> oh, my god, i do? >> yeah. >> tom gave it to me for sure.
>> long-term relationship [ bleep ]. you really need to get that taken care of. >> what do you mean? i barley have any hair. >> it's like you dropped your hair brush in your vagina caught it. i could make dreadlocks with that bush and form a reggae band. that looks like a whole ball of petrified curly fries. it's like gandalf is staring right at me. no penis shall pass! [ laughter ] >> seth: please welcome to the show rebel wilson. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: how are you? >> i'm great. >> seth: it's so wonderful to have you here. >> oh, it's my first time on the show. i'm excited. >> seth: i'm very excited as well. [ cheers and applause ] and i'm very excited for this film. there -- that clip was very funny. and early in the film. >> mm-hmm. >> seth: you're on the dance floor, your character is on the dance floor -- >> yeah. >> seth: and you just grab a guy and start making out with him.
i play robin. she's like a functioning alcoholic. >> seth: uh-huh. >> and she parties it up in the club. and so one of our shooting days was like just me with 300 extras in a huge club just dancing for the whole day. and then the director, he's german, he's like -- [ german accent ] "rebel, i want you to kiss some of the men." and i'm like, "sure." [ light laughter ] but then the choice was like which one? >> seth: and there's 300. >> yes. so an assistant director comes out and he's like, "okay, if anyone doesn't want to kiss rebel wilson, go to that side of the room." [ laughter ] >> seth: oh, no. >> only a few went. >> seth: okay, that's good. >> then -- but then -- okay. it was really embarrassing, because then they made me parade around the available men, and i had to choose a handful to kiss in various scenes. >> seth: that's a lot of pressure on you. >> yeah, i know, because they know what's happening.
staring at them. and anyway, so one of the guys i picked was this african-american guy. i just thought he looked like a really good dancer. >> seth: yep. >> wait, that's not right. is it? [ laughter ] he was. he was. and i got to kiss him in the scene. then at the end of the day, he came up to me, just before i was going into my trailer, and he said, "rebel, i want you to know that you choosing me out of all those guys made my life." >> seth: that's fantastic. >> yeah, i know. and i was like -- at least he didn't go home and go, "oh, my god, guess what i had to do today." [ laughter ] >> seth: now, part of this film takes place at a law firm. you are a lawyer. you went to law school. >> yeah. legit. >> seth: legit. [ cheers and applause ] >> i lot of people think -- thanks. a lot of people look at me and think i'm stupid. but no, i graduated from a school that's kind of like the harvard of australia. >> seth: but you were also -- while you were in law school,
on television. so you had some degree of fame when you were at law school. yes? >> yeah, by about the second year i was already on australian tv. and i was famous for playing this gang girl who was like a real gangster. like, yeah, yeah, i bash all the other gangs, yeah. [ laughter ] and then people would see me at law school, but i'd try to pretend to be studious. i'd wear glasses and try to write notes and stuff. people would be like, "is that -- is that --" it would just confuse the hell out of people. they're like, "how did she get in here? like shouldn't somebody kick her out?" but i graduated. i graduated in 2009. >> seth: there you go. >> yeah. i've never practiced like defended any real criminals. >> seth: uh-huh. you think you could, though. >> i feel like it could be really funny if i did. [ laughter ] >> seth: i think -- yeah, the more famous you get, the more it'll be the first time you walk into a courtroom as a real lawyer. >> yeah. because i fell like, you know, i could make jokes. the jury would really like me. i could get anybody off, i think.
need a defense lawyer who i think is super funny. [ laughter ] this. first of all, thank you so much. >> oh, okay, this is embarrassing. >> seth: you set this up. >> now i'm regretting it, kind of. >> seth: will it's your first head shot. >> yes, my first acting head shot. >> seth: and i -- should we describe it first or should i show it first? >> show it. have a lot of follow-up questions. >> okay, yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: rebel! you went to the harvard of australia and you thought this was okay? [ cheers and applause ] >> i know. like, okay, so i'm like 18 or 19 here. >> seth: uh-huh. >> holding a softball mitt. >> seth: yeah. >> and just in case you didn't know i was sporty, a softball. um, don't know what's happening with my feral hair. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> i'm also wearing the world's thinnest gold chain. >> seth: yeah, barely shows up. >> maybe that's 'cause like, you
>> seth: i'm not just for softball. >> but just so you know, my gangster ghetto roots, we've got the graffiti in the background. [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah, there's so -- there's so much going on and there's so few acting parts where this works. [ laughter ] >> i know. >> seth: yeah. >> like, what was i auditioning for? like a reboot of "league of their own"? [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah, it's sort of like a more street "league of their own." >> yeah. yeah. and when i first said i was gonna become an actress, like nobody thought that it would ever happen. and looking at that head shot, like, would you think that girl would get hired? >> seth: yeah. >> no. [ laughter ] >> seth: yes. it's usually one of those things where nobody believed in me and i proved them wrong. but this is a case where you look at this and you go, "nobody believed in me and right they were." [ laughter ] >> yeah. >> seth: i think it's the crazy -- it's crazy now to look back that i have succeeded based on my early decisions on a head shot. but you out grew it very well. congratulations on that. >> oh, well thanks. i feel like i'm growing into my looks. >> seth: yeah. >> which is weird, 'cause most people are their hottest at age 18.
>> but now like -- >> seth: i think, you know, you grew out of the glove. that helps. >> yeah, yeah. [ light laughter ] like, put that to one side. i got better at modeling as well with age. >> seth: yeah, there's not a lot going right -- [ laughter ] even like -- we haven't even talked about the posture. you're sort of like leaning forward. >> hire me, directors. [ laughter ] yeah. >> seth: now, crazier than being in law school when you were on television, you had a job working in a movie theater. >> i did, yes. when i was in my very first australian film, i still worked at the movie cinema. because it was my casual job when i was at college. and so people would see me in the movie -- it's called "fat pizza." real quality film. [ light laughter ] and when people were leaving the cinema, i'd be there holding the trash bag, so they could put their popcorn and soda in. and i'd be like, "hey, weren't you in that movie?" [ laughter ]
[ laughter ] it was -- a week later i had to quit. >> seth: yeah. >> but i loved the job. because you got all-you-could-eat popcorn, soda and gummy bears. >> seth: gummy bears. now a bad side of the job, i would imagine -- i don't know what it's like in australia. there will be teenagers will hook up in the back of movie theaters. >> yes. >> seth: they will use the dark space for two hours for that. >> and it was my job to bust them. >> seth: okay, what did that entail? >> you don't want sticky stuff on seats. like you don't. >> seth: oh, so you guys go a lot farther in the back of -- [ laughter ] >> well, you know what teenagers are like. >> seth: yeah. >> and yeah, we'd come up with our flashlights an just like bust them in their face. we'd be like, "stop that." and if they didn't, we'd sit next to them. [ laughter ] for the rest of the movie. but i was excellent at busting teenagers, especially teenaged boys. and i would also bust them if they tried to bring hot food into the cinema. >> seth: uh-huh.
[ light laughter ] >> seth: oh wow. >> and i'm like -- [ sniffs ] "what are you carrying? is it kfc 12-piece nuggets?" [ laughter ] and i was always right. i was just so good at detecting. then i'd make them -- they'd have to eat their hot food outside before i'd let them into the movies. >> seth: i remember once having -- i bought some food from an outside place at a mall and they wouldn't let me bring the food in. they caught me. and i did this weird thing where i took a stand. i was like, "this is so dumb!" and i just had to sit there and angrily eat a hamburger. [ light laughter ] like, "i can't believe -- you should be ashamed of yourself." and the guy was like, "i don't like being here either, buddy. you don't have to be a dickhead." well, congratulations on the film. >> thank you. >> seth: thank you so much. this is your first time. please come back again soon. >> aw, thanks for having me. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: rebel wilson, everybody. "how to be single" opens in theaters on friday. we'll be back with more "late night." there she is.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. please, give it up for the 8g band over there. [ cheers and applause ] also, we are very excited, sitting in on drums this week with our band, he's member of the great band based here in new york city, from tv on the radio, jaleel bunton is here. [ cheers and applause ] you can catch jaleel playing every monday night at union pool in brooklyn with reverend vince and the love choir. thank you so much for being here jaleel. looking forward to the the week. >> thank you very much. >> seth: our next guest is an accomplished director and an
actor you know from his portrayal of kevin arnold on "the wonder years." he currently starring in "the grinder" which airs tuesday nights on fox. so lets take a look. >> sometimes, dean, it feels like you have a tendency to bring the dramatics from your tv show into the real world. >> example -- >> sure. um, when you say stuff like, "the grinder never settles." >> he doesn't. ever. >> i know that about him, and i love it. and that's great for a tv character. problem is, in real life, lawyers settle, a lot. >> not if i have any say in it. >> okay, great example. another one. great line, for like, a hard nose tv lawyer. but does not have a place here. >> but what if he did? >> seth: please welcome to the show, fred savage.
>> seth: i'm so happy to have you here. >> i'm very excited to be here. >> seth: congratulations on the show. >> thank you. >> seth: it's such a fun show. we were talking backstage because -- i think that was a good clip, because it shows sort of -- this is a very strange show. it's not what you expect >> no, it's kind of what the show is about. it's this idea that a guy who's really only known hollywood and being on television, his show finishes. and he comes back to boise to try to lead a normal life. which, i know makes total sense. and, so i'm trying to school him on how to be a normal human being. so, you know, it's about brothers and it's about family. but at the same time we're skewer celebrity and the entertainment business and television and really everything that keeps us employed. >> seth: yes. >> which sounds counterintuitive, but it's really fun to do. >> seth: you guys are fantastic together. rob lowe is so good at being someone who plays that
>> is from another planet. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: he doesn't seem like -- he doesn't seem like he would ever be in boise, idaho. >> no and hanging out with rob, he's the nicest, best, sweetest guy. >> seth: he truly is. >> i really love hanging out with him. and every once in a while i'm like, "oh, my god, he and i could be like the best -- why don't we hangout all the time?" >> seth: yeah. >> and then he'll say things like, "oh, i was at dinner with gwyneth or --" and i'm like, "oh that's why." you just exist in this world, that i could never be a part of. >> seth: everyone had your idea of, we should hang out with rob lowe more. that's not the hard part coming up with that part of it. >> every day i'm like, "oh, my god. why aren't we better friends?" [ laughter ] >> seth: now, i do want to ask this -- >> why won't you return my calls? it's really awkward. i see him in the morning. i'm like, "i called you all night. i was texting you. is the battery dead?" so i would get him chargers. >> seth: still nothing. >> no still nothing. >> seth: how often do people ask you if your show, "the grinder", has any connection to do with the gay hookup app, grindr? [ laughter and applause ] how often does that happen? >> just the right amount of times. >> seth: just the right amount of timing. [ laughter ] >> yeah, yeah. just the right amount.
>> uh, no -- >> seth: by the way, there is -- within the gay community, i assume they would be like, "oh, my god. you should see rob lowe on 'grinder'." and they're like, "oh, my god! he's what?" [ laughter ] >> i want to come up with an app, so we could be, like, okay. if you're within 500 feet of rob, can you have sex with him, if you -- >> seth: if you watch "the grinder." >> yeah. if you watch "the grinder." like, oh, he's in your neighborhood. what are you in the mood for? like he wants to do dinner. >> seth: and would there be any -- any access to you on this app? >> oh, absolutely. i would demand it. i would demand it, yeah. i would demand that. >> seth: this is -- >> but i love that you asked. that really means a lot to me. >> seth: thank you. >> i really appreciate that. just that there's interest. >> seth: yeah, exactly. you guys should definitely should do some promos. you mentioned -- rob lowe is so handsome. >> yes. >> seth: you have been using rob lowe's skin care products? >> so rob lowe has -- i love how i'm calling him "rob lowe." my daughter, who's 7, asked me once what rob lowe's last name
rob lowe. >> seth: rob lowe perfect. >> yeah. he said, "oh, do you want some?" like, "ah, yeah." like if rob lowe is like, "i use this on my face. do you want some?" you say, "okay." >> seth: yeah. >> you don't question. >> seth: and do you feel like it's been making a difference? >> seth: yeah. you look better. >> okay. this is before i started working >> seth: yeah. >> look over here. >> perfection. >> look at that. >> seth: really nicely done. >> yeah. so i mean, if this is what you get, just after a few months, i feel like i'm on a road to a really great place. [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> yeah, yeah. >> seth: this was always -- your career arc was so interesting to me because, obviously we all knew you from "the wonder years" and then you actually started directing television? >> i did, yeah. >> seth: and was that something even by the end of "the wonder years" was something you were thinking about doing? >> as a kid i always wanted -- in the back of my mind i always wanted to be a director. i loved -- even on "the wonder years", i loved the mechanics of the
i was constantly fiddling with it and taking it apart. i would get in a lot of trouble -- >> seth: yeah, i was gonna say. >> i was just interested. then i also loved the art of it. why one director would shoot a scene one way versus another director would shoot it another way. and what informed those choices and how those choices transferred into a different scene, a different flavor of a scene on the air. and i was always just so interested in that. so it's something i always wanted to do. and then after college i kind of threw myself into it and tried it. >> seth: and you've done it for a long time since then, right? >> yeah. no, i mean that's what i've been came along. that's what i've been doing, was directing. and it was, you know -- like i said, i always wanted to do it and it started very slowly. very modestly. like i just finished college. i'm like, okay, i want to be a director. how do you -- there's no how-to. so i would just like watch television. and there was a show that i loved that really made me laugh and i literally just wrote down the name of the production company after the show and called them. like, "hey, can i come hang out?
>> seth: so, this is the second time you've done something that's really creepy and stalker-y over the course of -- [ laughter ] look, who did you call? what show? >> it was "even stevens." [ laughter ] i love "even stevens"! >> seth: yeah, all right. >> it was great! and so i hung out for, like, weeks. i'm a creepy guy. >> seth: yeah, maybe a little. >> ooh. boy -- [ laughter ] look, if i only went places people wanted me, i wouldn't make it to this chair. >> seth: there you go. you gotta -- >> you know? you beat the doors down. >> seth: you beat the doors down. >> you didn't ask me to be here. [ laughter ] no! i insisted! and here i am, america! [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: here he is. and we're happy you're here. now -- >> don't wait for anyone to ask. just make it happen. >> seth: just make it happen. we can't wait to you have as a guest on "late night." now you obviously, "the wonder years", a show that meant so much to so many people. is it still something that you hear from people all the time? >> you knowm i really -- i feel like i really lucked out in that even starting as a little kid, i played these parts that people feel a connection to. >> seth: sure.
a young kid on things like "the wonder years" or even "the princess bride." or directing shows like "it's always sunny in philadelphia", or "party down" or doing stuff later in life on "the grinder" people just -- they feel, it's always funny. right? >> seth: yes. [ laughter ] it's good. >> it's always funny. but i've been lucky enough to be a part of things that have really meant a lot to people and they revisit it over the years and they share it with friends. and so every time i encounter warmth and they're so happy for me. take a picture" or "oh, sign an autograph." keep grinding! [ laughter ] you know, like across the street. like i'm their -- it's great. i feel like i have friends everywhere. >> seth: well that's great -- >> don't stop grinding! >> seth: i just want to personally say -- >> my kid's like, "what do they mean?" i'm like, "they like the show. it's fine. don't worry about it. don't worry about it. i will!" >> seth: you -- i want to say this, and i mean this sincerely.
meet before and people from tv shows, you don't know if they're gonna be nice to you when you meet. the fact kevin arnold was played by a person who is also a very genuine and nice person means the world to me and everybody else. so keep grinding. >> i will never stop the grind. >> seth: keep grindin'. >> i will never stop the grind. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: fred savage, everybody! "the grinder" airs tuesday nights on fox. we'll be right back with music from parson james. [ cheers and applause ] folks, you can't make this stuff up. four bandits chose a prius as their getaway car. bravo-niner, in pursuit of a toyota prius. over. how hard is it to catch a prius? over. this thing is actually pretty fast. over. very funny. oh look, a farmer's market. we should get some flowers for the car. yeah!
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