This Monday on the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon interviewed his guests, Hugh Jackman, who is starring in Pan, and Nick Offerman, from Parks & Rec and Children’s Hospital. The musical guest of the evening was Janelle Monáe. Fallon also played a game of Password tonight with Hugh Jackman, Nick Offerman and Susan Sarandon.
Jimmy Fallon started off the Tonight Show walking onto the stage to a thunderous standing ovation. Then, he did his monologue, joking about topics from the news such as Taylor Swift’s new video, Bad Blood. He said “I’m Jimmy Fallon and I’m the only celebrity not featured in Taylor Swift’s new video.” Fallon showed a clip of some Republicans, to names such as Flounder, and used the song Bad Blood for it.
Fallon joked about George W. Bush giving the commencement speech to Southern Methodist University. Fallon said “Other than his presidency, he called it ‘the best eight years of his life.'”
Fallon then mentioned the opening of the Legoland Resort Hotel. He said “People are already leaving Yelp Reviews. “I tried to do a cannonball into the swimming pool and broke both of my legs,” was one. another was ‘I just stayed at the Duplo Hotel down the street. It was much bigger and easier to get into.'”
Fallon also joked about Mitt Romney boxing in a celebrity match against Evander Holyfield. He showed a clip of Romney looking as if he knocked Holyfield to the floor of the boxing ring.
“We have a big week of shows,” Fallon said. He said that Jamie Foxx would be on tomorrow, and other guests this week will include Sting and Meghan Trainor. Fallon announced that tonight’s guests would be Hugh Jackman, from the upcoming movie Pan, and Nick Offerman, who wrote the book Gumption. Fallon said that he will be playing Password with Hugh Jackman and a special guest later.
After that, Jimmy Fallon gave a brief but touching tribute to David Letterman. One of Fallon’s teachers wrote in his yearbook that Jimmy Fallon “would replace David Letterman as the host of the Late Show.”
Fallon talked about being on the Late Show with David Letterman, and said that Letterman had said he did not want to see him before the show. He talked about having been nervous, and his heart, he said, “was racing.” Fallon talked to Biff Henderson, and said that before he went on, David Letterman waved at him. “He’s always been there when you needed him,” Fallon said, bringing up what Letterman had said on his show right after 9/11, about being “courageous.”
Following a commercial break on the Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon introduced Hugh Jackman, who will be starring as Blackbeard in the upcoming movie, Pan. Jackman mentioned Fallon talking “smack” about Vegemite. He said he “wanted to show you how to do it. You have to get the crappiest bread possible,” Jackman told Fallon. He had some Vegemite with him, behind Fallon’s desk. Vegemite is made from yeast extract, among other ingredients.
Jackman had a toaster set up, and said “the butter has to melt in.” He did not use very much Vegemite at all, and they both tried some on the toast. Fallon declared that “It’s much better!” He gave a piece of toast with Vegemite on it to Questlove, who said “I like it!”
Then, Jimmy Fallon talked with Hugh Jackman about Pan. He asked Fallon “Do I have anything on my teeth?” He did; some of them were blackened by the Vegemite.
Jackman said that there had been one line in the original novel, Peter Pan, that mentioned Blackbeard. Fallon then showed a premiere clip from Pan, that looked AMAZING! An actual boy plays Peter Pan in the movie, though women have often played him on Broadway.
Back from another break on the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and Hugh Jackman played Password. Tonight Show announcer, Steve Higgins, served as the host of the game, and he introduced Jackman and Fallon, then Jackman introduced the “special guest,” Nick Offerman, who will be his partner. Fallon introduced his partner, actress Susan Sarandon, who was wearing a Rangers jersey.
Steve Higgins explained the rules, and the first Password was “Dolphin.” Jackman said “Flipper,” and Offerman replied “Dolphin.”
The next Password was “Oyster.” Susan gave the clue “Pearl.” Jimmy Fallon looked puzzled, at first; then, he said “Oyster.”
Fallon had to try to get Susan to guess the Password “Toupee.” He gave her the clue “Piece,” which kind of was a terrible clue, as Susan said “War.” Jackman said “Rug” and Nick answered “Toupee.”
Then, the Password was “Feather.” Offerman said “Quill.” Jackman replied “Pin.” Susan said “Bird,” and Fallon answered “Feather.” He and Susan won the game.
When the Tonight Show returned after another commercial break, Jimmy Fallon introduced the second guest of the show, actor and author Nick Offerman. Offerman walked to his seat using crutches. Fallon tried to help Offerman but he said he did not know what to do. Offerman said to Fallon “I thought you were going for my wallet.”
Offerman said while he was on a comedy tour, he tore his meniscus. Offerman was there without his famous mustache. Fallon asked Nick about a movie he has a part in, one that has won a lot of awards. It is a coming-of-age movie, about a teen boy in high school who finds out he is dying of leukemia.
Fallon then talked with Offerman about Nick’s book, Gumption. It is about 21 Americans who have inspired Offerman and/or have changed his life in some way or other. Offerman includes many true stories, like one that Fallon mentioned and Offerman filled in the details, about Teddy Roosevelt getting shot but still going on and giving a campaign speech that lasted 90 minutes.
After yet more commercials, when the Tonight Show came back, Jimmy Fallon introduced the musical guest of the night, Janelle Monáe. She sang Yoga from her album, The Electric Lady. Janelle had a crown or tiara on her head as she sang. It was a cool performance — some of the female dancers did a few yoga poses as she sang, in-between dancing.
The Tonight Show this Monday was fantastic, with host Jimmy Fallon interviewing his guests Hugh Jackman, from Pan, and actor and author, Nick Offerman, who talked with Fallon about his book, Gumption. Janelle Monáe’s performance of her song, Yoga, rounded out a great Monday night episode of the Tonight Show.
Written By Douglas Cobb
Jimmy Fallon Plays Password With Hugh Jackman, Nick Offerman and Susan Sarandon
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