An “Earth X” Dystopian Salad | Marvel Eat the Universe


[MUSIC PLAYING] What’s the– [LAUGHTER] [MUSIC PLAYING] I’m Justin Warner. This is John Lutz. And today we’re going to eat
what’s left of the universe. Today, we’re here to
talk about Earth X. I love it. – I’m going to put these down.
– All right. Cool.
– Thanks. Thanks.
So Earth X– JOHN LUTZ: Yes. JUSTIN WARNER: –is kind of like
this dystopian interpretation of the Marvel Universe. How do you feel about
dystopian interpretations? I think that they are
very timely and scary. Well, let’s have a nice
dystopian dinner, shall we? I’d love it. If we’re going to eat this
good at the end of the world, I think we’re doing all
right, because we’ve got those mushrooms there. I think I’m all good. We’ve also got these guys. Have you ever had them before? This is a sunchoke. Oh, yes. I have had those. I do not like them. OK, great. Well, we’re batting
1,000 here on Eat What’s Left of the Universe. What I like about
these is I think that the average person in
a dystopian world would say, it’s just a bone. Right. Right? But us, being smart scavengers– We know that
that’s kind of food. Starvers can’t be choosers. These, maybe you know
them from your childhood. JOHN LUTZ: Dandelion greens. JUSTIN WARNER: Yeah,
they’re bitter. They are bitter. But I’m OK with that, I
think, because I’m getting old and my tongue is dying. Is that arugula?
JUSTIN WARNER: It’s watercress. JOHN LUTZ: Oh, watercress. It looks like a weed. I don’t think most people would
stumble upon a patch of this and say, well, that
looks like salad. Right. JUSTIN WARNER: What
about these good guys? JOHN LUTZ: I think
they’re sea beans. – Have you ever tried them?
– I haven’t. They’re pretty amazing,
in that they’re kind of like salt, without having
to go through the process of making salt. – Whoa.
– Yeah, right? That’s insane. That’s nature. And then, we’ve got the insects. These here are silkworm pupa. Here, we have some black ants. Then, we have some wasps. And then lastly, we
have some grasshoppers that we’ve de-legged,
because grasshopper legs are no fun to eat. JOHN LUTZ: Gotcha. So somehow, we’re
going to assemble this into something edible. OK. OK? Can I try one of these
bugs without cooking it? Yeah. Or is that a bad th– like,
want to try one of these. I’ll do it with you, yeah. Oh, my, they’re falling
apart as I pick it up. Right? Yum. Not bad, right? Mmm. I’m going to get to
work on this stuff. In the meantime,
why don’t you talk to us about your relationship
with the Marvel characters? JOHN LUTZ: I would
say that I’m always– I’ve always been
a bit of a nerd. The first comic books I did
ever get were the New Mutants. JUSTIN WARNER: Oh,
yeah, I love them. JOHN LUTZ: They were
all not the standard bigger comic book characters. Right. And the New Mutants,
especially, I feel like, if you’re in
a transitionary phase, and you’re a teen,
you know, you’re dealing with a lot
of the same issues that they’re dealing with. Exactly. But here we are in
dystopia, dealing with this. People love you and know you
as a character in 30 Rock. JOHN LUTZ: Yes. And that character
happens to share your name. Is that, like, your
dystopian version of you? Or is that just you? I– no, I hope it’s not me. He did play a writer on a
comedy show that was named Lutz while I was a writer on
a comedy show named Lutz, so it’s pretty close. But he was a lot
more sad than I am. I also don’t wear a bra. That’s the only difference. Something tells
me that in Earth X it doesn’t matter what you wear. JOHN LUTZ: I hope not. Obviously. I wonder what my superpower
would be in Earth X. What do you think it would be? JOHN LUTZ: Bad breath? I kind of like that, actually. I’m using this device
to shave the sunchokes into some hot oil. JOHN LUTZ: Now, that
already smells good. And like I said, I’m
not a fan of these. Well, you know, I’ll tell you
man, fat helps, in all cases and in all things. That’s what I always say. We’re basically just
going to fry these up until they turn into
chips, essentially fry the life out of them. Was it grim? Was that grim? I was going for grim. You’ve done a lot of improv. Yes. Do you think your
improvisational skills could save you, or at least
help you, in the event of an Earth X dystopian future? Of course. I could distract people
with my object work. Wait, what’s that? Well, when you improvise,
you don’t have anything on set. Right. So you basically, you
know, you’re holding a cup like this, drink like that. What I do is just like
now, you’re mesmerized. I am. – And then I run away.
– Got it. Yeah. JUSTIN WARNER: So look, these
are starting to get bubbly. JOHN LUTZ: I love it. JUSTIN WARNER: And we’re
starting to cook a lot of that moisture out of them. And that means that
they’re going to be crispy. I’m going to set these
aside, over here, and let them continue to cook,
and work on the rest of it. Great. So I’m going to work
on these mushroom. Yes, great. In the interim, why don’t you
show off some of your skills? Oh, you want me
to make improv– improv soup?
– Yeah, will you? Sure. Oh, this is a great day. All right. I’m going to get some
carrot right here. All right. I’m very impressed. Yep. It is impressive. Let’s see. You know what this is? A fishing worm? No. It’s chicken stock in a can. Chicken stock, like,
you did the little– you did the little thing. I know, you probably
make your own, yeah. Yeah, you probably
make your own. So this is cheating. So I’m just getting like a
little bit of caramelization and crispiness, like,
see that brownness we’ve got going on there? Yeah, me too.
That– Yeah, you’re doing great. Watch this. Watch this. Whoa. Whoa. Yeah. There you go. There you go. No, you’re better at it than me. No, I’m not. I– how could we tell? Exactly. Object work comedy. JUSTIN WARNER: This is so great. This is what the
internet wants. JUSTIN WARNER: So, look, we’re
journeying through this forest of ingredients right now. I’d like to know about what your
journey from teenager who just learned how to drive
and is reading New Mutants to where you are now. I basically kind of
floundered around in school for a long time,
until I realized that I wanted to do comedy. So I called my
parents up, said I’m going to graduate from
college and move to do improv. And they were a
little wary of that. Right. My dad, actually,
was the one who said, go for it,
because he said, don’t ever live with regrets. And he came to hundreds
of my improv shows. – Really?
– Yes. I love it. He loves comedy, too. So wait. This is the– JUSTIN WARNER: Dandelion greens.
JOHN LUTZ: Dandelion greens. – Yeah.
– Mushrooms. Yeah, they take some
time to break down, these dandelion greens. They are pretty tough. That’s why I let goats eat them. But there are no goats left. Except for the
superpower goats, right? Exactly, yeah,
the dystopian goats. Let’s make a little vinaigrette
to liven this up, shall we? JOHN LUTZ: Yes, please. You’re going to put a
little kimchi in there. But then the
vinaigrette is going to be with the kimchi juice? Yes. JOHN LUTZ: Yes. JUSTIN WARNER: So
I feel like we’re going to get a lot of
nutrients and stuff from this that’ll keep us alive. So you want me to whisk? Yes. I’ll drizzle. Have you ever had an end of
the world moment on stage? Yes. I split my pants on stage once. – Oh, man.
– Yeah. I did that at a food
event the other day. It really sucked. So let’s add this in there.
JOHN LUTZ: Great. Oh, yeah, those sea beans. We’re going to finish
with these sea beans. Love it. JUSTIN WARNER: And
so they’re going to add some greenness and
crunchiness to this to this and plenty of salinity. Now, a bevy of bugs. A bevy of bugs. Now, I’m assuming Antman
here ain’t going in. No, he’s not. He’s plastic. So you want me to just– Yeah, go for it. All right. JUSTIN WARNER: Here’s
some silkworm pupa. I don’t know. JOHN LUTZ: Here’s some ant pupa. I’m going to try
one of these wasps. I like that
they’re sweet, right? They’re not bad. None of these bugs are bad. JUSTIN WARNER: And
these are grasshoppers. They’re almost
slightly sour, lemony. Those I don’t like. Bugs are bad. I’m going to play this up. And I’ll meet you at
the table of taste. Swipe up. All right, we’ve
survived this long. Let’s taste it. Let’s do it. – Cheers?
– Cheers. Here’s to it. It’s really good. There is definitely
a wasp, and some ant, and grasshopper in this one. Yes. So I’m going to get that. I couldn’t taste
of the grasshopper. You know, it’s weird. I think that the sourness
that we were experiencing in the grasshopper, which
we found to be somewhat unpleasant, has now been
masked and replaced by the far more palatable and familiar. – I found it.
– Oh, it’s there? It’s there. It came in at the end. So what’s it like
writing for Seth Meyers? What are your people like? What’s your team up like? Is it apocalyptic? Or is it perfectly normal? Everybody’s really
good at their job. And we all do different things. We all have our own superpowers. Got it. You know, like, some people
write the monologue jokes. Some people write
the sketch stuff. Some people write
the closer look. But everybody gets
along really well. And it’s an amazing– it’s an amazing place to work. That’s awesome. Yeah. Well, that’s all
the time we have, period, because it’s
the end of times. That didn’t land. Well. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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