A Woman Asked Chris Colfer to Autograph Her Baby at a Book Signing


-Chris, it’s always great
to have you on the show. -Thanks for having me.
-One of my favorite guests. You got to see
Lin-Manuel backstage? -I haven’t yet.
-Oh, really? -But I’m planning on
pitching him a few musicals. [ Light laughter ]
-Oh, he — -Yes.
-He’d probably love that. -I’m sure it never happens.
-Yeah. Can you give me one?
-Yes. Okay. Okay, the first one is called “Hoarders: A Musical
About Letting Go.” [ Laughter ] -All right, I like that.
I’m in, I’m in. -And the songs are, number one,
“Objects Don’t Have Souls.” [ Light laughter ] Number two, “Whose Cat is This?” [ Laughter ] And number three,
“Where’s My Husband?” [ Laughter, cheers, applause ] -Yeah, and I hope at the end of
the second act, they find him. -Yeah, they find him!
Yeah, absolutely. It’s great.
-Every time I have you on, I kind of coerce a story
out of you about a supernatural experience. -Oh, yes.
-We talked about aliens. -Uh-huh, yes.
Covered that, yes. -Yeah, we’ve covered that.
We’ve talked about… -Pet psychics.
-Pet psychic was the last time. -Yeah.
-It was very — Do you have any more
supernatural experiences that have gone wrong
for you that we could discuss? -I wish the answer was no.
Yeah. [ Laughter ] But, yeah, these things
keep happening to me. I don’t know why. But, yes.
I recently got into a fight with my mother, and she
passed away three years ago. -Oh.
-Yeah, it gets better. It gets better.
[ Light laughter ] So, anyway, one of my best
friends, her name is Shar. She is a psychic.
-Okay. -And so, whenever we
get lunch together, we’ll be gossiping
or talking about politics, and suddenly, she’ll kind of
go into a trance, and one of my dead relatives
will come through and give me a message. And this one time,
she kind of did her thing and said, “Oh, your mother
has a message for you.” And I was like,
“Oh, what is it?” And she said,
“When you’re directing the ‘Land of Stories’ movie,
which, knock on wood, happens soon when the Disney/Fox
merger settles down. -Yes.
-“When you’re directing the ‘Land of Stories’ movie,
and the monitors go on and off, on and off,
that’s your mom saying hello.” And I said,
“Can she pick a different sign? ‘Cause I’m gonna
need those to work.” [ Laughter ]
Anyways, so we proceeded — We then got into a big argument,
my Mom and I. She, like, worked really hard
on that sign, and she’s really upset. You know, so, like,
it’s never enough for me. [ Laughter ] And then the waiter came over,
and he was like, “Oh, is everything okay?” And I was like, “Oh, I’m just
arguing with my mom.” And he was like, “Oh, I didn’t
realize this is your mom.” I was like,
“Oh, no, she’s dead.” [ Laughter ] Anyways, so we haven’t been back
to that restaurant in a while. -Yeah, no,
you can’t go back to that. All right, good. This, “The Tale of Magic,”
this is, I want to say — Is it your 15th book?
-15th, yeah. -That’s unbelievable, dude.
I think it’s amazing. [ Cheers and applause ]
-Thank you. -Amazing job.
-Thank you. -They’re great books.
On the bestseller list. You’re making it into a movie. Are you now more recognized
as Chris Colfer the author or Chris Colfer the actor? -It really just depends
on where I’m at. Like, if I’m near a high school,
it’s definitely, I’m the guy from “Glee,” but if it’s
an elementary school, then I’m definitely the author
of “The Land of Stories.” But I’m actually —
I’m having a hard time — I wish I could brag about it
a little bit, because people,
especially in Los Angeles, the city that never reads…
[ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] Oh, no. I’m gonna hear about that one.
-Yeah. -They always kind of assume that
if you’ve been on TV before, and you’re not any more,
that you’re either dead or you’re going through
a really hard time. And I remember this one time,
I was at a party, and this lady, she was famous. I’m not gonna say who it was. But she came up to me,
and she’s like, “Oh!
What are you up to now?” And I was like,
“Oh, I’m an author.” And she goes,
“Oh. Well, that’s okay.” [ Laughter ] And I was like, “No, no,
they’re really popular.” And she’s like,
“I bet they are.” [ Laughter ] And I was like,
“No, they’re an international best-selling series.” And she’s like,
“That’s right, honey, chins up.” [ Laughter ] So, yeah. -And really, you’re like,
“No, actually I’m happy.” -I’m happy.
-These are doing really well. They’re making them into movies.
-“I’m doing good! I’m doing good!”
[ Laughter ] -15 books.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Thank you.
Thank you. Thank you. [ Laughs ] -This one here, you said,
is the toughest to write. -It was, it was.
-“A Tale of Magic.” Why is this one tough? -This book, it was so different
from anything else I’ve ever written,
because literally everything is an allegory about something
I’ve experienced or something that really
frustrates me. And two of the main themes
are prejudice and depression. And there’s just something about
breaking those two things down into a language that a child
would understand that you just —
you see how pointless it is. And it would just
infuriate me so much, I’d have to get up from my desk
a few times and walk away. -And you just
came from a book signing. I know they packed the place. Do your fans ever ask
for some weird things, like, “Hey, can you take
a weird photo?” or sign something odd or… -Well, nothing has ever — As of now,
nothing has ever beaten this one time when a woman
plopped her baby down on the table
and asked me to sign it. [ Laughter ] -Sign the baby?
-Sign the baby. Yeah, yeah.
And this baby gave me this look like…
[ Laughter ] Like, he looked back at his mom,
and looked at me and was like, “I’ve got a long road
ahead of me, don’t I?” [ Laughter ] -Yeah.
[ Applause ] You don’t sign your babies.
-Don’t sign babies. -No, I want to read,
if you don’t mind, the dedication
that you put in this book. ‘Cause I really loved it. It said,
“To all the brave people who dared to be themselves during a time
that didn’t accept them. Thanks to you, I get to be me.”
-Yeah. I thought that was really cool.
-Thank you. Yeah, thank you.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Why did you choose
that dedication for this book? -You know, I’m so fortunate, because I live in this country
in this century, where if I had been born
somewhere else, even now, if I’d
been born somewhere else, I could be tossed off a roof or stoned to death
simply for existing. But because I live here
and I live now, I get to be
an award-winning actor, I get to be an international
best-selling author, and I have
a lot of those privileges because of thousands
and thousands of very, very brave men
and women who came before me and sacrificed a lot. Not for them but so someone
like me could do that one day. So, yeah, this book is for them.
-That’s really cool. [ Cheers and applause ]
Chris Colfer, everybody.

100 thoughts on “A Woman Asked Chris Colfer to Autograph Her Baby at a Book Signing”

  1. chris: pours his heart out about his privilege and thanking the men and women before him
    jimmy: oh thats really cool

  2. OMG! Time passes by so quickly!! He kinda looks… mature… He looks like Gregory Buck mixed with Ewan McGregor

  3. Chris se ve ya un hombre completo, en su otra faceta y mas adulto, hasta en la voz se siente un cambio( para los que crecimos con el saben a que me refiero)
    Pero en mi mente esta el cara de bebé de Kurt Hummel.

  4. Land of stories was the first book where I predicted the plot twist immediately. Once the journal came into the picture it snapped in my head.

  5. Man I'm really late but I love the Land of Stories books. I have all of them and I still read them all the time. I'm gonna be so happy if there is a Land of Story movie. He writes such amazing books!

  6. I'm a grown woman in my 30s and I love TLOS books! I first read them because Chris Colfer from Glee wrote them. But, in seriousness, his books have a special magic to them that I haven't seen in a book since I finished reading the HP series in 2007.

  7. I love Chris so much! I’m a 28 year old who fell in love with him on glee and continued my love into his awesome series! Such good creative books! I knew they would be movies some day! So proud!

  8. Good timing, I literally JUST started “Glee” three weeks ago, on season four now, I love it, scared to see Finn go though

  9. They say one of a womans best friend is a gay man well i want chris colfer and Sean Hayes as my gay best friends. They are so funny.

  10. I think I woke up my parents by laughing so hard at this😂😂😂 Chris I love❤️🏳️‍🌈😂 also I feel really bad for that baby

  11. Damn he looks like an adult now. Also "Los Angeles: the city that never reads" is one of the greatest burns I've ever heard.

  12. I had to stop this video a few times bc I couldn't stop laughing. He's hilarious! I wish we would see more of him even though I love his books!

  13. But the thing is that when the first book came out I knew him as both the guy from glee and the author of the land of stories. At that time I was in like the 5th grade

  14. i literally read the entire land of stories series and fell IN LOVE with chris and then i watched glee and i fell IN LOVE with kurt. Whenever i would saw a pic of him i was like HE WORTS THE LIKE ONE OF THE BEST SERIES’ AUTHOR and now all i see is kurt

  15. I've just read his book "Stranger than fanfiction" and it was amazing! Very fun, suddenly touching, and very in time for me, a young adult.

    I had a guess that author is an actor himself, but it took me completely off guard then someone said his name outside of book writing context. I didn't realised I already "met" him even before I read his book

    PS I'm not in primary or high school, I'm a med student from Moscow (sorry for bad English btw)

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