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So Far, Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show Is Kind Of Just An Earlier Late Night...Which Is Fine!

I forgot to record, but I watched on Youtube, John Oliver is really a fantastic guest.

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Does anyone know what happened to Frank Knuckles, the percussionist for The Roots?  He's been gone and replaced for over a month.  His Twitter refers to something that happened, but nothing specific.

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Last night on the Kid Inventors, the first kid was a boy named Patrick from Augusta, Ga.  I went to middle school with his dad , and he attends the same school . Both he and the school were promoting it on Facebook . 

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21 hours ago, MarquisDeCarabas said:

http://beeishappy.tumblr.com/post/166003141534/corden-meyers-kimmel-colbert-conan

These are the responses from the major Late Night hosts about Las Vegas. All save Jimmy who didn't do a monologue and let Adam Sandler and Miley Cyrus sing a song.  

Fallon is a fucking coward. He didn't say anything about vegas, because he couldn't bring himself to take anything resembling a stand. 

I bet it's a combo of that (which is certainly 100% true) and the fact that everyone watching knows how fake he sounds trying to sound sincere about anything. The 18 seconds of him introducing Miley was already pushing his limit on him not sounding silly, smarmy, or kissing someone's ass.

Kimmel was the MVP of the night, with Meyers a close second and Colbert not too distant a third. Corden did okay, but like Fallon he has a bit of a problem seeming serious--even if it's only a fraction as bad as Fallon has it. Conan tried to have something to say this time, but as he himself pointed out, he's just not political and kind of out of things to say. But Fallon?  Never has had anything to say in the first place. And actually Trevor Noah should probably slot in there too, somewhere around the same place as Meyers. He had a lot to say and said it very well. I remember being skeptical of him when they gave him that show, but he's proved me wrong. And I guess we get a round two of this when John Oliver and Sam Bee get to talk about this. And have Chelsea Handler and Bill Mahr?  I'm not even sure I care what those two think, because neither of them has impressed me in a long time with either comedy or issue-oriented stuff.

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Jim Jeffries also made a statement I appreciated, even though it wasn't funny at all.

I like Fallon when he's doing his musical transformations-- his "Reading Rainbow" blew my mind, and he's fun with that kind of thing. I don't watch him anymore because I'm obsessed with politics, but there are times I want to check out and not be obsessed and it helps me to recharge if I can think about something else. I don't choose Fallon's show for that but I can see how it might fill a need for some people.

On some level, I have trouble understanding how anyone could be totally checked out and fluffy full time, because that's just not in my temperament to be that chill. But on another level, realistically, it's not all that surprising. In my day to day life, I meet plenty of people who are oblivious and uninformed, probably moreso than Fallon himself. So if there are people like that in every other segment of the population, there's no reason to think there won't be people like that in entertainment or whatever late night talk show hosts are categorized as being.

Of course, the Las Vegas massacre wasn't exactly the sole domain of policy wonks. But in general I think sometimes people just want to be completely distracted, and that's Fallon's niche.

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Ok, what in the world has he had done to his face and teeth?   Never mind. I know.  It's not a good look.

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I admit I enjoyed Justin and Jimmy's Songversation as it took on a weird "Barry Gibb Talk Show" vibe.

 

However it seems Justin was REALLY choosing his words carefully about the Prince bit during his half time performance given what's he's said about him in the past and how the Internet wasn't too thrilled with the results. 

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One of the best things I’ve ever seen in late night (any show) is when individuals spoke to the poster of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther about what the movie meant to them and then he came out from behind the curtain to surprise them.  It was funny and it was moving.  Absolutely wonderful Tonight Show segment — loved it the first time last month and caught it again tonight on the re-run.  Jimmy was so cute with it too and he loved making it happen.  Chadwick is a gem.  Have loved his talent ever since he wowed as Jackie Robinson in 42 and then James Brown — so thrilled to see his huge success now.

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