It’s been a while since Joan Rivers has been allowed on The Tonight Show. When the comedian — Tonight‘s permanent guest host from 1983 to 1986 – was given her own late night show at Fox, Tonight host Johnny Carson retaliated by banning his protégée from ever appearing on his program again. The Fashion Police host stayed away through the Leno, Conan, and second Leno administrations, only making her first Tonight reappearance during new host Jimmy Fallon’s first episode — and her first full comeback last night.
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Jimmy Fallon took his special rapport with other celebrities — or is that total fanboy fawning? – to a new level last night when Bill Cosby stopped by The Tonight Show.
When the comedy legend took the stage, Fallon admitted that he can’t help but break out his Cosby impersonation while in his presence. “Because when I talk to you,” the late-night host said, pausing between words, “I…slow…everything…down….” Fallon even broke out those famous Cosby Show dance moves. The only thing he was missing, in fact, was a Cosby sweater:
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When Jimmy Fallon took over the Tonight Show, he enacted some new (imaginary) rules.
“Dancing has been outlawed here at the Tonight Show,” he solemnly announced on Friday’s episode. He pulled out the official proclamation and stated, “It’s a bummer, but rules are rules.”
That didn’t fly with his guest, Kevin Bacon, whose classic film Footloose is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
“Dancing is illegal?” asked an incredulous Bacon, sitting backstage. “This is the Tonight Show. There has to be dancing!”
Does Jimmy Fallon want to join Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden?
It certainly seemed that way on yesterday’s Tonight Show, when the fanboy host pitched a duet sing-along to Joel — with a twist. “I’m a little nervous,” Fallon admitted. “You’re one of my all-time favorites, so even just to talk to you is the craziest thing.” Feeling their chat had gone well, Fallon went all-in and broke out an iPad with an app that allows users to record and loop their voices to make their very own doo-wop groups.
Watch Fallon talk a surprisingly game Joel into performing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and then witness what must be Joel’s first iPad-assisted performance: READ FULL STORY
Late Night Highlight: Emilia Clarke reminisces about her awkward 'Game of Thrones' audition on 'Tonight' -- VIDEO
The Mother of Dragons can bust a move! Well, sort of.
While stopping by The Tonight Show to promote season 4 of Game of Thrones on Wednesday, actress Emilia Clarke told Jimmy Fallon that GOT co-creator David Benioff “suggested [she] do a little dance” during her audition for the role of Daenerys Targaryen.
Unfortunately, she decided to show off her Funky Chicken moves. Luckily, she still got the part.
Lena Dunham and Jimmy Fallon have a lot more in common than we knew.
Dunham stopped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday to promote Sunday’s season finale of her HBO comedy, Girls. And while it’s not surprising that these two had a breezy, fun conversation — thanks in no small part to their mutual admiration — what we didn’t expect was a five-minute nostalgia trip, with the duo reminiscing about video stores and the impact of Reese Witherspoon’s early career.
It turns out both Dunham and Fallon had gigs working as video store clerks when they were teens. In the interview below, we learn that Dunham worked at Mr. Video 3 for $4.75 an hour when she was 14, while Fallon was 17 when he worked at Video 2. Dunham laments the “video store guy” — those dudes who “are kind of mean, they think they’re smarter than everyone, [but] they’re probably not because they work at a video store” — going the way of the dinosaur. She says those guys at Mr. Video 3 “had real opinions about film, whereas I was like, ‘Whatever Reese Witherspoon is in, give it to me.’”
Jimmy Fallon snagged the St. Patrick’s Day booking for the Tonight Show last night — Kermit the Frog.
Kermit is currently making the publicity rounds for Muppets Most Wanted, and stopped by Fallon’s show Monday night to sing his classic song, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” It’s all very sweet and melancholy and nostalgia-inducing… until Fallon — green beer in hand — shows up mid-song to remind Kermit that March 17 is actually the easiest day of the year to be green.
And with that, the duo got positive. Watch below: READ FULL STORY
Black Simon and Garfunkel made their first appearance on The Tonight Show on Wednesday, performing Lorde’s “Royals” with their special brand of folky, Uptown hep.
Frequent guests on host Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night, the duo — made up of The Roots’ Questlove and “Captain” Kirk Douglas – were a special request out of the Fallon’s Suggestion Box.
Our only suggestions: These segments should be a little longer, and Tonight needs to let us know where to pick up that Black Simon and Garfunkel box set.
On Tuesday, Funny or Die premiered a video of Zach Galifianakis interviewing President Obama in a Between Two Ferns sketch where Obama plugged Healthcare.gov. On Wednesday, traffic to the healthcare site has increased 40 percent.
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett went on CBS’ This Morning earlier to share the news of the video’s success. “The fact that the website traffic has gone up is really an indication that it’s working.” Look at that, viral videos changing lives!
Obama’s appearance on Galifianakis’ wacky series wasn’t the first time the president — or first lady Michelle — has used comedy as a way to reach Americans. He appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2012 to plug his student loans initiative, and Michelle frequently enlists celebrities to help promote her Let’s Move campaign. We’ve gathered some of their best appearances, including Michelle showing off her mom-moves for the sake of fitness and Barack opening SNL before he was POTUS: READ FULL STORY
Lena Dunham’s Saturday Night Live had something for everyone — even her 94-year-old grandmother. There was pixilated nudity, Bible stories, Jon Hamm and Liam Neeson cameos, an obnoxious GPS that didn’t like Dunham’s singing voice, and Liza Minnelli impressions. At the end, Dunham said she wanted to french-kiss the audience, a Benigni-esque declaration of emotion that I don’t doubt for a moment. (After all, her granny was practically a third-base coach back in the day.)
The Girls star wasn’t fazed in the slightest by hosting the show, which isn’t much of a surprise — Dunham doesn’t seem like a shrinking violet. Even skits that didn’t completely work belonged to her. That is, she came with a plan, and/or the writers recognized and appreciated her voice and sense of humor and made an effort to use them. Hit or miss, I so prefer this type of Saturday Night Live sketch to the ones that have little or nothing to do with the host.
Since Dunham’s fame is still rather polarizing, it will be interesting to see how she fares in our best-host poll. Jimmy Fallon might be invincible, but his biggest challenger is shaping up to be a surprise. Jim Parsons debuted in second place with a shaky 22.9 percent of the vote, but it’s Josh Hutcherson, who finished a close third, who is becoming Fallon’s biggest threat. His support nearly doubled, and there seems to be a bloc of voters determined to win him the prize. Melissa McCarthy, who still might rally to chase Fallon, finished a strong fourth, but she’s in danger now of following Drake off the elimination plank. READ FULL STORY
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