On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Thursday, January 7, Fallon’s guests were Lena Dunham from the HBO series, Girls, who he played Pictionary with later in the episode; actor J.K. Simmons from Whiplash; and musical guest, Ghostface Killah.
Jimmy Fallon did his nightly monologue to start the show. He made jokes about the next presidential election, and Hillary Clinton. He also joked about Jeb Bush releasing ten years of income tax records.
Jimmy Fallon did a joke about a panda in Washington, D.C. rolling in the snow. Then, Hashtag the Panda rolled down the stairs, and Fallon criticized him, saying that was what the other panda did. However, Hashtag the Panda cheered up when Jimmy Fallon asked him if he would like to dance.
The house band, The Roots, played Jimmy Fallon to his desk. He said who some of the guests later this week will be, then said Lena Dunham will be his first guest, and they will be playing Pictionary later on. He said his other guests will be actor J.K. Simmons and musical guest, Ghostface Killah.
Then, Fallon did his comedy hashtag bit, that he does every week. The hashtag this week was “Awkward Dates.” Jimmy Fallon shared some of the tweets. One was from a guy who took his date to Starbucks “because I forgot her name.” Another was one in which a guy talked about a terrible date he had gone on a few years ago, before he got married, and his wife said “That was me!” Yet another was from a woman who said when her date kissed her on a sidewalk, his mom was driving by and yelled out, “First kiss!”
Jimmy Fallon introduced Lena Dunham from the HBO series, Girls. She told Questlove that he can pick the color of the credits of the first episode, of the upcoming season five, and also he can name one thing he would like to do, “as long as it’s legal.”
She and Jimmy Fallon then talked about going to a party at Howard Stern’s house, and how she had felt inspired. She said “He looks like a cartoon of a female Jewish horse.”
Jimmy said “I’ve never heard that reference before, but it absolutely works.”
“He really speaks out about issues important to women,” Dunham said.
Fallon then showed a photo of her dog, Lambie. She said “He has human eyes,” adding that he liked to “steal socks and underwear.”
Fallon said that Dunham’s character will be leaving Staten Island this year. “We will see how Hannah feels about entering the academic world,” Dunham said. Girls will premiere this Sunday. Fallon showed a clip from Sunday’s episode. After the break, they will play the game, Pictionary.
Back from the break, Jimmy Fallon played Pictionary with not only Lena Dunham, but announcer, Steve Higgins, and J.K. Simmons, from the movie, Whiplash. Lena Dunham began first. She had to draw “Tooth Fairy.” Steve Higgins easily guessed what she was trying to draw.
Then, Jimmy Fallon drew a “Footlong Hot Dog.” J.K. Simmons thought it might be a “flying saucer,” or “something phallic.” He finally said “Hot dog,” but the time had ran out.
“You could not have failed harder,” Dunham said.
Steve Higgins tried to draw a “Pickle Jar.” Lena actually had no trouble getting “Pickle Jar.”
J.K. Simmons then drew “High Chair,” and Fallon guessed it correctly. Both Fallon and Lena drew at the same time, to end the game, and whichever one got his/her partner to guess correctly would win. The picture was “Wingman.” Steve Higgins guessed it correctly, making Lena Dunham and his team the winners.
After a commercial break, Jimmy Fallon introduced his second guest, once again, actor J.K. Simmons. Fallon wished J.K. “happy birthday,” as it was his 60th birthday today. Jimmy Fallon gave him a birthday hat to wear, and then took a selfie with him.
Fallon told J.K. he “really knocked the cover off the ball,” with his “wild” performance in Whiplash. “You handled it really great, man,” Fallon told him “You did not screw it up.”
Questlove said he has “seen it like three times,” and he was “scared of it.” As drumming is a big part of the movie, and Questlove plays the drums, it is no wonder that he thought it was a scary flick.
Jimmy Fallon showed a photo of Simmons with hair and a long beard. He told Fallon that they were having a “deep note singing competition.” Fallon attempted to do it, and he did a decent job of dropping his voice down, also. Simmons could sing a very low note, though, lower than Fallon’s attempt.
J.K. talked about having been in a couple of bands, and Fallon showed a clip from Whiplash. The character that Simmons played said “What would you say if I threw a chair at your head?” His character in the clip seemed just a wee bit…psychotic.
Singing a song off of his latest album, 12 Reasons to Die, rapper Ghostface Killah, who was an original member of the Wu-Tang Clan, electrified the Tonight Show audience. Ghostface Killah wore a black leather hat on his head as he rapped the words to the song. The woman singing with him did an amazing job, also. It was an incredible performance, and the audience erupted in applause as the song came to an end.
Written By: Douglas Cobb
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