-You had your kids on set.
-Yeah. -7, 10…13? -Yes.
-Here´s a photo of your kids. -Oh, yeah.
-They´re very adorable. -I haven´t even
seen that picture. -And they were on set with you. -They were on set with me…
-I think for that clip. -…for the clip
that you guys just saw, which is the introduction
of my father, John Lithgow. And we are —
we´re very open, loving… -Mm-hmm.
-…father and son relationship. We kiss every time
we greet each other. [ Laughter ] And that was the scene they
got to see for the first time. Which I — I forgot that we were
shooting it that day, and my boys were like,
“What is going on?” [ Laughter ] I was like, “Well, is it funny?” “It´s funny,
but it´s embarrassing.” [ Laughter ] “How many more times
do you guys gotta kiss?” And I´m like,
“We´ll do it all day long.” “What?!”
[ Laughter ] “We will do it all day long.”
Yeah, so, uh… They thought it was —
-They learned that — -They were like,
“Dad, your job´s embarrassing.” -Wow.
-Yeah. -I know one of your kids
recently asked you — He´s obviously smart
to know that this is a thing. -Yeah.
-He wanted a gap year. He wanted to take a gap year.
-Yes. He´s in 8th grade.
-Okay. [ Laughter ]
-And, uh… He said,
“Hey, dad, I think, uh… I think I want to do
a gap year.” And I go,
“Between 8th and 9th grade? Like when?
Right now?” He´s like, “No, no, college.
I want to do a gap year.” And I´m like,
“Oh, well, you know, I think that that´s something a
lot of kids are talking about.” ´Cause, you know,
it´s hard to really know when you´re 17, 18…
-Sure. -…what you want to do, and,
“Yeah, if you want to go get a job or work for
the, you know, Peace Corps or do something like that,”
and he´s like, “Work? No. It´s called a gap year, Dad.”
[ Laughter ] “You just hang out.” I´m like,
“You do not just hang out.” [ Laughter ] “You have to do something
constructive.” He´s like, “You don´t know
what you´re talking about.” [ Laughter ]
“It´s a gap year.” So that will be
an ongoing argument, I think, in our household, yeah. -Well, I hope — You know, I
don´t know who I´m rooting for, but I hope you guys
figure it out. I want to talk to you about
this, because we´ve done a very popular segment
on our show, called “Second Chance Theater.”
-Yes, which I love, yes. -So we´ve done it —
I think we´ve had 605 shows. I think we´ve done it
three times. -Okay.
-So it was very popular. [ Laughter ]
There´s a sketch of yours that I remember
right when I started “SNL”… -Yeah.
-…it was like a thing that we would
all gather around and watch. -As one of the biggest failing
sketches at dress of all time. -I, uh —
And it is — When you explain it,
it will sound like something that should fail,
don´t you think? -There´s no question.
-Yeah. [ Laughter ]
It´s based on — -It´s based on — I wrote a sketch
about a guy who dresses — looks exactly like Gabe Kaplan, who was the star of the hit
sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” -“Welcome Back, Kotter,” yeah. -He was also
a professional gambler. -Uh-huh.
-Side note. [ Laughter ] And I wrote a sketch
where it was — I worked
for an insurance company… And it took place in a
break room, and everyone was — It´s the day
that Gabe Kaplan came to visit. -The real Gabe Kaplan.
-The real Gabe Kaplan, and no one came to get me
out of the bathroom to meet him ´cause I was his biggest fan.
-Yeah, right. -And judging by the silence
in this room, you can tell… [ Laughter ] …that it didn´t work then,
and it will never work. But that´s why
we need to bring it back… -We have to bring it back.
-…for “Second Chance Theater.” -Well, here´s the thing
about it. ´Cause the interesting thing is,
you realize the core problem with this sketch
is that no one — there´s a lack of recognition
for Gabe Kaplan… -Sure, for Gabe Kaplan.
-…right off the jump. -Super…
-And now it´s been 17 years. -Super obscure
late ´70s reference. -Yeah.
And so now time has passed. You would argue that,
if anything, he´s less known. -Less relevant.
[ Laughter ] -But you´d be willing to come
and do the Gabe Kaplan sketch. -Oh, I would in a heartbeat.
Yeah, yeah. -And I´d say the reason
it was great to watch and why we all watched it,
is you never waned at all. -Right, right.
-You committed fully. -You know, I have a tendency,
for some reason, when I could tell —
when a sketch was tanking, and I could tell
the audience was like, “Let´s just get
to the next thing, ” I would take twice as long.
[ Laughter ] I don´t know why, but I wanted
to punish the audience. It was like, “Okay.
You don´t think it´s funny. Now you´re gonna really
not think it´s funny.” [ Laughter ] “´Cause I´m gonna turn
this three-minute gem into a eight-minute turd.
-Yeah. -And you´re gonna have
to sit through it. -And most of the dialogue…
-Yeah, yeah. -…is you saying to Horatio,
John Goodman, I believe… -John Goodman and Molly
and Tim Meadows, maybe. …is just a lot —
You just keep repeating, “What?” -“What?
Why wouldn´t you come get me?!” [ Laughter ] “My life
is all about Gabe Kaplan.” So, yeah, I really —
-Next time you´re here, we´re gonna break out
the Kaplan mask… -Done. Beautiful.
-…and go to work. Thank you so much
for being here.