by Luis Alves `19
The name Jimmy Fallon may be familiar to many people. He is known for a variety of roles: being a stand-up comedian, a cast member on Saturday Night Live early in his career, and now the host of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which he began in 2014. Although he may constantly have projects such as his late-night show, Fallon has recently embarked on various smaller projects that continue to display his creativity within the entertainment industry.
After replacing Jay Leno as the permanent host of The Tonight Show, Fallon introduced different segments from time to time which were sure to make viewers laugh. He had done similar segments while hosting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and continued to enhance them taking over from Leno. These segments may be as small as thank you notes during each taping of the shows, or as quirky as Lip Sync battles with each of his guests.
Some of the most iconic celebrities Fallon has had lip sync battles with include Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Timberlake, and Emma Stone. The Lip Sync battle that he performed with Stone currently has over 77 million views on YouTube alone. Recently, Fallon had rapper Big Sean on the show as well as former First Lady Michelle Obama. Obama’s appearence was a pleasant surprise for fans, as she spoke in person about her journey as First Lady of the United States.
In addition to the show, Fallon hosted the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 8. He started the show with a skit replicating the movie La La Land, with celebrities making appearances and performing their own parts. Fallon also won People’s Choice Award this year for “Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host,” which he also won in 2016.
He regularly makes appearances of his own, like recently appearing on The Ellen Show with Ellen DeGeneres where he spoke to her about his plans for the future. He played “Speak Out” on The Ellen Show, where he had to put in a mouth piece and try to speak out words that were on a card for DeGeneres to guess.
Fallon also announced on the same interview with DeGeneres that he would have a theme park ride at the Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. When Fallon took over The Tonight Show from Leno, with being at NBC Universal, he wanted to create a ride to replicate the experience of being on The Tonight Show. After nearly eight years, Universal Studios has finally decided to agree to Fallon’s proposal and is creating a ride after himself and the TV show.
The ride is a virtual reality simulator where anyone can go to The Tonight Show and ride Go-Karts with Fallon, go through the subway, eat pizza, and see some skits he has created in the past. The ride is detailed enough that one could smell pizza being cooked. Universal Studios also gave Fallon his own souvenir shop which is called “The Tonight Shop” and is in the theme park. The shop is a part of the ride which has been under construction for almost two years and will be called “Racing Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The grand opening of the ride has been set for April 6 of this year.