Having been given plenty of notice that some mayor or another would be butchering some pop tune on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live once the winner of the Stanley Cup was announced, NBC’s Tonight Show was able last night to trot out another of its popular Brian Williams clip-job raps — this time performing Sir Mix-A-Lot’s heinie-homage, Baby Got Back. Viewers seem to have preferred Williams’ performance to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s rendition of Randy’s Newman’s treacle tune, I Love LA, settling his Stanley Cup bet with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2.7/7); CBS’s Late Show With David Letterman (2.0/5), and Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.7/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: Fallon (1.1/5), JKL (0.5/2) and Letterman (0.3/1).
Watch Williams here — with an assist from Kathie Lee Gifford – followed by de Blasio:
Presumed GOP presidential candidate Christie showed up on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform The Evolution of Dad Dancing. How did he stack up to the show’s Evolution Of Mom Dancing, as performed back in February of ’13 by First Lady Michelle Obama? Watch both here Christie first:
Kevin Spacey, the Hollywood Celeb most expected at tonight’s White House Correspondents Dinner who says he won’t show, would rather sing Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty with Jimmy Fallon‘s barbershop quartet, Ragtime Gals — which he did last night:
John Oliver took the NBC package deal to promote the launch of his new HBO late night show, Last Week Tonight this coming Sunday. Oliver stopped by Tonight show last night, where he made fun of Jimmy Fallon‘s interview style and talked about friends’ reaction to his final The Daily Show appearance:
Earlier this week, Oliver so deftly explained to Today show’s Matt Lauer why his satirical show would not bother to cover a report that had just been featured on Today, that Lauer barely noticed he’d been dinged: Read More »
New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who came under fire for that hefty tax incentive the state gave NBC to bring the Tonight show back to Manhattan — handing over free money to NBC-parent Comcast, critics called it — this morning issued an official:
GOVERNOR CUOMO’S TOP TEN LIST OF REASONS WHY DAVID LETTERMAN IS A NEW YORK LEGEND
10. He has spent more time in the Ed Sullivan Theatre than Ed Sullivan and the Beatles combined.
9. He has made more than 4,500 top ten lists.
8. He continued the Ed Sullivan Theatre’s legacy as a true New York icon by taping more than 4,000 shows at this world-renowned landmark.
7. He helped New York heal by being the first late night talk show host to come back on the air after September 11, 2001.
6. He contributed to keeping New Yorkers working by giving Paul Shaffer a steady job.
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UPDATE: 10:45 AM: Jimmy Fallon led comfortably in the ratings last night, despite Jimmy Kimmel’s big “get” – first-ever JKL appearance by former President Bill Clinton. Fallon got a last-minute assist from former VPOTUS-candidate-turned-reality-TV-regular Sarah Palin. In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon scored a household 3.0/7; CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman a 2.5/6, and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live a 2.4/6. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: Tonight at 1.1/5; Late Show’s 0.5/2; and JKL’s 0.8/4. Watch Clinton and Kimmel here: Read More »
In a nod to baby boomers, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Following star Kevin Bacon celebrated 30th anniversary of Bacon starrer Footloose. Watch here:
Comedian David Brenner died today at his home in New York, NY. He was 78. A favorite of Tonight Show host, Johnny Carson, Brenner made over 150 appearances as a guest and substitute host on the NBC latenight show, starting in the ’70s. A contemporary of such stand-up legends as Andy Kaufman, Freddie Prinze and Gabe Kaplan, Brenner made a name for his observational comedic styling accentuated by his toothy grin, wavy hair and lanky demeanor. Brenner was born on Feb. 4, 1936 in Philadelphia, the son of a vaudeville singer and comedian who went under the stage name “Lou Murphy”. Read More »
Jay Leno‘s Tonight Show swan song churned up the franchise’s biggest weekly crowd since the week of NBC’s Cheers finale in ’93. Meanwhile, his replacement, Jimmy Fallon wrapped his Late Night hosting gig with that show’s biggest weekly haul since it followed Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show farewell, in May of ’92.
Leno’s actual Thursday night finale last week clocked the biggest crowd for an individual Tonight show broadcast since Jerry Seinfeld turned up after his primetime hit’s so-long episode, on May 14, 1998. Read More »
Since 1992, Jay Leno‘s top Tonight Show opening monologue target has been Bill Clinton, according to a study released by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University. O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson topped his list of celebrity targets, but their tally is chump change compared to Clinton’s, according to the study that tracked nearly 44,000 Tonight Show jokes.
Clinton was the subject of one out of every 10 gags about public affairs and/or public figures in his monologues, and O.J. Simpson was his top celebrity target. The study tallied 43,892 jokes about public figures and public affairs from 1992, when Leno became host of Tonight Show, through January 24, 2014.
Clinton accounts for 4,607 of that joke total. For comparison sake, George W. Bush came in for 3,239 jabs, and Jay targeted Kim Kardashian a total of just 57 times, according to the study. Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Clinton’s VPOTUS Al Gore, and Monica Lewinsky accounted for four of Leno’s top seven targets. Overall, the Top-20 list includes the past four presidents and vice-presidents, as well as the past six failed major party nominees for president. Democrats were the targets of 10,885 jokes, 15% more than the 9,465 jokes directed at Republicans. The study says that’s because Leno frequently targeted presidents and Democrats occupied the White House in 13 of his 22 years as Tonight Show host.
JAY LENO’s TOP 20 POLITICAL JOKE TARGETS: Read More »
On Jay Leno‘s last Tonight Show Tuesday, some of Jay’s favorite guest appearances were shown: President Obama reminiscing about when he and Donald Trump grew up together in Kenya, John Kennedy Jr. and Jerry Seinfeld reminiscing about Seinfeld’s Contest’s episode, former President George W. Bush giving Jay a portrait, Arnold Schwarzenegger announcing his candidacy, Betty White announces she’s as horny as she ever was, Hugh Grant explaining his escapade on Sunset, etc. Guest Matthew McConaughey reflected on advice that Jay gave him many years ago, and Charles Barkley retired Jay’s jersey:
Michelle Obama will join Jimmy Fallon on February 20 during his premiere week as the new Tonight Show host. This isn’t Obama’s first visit with Fallon. She first appeared on Late Night in 2012 when she joined Fallon in a comedy sketch to mark the second anniversay of her Let’s Move initiative. She guested again in February 2013 to mark the initiative’s third anniversary. No stranger to the late night talk show circuit, Obama also has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Show With David Letterman.
UPDATE: 8 PM: Megyn Kelly said tonight on her Fox News Channel program that her Wednesday show segment, in which she said that Santa Claus and Jesus are white, was tongue-in-cheek and that anyone who says otherwise needs to lighten up. “Humor is a part of what we try to bring to this show, but sometimes that’s lost on the humorless,” she said on tonight’s The Kelly File. “This would be funny if it were not so telling about our society, in particular, the knee-jerk instinct by so many to race-bait and to assume the worst in people, especially people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel.” On her show Wednesday, Kelly and panelists discussed a Slate piece written by a black woman suggesting Santa should not be a white man anymore. Writer Aisha Harris suggested a penguin replace Santa Claus, so as to appeal to children of all races. “For all you kids watching at home,” Kelly said Wednesday. “Santa just is white, but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa. But Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”
Related: Kelly To Leno: “I Am Not One Of The Opinion Hosts At Fox”
Then on tonight’s show, Kelly said: “Contrary to what my critics have posited, neither my statement, nor Harris’, I’m sure, was motivated by any racial fear or loathing. In fact, it was something far less sinister: a lifetime of exposure to the very same commercials, mall casting calls, and movies Harris references in her piece. Should that change? Well, that debate got lost because so many couldn’t get past the fact that I acknowledged, as Harris did, that the most commonly depicted image of Santa, does, in fact, have white skin.” She did acknowledge tonight that her assertion Wednesday that Jesus was a white man “is far from settled.” Kelly said, “The fact that an offhand jest I made during a segment about whether Santa should be replaced by a penguin has now become a national firestorm says two things: Race is still an incredibly volatile issue in this country, and Fox News, and yours truly, are big targets for many people.” Read More »
“I always tell people if they think I am this conservative operative, ‘Ask Karl Rove if that’s true’,” Megyn Kelly told Jay Leno in making her first visit to NBC‘s Tonight show. “The way we do it on the Fox News Channel is the straight news anchors—like myself—give a hard time to both sides.”
She singled out Anthony Weiner as a “contentious interview”: “He used to come on the show, and he was so full of hubris and he was so—sort of—in your face… If you were walking around with that kind of secret, and you were going on the national news, wouldn’t you dial it back a little bit,” she asked, turning to Leno’s other guest, Simon Cowell. “I don’t know,” said Cowell, who is in the news these days for getting a pal’s estranged wife pregnant. Kelly reminisced about the time her show put up on the screen a graphic showing congress has a lower approval rating than cockroaches and hemorrhoids. Leno suggested “the internet” has caused the congressional stalemate. Kelly said it would help if the White House would do more outreach to congressional leaders but that it doesn’t help to have the Republican leader in the Senate saying their primary goal is to stop Barack Obama‘s agenda, adding she doesn’t know how to fix it but “I know … Read More »
Showtime today officially announced a third season pick-up for Inside Comedy, debuting Monday, February 3 at 11 PM ET, and will do its part to plug Jimmy Fallon’s takeover of NBC’s Tonight show later that month. Fallon is among those who will be featured; his late night competitors on the other broadcast networks are not listed in today’s announcement.
Zach Galifianakas, Jonah Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, & Bette Midler are among those who will be featured in the next season of 10 half-hour episodes of the interview series from David Steinberg and Steve Carell. Also scheduled to be interviewed by host Steinberg: Alan Arkin, Dick Van Dyke, and Richard Belzer, along with more names to be announced. Carell and Steinberg will continue to serve as executive producers with Vance DeGeneres and Charlie Hartsock for Carousel Productions, as well as Alan Zweibel.
Justin Timberlake, who had been scheduled to perform this evening on NBC’s Tonight Show, has cancelled his performance. A source with knowledge of the situation says Timberlake will still sit down to chat with host Jay Leno, but is no longer going to perform, because he is “under the weather.” Earlier in the day, another source said tonight’s Timberlake performance may have been scrubbed to ensure maximum impact tomorrow night, when the pop star is scheduled to perform a free concert on Hollywood Blvd. compliments of ABC’s competing late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Kimmel, looking to make noise in the walk-up to Jimmy Fallon’s takeover of Tonight, announced earlier this month his show would shut down Hollywood Boulevard tonight — the first day of the official 2013-14 broadcast TV season – when Paul McCartney makes his first appearance on the show and performs on the street. At that time, Kimmel announced he’d close Hollywood Blvd. again, tomorrow night, so Justin Timberlake could perform songs from his new album, The 20/20 Experience, which hits stores September 30, and chat with Kimmel about his role in his new movie.
BREAKING…NBC‘s Upfront presentation today officially announced that Jay Leno will end his 22-year run on The Tonight Show during the week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics which start February 7th. And that Jimmy Fallon will be introduced during the second week of the Sochi games when ratings are at their highest. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said Fallon will settle into his 11:30 PM Tonight Show slot on Monday, February 24th, followed by the debut of Late Night With Seth Meyers at 12:30 AM.
Related: Live-Blog: NBC’s Upfront Presentation
NBC Broadcasting chief Ted Harbert kicked off the upfront by explaining the changeover with this understated description: “Things are shifting and changing in late-night.” But if any of the media buyers or advertisers in the audience thought NBC was going to candidly say why they’re taking off the network’s #1 Tonight Show host for two decades, they got a joke instead. Promising a “slight change” in late night, Greenblatt deadpanned, “I’m stepping down in 2014 and Jay Leno will be taking my job.” Later, Greenblatt offered as explanation only the ”increasingly competitive” late night landscape and that the network wanted to “pass the baton while still No. 1…” Then he launched into praise for the guy he’s replacing. ”We owe a great debt of gratitude to Jay Leno and extend Jay our sincerest thanks for an unparalleled run.” Stressing how Leno “always has … Read More »