Jimmy Fallon Schmoozes With Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, and Tony Bennett

Jimmy Fallon

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight, host Jimmy Fallon had on a couple of very special guests, legendary singer Sir Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, and the winner of The Voice from yesterday, country western singer, Craig Wayne Boyd. Boyd sang with the Tonight Show‘s house band, the Roots, backing him up. Also, Fallon continued his “12 Days of Sweater Christmas” bit by giving away a sweater. During his “Stocking Stuffer” segment, Fallon gave each member of the audience a special Christmas gift.

Jimmy Fallon welcomed his studio audience to the Tonight Show. Then, he began his comedy monologue, joking about celebs and political figures in the news. A few of the jokes follow, in a somewhat paraphrased form.

“Here’s what everyone’s talking about,” Fallon said. “Today, Cuba released one of our prisoners, and in return, we gave them one of their shortstops.”

Continuing, Jimmy Fallon joked about the fall of the ruble. “Putin said ‘Good thing I put all my money in Beanie Babies.'”

“Russia is so broke, Russian men can only afford to put on one bottle of cologne a day. Russia is so broke, you know the Russian nesting dolls? They had to put the smallest one up for adoption.”

“Obama DJ’d at a small dance party at the White House. It’s almost the same as when he’s the president — he takes your requests and then ignores them.”

“Finally, Indianapolis Quarterback Ryan Luck congratulates his opponents when they sack him. Nothing confuses an opponent more than if they’re on top of you and you say ‘Nice sack, man.'”

Craig Wayne Boyd, the winner of The Voice season 7, sang with The Roots, playing Jimmy Fallon to his desk. He mentioned celebs who will be on other days later in the week, then he announced that Sir Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett would be on tonight.  Jimmy Fallon

After that, Fallon did a comedy bit about words from the dictionary with their old meanings, and then some new meanings. It was a pretty humorous segment.

Then, it was time for “12 Days of Christmas Sweaters.” Since there were five shows left until Christmas, Jimmy Fallon opened up door number five. He had everyone look at heir seat numbers, and Jimmy read off “207!” He went up the aisle to give the winner her sweater and she tried it on. It fit her perfectly.

“I’m in the spirit of giving,” Fallon said. “It’s time for Tonight Show Stocking Stuffers!” The gift he gave away tonight was announced by “The Audience Giveaway Carolers.”

“You’re get-ting an i-Pad!” they sang. Everyone in the audience was going to get an iPad! The entire studio audience stood up and applauded, showing their thanks. Then, the Tonight Show went to a commercial break.

When The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon came back, Fallon introduced his first guest, Sir Paul McCartney, who has a new song in the video game, Destiny.

“That is the way to do it!” Paul said when he came out and took his seat, to wild applause.

Fallon mentioned signing with him the last show they were on together. McCartney said that Fallon threw him off by “harmonizing” with him. Fallon told him that his favorite Christmas song was Wonderful Christmas by Paul McCartney.

Jimmy Fallon then showed some old black-and-white photos of Paul when The Beatles were first starting out. Ringo Starr, Fallon said, is being conducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as is the old manager of The Beatles, Brian Epstein.

Jimmy Fallon and McCartney did impersonations of Ringo, then Fallon did one of Paul, followed by one of John Lennon. “I can’t do George, though,” he said, referring to George Harrison, of course.

When the Tonight Show returned after another break, Fallon and McCartney talked about Hope for the Future, Paul’s latest song from the video game, Destiny.

“When I heard the song, I thought ‘That’s amazing!’ I heard it made $350 million when it first came out,” Jimmy Fallon said.

They talked about the game Rock Band, and Fallon asked him if he was good at it. “Are you kidding?” Paul asked. “I am terrible at it! It’s hard!”

Jimmy Fallon asked him about if it was a challenge to write Live and Let Die. “I read the books, I played the piano,” he said. He said it was a challenge, but he met it. Then, Fallon showed a clip from Destiny, and there is a hologram of Paul singing Hope For the Future in the game.

Upon returning from yet another commercial break, Jimmy Fallon introduced Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, whose album, Cheek to Cheek, is doing quite well. Bennett came out wearing a tuxedo, and Lady Gaga looked glamorous in a white gown.

“Where did you meet? How’d it come about?” Fallon asked them.

Lady Gaga said she had been singing at a charity event, and sang a lot of standards, “as there were a lot of rich people in the audience.” She said that Tony Bennett was there, and met her after the show, and immediately asked her if she wanted to make an album together. She told him yes, and that was that.

Tony Bennett said that he sings without a microphone, advice that he was given by a taxi driver. Lady Gaga then talked about being out on a date at a strip club, and the stripper was dancing to Poker Face. The stripper mentioned “That Lady Gaga can sing! If she would only take off her clothes and sing…” not realizing that she was talking to the very one, and only, Lady Gaga. Later, Lady Gaga told her who she was, and signed a can that the stripper crushed between her breasts.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon went to another commercial break. When it came back, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett sang a medley of the classic songs that are on Cheek to Cheek.

The first song of the two-song medley that Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett sang was Cheek to Cheek. Lady Gaga began singing, and then Tony sang the next line. They sang parts of the iconic song together. They sounded fantastic together. The audience applauded enthusiatically. Then, they both sang It Don’t Mean a Thing ( If It Ain’t Got that Swing). Jimmy walked onstage and held up the album, shaking hands with Tony and Lady Gaga and thanking them for appearing tonight.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was fantastic tonight, with Sir Paul McCartney talking about The Beatles and his latest song, Hope for the Future, which is in one of the hottest video games out now, Destiny. The winner of The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, sat in with The Roots, and sang, and Fallon’s second guests of the night, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, performed a medley of two songs from their album, Cheek to Cheek.

Written By Douglas Cobb

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