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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Lena Dunham makes naked ploy for laughs -- VOTE

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

Jimmy Fallon can't keep it together when Stephen Colbert visits 'The Tonight Show' -- VIDEO

Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert are two of the most popular hosts in late night. So it’s no surprise that when these guys get together, TV magic happens.

The Colbert Report host stopped by Fallon’s Tonight Show on Friday to promote his new movie, Mr. Peabody and Sherman (Colbert voices the character Paul Peterson). In the clip below, the Comedy Central star talks about his seating chart surprise during the White House’s recent state dinner for French President François Hollande — Colbert was placed at the head table, next to first lady Michelle Obama — and admits that he tried to carry on a conversation with the guest of honor in French, but had no idea what the president was saying: READ FULL STORY

Idina Menzel sings 'Let It Go' with Jimmy Fallon and classroom instruments -- VIDEO

Go ahead and hit pause on Adela Dazeem — sorry, Idina Menzel’s — performance of “Let It Go” at the Oscars, because now there’s an even better version of Menzel singing the Frozen megahit.

On Monday’s Tonight Show, Menzel stopped by to debut the latest holdover sketch from Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night days: “[Song] with Classroom Instruments.” Accompanied, as always, by Fallon and The Roots, Menzel sang the catchy tune and looked like she was having a total blast. (This is what happens when John Travolta butchers your name, and now everyone knows who you are.)

Watch the fun below. Come for the tune, stay for the thrilled audience cheers throughout. And don’t worry: Idina totally crushes that glory note this time around. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Does Jim Parsons make the cut? -- VOTE

After a month-long vacation due to the Winter Olympics, Saturday Night Live returned this weekend with Jim Parsons making his first official trip to Rockefeller Center’s Studio 8H. It was the first episode since the fall of 2001 that didn’t include Seth Meyers, who started on Late Night last week, and Parsons shared the spotlight with Colin Jost, the show’s head writer, who now co-anchors “Weekend Update” with Cecily Strong.

That month-long hiatus may have helped Parsons, who had the competitive misfortune of following Melissa McCarthy, one of the show’s go-to hosts since breaking out in 2011’s Bridesmaids. A month later, her most recent appearance had faded from memory a tad, allowing Parsons to do his own thing without the bar being too high. In general, Parsons didn’t exactly try to shatter the public’s perception of him — which is, essentially, that he and his Big Bang Theory character Sheldon are one and the same.

It will be interesting to see if voters in our best-host poll will conclude that Parsons played it relatively too safe. He enters a contest that handicappers would describe as a two-horse race: Fallon versus McCarthy. The pair went down to the wire two years ago, when Fallon was elected the inaugural Mr. Saturday Night, and this year, another photo finish might be in the works. McCarthy currently leads after a solid debut, with 48.2 percent. Fallon held steady, with 24.9 percent, and will certainly close the gap as McCarthy comes back to the pack. Josh Hutcherson, like Peeta in The Hunger Games, just keeps hanging around, jumping up to third place with 12.8 percent. Drake was a close fourth with 11.7 percent, but is now on the brink of elimination. Jonah Hill might have two Oscar nominations, but he was quickly dismissed with only 2 percent of the vote.

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Jimmy Fallon takes on office games with LeBron James -- VIDEO

Is this what we have to look forward to in Space Jam 2?

Probably not. Still, Jimmy Fallon added another notch to his viral video belt on Thursday’s Tonight Show when he joined guest LeBron James for “Wastepaper Basketball” — a perfectly ’80s ode to the wonderful office time waster, set to the music of Kurtis Blow.

The intentionally dorky video deserves special mention for rhyming “super fly” with “IT guy,” as well as for the uber-dated graphics interspersed with the duo shooting hoops (a.k.a throwing paper into a trash can). Somewhere, the Jim Halperts of the world are getting inspired.

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Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler sing about growing old together on 'The Tonight Show'

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are one of those on-screen duos that just can’t seem to stay away from each other, from The Wedding Singer to their upcoming comedy Blended and every first date in between. To honor their ongoing relationship, the pair sang a duet together on Wednesday’s edition of The Tonight Show.

As Jimmy Fallon accompanied them on guitar, the pair reminisced about the first time they met (and some disturbing things that happened), the fact that Sandler is Barrymore’s best movie husband, and, of course, how he will love her until her boobs touch the floor. Sweet, right?

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Paul Rudd goes against Jimmy Fallon in lip sync battle -- VIDEO

We’ve seen Jimmy Fallon lip sync battle before, but never with Paul Rudd. The comedy star appeared on The Tonight Show last night and duked it out with Fallon for the title of Best Lip Syncher, which included lip syncing to songs like Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” and Foreigner’s “Jukebox Hero.” Fallon full-out rocks out on stage; Rudd shows off some hip-focused dance moves. Check out the video below and see who wins: READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon introduces The Beatles to social media (and selfie Sunday!) -- VIDEO

There are two things we know for sure in this world: We’re in the golden age of social media, and Beatlemania was the height of rabid fandom. So can you imagine if John, Paul, Ringo, and George had participated in #selfiesunday?!

Jimmy Fallon can. On The Tonight Show, Fallon recruited Late Night bandleader Fred Armisen to help him show what 1964 would’ve looked like if Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even Vine had existed.

In his sketch, we travel back to the band’s first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, just after they finish singing “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Paul immediately thanks the crowd… and asks everyone to like the band on Facebook. If you want to see more of their bowl cuts, they’re also on Instagram — THE_BEATLES1 — but you’ll have to ignore all the photos of Ringo’s brunch. (Ringo jokes: still funny!) More importantly, be sure to catch their live-tweet of the MTV Video Music Awards.

The best part of all of this? The band’s Twitter handle: @THEREALBEATLESUK. If this is 1964, what jerk stole @TheBeatles?!

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'Late Night With Seth Meyers' premieres tonight: 5 things we want to see

Each iteration of The Tonight Show‘s mischievous younger brother has had its own unique flavor. David Letterman’s pioneering version was cutting-edge and unpredictable; Conan O’Brien’s was cerebral and absurd; Jimmy Fallon’s was goofy and YouTubey, and “wait, you remember the ’90s TOO?!”-y.

Late Night‘s latest host, ex-SNL head writer Seth Meyers, will obviously try to forge his own path. That said, he also has a few things in common with each of his predecessors — and it’s easy to see a scenario in which he synthesizes the strengths of all three previous hosts (Letterman’s innovation, Conan’s surreality, Fallon’s knack for viral content) to create some sort of ultimate Late Night Frankenshow.

Something like that, of course, would only come with time. For now, let’s focus on what we’d like to see from Meyers’ very first Late Night, which airs tonight on NBC at 12:35 a.m. ET. First and foremost: READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake bring 'History of Rap 5' to 'Tonight Show'

The setting might have been new, but the beats were strictly old-school when Justin Timberlake dropped by pal Jimmy Fallon’s new home at The Tonight Show to team up for the latest installment of “The History of Rap.” That would be Chapter No. 5 for those of you scoring at home.

From NWA to the Beastie Boys up through Jay Z and Kanye West, Timberlake and Fallon dropped the proverbial science on an audience that’s seen Jay Leno’s successor pull out all the stops in his first week as the new host of NBC’s long-running late-night institution. The bit came a couple of nights after Fallon partnered up with guest Will Smith for “The Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing” and his inspired edit of Brian Williams’ stentorian “Rapper’s Delight.”

Check it out and weigh in on whether the bit is getting tired or still hilarious…

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