I thought he premiered last week, but, apparently, he didn’t; it’s tonight. I just tuned in a few minutes ago, so I missed the opening. From what I’ve seen, however, the production looks kind of poor (it looks like it was filmed in the 80s, IMHO) and he looks nervous as hell. I guess the nervousness is to be expected, though.
I don’t dislike Jimmy Fallon – I’m pretty indifferent to him, although I’m one of the few who liked “Fever Pitch” – so I’m not hoping he fails or anything. Then again, I’m probably not going to stay tuned into this too longer, either (28 Weeks later got a little too gruesome, but I intend to turn it back after things have cooled down).
Actually, I’ve stuck with it a little longer than I expected. Currently, there are people on stage licking an office printer and a lawn mower. The top of the lawn mower. I’m not really seeing the point of this; NBC’s own “Fear Factor” set the bar kind of high, where licking something this mundane isn’t really too shocking.
Oh wait, I had hope when they just rolled out a goldfish in a bowl. I was expecting the contestant to have to eat the goldfish, but alas, he licked only the outside of the bowl.
And that’s the end of that segment. Pretty pointless.
The set looks like it was stolen from SNL. Thumbs down
The joke about Windows stores opening up to compete w/ Apple… and the clerks freeze up. Funny as hell! Thumbs up.
The singing monologue - pretty funny. Thumbs up.
Licking for $10. blah blah blah thumbs down.
So far not too bad; but he’s too nervous. I was getting sick during his monologue watching him sway back and forth. Dude stand still!
Only 30 minutes in, so this is a little premature, but I need to turn in soon.
Earlier tonight watched a clip of Chevy Chase’s talk show debut, just to give me perspective on how sucky a talk show host can be. Fortunately, Fallon’s quite a bit better.
Unfortunately, the show is even more safe and boring than I thought it would be. It’s yet another talk show where the host comes out and does a topical monologue and then sits down at a desk in front of a painted skyline. The set looks like Leno circa 1992.
A great comic persona could rise above all of this and make it unique, but so far Fallon just comes across as Carson Daly’s spazzy little brother.
Oh, and this “interview” with De Niro is atrocious.
EDIT: Ack, as I was absorbing the mediocrity, a new Jimmy Fallon thread opened up. Can the mods close this thread and move my post?
Sounds pretty bad, butyou gotta give him more time than one night. It’s takes a little time to find your own voice. Not saying it will ever work out, but if I recall, folks were pretty hard on Conan when he first appeared.
Mr. T: I got you this gigantic gold “7” medallion to celebrate all the years you’ve been on Late Night!
Conan: Well, that’s very nice, but I’ve actually been on for ten years.
Mr. T: I know that, fool, but you only been funny for seven!
Give Jimmy a chance.