‘Bri-Wi’ and Jimmy

Brian Williams of “NBC Nightly News” is a fine journalist, but he’s also demonstrated his sense of humor as a guest on “The Daily Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” and other venues.
I just got around to watching Thursday night’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and Williams was particularly funny, barely letting a delighted Fallon get a word in edgewise. Here’s a portion of the interview:

My question for Jimmy

I have submitted a video question to the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” video blog — Jimmy answers viewer questions on Fridays, and they encourage you to send in the question as a video — but I do not think he’s likely to use it.

Back when Jimmy was on SNL, he would occasionally portray Carson Daly, who was working for MTV at the time. Jimmy’s impression always began with “I’m Carson Daly, and I’m a massive tool.” My question — tongue-in-cheek, of course — is whether Jimmy plans on ending his show with “stay tuned for Carson Daly — he’s a massive tool.”

‘Soft opening’ for ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’

What a great idea:

[Executive producer Lorne] Michaels mentioned that Jimmy Fallon will air his show online for “five or six months” before it airs in Conan O’Brien’s old timeslot, in order to give it a headstart in finding its creative legs. “We learned with Conan how brutal it was to find a show when it was on the air,” he said.

A fantastic use of web video. In retail, you call it a “soft opening” when you open your store or restaurant with no fanfare but then schedule a big grand opening event later, once the kinks have been worked out.