Actor Michael K. Williams dropped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday to discuss his role in the second season of the SundanceTV television series Hap and Leonard. Williams used his time on camera to chat about his current role on the show and reminisce about his most famous part as Omar on HBO’s The Wire.
Williams was greeted with enthusiasm by Meyers, who revealed that Williams, who previously appeared on the late night show in 2016, is one of the writing staff’s favorite guests. The two discussed Williams’ childhood connections with 30 Rockefeller Plaza. A native of Brooklyn, he disclosed that would often travel to Manhattan to see the Rockettes next door. After guesting on Late Night in 2016, he was finally able to go on the roof of the skyscraper and see the building’s famous panorama of New York City.
Williams also talked about Omar, a cult favorite among TV aficionados. He revealed that he was an inexperienced actor when he began playing Omar in 2002. He credited writer David Simon with teaching him how to deliver his lines convincingly and acknowledged that much of the dialogue given to him was influenced by Shakespeare and was more stylized than typical Baltimore slang.
He also chatted about his current role as volatile Vietnam vet Leonard Pine on Hap and Leonard, recounting a funny story of accidentally booking a room next door to co-star James Purefoy. He also announced that his nephew Dominic Dupont, recently released from Riker’s Island after serving 20 years for murder, has become his personal assistant.
If there’s one thing that Seth Meyers is known for, it’s giving his amazing writers a chance to shine onstage. On a recent episode of his show, Meyers gave his writer Amber Ruffin the floor to talk about the hit sensation Black Panther. It’s not surprising to see how Ruffin would be so excited to talk about the movie. After all, Black Panther has been seen as a trailblazing film—and Ruffin is a trailblazer in her own right.
As the first black female writer for a late-night show in the U.S., Ruffin possesses a unique voice—and she’s also very funny. Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Ruffin started working on Meyers’ show about four years ago. And her review of the mega-hit movie was definitely entertaining. Stepping on stage, Ruffin surprised Seth by saying that she was not a fan of the film—because she had acted in the film and been cut from it. The interview then cuts to a scene of Ruffin in full Wakandan dress. However, it quickly becomes obvious that the scene is a hilarious spoof. Ruffin complains about her rhinoceros while giving attitude to one of the elders in the council. She even pitches the idea of a water park to Chadwick Boseman’s character.
However, at the end of the interview, Ruffin admits that she loves the movie and has seen it four times. “Wakanda Forever!” she smiles as she exits the stage.
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan might be buddies but that didn’t stop Bryan from tossing a few barbs Shelton’s way on late-night television.
Bryan visited “Late Night with Seth Meyers” to talk about his gig as one of the judges on the upcoming “American Idol” reboot.
Meyers asked Bryan if he’d gone to Shelton for advice since Shelton has been a long-time judge on rival singing competition “The Voice.” The country crooner affirmed that he had but said that he didn’t know why.
“I would recommend to never reach out to him,” Bryan added. He went on to joke about People choosing Shelton as 2017’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” saying that Shelton is beautiful “from a distance.”
The two have a long history of poking fun at each other on Twitter and in interviews. Shelton claims the two met at an awards show in 2007 and instantly became friends. Bryan joined him briefly on “The Voice” as his key advisor for a season. The two also hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards together in 2013, 2014, and 2015. With the singers on rival shows now, expect the playful exchanges between the two to get even more intense.
Shelton joins Lionel Richie and Katy Perry on “American Idol’s” new judging panel. They’re stepping into the shoes of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson, who judged singers for the original series. It ran from 2002 to 2016 on Fox and produced stars such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
ABC launches the new version on March 11, 2018. Ryan Seacrest will be back as the host.
On Late Night with Seth Meyers, the host and multiple Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson concocted a bunch of hard liquor infused shots to become daytime drunk enough to take a Donald Trump cognitive test. The two started off with a beer and quickly moved on to mix shots. Seth Meyers made a drink that was inspired by Kelly’s early career start as an American Idol winner. As Meyers started his first shot, he sheepishly smiled and poured in a bit of hot sauce, some vodka, a little more hot sauce and top it off with some bitters to create “The Simon Cowell.” They both downed the fiery drink and agreed that their “lips were on fire.”
Kelly Clarkson dubbed her drink “The Blake Shelton” and mixed in bourbon, Southern Comfort, Tennessee Whiskey and sliced bananas in ode to Blake’s girlfriend Gwen Stefani and her hit song. The strong shot was almost too much for the pair and after a few more cocktails and goofing around, they finally began a cognitive test that Donald Trump’s doctor had given the President back in January. Giddy and flushed, Clarkson tried to answer the first question of test, “name the maximum number of words in one minute that start with the letter ‘F’.” Clarkson staggered with her answers and could only name 18 “F” words. As she jokingly blamed it on the liquor, the late night host randomly broke out and sang her hit song “Since U Been Gone” while she sat laughing.
A look at the album charts might lead you to believe that heavy metal music is officially dead. However, Megadeth proved that the heavy metal genre is still very much alive and well by delivering a blistering performance on the stage of “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” The legendary metal band brought down the house by playing two songs that were great examples of their old and new sound. They started out by playing “Dystopia.” This song has been nominated for a Grammy and comes from Megadeth’s latest release of the same name. Dave Mustaine and company then turned back the clock to 1990 for a rendition of their classic tune “Tornado of Souls.”
This was the first time that Megadeth had ever appeared on the Seth Meyers program. The band was formed in 1985 by lead singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine. He was one of the founding members of Metallica. However, he was fired from the band for drug and alcohol abuse before Metallica signed a recording contract. Mustaine still made an impact on his former band because they went on to record six songs that he co-wrote.
It turned out that getting fired from Metallica allowed Mustaine to shine and demonstrate his skills in a way that he never would have if he stayed in the band. He was able to become the lead singer and primary songwriter in Megadeth. These things would obviously have never happened if he was in Metallica. Overall, Megadeth has one double platinum and four platinum albums in their career.