Articles, Blog #LiveatFive with Michael Cerveris

December 7, 2019

(upbeat music) – What’s up everyone? It is Tuesday, December 3rd, and we are here at headquarters in the heart of Times Square. Can’t you tell? Where’s the window? I’m Paul Wontorek. – I’m Andy Lefkowitz. – Hey Andy.
– Hey Dude. – And we’re joined by Caitlin Moynihan, and her jazz hands.
– Always. – And hey, Andy.
– What Paul Wontorek? – Today we have two-time
Tony Award winner. – Yes.
– Michael Cerveris. – Wooooo. – Fun fact, auto correct
makes it Michael Servers. – Oh my gosh.
– So annoying. – You guys were wrong.
– I gotta talk to him about that. Every time I type his
name it’s Michael Servers. Yeah, he is in town, Loose Cattle, his acclaimed band is here. – Cool. – I think there’s a Christmas LP. Oh, he might have one with
him which I’m excited about. – Oh my gosh. – We’re gonna find out
all about his latest gig and a lot of things he’s doing including making Jonathan
Groff’s life annoying. And things like that.
– Oh my gosh. – But first today’s Top Five. (upbeat music) – We found out who the next person to don the blue polo is gonna be. – Guys, this is big news.
– Blue polo? – Blue polo. – Trying to get that reference. Behind the stripes? – Behind the stripes, yes that’s correct. So we found out today that Jordan Fisher will be Broadway’s next Evan Hansen. He will succeed Andrew Barth Feldman and kick off a 16-week engagement
beginning on January 28th. You guys might have seen Jordan
Fisher on the small screen in “Grease Live” or in “Rent Live” which was directed by Michael Greif, who also directed “Dear Evan Hansen”. Can’t wait to see him in the show. He’s gonna be amazing, I have no doubt. Didn’t he win “Dancing
With the Stars” right? – He won “Dancing With the Stars”. – He was in “Hamilton”.
– Hamilton. – He was, he was. – He’s gonna be in the “To All the Boys I’ve
Loved Before” sequel. – Oh, oh, you’re excited for that. – I’m very excited.
– When is that dropping? – Oh I don’t know, February? I think Valentine’s Day. – Okay cool, awesome, he’s in everything. – Yes, and this news was
heard all around the world and especially in our office
just screaming excitement. – [Paul] Yeah, there’s a
lot of love for Beth Leavel. – [Andy] There is so much
love for Beth Leavel. – At
– Immeasurable. We love her so much.
– We love Beth Leavel. We’re still, we still have some
candles lit for “The Prom”, passing of “The Prom”.
(laughing) – Yes we do. – Our number one show of 2018, 2017? Anyway, we loved it. “Devil Wears Prada” is a big musical, like crazy big musical, and we’ve been kind of
obsessing over wondering who will play, especially, I
mean, the Miranda Priestly. – Miranda, yeah. – The role played by
Meryl Streep in the film. And it is Beth Leavel guys. – Yes, guys, thank god.
(cheering) – Yes.
– Thank god, hallelu. – So, also, Taylor Iman
Jones is also playing it. – Oh my god, she is so talented. – She’ll be playing Andy, which
is the Anne Hathaway role. And so this is all happening
in like three years. No, it’s–
(Caitlin laughing) It’s happening summer 2021. – Okay, we’ll be about 105 years old by then.
– So we have to temper, we’ll have to temper our
excitement a little bit, and it’s gonna happen at
Chicago’s CIBC Theater July 13th through August 15th. We will be there. Of course, Beth Leavel was in “The Prom”. Tony nominated performance. She won a Tony for “The Drowsy Chaperone”. Hey, she was nominated
for “Baby It’s You”. You knew that.
– Yes she was. – You knew that.
– And who played her son? – She should have won an Astaire
Award for “Baby It’s You”. – Heck yeah. All those incredible costume changes, too. Who played her son? Brandon Uranowitz.
– I’m sorry. Challenging me on the spot. I know that was the first I ever saw him. And of course, Taylor
Iman Jones is finishing her run in “Scotland, PA” this week. This is the final week. And she had been in “Head
Over Heels”, “Groundhog Day”. Anna D. Shapiro’s directing. Get this, this creative team is crazy. Paul Rudnick is writing the book. One of the funniest men. – Have you seen him on Twitter? – Yes.
– He’s so funny. – What did he tweet about today? – Something with Trump. – Yeah, it was good.
– Brilliant. – Music by Elton John and
lyrics by Shaina Taub. This is an amazing creative team. This is a huge project. And also James Alsop has
signed on as choreographer. He has worked with Beyonce,
Lady Gaga, and Beth Leavel now. And we all know Beth
Leavel has got the moves, so I hope he challenges her. Beth Leavel likes to learn new moves. We’re so excited we’re gonna be talking about this for years.
– So excited. And something that’s
cool is that Beth Leavel originated the role of Dee
Dee Allen in “The Prom”, which will now be played by Meryl Streep in the screen adaptation, and now Beth is gonna be playing a role that Meryl created on screen. – Look at you making the connections. – Yeah, that’s what we’re here for. – In other news, didn’t
James Corden say today that he’s terrified of– – He did, he did. – He’s busy filming the– – The Prom film. – Filling the very large
Brooks Ashmanskas shoes. – Yeah, it’s true, but he’s
gonna be wonderful I’m sure. – I know, I know. We’ll be okay by the
time this movie comes. We’re gonna be excited. We’re excited for “Devil
Wears Prada”, too. – So excited. – Yes, and this upcoming Broadway musical has received an extension
for its pre-Broadway run. – Yeah, so speaking of out-of-town runs, “Mrs. Doubtfire” which is
coming to Broadway this spring has gotten an additional week
added to its out-of-town run at Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theater. So that production is now going to run through January, 4, 2020. Now as we know, this
musical stars Rob McClure in the title role, and
Jenn Gambatese as his wife, and a ridiculously talented cast of folks that include Brad Oscar, J. Harrison Ghee, Mark Evans, Charity Angel Dawson. It’s written by the
“Something Rotten” team, directed by Jerry Zaks. So cannot wait to see this. – Do you think they’re annoyed that we call them just the
“Something Rotten” team? – The “Something Rotten” team? Well, it’s a pretty good compliment ’cause it was a great musical.
– It’s a good compliment. – They have names. – That’s true, the Fitzpatricks. – I might be able to see it now. Well because it was gettin’ in the way of my Christmas plans, but now I might go for that. I don’t know, it’s right–
– Well there we are. – Yeah, we’ll go see Al. – Live your life.
– Heck yeah. And if you have always wanted to Shipoopi, now’s your chance. – [Paul] Okay. (laughing) – [Caitlin] It was good, right? – [Paul] Is there a Shipoopi emoji? Is somebody playing that
in the “Emojiland” Musical? Sorry.
(laughing) It’s a different topic. “The Music Man” is coming back
to Broadway, did you know? Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster.
– I heard that. – Wanna be in it? Are you aged eight to 17? Can you sing? Can you dance? Well, this Saturday, Pro
Studios from 10 a.m. to 12 p, wait, only for two hours? Oh you better get in line. You better get in line kids. They’re having an open call. Like a totally open call and this is a show that’s starting in September. So it’s still next fall, but this is a big deal. And I’m sure kids are gonna get cast. And it’s a real show for
the kids to shine, right? Were you ever in “The Music Man” when you were a kid, Michael Cerveris? – No.
– Nope, it’s a dream of his though, I’m sure. – [Michael] I’ll be there. – Everybody wants to–
– He’ll be there two hours. (laughing) – Anyway, good luck. Go get in line and good
luck and bring your headshot and bring your dancing shoes. Warren Carlyle’s choreographing that, and he knows how to make people dance. – It’s true.
– Yes he does. And this stage star is
heading to Disney Plus for her very own show. This is super cool. We found out today that
Kristin Chenoweth has been cast in a new comedy series
that’s in development by Disney Plus. It’s titled “The Biggest
Star in Appleton”, and– – Wisconsin. – Appleton, Wisconsin.
– (voice muffled) Wisconsin. – Yeah, that’s true. And it’s actually written by Paul Rudnick who is at work on the
“Devil Wears Prada” musical. – When he’s not writing tweets. – There you go, he’s writing
shows for Kristin and Beth, as you should. So this sees Chenoweth
as Carol Dannhauser, a Wisconsin mom, wife, and waitress who, while devoted to her family
finds her deepest satisfaction in small town stardom at
the local community theater whose status is threatened
when Tara Hubley, a struggling New York chorus girl, moves back home with dreams of her own. – Okay.
– So, keep your eyes peeled on Disney Plus for “The
Biggest Star in Appleton”. – Okay, cool.
– Yeah. – Is that it? What else? What else is on the site? Oh Shereen Ahmed is
the new Eliza Doolittle in the tour of “My Fair Lady”
and we have a great clip on of her singing what? What’s that Lerner and Lowe classic? ♪ I could have danced all night ♪ That one. (Caitlin laughing) And that’s it. And then the “Les Mis”,
there’s a great photo of the cast of “Les Mis”,
the British “Les Mis” concert that’s in movie theaters, but they’re adorable, they all got in the movie
theater in their costumes. It was cute, there’s popcorn. Stuff like that. Anyway, thank you, Andy.
– Thanks for having me. – But we have a two-time Tony– – Yeah, hey I hear that.
– Award winner here. Thank you for your service.
– You got it. – Caitlin tell everyone
about today’s guest. – Yes gladly, guys, we
got Michael Cerveris here with us in the studio. He’s here to talk all
about his upcoming concert with Loose Cattle at Joe’s Pub. As we may have mentioned
a few times before, he is in fact a two-time Tony winner for his turn in “Fun Home” and “Assassin”. He’s appeared on Broadway 10 times and has six Tony nominations including, you know, roles in “Sweeney Todd”, “The Who’s Tommy”, “Love Music”, “Evita”. I could go on all night. We’d be here forever. You may have seen him in the
new season of “Mindhunter”, as Paul said, torturing Jonathan Groff. As well he has been on TV in “Mosaic”, “Gotham”, “The Tick”, “Fringe”. He’s been around. He’s been doing a whole lot of stuff. Make sure you follow him on
social media @michaelcerveris, and leave all of your questions
in the comments below. Please welcome Michael and Paul. – Thank you, Caitlin. You’ve been around.
– Yeah! (laughing) – You know, I almost
wore a turtle neck today. (laughing) I’m kinda mad I didn’t.
– Darn it. – Coulda matched.
– Woulda been so good. You brought this. I’m a big fan of vinyl. – Excellent. It’s a double vinyl.
– Aren’t we all? – Yes.
– I mean, we grew up, right? Actually recently I was at a flea market and I saw the Grease, the soundtrack, which was so big and I like
memorized every photo inside it. And I also appreciate printed lyrics. – Right? – So thank you. This is Loose Cattle’s
“Seasonal Affective Disorder”. Ah, look at these photos. Wait a minute.
– That’s everybody on the album there.
– Oh my god. – Little kid Christmas photos.
– Look at this. So wait, are you on here? – I am, that’s me and my sister. – Oh look at you. How adorable? – Had hair.
– And where’s Kimberly Kaye? – Kimberly is–
– Oh, Kimberly Kaye, who used to work here at – Yes, she, you gave her her start. – Did I? Is that official?
– Yes. – Does she agree with you?
– That’s what she says. That’s what she says. – This is a… Oh by the way I love the paper quality. I love that it’s not shiny. I love that it’s like, this is good, this is good, this is good artwork.
– You know, I get so frustrated that no
cast album I’ve ever been on has ever been on vinyl. – This is your first. Well, see if you come do another musical–
– My own records. – Yeah, now.
– This is a hint to you. You need to come back because everyone gets a vinyl record now. – Now.
– It’s a thing. It’s become the thing again. Thank you, can I have this?
– Yes, that’s for you. – Oh thank you.
– Wow. – Not just a prop, thank you.
– Yeah. – And it’s four sides. This is great. So let’s talk about this. Let’s talk about Loose Cattle. Loose Cattle has really
become a thing in your life hasn’t it? How many years ago did
you start doing this? – Well, we started I think in 2011, I think was when we started the band. Kimberly and I were dating at the time. And we somehow thought that the best way to get along as a couple
was to have a band together. Clearly we had never read
any Fleetwood Mac biographies or anything like that.
(Paul laughing) But, and the relationship
ended eventually, but the band continued. And we started out really
was just to kind of have fun and get together with friends. And we really honestly planned just to play in people’s living rooms and just have it be a
totally low key thing. And then we started to get
all these opportunities to play like Lincoln Center and to play down at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and so we thought well maybe
we should like rehearse and actually like make it a real thing. – [Paul] Make this a real thing. – And so we have. And so we have, we have kind of a stable, appropriately enough, of
musicians who will play with us in New York and then a different
group down in New Orleans ’cause Kimberly lives down there now. And I have a second home there. So I’m kind of back and forth a lot. And when I’m not working on something that’s what I’m doin’ for the most part and touring and doing all kinds of stuff. – So, “Seasonal Affective
Disorder”, great title. Where’d that come from? – It came from the fact that
we wanted to make a record that was for people who find
Christmas not just joyful but also problematic.
– Aha, got it. And I’ve always been a big Christmas fan. I love Christmas stuff,
I love Christmas albums. Like I had “The Partridge
Family” Christmas album. Yeah, and The Carpenters one I love. So I always loved that kind of stuff. Kimberly, on the other hand, could not think less of Christmas. She associates it with a lot of horrible events in her
childhood and her life, and so this was kind of our meeting place.
– Yeah, Christmas. – Yeah, so it’s, it’s some
joyful happy Christmas songs and then some songs that are more about how it can be a challenge. But somehow you always
come through it okay. But there’s songs like “Please Daddy Don’t Get
Drunk This Christmas”. Which was a John Denver song, actually. – I like “Christmas Card From
a Hooker In Minneapolis”. – That’s a Tom Waits song. Not usually considered
a Christmas classic, but hopefully now it will be. – Great, “A Truck Stop Christmas”. But we do have “River”, by the way.
– Yes, yes. Joni Mitchell.
– Joni Mitchell’s “River”. Which, I… See this is fantastic.
– And we wrote a couple of them. We wrote one called
“Shepherds in a Parking Lot” and one called “Don’t Make Your
Momma Cry on Christmas Day” that we wrote with this Grammy
Award winning Cajun band, the Lost Bayou Ramblers. So that’s a really fun one.
– Amazing. So how do you describe
the Loose Cattle vibe? ‘Cause I feel like the shows are really kind of an experience. Feels like it’s, it’s
a whole vibe going on. – Yeah, it’s like, it’s a hootenanny. And it’s, I guess stylistically we’d fit in the Americana
label just because that’s so broad it includes everything from country to roots music, and even some New Orleans kinda soul. On this record we have
a bunch of horn players from New Orleans sort of
adding to the holiday feeling. But there are darker,
more dramatic things. I think the kind of
music that we’re drawn to and that we like to write
is kind of story based because we both come from theater, and so it’s character driven
and the songs have stories, and the concert is a kind
of combination of that, and really kind of
connecting with the audience and making the audience
a big part of it, too. And we play everywhere
from places like Joe’s Pub to a Hill Country Barbecue, where we’re playing both
of those places this week. But it’s everything from just a real kind of peanuts
on the floor kinda thing to nice fancy, nice
lighting, and baguettes. So we’re, we’ll invade any place. – Sure.
– And people’s living rooms. – I like that it fits in with your, you’re kind of a chameleon as an actor. The things that we’ve seen you do, and I just feel like this
is just one of your things. I like that.
– Yeah. I’m glad you like it. I think it confused some people ’cause people like to sort of think, oh I know that guy. And I know the things he does. And I know that I like
them or don’t like them so I’ll either go or not go. And with this I think it
sometimes confusing for people or difficult because they’ve
seen me in “Sweeney Todd” and so if they come thinking
they’re gonna see that, that may not be quite what they get. Although, I feel like there’s
a piece of all of those things in the music that we do. So I think it’s a challenge for people, but if they come I think
they usually walk away going, wow, I didn’t know that I
would like all that stuff or I don’t know that I like country music or Americana music, but they hopefully walk away thinking their minds changed a little bit. – Yeah, I also love that
when you look at your resume you can play every note on
the charming to creepy scale. (laughing) – Sometimes at the same time. – You can do it all. I mean, it’s so great. I mean you played like real villains and then you played really warm characters and very funny characters. I mean it’s really, it’s, who’s closest to the real Michael? (laughing) Which Broadway character’s closest to you? – Hedwig, obviously. – Obviously.
– Obviously. – Well, you know, I say that jokingly, but I did feel in performing that, maybe partly because of
the mask that you have that I was able to be more vulnerable and more unfiltered in that. I had friends who would come and say, “I couldn’t see you at
all in that character.” And I was like, actually, there’s a lot more of me
in it than you’d think. – I think that was
probably the smartest thing you ever did at that point in your career. ‘Cause it was early in your career, but it was kind of like, oh, wow, look at that, look at that turn. And then suddenly it was like,
this guy can do anything. – I left–
– So good move. – Well, thanks, I’m glad it worked out. At the time it wasn’t so clear. I left a Broadway show. I left Titanic to go
downtown to Jane Street. And it wasn’t, Hedwig wasn’t quite the thing that it is now back then. So, I did it because it
was terrifying and exciting and I had gone to see it. I knew John and we used to hang out. And he asked me if I
would take over for him, and I said yes immediately and then regretted it almost instantly, ’cause I’d never done a one-person show, even though I thought of it
as a play with an ensemble. It’s just you had all the lines. But, but I’d seen it four
times before I ever was in it. And I thought, this is, if I could write anything this
is what I would wanna write. And I loved it so much. So yeah I think you’re right. It really changed the
course of everything. And in a way got me on
course with what my career really was meant to be. But none of that was clear at the time. – I… What was I gonna say? I forget what I was gonna say. – I just rambled on too long. – No, no, no. No it was good. I know what I wanna tell you. My favorite thing that I’ve
witnessed over the last year is seeing all of these community theater
productions of “Fun Home”. “Fun Home” has really sort
of infiltrated the land. And so many actors that I’m friends with on Facebook are in it, and I’ve seen so many productions. I love looking at the photos of it and sort of seeing it all. What’s it been like for you? That was your last Broadway show, and it was an extremely, we
talked about this before, personal, emotional journey
for you playing Bruce. What’s it been like watching
this show really have legs? And sort of getting produced
all over the country? And I’m assuming beyond the country, too. – I would imagine, yeah. It’s, it’s the absolute perfect
continuation of the story. ‘Cause I can’t think of it
as the end of the story. It was I hoped most of all would happen when we closed on Broadway. It was one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever been part of and
I’m sure will always be, and I loved it so much. But I thought even at the
time that what’s so wonderful and what happens here
in New York when people came from wherever to see it. Often after the Tony’s
people came because, oh, it won the Tony so I’ll go see it, not knowing what they were coming in for. And that was the best.
– Sounded fun. – Yeah, yeah.
– “Fun Home”. Kids in it. – What’s not to like? And then we had them there
and you couldn’t get out. We didn’t give you an
intermission to leave. – No you couldn’t move. – And everybody could see
you if you got up and left, so it made you stick around. But the thing that I
really was dreaming of was that it would go out into the world and people would take it to places that really needed to hear the story told that weren’t going to be able to afford to come to New York or weren’t thinking they
would wanna come to New York. And I think there’s something
really important, too, about communities… Community theater is
such a wonderful thing because besides just
making a play for people, it’s people in your
community that you know, so you have a connection
to your banker or the guy who teaches your kids, or whatever. – And I’m sure a lot of those
guys are playing Bruce, too. – I’m sure. I’m sure there’s a lot–
– Guys in the community, (voice muffled) role, guy role. And there’s so many layers to that. – Yeah, and women who are getting, who have loved doing
community theater things, and now get to play– not the buzzer, buzzing their hair off. (laughing) I mean, to play Alison. But you’re right, so they walk in with sort of a connection
to the performers, and it probably just makes
the whole thing just– – That much more meaningful and personal. And it’s, I can’t think of a more personal musical than “Fun Home”. So I love that it’s out there making ripples and making
waves and changing the world. We arrived at a time when the
country looked much different than it does today. And at a moment when it looked like we were opening doors finally
and we could only imagine we would just continue
going that direction. We had no idea what lay ahead. And it’s easy to get
depressed and frustrated and disappointed about
the way that it hasn’t kind of happened immediately. But I think in very
subtle and subversive ways things like “Fun Home”
going out into the world in a community way is
continuing that work. And just like I always used to say, I think “Will and Grace” had
as much to do with gay marriage happening as any number
of political factors. I think when society, when people get to come face-to-face with
something different than them and understand people as
people just like them, that’s where minds and
hearts really start changing. So any community theater or
high school or college theater that’s out there doing it has my support and love and blessing in spades. – Another show that’s
close to you is “Tommy”, which that was your first Broadway show. He was Tommy, the guy jumping
on the pinball machine. He was fantastic. And it’s coming back. – It is, it is. – And there was like a reunion. – Yeah, we did a reunion
concert as a benefit– – ‘Cause I saw Alice
Ripley like a week before, I saw her in “Sunset Boulevard” up at North Shore and she was talking– – And she was on her way out to it. – And she was on her way out there. And you went. – Yeah, it was so great. It was a benefit for La Jolla Playhouse, and Des McAnuff who had created
it along with Pete Townsend and directed it got everybody together. We really had like the bulk of the original Broadway company. Well, and some of the people
who had been in La Jolla also. And most of the La Jolla company ended up being in the
Broadway company, too. And we did the whole thing
and had projections and stuff, and Pete Townsend came and played guitar on a couple of numbers and
it was amazing experience. I had thought back over the years to the Broadway experience, and we did a reunion like, I don’t know, 25? No. 25 years ago? Was that the other benefit?
– Yeah, sounds kinda right. – Is that possible.
– It was a while ago. – Anyway, maybe 15 years ago. Anyway, so I thought I had thought back over the whole experience, but being in La Jolla
and doing it again there, I forgot how much, we were there for five
or six months doing it, and we didn’t know it was
gonna become what it became. We just knew it was this
wonderful thing we loved. And so that was really special, like going back to that
moment where my whole career lay ahead of me in a lot of ways. And I didn’t know any
of that at that time. – [Paul] What was that guy like? – Yeah, well, that guy was, had a lot of self doubt, which that hasn’t changed. But, it’s, I think the difference
is when you have dreams and you have things that
you hope will happen but you don’t really
know if any of them will and then “Tommy” became
all of those dreams happening in one job. Like, doing something
that I really loved doing with a hero of mine in Pete
Townsend as part of it, and then having that
bring you to Broadway, and then getting nominated for a Tony, and things that I didn’t even have a dream of being on the Tony Awards. I used to watch it as a kid, but I thought, oh, that’s
for other kinds of people. Not me. So when that happens and you realize, oh, actually those things
really can happen to people and can happen to me it takes some of the, some of the terror out
of it and it helps you do what you really wanna do, which is just focus on the job
and just focus on being good and being better and
learning more and being part of a great company. So I had yet to learn all
of that at that point. And I was the same confused
mess that anybody is at that point in their life and career. – You’ve recently been doing a lot of TV, a lot of film and TV stuff. What’s like your favorite? What are some of your
favorite things you’ve done? You’ve sort of popped in
a lot of different things. – I really, I really had fun on “Gotham”
playing Professor Pyg. Not only because I got
to do “Cell Block Tango” as part of one episode–
– Nice. I remember last time–
– In a pig mask. – You were here you had
just gotten that, I think. And you couldn’t say it yet. – Yeah, I think that’s right. So that was really fun
’cause that was like being in a Broadway musical in a TV show. And I really loved working
with Steven Soderbergh on “Mosaic”, this HBO series that I did. “Fringe” is always gonna be
one of my favorite experiences. “The Tick” was hilarious
and fun and goofy. – Again, the scale,
funny, charming to creepy. It’s like–
– It’s all there. – Tickin’ ’em off. (laughing) And then you’re also on “Mindhunter”. – “Mindhunter” is probably– – You’re annoying on “Mindhunter”. – Well certainly got to Jonathan Groff. – You’re the assistant director, you’re like the law, so you kinda get in the
way of Jonathan Groff doing his thing. – Although I’m more on his
side than my predecessor was. – Right.
– Cotter Smith, who is a terrific actor.
– Yeah, I know, I know. I know, but you’re the guy.
– But I am the guy. (voices muffled) – You’re that guy. Is it fun on set of that show? – It’s so fun. I really, really, of all the
things I’ve done I think on TV this is the most exciting thing. And it’s fun also because Jonathan, a, giggles almost incessantly.
– I was gonna ask you, have you witnessed the giggle thing? – Oh have, what day did I not? (laughing) Yeah, it’s constant and it’s adorable and it’s hilarious. And of course, our show is really dark and really disturbing and that
just makes it worse for him. And so when he has these monologues where he’s describing children’s underwear being stuffed in their mouths, and which are actual things that happened in the Atlanta child murders, and all of us are just
sitting on the other side of the table watching him give this thing, and we have very earnest
looks on our faces, and that just is hysteric, so horrible that it’s hysterical to him and he starts laughing
and just can’t stop. – And sometimes he can’t come back, like one time we asked
him to do a shout out, and it took like five minutes
’cause he couldn’t say I’m Jonathan Groff and
you’re watching Literally that’s all he had to say. And it’s on YouTube. He just couldn’t, he couldn’t say, he can’t recover. – No, no.
– That’s fun. – It’s hilarious. I don’t know if everybody on the set thought it was as fun as I did, but I thought it was wonderful. – I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Time has flown. I’m sorry, I’m hogging you. Are there any questions? Real quick questions? – Yeah, let’s do, okay
this one’s just really fun. Elise wants to know if you were
stranded on a desert island and you could only bring
one of the characters you have ever played who would you bring to that desert island with you? (laughing) What a question. – Who do you wanna hang out with? – Wow, I don’t know. I mean half of my characters I would be afraid would kill me. The other half I would
be afraid would have like horrible nervous breakdowns. – [Paul] Yeah, it’s quite a list, Michael. – Hedwig would be really entertaining, but I don’t know if, I don’t know who want to be trapped on a desert island with. (laughing) – Yeah. – I mean. – I’m gonna choose. It’s not my question, but
I’m gonna choose Booth just ’cause I’m gonna make
you sing that damn song. I just want you to sing “The
Ballad of Booth” endlessly. It’s one of my favorite Sondheim songs. – Yeah, mine, too. – So I would choose that. I’m being selfish. I just wanna hear that song. – As long as he was on your side he was probably a lovely guy, you know? – [Caitlin] Ah yeah, that’s true, that’s true.
– Amazing. And we’ll do one last question. And Maggie wants to know what
are you most excited about getting able to do this
concert at Joe’s Pub and being able to sing these songs? – I’m really excited about that. We haven’t played at Joe’s
Pub for about four years now. So that’s, that’ll be a really
nice homecoming in that way. And at Joe’s Pub we’re doing all of our kind of band stuff. So it’ll be our original songs and some fan favorite kind of stuff. A few Christmas songs. But it’s a chance to really show how much that we’ve developed as
a band over this time. And it features a lot of
Kimberly’s singing, too, which is great and so funny ’cause she never thought of herself as a singer.
– No, I know she didn’t consider, when she worked here she didn’t consider herself a singer.
– A performer even. – And now she’s in a band with you, writing songs and singing. – And I love nothing more than being the guitar player in a band, too. I actually like not being the front person.
– Right, you sort of like taking the backseat.
– Yeah. So I enjoy those moments especially. So that’s gonna be really exciting to get to play that music
in that beautiful room. And then Hill Country Barbecue
which we play on the 7th of, on Saturday night, the 7th. – So when’s the Joe’s Pub? – That’s Wednesday, this Wednesday. Tomorrow.
– Tomorrow. – Tomorrow is– – Wednesday the 4th at 9:30 at Joe’s Pub. And then Hill Country
Barbecue on the 7th at eight. We play the Christmas record
and Christmas music stuff. So in the course of the
week you can come see two entirely different
sets of Loose Cattle. – Fun.
– Yeah, awesome. Thank you so much for coming in. Thank you for the vinyl.
– You’re so welcome. – I will cherish it. Wait I didn’t look at the, do they both have art? – Yeah.
– Oh there’s, oh the modern photo.
– It has like behind, behind the scenes photos. – Fun.
– That’s Michael and Kimberly. Anyway, fantastic. Thank you, I love gifts. (laughing) – Note to future guests. (laughing) – Go check out Loose Cattle. You can go to, right? –
– Awesome, thank you again. – You’re welcome.
– Have a great holiday season. – Thanks, you, too. – And I hope Kim has one, too, even though she hates the holidays. – Yeah, she’s, her heart has grown bigger over the years.
(laughing) In a Grinchly way. – Hey Caitlin, why don’t you take us out? – Thank you guys so much
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