Fallin’ for Fallon

Tonight marks Jimmy Fallon’s one year anniversary as the host of The Tonight Show. Even though he’s been amazing since before his SNL years, during his time as a movie star (Fever Pitch, anyone?) and into Late Night, I think he’s surpassed everyone’s expectations on The Tonight Show. Firstly, bringing it back to New York was a huge move and stepping into Jay Leno’s shoes, bringing the ratings higher than ever was quite a feat. Crazy to think that’s it’s only been a year. I’ve only ever watched The Tonight Show since he’s hosted. And before that, Late Night. There’s just something about Jimmy that draws you in. I hate missing his nightly shows, and one of the first things I do the next day is watch clips of it online, regardless of if I’d seen it already. It’s just that good. And others seem to think so, because I tried getting tickets to see him when I went to NYC in December and it was a no-go even though I had 3 computers refreshing to get tickets and it still sold out in milliseconds. Not seconds, milliseconds.

I’m both insanely jealous of and incredibly in love with how Jimmy talked about the SNL 40th special and after party because he gets so happy, and talks so passionately about everything. It’s so genuine. I love celebs that are like that, and Jimmy is notorious for being really sweet to fans that approach him in public.

Some of my favorite look backs over the past year of The Tonight Show are:

Tight Pants

Lip Sync Offs

Impressions

Ew!

His (Almost) Date

O Captain, My Captain

Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing

Morgan Freeman and Helium

Back to L.A.

Anything with J.T.

not The Tonight Show, but still worth watching.

And I’m sure the next few years will be just as, if not more, exciting and hilarious, because Jimmy wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Jimmy Fallon is a comedic genius, but we all knew that. His move to The Tonight Show was nothing short of superb. But I think Seth Meyers is due some credit. After 13 years on SNL and at the Weekend Update desk I couldn’t think of anyone better to step into Jimmy Fallon’s size ten Late Night shoes.

Opening with a classic Jimmy Fallon “Thank You” was the only way to begin. His credits seemed vaguely familiar (a la SNL circa 2008) with the scenes of NYC and names like Amy Poehler and Fred Armisen, but then he went into his monologue and everything was right with the world. (How about that Juan Pablo/Bachelor dig anyone? Hilarious.) Even though he couldn’t really talk in anything other than his Weekend-Update-shouting-anchor-voice for the first half, he relaxed a bit when Amy Poehler came onstage. Then Joe Biden showed up, like what? He was actually pretty funny! It threw me a bit though seeing his entire face instead of half of it hidden behind Obama’s head in photographs. Back to Fred Armisen though. He’s the leader of Meyer’s Late Night band, 8G who were fantastic! That dude is everywhere: he leads the band, his show Portlandia got picked up for two more seasons, and he apparently coming out with a History channel show, he does it all! Then A Great Big World performed and I wanted to cry and cheer and sing along simultaneously like I always do when listening to “Say Something”. Overall I think we were all expecting REALLY big things from Seth.

And he delivered.