Last night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the titular Fallon and his guest, funny-man-child Seth Rogen, performed stand-up comedy written entirely by children. Not that we’d have known, though, because if they hadn’t told us the jokes were written by kids we would’ve just thought that at some point in the last decade Jimmy Fallon and Seth Rogen had learned to write comedy.
Rogen was of course on the show to promote his (very good) new movie, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, in which he stars alongside Rose Byrne and Zac Efron and Chloë Grace Moretz, whose sorority is the one that rises. He’s never been one for stand-up, instead getting his start in showbiz in the cast of the now-iconic, quickly canceled show Freaks and Geeks, but we’ve got to give it to him: he does a pretty good job selling these jokes written by kids under the age of 10.
Of course, the jokes didn’t take much selling. Because, unlike the sophisticated comedy of a Louis C.K. or a Tig Notaro, jokes written by children forego any kind of nuance and instead hit straight at the gut. An example: “The Invisible Man went to the doctor. The nurse told the doctor ‘The Invisible Man is here,’ and the doctor said ‘Tell him I can’t see him right now.'” And, in case you couldn’t tell how funny that joke was, Jimmy Fallon is, of course, giggling throughout the whole thing.
Watch the clip below, and contact your local writer’s room: get these joke-writers in the television business, stat.