The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was back this Monday, after a couple of weeks’ worth of repeats due to the holidays. Fallon’s guests were actor Bradley Cooper, singer and American Idol judge, Harry Connick, Jr, and his musical guests were Raphael Saadiq and Big K.R.I.T. Fallon and Cooper had some fun, playing an air guitar solo during the episode.
In his monologue, Jimmy Fallon joked about the New Year’s Resolutions of politicians, and also about the New York Jets and their search for a new coach. He showed a clip about the controversial call made in last night’s NFL football game between the Cowboys and the Detroit Lions.
After his monologue, Jimmy Fallon announced some of the guests who will be on the show later in the week, like Liam Neeson, Nicole Kidman, and Madonna. He mentioned who tonight’s guests would be, and then joked about real books that he said are on his “Do Not Read List.” Fallon did a cool impersonation of Marlon Brando as The Godfather. One of the books was called Blowing Your Own Trumpet, and another was a “How-To,” book called How To Read Slowly.
The first guest that Jimmy Fallon introduced was Bradley Cooper, who most recently provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. He is now starring in the Broadway play, “The Elephant Man,” and also in a movie out in limited release, American Sniper. Someone in the audience shouted out, “Happy birthday!” as it was Cooper’s 40th birthday today.
Bradley Cooper said that they would be doing the play until February 22, and might take it to London after that. However, he said that what a lot of people talked about after each show was his last appearance on the Tonight Show. It was a pretty hilarious episode, and many people keep bringing it up who talk to him after the play.
They talked about the movie, American Sniper, also. Clint Eastwood directed the movie, which has received some pretty good reviews so far. Fallon said that on January 22, the movie will be in wider release. Fallon and Bradley Cooper kept cracking each other up as they conducted the interview.
Jimmy Fallon then gave Cooper a birthday present, the visor that he wore on the last episode of the Tonight Show that he was on, complete with a wild-looking wig attached to it. Jimmy Fallon put on the one he had worn then, also. After that, Fallon showed an intense clip from American Sniper.
Jimmy Fallon asked Cooper about something that he loves to do, which is playing air guitar. He especially likes to play air guitar to the Neil Young solo from the song Down by the River. Fallon had Bradley Cooper demonstrate, while playing a recording of the actual guitar solo.
It was extremely cool and Cooper really got into it, hamming it up. It is a lengthy solo — at one point, Cooper went into the audience, still acting as if he was playing air guitar, and Jimmy Fallon stood up with him to play air guitar also, until the Tonight Show went to a commercial break.
Jimmy Fallon’s second guest of the episode was Harry Connick Jr. Fallon said that the show Harry is starring in, American Idol, will return this coming Wednesday.
Harry brought Fallon a present, a record he made when he was just 11 years old. The record is called Pure Dixie Land. He said he would “sit in with these guys,” when he was six, seven, and eight.
Jimmy Fallon said that Connick was “a nice guy,” but he also said that he liked his honesty. Harry said it has earned him a lot of “boos,” though. “They even ‘boo’ me at Starbuck’s,” he said.
Harry brought with him a photo he had found on line, which he said he thought looked a lot like Fallon. It was of a bearded puppeteer from a horror show. Fallon then put on a fake beard, and he had an identical puppet made up, and standing up by the photo, he did look quite similar to the person.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon closed with Big K.R.I.T. rapping a song off of his latest album, Cadillactica. He had help on backing vocals by Raphael Saadiq, who also played the bass guitar. It was a great performance, and the show’s house band, The Roots, served as Big K.R.I.T.’s band.
All things considered, Monday night’s return of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was a success. Bradley Cooper is always an entertaining and funny guest, and Harry Connick Jr. is, as Fallon said, “a nice guy,” though he can seem full of himself at times. Big K.R.I.T. and Raphael Saadiq closed out the episode in style.
Written By: Douglas Cobb