Jimmy Fallon to host “The Tonight Show” – review

Jacquelyn Savage is a junior mass media major

Jimmy Fallon, host of the “Late Night Show” will be taking over Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show” starting February 17. Leno has hosted “The Tonight Show” for 22 years. Leno’s last night will be Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Fallon is known as an actor, comedian and performer. He has hosted his current show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” for five years now and fans are thrilled to find out he is moving on to make a bigger step in his career by replacing Leno.

Although Leno is great, there’s just something about Fallon that seems to appeal to audiences of all ages. Leno wasn’t planning on retiring just yet but has handled the situation gracefully. He has shown much admiration towards Fallon and his work.

Fallon’s current show “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” has won over his audience with his brief monologues, music performances, audience competitions and “desk piece” segments. Many find the segment where he sends thank you notes to controversial people and inanimate objects hilarious. And of course he also interviews famous celebrities on his show.

One of the most popular guests is famous pop sensation Justin Timberlake. Timberlake makes regular appearances on Fallon’s show and I love watching the two interact. One of my favorite segments was the “Hashtag” segment they performed together which went viral on the internet.

I recently read that Fallon has loved “The Tonight” show since a young boy. Fallon’s Kindergarten photo caption even said, “Most likely to take over for David Letterman.” He performed stand up comedy in high school and then later made the decision to leave college, just shy of graduation, to follow his lifelong dream.

Fallon was part of the “Saturday Night Live” show in the late 1990’s and was popular for impersonating famous people. I’m not surprised as he still incorporates impressions on his current show. One of his former co-performers from “Saturday Night Live”, Tina Fey, recently appeared on his show to play the debut of his game “Box of Lies.” Fallon and Fey took turns describing what was in their mystery boxes while the other guesses if it’s a truth or lie.

Fallon jumpstarted his talk show career on Conan O’Brian’s late night talk show in 2008 then a year later was given the opportunity to air his own show. He has since then brought laughter to many viewers with his quirky personality and what some refer to as ‘boyish charm.’

I think viewers can expect great things from Fallon as he continues on his road to success. It has been said Fallon will bring back the excitement “The Tonight Show” once had. If it’s anything like his current show, viewers will not be disappointed.

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