The Tonight Show the Monday after Father’s Day was another entertaining episode, with host Jimmy Fallon interviewing his two guests, comedian and actor Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy and the movie, Ted 2, and actress Amber Heard, who is one of the stars of the upcoming movie, Magic Mike XXL. The musical guest of the Tonight Show was Leon Bridges.
Fallon began the Tonight Show by walking onstage to a standing ovation from the studio audience. Then, he did his monologue, joking about topics from the news, like getting a mug yesterday, on Father’s Day, that said “I’m the World’s Greatest Dad.” He said that yesterday was the first official day of summer, as well as being Father’s Day.
Fallon joked about some of the presidential candidates, like Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. Bush’s mom was shown in a video, admitting that Jeb was not her favorite son.
“Beekeepers were called in to remove 15,000 bees from the main Senate entrance of the Capital building. Too bad they couldn’t remove any of the old Wasps,” Fallon joked. He also talked about the U.S. Open, and “how dry the greens were.” He showed a doctored clip of a putt going in, then popping back out, supposedly to show both the heat and the dryness of the green and the cup.
Fallon also said that the two escaped murderers are still on the loose. He said that if they made it to Amish country in Philadelphia, that could be the basis of a sitcom for one of the networks. He also mentioned that in the new upcoming Charlie Brown movie, Charlie Brown falls in love with the girl who moves in next door.
Fallon talked about upcoming guests later this week, then he said that the guests he will interview tonight would be Seth MacFarlane from Ted 2 and Amber Heard from Magic Mike XXL. He mentioned that he and MacFarlane will play a game called Wheel of Impressions. The show’s musical guest, Fallon added, would be Leon Bridges. Fallon compared him to a singer from another time, like the 1960s.
Fallon said that he had a “funny story” to tell, then a guy from the audience did a “How do you like me now” bit. The same guy has done similar comedy bits with Fallon before. It was pretty funny, but the references went fast and furious, and had to be seen to be appreciated.
At the end of the bit, the guy said “I get it. You’re better than me.” He got up and started to walk out. Fallon told him all the great stuff he would be missing if he left, so the guy came back. He spoke to a member of The Roots briefly, then walked onto the stage and over by announcer Steve Higgins to talk to him. They both then walked off of the stage, together, as the Tonight Show went to another break.
When the Tonight Show came back, Fallon introduced Seth MacFarlane, the creator and writer of Family Guy, and writer and voice of the teddy bear, Ted, in Ted 2. Fallon said “This is a fun night to have you on the Tonight Show.” He said that his dad had a chance to be on the Tonight Show when Johnny Carson was the host, but he was in Seth’s words, “a folksinger and didn’t want to sell out.” That was the reason he gave for not wanting to be on the Tonight Show at the time.
MacFarlane’s dad happened to be in the Tonight Show studio audience. MacFarlane compared how his father, who has white hair and a bushy mustache, looks like to authors Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
MacFarlane said that his parents told him he could do drugs, but they wanted him to do them in the house if he did any. MacFarlane said that “It worked. I didn’t smoke pot until I was 28.”
Fallon asked him if he “ever did drugs with his family.” MacFarlane said “Yes, one Thanksgiving.” He and his sister had brought some pot with them, and they all smoked it together.
MacFarlane talked with Fallon about singing Frank Sinatra songs on New Year’s Eve, and then later doing a 2-hour-long show somewhere else. He is still going around doing shows with various orchestras like the Boston Pops. He said that his parents “were responsible for exposing me to all sorts of great music.”
Fallon replied “And drugs, too, apparently.”
They then talked about the plot of Ted 2, and one scene in particular, the opening title sequence with over 100 dancers, like an old Busby Berkley movie. Fallon said the first movie, Ted, “ended up being the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.”
In the movie, Ted wants to become a father, and adopt a child. The only way he can do that is by proving he is a human. Fallon showed a scene from the movie, which is already being called “the comedy event of the summer.” Then, the Tonight Show headed to another break.
Back from the break, Fallon and MacFarlane played Wheel of Impressions. They each took turns pushing the Impression Generator button and then they had to do whatever impressions turned up.
MacFarlane went first. He did an impression of Liam Neeson and the topic was “Time Warner Cable.” He did a spot-on impression.
Fallon then did an impression of Jerry Seinfeld, talking about Uber. He also did a pretty good job.
Then, MacFarlane did an impression of Bobcat Goldthwait, talking about “Starbucks,” and Fallon did Pee-wee Herman, and the topic was “Mirrors.”
MacFarlane went again. He impersonated Ray Romano, and the topic was “At The Movies.” He did Ray Romano doing Yoda, from Star Wars, saying “There is no ‘try.’ There is only ‘do.'”
Following yet another commercial break on the Tonight Show, Fallon introduced the second guest, actress Amber Heard, from Magic Mike XXL, which opens July 1st. MacFarlane styed around.
Fallon showed the cover of Elle, with Heard on it. He said “I love your tats,” talking about her tattoos. She talked about her tattoos, saying that one was written in Farsiand was originally by poet Omar Khayyám. Fallon asked MacFarlane if he had any, and the Ted 2 star said he had “an intricate tattoo of the Battle of Hastings on my thigh.”
Heard talked about taking her dad to a press conference for Magic Mike XXL. Fallon talked with her about the movie, mentioning that hse was not in the first one. The part in Magic Mike XXL was written “especially for her.” Fallon showed a clip of Heard and Channing Tatum in the movie, which will likely be a blockbuster.
Next up on the Tonight Show, Fallon introduced the show’s musical guest, Leon Bridges. He sang the title track from the album, Coming Home. Bridges had a fantastic voice, sounding, as Fallon had mentioned, like a singer from a different era, maybe the early 1960s. It was a great song, and the audience erupted in applause as he finished singing.
That was the end of the Tonight Show, after Fallon thanked his guests, Seth MacFarlane, Amber Heard, and Leon Bridges, for being on the show. Fallon talked with MacFarlane about his upcoming movie, Ted 2, and played a game of Wheel of Impressions with him. He interviewed Heard, next, and asked her about her tattoos and the movie she will be co-starring in opposite Channing Tatum, Magic Mike XXL. Leon Bridges provided the musical entertainment of the night, with his song, Coming Home.
Written and Edited By Douglas Cobb
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