Seth Tests Millennial Late Night Writer Karen Chee on Her Knowledge of the Past



-And finally,
one of our writers, Karen, just turned 24 years old. To give you an idea
of how young that is, the year I graduated college, Karen was graduating
from milk to solid foods. And as a result of having
someone as young as Karen, we're finding out she has a much
different frame of reference than a lot of us,
so we thought we'd find out exactly what Karen knows
about the past in a segment called
"What Does Karen Know?" ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Thanks for being out here,
Karen. -Oh, God, I'm so excited. -All right, ready?
-Yes. -Karen, I'm gonna show you
a photo of something and you're gonna try
to tell us what it is. And I should add you have
not seen any of these, right? -I have not seen them.
-Okay. All right, ready? Here we go. First one. -Um, uh, someone who
used to be young. [ Laughter ] -Now, Karen,
that's true of everyone. -Not me. Okay, um, so he has
like a present for a necklace. Is he a singer?
-He is an actor. -He's an actor.
-His name is Joey Lawrence. -Okay. That, really? You told me who it was, and it
still does not help me. -Okay, great. All right, ready?
Here's the next one. -Okay.
-What is that? -Oh, okay. Oh, my God! Okay. So my parents had this.
This is where — [ Laughter ] You can partly call someone, but
you can also fax them things. -Yeah.
-Yeah, it is a fax machine. [ Cheers and applause ] [ Laughter ] Um… Okay, so they're two friends
who just won Grammys. [ Laughter ]
-Okay, well, now Karen — I don't want just like a general
idea of what's going on. [ Laughter ]
-I — okay. They are at the Grammy Awards. I think the show
was "Two Thumbs Up." [ Light laughter ]
-This is Milli Vanilli. Does that mean anything to you?
-Truly, no. -Oh, wow.
[ Laughter ] Well, I'm gonna tell you
something. Wikipedia Milli Vanilli,
'cause it's a pretty rad story. -Okay.
[ Laughter ] -They won Grammys.
-Oh. -And then they had to
give them back, because it turned out
they lip-synced. -Oh, no!
-Yeah. [ Scattered gasps ]
They had different — -That's so awful.
-Other people gasped. Oh, my God. [ Laughter and applause ] And, Karen…
-I am trying. -Karen, you might think
I'm lying, but, girl, you know it's true. [ Laughter and applause ]
-Okay. That sounds like you made
a reference that I don't get. -I did make a reference
you didn't get, but a lot of people clapped,
Karen. [ Laughter ] -Seth, you are very funny.
-Thank you. What's that?
-Um, a baby who needs a dollar. [ Laughter ] -That is correct. That is what it was.
There was a time in the '90s where babies needed dollars.
[ Laughter ] -Oh, okay.
-And it was very cruel, but people would then throw
the money into a pool. [ Light laughter ] And they would say,
"You want it, baby?!" -And the baby
would have to swim. -It was a television show, yeah. It was on a network
called Spike TV. -Is this like the first
version of "Shark Tank"? -Yeah, it was like the
first version of — It was called
"Baby, You Want a Dollar?" [ Laughter ] -Um, oh, he looks like Bill Nye,
but eww. [ Laughter ] He is — Maybe he's teaching me
about health? -Uh, well, you think this
was healthy ever? -No.
[ Laughter ] Like he is telling me this
is what you shouldn't eat. -Oh, I see.
This is Orville Redenbacher. Does that mean anything to you?
-Oh, yes, he is the name
on all the popcorn brands! -Yes.
-Yes. -He is an actual man.
-That's crazy. -Yeah, isn't that crazy?
-Yeah, that's nuts. -All right, does that
make popcorn seem more delicious to you once
you see the handsome devil? -Um,
I feel obligated to say yes. -Okay, great.
[ Light laughter ] All right,
now we're gonna see — -Yes.
-We're gonna do this the other way, because we are
from different generations. -We are. Um, so these are ones
that you have not seen before. -That's correct.
-And you are watching them for the first time.
-Okay, do you know what these little guys are? -Are they like Pikachus?
-No. [ Laughter ]
kind of. -Okay. Well, they are —
are they like baby "Lion King"
like the Muppet Babies but… is that like Baby Simba
or something? -So these are actually,
honestly very good guesses in that they are animated. Okay, so this something
called Neopets. -Neopets?
[ Cheers and applause ] -Does that ring a bell? See?
Okay. -It doesn't.
-So Neopets is like a virtual game online where you can
have an account and then you get to own Neopets
and you take care of them. I'm not going to lie,
I mentioned this in the writer's room,
and everybody was like, "That's not a thing."
-Oh, wow. -And I truly felt like
I was being gaslit on my whole childhood.
[ Laughter ] -"We didn't play with Neopets.
We went outside." [ Laughter ]
-Yeah, okay. I've never been outside. -Threw a ball back and forth,
Karen. [ Laughter ] -Umm, okay.
Do you know who this lady is? -Is that Meghan Trainor?
-Yes! -Oh, yeah!
[ Cheers and applause ] -Oh, my God! Yeah!
-All about the bass, right? -Yes, yes, yeah, that's right!
-Oh, my God, we are the same. You and I are the same.
We are both young and cool. [ Laughter ]
-We are both 24. -This has been
"What Does Karen Know?" [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪ Give it up for Karen,
everybody. [ Cheers and applause ]

48 thoughts on “Seth Tests Millennial Late Night Writer Karen Chee on Her Knowledge of the Past

  1. Kinda seems to be pretending not to know a couple,and make it sound funnier.But it's good they dont know about all the things We had to throw away and go through in our Life.Like She'll have to do when She asks Her children,if they know who K$isha(sp?..who cares) was.

  2. Girl you know it's, Girl you know it's, Girl you know it's, Girl you know it's, Girl you know it's.. Lmao. A few of you might get that. lol

  3. Oh so that's what Joey Lawrence looks like, I only know him from name and how SNL parodies him. I know Milli Vanilli most likely because of WatchMojo or something. I'm less than a year older than her but I feel much older for some reason.

  4. She is adorable. I'm not going to read the comments because I fear too many people will be saying that they're younger than she is and they recognize everything and this is not representative of young people and blah blah blah blah blah. The point is they picked her for a reason. And this was super charming and fun to watch and she is adorable.

  5. The range of what ages are considered Millennial is wayyy too broad considering I grew up with and around knowing all this stuff. I hate being lumped in with super young people who are also “Millennials.”

  6. Not recognizing the Nevermind cover is like not recognizing Sgt. Pepper. Some albums are just cultural icons even if you’ve never heard them.

  7. Why do they always get the youngest millennials to represent the whole group? I’m technically millennial also and I’m 37 wtf.

  8. I'd like to take percs with her whilst sipping wine and see where the night takes us. Of course while respecting her as the strong, Asian female that she is. 😎💊

  9. I'm 28, I got Orville Redenbacher and the Nirvana album cover. I knew the lip syncing story but couldn't remember the band name.

  10. Seth did this in such a sweet and respectful way… I like this guy. Would like to see more of this segment ! Their interaction is so cute.

  11. Okay… so this is more cultural then anything… I knew all of the references Seth showed except one and I’m 21….

  12. Okay I don't know what's going on with poor Karen but I'm about to turn 21 in like a month and I got all these right. Now with that also being said I didn't get all the ones right that Karen showed so I don't know what's going on with me either.

  13. It's gotten pretty stupid to try to define generations at this point. It's all just one big blur of young people with too much technology in their pocket all the time. After Gen X, there's not much point in defining it. There was more a cultural difference when X came along compared to the previous group. Now we are just getting silly throwing letters around that mean almost nothing. Y and Z? Who can tell the difference except by looking at what year they were born? Countdown until the next generation needs a nifty name in 3,2,1…

  14. You would get the same thing if you showed GenXers a picture of Tyrone Power. BTW She's awful young to be named Karen.

  15. It's kinda distasteful that two of the images from the 90's used for this wannabe cute and funny segment actually revolve around tragic figures. Kurt Cobain is the more known story. With Milli Vanilli, one of the guys really struggled with drugs and suicide attempts after the controversy. He eventually died from an overdose – right before a comeback album was to be released featuring their real voices. The album never came out. You know what's a bad comeback? 30 year old jokes.

  16. It's kinda distasteful that two of the images from the 90's used for this wannabe cute and funny segment actually revolve around tragic figures. Kurt Cobain is the more known story. With Milli Vanilli, one of the guys really struggled with drugs and suicide attempts after the controversy. He eventually died from an overdose – right before a comeback album was to be released featuring their real voices. The album never came out. You know what's a bad comeback? 30 year old jokes.

  17. I was leading a roadie bike tour to a group and was referencing some iconic Hollywood landmarks. Going through Century City I pointed at a building and said that's the "Die Hard" building. The youngest of the riders, early 20s, said… who died there? I didn't bother explaining and I felt old.

  18. Perhaps it’s not a generational thing but more like she isn’t into pop-culture…she was slow on the fax machine but eventually got it – but that could have been acting on her part.

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