Jimmy Fallon

How David Letterman Became Johnny Carson, and Everyone Else Became David Letterman

Last week, as part of their (understandably) protracted and hyped-up farewell to David Letterman, CBS aired a 90-minute prime-time special called David Letterman: A Life on Television. Hosted by Ray Romano, it was a clean, efficient retrospective that wrapped Dave’s memorable moments into tight little packages: celebrity interviews of note, political high-rollers, “friends of the show,” recurring segments, and so on. But the special was strangely incongruent to the true spirit of the show, which was never about immortal moments or rehashed clips; it was about an overall spirit, a loose, gonzo, hanging-out vibe. When Letterman’s idol Johnny Carson did an anniversary special or his own farewell tour back in 1992, you knew you were gonna see the tomahawk clip or Tiny Tim’s wedding. But that wasn’t what Letterman’s show — whether Late Night at NBC or The Late Show at CBS — was, or why those of us who loved Letterman watched… Read More

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Watch: Samantha Bee Declares the End of the Late Night Sausage-Fest in New Teaser

When Samantha Bee left The Daily Show on April 30th, there was already a scripted, TBS late-night comedy show in the… Read More

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Kristen Wiig Appears as the Khaleesi, AKA Karen, on ‘The Tonight Show’

People without an encyclopedic (or any) knowledge of Game of Thrones often find themselves wanting to mock the program whose… Read More

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Jeremy Renner, as Hawkeye, Sings Song About How Nobody Likes Him

The Avengers, which is the titular group of superheroes at the center of Marvel’s Avengers films and comic book properties, are… Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: “A la Carte”

For a show about a stand-up comic, and with frequent inserts of its protagonist doing that job, Louie doesn’t often delve deep into stand-up comedy itself; as on Seinfeld, comedy is our title character’s job, and the particulars of that job are of only a passing interest, as in any workplace sitcom. But occasionally, Louie goes into the weeds: on the first-season “Heckler” episode (see title), in last year’s “Model” (where our hero badly bungles opening for, wouldn’t ya know it, Jerry Seinfeld at a charity function), and on last night’s “A la Carte,” an episode easily read as Louie’s take on the current vogue of “confessional comedy.” … Read More

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Louis C.K. Spitefully Refused to Hire Jimmy Fallon for ‘The Dana Carvey Show’

Louis C.K. is known for many things — Louie, stand-up, self-deprecation — but, with his recent appearance on The… Read More

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Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama Bring You the “Shush and Tush” and Other Moves in “Mom Dancing Part 2″

Last night, Michelle Obama shimmied, wiggled, and “Shush and Tush[ed]” away the evening on The Tonight Show stage. She was… Read More

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Helen Mirren Delivers Helium-Inflected Award Speech on ‘The Tonight Show’

Helen Mirren visited The Tonight Show last night, and Jimmy Fallon employed one of his favorite tactics to ensure that we… Read More

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