Jimmy Fallon Interviews Robert Downey Jr. And Fran Lebowitz

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon began the week off right on the Tonight Show, with the first guest he interviewed being one of the stars of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Robert Downey Jr. Fallon later conducted “an emotional interview” with the actor. Fallon’s second guest was the brilliant author, Fran Lebowitz. The musical guest on the Tonight Show was the Zac Brown Band.

The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon, began the show by walking onto the stage and the studio audience applauded and gave him a standing ovation. Then, he did his monologue, joking about the Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner, “when Bruce Jenner declared he is both a woman and a Republican. Finally, a person who might beat Hillary.”

Fallon said that this past weekend, “was also the White House Correspondence Dinner.” He talked about how humorous Obama had been, and he named some sitcoms that Obama might be in after he leaves the White House, like Saved By Michelle and The Wonder Ears.

Then, Jimmy Fallon joked about the Daytime Emmys. He said that there was a tie between two Soaps for which one was the best, between Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives. Fallon had an internal monologue going, questioning how there can be two best Soaps. James Posey of The Roots said that he “can’t hide it anymore — I’m pregnant!”

Fallon concluded his monologue with “An all-male Hooters inspired restaurant is opening in Dallas. When asked what was needed to work there, the manager said ‘a sock.'”

Fallon announced his upcoming guests, then said that tonight’s guests would be Robert Downey Jr., with whom he will conduct “an emotional interview,” and then his second guest will be author, Fran Lebowitz. The musical guest was, as Fallon mentioned, the Zac Brown Band.

After that, Fallon and The Roots did a comedy segment called “Freestying with The Roots.” Fallon picked a lady from the audience, Victoria, who loved to eat ice cream. She was from Queens. The Roots then made up a song about her, in the style of a British Invasion song. The Roots did a song to the tune of The Rolling Stones’ song, Get Off My Cloud.

The second person from the audience that Jimmy Fallon selected said his name was Dan. Fallon asked him what his superhero name would be if he was a superhero. Dan said “Dan the Man, Man.” Fallon asked him what his super power would be, and he said it would be “telekinesis.” Fallon asked The Roots to do the song in the style of a Joan Jett song. The Roots rocked out with their clever song about Dan, then the show went to another break.

When the Tonight Show came back on, Jimmy Fallon introduced his first guest of the episode, Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., from the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. The studio audience gave him a standing ovation.

“They love you!” Jimmy Fallon told him, and he wished Robert Downey Jr. a “happy belated 50th birthday.”

Robert Downey Jr. said, talking about his birthday party, “It was very disorienting when you came in. You went through a white tunnel. When people left, they had to go down a slide into a ball pit.”

Fallon said that Duran Duran and Steely Dan were at the party. Robert Downey Jr. said “I know. It was wildly indulgent.” He added that he “asked people not to bring cellphones.”

They talked about the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Robert Downey Jr. said they got along together, in general. The actor said that they had a way to handle the Hulk if he got out of hand — he called it “Veronica.” In the clip that Fallon showed, reasoning with the Hulk did not work, so…Tony Stark had to suit up in his Hulk Buster armor. Even then, the Hulk was easily holding his own.

More commercials ensued, and when the Tonight Show came back, Jimmy Fallon conducted what he called “an emotional interview” with Robert Downey Jr. “Would you say you’re in touch with your emotions?” Fallon asked him. Whenever they heard a bell go “ding” they had to act out the emotion shown on a card. The first one that Robert Downey Jr. had to do was be “Annoyingly Philosophical.”

Then, Jimmy Fallon and Robert tried to “Fish for Compliments.” Next, Robert had to act like “Robert Smells Bacon.” Fallon and Robert had to also behave like they had a “Total Lack of Confidence.”

After that, Fallon was supposed to act like “Jimmy Forgot to Wish Robert a Happy Birthday.” After that, they were both supposed to be “Overly Calm.” Robert Downey Jr. acted like he was going to sleep. Then, Robert acted like he “Doesn’t Know What a Car Is.” He said, “You mean a card? Like, what someone sends you on your…birthday?”

Jimmy Fallon

Back from yet more commercials, Jimmy Fallon welcomed his second guest, author Fran Lebowitz. He called her “a New York legend.” He said “You think I stole your apartment?”

“Yes — I found an apartment, and I couldn’t afford it. Then, I ran into someone who could afford it, an dit turned out to be — you,” she said.

Jimmy Fallon said “We had a baby, and we needed more space.” Fallon even named his baby Francis, and used the same nickname, Frannie. Fallon said “I’m not trying to steal anything. Here’s a picture of my baby.”

He held up a photo made to look exactly like a baby version of Fran Lebowitz. As they talked, Fallon put on a pair of glasses that was identical to the ones Fran was wearing.

Jimmy Fallon then said that he read something that Fran wrote about fashion in a magazine. She said that “Everything old comes back around.” She said she went to a birthday party of someone who was 30, and “I knew every single song. That shouldn’t be.” The Tonight Show then went to yet another commercial break.

Jimmy Fallon

After the break, Fallon introduced the musical guest of the evening, the Zac Brown Band. They performed the song Tomorrow Never Comes from the album, Jekyll & Hyde, which will be available on April 28, 2015. They will be going on tour soon to promote the album. The song Tomorrow Never Comes sounded awesome, and the guitar playing was stellar.

Jimmy Fallon almost always has some great guests, but he seems to be trying especially hard to have terrific guests on Monday nights to kick off the week right and ease the pain most adults experience of having to go back to work when Monday rolls around. Robert Downey Jr. was Fallon’s first guest, and he and Fallon talked about Avengers: Age of Ultron and Fallon conducted “an emotional interview” with him. Then, Jimmy Fallon had a lot of fun messing with his second guest, author Fran Lebowitz, in what turned out to be a pretty funny interview. The Zac Brown Band closed out the episode with their great new song, Tomorrow Never Comes.

Written By Douglas Cobb

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