The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was a very newsworthy episode, as Fallon’s guest, journalist Brian Williams, would likely agree. He and Jimmy Fallon did a comedy bit during the episode called Slow Jam the News, that was both amazing and humorous. Another of Fallon’s guests was the brilliant actress, Reese Witherspoon, and the witty author, David Sedaris. The show’s musical guest was Rae Sremmurd, featuring Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee.
Jimmy Fallon greeted his audience, warmly welcoming them to the Tonight Show. Then, he began the show by doing his nightly monologue, joking about politicians, celebs and events in the headlines today. Some jokes from the monologue follow, somewhat paraphrased.
“What a great crowd! Here’s what people are talking about,” Jimmy Fallon said. “There’s reports that President Obama has a replacement for Chuck Hagel — Ashton Carver. he sounds more like a replacement for a boy band.”
“A political action committee trying to raise money for Hillary are selling drink mixers and cocktail glasses,” Fallon went on. “Nothing says Christmas more than mixing alcohol and politics.’
“A little controversy here,” Jimmy Fallon continued. “Christian Bale said George Clooney should stop whining about the paparazzi. That’s the first time I saw two Batmans fighting since I was in Times Square.”
After that, Jimmy Fallon said “According to a new study, the larger the age difference between married couples the more likely they are to get a divorce. Or, as gold-diggers call it, ‘That’s the point.'”
“It’s been two weeks since President Obama took action on his new immigration policy. I think it’s time to ‘Slow Jam the News.’ And, I’m not the only one,” Fallon said. Then, he and Brain Williams “Slow Jammed the News.”
Brian Williams would announce news about President Obama and the immigration policy, and then Fallon would say something suggestive about it, like “President Obama wants in, You gotta do it the right way, and not go in through the back door.” Tonight was Williams’ 10th anniversary at the nightly news. Fallon called him “Peter Pan Senior.”
Williams replied “In two days my daughter gets to fly as Peter Pan, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Back at his desk, Fallon mentioned upcoming guests like Cameron Diaz and Cedric the Entertainer, then mentioned tonight’s guests, Reese Witherspoon and David Sedaris, as well as musical guest Rae Sremmurd, “which is drummer’s ear backwards,” Fallon said.
Then, he took a look at the Pros & Cons of William and Kate Visiting New York City. “Pro: having afternoon tea with the mayor. Con: Having morning wine with Hoda and Cathy Lee. Pro: They’ll be visiting three days. Con: That’s what your family said at Thanksgiving. Pro: During their stay, the weather will be 40 and partly cloudy. Con: That’s beach season in England. Pro: Watching Kate doing the ‘Royal Wave.’ Con: Watching 40 cab drivers pulling over at the same time.” After that, the Tonight Show went to another commercial break.
When The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon came back, Fallon introduced his first guest of the evening, actress Reese Witherspoon. She stars in the new movie, Wild. The Roots played Wild Thing as she came out and took a seat. She brought him a wood reindeer and fawn for his desk.
“Congratulations on being on the cover of Glamour magazine,” Jimmy Fallon said. He and Reese talked about how her Thanksgiving was, and her recipe for her Thanksgiving turkey. “Basically, you just do nothing. You wrap the whole turkey in bacon and put it into the oven.”
“I want to wrap everything in bacon,” Jimmy Fallon said.
“It was so easy, and it was delicious!” Reese said. She told Fallon she always got Dancing Santas for Christmas and had 20 of them.
The movie Wild, Reese told Jimmy, “is based on a true story. It’s about a woman whose mom dies and she hikes the Pacific Coast Trail.”
She said she never had to carry a backpack before, but she did have to do it in the movie. Fallon said “If I was on set, I’d probably quit the movie. You’re so little, and the backpack is so big,” Fallon said.
“You see men in movies do things like this, but usually not women out in the wild,” she said. In a clip that Fallon showed, a man stopped her as she is hiking the Pacific Coast Trail, and wants to interview her, thinking that she is a hobo.
“It sounds like you’re offended,” he said at one point.
“I am,” she answered him. After that, the Tonight Show again went to a commercial break.
Back on the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon asked Reese to play a game called Random Phrase Carols where they each took turns picking cards from a pile. They would have to sing the carols, but the actual words were replaced by random words as the Roots played. Fallon sang about a “Small Old Man” to the tune of Jingle Bells.
Reese then had to sing about “Slimy Toads” to the tune of Silent Night. Jimmy next sang I Wish You a Merry Christmas, but had to sing “I slipped on a green tomato/and I choked on a prune.”
Reese sang Frosty the Snowman, but changed the words to be about “Randy the Plumber/With a real bad lazy eye.”
Then, they both sang Deck the Halls, but with words like “Squeeze the cheese and kick the pony.” It was pretty hilarious!
The Tonight show Starring Jimmy Fallon returned from yet another commercial break, and Fallon introduced the second guest of the evening, author David Sedaris, the brother of actress, author and comedian Amy Sedaris. He has a new humorous novel out, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, a collection of essays.
“God, you’re a snappy dresser,” Fallon told David, who was dressed in…culottes, kind of like bell bottom shorts. He said that his sister Amy talked him into buying them, as well as “trousers that came up to my nipples.”
“You live in England, is that right?”
“Yes, I live in England. But, I’ve been on a book tour of 47 cities in 49 days,” David Sedaris said. “I do it twice a year. It’s a lecture tour.” He said he knew he had been doing the tour for so long that he could recognize where people’s hand lotions came from.
“I work for an organization where people donate bone marrow. I get to talk to drunks and other people and try to get them to donate bone marrow. I tell them,’Oh, it doesn’t hurt — it’s different from 50 years ago.’ It still actually really hurts a lot. A woman said I was ‘ageist,’ because people who were over 55 can’t donate bone marrow.”
“Where’d you come up with that title from?”
“A woman suggested I write a book called Explore Your Possibilities,” David Sedaris answered. “I decided to change that to Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.”
Coming back from another commercial break, Jimmy Fallon then introduced the evening’s musical guest, Rae Sremmurd. They will be singing No Flex Zone from their upcoming album, coming out in January. They rapped really well, and even included Jimmy Fallon’s name in the song. It was a very original-sounding song, and the singers were energetic, jumping about the stage as they sang and rapped.
Brian Williams stopping by for the Slow Jam the News comedy bit and Reese Witherspoon’s singing Random Phrase Carols were amazing. David Sedaris is a very interesting person and author, who added a bit of flair to the show. Then, Rae Sremmurd ended the episode with an incredible display of their rapping skills, rapping one of their latest songs, No Flex Zone.
Written By Douglas Cobb
Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams Slow Jam the News