got offered this role, you were going to walk away
from acting. -I wasn’t offered the role.
I had to audition for it. -Yes.
-But yes, I had left the country. I moved to Barcelona.
-Uh-huh. -[ Spanish accent ] Barcelona.
-[ Spanish accent ] Barcelona. -You have to do that
when you live there. -Yeah.
-You have to become very, um, pretentious.
[ Laughter ] But, yeah, I moved,
and Amy sent me the script. And was like —
-This is Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of the show, yeah?
-Yeah, and she — She sent it. She’s like, “Just read it.”
And then I read it and was like, “Ugh! Now I gotta fly back
and audition for this thing.” [ Laughter ]
-Do you think — How did you pick Barcelona
as a place to — to move to with your family? -Um, I — I — I wanted to
give my kids, like, an experience of a year
abroad somewhere, and the first thought was like, “Oh, maybe we’ll go to
Budapest.” Because we have family there,
but the language is, you know, kind of useless.
[ Laughter ] It’s beautiful, but useless.
[ Laughter ] so I thought, you know,
what would be — what would be a really
good language for them? And I thought, you know,
Chinese or Spanish, and I already knew
a tiny bit of Spanish, so I went with the easier route.
And we did it. Plus — plus the thing about
Barcelona is — is people take naps.
-Yeah. That was — that seems to me
a huge draw. -That was the real draw,
is a nap. That’s like — I think what
is wrong with America right now is people don’t nap.
-Yeah! [ Laughter ]
And it strikes me that everybody sort of naps —
correct me if I’m wrong — at the same time that
it’s almost like you should be ashamed
if you’re not napping. -That’s — Yeah,
you have to nap. Things shut down from, like,
2:00 to 4:00. -That’s just the dream right
there. -It is.
-You really cracked the code. I tip my cap to you.
-Well, that’s why I look — -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -Because I nap.
-Another very iconic role that you played for years is the
voice of Lois on “Family Guy.” And I think — you know,
a lot of times, I think voiceover actors
obviously are pretty anonymous. But this show has been on
so long that I think a lot of people know that. Is that a part that you are
constantly approached about? Do people know you enough
and, due to how much they love that show, come up
and ask you about it? -Yeah, we’re — we’re —
we’re nonymous now. Is that a word?
-Nonymous. -We went from anonymous
to nonymous. -Right.
[ Laughter ] -Very nonymous. Infamous.
No, yeah, it’s interesting. People — My career’s been so —
so specific that if I’m in an airport
or in a mall and I see someone coming like a mile away, I know
what they’re gonna ask me. I know, like,
“That’s a ‘Lizzie McGuire’ fan.” [ Laughter ]
-There you go, yeah. [ Cheers and applause ]
You — you have a — Is this a cabaret group?
Amstergang? -Alex Borstein & The Amstergang. It’s kind of musical standup
comedy. I’m doing a little tour
right now. -Wow, musical standup comedy.
That seems like you’ve made it — you’ve —
Both seem very hard, and doing them together
would seem — -They’re both difficult
separately, but if you put them together,
it’s a breeze. [ Laughter ]
-And where are you doing shows? You’re going overseas, yeah?
-I leave tomorrow. I go to London. We’re doing five
shows at the Soho Theatre. -That’s really exciting.
-It’s really exciting. -That’s a beautiful theater.
-It is. And it’s two guys that
I met when I moved to Barcelona. Interestingly enough,
two Jewish guys. And I don’t know if you know
much about Barcelona, but it’s about
two million population. Maybe 6,000 of them are Jewish. -Wow, and you found two of them.
-My uterus made a beeline. [ Laughter ]
Bing, bing! Found them within, like, 30
seconds, and we started a group. We went to Amsterdam
for a weekend. -Oh, is that where the name
the Amstergang comes from? -Yes.
-Yeah. -We inhaled something there. I forget what it’s called.
-Yeah. Like, just smog or something,
like — -Something like that.
-Yeah. Exhaust from a van.
-Yeah, yeah. -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-And we felt the effects of that substance.
[ Laughter ] And then decided, “You know
what? We’re all middle-aged. We should start — We should
start making music together.” [ Laughter ]
And it grew. It kind of became this standup
— a musical standup comedy.
So, it’s a very strange night. And it’s a bit — It’s a bit
filthy so, if you are in London, don’t bring your
14-Year-Old “Maisel” daughter… -Loving fan.
-…or son to — Yeah, don’t bring
a 14-Year-old to this show. -That’s very —
that’s very good advice. You also — you have a company. Is this an idea that came to
you? Is it Henabee’s?
Am I saying that right? -Yes, it’s called Henabee’s.
-Okay. -I actually — I brought one.
-Okay. -I will explain what it is.
Henabee’s… Ta-da! Is this what you do?
-Yeah, you do it right — So we’ll turn it that way.
There you go. Look at that. -Look at that.
-Beautiful. Beautiful label. -I’m basically Johnny Carson. I just figured that out
on my own. [ Laughter ]
You can Google that later. These “Lizzie McGuire” kids
don’t know who that is. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -It is a detachable
and attachable sleeve. So, if you have
a sleeveless gown, a sleeveless dress, and you
don’t want it to be sleeveless, you can attach this to any dress and you get a little
capelet sleeve. -Oh, my God. That is amazing.
[ Audience oohs ] -Right? [ Cheers and applause ]
But it’s not just — And it’s not just about, like,
“Oh, I don’t like my arms.” I think all arms are disgusting.
-Yeah. [ Laughter ]
-I apologize to your previous guest.
She’s beautiful. But I just think armpits
and arms are disgusting. -Yeah.
-I just — -And yet, you love hands.
You’ve always — A huge fan of hands.
-I actually am. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -Did you know that?
-No, I didn’t know that. -Oh, I thought maybe I tweeted
about it. [ Laughter ]
-You tweet about hands? -I actually am a very big fan
of — -Wow, so that’s so interesting
that you’re all — you’re — from here to here, you’re
like all about it. But from here to here,
nightmare. -I just feel like armpit —
it’s like you look like a raw chicken in a sink.
It’s just — -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] And was that — were you
preparing raw chicken in a sink one day when you thought, “I could make
a detachable sleeve company”? -Yeah, no. Actually, this was
born out of necessity. I was doing red carpets,
trying to find a dress. Running to Macy’s,
running to Nordstrom, anything that I liked
was sleeveless. And then I would ruin it
with a blazer or a — -Yeah.
[ Light laughter ] -Or a, you know,
a shrug or a shawl. And so, I — My mother helped me
fashion the first pair. And then we —
we kind of ran with it. So, these are —
these are available. -I’m very, very impressed.
-Thank you. -And thank you so much
for being here. Congratulations so much
on the show. It is just a delight.
[ Cheers and applause ] Alex Borstein, everybody.