The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was packed full of entertaining tidbits and great guests. Fallon read suggestions from his “Suggestion Box,” Arthur Meyer was dressed up as Ray Bongo; Captain kirk Douglas and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots sang a song as Black Simon & Garfunkel; Gwyneth Paltrow sang a Broadway Rap with Fallon; actor Josh Gad was interviewed; and, the musical guest was Panda Bear.
Jimmy Fallon started off the Tonight Show with his nightly comedy monologue. The audience gave him a standing ovation. Fallon joked about topics like Chris Christie engaging in fundraising efforts to become the next President. In a speech Fallon showed a part of, Christie spoke about the State of the State of New Jersey, but he mentioned people from several other states.
Fallon also joked about Mitt Romney, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, and did an impersonation of Bill Clinton. He also mentioned the dog in Seattle who gets on a bus and goes to a local dog park. “According to U.S. News & World Report, the best job in America is being a dentist — because the only place someone can still read a copy of U.S. News & World Report is at a dentists’ office,” he said.
After The Roots played Fallon to his desk, he said who a few of his upcoming guests will be later this week. Then, he said Gwyneth Paltrow, from Mortdecai, will be a guest tonight. Josh Gad, from The Wedding Ringer, will also be a guest, and the musical guest will be Panda Bear.
Fallon read “suggestions,” from “audience members.” One was to make Chris Harrison seem as if he was falling in love with The Bachelor — Fallon showed a clip of just that happening. Then, he helped an audience member remember “getting a tan and buying a van,” by calling out Ray Bongo onto the stage, and he and people on the street sang about buying a van and getting a tan.
Jimmy Fallon then showed a clip of members of The Roots and announcer Steve Higgins trying out a laser pointer that gives people a shock. It was LOL funny!
Another suggestion was to have Black Simon & Garfunkel sing a song. They sang a version of a current song, but Simon & Garfunkelized it.
Steve Higgins introduced Gwyneth Paltrow, and, with Jimmy Fallon playing the piano, they both sang. The first song was Start From the Bottom. Then, they sang a Nicki Minaj song, Anaconda, as a Broadway song. Lastly, they sang a song with a lot of expletives in it, by Big John.
Fallon’s first guest was actress Gwyneth Paltrow. He thanked her for “doing that last bit.” She said she was in the a capella group, Triple Trio, in high school. There were nine girls in the group, she said. They would sing songs like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and The Longest Time.
Gwyneth said she would “sneak off in the middle of the night and leave a note for her parents.” The note would mention how sorry she was for sneaking off.
Jimmy Fallon mentioned that they were in a shower together to surprise Cameron Diaz on her birthday. There were 20 people with them, and Cameron was 45 minutes late.
Jimmy asked her about her having met with Johnny Depp in a bar in England, and about Mortdecai, in which Depp also stars. He grows a funky-looking mustache. Fallon showed a clip from it. She gagged as Depp leaned in to kiss her, and then he also gagged, saying he had “a sympathetic gag reflex.”
Jimmy Fallon next introduced his second guest of the show, actor Josh Gad, who did the voice of the snowman, Olaf, in Frozen. He also stars in the upcoming movie, The Wedding Ringer, opening on Friday. Josh brought a photo of someone in the street who was dressed as Olaf, and he had his photo taken with the man. Then, Gad felt a tap on his shoulder. It was the man dressed as Olaf demanding $5.00 from him.
Fallon showed a photo of Gad’s daughter, and one of his grandfather. He said his grandfather asked his daughter to sing You Are My Sunshine, and a few minutes later, would ask her the same thing. Gad related that his grandfather “was a Holocaust survivor.”
Then, Fallon and Josh talked about The Wedding Ringer. Fallon predicted it would be the number one movie this weekend at the box office. Gad said that Kevin Hart “is unbelievable in this film.” Jimmy Fallon introduced a clip of Kevin Hart and Gad dancing at a wedding. It was hilarious!
The musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was Panda Bear, from The Animal Collective. Panda Bear’s actual name is Noah Lennox. From the album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Panda Bear sang Boys Latin. It was electronic dance music, and sounded kind of trippy and psychedlic. The images shown behind Panda Bear as he sang also looked very dreamy and psychedelic. The album has been getting great critical reviews.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon went above and beyond tonight, with fantastic guests and LOL comedy bits. Gwyneth Paltrow was terrific, and she and Fallon sang rap songs as if they were Broadway songs. Josh Gad was very funny, also, and he talked about his family and his upcoming movie, The Wedding Ringer. Panda Bear was…amazing, and is a rising force in the EDM musical scene.
Written By Douglas Cobb
NBC Universal Media Village
(review of Panda Bear’s album)