News: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon – ENT News

tv-tonight-show-memoriesLast night the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” debut to a standing ovation by the audience.  Jimmy introduce himself and said he is the host, for now. This is of course a jab at the recent history of Leno’s exit and return kicking Coco to the curb, well TBS and a lot of money.  After all the formalities over he reentered the stage and jumped right into the Jimmy we have all come to love.
So what’s the verdict, check out Saeed Ahmed of CNN thoughts on the show? According to her the laughs came easy. And even before the new show’s first guests appeared — Will Smith and U2 — a parade of celebrities walked up and dumped money on Fallon’s desk.
Why? “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 and many others, slapping down bills.
During the rest of the show, Fallon pulled out old bits with fresh takes — such as an evolution of hip-hop dancing with Will Smith and ‘Late Night Superlatives.’
The challenge now
With Fallon at the helm, the show moves back to New York for the first time since then-host Johnny Carson took it to Los Angeles in 1972.
For the rest of the week, the star power will burn equally bright.
Fallon’s guests will include Jerry Seinfeld, Justin Timberlake and Michelle Obama.
The real challenge will be next week, and the next month, and the next year.
For most of his 22 years, Fallon’s predecessor, Jay Leno, sat at the top of the late night talk show totem pole.
Sure, Leno was critically panned for his milquetoast interviews and his predictable jokes. But the masses loved him.
How will Fallon fare?
That’s the big question.
For one thing, the late night landscape has changed. The hosts — like Conan O’ Brien and Jimmy Kimmel — skew younger. And with Fallon, NBC hopes the audience will too.
While one-time host Johnny Carson has been the template all future hosts emulated, Fallon says he will fashion his stint after a different host: The original host, Steve Allen.
A freewheeling hodgepodge
Allen’s was a free-wheeling hodgepodge of chat, skits, piano-playing, ad-libbing, man-on-the-street interviews and loopy stunts.
Fallon is a capable guitarist and musical mimic who has done dead-on parodies of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young, among others. Bits with guests such as Michelle Obama and Justin Timberlake have gotten millions of views online, and segments such as “Slow Jam the News” have some of the whimsical quality that Allen was fond of.
Monday night’s show ended with a new shareworthy moment: U2 and The Roots playing a goosebump-inducing, stripped-down version of “Ordinary Love.”

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