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Jonathan Groff Sings a Voice Memo as Frozen’s Kristoff for Jimmy’s Kids (Full Version)

September 11, 2019

-We have so many things
to talk about. You have a lot
of upcoming things. -So many things to get through,
I know. -No, I’m excited.
I, first of all, just want to talk about
“Little Shop of Horrors.” -Yes! Yes.
-That’s one of my favorite — [ Cheers and applause ] Now, what’s going —
What’s happening with this? This is happening soon, right? -It’s happening September 17th,
off Broadway, at the Westside Theatre,
a tiny little 270-seat theater. -Yeah, that’s fantastic. -And today,
was our second day of rehearsal. And I was singing
with a plant puppet. -I know.
-Yeah. -I’m freaking out.
-Like, “Feed me.” -Yes!
-Yeah. -That’s one of my favorite jams.
I love “Little –” I’m freaking out.
-I know, I can’t wait. I can’t wait. Michael Mayer,
who directed “Spring Awakening,” is our director of it.
He’s amazing. -Wait. That —
I think that’s the first time I’d ever seen you,
“Spring Awakening.” -Yeah. Yeah, exactly.
-No way. Isn’t that fun? -Yeah.
-So, you get to work with him again, too, but —
-It’s so exciting. -I don’t —
I don’t want any spoilers. -You gotta come.
Please come. -No, I’m going to.
I’m bringing these guys. How many seats?
-Everyone gets — [ Cheers and applause ] I think there might be
more people in this audience than there are
in the Westside Theatre. -It’s all right.
Don’t worry about it. We’ll go twice,
and we’ll alternate. [ Laughs ]
Is there an intermission? -Just accidentally
give them free tickets. -Yeah, exactly. Give each other
tickets on the way out. [ Laughter ]
I can’t wait for that. Gosh, you know, Jonathan Groff. I don’t know if anyone
saw “Hamilton” when he was the king,
but that’s… [ Cheers and applause ] You were amazing in that,
as well, so just to see you return to the stage,
I’ll be very excited. And then,
the stage and then the screen. The silver screen.
-Yes. [ Laughing ] -The Great White Way
and the silver screen. -Yeah, exactly,
and the silver screen. -The silver screen.
You’re gonna be in “Frozen 2.” -Yes.
-And this is — [ Cheers and applause ] I mean, how fun is life?
I mean, right now? I mean,
you’re just crushing it. That’s great.
-It’s pretty good. -My kids —
I mean, “Frozen,” obviously, it’s the biggest
movie of all time. Every kid in the world
knows that movie. -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-Do people — Do they recognize you
on the street or stop you, or when you talk?
-Okay. So, actually I wanted to talk
to you about this, because I make voice memos
for little kids. It’s hard when you meet a kid
to say, “I’m Kristoff in ‘Frozen.'” They’re like, “You’re not blond.
You’re not a cartoon. I don’t know
who you’re talking about.” -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -But then I make these little
voice memos on my phone, and I’d love to make
a voice memo for Winnie and Franny,
if you’d let me. -My daughters?
They would love it so much. -Yeah, your daughters.
-Yeah, they would freak out. -I talked to Disney.
I got the song cleared. -No.
So, it’s not — The whole thing doesn’t
have to be bleeped out. So, basically,
I just go into my iPhone. This is no “Sexual Healing,”
but it is a song from “Frozen.” [ Laughter ] -All right,
so Winnie and Franny — -It’d be weird if I sang
“Sexual Healing,” too. -Yeah, yeah, yeah,
please don’t. -Okay. So this is what I do
when I do a voicemail. You ready? -We’re just gonna
be really quiet. Okay. -“Hi, Winnie and Franny.
This is Kristoff from the movie ‘Frozen,’ and
I’m here with my friend Sven. Say hi, Sven.” “Hi, Winnie and Franny!
It’s me, Sven!” “And we wanted to sing
a song for you. Isn’t that right?”
“That’s right, Kristoff. Let’s sing them a song!”
Okay, here we go. [ Clears throat ] ♪ Reindeers are better
than people ♪ ♪ Sven, don’t you think
that’s true? ♪ ♪ Yeah, people will beat you
and curse you and cheat you ♪ ♪ Every one of ’em’s bad,
except you ♪ ♪ Thanks, buddy ♪ ♪ But, Winnie and Franny,
smell better than reindeers ♪ ♪ Sven, don’t you think
I’m right? ♪ ♪ That’s once again true ♪ ♪ ‘Cause, Winnie and Franny,
we love you ♪ ♪ Now tell Winnie and Franny
good night, good night ♪ ♪ Don’t let the frostbite
bite ♪ “We love you,
Winnie and Franny!” -Oh my God!
[ Cheers and applause ] Dude, that’s amazing! You have to e-mail it to me.
-Yeah, I will. -That is —
[ Cheers and applause ] Oh, my gosh. That will be played
every single night in my house. “Go to bed!”
[ Laughter ] Wow! I should have yelled it
at the end — “Go to sleep!” [ Laughter ] “I read you three books!
Now stop it!” -“Go to bed!”
[ Laughter ] What’s your number?
[ Laughter ] -I got to give you
my thing afterwards. -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -“Frozen 2” comes out
November 22nd. November 22nd.
This is the big holiday film. And, no spoilers.
You can’t say what anything is happening or going on. Is there anything
you can give me at all? -Yeah, okay.
So, in addition to getting the rights for the song,
I also got permission — I was just recording
my final session last Friday, and they allowed me to release
a line from the movie, sort of like
the trailer earlier. This is, like, a world premiere
of one of my lines that will be in the movie
from “Frozen 2.” -This is amazing.
-If you want to hear it. [ Cheers and applause ] -Get up!
Everyone, stand up! This is amazing!
We’re very excited about this. Let me make sure
I got the microphone right. [ Cheers and applause ] [ Laughter ] -Feels so real.
Okay. Ready? -I was born ready.
[ Laughter ] -Can I get a little more
of a drumroll? Just to really get in the…
[ Drumroll ] -“What are you
gonna do with that?” There you go.
Oh, my God. [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ -This is insane right now.
This is insane. This is —
This is all over Twitter. This is trending.
Number one trend on Twitter is “What are you
gonna do with that?” [ Laughter ] Wow!
-That really is a line. I was like, “Can I say this
on ‘The Tonight Show’?” and they were like, “Yeah.”
-No way. There you go.
There’s a little treat. Thank you for doing that for us.
[ Cheers and applause ] Jonathan Groff, we have
to talk about “Mindhunter.” This is a very cool show. And very cool creator
or just the director? David Fincher.
-Both, essentially. He’s like our —
He’s basically God. -David Fincher is unbelievable.
-He’s the God of “Mindhunter.” -He is amazing.
-Yeah. -I love that dude.
Oh, my gosh. What is it like to work
with David Fincher? -He’s incredible.
Also, he loves you and said to say hello to you.
-Really? -Yeah.
He adores you. -Can you put that
in a voice memo? [ Laughter ] -I’ll get him to make
a voice memo for you. -Please make one for me.
Yeah, please. -“Hey, Jimmy,
it’s David Fincher.” [ Laughter ] “Go to bed.”
-Yeah, he’s like — [ Laughter ] “Or you’re gonna end up
in a panic room.” Like, “This will
scare my children.” Yeah, okay, yeah.
Yeah, don’t — In fact, don’t have him
record anything for my children, please, yeah.
-Yeah, okay. -I am the biggest fan, though.
But is he — -He would be the wrong person to
record something for your kids. -Yeah.
He is a genius, though. How does he direct you?
How did you guys — Do you guys get along?
You must. -We get along really well.
Here’s the thing. If you show up and are ready
to give 125%, it’s a dream. It’s like he makes everybody
work at sort of the top of their abilities. The one tiny problem that I have
on set with David that I feel like you also
would share in is that I have trouble
with laughing. So, I get —
-Wh-a-a-at?! [ Laughter ] Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
What?! Me?
Laughing? Oh, my God!
Oh, really? -Yeah, ’cause it’s so serious,
and he doesn’t allow me to smile ’cause I smile a lot in person.
-No, “Mindhunter.” Yeah, it’s not a comedy.
-Yeah, exactly. -No, yeah.
You’re hunting. -Obviously.
Right, I’m hunting minds. -You’re hunting minds, exactly. -You can’t smile
while you do that. -You can’t do that.
You have to be serious. Yeah, you’re in the thing.
Oh, I would totally be fired. I couldn’t even audition
for David Fincher. He would totally
throw me out of the room. -You could, you could.
-No, I can’t, because I can’t
keep a straight face. -You’re doing it right now. -I know, but give me
one of the lines. I’m gearing up.
-Okay. [ Giggles ] [ Laughter ]
-I’m sorry, I’m sorry. This is why we —
Okay. The line is — -I’m just sitting here.
I’m reading the playbill, and, like, you got to come up —
-Okay. -I’m ready to get
into mind hunting. -Okay. So the line would be —
-Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever. [ Exhales sharply ]
Yeah, whatever. -“What are you
gonna do with that?” [ Light laughter ] [ Laughter ] -I almost did it. I’d be crying. I would cry all of my scenes
to try to deliver it like that. -Exactly.
-I could never do it. I’m a better fan
of watching the show. Tell everyone what it’s about. If you haven’t seen season one,
get ready to binge. -Right. So, if you haven’t seen
season one, “Mindhunter” is basically
the origin story of the Behavioral Science Unit
in the FBI. It’s about the team that came up
with the term “serial killer.” This idea of going into jails
and interviewing incarcerated mass murderers
to glean information to then prevent crimes
from happening. So, then, we think of that idea
in the first season, and in the second season, we try
to make it work on the field. We interview
more serial killers. We get involved
in the Atlanta child murders, which was a famous case
in the early ’80s, and continue the sort of
psychological exploration of serial killers. -I love shows like this.
I want to show everyone a clip. Here’s Jonathan Groff
in “Mindhunter.” Take a look. -He’s equating himself
with famous killers. Son of Sam, Jack the Ripper,
Ted of the West Coast. -That’s got to be Bundy.
Who’s Glatman? -Harvey, famous for biting and
strangling women in the ’50s. -Of course, you know that. -He’s studying them,
modeling himself after them. -Look at this page. He actually gives himself
possible names. “I like the following.
How about you? The BTK Strangler,
Wichita Strangler, Wichita Executioner.” -He’s Christening himself
in the media, like Zodiac, or Berkowitz
naming himself Son of Sam. [ Cheers and applause ]
-Jonathan Groff, everybody!

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  • Reply aimus August 25, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Please listen to the podcast called 36 questions!! It's a musical podcats and he stars in it! I love his soft voice.

  • Reply Andrei Christian August 25, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    So this is what Holden's up to in his spare time.

  • Reply afwan azmi August 25, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Suddenly I can’t breathe 7:54

  • Reply Chase Hoonan August 26, 2019 at 1:38 am

    i wonder what it’s like for him to play a straight character and how anna torv plays a lesbian. kinda interesting

  • Reply Sera August 26, 2019 at 3:09 am

    #what are you going to do with that?

  • Reply blueh9 August 26, 2019 at 5:02 am

    I love him.

  • Reply Lucie Garcia August 26, 2019 at 5:21 am

    He is so sublime, what a pity he loves men 😭

  • Reply Ohmagab August 26, 2019 at 5:35 am

    The moment I hear ¨what are you gonna do with that¨ in the movie, I´ll think about this moment!

  • Reply K Davis August 26, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    This man rocks

  • Reply Josh Payne August 26, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Jimmy, for the love of all that is holy and good in the world, BE AUTHENTIC with your guests and stop sucking up so hard!

  • Reply Maddy Hall August 26, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    That's so sweet I'm going to cry…

  • Reply Katherine Wilson August 26, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    He did that in ONE TAKE, people. That's talent.

  • Reply Jeanette de los Angeles Gerez August 26, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Te amooo!!!!

  • Reply Leah Blazoff August 26, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Hes so amazing oh my god the power

  • Reply Anne Felicitas August 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Loved this guy since glee!!!

  • Reply Abbie Carleton August 26, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Damn, he's so cute! I'm sorry but its true!

    For real though, what an absolute gem he is!

  • Reply Stage Vilma August 26, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I’m literally so FUCKING gay for Jonathan Groff

  • Reply Liz Altman August 27, 2019 at 12:48 am

    jimmy fallon such a poseur /fake

  • Reply Clara Paula Smitha August 27, 2019 at 1:49 am

    His voice is soo soothing 😍

  • Reply Liam Jerez August 27, 2019 at 4:31 am

    He is truly adorable and so talented! 💙

  • Reply Angelina August 27, 2019 at 7:09 am

    I would rather get a Hamilton voice memo 😍

  • Reply B-Series August 27, 2019 at 9:14 am

    It's weird seeing Holden Ford singing lmao

  • Reply jesse galarpe August 27, 2019 at 12:11 pm


  • Reply Broadway Magazine August 27, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    So fun!

  • Reply Ryan Vandeput August 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Ah damn, he’s gorgeous! And lovely! And intelligent! And talented! And sweet! And totally out of my league! And………oh…… hum 😭

  • Reply Amanda August 27, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    I am watching Mindhunter and I just looked this actor up. It's so weird to think of him as someone from Frozen, Glee, or Hamilton. Because he is SO serious and dark in Mindhunter. And also often naked. He is definitely not a type casted actor. He has range.

  • Reply Lincoln KCW August 27, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    How can a man be more perfect?

  • Reply Craig Anderson August 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Mindhunter is incredible. Jonathan is fantastic in it.

  • Reply Liam Maguire August 27, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    This is very odd to see when you only knew Johnathan Groff from Mindhunter.

  • Reply Realist August 28, 2019 at 12:50 am

    OK, so I fell in love with him on Mindhunter. He definitely has a smooth sexy side to him!

  • Reply ChannieW August 28, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Had no idea Holden Ford is also Kristoff!!

  • Reply Giavanna Sico August 28, 2019 at 1:51 am

    i love him

  • Reply Marciano Muller August 28, 2019 at 2:56 am

    He looks so different here compared to how he looks in Mindhunters.

  • Reply Ana Paula Guevara August 28, 2019 at 5:38 am

    So… Wait. You're telling me that the guy from Mindhunter sings and is KRISTOFF???

  • Reply Stephanie Butenhof August 28, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    SO SWEET!!!!

  • Reply Lola Bennett August 28, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    the cutest person omg

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  • Reply Addison Owens August 28, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Oh my god I remember when he was Jessie St.James in Glee and I couldn’t stand him for most it, but I had no problem with Jonathan Groff and then I found out he was the king in Hamilton and of course I loved all of his songs in that but I just recently found out he was in frozen.

  • Reply Yee yee Yee August 29, 2019 at 1:04 am

    All I see is Jessie from glee

  • Reply AD M August 29, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Jonathan gotta have more songs in frozen 2 like cmon this dude’s voice is so surreaaaaaaal

  • Reply akm August 29, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Jimmy is over reacting 🤧

  • Reply Moi Ga August 29, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I so adore him. 😍

  • Reply Artius Terapia August 29, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    He's like a male Anne Hathaway… perfect!

  • Reply Mya Sanguez August 29, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Love him in Mindhunter 😁 His voice so calm I can listen to him all day lol

  • Reply Ana Duarte August 30, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Eu amo esses dois

  • Reply FN 2187 August 30, 2019 at 4:04 am

    How about some Mindhunter interview voice memos

  • Reply Shannon Kay August 30, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Groffsauce reminds me SOOOoo much of the singer Sam Harris. If you don’t know who that is, google him. He’s like his older brother.

  • Reply abigailFn August 30, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I just noticed jimmy’s finger it looks pretty bad

  • Reply Arianna Sanchez August 30, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    He is so sweet

  • Reply Agustina Efron August 31, 2019 at 2:05 pm


  • Reply Flavia August 31, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    He's the most beautiful human being ever.

  • Reply Elis Re August 31, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    When he mentioned sexual healing I lost it 😂😂😂😂

  • Reply artboyjoseph August 31, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    a platinum gay

  • Reply Amber Nicole Massey August 31, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    How to get jimmys number!!!!

  • Reply Christine Utoft September 1, 2019 at 12:39 am

    7:53 – that giggle is the sweetest thing ever haha

  • Reply Brenda Borrego September 1, 2019 at 2:00 am

    He is so sweet!!!

  • Reply Nick Barcheck September 1, 2019 at 7:11 am

    After watching him in some of those scenes on "Looking," it's really hard to listen to anything he says.

  • Reply Ala Simon September 1, 2019 at 7:16 am

    What is wrong with jimmys finger on his left hand?

  • Reply BadLevi Salvador September 1, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    agent ford is laughing…

  • Reply Quing Ching Hua Rong September 2, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Me: Johnathan Groff??? Oh yeah, he was in Frozen, right???
    Me: wait, no, you silly idiot, he was in Hamilton, my gosh, you haven't listen in awhile, is something wrong? You forgot who Johnathan Groff plays!
    Me: wait….
    Searches up
    Me: ohhhhhhhh

  • Reply Rebecca Freedman September 2, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    what an amazing person right there

  • Reply Dope Sister September 4, 2019 at 1:46 am

    You’ll back time to tell

  • Reply Michael Mastro September 4, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Mindhunter = Gruff Groff

  • Reply Lina Choi September 4, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    S U P E R A D O R A B L E !

  • Reply Laura Ortiz September 4, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    It's so weird to see him laughing! He's really cute!

  • Reply Susan Mitchell September 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Jesse St James

  • Reply sign543 September 4, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    If you watch old footage of Johnny Carson, there are striking similarities between the mannerisms of Carson and Fallon…not a lot, but one in particular is: when Carson had a guest, he over-laughed to the guests jokes…and Jimmy does the exact same thing. I feel like it’s to really make the guest feel welcome, feel loved, and make them comfortable. Carson did it, and Fallon does it eerily similar to Carson.

  • Reply HiThere September 5, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Wow that Disney PR machine is really working harder than Kris Jenner (That's sarcasm) . I love Johnathan Groff so much, him and Lea Michele in Spring Awakening was amazing and season 2 of Mindhunter is so good!!!

  • Reply Monica Martina September 5, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Can’t believe it’s the same guy from Mindhunters!!! Awesome series btw

  • Reply Dawson Kaiser September 5, 2019 at 6:15 am

    The btk killer would cream his pants knowing he was mention on Jimmy fallon

  • Reply leen alrasheed September 5, 2019 at 7:40 am

    This is so sweet

  • Reply Rafael Bisinoti September 5, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Lmao this man is the exact opposite of agent Holden ford. Good actor right there

  • Reply broski September 5, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    0:58 Jimmy seemed so annoyed at the audience for a sec

  • Reply Tamara Perry September 5, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    What a sweetie!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Jey Kent September 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Ok I just started watching Mindhunter. Today. I'm hooked after two minutes. This guy is incredible.

  • Reply Cristina September 5, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Aaaaaaaaaaadorable!!! 😭

  • Reply CA2VA September 6, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    super talented.

  • Reply Patricia Spadafora September 6, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    He’s just so sexy sweet! Love JG!

  • Reply shadi kamrani September 6, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    7:53 that laugh though

  • Reply wharsmetoothpicson September 6, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Never watched Glee but love Jonathan in Mindhunter.

  • Reply Malissa Rosanina September 6, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Why did I just get aroused by a reindeer voice

  • Reply Tara Schmidt September 7, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Oh my lord. My daughter walks over, and days, "Where's Kristoff?" She wants a voice message too, lol

  • Reply Corinne Bowers September 7, 2019 at 2:14 am

    My heart just exploded

  • Reply lea jimenez September 7, 2019 at 2:55 am


  • Reply Kirsty Ackah September 7, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I wish he would sing me to sleep

  • Reply Nilayan Majumdar September 7, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Is the fully armed battalion here yet? My friends and family haven't even been killed. Show us some love, King George!

  • Reply Izabella Janush September 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Agent Ford what are you doing

  • Reply K Dog September 7, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    7:53 for the cutest giggle in the world

  • Reply blondezilla90 September 8, 2019 at 1:08 am

    i love him so much omg

  • Reply sam Hawks September 8, 2019 at 11:27 am

    IM LAUGHING AND CRYING THts so cute omg

  • Reply seerpou September 8, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    all i hear is jesse st james

  • Reply edie crawford September 8, 2019 at 6:38 pm


  • Reply esther14 September 8, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Only just now getting to know who he is from watching Mindhunter. Can't believe this gorgeous dude is gay. I'm a 61 year old woman and I'm hugely disappointed.

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  • Reply hanouf 95 September 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Why I’m attractive to him he is gaaayyyy

  • Reply Sander September 9, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    One Thing, he came out here to do One Thing…

  • Reply They call me Nugget September 9, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    He’s the dude from Frozen? The fuck?

  • Reply Sean Go September 10, 2019 at 8:49 am

    That was anticlimactic.

  • Reply Samantha Ellis In Fantastic Videos September 11, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Oh, my gosh.
    I just realized that Jesse St. James was Christoff!!!!

  • Reply h a September 11, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I actually cried when he sang. What.

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