The weekend is finally here and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is celebrating it in style tonight with Fallon’s very cool guests! Jimmy Fallon will be interviewing actors Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane (“It’s Only a Play”), simultaneously; then, he will have on the musical living legend, Led Zeppelin’s lead singer, Robert Plant, and he will sing Duke of Earl with him! Also, Fallon will do his weekly “Thank You Notes” comedy segment and later in the show, Robert will sing, making for one heck of a Friday night show, especially for fans of Led Zeppelin.
Jimmy Fallon began the episode by welcoming his audience and then he performed his monologue, with topical jokes about people and stories in the news. The audience gave him a standing ovation. Falon said “Here’s what people are talking about — Derek Jeter! Last night, he got the game-winning hit during his final game — only getting to first base. It probably doens’t happen that often for Derek Jeter.”
Then, he said “Russia said it would join the fight against ISIS. But they did not say which side.”
Fallon imitated Vladimir Putin doing movie reviews of American flicks like Frozen and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Liam Neeson’s A Walk Among the Tombstones.
Jimmy Fallon then showed a clip from Good Morning America about the concept of “Upgrading Boston’s morning.” The clip was kind of humorous….
Tonight Show Superlatives followed. Jimmy Fallon showed football players on football cards and made jokes about them being voted “Most Likely to Be…” this or that, like in yearbooks. It was funny, but trying to describe the players without seeing how they look loses something in the translation.
Fallon was at the last game of Derek Jeter playing for the Yankees. “It was the best last game anyone could have,” he said. “Opposite field base hit RBI! That’s what he does!” Jimmy exclaimed. “Next Thursday, the man himself, Derek Jeter will be here!”
“These guys are both fantastic, and when they’re together they’re unbelievable — from “It’s Only a Play,” Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane! And, our musical guest will be Robert Plant!”
Fallon then did his weekly “Thank You Notes” segment. He said:”Thank you, Attorney General Eric Holder, for stepping down as Attorney General. I wish you luck in your new job as black Alex Trebek.”
“Thank you, the ‘People You May Know’ featured on Facebook for being the equivalent of people you know but don’t want to see at the grocery store.”
“Thank you, dumplings, for tasting way better than you sound.”
“Thank you, Ferris Wheels, for combining my two favorite emotions: fear and boredom.”
“Thank you, #2, for always being #1,” Jimmy Fallon concluded, referring, of course, to Derek Jeter, whose uniform number is two.
Back from a commercial break, host of the Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon introduced his first two guests who he would be interviewing, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. They are both will be starring in the play “It’s Only a Play.” It opens October 9, 2014.
Nathan acted like he was texting on a phone. “Is that the new iPhone?” Fallon asked him.
“No, it’s not an iPhone. I’ve fallen on hard times since I lost out to you in the Emmys.”
He acted like he was ticked off and he said “When do we play Beer Pong, b–ch?”
Matthew told them that they should “shake hands.” They acted as if they were about to do that, and then started fighting.
“We love your new set. It’s made out of Good Humor sticks, right?” Nathan asked Fallon.
“Yes– it’s sponsored by Elmer’s.”
Fallon asked “When did you two guys first meet?”
“We actually met as young actors,” Nathan said. “He was starring in Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs.’ We saw each other as we were walking outside and he said ‘Look, look –we’re wearing the same shirt.’ The, he peeled off and I didn’t see him for years.”
Matthew said he remembered it as he meet Nathan when they did Lion King together. Fallon had them all play a game where, when they heard an air horn, they would switch places and roles. Fallon did an excellent impersonation of Nathan Lane, and vice-versa.
“Tell me, tell me Nathan — when did you first realize that you were a homosexual?” Lane asked, in the role of Jimmy Fallon and sitting at Fallon’s desk. Then, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon went to another commercial break.
“Our next guest is an eight time Grammy winner. He’s here tonight to support his latest album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar. Ladies and gentleman, Robert Plant!”
“I went to Nashville and tried singing with people who really know how to sing. I fell on the bosom of Allison Krause,” Plant said.
“This album is all sorts of music. It’s rock, it’s folk, it’s tribal — Rainbow is the one you’ll be doing tonight,” Fallon said.
Robert Plant said he was a big Elvis fan. He said he would do the song Love Me during his sound checks. “We met him once and he wondered who these guys were who were selling tickets faster than Elvis. An hour or two later, when we were walking down the corridor, I said ‘I met him — and I’m bigger than him!’ Then, we met him coming out of his room and we started singing together,” Plant said.
Jimmy Fallon asked Plant if they could maybe sing together, and Robert said “Yes,” so they will do that after a commercial break. It ought to be pretty amazing, as Fallon has a great voice, himself, though no one, of course, sounds quite like Robert Plant. If they sing Kashmir…but, that is probably doubtful.
When the Tonight Show came back from break, Robert Plant and Jimmy Fallon sang together. Fallon had his iPad ready to go with a looper and they both had microphones. “I figured maybe we could sing a Doo Wop song, like do you know Duke of Earl?”
They both sang Duke of Earl, with Robert Plant doing the harmonies and the added voices until it became a four-part song. Then, Robert Plant began singing and Fallon joined in. It was a pretty magical moment, hearing the song coming together so well.
After more commercials, when the Tonight Show came back, Robert Plant sang Rainbow from his solo album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar. It was pretty AMAZING, well, to Robert Plant fans, anyway. It looked like Plant and other band members had giant tambourines they hit to keep the eat going. They employed a cool echo effect as the song went on. Led Zeppelin is not around any longer, but Robert Plant is still putting out some great music. The audience erupted in applause and cheers as Plant finished singing Rainbow.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was even more fantastic than usual this Friday. Fallon’s first guests were actors Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, who talked with Jimmy about how they first met and about the upcoming play they will be both starring in, “It’s Only a Play.” Robert Plant was also interviewed and sang Duke of Earl with Jimmy Fallon. Then, Plant sang the song Rainbow off of his latest solo album. What a terrific start to the weekend!
Written By Douglas Cobb
Jimmy Fallon and Robert Plant sing Duke of Earl/Courtesy YouTube, NBC, and Robert Plant
Robert Plant Official Video of Rainbow/Courtesy YouTube and Robert Plant