Garry Trudeau

  • Aired:  12/17/13
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Garry Trudeau talks about the inspiration for his political comedy series "Alpha House" and helpfully explains the concept of streaming video for Stephen. (6:29)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK EEVERYBODY.

MY GUEST IS A CELEBRATEDCARTOONIST.

WHOSE "ALPHA HOUSE" IS STREAMINGON AMAZON.

HE MUST DRAW FAST.

WELCOME GARRY TRUDEAU.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Stephen: GOOD TO SEE YOU,

GARRY.

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

>> MERRY CHRISTMAS.

>> MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Stephen: I DIDN'T KNOW HOWLIBERAL YOU WERE?

>> I SAY IT.

Stephen: NOW EVERYONE KNOWSYOU AS THE PULITZER PRIZE WINNER

OF TKAOPB DOONSBURY.

>> THAT PERSON KNOWS ME.

Stephen: YOU'RE DOINGSOMETHING BEYOND A DAILY COMIC

STRIP.

YOU HAVE CREATED A SHOW.

A LIVE ACTION SHOW CALLED "ALPHAHOUSE."

WHY?

YOU COULD OF SOLD THE RIGHTS TOSOMETHING.

>> YES.

I HAVE WORKED ON THEATRICALPROJECTS.

THIS WAS INSPIRED BY A ARTICLEIN THE TIMES ABOUT THESE FOUR

SENATORS WHO SHARED A HOUSE ONCAPITOL HILL.

>> Stephen: FOUR SENATORS WHOLIVED TOGETHER, RIGHT.

WHO WERE THEY.

>> CHUCK SCHUMER MY ZEN TOEFRPLTDICK DURBAB, AND GEORGE MILLER.

I CAN'T REMEMBER THE FOURTH ONE.

I NEVER WENT TO INTERVIEW THEM.

>> Stephen: THOSE GUYS AREDEMOCRATS.

WHY WOULD YOU CREATE A SHOWABOUT REPUBLICANS.

DID YOU WANT A OLDER WHITERAUDIENCE?

>> FIRST OF ALL I HAVE DONE ASHOW ABOUT DEMOCRATS.

I DID A SHOW CALLED "TANNER"SOME YEARS AGO ON HBO.

IT WAS A INTERESTING SHOW ABOUTDEMOCRATS.

THEY WERE IN TOTAL DISRAY.

>> Stephen: IS IT EASIER TOWRITE ABOUT FOUR REPUBLICANS

LIVING TOGETHER.

THEY'RE SO UNIFIED NOW.

IT'S A CLEAR MESSAGE FORAMERICA.

>> THAT MUCH OF ESCAPED MYATTENTION.

IT SEEMS LIKE THERE IS A CIVILWAR IN WASHINGTON.

NO, NO.

>> Stephen: THEY'RE KEEPING THEPOWDER DRY.

>> THREE OF FOUR SENATORSELECTED IN PRETEA PARTY AREA.

THEY'RE BLIND SIDED TAKING FIREFROM THE RIGHT.

THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO REACT TOIT.

>> Stephen: ON YOUR FIRSTEPISODE I HAD ONE OF YOUR

SENATORS ON MY SHOW.

A SENATOR FROM NEVADA?

>> NEVADA.

Stephen: NEVADA.

LET'S SHOW THE CLIP OF "ALPHAHOUSE" HERE.

>> WHAT SPORT DID YOU PLAY WHENYOU WERE YOUNGER?

>> IT WAS A BY THE OF TENNISEARLY ON.

WRESTLING.

A WRESTLING IN MY DAY.

>> I WRESTLED IN HIGH SCHOOL.

YOU WANT TO THROW DOWN.

YOU THINK WE SHOULD?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Audience: STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> GREAT GUEST.

Stephen: HE WAS AN EXCITINGGUEST.

VERY FEW.

I COULDN'T GET CHUCK TO DO THATWITH ME.

>> IT BACKFIRED ON HIM.

HE WENT ON THE SHOW BECAUSE MOSTCOLLEAGUES OF HIS ARE AFRAID OF

THE SHOW.

>> Stephen: THEY'RE COWARDS.

>> THEY DON'T GO TOE-TO-TOE.

Stephen: HOW ABOUT GROIN TOFACE.

THE WAY YOU GET THE SHOW.

IT'S A TV SHOW.

WHAT TV CHANNEL DO I WATCH ITON?

>> YOU CAN'T IT'S STREAMINGVIDEO.

LEGALLY WE HAVE TO CALL ITSTREAMING VIDEO.

>> Stephen: WHEN DO I WATCH IT.

WHAT TIME IS IT ON?

>> IT'S ON WHENEVER YOU WANT TOWATCH IT.

>> Stephen: OKAY IS IT ON NOW.

>> IT'S ON NOW.

Stephen: I CAN'T I'MINTERVIEWING YOU, I MISSED IT.

>> IT'S ON OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

Stephen: WHAT CHANNEL?

>> AMAZON.

Stephen: I ORDER A TV.

>> NOW ENTER "ALPHA HOUSE" ONAMAZON.

IT SHOWS UP.

THE FIRST THREE EPISODES AREFREE.

>> Stephen: WHAT IF I'M NOTTHERE WHEN IT'S DELIVERED.

DOES THE UPS LEAVE A TAG ON THEDOOR AND WE PLAY PHONE TAG FOR A

WHILE?

>> NO, THE SHOW IS NOT DELIVEREDTO THE HOME.

>> Stephen: NEVER DELIVERED.

I DON'T GET IT.

>> DO I HAVE TO EXPLAIN THIS.

Stephen: YES.

I GO TO AMAZON.

TURN ON THE COMPUTE I COMPUTER.

Stephen: GOT IT.

>> GET YOUR KID TO CALL UP ABROWSER.

>> Stephen: I GOT ONE OF THOSE.

>> RIGHT.

YOU TYPE IN THE WORD AMAZON.

IT TAKES YOU RIGHT TO SEATTLE.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

I UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE TALKINGABOUT.

ABOUT.

YOU ORDER IT ON AM A SOFPBLT HOWDO YOU INDICATE THIS IN

CHARADES.

THIS -- THIS IS TV.

IS THIS IT?

>> I GUESS.

Stephen: I STREAMED IT.

>> OKAY.

Stephen: PEOPLE WHO ORDEREDYOUR SHOW ON AMAZON ORDERED THE

TED CRUZ COLOR BOOK.

YOU CAN GET A PACKAGE OF THE.

TWO.

>> FANTASTIC COMBINATION.

Stephen: NOW SPEAKING OF THEBOOK YOU HAVE ANOTHER BOOK --

>> THAT WILL POP UP.

Stephen: "SQUARED AWAY" HOWMANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN DOING

DOONSBURY?

>> 43 YEARS.

Stephen: 43 YEARS.

[ APPLAUSE ]>> Stephen: PRIME NUMBER, A GOOD

ONE.

HOW MANY MORE SEASONS OF THISARE YOU GOING TO DO?

>> SEASONS OF THE SHOW?

tephen: THIS SHOW.

>> DEPENDS ON AMAZON.

Stephen: IS THERE SUCH THINGAS RATINGS ON AMAZON?

I THINK YES.

IT'S IN A BLACK BOX.

YOU DON'T GET TO KNOW HOW IT IS.

IT'S A HIT IF THEY SAY IT'S AHIT.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T GET TOKNOW.

>>>> Don:

Stephen: BEEZOS SHOWS UP ANDSAYS GIVE ME MORE.

GOOD LUCK.

IT'S A FANTASTIC SHOW.

YOU HAVE AN AMAZING TASK.

GARRY TRUDEAU, "THE ALPHA HOUSE"CLICK.

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