Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Debut Features Will Smith & U2
Jimmy Fallon, the Late Show and Saturday Night Live alum, made his debut in the much-coveted job of The Tonight Show host on Monday.
‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Premiere
Kicking off his debut, Fallon offered a short biography, complete with his childhood pipe dream of being exactly where he is right now – hosting The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson’s New York City stage. He then launched into a monologue that featured some predictable – albeit necessary – jokes about the heritage of his new job. “I’m Jimmy Fallon, and I’ll be your host for now,” he said, before thanking ”Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, and Jay Leno.”
Fallon continued his monologue with a fair share of Olympic jokes that had tie-ins to Saved By the Bell, pop music’s Justin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers, and marijuana.
At one point during his introductory episode, Fallon made a crack about the unlikelihood of him getting his dream job. “To my buddy who said I’d never host The Tonight Show,” he said, pointing at the camera, “You owe me 100 bucks.” Whose time was it to pay up? Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rudy Giuliani, Tracy Morgan, Seth Rogen and more.
Evolution Of Hip Hop Dancing, ‘Ordinary Love’
Before sitting down for his interview with Will Smith, Fallon invited the Men in Black actor to participate in the “evolution of hip-hop dancing.” The duo was dressed in loud pattered shirts, jean overalls and work boots. Among their dance moves was the “Steal The Face (Then Swallow It And throw It Back Up).” What followed was a friendly conversation about Willow Smith, who Fallon thinks is “the nicest girl ever” – and the faces Olympic curlers make.
The highlight of U2’s time during Fallon’s debut was when they collaborated with Fallon’s houseband, The Roots, to play their new song “Ordinary Love.” They also performed on the Top of The Rock with the Empire State Building, colored red, white and blue, shining in the background.
The rest of Fallon’s premiere week hosting The Tonight Show will feature similarly high-profile guests, including Jerry Seinfeld, Justin Timberlake, Kristen Wiig, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama.
– Chelsea Regan