Oh, Hello creator and star Nick Kroll visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert November 2. The comedian and his co-creator and co-star, John Mulaney, can currently be seen in Oh, Hello on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre.
As Upper West Side alta cockers, George St. Geegland (Mulaney) and Gil Fiazon (Kroll), the two have audiences rolling in the aisles during their romp, largely based on their previous sketches as the characters.
Each night, the two engage in an improv portion of the show called “Too Much Tuna,” where they invite a guest (usually a celebrity) onstage and try to get them to say the phrase “Too Much Tuna.” Tony winner Whoopi Goldberg paid a recent visit to their hodgepodge Broadway set. Kroll recounted the performance for host Colbert.
“We had Whoopi Goldberg on the show, and she had done her show, Whoopi [Goldberg, at the Lyceum]. Mike Nichols directed in 1984, so she came into the show, and she was like, ‘This theatre’s haunted,’” said Kroll. “But she is an expert on ghosts, let’s not forget.
“And the show was a mess, lighting cues, everything was going wrong the night she was there, and I was like, 'The ghost of the Lyceum Theatre is angry that these two shows are colliding.' We walked offstage and I was like, ‘This audience stunk,’ and our mics were still live. Everything went wrong.”
Kroll also talked about his first dramatic role in the film Loving, about the interracial couple that fought to get interracial marriage legalized in the United States. Kroll plays Bernie Cohen, the ACLU lawyer, in the film.
The comedian admitted he really enjoyed stepping into a drama, declaring, “I don’t want to be funny in panel interviews, I want to have a dramatic interview with you.”
Colbert indulged him, but the end of the interview is a twist nobody saw coming.