The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was fantastic this Friday, with Fallon’s terrific lineup of guests, Ben Stiller, actress Brie Larson and comedian Damon Wayans. Damon Wayans performed a standup routine that was hilarious, and Ben Stiller made a certain discovery about Hashtag the Panda’s true identity. Also, Jimmy Fallon did his very popular weekly “Thank You Notes,” comedy bit, and gave away a Christmas sweater and holiday gifts to all of the audience members.
Jimmy Fallon welcomed his Tonight Show studio audience, then began his comedy monologue, poking fun of people and things in today’s headlines. Some of the jokes follow, though are somewhat paraphrased.
“Here’s what people are talking about,” Jimmy Fallon began. “This week, the White House hosted its annual Hanukkah party. Everything was going fine, until Biden pulled on a rabbi’s beard and said, ‘You’re not Santa Claus!'”
“Graceland is going to auction off Elvis Presley’s first recording from 1953. Or, as people who will be able to coke here from Cuba called it, ‘Yo, what’s that happening new sound?'”
Fallon joked about “Panda diplomacy,” and then, Hashtag the Panda come onstage and danced around. Then, Jimmy Fallon did his weekly “Tonight Show Superlatives” comedy bit, showing pictures of NFL football players and saying what they were Voted Most Likely to be or do. For example, Fallon said “Marshawn Lynch from the Seahawks was Voted Most Likely to Cross his t’s and dot his i’s. J.R. Sweezy from the Seahawks was Voted Most Sexy Zombie Alive.”
Then, Jimmy Fallon said that tonight’s guests would be Ben Stiller from the latest Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb movie, Brie Larson from the movie The Gambler, and comedian Damon Wayans.
Fallon then did the “12 Days of Christmas Sweater” segment, giving a lucky audience member a cool (though some might call it “ugly”) Christmas sweater based on their seat number. Fallon called out number 433, and ran up the aisle to give the Philadelphia woman who won her sweater. She tried it on.
“When you wear this sweater, you’ll blend in, and no one will know where you are,” Fallon said.
Then, Jimmy Fallon said “I’m in the spirit of giving right now –it’s time for Tonight Show Stocking Stuffers!” The gift that Fallon gave away tonight to every studio audience member was gourmet meals from Blue Apron.
When the Tonight Show came back from a commercial break, Jimmy Fallon did his weekly “Thank You Notes” segment. He and announcer, Steve Higgins, messed with keyboardist James Posey, as usual, trying to make him laugh.
“That’s a fake smile,” Fallon said, about the smile on Posey’s face.
“That’s the Thorazine,” Higgins added.
“Thank you, Christmas stockings, for being flammable bits of fabric people like to hang over roaring fireplaces,” Fallon said.
Continuing, Jimmy Fallon said “Thank you, Office Secret Santas, or what should be called Office Russian Roulette.”
“Thank you, eggnog, for blurring the delicate line between drinking and eating.”
“Thank you, Christmas lights, for turning a holiday of peace and love to the chance of one-upping my a-hole neighbors.”
After The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon came back from a break, Fallon introduced his first guest of the show, Ben Stiller.
“Congratulations on your new baby,” Ben Stiller said.
Jimmy Fallon then showed a picture of Ben Stiller playing the drums at his Bar Mitzvah. Stiller siad they played Let It Be, My Generation, and Hey Jude. “My dad thought they were saying ‘Hey, Jew,’ and for years after that, he didn’t like The Beatles.”
Stiller spoke about another band he was in, later. “We recorded an album called Road Kill, and pressed it, even though it was never released.”
Fallon said that Ben’s parents sent over a copy of the album, which he showed the studio audience. Stiller said they thought a song called Delta Time would be a big single off of the album. Jimmy Fallon played a little bit of the song for the audience to hear.
“I actually like Delta Time,” Fallon said.
Stiller said the group was called Capital Punishment, and that it was actually a cult classic. He mentioned that Delta Time was the name of the studio where they recorded the album.
“Night at the Museum — the other two movies, I’m not kidding, have made over 1 billion dollars,” Fallon said.
Ben Stiller said a little about what the plot was about, then Fallon showed a clip from the movie. In it, a hydra-like dragon came to life, and a knight had to fight it off. After that, the Tonight Show headed to another commercial break.
Upon returning after the break, Jimmy Fallon said that thye had a “little visit from Hashtag the Panda,” and added that Ben Stiller played Hashtag the Panda in a couple of hte episodes.
“I was Hashtag the Panda,” Stiller said, “but that was in the past.”
Then, Hashtag the Panda came out onto the stage. Ben Stiller said he was being interviewed, “and wanted a little respect.”
Hashtag danced some more, and Ben Stiller said “Okay, we got it, we got it. We all love Hashtag the Panda. Now, about my movie –” trying to continue on. Ben walked over to Hashtag, removed his head, and underneath it was — Chris Rock!
“Chris Rock! You’re Hashtag?” Stiller asked.
“Yeah, I’m Hashtag. I just gotta do what I gotta do!” Chris exclaimed. He said that his new movie, Top Five, was coming out this weekend, and “even North Koreans will love it.”
“You ruined my interview,” Ben Stiller said.
“That’s alright. They heard the only interview about a movie they need to hear,” Chris Rock said, referring to what he had just said about his own movie.
When the Tonight Show came back from another break, Jimmy Fallon introduced Brie Larson, who will be starring with Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler, opening up on Christmas day.
“Last time you were here, you were on your way to the MET Ball,” Jimmy Fallon said to her.
“Yeah, I was in this kind of Joan of Arc armor,” she said. “I was with my friend, Shailene Woodley, and we started up our own dance party.”
Jimmy Falon asked her about another role she played in Room. “I became that person,” she said. She talked about going to Bar Mitzvahs and parties. “I got so lost in the music that I threw my neck out. About midway through my massgae, I realized I was in a Conga line last night.”
Jimmy Fallon talked about The Gambler with Brie, then showed a clip from it. It is a remake of a movie that originally starred James Caan. The movie has gotten a lot of good reviews already. Then, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon went to another commercial break.
Fallon introduced comedian Damon Wayons, a guy who is funny in whatever TV skit or movie he does. “Please welcome the hilarious, the one and only, Damon Wayans!”
“I’m a grandfather, many times over,” Damon said. “My two year-old daughter does things even when I ask her not to do them,” he said. He said that he olearned if he does crazy voices, young kids will repsond more to the voices. He did a crazy clown-sounding voice then, saying “Don’t do that, don’t do that.”
He said that little girls are “so sensitive.” In comparison, he continued, saying “My grandson — when he says ‘Look, poppa,’ he is butt naked, up on the roof of the house, ready to jump into the pool.”
Damon then related that he is now 54, and how things change as a person gets older. He compared life to a roller coaster, and how the turns were like hard responsibilities. He mentioned how double loops were like a heart attack and a stroke when a person gets older and closer to death. It loses a lot on the printed page, but Wayan’s stand-up routine was pretty funny.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was a great and entertaining way to close out the week. Fallon’s guests were incredible, with Ben Stiller talking about his upcoming movie, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and about when he was younger and played the drums in a band. Fallon’s second guest, Brie Larson, was also entertaining as she talked about her upcoming movie, The Gambler. Then, Damon Wayans closed out the show with a humorous stand-up routine.
Written By Douglas Cobb