Josh Gad: Working With Hugh Laurie Was A “Pain In The Ass”


GUEST TONIGHT FROM
“THE BOOK OF MORMON,” “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,”
AND OF COURSE, AS OLAF IN “FROZEN.” HE NOW STARS IN THE NEW HBO
SERIES, “AVENUE 5.” PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO “THE LATE
SHOW,” JOSH GAD! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING )>>NICE!>>Stephen: LOVELY TO SEE YOU
AGAIN.>>YOU CAN STAND UP IF YOU WANT
TO.>>Stephen: I CAN INTERVIEW
YOU STANDING UP?>>YES.>>Stephen: ONE OF US SHOULD
SIT. PLEASE. IT’S LOVELY TO SEE YOU AGAIN. I AM NOT ALWAYS JEALOUS OF MY
GUESTS BUT I’M JEALOUS BECAUSE OF YOU BECAUSE OF THE NEW SHOW
“AVENUE 5”. YOU’RE ALSO STARRING WITH HUGH
LAURIE WHO IS AN OLD FRIEND, WE’VE MET TWICE. WHAT’S THAT BEEN LIKE FOR YOU?>>YOUR JEALOUSY IS WARRANTED,
ARMANDO IS — HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN “VEEP”? ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
DEATH OF STALIN. HE’S A GENIUS. HE JUST KNOWS HOW TO TAKE THESE
ISSUES IN THE POLITICAL OR SOCIAL ARENAS AND FIND A NEW WAY
TO APPROACH THEM, MUCH LIKE OUR OLD FRIEND JONATHAN STEWART.>>Stephen: I LIKE THAT GUY. WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM?>>I KNOW.>>Stephen: YEAH. THE PEOPLE AT HOME WON’T GET
THAT JOKE, BUT ONE DAY THEY WILL.>>Stephen: YEAH. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY LOVE
HIM. NOW, HUGH LAURIE IS A PAIN IN
THE ASS.>>Stephen: REALLY? HE SEEMS LOVELY. IT’S AN ACT?>>HERE’S WHY HE’S A PAIN IN THE
ASS. BEFORE HE GETS ANGRY WATCHING IN
AT HOME NOW AND GOES, WELL, I KNOW NOT TO WORK WITH THAT GUY
ANYMORE, HE’S THE PERFECT SPECIMEN OF A HUMAN BEING. I SHOW UP,IVE I’M DRIVEN TO THE
WORK IN THE BACK, I’M A PASSENGER, GUY GETS OUT AND
OPENS THE DOOR, I GO TO THE TRAILER, I HAVE VERY SOFT,
FEMININE HANDS.>>Stephen: BEAUTIFUL HANDS. THANK YOU. HE RIDES INTO THE SITE ON A
MOTORCYCLE.>>Stephen: HUGH LAURIE? THE GUY FROM “HOUSE.” HE’S BUILT THE MOTORCYCLE FROM
SOMETHING OUT OF USED CAR PARTS, LIKE FORD vs. FERRARI, AND
WHILE I’M WASHING MY DELICATE HANDS YOU HEAR HIM PLAYING MUSIC
AND RECORDING AN ALBUM FOR THE MASSES.>>Stephen: AND HIS AMERICAN
ACCENT IS BETTER THAN YOURS.>>100% BETTER THAN MAN! ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: WHAT IS “AVENUE 5”? I’VE SEEN A COUPLE OF CLIPS,
SCIENCE FICTION, BUT WHAT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING?>>SO THE SHOW TAKES PLACE 40
YEARS IN THE FUTURE. IT’S SORT OF LORD IN THE FLIES
BY WAY OF GILLIGAN’S ISLAND. ARE YOU EXCITED YET? ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
AND BASICALLY IT’S ABOUT SOCIETY IN A BUBBLE AND THE BREAKDOWN OF
EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS ONCE YOU LOSE ALL TO HAVE THE SOCIAL
NORMS YOU’RE USED TO. SO THINGS GO TERRIBLY WRONG. THE SHOW BEGINS ESSENTIALLY IN
ACT THREE OF THE TITANIC AND GETS PROGRESSIVELY WORSE FROM
THERE IS THAT AND WHO ARE YOU?>>I’M JOSH GAD. I’M YOUR GUST TONIGHT. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: OKAY. OKAY.>>I’M SORRY I’M NOT HUGH
LAURIE.>>Stephen: IN “AVENUE 5” WHO
ARE YOU? A CAPTAIN, PASSENGER, WHAT ARE
YOU?>>NO. YOU SHOULD HAVE WATCHED THE SHOW
BEFORE WE DID THIS INTERVIEW TONIGHT. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: I DID, BUT I’M FEIGNING IGNORANCE TO ALLOW YOU
TO ANSWER ONE AND PARDON MY FRENCH ( BLEEP ) QUESTION. ( LAUGHTER )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>>FAIR ENOUGH! TOUCHEÉ!>>Stephen: BUSINESS. THIS FEELS MORE LIKE SHOW
WORK.>>Stephen: YES. I PLAY A GUY CALLED HERMAN
JUD.>>Stephen: YEAH, I DON’T CARE
ANYMORE. ( LAUGHTER )
>>I’VE MISSED YOU SO MUCH!>>Stephen: WHY DON’T WE SHOW
THE CLIP? SET UP THE CLIP. YOU’RE HERMAN JUD.>>BASICALLY THIS GUY’S A MAKE
SURE OF EVERYBODY FROM ELIZABETH HOLMES TO BILLY MCFARLAND WHO
CREATED THE FIRE FESTIVAL.>>Stephen: HE’S A FRAUD? A BIT OF A FRAUD.>>Stephen: BILLIONAIRE. BILLIONAIRE FRAUD. TAKE A LOOK.>>Stephen: JIM. .21 DEGREES, IT’S LIKE, WHAT,
LESS THAN HALF A RIGHT ANGLE. HOW CAN THAT MAKE US THREE YEARS
LATE?>>BILLIE? ME. OKAY. SO WE WERE GOING THIS WAY, AND
NOW WE’RE GOING THIS WAY. YOU SEE HOW MY HANDS ARE MOVING
FAR APART?>>MM-HMM. AND IT’S FURTHER IN REALITY,
OBVIOUSLY. OBVIOUSLY, IF IT’S OBVIOUS,
RIGHT?>>SEE? NO, NO, THAT’S WRONG. THAT’S NOT RIGHT.>>IT IS RIGHT. S IT RIGHT? YEAH. NO. IT WOULD BE A STRAIGHT LINE. NO. NO. WHAT?>>YES. OKAY, WHO’S THE ENGINEER HERE?>>WHO’S THE GENIUS? ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: NOW, I’VE GOT TO ASK —
>>YES.>>Stephen: — YOU WHY THE
HAIR? WHAT IS THE HAIR? ARE YOU DOING RICHARD BRANSON? IT’S A BEAUTIFUL MANE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I READ A STORY ABOUT ELIZABETH
HOLMES WHO CREATED THERNOS AND SHE WORE MOCK TURTLENECKS EVERY
DAY TO GET PEOPLE TO BELIEVE SHE WAS HEIR APPARENT OF STEVE JOBS. I SOUGHT A FUTURE VERSION OF
ELIZABETH WOULD BE A GUY WHO WOULD GO TO THE HAIR DRESSER AND
SAY GIVE ME THE RICHARD BRANSON AND THAT ESSENTIALLY WAS THE
CHOICE OF HAIR.>>Stephen: THIS IS THE WORST
TRAVEL NIGHTMARE. AM I GIVING ANYTHING AWAY WHEN I
SAY IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A TRIP THAT LASTS WEEKS BUT ENDS UP
LASTING YEARS BECAUSE THEY GET OFFCOURSE.>>YES.>>Stephen: WHAT IS YOUR WORST
TRAVEL NIGHTMARE?>>MY HONEYMOON. ( AUDIENCE REACTS )
>>Stephen: OH… THAT CAME OUT WRONG. WE WENT TO ITALY. HER FAMILY IS IN ITALY. WE HAD TO GO STAY WITH HER
PARENTS AND STARE AT THEM WITH HER PARENTS’ SISTER. WE CALL HER AUNT.>>Stephen: ON YOUR HONEYMOON
YOU WENT AND STAYED WITH FAMILY?>>WITH FAMILY. SO IN ITALY THEY DON’T HAVE
SOMETHING CALLED AIR CONDITIONING. JUST REALLY HOT. IT WAS IN AUGUST. I’M A BIG GUY AND I SWEAT A LOT,
SO I WAS, LIKE, WE CAN’T DO THIS AND SHE SAYS, WELL, WE DON’T
HAVE ANY OPTIONS. AND I SAID WHY? SHE SAID, BECAUSE IN ITALY, YOU
DON’T TELL PEOPLE YOU’RE LEAVING. I JUST SAY, YOU SAY IT IN
ITALIAN AND IT WILL WORK. SHE SAID, NO, IT’S RUDE. SO SHE CAME UP WITH AN EXCUSE
I’M ALLERGICKING TO THE HOUSE OR SOMETHING. WE GO TO A H TELL, WHOSE AIR
CONDITIONING BREAKS, AND THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT A QUEEN BED IS
SO THEY PUT TWO TWINS BED TOGETHER. WE PROCEED TO MAKE SEXY TIME AND
I FALL THROUGH — NO, THAT NEVER HAPPENED. ( LAUGHTER )
SUFFICE IT TO SAY, WE WERE EXERCISING ON THE BED. I FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS. I’M, LIKE, I’M DONE WITH ITALY,
CAN WE GO TO FRANCE? SHE GOES, YES, WE CAN GO TO
FRANCE. SO THEN HER COUSIN IS LIKE, I GO
TO FRANCE, TOO!>>Stephen: YOU HAD A
CHAPERONE.>>WE HAD A CHAPERONE. AND HE GOES, DON’T-A-BOOK-THE
FANCY FLIGHT, THE DELTA, NO, NO, DO RYAN AIR. I SAID, OKAY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT
RYAN AIR IS. YEAH, YEAH, ONE STEP AHEAD OF
ME. ( LAUGHTER )
SO FLIGHT IS 100 BUCKS. AS A JEW, I LIKE THAT NUMBER. I’M, LIKE, GREAT. HERE’S THE PROBLEM, THOUGH. THEY GO, YOUR BAGS, THEY WAY TOO
MUCH. I SAID, WELL, WHAT’S THE
SOLUTION? THEY SAY, 2,000 EURO. 2,000 EURO FOR MY BAGS WHICH
AREN’T HUMAN BEINGS. IT COSTS ME LESS TO TRAVEL TO
ITALY FOR MY HONEYMOON, WHICH WAS AWFUL.>>Stephen: SURE. AND THAT’S THE END TO HAVE
THE STORY. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: IT WAS LOVELY TO SEE YOU, JOSH.>>I LOVE YOU. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: YOU LOVE ME! THIS IS SO SUDDEN. LATER. LET’S GO TO COMMERCIAL BREAK. ( LAUGHTER )
OKAY. ( PIANO RIFF )
THAT WAS VERY TENDER. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. I FEEL BAD BECAUSE YOU WERE
OFFERING INTIMACY AND I’M ALL BUSINESS.>>YEAH! I FELT LIKE YOU WERE PUSHING
AWAY BUT THEN IT FELT LIKE THERE WAS AN OPENING. DID I READ IT RIGHT?>>Stephen: NO, YOU’RE NOT
WRONG.>>OH, GOOD.>>Stephen: I SEND MIXED
SIGNALS TO MY GUESTS ALL THE TIME. ( LAUGHTER )
>>THIS FEELS LIKE MY HONEYMOON ALL OVER AGAIN.>>STEPHEN: “AVENUE 5” PREMIERES
SUNDAY NIGHT ON HBO. JOSH GAD, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH TAMRON
HALL.

100 Replies to “Josh Gad: Working With Hugh Laurie Was A “Pain In The Ass””

  1. They hugged instead of shaking hands. That's kind of a lot of touching between strangers isn't it? It's a very radical move on Stephens part, being all human and what the shit IN PUBLIC! 😱😱

    😁🙋

  2. I feel like I could watch an hour of Stephen and Josh talking about absolutely nothing poignant and it’d still be one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

  3. "V" was a reboot of an old series. It was an adaptation, not a creation. Like saying J.J. Abrams "created" "Star Trek".
    The new "V" sucked, BTW…

  4. Do you ever wonder why some people are famous? I get it Hollywood takes all types. But Josh Gad? Who plucked this guy from a Walmart and said "yeah, let's make this schlub a star."?? I just don't get it.

  5. Steven really needs to get Armando on thay would be a fantastic interview. But I know Armondo travels rarely and only to certain things as he has to split his time between the uk and us promotion.

  6. on that Ryn air flight all he had to do is making sure his suitcase is less than 20kg, to avoid the extra charge,
    I know Ryan air, have used them over a 100 times in 2018 – 2019, not a single extra charge

  7. Armando Iannucci "who also created Veep…" … WHAT? he also created the original, The thick of it, which makes Veep pale in comparison (if u are a fan of and understand the british political system).
    The thick of it is still one of the best tv events i was ever fortunate enough to witness. plus no one ever swore better than peter capaldi as malcolm tucker.
    (before i get screamed at, i like veep as well but to name this and NOT the thick of it, considering its the american version of the thick of it, seems lackluster)

  8. Full credit to Josh. His character was on screen for 5 seconds and I wanted to punch him in the face. He really elicited a reaction.

  9. I dislike celebrity guest interviews. Always so fake but rarely one will slip through that is a genuine conversation between two humans.

    This was almost that. Josh seems like a relatively quality talent

  10. Was josh Gad ever a stand-up comic? Feels like he’d make a good one – the ad-libbing, the spontaneity

    Great interview Me Colbert. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  11. I love this guy. I remember him on an episode of Numb3rs, and it was one of my favorite episodes. This is one of my favorite interviews ever. He makes everything better.

  12. Between the description of the show which sounds like a cross between Lord of the Flies, Gilligan's Island, red dwarf and Lost in Space
    And the honeymoon from hell starring Ryanair relatives and a hotel with broken air conditioning, I am sitting here laughing with tears coming down my face because I can actually imagine all of this., this is Comic gold

  13. I just see this guy as the guy from “I’m With Busey”

    Oh look that intern is a mormon now!

    Oh that snowman sounds like that intern?

    So that intern got fat hmmm.

  14. There was some tension after that honeymoon story and I would like to know the rest of that story. Internet-people, our quest begins…to find the rest of this interview!

  15. Anybody think SC wasn't also just feigning – with the "Pardon my French" response? Just kidding with the host is one thing, but IMO it was boorish for Gad to reply like that with his name AND "kid" about SC not watching the show, when SC was just TCB to flesh-out Gad's show – for US, the audience. Gad also broke the flow, for a corny, childish ham-y bit. Am I alone in taking umbrage on behalf of our esteemed SC (& member of that audience) or was Gad obnoxiously presuming too much, "punching" above his rank, as if he were an A-lister?

  16. The chair bit, no love?
    "Tell me more, tell me more!" Oh, wrong show.

    "Billionaire fraud," and then it shows how he looks.

  17. I imagine working with Josh Gad would be a pain in the ass. You picture someone fun, spontaneous, Jack Black-esque even. Instead, you get a whiny bitch who complains that someone is cooler than him.

  18. He was awesome! What an entertaining interview with such a witty guy! I’ve never seen him on a talk show, actually and this was great!

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