The Monday night episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was packed full of great guests and holiday surprises. Fallon’s guests tonight were Chris Pine (Into the Woods) and actor David Oyelowo (Selma) along with chef Bobby Flay, who stopped by to do a cooking demonstration with Fallon and Questlove, of the Tonight Show‘s house band, The Roots. Also, One Direction sang Santa Claus Is Coming to Town with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, playing Elementary School musical instruments. The video is below! Fallon give away another Christmas sweater, and a gift for each member of the studio audience, and played Battle Shots with Chris Pine.
The Tonight Show began with Jimmy Fallon warmly welcoming the studio audience. Then, he did his nightly comedy monologue, cracking jokes about today’s news headlines. A few of the jokes follow, in slightly paraphrased form.
“Here’s what everyone’s talking about,” Fallon said. “During a recent Q&A with children, Mrs. Obama said all she wanted for Christmas was to sleep in late. Biden promised he wouldn’t jump on their bed Christmas morning.”
“KFC in Japan will continue offering its tradition of offering a Christmas dinner of chicken, champagne and cake. The people who eat it will be asking themselves ‘How did I wind up like this?'”
After that, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter interrupted the monologue and gave a cooking demonstration of how to cook delicious potato latkes. It was kind of funny and actually informative.
“Monopoly has released a new addition for its 80th anniversary. Also celebrating an anniversary is the Monopoly game sitting inside your parents’ closet.”
The Roots played Fallon to his desk, where he announced the guests for tonight, like Chris Pine from Into the Woods. Later in the show, he will challenge him to a game of Battle Shots. Then, David Oyelowo will be on, from the movie Selma, and Bobby Flay will give a cooking demonstration.
Jimmy Fallon gave away a sweater, for the “12 Days of Christmas Sweaters” bit he has been doing. It had lights on it, and a white fur collar. Fallon called out number 407 and ran to the lucky winner, Christina from New York. Fallon had her try on the sweater over one she was already wearing. “You look gorgeous!” he said. “You fit right in — nobody’ll even notice the sweater.”
Then, Jimmy Fallon did his nightly “Tonight Show Stocking Stuffer” bit, and gave away a gift to everyone in the audience. The gift tonight was a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.
When The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon came back from a commercial break, Jimmy Fallon said a few of his friends stopped by, the members of One Direction, and they did their own version of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. It sounded AWESOME! Fallon started out the song, then other members of One Direction joined in, singing different lines and the chorus. It was pretty cool! He said that One Direction was going to have a TV special on NBC tomorrow night. More commercials ensued….
After the commercials, Fallon introduced his first guest, actor Chris Pine, who stars in the movie Into the Woods. It will open on December 25, Christmas day.
Jimmy Fallon asked him about his coming from an acting family. “Yes, my mom’s mom — my grandmother — was a pinup girl,” Chris Pine said. “Her pinup was on the sides of bomber airplanes in WWII”
“Your dad was very famous, too,” Fallon said.
“Yes, from CHIPS, he was the sergeant,” Chris said. “He loves to tell the story of when he got stopped for speeding by the cops. My father is a very sweet man — he said ‘You do know who I am — I am the sergeant on a very famous show, CHIPS.’ The cop said, ‘That’s good for you, buddy — I’m the sergeant here.'”
“How is Meryl Streep in person?” Fallon asked.
“She’s everything you could imagine her to be,” Pine answered. He told Fallon that when he was rehearsing a song for the movie, Meryl Streep was drinking wine and on her Blackberry.
“You’re so good in it,” Fallon told him. “You not only sing, but you act — and you’re also funny,” Fallon said.
“I’m Cinderella’s Prince in the movie,” Chris said. “A lot of big pants and horse riding…” Jimmy Fallon showed a very dramatic scene from the movie. The horse that Chris rides on rears up. He tells a woman “The woods — can be a very dangerous place.”
Jimmy Fallon then challenged Chris Pine to a game of Battle Shots, which is similar to Battleship, except it involves drinking shots. Chris accepted, but they did not play it until after more commercials.
Fallon explained the rules of Battle Shots, such as they were. “We take turns guessing the coordinates. Misses are marked with white markers, hits with red ones. As extra holiday fun, a hit in the middle is a shot of tequila.”
Chris missed with his first guess. Fallon hit the center of one of Chris’s boat with his first guess, and he had to do a shot of tequila. Chris missed again, then Fallon hit another one of Pine’s ships, and he had to do another shot. Chris missed again. Fallon sunk one of Pine’s ships, and Chris did yet another shot.
Chris missed again, and Fallon guessed “F5,” which was another hit. Both he and Fallon had on sailor hats as they played. Chris lost track that it was his turn to guess. Chris missed again. Jimmy finally missed, and it was Pine’s turn again — another miss.
“F4,” Fallon said, and it was another hit. Pine drank another shot, and Jimmy Fallon was the winner of the game. Chris was a good sport about it, but he looked like he was getting somewhat blitzed.
The Tonight Show returned from another commercial break, and Jimmy introduced the second guest of the show, David Oyelowo. Jimmy talked with him about the movie Selma. David plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie Selma.
“This is a Nigerian name? Am I saying it correctly?”
“For an American or English person,” David said. He said how it should be pronounced, but he told Fallon “Don’t even try.”
David told Fallon that his father would be “mortified” to hear his last name mispronounced, but that his dad was a hypocrite, as he mispronounced almost everybody’s names.
“Oprah does films so rarely, she gets a little bit rusty between films,” David said.
“Gosh, are you great in this,” Jimmy said. “You look exactly like him. It’s unbelievable.”
“Apparently, me and 30 pounds of stuffing make me look like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” Oleyowo said. Jimmy Fallon showed a clip from Selma. David had the vocal phrasing and intonation of King down perfectly — it was pretty incredible.
Back from yet another commercial break, Jimmy Fallon introduced the third guest of the show, chef Bobby Flay, the host of Beat Bobby Flay. Fallon and Questlove assisted Flay as the Food Network chef prepared porter house steak with a black pepper crust and a “pepper crusted martini,” flay said.
Flay called porterhouse steaks “the best combination in the world,” as they combine two different cuts of steak in one. He had Fallon cut up a steak into slices after it got a crust on it. “Here’s the secret to great steak houses,” Flay said. “A lot of butter on the steaks.” Bobby put an entire stick of butter on top of a steak.
Flay said “you then cook it in the oven.” He also demonstrated how to get pomegranate seeds out of a pomegranate. Questlove kept beating on a pomegranate with a wooden spoon, as if it was one of his drums. That was, basically, the end of the show. Jimmy Fallon ran up the aisles of the audience, high-fiving everybody around.
It was another great Tonight Show in the books, as Jimmy Fallon and his guests, Chris Pine, David Oyelowo and Bobby Flay, entertained the studio audience and viewers across America. Chris talked with Fallon about being in the movie, Into the Woods, and he played Battle Shots with Jimmy, getting kind of snookered. David Oleyowo talked about starring in Selma as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Flay gave a cool cooking demonstration about how to cook porterhouse steaks.
Written By Douglas Cobb
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