so great to see you. Congratulations on
the return of “Roseanne.” -Thank you very much. -This must be beyond
your wildest dreams. Even the fact that it came
together in the first place. -It was a gift.
And I’m treating it as such. I’m very grateful
to be back there, as opposed to last time,
when I was “rehearsing” and… It was remarkable
how it came together. I was on Sara Gilbert’s
talk show, “The Talk.” -Yes. -In case there’s any confusion. And we did a little
“Roseanne”-ish sketch at the top of it. And during the show, she asked
me if I would be interested in a reunion show
or something like that. A clip show. I don’t know.
I said, yeah, in a heartbeat. And she called Roseanne,
said I was interested. And three weeks later,
we had a deal with the American
Broadcasting Company… -That’s crazy.
-…also known as ABC. -You’ve always been a formal — You always speak about networks
very formally. -The DuMont Network. -[ Laughs ] It’s funny. Obviously you and
Roseanne have this chemistry. It’s incredibly well-honed. I remember this year
at the Golden Globes you guys came out
and presented together. And I was rehearsing
earlier in the day. And for people who don’t know, they just have extras
do the lines. So, I was watching, and it was
like a three-line exchange between you and Roseanne. But I watched two extras do it, and I was like,
“This isn’t funny at all.” And then you and Roseanne
came out and said the exact same thing,
and it just crushed. -Well, they gave me a punch line
that didn’t work. -[ Laughs ] Oh, yeah? -And she saved my bacon.
-Oh, well, that’s — I think that when you have
a partner in comedy like that, there’s a lot of bacon saving.
-Oh, thank you. -And you brought back
the whole cast. You even brought back
both Beckys. Was that a fun thing to have to
figure out the math of that? -Yeah, it was amazing. Yeah,
I couldn’t recognize them apart. Which one is which? Yeah, they fit her in. She may even be coming back,
I don’t know, doing something. But it’s just so bizarre to walk onto that set
for the first time. Everything is reproduced
exactly. And I got chills. It’s not déjàà vu,
but it’s something spookier. I think Laurie Metcalf
calls it a wormhole. -A wormhole. That makes sense.
So, you said reproduced. It’s not the original set?
-No. They had to get stuff off of
eBay, I believe, that was ours. -Oh, really? [ Cheers and applause ] -The rumor
that I’ve been spreading is that the Smithsonian
Institution owns the couch and they wouldn’t
rent it back to us cheaply. -Right.
-But that’s not true. -It’s a good rumor.
-Print the legend. Yeah, absolutely.
Print the legend. -Cheap bastards. I want to tell you
about the government! Let me tell you about the
government! Aw, they’re bad! -Well, the show, of course, is
a lot now about the government, not as much as I feel like
it’s maybe getting ink for. Roseanne is a Trump supporter. Laurie is a Hillary —
a left-wing supporter. Did you know
going into the season what the stories
were going to be about? -I didn’t care.
-Yeah, that — -Which is pretty much
the way I went through the last nine years of the show. -Well.
-I don’t care! -The other thing
that I think that helps is Dan doesn’t seem to care.
-No. -It’s basically — he’s along
for the ride, as well. -He’s out in the garage
drinking quite a bit of beer. -Yeah. But he looks very svelte.
-Thank you. -New Dan looks very svelte.
You’ve done him a great favor. -Light beer.