The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is on the road this entire week, broadcast from Los Angeles, California, and tonight Fallon’s guests were actor Michael Keaton and The Voice coach, Gwen Stefani, who was also the show’s musical guest. Some of the special guests who made appearances were Alfonso Ribiero who helped to introduce the episode, and Chris Evans and Chris Pratt, who were in a skit called Photobomb with Jimmy Fallon. Michael Keaton was in another skit with Fallon, called Kid Theater: Birdman.
Jimmy Fallon began the Tonight Show doing a spoof of the opening of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Fallon played the part of the Fresh Prince, of course. When a cop caught him spray painting graffiti, he acted like it was underarm deodorant spray and used it on his armpits.
Fallon got a standing ovation, then did his nightly comedy monologue. He joked about topics from today’s headlines, and compared the Spider-Man in L.A. with the one in Times Square, saying that they were both about equally drunk. He joked about getting to some of L.A.’s lesser-known attractions, like “Measlesland.” He said “a lot of people never got any shots — or, as Kobe’s people put it, ‘been there.'”
Fallon also made jokes about the Super Bowl and Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show, and a dancer in a shark costume who did not seem to know the dance routine very well. He showed a clip of Chris Christie attempting to take a seat during a radio interview, and instead, falling on his posterior.
He said “Mitt Romney decided not to run, as opposed to those other fellows, the Seattle Seahawks.” Fallon closed his monologue with a Groundhog Day joke saying, because the groundhog saw his shadow, Fallon would be spending the next six weeks in California.
Jimmy Fallon was played to his desk by the house band, The Roots, and he then he reminisced about some of the good times and places he had been at in the city. He said that tomorrow, Ellen DeGeneres would be on, and he would be playing Password with her and Oscar-nominated guests. Vin Diesel and Will Smith will be his guest later in the week. Then, he announced tonight’s guest, Michael Keaton and Gwen Stefani, who he called “Orange County Royalty.”
After that, Fallon showed a cool clip of Brian Williams edited to look like he is rapping the Snoop Dogg classic, Who am I, What’s My Name? It was a thing of beauty!
When the Tonight Show came back from a commercial break, Jimmy Fallon showed scenes of himself, Chris Pratt and Chris Evans photobombing people at the Super Bowl. It was another highlight of tonight’s episode, as well as one for the people who got photobombed by Fallon, Pratt, and Evans.
After more commercials, Jimmy Fallon introduced his first guest of the show, Michael “Birdman” Keaton. Keaton is nominated for an Oscar for his role in Birdman. He got a standing ovation from the audience.
Jimmy Fallon asked Keaton for recommendations of good restaurants to eat at. Keaton named a few, then said “or come to my house!”
“You did some gut-wrenching scenes and have a lovable quality about you in the movie,” Jimmy Fallon told Michael Keaton. Fallon mentioned the scene in which Edward Norton’s character insults him, and Keaton’s character breaks down and cries. He then snaps out of it and says “See, I can act, too,” or something along those lines. Then, Fallon showed a cool clip featuring Keaton and Emma Stone from Birdman.
When the Tonight Show returned from another commercial break, Jimmy Fallon and Michael Keaton were in a skit called Kid Theater: Birdman. Fallon asked Keaton to perform a few scenes from Birdman, to “test” him. The scenes would not be from the actual movie, but ones written by elementary school students, who had no idea what the movie was really about. The first scene, Michael Keaton played Birdman, and Fallon played a character called “hitter.”
When Keaton got to the line, “All you need to do is touch my beak,” which supposedly would enable Fallon’s character to get the power he needed to hit a home run, Jimmy Fallon cracked up.
The next skit was one in which Keaton, again, played Birdman, but could only say “Caw, caw, caw!” as a response to whatever Fallon, who played a young boy named Thomas, said. That is, until…Keaton admitted he was the “boy’s” father.
“Can you call me ‘Bird Son?'” Fallon asked.
“No, your name is Thomas,” Keaton read.
Then, the last skit that they did was written by Duncan, 6. Jimmy played Birdman, and Keaton played Birdwoman. They got “married,” and decided to “protect the galaxy” together.
Next up on the Tonight Show was the lovely Gwen Stefani. She will have an upcoming solo album due out later this year, and her song Baby Don’t Lie is, according to Fallon, “tearing up the charts.” Fallon asked her for restaurant recommendations, also, and asked her if she was still with No Doubt. Gwen said that she was, and she was both performing with them and solo.
Fallon asked her about her baby, and she said he was backstage. Gwen said she was re-learning her older songs, and she would be doing a medley of them. First, though, the Tonight Show went to yet another break.
Gwen Stefani began with her current hit, Spark the Fire. The dancers on stage with her were great, also. Then, she sang Rich Girl, with the line “if I was a wealthy girl.” Another song included in the medley was The Sweet Escape. Stefani rocked the theater out, and she will be with No Doubt at the Rock in Rio event in Las Vegas in the spring.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon got off to a fantastic start this Monday, with Fallon taking the show on the road to Los Angeles for the entire week. The Fresh Prince opening of the show, with Alfonso Ribiero, really helped the episode get off to a terrific start. Actor Michael Keaton and singer Gwen Stefani were awesome, and the Photobomb skit with Chris Pratt and Chris Evans was cool, as well. Fallon is scheduled to have amazing guests all week long, so tomorrow night’s episode will likely be great, also. Check out the videos below to see Brian Williams “rapping,” the Snoop Dogg song, Who Am I?, and Gwen Stefani singing The Sweet Escape!
Written By Douglas Cobb
Brian Williams rapping Who Am I?
The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani