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Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Late-night talk shows use a formula for writing a generic monologue joke
Slate made a video explaining the late-night joke writer's craft, identifying eight different triggers that result in audience laughter.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
The Tonight Show has been in decline because Jimmy Fallon has failed to evolve
Fallon's specialty of fun and games were a big part of last week, when the Tonight Show host did six shows, including one after the Super Bowl. Alison Herman watched all six episodes, and found a talk show host unwilling to change. "I found out that watching The Tonight Show in 2018 is an exercise in watching an entertainer stick to what they do best," she says, "even as 'what they do best' no longer aligns with what the broadest possible audience wants. For Jimmy Fallon, it seems there’s no better option."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Jimmy Fallon tops Stephen Colbert in total viewers for the first time in eight months -- thanks to the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
The Tonight Show is currently averaging 3.227 million total viewers this season to The Late Show's 3.157 million. Jimmy Kimmel Live!, meanwhile, is last with 2.148 million viewers.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd made a shot-for-shot re-creation of Go West's "King of Wishful Thinking" music video
Rudd and the Tonight Show host previously did a shot-for-shot remake of Styx's "Too Much Time On My Hands."
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
NBC to air a five-minute version of The Tonight Show, The Fallon 5, during the Winter Olympics
The truncated version of The Tonight Show will air following the Olympics primetime programming on NBC from Feb. 19 to 23, featuring monologues, comedy segments and/or interviews from Rockefeller Center.
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:09PM EST
Don't look at Jimmy Fallon’s Trump-targeting Bob Dylan performance as a sign he's become political
In response to Fallon's updated take on Dylan's “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” conservative outlets accused him of ripping Trump and "trying to keep up with the left-wing activism of his late-night competitors." But Tonight Show executive producer Mike DiCenzo, who spent the past two months reworking the 1964 Dylan classic, says the post-Super Bowl show song isn’t the start of a new political era for Fallon. “I don’t think it’s funny,” he says of the new version. “But I also don’t see it as political.” The new version may reference the hot-button issues of the Trump era, but “in the same way that the original is just kind of more about ‘there are movements going on,’ this is addressing them," he says. "It’s just an update, really.” DiCenzo adds: “The message of the original song still kind of makes sense. I just updated it with more specific references to all the stuff that’s been going on.”
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 8:51AM EST
Jimmy Fallon takes on Trump — as Bob Dylan
Fallon impersonated the Minnesota native as part of his Minneapolis-set post-Super Bowl Tonight Show, singing a 2018 version of “The Times They Are a-Changin’, which included the following lyrics: “Come leaders who bully like internet trolls / we’ll curse you with four-letter words, love and hope / for we will go high even when you go low / the order is rearranging, for you have the power but we have the vote / the times they are a-changin’.”
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 8:51AM EST
Dwayne Johnson to host NBC’s The Titan Games
"I wanted to create a platform that gave everyday people the opportunity to change their lives and do something extraordinary," Johnson told Jimmy Fallon on the post-Super Bowl Tonight Show. "With this, I was watching one of my favorite shows on TV that I was inspired by — American Ninja Warrior — and we partnered with the creative execs of that show and ... with NBC."
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 2:09PM EST
Jimmy Kimmel scores big ratings with Stormy Daniels interview
Kimmel was No. 1 in the key 18-49 demo last night with his interview with Donald Trump’s alleged former mistress. Stephen Colbert’s live show was tops among total viewers, while Jimmy Fallon placed third. ALSO: Stormy Daniels cancels The View appearance scheduled for Thursday.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 3:37PM EST
Questlove calls former Tonight Show camera operators’ racism allegation “ridiculous” and “disrespectful”
“Questlove denies the ridiculous allegations made in this lawsuit,” said a statement released to The Wrap on behalf of The Tonight Show bandleader. “Racism is REAL and exists throughout the world and for these gentlemen to claim victim is not only disrespectful to Questlove and his band mates, but to all that truly endure racism on a daily basis…As NBC already stated, the decisions made regarding these employees were made by NBC, alone.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
NBC denies ex-Tonight Show camera operators’ claim that Questlove got them fired over a racist text
“The decision about these plaintiffs was the company’s alone,” NBC said in a statement responding to the lawsuit by the two camera operators, who allege they were fired “because they are Caucasian.”
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 4:39PM EST
Two white former Tonight Show camera operators sue NBC claiming Questlove had them fired over a racist text
The two camera operators are suing NBC claiming that they were suspended and subsequently fired after a stagehand sent them “an unsolicited racist and misogynist text message.” Even though they say they reported the text, the camera operators allege that Questlove “pressured NBC to fire all of the Caucasian employees involved in the incident.” They are each seeking a million dollars in damages.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
Jason Momoa: I had trouble finding work after Game of Thrones because people thought I couldn’t speak English
"Yeah, not a lot of people thought I spoke English. It was very challenging," Momoa tells Jimmy Fallon of his convincing Dothraki language skills. Momoa says he didn’t know about the false perception until he met Fred Armisen, who was stunned that he spoke English.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 1:29PM EST
Jessica Chastain shows Jimmy Fallon what it’s like to take on a female role in a movie
The Tonight Show host was left with nothing as they both read from sample movie scripts, with Chastain reading the male part and Fallon reading the female lines. “I’m really excited to be part of the movement for better female representation, because female roles have been so under-written, especially compared to male roles,” she said. ALSO: Chastain threatens to "end" Kenan Thompson in her new SNL promos.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
Savannah Guthrie on working with Hoda Kotb: “I think we had an instant thing”
The Today co-anchors visited The Tonight Show last night, where Guthrie spoke about the aftermath of the Matt Lauer scandal: “Yeah, it was hard, and like everyone saw, we went through it. But something really lovely and positive has happened. And I think that’s where we’re focused.”