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[ applause ] [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center, the national broadcasting company presents -- tonight's guests are -- and featuring the legendary roots crew. and here he is -- jimmy fallon! [ cheers and applause ] captions paid for by nbc-universal television -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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>> jimmy: thank you very, very much, everybody. thank you. thank you. welcome to "late night with jimmy fallon," everybody. happy thursday. man, it was freezing today in new york. 29 degrees. yeah. it's like a phone call between tiger woods and his wife out there. [ laughter ] it really was ice cold. well, tiger woods' wife, elin nordegren, is now planning to file for divorce. she was like, "look, tiger, it's either me or her, or her, or her, or her, not the perkins waitress, but the other one, or her or her. [ laughter ] she's serious. listen to this. in a new interview with "playboy" magazine, diddy said he was 13 when he lost his virginity. that's amazing. the only thing i lost when i was 13 was my retainer. [ laughter ] while i was losing my virginity. [ laughter ] it's very traumatic. my therapist says we should talk about it more. i thought this was teresting. a scientist in britain has created a mathematical formula for parallel parking.
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it's being called the first math problem that asians aren't good at. [ laughter ] that's what it's being called. [ applause ] i know. shocking, right? i read this today. researchers found that women instinctively avoid men who are bad dancers. [ light laughter ] yeah. which explain yes women always broke up with me by saying, "it's not you. it's your cabbage patch." [ laughter ] ♪ pretty good, right? [ cheers and applause ] want me to bring it back? i'll bring it back. let's go backwards. [ laughter ] no? it's still not good? okay. how are you doing? [ laughter ] is that how you do -- i don't even know how you do the cabbage patch. according to a "new york times"/cbs news poll, 26% of adults blame george w. bush for the high unemployment rate. the other 74% blame the fact that they're majored in english literature. [ laughter ] english lit fans are going to love that one.
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this is fascinating. a new study found that looks are more important to women who live in the city than those who live in the country. meanwhile, the same study found that looks are more important to men. [ laughter ] [ applause ] hey. "people" magazine's list of 2009's most intriguing figures hits newsstands tomorrow and includes taylor swift, rihanna, robert pattinson and kate gosselin. so in other words, another issue of "people" magazine comes out tomorrow. [ laughter ] i don't know what to make out of this. nasa is in the process of trying to convert human waste into fuel. [ light laughter ] man, talk about pressure to go on command, right? [ laughter ] "come on, barry, just pee. we got to get back to earth, man." [ laughter ] "i can't do it. everyone is staring at me, man. stop looking at me." and, finally, a man in massachusetts returned a book to
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his local library that was 99 years overdue. the librarians are furious. they were like -- [ whispering ] "you don't know how much trouble you're in" [ laughter ] "i can't believe you --" [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a great show tonight. give it up for the roots! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh, thank you so much. wow. what a great show we've got tonight. band leader and late night legend paul shaffer is here tonight, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] i love that guy. wwe superstar chris jericho is joining us. [ cheers and applause ] and get ready. we've got a performance from boyz ii men, everybody. they're on the show. [ cheers and applause ] they've got a new album out and it's great. a lot of cover songs. so excited to have boyz ii men
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on the show. listen to them growing up in high school. i mean, all the time. i mean, just grew up with the band. ♪ ♪ motownphilly -- that was a huge song. the video was a staple in my house. i was always watching that. and looking back at the video, i was watching it today. i discovered something. check this o. ♪ [ laughter ] >> jimmy: all right. did you see who that drummer was there at the end? that's not only -- look at this. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> questlove: who's really sweating is this guy over here who was dancing somewhere in the back, but he don't want you to know that. [ laughter ]
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>> jimmy: oh, i didn't see that. i didn't see that one at all. that was great, man. how did you end up in the video? you just knew those guys? >> questlove: we went to high school. >> jimmy: that's right. >> questlove: creative and performing arts school of philadelphia. >> jimmy: is that right? >> questlove: yeah. >> jimmy: well, this should be a little reunion tonight. it'll f. all right, we'll get to see quest and the rest of the roots playing with boyz ii men later in the show, everybody. but first, there are exactly five shows before we go on christmas break. so, it's time for that beloved "late night" tradition "12 days of christmas sweaters." ♪ 12 days of christmas sweaters five days left ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: very, very nice. here we go, everybody. every show between now and christmas, we're giving one lucky audience member a rad christmas sweater from the countdown to christmas cabinet. since there are five days left, let's open up door number five. [ drum roll ] [ cheers and applause ]
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beautiful. beautiful sweater. let's see who is going to receive tonight's sweater. before the show we gave each audience member a number, and i'm going to pick one of those numbers out of the hat. drum roll, please. [ drum roll ] who wants a sweater? who wants it? come on. [ cheers and applause ] send the vibe. we got to send the vibe out there. people are really excited. get your numbers out. here we go. i'm talking about number 34! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] hey, pal. how are you? let me see your number. oh, my god. there you go. look at this. fantastic. all right, you got the number. and now you got the sweater. look at this guy right there. what is your name? >> jen. >> jimmy: where are you from? >> philadelphia. >> jimmy: hey, all right, philadelphia. [ cheers ] we have a big philly show tonight. and, jen -- so phiy -- it gets
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cold in philly. >> it does. >> jimmy: do you have a traditional holiday sweater that you wear? >> no. >> jimmy: today is a christmas miracle. >> it is, it is. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: do you mind trying it on now? >> i would love to. >> jimmy: let's go. let's see how this looks. [ cheers and applause ] you're going to love this. i'll help you in the back. they're going to love this in philly. yeah, all right. that is stylh. that's great. give our winner a round of applause. jen, very good. looking great. looking sharp. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: hey, like every tv show, our show has sponsors. these sponsors like to get our audience, and you at home, fired up about their products. and who better to get everyone fired up about these products than the pastor of my church? ladies and gentlemen, my pastor,
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the reverend daryl bivins. give it up. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> say "yeah!" >> audience: yeah! >> say "yeah!" >> audience: yeah! >> hey, jimmy. what's going on? >> jimmy: hey, rev biv. are you ready to tell the audience about our latest sponsor? >> you know, jimmy, the thing that got me out of bed this fine morning was the thought of telling your audience. are y'all ready to be inspired? [ cheers and applause ] about what? what's the product, jimmy? >> jimmy: well, hopefully, you get inspired by this. it's the big philly cheese steak from subway. ♪
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>> did he say big philly cheese steak? >> he did. >> he say big philly cheese steak? jimmy fallon, did you say big philly cheese steak? [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yes, i said the big philly cheese steak from subway, one of the new delicious subway melts. melt in the flavor. >> oh. you know what, folks, it's cold out there, right? oh, it's so cold outside, right? yeah. so, you don't want to eat something cold because then you'll be cold inside, too, inside and outside, and that don't make no sense. [ laughter ] that's why you've got to get yourself a big philly cheese steak from subway. got that toasted bread. got tons of steak, onions, peppers and melted cheese. >> jimmy: ah! [ cheers and applause ]
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>> yeah! and it's from philadelphia, too. and one thing they told me about philadelphia is that philadelphia knows something about the sandwiches. [ laughter ] because the roots are from philadelphia. [ cheers and applause ] and boyz ii men, they from philadelphia, too. [ cheers and applause ] and now our friends at subway, they showing the city of brotherly love some love with that big philly cheese steak. got that melted cheese. i said it got that melted cheese. i said it's got that melted -- [ cheers and applause ]
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cheese. right here. let me ask you a question, just between me and you. you like your sandwiches regular or with melted cheese? >> melted. [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> knock, knock. >> who's there? >> big philly cheese steak from subway. [ laughter ] >> big philly cheese steak from subway who? [ laughter ] >> big philly cheese steak from subway got that melted cheese available at subway stores nationwide. yeah! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] melted cheese! subway! it is the one! everybody say, "yeah!"
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>> audience: yeah! >> yeah. >> audience: yeah! >> say, "yeah! yeah! yeah!" [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: very nice. give it up for the reverend daryl bivins. we'll be right back with more "late night," everybody. come on back! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ wanna trade? i got pudding! no way. awww. i'll give you my lunch for a week. get your own. hand it over. larry, i'm your boss. so? awkward. get your own chicken marinara melt -- our newest $5 footlong. fresh toasted 'til it bubbles in meltliciouslory. melted goodness made irresistible. new subway melts. subway. eat fresh.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jiy: welcome back, everybody. and thank you so much for watching. and thanks for watching at home, too. i appreciate it. christmas is still a week away, but lucky for you guys, christmas is coming a little early tonight. that's right. break out the figgy pudding. it's time to play "dance your hat and gloves off." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ dance your hat and gloves off come on and dance them off ♪ >> jimmy: hello, everybody. welcome to "dance your hat and gloves off." please release the mirror ball. [ laughter ] smooth as silk. [ laughter ] this is a game where we put hats and gloves on people and make them dance until they fall off. higgins, who's on the dance floor tonight? >> steve: ll, jimmy, coming to the stage are miliani donni,
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alyssa shleiger and bob mcmichael. come on down on and get ready to dance your hats, and/or gloves off. "dance yo hat and gloves off" is a registered trademark of the jimmy fallon corporation. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: looks like a fine, fine dance crew we've got here tonight. what's your name, where you from? >> i'm miliani from pennsylvania. >> jimmy: very good. >> alyssa shleiger, from minnesota. >> bob mcmichael from pennsylvania. >> jimmy: very good, all right, good man. you guys ready to bust a move out there? cut some rug, shake your things? >> yes. >> you betcha. >> can't wait. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: neither can we. neither can we. [ laughter ] all right. let's bring out the hats. let's bring out the gloves. here they come. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] oh, there they are. beautiful, gorgeous. just in time for the holidays. fabulous. festive. let's put them on right now. here we go. here's one for you. hi. [ laughter ]
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this one's for you. here we go. the last one is for you. put them on. just hat and a gloves. yeah. looking good already. make sure they're on tight. there's no cheating. if you have any trouble, i'll make se they're on good. they're just gloves. yeah, you put your fingers in them. yep. [ laughter ] there you go. perfect. yeah, it's going on good. you guys look like santa's janitors. [ laughter ] this is fantastic. all right. here are the rules. when i say "dance," the roots will start playing a funky disco jam. and you'll have 15 seconds to fling your hat and gloves off, scoring a simple one point for each glove you get off, two for the hat. whoever gets the most points wins the grand prize and, oh, what a prize it is. higgins? >> steve: jimmy, tonight's lucky winner will be taking home 300 crumpled up $1 bills stuffed inside a clear shaft of a brand-new snow shovel. a must have for your next blizzard or squall. it's a classy way to shovel your driveway this holiday season,
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jimmy? >> jimmy: fantastic. it's beautiful. $300 stuffed into a shovel handle. [ laughter ] that's fantastic. the present will make a great stocking stuffer. >> steve: actually, i think it's too big to go in a stocking. >> jimmy: now, a couple of things before we start. [ laughter ] at no time can you touch the hat or the gloves, nor can anything touch them. basically, you'll have to whip your arms and head around as crazy as you can until everything flies off. also, please keep in mind that in the event of a tie, the audience will decide the winner based on your dancing skills. so, bring it! everybody ready? >> yeah. >> jimmy: okay, contestant number one, you're up. let me see. make sure there's no cheating here. no smurfing your hat. smurfing, by the way, is leavi this much up off the top so it's easy to fall off. this is going to be a good one. let's go up there. roots, you guys ready? audience, let's cheer him on. [ cheers and applause ] ready, set, dance!
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: that's it. time's up. get over here. hey, good style points there, let's hope. really good style points. [ laughter ] >> yeah, i tried. >> jimmy: i would love to go clubbing with you one day. [ laughter ] it would be fantastic. can we see that in slow motion, please? ♪ >> jimmy: there you go. there you go, buddy. fantastic. you parents should be proud. that's great, nice job. equal parts elegance and grace. higgins, how many points? >> steve: well, we had to confirm with the judges. zero. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: okay, great. nextontestant, you're up. let me see here, pal. let me make sure this is on good. nice and tight. you look very cute.
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these are on. >> yep. >> jimmy: here we go. this one, okay. this one's looking good here. here we go. go out there. and when you are ready, roots. let's hear it, audience. [ cheers and applause ] ready, set, dance! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: that's great. very nice. very, very nice. can we see that in slow motion, please? that was nice. ♪ >> jimmy: got a little hip action there. yeah, very, very smooth. very smooth. higgins, how many points do we have there? [ cheers and applause ] very nice. four points. okay. last contestant. you're up, buddy. it's all down to you. let me see. i almost want this to come off. it barely fits.
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what size head are you? >> i have no idea. >> jimmy: you're a big man. [ laughter ] yeah, these are not coming off at all. >> no. not a chance. >> jimmy: if there's a possibility, we might get you four points for style. so, go ahead and do it. ready, audience? [ cheers and applause ] dance! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: that's it. that was fantastic. that was fantastic. they weren't even close to coming off either. yeah, they're pulsating through those gloves right now. [ laughter ] can we see that in slow motion, please? yes, you're going to like this. there you go. ♪ [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i like your face. you were even surprised it come off.
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you were even surprised it come off. that was great. higgins, how many points do we have? >> steve: well, i'm going to have to say two for hat, one for style. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: that means we have a winner. contestant number, two you are the winner. congratulations. here is your snow shovel with a handle full of $300 right there. i'm sorry, guys, you did not win but you do take home these "late night with jimmy fallon" t-shirts. and this should fit one of your arms. there you go. [ laughter and applause ] thanks to you all. thanks to you all, all you friends and pals and boys and girls and real gone gals and jocks and rockers and bobby sockers. it don't matter if you're young or old, if you got the fever, you're as good as gold. so, just tell the doctor and let him know you just watched the show with the hats and gloves or gloves and hats. either which way, it's where it's at. but you knew that. so, go tell friends but don't tell your folks, 'cause they won't get it. there i said it. a dance and dream and all you need is to gather around the tv screen. for all your bros and daddy-o's and pimps and ho's and listen close. i got something to say, not something to see, there's a really good chance i got an std. [ laughter ]
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, everybody. and thanks again for watching. our next guest is a late night legend who, along with david letterman, started this very show 27 years ago and have been together ever since. without him, we wouldn't be here tonight. he's one of my favorites. his memoir "we'll be here for the rest of our lives: a swinging showbiz saga" is in stores now. ladies and gentlemen, welcome paul shaffer. ♪ ♪ around the block and to the corner you can hear it all night long ♪ ♪ on the roof and out on broadway when the radio is on ♪ ♪ you can rock around the clock because you know the beat goes on ♪ ♪ they'll be dancing in the streets because the radio is on ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> well, what a thrill. that was a big compliment.
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>> jimmy: you recognize it? >> of course. i put out a record in 1989 called "when the radio was on" and this was like a hip-hop meets doo-wop thing off an album called "coast to coast" and it sold four copies. and i bought all of them for my family. [ laughter ] nonetheless, it was kind of a cute tune and it had the -- will smith before -- just as he was the fresh prince. when he was -- he just became the fresh prince. and ecstasy from houdini rapping. and then on the doo-wop side, carole king and dion and johnny maestro. there was a sort of a concept. yeah, it was concept. absolutely no content. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: were you wondering what song we were going to play? >> yes, of course, i was wondering all day. >> jimmy: i thought maybe "kung fu christmas." >> that would have been thank you for remembering another one of my hits. jimmy is referring to one that was one of the writers on an a national lampoon album in the '70s. man, you go back. you weren't born and you were listening to the national
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lampoon -- >> jimmy: i love "kung fu christmas." national lampoon -- >> "kung fu christmas" -- one of the stylistics released a christmas song. and there were lines like -- ♪ diamond in the back trimmed with holly girls working the streets and i'm feeling jolly ♪ [ laughter ] >> jimmy: fantastic song. it was a fantastic song. ♪ numbers runner stops for a chat the apollo doorman tips his hat ♪ >> jimmy: and it's got that voice and the style. it was beautiful. >> yeah. >> jimmy: the other song, which would be obvious, would be "it's raining men." >> well, that was, of course, a song that i co-wrote -- >> jimmy: yeah, co-wrote. >> yeah, with the weather girls. and thank you for -- >> jimmy: i wish we had like half an hour. i can go through all of your whole career if you want. but, i mean, i love you so much from "saturday night live." you were on the first couple of years of "saturday night live." >> the first five years, yeah, with the original cast. >> jimmy: yeah. so, if you watch anything -- any time there's anyone playing the piano. i mean, howard sre was a musical director. you were always playing the piano. blues brothers.
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>> yeah. well, i was the band leader on the blue brothers. >> jimmy: you kind of started the blues brothers, right? there was a warm-up? >> they started doing the number. well, the first time they did it, they were dressed as bees. do you remember? you remember, of course, the running gag on the show, the bees. >> jimmy: yeah. >> and then the other part of the gag was that belushi hated the bees. "i hate the bees." and i think he really did hate the bees because there was always an antenna sticking right up in your ear and stuff. >> jimmy: yeah, they were just wearing -- those costumes were just thermal underwear, which i didn't -- it was thermal underwear painted yellow with marker. they made black stripes because there was no budget back then. >> and aykroyd said to john, "i know you hate the bees. but if we put on hats with the bee costumes, we can sing the blues and that'll be an excuse to do it." and he said, "all right, i'm there." and so they did "i'm a king bee." belushi did a big back flip. and the next thing they know, they had a record deal. and they made a real record which became like a 4 million seller. "briefcase full of blues." and you know why it was called "briefcase full of blues"? because on that "good-bye pop" national lampoon album, we sang
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on that first song -- i sang "good-bye pop." and i sang "you had a briefcase ful of loot." and belushi always thought it was "briefcase full of blues." and he said, "what a cool title." he named erroneously. he named his whole record after something that he thought was there and it wasn't even there. [ laughter ] and you know what else he did when he sung? i had a series for a second in 1977 with norman lear and don kirshner called "a year at the top." and belushi -- i cldn't act. you know, i had absolutely no experience. and we had sold our souls to the devil. that was the idea of the ow. and everywhere, you know, we came into the devil's office and it was a big, opulent record business office. and i was always -- the only acting i could do was -- like that. [ laughter ] and belushi said, "stop acting with your mouth." he said, "use your eyes." you know, and i thought what a great comment. >> jimmy: acting with your mouth. >> yeah. well, i was acting with my mouth. and he said, "use your eyes like you used to do." and then went on to make "the blues brothers movie" with his eyes covered with sunglasses for the entire movie. [ laughter ] and i thought that -- >> jimmy: such a hypocrite, yeah.
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>> that's the way to go. i ha a little bone to pick with you, though. and i know you want to talk about -- you don't have to plug it. don't even plug it. don't even talk about. >> jimmy: i kn. go ahead. >> it's not why i'm here. no, don't take it away though. [ laughter ] but -- >> jimmy: you know how to do this. >> night after night, i'm a big fan of yours. i watched every night on "saturday night live" when you were on. and i watch this show all the time. >> jimmy: thank you. >> and i am very impressed with the fact that, of course, you got the roots. these are guys who have appeared on "letterman" many times as artists, musical guests. and every night you introduce them as "the greatest band in late night." [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah. >> "the greatest band in late night." "the greatest band in late night." and then another thing, i read -- >> jimmy: you are -- i forgot you are on "late night." >> yes, we're on "late night." >> jimmy: maybe it's a typo. they're the greatest band on late night. >> the greatest band on late night.
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i'm sure that's what it means. >> jimmy: yeah, exactly. >> well, i feel a lot better. now, questlove, you said in "rolling stone" magazine, when they said how do you think of the songs to play when people come out, you said, "i think of what paul shaffer would do and then i say how can i do the opposite?" >> questlove: wait a minute. [ laughter ] what? time out. >> we're brothers. >> questlove: in my defense, i meant, you know, like -- okay, if you were playing for you, you would choose "it's raining men." >> i probably would have. >> questlove: right. i just meant how can i go a level deeper. not, you know, i didn't mean it like -- >> it goes deeper. well, you do go deeper. he goes deeper. >> questlove: other avenue. i don't mean deeper like -- >> questlove, you are deep. i have always said -- [ laughter ] >> questlove: no, you know what i'm talking about. >> explain this to me then, questlove. if you are so deep -- you got two wonderful keyboard players in the band. yet when i tune in, it doesn't look like you have any. why? they're up in the 17th floor. [ laughter ] [ applause ]
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he's still up there. hanging out on 17. "where's garrett?" "well, he's on 17." >> jimmy: yeah. >> and that was code for something else. he st play keyboard because you stick him up -- what is the -- what is up with that? >> questlove: it's his fault. >> it's his fault? >> jimmy: you know what it is, we have no room for -- to fit everybody out there when we have a guest band. >> i know, i know. so, take the keyboard player. no, i'm just -- >> jimmy: well, i mean, you don't have the sousaphone. >> well, we don't have a sousaphone. if i had a sousaphone, then i would go up to 17. [ laughter ] i really would. no, all kidding aside, i love this whole band and i love your whole show. and i'm just thrilled to be here. and i'm glad that you, personally, invited me to come on. and, boy, am i ever thrilled to be here. thank you for having me. thank you for having me. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: no, please --
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>> we'll both go wash our hands. >> jimmy: i just want to tell everyone. if you are a fan of "saturday night live" or david letterman, you have to get this book. there's so many -- or rock n' roll. there are so many good stories in here. there's comedy stories and music stories that will blow your mind. from bob dylan to john belushi. this is a fantastic book. >> thank you. >> jimmy: the one thing, i know that they're the greatest band on late night. and the only way to make it the greatest band in late night, if you could do this. >> yes? >> jimmy: could we ever have the first ever combined "late night" maestros, you and the roots. >> me play with the roots? i would love to. >> jimmy: you could? [ cheers and applause ] paul shafr, you're the greatest. his book "we'll be here for the rest of our lives" is in stores now. here he goes. chris jericho joins us next. come on, paul shaffer. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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>> jimmy: there you go. >> paul: that's more like it. >> jimmy: it's working already. >> paul: got to have the keyboard, yeah, for close-ups. >> jimmy: it's working already. >> paul: there you go. >> jimmy: our next guest this evening was the first undisputed heavyweight champion in wwe history. his autobiography ,"a lion's tale," was on "the new york times" best seller. and he is one of the stars of the "wwe tribute to the troops," which airs this saturday evening at 9:00 p.m. right here on nbc. ♪ ladies and gentlemen, the man of the hour. the man with the power and the man too sweet to be sour. put it together for wwe superstar, chris jericho! ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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♪ >> jimmy: chris jericho. that's an entrance. >> man, i tell you what. when i came through the trap door, i took a big breath of, like, that fog and thought i was going to pass out and fall down the steps. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: tell me about this special on saturday. >> well, we always go to iraq every year or afghanistan or wherever the action is and this is the seventh year in a row we went. yes you can clap. absolutely. [ cheers and applause ] very cool. so, we go every year around this time to kind of spread, you know, a little love and cheer for the troops. it's my third time. and they are very excited just to have us here. just to see somebody from home coming in to see them, meet them and greet them. >> jimmy: absolutely. >> a majority of them are wwe fans. but some of them are just excited to see anybody from the states coming over.
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i mean, it could be the cast of "saved by the bell" for all they care. just somebody. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: that would be fantastic. >> "dustin diamond is here! yes!" [ cheers and applause ] but it's just really cool. because these guys and girls are over there for, like, 18 months or, you know, two years or whatever. and we go over for three or four days. they're like, "thank you so much for coming." it's like, "thank you. thank you for being here for this long period of time." >> jimmy: yeah, they're away from their families and out there fighting for us. >> exactly. you know, and when you first hear that you have to go to iraq you think, "oh, my gosh, there's going to be, like, bombs going off and there's going to be taliban running everywhere with swords." and it's really not like that. just people over there doing a job just like we're doing a job. i mean, they're americans and they're just over there. and we go over there just to say hi. >> jimmy: do you set up a ring? >> we do, we actually do a show. they pick a dusty field somewhere. we set up a ring and get about 10,000 troops to come. >> jimmy: really? like, bare knuckles? >> bare knuckle grappling. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah, grappling, absolutely. >> jimmy: i got to say, this book is pretty hilarious. >> oh, thanks, yes. >> jimmy: it's really, really good. it's almost like a success story because you didn't just immediately hit it right off the bat and just go right into wwe.
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>> no, when i was about eight years old, i used to watch wrestling with my grandmother in her basement. in her basement. [ laughter ] and she was always, like, really into it and she was always very quiet when they would talk. but then when wrestling came on, she would be like, "kill him. i want to see you kill him." [ laughter ] i'd always watching it with my grandma, i'd be like, "oh, my gosh." so, i got into wrestling at a young age and decided that i wanted to wrestlebut had no idea how to do that. especially growing up in the middle of nowhere in winnipeg. so, this is, like, the trials and tribulations of my life and how i achieved my dream. and it's not really a wrestling book, it's more of, like, how to achieve your goal. like, you know, traveling around the world, "catcher in the rye" type of a thing. >> jimmy: interesting stories, though. because, i mean, you were in -- was it japan, for a while? >> japan, mexico, germany. kind of all around, kind of learning my craft to be able to come over and work over in the united states. >> jimmy: like mexican wrestling or is it like american wrestling in mexico? >> no, it's like mexican wrestling. all the guys, like, wearing masks and all that sort of thing. you know, the lucha libre type of a deal. so, yeah, it was cool to go over there and you'll kind of learn spanish and learn the ways of the world. >> jimmy: but you're also not
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embarrassed to make fun of yourself a little bit, too, for some of the -- >> how can i not make fun of myself. look at me. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: you made a couple of mistakes in your costuming. [ laughter and applause ] >> this was the phoenix. this was -- i wasn't getting any jobs. i wasn't getting any gigs. and i said, "i need a gimmick." so, i found this kind of a bird mask and glued some feathers on it. i made this out of some aluminum, like, pipes. >> that's somebody that really wants to make it, right there, folks. >> but this day, they took a picture, it was really windy out. and these wings blew off. i was falling, trying to catch the wings. "my wings! my wings!" [ laughter ] >> jimmy: well, that one -- this one i kind of understand. but this one, explain this guy. >> oh, yes. >> jimmy: how you doing? [ laughter and applause ] how are you? hey. not too shabby. >> not too bad at all. >> jimmy: not o shabby. looks like you're, like, a third brother of nelson in that picture there. >> actually, don't laugh. that's what i was going for, was the nelson look. >> jimmy: is that right? >> i thought that this was very, very cool. unfortunately, i was very, very wrong about that. [ laughter ] the full-on zebra ensemble, not exactly the mecca of fashion.
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>> jimmy: well, i can't thank you enough for being on the show. you got to watch "wwe tribute to the troops" this saturday night at 9:00 p.m. here on nbc. chris jericho, everybody. coming up next, boyz ii men. come on back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ boss:hey, glad i caught you. i was on my way to present ideas about all the discounts we're offering. i've got some catchphrases that'll make these savings even more memorable. gecko: all right... gecko: good driver discounts. now that's the stuff...? boss: how 'bout this? gecko: ...they're the bee's knees? boss: or this? gecko: sir, how 'bout just "fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance." boss: ha, yeah, good luck with that catching on! anncr: geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >jimmy: welcome back, everybody. welcome back. these guys have a new album out called "love" and, why don't you take it away, tariq.
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>> tariq: look, i've been proud of these brothers since questlove and i went to high school with them. they are one of the most successful vocal groups in music history and they're here tonight to perform their version of the goo goo dolls' hit "iris" from their new album "love" with a little help from us. give it up, ladies and gentlemen, for philadelphia's own boyz ii men. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ and i'd give up forever to touch you 'cause i know that you feel me somehow ♪ ♪ you're the closest to heaven that i'll ever be ♪ ♪ and i don't want to go home right now ♪ ♪ and all i can taste is this moment
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and all i can breathe is your life ♪ ♪ but sooner or later it's over i just don't want to miss you tonight ♪ ♪ and i don't want the world to see me 'cause i don't think that they'd understand ♪ ♪ when everything's meant to be broken i ju want you to know who i am ♪ ♪ and you can't fight the tears that ain't coming or the moment of truth in your lies ♪ ♪ when everything seems like the movies yeah, you bleed just to know you're alive ♪ ♪ and i don't want the world to see me
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'cause i don't think that they'd understand ♪ ♪ when everything's meant to be broken i just want you to know who i am ♪ ♪ ♪ said i don't want hey, oh no, no, one knows me quite the way you know me ♪ ♪ and i'll be lonely without you beside me please believe me, yeah ♪ ♪
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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ la, la, la, la la, la, la, la, la ♪ ♪ and i don't want the world whoa-oh-oh 'cause i don't think that they'd understand ♪ ♪ everything when everything's meant to be broken ♪ ♪ i just want you to know who i am ♪ ♪ i just want you to know who i am ♪ ♪ ♪
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cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: harmony sounds great. fantastic. beautiful. boyz ii men, everybody, and the roots. check out their new album "love," and see them on tour throughout 2010. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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