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Lin-Manuel Miranda burns John Bolton for that ‘Hamilton’-inspired book title in freestyle rap

Lin-Manuel Miranda burns John Bolton for that 'Hamilton'-inspired book title in freestyle rap

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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Janet Jackson and The Roots’ cute classroom-instruments cover of ‘Runaway’ has one important change

Janet Jackson and The Roots' cute classroom-instruments cover of 'Runaway' has one important change

Janet Jackson joined The Roots and Jimmy Fallon for their Classroom Instruments cover challenge, and updated the lyrics of her classic hit “Runaway” for this dreamy version. The chill, globe-trotting cover is like a little holiday for your overloaded brain. 

The change is tiny, but a very good one. The line “I woke up with an Australian breeze / and danced the dance with Aborigines” has always grated a bit, as it’s best not to refer to Indigenous Australians as “Aborigines.” (Here’s a good explanation as to why.)

In this version, though, she’s changed it to “and danced the dance with Indigenous peeps,” possibly for the first time. (She can be seen singing the old lyrics at live shows as recently as 2018.) It’s a small tweak that totally works with the song, and the insensitivity of the original term probably wouldn’t even have registered with the vast majority of listeners — but the language we use about people matters, and being proactive about getting it right helps everyone have a good time. Yeah. Read more…

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PSA: Noah Centineo will absolutely destroy you in a water fight

PSA: Noah Centineo will absolutely destroy you in a water fight

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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Let Ringo Starr, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots distract you with an adorable toy-instruments version of ‘Yellow Submarine’

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We all live in… a hell world that’s rapidly warming beyond compatibility with civilization and is also largely governed by micro-souled mooseknuckles! Fortunately, there are some nice things to distract us while we fail to reach for the emergency brake in this particular handbasket to hell, like the above video of Ringo Starr, The Roots, and Jimmy Fallon singing the sweet, damply utopian ditty “Yellow Submarine” accompanied by toy instruments.

Soon we will all live beneath the waves. Until then, let’s pretend we live in the sunny 2D-animated acid flashback that happened every time the other three Beatles let Ringo near the mic, bless him. Read more…

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Megan Thee Stallion officially kicks off ‘Hot Girl Fall’ with an autumnal banger (feat. Jimmy Fallon)

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From back-to-school supplies and pun Halloween costumes to pie-baking and drunk hayrides: Megan Thee Stallion’s teamed up with Jimmy Fallon to celebrate all the reasons leaf-peeping season is far, far superior to 2019’s warm weather mega-meme, Hot Girl Summer. 

“Nothing makes me hotter than some temperate weather / Cause the summer was dope, but the fall’s even better,” Meg informs us, pulling her turtleneck way up over her face and rocking plaid thigh-high boots.

Speaking of, Tariq, aka The Roots’ Blackthought, also jumped in for a verse about how much he really, really loves plaid.

Just don’t try and masc up the name, Jimmy. Hot Girl Fall (aka Thotumn) is for everyone. Read more…

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