H. Jon Benjamin Doesn’t Play An Instrument, But Recorded A Jazz Album


WELCOME BACK, LADIES AND
GENTLEMEN. MY NEXT GUEST IS A COMEDIAN WHO
HAS VOICED EVERYTHING FROM THE TITLE ROLES IN “ARCHER” AND
“BOB’S BURGERS,” TO A CAN OF VEGETABLES IN “WET HOT AMERICAN
SUMMER.” PLEASE WELCOME H. JON BENJAMIN!>>VERY NICE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
OOOOH!>>Stephen: WELCOME.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.>>Stephen: NOW, LET’S GET
THIS RIGHT OUT OF THE WAY– H. JON BENJAMIN,.>>JUP.>>Stephen: SHOULD I CALL YOU
“H”? H. JON.>>I PREFER THE SOUND THE LETTER
MAKES HAAAHELP.>>Stephen: DO YOU GO BY JON
OR H. JON?>>JON.>>Stephen: JON, YOU’RE A
PROLIFIC JOYCE ACTOR. YOU’RE STEMPING ARCHER ON
“ARCHER.” ( APPLAUSE )
I THINK WE HAVE A CLIP. ARCHER IS IN AN ALLEY FOR SOME
REASON. DO YOU KNOW WHY HE’S IN THE
ALLEY?>>HE’S IN THE ALLEY A LOT.>>Stephen: WE DON’T NEED TON
MORE THAN THAT.>>HE DOES SOME BUSINESS THERE.>>Stephen:
>>GO EASY, ARCHER.>>I WILL PUNCH YOU RIGHT IN THE
GENITALS.>>IT’S OKAY, LET HIM GO. UBIG LUMMOX. WOODHOUSE. YOU GOT ANY LEADS? WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED?>>I THINK HE GOT BEHIND ON HIS
DOPE TAB SO SOME TIME LAST NIGHT HIS DEALER PUNCHED HIS TICKET
FOR HIM.>>WOULDN’T THAT BE CONVENIENT.>>NOT FOR HIM.>>YOU LITTLE RAT (BLEEP).>>SCRAM, ARCHER.>>OW! STOFN A– I MEAN, JUST OW.>>Stephen: NOW, THIS IS THE
EIGHTH SEASON COMING OUT RIGHT NOW?>>THIS WILL BE THE EIGHTH,
EIGHTH.>>Stephen: CONGRATULATIONS ON
THAT.>>YEAH, IT’S GOOD.>>Stephen: MY UNDERSTANDING
IS THAT FOR THE FIRST FOUR SEASONS, ARCHER WORKED FOR
SOMETHING CALLED THE INTERNATIONAL SECRET
INTELLIGENCE SERVICE. ( LAUGHTER )
OR…>>ISIS.>>Stephen: WHY DID YOU CHANGE
THE NAME?>>THERE WAS A LITTLE PROBLEM
THAT CAME UP AFTER THEY NAMED IS ISIS. THAT WAS UNFORTUNATE. WE CHANGED IT.>>Stephen: DID YOU LITERALLY
CHANGE IT IN RESPONSE TO THEM?>>THEY DID, YES.>>Stephen: THEY DID.>>ISIS DIDN’T CHANGE IT.>>Stephen: NO. DID YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT ASKING?>>THE GROUP HAS NO AFFILIATION
WITH THE SHOW, BUT THEY LOVE IT. THEY DO LOVE THE SHOW. LIKE, I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT
ISIS ARE BIG FANS AND –>>Stephen: THAT’S GREAT.>>IT’S A FINE LINE BECAUSE I–
WE APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: YEAH, RIGHT. YEAH, EXACTLY.>>BUT YOU GOTTA, LIKE, YEAH. I CAN’T HANG OUT. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: NO, NO. YOU ALSO ARE BOB IN “BOB’S
BURGERS.” I AM.>>
( APPLAUSE ).>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: WE HAVE A CLIP. WE HEARD ARCHER. LET’S HEAR BOB.>>OKAY.>>YOU COULD BE A LITTLE MORE
INDEPENDENT, AND WE COULD NOT GIVE YOU MONEY SO MUCH. SO, SO MUCH MONEY.>>I– I JUST WANT MR. BUSINESS
TO BE HAPPY. ( SIGHS ).>>I GUESS I SEE YOUR POINT. YOU CARE MORE ABOUT YOUR CAT
THAN YOU DO ABOUT MONEY, AND THAT’S ACTUALLY NICE. EVEN THOUGH IT’S REALLY OUR
MONEY YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: NOW, THAT IS–
THAT’S A HUGE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
THAT’S QUITE A RANGE YOU HAVE HERE THERE BETWEEN ARCHER AND
BOB. HOW DO YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE? WHAT’S THE KEY FOR JEW IT’S
TOUGH. IT IS. THERE’S– THERE’S VERY, VERY
SUBTLE DISTINCTIONS THAT ARE HARD TO– YEAH.>>Stephen: BOB SOUNDS LIKE
ARCHER SAD. ( LAUGHTER )
>>BOB IS LIKE THIS, AND ARCHER IS LIKE THIS.>>Stephen: I TOTALLY HEARD
THE DIFFERENCE. I TOTALLY HEARD THE DIFFERENCE.>>IT IS. AND IT’S TOUGH. IT’S TOUGH TO DO THAT, BUT I’VE
WORKED IT OUT, AND I DO WORK OUT QUITE A BIT. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: THIS THING I HOLD
IN MY HAND RIGHT NOW IS ONE– I’M INCREDIBLY EXCITED ABOUT
THIS.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: I HEARD ABOUT THIS
AND I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. THIS IS AN ALBUM PUT OUT BY
SUBHOP. IT’S A JAZZ ALBEM, AND IT’S
CALLED, “WELL, I SHOULD HAVE.” AND THE SUBTITLE IS.>>”LEARNED HOW TO PLAY PIANO.”>>Stephen: THAT’S WHAT IT
SAYS DOWN HERE. YOU GOT IN A STUDIO WITH SERIOUS
JAZZ MUSICIANS.>>DI.>>Stephen: AND DID NOT TELL
THEM YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO PLAY THE PIANO AND CUT AN ALBUM. IS THIS TRUE?>>I MEAN, THEY KNEW A LITTLE
BIT. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: THEY LEARNED
FAIRLY QUICKLY?>>THEY KNEW– THEY KNEW HOW TO
PLAY THEIR INSTRUMENTS, AND THEY KNEW WHERE THE STUDIO WAS AND SO
FORTH. AND THEN IT KIND OF WENT
DOWNHILL FROM THERE.>>Stephen: THIS IS ONE OF MY
FAVORITE JAZZ ALBUMS I’VE EVER HEARD.>>IT’S– IT’S– IT’S A
BEAUTIFUL –>>Stephen: TRULY
GROUNDBREAKING.>>IT REALLY IS.>>Stephen: I WANT TO IMPRESS
UPON EVERYONE HE ACTUALLY DID THIS.>>I DID DO IT. THIS IS NOT FAKE.>>Stephen: AND I’M SO HONORED
THAT YOU’RE ACTUALLY GOING TO PLAY A LITTLE SELECTION.>>THE FIRST TRACK.>>Stephen: THIS ONE IS
CALLED, “I CAN’T PLAY PIANO, PART ONE.”>>YES.>>Stephen: AND THE BAND IS
GOING TO BACK YOU UP. IF YOU DON’T MIND, I DON’T KNOW
HOW TO PLATE TRUMPET AND I WAS WONDERING IF I COULD SIT IN.>>YEAH, LET’S DO IT. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪ WARMING UP. WARMING UP. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪ ♪ ♪>>Jon: OH! OH! OH! OH! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: “ARCHER YES RETURNS TO FXX APRIL 5. H. JON BENJAMIN, EVERYBODY! WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK!

100 thoughts on “H. Jon Benjamin Doesn’t Play An Instrument, But Recorded A Jazz Album

  1. Stephen Colbert doesn't know how to play trumpet a lot better than H. Jon Benjamin doesn't know how to play piano.

  2. He is also the voice on the intro for the fabulous Majority Report podcast with his lifelong friend and Bob's Burgers buddy Sam Seder.

  3. How come no one ever mentions him as the voice of "The Master" from The Venture Brothers or Coach McGurrik from Home Movies? Btw Steven Colbert also voiced a character in The Venture Bros

  4. Promoting an album from 2015 that is sold out already. Nice one. Got me googling it and you gotta shell $150 for a near mint (don't make me laugh) second hand.
    Digital download my ass.

  5. How many talents got passed over for a showcase of this non-musical garbage? I will never understand comedic fame. Phenoms gets passed over and sometimes total shit like Adam Sandler make millions pretending to be retarded while Mitch Hedburg died alone in a shitty hotel room. If you don't think that's fair, write a joke for the people who helped you out.
    I get that Bob's Burgers took off despite being a B- show, but HJB has been phoning it in since day 1, and somehow people are actually entertained by obvious comedy for so long.
    Congrats for having awesome friends making calls to get you all types of opportunities, and a lazy jazz album that no one would ever buy is your "effort" to pay them back. Buckle down and write a few decent jokes for the people that got you that cushy gig.
    HBJ has never made me laugh, so that might be a tall order. He's already rich, so if one joke takes a year he's still all set. You got gifted hard, dude. Make the most of a good situation and try to earn it now that you're on top.

  6. Stephen, your trumpet playing was superb! It reminded me of times long ago, which I spent at a lakeside cabin in Maine, listening to geese fart during dawn. 😂

  7. That's a bummer, I thought that they called it ISIS because of it is hilarious. It turns out that it's the other way around.

  8. I'm a huge fan of Archer, but my god that jazz improv at the end actually killed me. I'm downloading that shit right now.

  9. Any clip of Jason from or Walter and Perry from Home Movies will prove that Jon has a decent range. 😉

  10. He's pitching Arbys burgers so go out and buy one!

    And that's pretty impressive for Steven I can't even get a trumpet to make a noise. Try it yourself see how hard a trumpet is just to get a noise out of it and you'll see that what Steven played there was pretty impressive, for a person that doesn't play a trumpet! They are REALLY hard to play!

  11. I'm pretty sure Stephen Colbert actually knows how to play the trumpet there probably isn't actually anything he doesn't know how to do.

  12. Its amazing how easily the members of the "real" band are able to come down to the level of these two (who "can't" play their insturments), and make it sound as though the entire output was intentional. Not as easy to do as you might think. Awesome musicianship.

  13. I don't think Jon did that bad soloing. Honestly he did better than me and I've been playing jazz for years.

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