On the Tonight Show this first Friday of May, host Jimmy Fallon interviewed his guests, actress Helen Hunt, from Ride, and actor Jesse Eisenberg, who stars in The End of the Tour and the upcoming play, “The Spoils.” Fallon played a rousing game of Beer Pong with Hunt later in the episode. The musical guest on the Tonight Show was My Morning Jacket, and Fallon also did his weekly “Thank You Notes” comedy bit.
Jimmy Fallon was greeted by a standing ovation as he walked out onto the stage to deliver his monologue. He cracked jokes about stories from today’s news, and tomorrow’s, like the running of the Kentucky Derby tomorrow. He compared the race to the presidential race, saying both are races in which rich people throw in a lot of their money.
Fallon also cracked jokes about the many sports events tomorrow, like the NFL draft, the Mayweather/Pacquaio fight, and Kentucky Derby. He said that Pacquiao’s trainer said that “Mayweather might not even show up.”
Then, Jimmy Fallon joked about the many different packages that cable companies were offering people. He also stated that “Bernie Sanders said he will not run a negative campaign.” After that, he played a clip in which Sanders mentioned America was in a “race to the bottom.”
Fallon sent out a staff member to interview people on the street and asked them if they were going to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, he changed the movie’s title quite a bit. People still said that they were planning to go to see the movie, despite the titles the staff member saying not being at all the movie’s actually title.
Finally, Jimmy Fallon showed a clip of President Obama being interviewed by a student. Obama kept going on about the importance of writing drafts, and the male student, tired of listening to Obama speak, said “Yeah — I think you’ve about covered that.”
When Fallon was at his desk, he said that next Friday, U2 will be on the show. He then mentioned that tonight’s guest will be Helen Hunt, from Ride, which she also wrote and directed. Fallon told the announcer, Steve Higgins, that he went to acting class; then, he said that he was going to challenge Hunt to a game of Beer Pong. He said that Jesse Eisenberg was going to be starring in the play, “The Spoils,” which he had written, and the musical guest would be My Morning Jacket.
After that, Jimmy Fallon and Higgins sang a bit of Working for the Weekend, and Fallon did his weekly “Thank You Notes” segment. Fallon said about keyboardist, James Posey, “Wow — it looks like he’s already started his weekend.”
Posey was not wearing a tie. Fallon said “Look at him — he’s making his own rules. He’s a rebel.” Posey cracked up.
Some of the “Thank You Notes” were “Thank you, the Hulk, for possessing the power that no other man can hope to achieve — pulling off wearing a pair of purple shorts. Thank you, Avengers, for building Ultron, and showing us what a robot telemarketer would look like. Thank you, people who ask me to take my shoes off the moment I enter their house. Forgive me, Sensei, for desecrating your dojo.” The final one was “Thank you, Pringles, for letting me eat Donald Duck’s beak.”
When the Tonight Show came back after a break, Jimmy Fallon introduced his first guest, actress Helen Hunt. She said that she loved Fallon, The Roots, the set, the studio audience. Fallon told her he took acting classes from her dad, saying “He was the greatest teacher, but I was the worst student. Give him my best.”
“I will. I’ve been taking lessons from him for about 15 years,” Hunt replied.
“He must be so proud of you! First, an Academy Award, and now this movie –” Fallon said.
“He is,” she said. She surfs in the movie Ride, which she said is “an Independent movie, which means we didn’t have much money to make it with.”
Hunt related she had to pee while making the movie and in a wetsuit on the beach. She said to her closest girlfriend who came to visit, “I’ve been peeing through this entire movie.”
Jimmy Fallon said that “I found this movie refreshing.” They talked about the movie’s plot, and Fallon said “I loved it — it was great! And, you’re a pretty good surfer in the movie.” She told him that Luke Wilson was another of the actors in the movie. Then, Fallon introduced a clip from the flick, showing Hunt getting plastered by a wave.
“Would you like to play Beer Pong with me?” Jimmy Fallon asked her.
Hunt said “It’s on!” The Tonight Show then headed to another commercial break.
Back from the commercial break, Fallon explained the rules for their game of Beer Pong. He said that Helen “came up with the twist — the loser does a shot of tequila.”
Jimmy Fallon made a shot first, and Hunt had to chug a cup of beer. Helen kept on trying, over and over, to get a ping-pong ball into one of Fallon’s cups. He encouraged her, saying “You can make it!”
Hunt finally got one in, and he chugged a cup of beer. Then, they both decided to do a shot of tequila, and the Tonight Show headed to another commercial break.
Following the break, Jimmy Fallon introduced the second guest of the night, actor Jesse Eisenberg, who will be starring in an upcoming production of the play, “The Spoils.” Jesse told Fallon that a moth had gotten to his suit, and had eaten holes in his pants.
Fallon showed a photo of Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. He looked scary and menacing.
“Were you a fan of Superman growing up?” Fallon asked him.
“No,” Eisenberg said. “It must have skipped my generation. I have an older cousin who likes it and a younger relative, who is four, who loves Superman.”
Fallon asked Eisenberg about his working on a Woody Allen movie. Eisenberg said that would be after the run of the play he will be in.
Fallon said that he had two lines in a Woody Allen movie. He asked “This is the third play you’ve written, right?”
Eisenberg said that it was, and the play dealt with racism, but he added that it “is also a comedy.” More commercials ensued.
After the commercials, Jimmy Fallon introduced My Morning Jacket. The band performed a song, Compound Fracture, from their album, One Big Holiday. Their upcoming album, due out in stores next week, is called The Waterfall. They sounded great, and gave an incredible performance to conclude the Tonight Show.
Watching the Tonight Show was a terrific way to spend Friday night, winding down an entire week of shows filled with fantastic guests. Tonight, Jimmy Fallon’s guests were actress Helen Hunt from Ride and Lex Luthor, himself, Jesse Eisenberg, who shaved his head for the role. The episode closed with an awesome musical performance by the band, My Morning Jacket. A clip from Ride is below!
Written By Douglas Cobb
Helen Hunt in Ride