The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was amazing tonight, with some great guests to close out the week, like the amazing actor Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) and actress Megan Mullally (Parks & Recreation). The musical guest on the Tonight Show was Yusuf Islam, who was formerly known as Cat Stevens. Fallon also played Antler Ring Toss later in the episode with Martin Freeman and did his weekly “Thank You Notes.”
Jimmy Fallon began the Tonight Show by welcoming his always great audience. He then commenced his nightly monologue, joking about people and events in the news. Some of the jokes are below, in a somewhat paraphrased form.
“Here’s what people are talking about,” Jimmy Fallon began. “Next week, Joe Biden will be assisting in the annual lighting of the menorah at the White House. Smokey the Bear said ‘Hold all my calls.'”
“It was just announced that Congressional Republicans will hold a conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. They insist that it will just be a business trip.”
“If you have kids, you might want to listen to this. Some schools will be offering single-sex classes to help keep kids less distracted. When asked about if it might help, kids said ‘I’m sorry – what?'”
Fallon then did his weekly “Tonight Show Superlatives,” comedy bit. Fallon shows football players on what look like football cards, and then states what they were Voted Most Likely to be in high school. It was funny, as usual, but it is a visual bit, where it helps to see the photos of the football players Fallon says are Most Likely to be Voted this or that.
The Roots played Fallon to his desk, and he said who all of the fantastic guests tonight will be, like Martin Freeman, Megan Mullally and Yusuf Islam.
Jimmy Fallon then gave away a Christams sweater with Santa Claus on it, as it is one of the “12 Days of Christmas Sweaters.” Fallon read off a seat number, #242. It was the first time this year that Fallon has given a sweater away to a guy in his audience.
The guy put it on, and Jimmy Fallon said “How do you feel?”
“Like a new man,” the guy said.
When the Tonight Show came back, Jimmy Fallon did his weekly “Thank You Notes,” bit. He and the announcer of the Tonight Show , Steve Higgins, always try to crack up the keyboard player, James Posey, before Fallon begins his first “Thank You Notes.”
“Something went down with my grandmother,” Fallon said to Higgins.
“What happened?” Steve said.
“Last year, my grandmother got run over by a reindeer,” Fallon replied. They went back and forth, saying pretty much all of the lines of the song, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.
Beginning his “Thank You Notes,” Fallon said “Thank you, gingerbread man, for being a cookie version of a Chip and Dale dancer.”
“Thank you, people who wear face masks in cold weather, for feeling warm while making me feel my life is about to end.”
“Thank you, cardigans, for being a great way to feel warm and old at the same time.”
“Thank you, holiday cards, for giving me an annual update about how ugly my friends’ kids are getting,” Jimmy Fallon said, concluding the comedy bit.
After the Tonight Show returned from the commercial break, Jimmy Fallon introduced his first guest, actor Martin Freeman. Freeman has starred in the English BBC TV series, The Office, and as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock, besides being in The Hobbit movies.
Martin Freeman came out and danced before he sat in his seat. He will be hosting Saturday Night Live tomorrow. Fallon asked him if he was “excited,” about it, and he said that he was, but “was also nervous.”
Jimmy Fallon mentioned the numerous acting roles that Martin Freeman has had. He called The Hobbit movies the “biggest ones ever,” though.
“I was one of only seven people in England who was not in the Harry Potter movies,” Freeman said when Jimmy asked him if he had been asked to be in them.
He told Fallon that he had not seen The Hobbit movies in IMAX, but Fallon said they looked great in IMAX. Freeman said “You spend two or two-and-a-half years with these fellows that you work with.” The show then went to another commercial break.
When The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon came back, Fallon and Martin Freeman played Antler Ring Toss together. They both wore antler helmets and had brightly colored rings to throw at each other’s antlers. The first person to get three on would be called the winner. Fallon got the very first ring on that he threw. They both missed a few, then Martin finally got on on
Jimmy Fallon got a second ring on, but Martin Freeman was not successful in getting any further rings on Fallon’s antlers. Jimmy Fallon finally got the third ring on Freeman’s antlers to win the game, and the Tonight Show took another commercial break.
Back from the break, Jimmy introduced the second guest of the episode, actress Megan Mullally, who was in Parks & Recreation. She is also in the Broadway play, “It’s Only a Play.”
Fallon asked her about Parks & Rec, and she said that “Tomorrow’s our last day of shooting.’ She was kind of sad, of course, about leaving the show.
Jimmy Fallon asked Megan about the first play she had ever seen, and she said it was Equus. She said she was confused as she had never seen a naked man. Peter Firth played the role, and he jumped up and down, naked, she said.
Megan said in “It’s Just a Play,” she plays the somewhat dim-witted producer of the play-within-the-play. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are two of the other actors in it.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon went to yet another commercial break. Then, Fallon introduced the musical guest of the night, Yusuf Islam. Yusuf sang You Are My Sunshine from his album, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone. He jazzed the song up quite a lot, making it his own. It sounded pretty cool.
Another week has come and gone, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon ended the week with some wonderful guests. Martin Freeman was the first guest of the show, talking about the upocming movie he stars in, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Freeman also played the cool game, Antler Ring Toss, with Jimmy Fallon. The second guest on the Tonight Show, Megan Mullally, was also very entertaining, talking about Parks & Rec, the first play she ever saw, and the play she is currently in, “It’s Only a Play.” Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam ended the episode with a brilliant re-working of the classic song, You Are My Sunshine.
Written By Douglas Cobb