-Thank you for coming on.
-Oh, thanks for having me. -Every time you come on,
I always — I just love talking to you. I wish I could talk to you
for another hour. -Aww, thanks. -But, last time,
we talked about aliens. I don’t know
if you remember this. -Mm-hmm, yes. I do.
Oh, yeah, that was fun. -Do you have — Is there
any other supernatural things that have happened to you
since we’ve spoken? -Not — Well,
I was really hoping, like, once I talked about aliens
last time, I’d actually, like, see one. Like, they’d be like,
“Way to go!” you know? But they — didn’t happen.
[ Laughter ] -Yeah, well, it takes time
for them, probably, to get our broadcast…
-To get the signal, yeah. -…to signal to fly to…
-Yeah, probably right. Right. [ Laughter ]
I did — I did have a very interesting paranormal
experience with a pet psychic, if you want to hear about that.
-Yes! -Okay, So —
-Oh, a pet psychic. -A pet psychic, yeah. So, I — I have —
I have some terrible news. My — My beloved cat, Brian,
recently passed away. -I’m so sorry.
[ Audience awws ] -Aww, thank you.
Thank you. And before he was sick, like any normal couple
in Los Angeles, my — my boyfriend
and I consulted a pet psychic, you know? Just to make sure he didn’t have
any unfinished cat business. [ Light laughter ]
Right? -So, this was before
he was sick? You just… -Yeah,
just to make sure he didn’t have any, like, final wishes, like, you know, before —
before he went on, you know? You don’t do that?
-No, yeah, yeah, no. People do that.
[ Laughter ] Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
-Oh, okay. Yeah. -The holidays are coming up.
[ Laughter ] -Yeah. Right, right.
-What do you give as a gift? -Right, it’s a good gift, yeah.
-Exactly, yeah. -So — So, we called this woman,
and she had no idea who I was. No idea who I was,
anything about me. She kept calling me “ma’am” over
the phone which, you know… [ Laughter ]
At this point, like, if you don’t do that,
it’s weirder, you know? -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -So she starts asking questions,
and — and she says, “Does one of you sing?”
And it was kind of weird, because I was like,
“Well, uh, yes, I-I sing.” And she goes, “Do you sometimes,
like, change the words to famous songs
to be about your cat? Like — Like something from
‘The Sound of Music’?” And I, like — I got chills, because whenever Brian would
wake us up to feed him, I would always sing,
“The hills” — or… ♪ The house is awake
with the sounds of Brian ♪ You know? You know.
[ Light laughter ] -Wow!
-And so — And I’m also, like,
I’m getting really emotional, because
I used to sing on “Glee,” and I used to get
all kinds of letters from — -Of course.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Thank you. Thank you. So, I would — I would — I
would get letters all the time from people saying
that my voice, like, helped them through a hard time,
like, through chemo or, like, AP testing
or — or whatnot. [ Light laughter ]
And, you know? You know? And so I’m getting, like —
I’m getting emotional, thinking, like, my voice
is, like, soothing my cat, and it’s like his last hours.
-This is beautiful. -Yeah, and the psychic says, “Yeah, he hates your voice.”
[ Laughter ] And she says — she says, “If you — If you want him
to die in peace, he’s asking you to shut up.” [ Laughter ] -The pet psychic is saying this? -Yeah, yeah, I mean,
I got read by a pet psychic. It — I know.
[ Laughter ] Yeah, I mean, like, sorry
it wasn’t Michael Bublé’s cat. I mean, God.
[ Laughter ] Anyway…
-Oh, my goodness. I can’t believe she… Pal, let’s talk about the —
the — the new one here. -Oh, thank you.
-This is — -“The Land of Stories” —
congratulations on this. It’s “The Ultimate
Book Hugger’s Guide.” -Thanks.
-This is a — I — Every time you come on,
I love the new — a new addition to this. I mean, this is —
this is an idea that you’ve had in your brain
since you were a child, right? -Yes. Yeah,
I started writing these books when I was — when I was 6.
It’s crazy. I feel like it found me before
I found it, in a weird way. -That’s bizarre.
-But, yeah. -I mean, but then you —
you brought a drawing. -Yeah.
-This is what you — You drew this in — -I drew that when I was
in second grade, yeah. -“The Land of Stories.”
-And so that’s where — Yeah, that’s where it began.
[ Cheers and applause ] -“The Land of Stories.”
-Yeah. -Look, there’s even a frog.
-Yeah. -There’s a little frog.
-Yeah, yeah! -Just like there is a frog
on the cover of this one. -Right, right. And that frog —
actually I have — I’ll show you —
that frog was based on a magnet that was on
my grandmother’s refrigerator. So that’s the magnet that
I stole from my grandmother, ’cause you know…
[ Laughter ] So, yeah, no, that’s
one of the — one of the things that inspired the —
the book series. [ Audience awws ]
Isn’t that crazy? -Wow, so the —
so the magnet was just — you would just see it
on the fridge and be like, “Oh, that’s…”
-Yeah, well, all the grandkids —
we would make fun of each other. We’d always move him to,
like, our, like — our, like, our other cousins’ like, school portraits
and stuff, so they’d always
look like frogs. And so, like,
one day I looked up, and, like, he was, like,
on my uncle’s wedding picture. So I came up with the character
for — for — yeah, for Froggy. -I think I might have a thing
over here. A photo of me.
-Mm. -I guess I can do this one here. -Oh, there you go.
Yeah! [ Cheers and applause ] It’s nice. -I’m done. [ Applause continues ]
-Yeah. -But this is — it’s —
it’s such a cool thing, and the stories are great. It’s fun. It moves. It’s funny.
-Mm. -And it’s — you’re developing
a movie over this? -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
We’re in — We’re in early development for the —
for the first film. So, which I’m —
yeah, which I’m — I’m producing, writing,
and directing. And it’s — it’s —
it’s really wonderful. I really —
I really think the readers are going to truly love
the movie. So I can’t wait for it to —
to pick up steam. -What do you — What do you say
to any — any kids out there that are — that are watching
the show that like, him or her, want to be an author
or want to write stories? Do you have any advice for kids
that come to your — see you at book signings or…?
-Oh, gosh. Yeah, I mean, it’s —
I mean, it’s so, so easy for — for — for people,
especially young people, to get so discouraged and look around the world
and think, “God, how do I — how do I fit
into this mess?” -Yeah. -But I think it is so,
so important that young people
always remember that, the more
the world discourages you, the more it needs you and that the world’s
not going to change by having the same argument
with the same people who are too stubborn
to see past their own nose. The world’s going to change
by installing compassion and logic and reason
into the next generation. So if — So if anyone out there
has a talent that they think can help
contribute to that fight, I think they —
they owe it to themselves, and, quite frankly, they owe it
to the world to fight like hell until they get the chance
to share it. -That’s fantastic.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Thank you. Thank you.
-Didn’t know… -A Mr. Rogers moment.
[ Laughs ] -That’s fantastic.
We love you. Chris Colfer, everybody!
[ Cheers and applause ] “The Land of Stories: The
Ultimate Book Hugger’s Guide” is available now!
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