Well, I’m back at work today — I don’t feel good, but I feel better than I did yesterday.
One thing I watched from my DVR yesterday was the previous night’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” which included what I thought was a brilliant segment: Jimmy’s dead-solid-perfect impression of Neil Young singing a TV theme song. Share and enjoy:
“I already tried [Rock Band: Beatles], and let me tell you, pretending to play Beatles songs on fake instruments, it’s just like being in the Monkees….
“It has three different skill levels. You can play hard, medium or Ringo.” — From “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” Friday night
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:
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.”
In preparation for taking over Conan O’Brien’s current time slot next year, Jimmy Fallon is doing a daily video blog about the process of creating his new show. Some of the entries are quite funny; I particularly liked this one.
[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.