WATCH: Why Bette Midler Needs Nathan Lane's Advice

By Jami Smith

Originally published on May 15 2013 6:55 PM ET

Even Bette Midler asks for advice from Tony-Award-winning actor Nathan Lane.

The always-charming Lane stopped by The Daily Show to talk about his latest Broadway appearance in The Nance, in which Lane plays a gay burlesque performer in the '30s dealing with his feelings for a younger man. "He's a victim of his own self-loathing and his inability to accept what, by today's standards, would be a healthy relationship," Lane said.

Lane is so respected in the theater community that even Midler asks him for advice on the grueling weekly schedule of live theater.

Watch his anecdote below.

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