This Friday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the guests were American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest, and actress Taraji P. Henson from Empire. Later in the show, Fallon played Charades with Taraji and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots. The musical guest on the Tonight Show was Maddie & Tae. Also, Jimmy Fallon did his weekly “Thank You Notes” comedy segment.
The Tonight Show opened with Jimmy Fallon doing his nightly monologue. He joked about people and events in today’s headlines. One person he joked about was Senator John McCain. Fallon said when Obama was recently asked what super power he wanted, he said “The ability to speak any language.” Putin said when asked the same question, “America.”
Then, Jimmy Fallon joked about Vice President Joe Biden, who said it was difficult to “keep the proper look,” when listening to the president make a speech. “Jeff Gordon announced that this would be his last season of racing,” Fallon said. “You can tell he is ready to retire. During his last race, and the last lap, his blinker was on.”
Jimmy mentioned who tonight’s guests would be, and then he caught up with his “Thank You Notes.” Fallon messed with the keyboard player, James Posey, saying he “looked intimidating.” He and Higgins compared him to Spock, and called him “the Vulcan rapper.”
Some of the “Thank You Notes,” were “Thank you, the New England Patriots, who were accused of playing with deflated balls. Or, as Hugh Hefner’s wife put it, ‘Been there, done that.'”
“Thank you, new study that said young children in America are eating too much pizza. Which explains, why my child’s first words were ‘Pa-pa…Johns.'”
“Thank you, seven layer dip, for being the Turducken of snacks.”
“Thank you, scaffolding on a building, for giving me the chance to think I’m walking around a level of Donkey Kong.” The final one Jimmy Fallon said was “Thank you, Jiffy Pop, for making me think I’m eating out of a robot Afro.”
When the Tonight Show returned from a commercial break, Jimmy Fallon’s first guest of the show was the Emmy Award winning producer and American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest. Ryan also hosts American Top 40. “I love that show!” Fallon said.
“I used to pretend I was Casey Kasem,” Ryan said. He would sync up musical acts like Tony Tony and Paula Abdul, and practice being a radio talk show host. Ryan asked Fallon to do his impersonation of Casey, and Fallon was spot-on.
They talked about the number of viewers and they kept on growing and growing. Then, Fallon showed a clip of American Idol from last night, of a person who tried out. Jennifer Lopez thought he looked like Fallon. After that, Fallon put on a long wig, fake beard, and headband, to look more like the guy from American Idol. Ryan said that he looked “pretty close,” to the dude who auditioned.
After the Tonight Show came back from another break, Jimmy Fallon played Charades with Taraji P. Henson, Tariq, and Ryan Seacrest. Taraji went first. She had to act out “Dancing Queen,” by ABBA. She was able to get Tariq to guess the answer correctly.
Then, Ryan had to get Fallon to guess “Runnin’ With the Devil,” by Van Halen, and Fallon guessed correctly, also, tying the game.
Tariq had to act out “All About That Bass.” She said “Nicki Minaj!” She got the word “Bass,” but could not guess the entire answer before the time ran out. Jimmy had to get Ryan to guess “Three Little Pigs.” Ryan was able to guess it correctly, then it was Taraji’s turn to act out another clue, “Shark Tank.” Tariq got it, easily, and Fallon said that a showdown would determine who the winner was.
Taraji got Tariq to guess the correct answer before Ryan could get Fallon to — the answer was “Elephant Man.” Taraji and Tariq won the game, then the Tonight Show went to another commercial break.
After a commercial break, Jimmy Fallon introduced “one of our favorites,” Taraji P. Henson from Empire. “You’re so fun to hang with,” he said.
“Bow down to me,” she told him, gloating in her victory.
“Do you remember the last time I saw you?” he asked.
They talked about when he and Steve Higgins were at a restaurant and saw Taraji and Mary J. Blige there, as well. Fallon sent over their bill for their meal to Taraji and Mary J. Blige, who was eating with her that night.
Fallon showed a hairstyle that Taraji wore in her Yearbook photo. She said “that was like, four or five hairstyles in one.” She told him that people in the mall turned and stared.
“With hair like that, something was bound to happen,” she told Fallon. He said that the numbers of people watching Empire kept on growing every week, something that had not happened “in over 20 years.” She recited a line from the show, in which she plays Cookie. She just got out of jail, for selling drugs.
Taraji said “She saved her three sons from a generation of poverty. She took the bullet for her family and then they got filthy rich. She came back wanting to get what was hers.” She said that “the music is organically weaved into the story.”
Fallon said “Stick around, and Maddie & Tae will be coming up next!” Then, the Tonight Show headed to another commercial break.
Back from the break, Jimmy Fallon introduced the musical guests of the evening, Maddie & Tae. This country duo of two lovely blond-haired ladies was awesome! They sang the song Fly from their latest EP, Girl in a Country Song. One played a left-handed guitar and the other one played a right-handed one. Their voices harmonized extremely well together, and they were a terrific way to conclude this Friday episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon had on some wonderful guests this Friday. They were American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest, and Empire actress, Taraji P. Henson. Fallon played Charades with them and Tariq “Black Thought,” Trotter. Then, musical guests Maddie & Tae ended the show with a spellbinding performance of their song, Fly.
Written By Douglas Cobb
NBC Universal Media Village
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