Jimmy Fallon was never the most popular cast member on Saturday Night Live, and Fever Pitch remains a blasphemous blemish on the Boston Red Sox World Series victory in 2004. Oh, and have you guys seen Taxi with Queen Latifah? It was like someone farted on 120 pieces of paper and crammed three brass fasteners into it. But he’s made great strides as the host of Late Night, so much that I’m willing to call him the most consistently surprising late night host. I think that’s a compliment.
As we saw with his Super Bowl coverage, Fallon is a smart sports guy, and he blends his humor well with topical jock stuff. In fact, I’m actually surprised that it took him so long to think of turning Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” into a song about New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin. Hell, now I’m wondering if he was even the first to do it.
Am I going to have to spend the rest of the day scouring YouTube instead of doing regular work? Damn these sacrifices I make for investigative journalism.
Denver Broncos quarterback and evangelical beefcake Tim Tebow was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as Fallon aired his show from Indianapolis this week with a Super Bowl XLVI theme. It was inevitable that Fallon would ask him what he thought of his recent “Tebowie” character, which, of course, was a hilarious combination of David Bowie and Tim Tebow that Fallon used to sing a new version of Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Last night, Tebow played along for humor’s sake and got a nice dig in on Fallon by questioning his pitch on the song. At least I think that’s what he said, because the crowd wouldn’t shut up.
Seriously, it sounded like Tebow was performing on Def Comedy Jam, but even more remarkable was the zeal with which Fallon asked his questions. I’m surprised he didn’t conduct the interview while sitting on his lap and brushing his hair. But the ridiculous love for Tebow aside, I couldn’t help but giggle with delight when Fallon asked Tebow to sign a Broncos jersey and then fire it into the crowd with a t-shirt gun. Somebody had to have stopped and said, “Hey, this might cause a riot.” And then everyone laughed.
And after the Tebow video I’ve included the best of Fallon’s “Late Night at the Super Bowl” because I don’t stay up that late and watch most of his stuff online when I wake up in the morning and take my Ovaltine. And please do yourself a favor and watch the Real Housewives of Late Night in Indianapolis. Dallas Clark in drag. It’s Emmy material.
And here I thought The Venture Bros. was the only show that did David Bowie jokes.
Last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon featured Tebowie, advertised as “for the first time … Tim Tebow and David Bowie together as one” (unless you count Tim Machine and Tim Machine II). Fallon launched into a parody of Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, replacing Ground Control with Jesus Christ and one hundred-thousand miles with 316 yards. It’s not laugh out loud funny but it is clever, which you can’t say for every Tebow anthem (a fact you’ll learn more about that in today’s Friday Face-Off).
I hope the Broncos find a way to beat the Patriots just so the incessant coverage of Tebow can continue, because he’s such a great role model to Young Americans. What am I saying? Denver will Never Let Me Down.
“If I’m the son of God, Tom Brady’s got to be the guy’s nephew.”
Saturday Night Live posts are usually reserved for the crew over at Warming Glow, but Saturday’s Jimmy-Fallonful episode of SNL managed the perfect explanation for Sunday’s Broncos/Patriots game — Jesus Christ couldn’t be around this week (he’s got a big birthday coming up) and Denver would have to help themselves. If you watched the second and third quarters of the game, you know how well that worked out for them. The camera kept cutting over to Tebow on the bench looking pensive while the horses were on defense, but it wasn’t enough. Yeah, I can’t believe it either.
Highlights of the clip that did not directly lead to an 18-point loss include a behind the scenes look at the Country Music Awards, a well-placed pair of tube socks and Jesus revealing that he prays to Matt Prater but isn’t always in our face about it. You can check out the video below.
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Funny, Sexy And Awesome Cosplay Of The Week - …is won in a walk by the racially nonspecific Mortal Kombat girls. Hello, nurse. [Gamma Squad]
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Jimmie Johnson’s Chase for the Sprint Cup isn’t going so well, but at least he’s passing and defeating Jimmy Fallon in a game of Jimmie Johnson’s Anything With An Engine on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’ this week. Anything features the same outlandish action you’d except from a seventh place finish in the Sprint Cup Series and all the overt stereotyping you’d expect from a NASCAR audience, including characters like motorized-toilet-riding sumo wrestler “Gotta Go San”.
Fallon is actually a downloadable character in the game, and hopefully if you press X enough times he stops racing and just stands there snickering to himself while everyone else finishes. Reviews of the game (which was released on Tuesday) call it fun and addictive, and no, I haven’t played it, so I guess biggest problem with it and with Fallon in the clip is the phrase, “it’s like Mario Kart for adults”. You know what else is like Mario Kart for adults? Mario Kart. I’ve had more adult fun playing Mario Kart Double Dash!! than I’ve had watching NASCAR, much less playing a NASCAR-guy-endorsed PS1 port of Wacky Wheels.
You can check out the clip from the Let’s Play archives after the jump, courtesy of From The Marbles.