Beginning his reign as the new Tonight Show host, the always eccentric Jimmy Fallon held back nothing at his premiering show last night. Accompanied by his trusty sidekick, Higgins, and some band that plays okay music…The LEGENDARY Roots Crew, it was a late night to remember.
It was a star-studded event, to say the least. Opening with “I am Jimmy Fallon and I will be your host – for now,” he said, pointing to the exiting doors of the last host, Jay Leno. Fallon then leads into, “To my buddy who said that I’d never be the host of ‘The Tonight Show,’ and you know who you are,” Fallon said, “you owe me a hundred bucks, buddy.” …and out came Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Rudy Guliani, Mike Tyson, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan and more, each paying up (Colbert with 100 pennies, as Fallon’s “enemy”, this was no surprise).
Will Smith was the first guest, accompanied soon after by U2. I enjoyed how the show incorporated a musical act from the band (U2) into the middle of the show, giving a a longer and more lively effect. …U2, at one point, even performed a song while sitting on the couch…and before you knew it, The Roots were in the mix as well! The entire set is alive from this point forward, great energy. During the rest of the show, Fallon and Smith teamed up for the ‘Evolution of Hip Hop’ dancing and ‘Late Night Superlatives’ poking fun at Olympians.
As a fan from the beginning, when Jimmy had announced this move, I was hoping not much would change in regards to the themes and overall concept which set his show apart in the first place…I was right. The comedy, characters, music and quirky/unconventional setup was still there. I find it very refreshing for the new generation to have this man to watch at the end of each day for years to come.
Matt Whitlock – @mattwhitlockpm