It feels like a million years since John Krasinski last graced YouTube with an episode of Some Good News, the adorably janky posi-vibes-only fake news show he created in the first wave of the pandemic. (It was May, by the wayMay.) And we thought we’d seen the last of Krasinski behind the SGN home-office desk when he wrapped it up after eight installments earlier this year (and controversially sold the show to CBS).
But given that the pandemic is raging well into its tenth and most deadly month, with the nation’s elected representatives having spent all year deliberating whether or not to help its desperate citizens out with a non-insulting amount of cash relief (spoiler: they picked “not”), Krasinski threw some tinsel up in his study again for a surprise holiday special. Read more…
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The summer of Jimmy Kimmel Live guest hosts rolls on, with a super glam Kerry Washington taking the reins for Monday night’s show. She was joined by her dad Earl, whom she reveals was an Emmy-deserving background extra on Little Fires Everywhere.
“He’s the most adorable man in America, and he loves to tell jokes,” she said, “so when he heard I was doing my first late night monologue, he wanted to pitch in and help me out with material, because he doesn’t think I’m funny.”
Earl is indeed completely adorable, telling Washington about the importance of humor during tough times, and kicking off with a meta moment: “How do you know it’s a dad joke? It becomes ap-parent.” Read more…
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Bryan Cranston. Is a man. Of many hats.
Sure, we all know the Heisenberg pork pie chapeau (and it makes an appearance here). But before this mildly unhinged Fallon segment who knew Cranston could rock a sailor’s cap, a little red bonnet, or a sweeping fuchsia fascinator while on the toilet with such dead-eyed, menacing panache? Truly, he has the range, and I am just crazed enough after months in my house that it feels like the funniest thing I’ve seen all week.
I desperately want to have been in the Zoom pitch meeting where some exhausted writer went “He wore that hat in Breaking Bad, right? Can we write a weird banger and just stick him and Jimmy in a bunch of random crap from the hat closet then cut it together like a TikTok ripoff?” Read more…
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With the filmed original cast performance of Hamilton hitting Disney+ next week, creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda returned to the Tonight Show for the first time since Jimmy Fallon’s first at-home show in March. Miranda, who also happens to have a documentary about his improv show Freestyle Love Supreme coming out next month, was game for a game called Random Object Freestyle.
Fallon held up a number of not especially random, suspiciously topical objects — including a Hamilton poster, a Broadway street sign, a box of popcorn, and a face mask — for Miranda to riff on lyrically. He didn’t bat an eye until Fallon revealed a copy of former national security advisor John Bolton’s tell-all Trump White House memoir, whose title happens to be a Hamilton reference. Read more…
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There are certain things we all know to be good advice: Never work with children or animals, never get involved in a land war in Asia, and never start a water fight with a teen heartthrob.
Noah Centineo, the official internet boyfriend of 2018, probably went on The Tonight Show to promote To All The Boys 2, but there is no way the forthcoming Netflix sequel is as purely satisfying as watching him repeatedly drench an increasingly frustrated Jimmy Fallon with cold water.
What’s the best bit of this? Is it Centineo’s gleeful grin as he flings glasses all over the host’s fancy suit — starting with the crotch? Fallon’s barely concealed, possibly quite genuine, spluttering annoyance at being so comprehensively rinsed? The bit where the soaked lapel mics audibly squelch and go muffled and the pair glance like naughty children at, I’m assuming, half a dozen wincing sound techs? Read more…
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If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry, folks.
Stephen Colbert came roaring into 2020 on Monday night, opening The Late Show for the year with a solid 10 minutes of bleakly brutal material about Trump’s strike on Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.
Trump has subsequently threatened — via Twitter, naturally — to further attack 52 Iranian targets, including culturally important sites, in retaliation for any retaliation. As many legal experts have pointed out, the president may have essentially threatened in a public forum to commit war crimes. The Late Show team, in an attempt to write a joke to measure up to this turn of events, came up with one that was a little much even for the host. Read more…
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WWE wrester and professional meme John Cena appeared on Sunday’s episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon to help introduce a new segment called Fish Slap. It was exactly what it sounds like.
In Fish Slap, a game invented by Cena’s opponent Fallon because apparently he loves to suffer, players take turns guessing if a card drawn from a deck will be higher or lower than the previous one. If they get it right, it becomes the other player’s turn to guess. If they get it wrong, they get a real, slimy, dead fish to the face.
It sounds like an awful time but the pair get into it, Cena joyfully proclaiming, “In the name of salmon and mackerel, the day is mine!” Read more…
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