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Simon Helberg vs. Jon Batiste: Mozart Piano Battle


>>Stephen: WELCOME BACK,
EVERYBODY! MY NEXT GUEST STARS AS HOWARD
WOLOWITZ, THE DICKIE-WEARING GENIUS ON “THE BIG BANG THEORY.” NOW HE’S CO-STARRING WITH MERYL
STREEP IN THE NEW MOVIE “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS.” PLEASE WELCOME SIMON HELBERG! ( BAND PLAYING )
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) I LIKE THAT. I LIKE THE HOP, THE ENERGY.>>MOVING QUICKLY. I GOT SOMEWHERE TO BE, SO —
>>Stephen: YOU DON’T HAVE ANYPLACE TO GO FOR THE NEXT
SEVEN MINUTES, I HOPE.>>NO, I CAN HANG OUT. HOW’S IT GOING.>>Stephen: GREAT. HOW ABOUT WITH YOU? SEASON 10 OF “THE BIG BANG
THEORY” IS ABOUT TO START. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
>>I LIKE THE DOME. WEIRD WHEN A MAN SITS DOWN AND
SAYS “NICE DOME” TO A STRANGER.>>Stephen: I CAN HANDLE IT. WILL THIS BE THE LAST SEASON TO
“THE BIG BANG THEORY”?>>DO YOU KNOW SOMETHING I
DON’T?>>Stephen: NO, BUT TEN YEARS,
QUITE AN ACHIEVEMENT.>>NO, BUT WE’RE HAVING A GREAT
TIME DOING THE SHOW. WE’LL KEEP GOING IF PEOPLE WILL
HAVE US.>>Stephen: I THINK THEY WILL. I’M CONFIDENT THAT PEOPLE WILL
HAVE YOU. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THAT. I UNDERSTAND YOU ALMOST DIDN’T
DO THIS JOB.>>YES.>>Stephen: YOU HAD ANOTHER
GIG.>>I HAVE GREAT INSTINCTS. LIKE THE INSTINCTS OF A
SQUIRREL, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU’RE DRIVING AND THE SQUIRREL JUST
STOPS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. THAT’S YOUR INSTINCT? THAT’S MINE.>>Stephen: WHAT WERE YOU
DOING?>>I WAS DOING A SHOW CALLED
“STUDIO 60” THAT WAS A GREAT, GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE, BUT IT
WAS PEOPLE WEREN’T WATCHING IT, AND I HEAR THAT’S PART OF THE
EQUATION.>>Stephen: YEAH, THAT IS PART
OF IT, YEAH.>>SO I SAID, I’M NOT GONNA DASH
ON’T WANT TO PLAY IN OTHER NERDS ANYMORE.>>Stephen: I’M GOING FOR SEXY
NOW.>>YEAH, PRETTY SOON, I WILL BE
A DISTINGUISHED GREY, AND THAT’S PRETTY HOT, SO I’LL PASS ON THE
NERD SHOW, AND I JUST GOT CONVINCED TO GO IN, AND I THINK
I MADE A GOOD CHOICE.>>Stephen: I THINK YOU MADE
THE RIGHT CHOICE.>>YEAH. (APPLAUSE)
>>Stephen: SO, IN “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS,” YOU HAVE TO
PLAY SOME SERIOUS PIANO.>>VERY SERIOUS.>>Stephen: I UNDERSTAND YOU
ACTUALLY WERE A PIANO PLAYER OF SOME SERIOUSNESS WHEN YOU WERE
YOUNGER.>>OF SOME SER YOWSNESS, NOT
THIS SERIOUSNESS.>>Stephen: WHAT LEVEL? I PLAYED JAZZ AND ROCK. I NEVER GOT INTO OPERA. I WASN’T THAT COOL.>>Stephen: DID YOU PLAY
CLUBS?>>YEAH, I PLAYED, LIKE, ON THE
SUNSET STRIP. MY DAD WOULD DROP ME OFF.>>Stephen: HOW OLD ARE WE
TALKING?>>14, 15. I WOULD TAKE OFF THE RUBBER
BANDS FROM MY BRACES — READY TO ROCK! PRETTY SWEET. I WASN’T HANDSOME ENOUGH TO BE
BAD. I WAS IN A BAND WITH A BUNCH OF
HANDSOME PEOPLE WHO COULD BE BAD. I’D PLAY A CORD, THEY’D TAKE
THEIR SHIRT OFF, GIRLS WOULD COME UP AND I WOULD BE SOLOING
LIKE A SAVANT.>>Stephen: THIS IS WITH MERYL
STREEP, AND YOU WERE A PIANIST TO ACCOMPANY FLORENCE FOSTER
JENKINS WHO IS A TERRIBLE SINGER WHO WANTS TO PERFORM AT CARNEGIE
HALL. AND I PLAYED THE MUSIC AND MERYL
SANG.>>COULD WE SPEAK? YES. I THOUGHT I WAS BEING HIRED
TO ACCOMPANY MADAM FLORENCE’S LESSON.>>MHILL. I’LL BE HONEST, I THINK MADAM
FLORENCE MAY NEED LATE MORE PREPARATION BEFORE SHE SINGS IN
PUBLIC.>>WE HAVE BEEN REHEARSING FOR A
MONTH.>>I KNOW, BUT FROM TIME TO TIME
SHE CAN BE A LITTLE –>>HMM? — FLAT? FLAT? A TAD… JUST A TAD. (APPLAUSE)
>>Stephen: WERE YOU NERVOUS AT ALL? I MEAN, BECAUSE YOU’RE A VERY
SUCCESSFUL ACTOR IN YOUR OWN RIGHT, BUT IN THE ROOM WITH
MERYL STREEP, THAT MUST HAVE MADE A COUPLE OF THINGS SNAP
SHUT BEFORE YOU WERE PERFORMING.>>I WAS TERRIFIED. BEFORE I WENT TO MEET HER, I WAS
DRIVING AROUND L.A. AND I REMEMBER SEEING A BAG LADY
MUTTERING, PUSHING A SHOPPING CART AND I THOUGHT, SHE’S SO
LUCKY.>>Stephen: BECAUSE SHE
DOESN’T HAVE TO GO MEET MERYL STREEP.>>DOESN’T HAVE TO MEET MERYL. SHE’S JUST FREE.>>Stephen: I THOUGHT YOU WERE
GOING TO SAY MERYL STREEP IS SO GOOD SHE COULD BE HER RIGHT NOW
AND I WOULD NEVER KNOW.>>THAT ADDED TO THE TERROR. YOU NEVER KNOW.>>Stephen: DID YOU HAVE TO
TRAIN OR WERE YOU GOOD ENOUGH TO PLAY THE PART?>>NO, I LIED. I LIED TO A GREAT DIRECTOR.>>Stephen: THAT’S WHAT ACTORS
ARE, PROFESSIONAL LIARS.>>YEAH, AND HE BOUGHT IT. I SAID, I CAN PLAY ANYTHING YOU
PUT IN FRONT OF ME, AND HE JUST — HE FELL FOR IT. SO LYING IS KIND OF THE KEY TO
SUCCESS. BUT THEN I HAD TO LEARN ALL THIS
OPERA AND CLASSICAL STUFF AND, MY GOSH, YEAH —
>>Stephen: YOU’VE PLAYED WITH MERYL STREEP.>>I HAVE.>>Stephen: HAVE YOU EVER
PLAYED WITH JON BATISTE.>>WHO IS THAT?>>Stephen: HE’S HEAD OF MY
BAND, JON BATISTE.>>Jon: I WENT TO JUILLIARD.>>Stephen: SIMON HELBERG AND
JON BATISTE.>>Jon: WHOA, WHOA, WHOA! GET INTO IT, MR. JUILLIARD.>>Stephen: IMPROVISE
SOMETHING TOGETHER.>>QUEEN OF THE NIGHT.>>Stephen: MOZART. (PIANO PLAYING)
>>Stephen: WHOO! ♪ ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ ♪ “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS”
PREMIERES AUGUST 12. SIMON HELBERG, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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