[I concede some exaggeration may be in play for comedic purposes.]
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j | jimmy fallon
When Jimmy Fallon first took over The Tonight Show, I loved it. I’m not sure when it took a turn, but when I watch now, most of the time, I’m not laughing. I’m just annoyed. What happened to him? Or is it a it’s-not-him-it’s-me situation? Whichever it is, I just don’t enjoy the show like I used to. Jimmy has gone from funny to only sometimes funny. And often annoying.
First, what the hell is that welcome bit about? He comes out on stage and proceeds to say welcome five times in a row and then tells the audience how lucky they are to be there in his presence.
“Welcome welcome welcome welcome welcome to The Tonight Show. This is it. You’re here. You made it.” Applause. (While I cringe.) “Hot crowd… hot crowd… hot hot crowd.”
Ugh. Bite me. Annoying as hell. I’d rather be in Seth Meyers’ audience.
And who the fuck loves and worships every single person he’s ever met? Jimmy is the exact same level of overexcited for every single guest he’s ever had on the show. And have you ever noticed that his guest, no matter who it is, is “the best”… and is “one of the biggest stars in the world”? I know he’s not going to say, “I really can’t stand this guy, but welcome [name here]…” (Although that would be hilarious.) But instead, it all just sounds insincere.
The recurring segments… some of those… oh my god. That awful ‘Ew’ thing with him dressed as a tween girl…? Shoot me. That has got to be one of the most annoying things I’ve ever seen in my life. Who the fuck likes that? [No offense intended if you do find it funny… I won’t judge.] ‘Freestylin’ with The Roots’… ha! It’s so obviously pre-planned and rehearsed. Damn, at least try to make it seem improvised! Not that The Roots aren’t awesome… but I really hate this segment.
The games… this is where Jimmy redeems himself… somewhat. Box of Lies was funny the first few times, but I’m over it. Now it’s just stupid. But Giant Beer Pong? That’s fun to watch. And Slapjack… I love it. Anything with a gigantic prosthetic hand can’t be bad. It can only be hilarious. [I need one of those for when my husband does something stupid!]
Maybe I’m just sick of Jimmy. I don’t know… but my favorite part of his show is “Stay tuned for Late Night with Seth Meyers…” Oh, sometimes I bail and watch Colbert or Kimmel. But I keep coming back to Fallon. Maybe I’m subconsciously hoping I’ll stop wanting to punch him in the face. Or maybe I subconsciously like watching while thinking of punching him in the face…
Or whacking him with a gigantic prosthetic hand.