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Last night was the premiere of Jimmy Fallon’s tenure on The Tonight Show. How well you think he did will probably be entirely dependent on how much you live-tweeted the production. (All of it? Did you live-tweet all of it?) Sites like Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post did a fair job of chronicling every moment of the program, in case there was anyone on the Internet who felt super-strongly about the show but couldn’t get to a TV in time. We shouldn’t really have to recap very much for you.
When Jimmy Fallon first took hold of Late Night, his premiere guests included Robert DeNiro (Space Train, anyone?) and Justin Timberlake. Now that he’ll be moving over to Jay Leno’s spot on the Tonight Show on February 17th, Mr. Fallon has nowhere to go except horizontal for his game-day bookings.
There were a lot of lovely parts on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live episode with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, many of them music-related. (Our personal favorite was the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” parody, because really, how rapey is that song?)
But the winner of the night was obviously the insta-classic “Twin Bed,” a bangable home-for-the-holidays anthem that somehow manages to get in at least five references to actual things you could find in our bedroom in our parent’s house.
Imagine the Marx Brothers formed a boy band and were hosting a comedy hour on MTV, and you have something like I Kveld Med Ylvis, the Norwegian talk show for which “The Fox” was created. Since its YouTube release last month, the video has reached more than 100 million viewers, while the song itself has risen to No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Brothers Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker, aka Ylvis, visited New York City last week to perform their unexpected hit on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Today. They also enjoyed a wine-drenched chat with Kathie Lee and Hoda. “It’s pronounced ‘Bored,’” Bård explained to Kathie Lee, who then touched his knee while wondering if the brothers were romantically involved.
Who can blame the ladies? Bård and Vegard are uncommonly handsome, which may be what is most odd about their extremely odd video. They are, to use an expression Kathie Lee might, “foxes.” But as the Transom discovered in a conversation last Friday, the Ylvisåkers are more accustomed to being objects of laughter than lust. They are, in other words, nerds in fox clothing.
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Last night Jimmy Fallon premiered the latest version of his much-loved segment, “Brian Williams Raps,” in which the editors supercut years worth of news footage to make seem like the NBC Nightly News anchor is covering hip hop classics. (Former segements have included Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” and Warren G’s “Regulate.”)
Yesterday, we were introduced to BriWi’s rendition of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations.” Check it out below.
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Full House fans rejoice: Jesse and the Rippers are set to make their TV comeback this week.
Rumors of a reunion began to swirl after John Stamos posted an Instagram video of him singing the Full House theme tune yesterday.
Mr. Stamos has now confirmed the band will be Read More
Wednesday’s official announcement from NBC that Jimmy Fallon will be replacing Jay Leno on The Tonight Show was the culmination of months worth of speculation, rumors and gossip. When the media learned that Mr. Fallon was not only moving the show back to New York, but would be hosting the program from Johnny Carson’s old studio, the comparisons between this latest drama and the bitter NBC late-night feuds in the past–Conan vs. Leno, Leno vs. Letterman–were inevitable, despite the network trying to play off the move as amicable. Hell, trying for the 11:30 (or now, technically, 11:35) slot on NBC is more of a political bloodsport than Game of Thrones, with at least twice as much backstabbing and allegiance shifting. (Though less decapitation … that we know of.)
Here are the five best rumors about the new Tonight Show, along with any responses from NBC or its players.
While Anderson Cooper was learning about his afternoon talk show being cancelled–no, not just for Hurricane Sandy, but forever–two late night hosts made the brave decision to continue their shows at NBC and CBS as if a giant storm wasn’t ranging outside.
The only problem? Neither Jimmy Fallon nor David Letterman had a live audience–a first, in both their histories–to laugh at their jokes. But what could have turned into that creepy David Lynch episode of Louie was actually an amazing bit of performance art as the two jokesters performed to the dead silence of a mostly-empty room. *Yanks collar* “Tough crowd!”
Tom Hanks is continuing what can only be described as an “apology tour” after blowing up ABC’s spot with a big F-bomb on Good Morning America while promoting Cloud Atlas last week. First he showed up on Saturday Night Live for two segments, and last night he appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform some slam poetry about Full House. No, we don’t know why, either.
Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003-present): George Clooney
Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003-present): Jennifer Aniston
Jimmy Fallon, Late Night (2009): Robert DeNiro
- Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show (2009-2010): Will Ferrell