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 3 and 4) spend 70% 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. Almost every 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).
This week rumors about his issues with alcohol are flying through the internet. He has had a few accidents recently and insiders in NBC are starting to speak out. Unfortunately, it’s common for those who are best at making us laugh to fight the strongest demons of depression themselves.
I’m actually praying this is all just gossip. I have seen the hell of alcoholism first hand and the last thing we need is anotherworld-class performer destroyed by it.
Fallon grew up in a strict Catholic family. His mom and dad would let him watch Saturday Night Live growing up–but only pre-edited “clean” versions of the show.
According to MK Safi, “Jimmy went to church every week. He was an altar boy and even wanted to be a priest when he grew up. Fallon calls his role in church his first performing experience–one that led him to become the funny man he is now.”
He once said:
I loved the church. I loved the idea of it. I loved the smell of the incense. I loved the feeling you get when you left church. I loved like how this priest can make people feel this good… I loved the whole idea of it. My grandfather was very religious, so I used to go to Mass with him at like 6:45 in the morning.
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 3-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, Jesus, my kids and I).
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).
I hope the stress and the fame are not ruining a guy with a beautiful heart like Jimmy. And I hope the laughs he’s sowing into our homes are reaped in his marriage. I hope he stays safe and priorities his family over everything else.
So while rumors fly, this post is my Thank You Note to Jimmy Fallon, in a Jimmy Fallon voice with the dramatic piano in the background.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
God is nice. Jimmy is nice. Maybe we should all give nice a try.
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