There’s something about that Jimmy Fallon fellow. And if you are a night owl like me, then you appreciate having quality entertainment past 11 something pm.
Our two boys (ages 2 and 4) spend 80% of their TV time asking for Tio Jimmy. Yes, they call him Tio, which is spanish for uncle, because that’s how involved he is in our lives. Every single day we watch YouTube clips from his shows. It’s either the old Water Wars from the Late Show or the most recent version of the Lip Sync Battle on the Tonight Show (Emma Stone killed it on both songs by the way).
The first time I saw him I had mixed emotions. His monologues were kind of terrible (most nights they still are). He was also part of the empire that took Conan down (my favorite carrot top ever). And you know, it was just Jimmy Fallon. Never thought he was that famous, or that funny, or that anything else.
The last time I had seen him was in the movie “Taxi” with Queen Latifah – and if either of them ever read this, “I want my money back!” But somehow, after that debacle, he took over the Late Show, brought in The Roots (his best move ever) and realised quickly that he was different. Those first few weeks were painful to watch, and it was too late in the night to have extra grace. But then, whether by outside guidance or personal revelation, Jimmy realised that his main feature was the fact that everyone liked him. Not his unimpressive show, but the simple, approachable, funny dude he always was. And I guess he figured that if people like you enough, they want you to do good, so they will help you out, no questions asked.
You see, Jimmy Fallon’s greatest strength is that he’s suuuuper nice. And I think this world could use a couple more of those. You can tell his niceness is legitimate because everyone, and I mean everyone, plays along with his silliness. He got Morgan Freeman to suck helium and speak in a ridiculous voice. He also got Barbara Streisand to do a duet that looked like a mockery of her new album. Bradley Cooper got like 20 balls thrown at his face. And even Tom Cruise allowed eggs to be smashed all over his precious head (which is a sin according to Scientology so that proves my point) (maybe, I don’t know)
He even got the First Lady, Michelle Obama, to be on the hilarious skit, “Ew”. And I kid you not, Sebastián our 2-year-old, mostly speaks spanish words but the 3 words he speaks in English, he learned from tio Jimmy: “Ew”, “Yeah” and “Begin!”
“Let the Drum Off, Begin!”
I like it that Jimmy is doing so well. I like it that he’s enjoying his job. And I like that he’s so grateful and humble about the opportunity. I like that we get to watch a good guy, do a good show with good comedy. And hopefully at the end of a cruel day, you get to laugh with us. (“Us” being: Jimmy, me and Jesus)
I obviously don’t know Jimmy Fallon personally, but I feel like if I did, he would be my buddy (but mostly a great baby-sitter). So this post is my Thank You Note in a Fallon voice, with the dramatic piano in the background.
Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
God is nice. Jimmy is also nice. Maybe I should give nice a try.
*So, on a scale of one through ten (8, 9 or 10 being the only legitimate answers) How much do you love Jimmy Fallon?
Alejandro says 10!
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