The Life and Times of Jimmy Fallon

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I know there are alot of celebrity hot messes out there but fortunately this hub isn't about them. This hub is about who I consider to be the best and most original late night host since the days of Arsenio. That's right, I'm talking about the one and only Jimmy Fallon. While he may not be as seasoned as Leno or have the trademark quirkiness of Letterman, he is a late night icon all his own. So in celebration, this hub's all about Jimmy.

Jimmy Fallon has been around since 1998 when he first emerged as a fresh faced player on Saturday Night Live. During his six years on the air, he helped create some of the most memorable characters and skits in the past fifteen years of SNL. And after he decided to leave for an ill-fated movie career, he eventually found his way onto late night television by succeeding Conan O'Brien as the Late Night host following the Tonight Show. It wasn't easy but he eventually won us over with his creative skits and impressions. He just won a People's Choice Award, meaning he's definitely here to stay.

The Boston Teens

Okay, it does get old when people use silly accents to mimic people of different regions but it never makes it less funny. I personally love Boston Teens featuring Jimmy and Rachel Dratch. As two lovesick teens trying to live life, it is definitely entertaining.

Even though Jimmy isn't from Boston, he's seemed to master the Beantown lingo quite quickly. From the affinity for Bostonian cuisine to their endless romance with the Boston Red Sox, the only thing missing was a Harvard alumnus to complete it.

My favorite thing about these skits is just how dedicated both Jimmy (Sully) and Rachel (Denise) are to making you believe they really are 16 and madly in lust with each other.

And who can forget when Matt Damon and Ben Affleck actually appeared in character. Affleck, actually made three cameos and married Smitty (Seth Myers). Let's not discredit Frankie (Horatio Sanz) and his awesomeness.

My favorite has to be with Justin Timberlake as Denise's mischievous, pyro-loving brother. It helped establish a future comedic bond between Justin and Jimmy that have made them both viral video icons.

Weekend Update

Weekend Update has long been the catalyst of SNL. And while some have succeeded in bringing the humor in news, others have tanked. Jimmy's approach combining whimsy and insight, is by far standout. And it only was aided by the genius of his co-anchor Tina Fey.

I just love the way Jimmy broke character when he was trying to impersonate someone else. Or how he would go on in a pre-Kanye type rant about an issue. He definitely set the tone for the current crop of faux newscasters and late night commentators.

Another highlight of his Weekend Update stints was when he and Tina would converse about the different topics and try to out funny each other. They recently reunited for the Christmas 2011 episode alongside current update host Seth Myers and former co-anchor Amy Poehler. Let's just say it was still awesome!

Let's not forget Jimmy's penchant for turning events in to songs. That would later be revealed as his strong suit but he gave us a nice introduction in this format.

The Barry Gibb Talk Show

As we all know, there are certain icons of each era that never really fade from our memories entirely. While they may not be in the spotlight as much as in their prime, they still are fondly admired. One such icon would be Barry Gibb, the oldest brother and co-lead singer of the Bee Gees. Alongside twin brothers Robin and Maurice, they went on to create some of the most timeless pop music of all time.

Young Jimmy Fallon found this out in a college as he regularly watched Saturday Night Fever in his dorm room on a weekly basis. It would serve as his introduction to one of his most beloved characters that continued through his post SNL career.

Jimmy is Barry, but not as we remember him. Instead of the soft spoken and gentle Aussie we assumed he was, it's quite quickly revealed he's a down-under gangster. He doesn't take any junk as the host of his own talk show. Whether the guest is Ariana Huffington or Jimmy Carter, he is quite clear about how the show operates. He's not alone, though. He's joined by younger brother Robin, wonderfully played by an almost unrecognizable Justin Timberlake.

Together they sing the guests names, listen for all of twenty seconds, and then Barry lays into them for whatever he believes they did wrong. That usually means he elaborates about life on the tough streets of Sydney, Australia growing up and halfway harmonizing with a befuddled Robin.

If you ask me, there's no better way to laugh than seeing these clips.

Slow Jammin' With BW

We all know the news isn't the most uplifting thing in the world, but in some contexts the headlines can be quite entertaining. After initially struggling to find his late night niche, Jimmy picked up on a way to rock the news alongside of another NBC stalwart, Brian Williams.

I don't care what you think about Brian Williams in his regular context, if you happen to catch him on Today or Late Night- he's a riot. His deep, steady baritone accompanied by the awesomeness of the Roots reading the headlines is just plain genius.

Another added benefit is the humor they add in the delivery that you just won't get the Nightly News. Jimmy also gets his Barry White on with his one-liners. If you have not seen this yet, well I am sure you will enjoy it.

History of Rap

Who doesn't love a great history lesson? Okay, maybe not all of us. But when it includes a unique cultural history of a specific genre of music, then you just have to stop and watch.

I'll be the first to admit, that I couldn't think of two people more oddly subscribed to giving a history of rap than Jimmy and his old buddy Justin Timberlake. I'm not doubting their street cred, but when I think hip hop teachers I usually think of say, Jay-Z.

However, they proved me and a whole lot of people wrong with their History of Rap series beginning in October 2010. And it wasn't just any old recitation of lines, it was a full-on time capsule in the span of five minutes.

After the initial awe, they suddenly went viral. Thankfully, they continued the series in July 2011 and October 2011 with parts two and three. And If I may say so, it's still hard for me to pick an absolute favorite. They put most karaoke contests to shame.

Thankfully with the release of Justin's latest album and highly regarded weeklong residence aka Timberweek- they closed out the week with History of Rap 4 and it's just as epic as ever.

Tebowie

Okay, I didn't watch when this initially aired but once I heard I was intrigued. I mean Jimmy's outdone himself several times with his Bieber bits, his dead-on Neil Young impersonation, and the old standby Thank You Notes. But Tim Tebow and David Bowie together?

Well, not only did it work. It was completely awesome. Tim Tebow is known for his faith and Tebowing (kneeling to pray) during games. His actions have swept the nation into a frenzy that sports hasn't seen in a while. And then there's David Bowie, the original Space Oddity. He changed the face of pop with his character Ziggy Stardust and later the Thin White Duke.

Somehow, it was only through the genius of Jimmy Fallon that they meet in the ultimate pop culture mashup of craziness and comedy.

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon

NBC took notice of Jimmy's charm and talent and decidedly made Jimmy Jay Leno's successor in hosting the Tonight Show in the Spring of 2014.

Now obviously Jimmy is not the first person to be announced as Leno's replacement as we all can recall the infamous Conan debacle of 2009. But hopefully this will all work out.

Unlike his predecessor, Jimmy will remain in New York and have the Roots as his backing band.

So we will have many years of fun with the one and only Jimmy Fallon.

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Awesome tribute to Jimmy Fallon. I never thought too much about him on SNL, but I think he just comes to life on his talk show! He's so adorable. Yes, he's hard not to like. I agree that he's nice, and he just seems so down to earth. I love how he'll crack up about things. Love him! and this hub! Good job!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Victoria, I agree with you about SNL. I never watched it that much until I was older but it seemed to hold him back simply because of the format and the length of the clips.

But his show is definitely amazing. I love his quips and his interactions with the guests. I just hope he doesn't get Lenoed like our poor friend Conan. Thanks for commenting and stopping by!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I don't watch SNL, but I have seen Jimmy Fallon every where latley. He is physically very funny. I think he is great. There are some comedians that I just don't think are funny. To me, Adam Sandler's goofball style isn't for me at all. Most of the time Will Ferrel just isn't funny to me. It is hard for me to follow some comedians. Fallon is funny though. Great hub!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hey Tammy! I have to agree with you. Adam Sandler is just like the weird guy I knew in school who would do random things but really wasn't that funny. Will Ferrell is slightly more tolerable but Jimmy, I just think his funniness springs from within. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

I have been a longtime David Letterman fan...but as his tenure is coming to an end in the near future...I have been checking out the newer late night hosts....and I have to admit that I am thinking Jimmy Fallon seems to be the best of the bunch. I noticed that he makes me laugh the way Letterman did back in his prime. Fallon's merging Tim Tebow and David Bowie was classic....and I enjoyed the clips you included. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to following his career.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Cogerson, I never really got into late night until recently. Jimmy Fallon to me is great because he has actually managed to bridge the gaps between Gen Y (my generation) and Gen X and Boomers.

I've seen Dave Letterman a couple of times but I don't always get his type of humor. With Jimmy it's pretty instantaneous. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

awesome hub. I love the Barry Gibb talk show and the slow jams, though Conan is my late night talk show host of record.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

You did a really good job on this. So much information, great videos and a great breakdown of Fallon's show! I have a soft spot for him since he comes from Ulster County...I just realized I left him out of my hub about that! Oh well. Voted up and interesting. Thanks for SHARING.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Tilsontitan,

Thank you for stopping by! If I were from the same county as Jimmy Fallon, I'd be proud as well. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks Justin! I love parts of Jimmy's show but I just wish it came on earlier. And Conan's still doing a great job on TBS.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

conan is still my favorite :-)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I sure hope that Jimmy Fallon reads this tribute one day. Soon. I don't know much about Jimmy, until now. From what I have seen on YouTube with him and Justin, I love!!! He cracks me up!! Well done Alecia!!


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Fullerman5000 3 years ago from Louisiana, USA

Conan is my main man when it comes to late night, but I have seen the Jimmy Fallon show a few times and really did enjoy it. Great article and I am sure Fallon would be impressed if he ever gets the chance to read this piece.


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Sunshine,

Him and Justin should do a show together if Justin ever decides to give up being awesome at everything else. But yes he's definitely earned his place on the Tonight show!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Fullerman3000,

I hope Jimmy reads this. But you're right, Conan is awesome. I just wish things would've worked out for him.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Now I hope Justin reads your comment to me! What an ego boost for him :)


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

I don't think he needs an ego boost but who knows?


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Justin Timberlake might not need one, but he'll still gladly accept one...any celeb would :)


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

True indeed. Even us writers like an ego boost every now and then :).


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Amen! :)


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OH, Alicia! Just his name or a picture of him, perks me right up! I have ADORED Jimmy, since Day one...when I first laid eyes on him ad his genius comedy/humor made me laugh ....Hysterically.

I am sooo happy he has gotten the Tonight show position! I will stay up so Late.....3 or 4 nights a week, just to see the LATE night show, he does now. I find him extremely talented. His impersonations blow me away. Have you ever seen him do the song "Reading Rainbow," to the Tune of "Light my Fire," and sing like Jim Morrison?

He and Justin ARE very good together. I think they have more fun than the audience!

I even love his commercial, with the little girl who always says, "NO!".....but in the latest one, she says, "Yes!".....and starts asking, "Why?"........Superb Hub, Alicia! ....UP++++


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Fpherj48,

Thank you so much! I love Jimmy's impressions- his Jim Morrison was spot on to the point of creepiness. But yeah I love his impersonations. If I could, I would have listed them all but he's so good at everything he does people will see eventually.

I can't wait for his Tonight show debut! Thank you for coming by and commenting!


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easylearningweb 3 years ago

Alecia, I love Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and tape all the shows to watch as time permits. I have so many favorite skits and you mentioned some, including the Barry Gibb Talk Show with Jimmy and Justin Timberlake, and Slow Jammin the News with Brian Williams and also President Obama too!

Voted up and Funny. :-)

Regards,

Easylearningweb


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Hello again!...LOL.......See, I saw the name, "Jimmy Falon" while scrolling my thread.....and just HAD to click on over here. He's my TV Baby Doll!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi easylearningweb,

It's hard not to love LNJF! I'm excited that he's taking over the tonight show :). Thanks for coming by and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 3 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi effer,

Thanks again for the repeat visit!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Alecia, Jimmy Fallon is smokin' hot now...his skit about tight pants is hilarious, Will Ferrel's is my favorire. As well as Ew! My favorite is Taylor Swift. :)


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL.....It's so hard for me to choose a favorite routine or impression or anything that Jimmy does. I would be one very happy person if I could live next door to this comedic genius.

Impersonation is the most intriguing and curious talent to me.. I know there are a lot of them, some much better than the others....and then there are the outstanding impersonators....Like Frank Caliendo and his George W. Bush. (I saw him in person---he's great----Frank, not George!))

Jimmy has his specialty impressions....but the big question from me is...How in the world can a person control and manipulate his voice, diction, facial expressions, tone and all that is involved ...to sound nearly identical to another person? Actually, how do you even discover that you CAN do it?

Oh well...as long as they keep entertaining, I'm happy.

Alicia I'm obviously glad you wrote this hub about my Jimmy!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Jimmy Fallon is my favorite of the late night hosts and comedians. His comedy is unique and creative as you point out. This is so interesting and informative because I never knew the course his career took. As an impersonator he is the best around. I am so glad he came to the Tonight Show after Leno as it is a testament to his great talent. Voted up+


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Interesting hub and a great introduction to Jimmy Fallon. Have watched a few of his shows and enjoyed them! Great hub.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love his thank you note segments. I don't watch him regularly but once in awhile I catch his show and it's usually pretty good.


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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I just discovered Jimmy and I find him refreshing and unique. I am disappointed they video's don't work.


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Alecia Murphy 2 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Yes all of his musical bits are awesome! Thanks Sunshine :)


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Alecia Murphy 2 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thanks so much effer!


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Alecia Murphy 2 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi Suzette,

Thank you for coming by and commenting!


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Alecia Murphy 2 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Vellur!


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Alecia Murphy 2 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you Teaches12345!


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Alecia Murphy 2 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you lambservant!


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easylearningweb 2 years ago

I love Jimmy Fallon! I have the Tonight Show on auto record and watch it religiously...my favorite show and my favorite comedian. :-)


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fpherj48 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Peek-a-Boo! Bet you can't guess who's here to visit again!!! Only Jimmy Fallon's Number ONE fan in the Universe............

Good to see you again Alecia! LOL!...........Have a wonderful Holiday Season....wishing you and yours the best. I'm crazy busy preparing to sell my house & move to another State.....but I'm taking Jimmy with me!!!!.............Peace, Paula


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Alecia Murphy 23 months ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Thank you easylearningweb!


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Alecia Murphy 23 months ago from Wilmington, North Carolina Author

Hi fpherj48,

I hope you are enjoy your holidays!

Thank you :)

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