Last night or rather early this morning, was legendary and amazing, Jimmy Fallon has moved up from Late Night to an even bigger stage. That of course, being The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon! Not only did it premiere just last night, but it was a very good episode. Guests slated to be Will Smith and U2 were not the only ones there, a couple of surprises were in store.
For the first time in over 40 years, The Tonight Show is back in New York City and the city was quite ready for it. There is a lot of history in that studio, in fact Late Night was filmed there as well. The new opening title scenes are similar to that of Late Night, featuring many iconic sights from around the city. In fact it was shot by famed director Spike Lee, who is a NYC native.
Opening the show will be his monologue, as he explained. Jimmy Fallon came out and spoke about the new gig and how excited he was for it. You could tell his smile and emotions were truly genuine. Since it might have been the first time people were watching him, he spoke about himself, his wife and beautiful baby. As well as the legendary Roots crew and his announcer Steve Higgins. His parents were in the audience and they were talking back and forth for a few seconds there. After this kind of explanation monologue, he decided to do it over again and come back out start making the jokes and doing his regular monologue.
It is a similar set up to Late Night and other late night shows. They might be doing some bits and of course, they have the guests. They spoke about the beautiful studio and then he reminded some friends of a bet, the $100 bet that he wouldn’t make it to The Tonight Show. I think that sets it up enough, check out the must watch and instant classic video below.
Then the show kicked into high gear with a performance by U2 on The Top Of The Rock! They also did The Evolution Of Hip Hop Dancing with Will Smith. It felt and still feels like Jimmy is right in his place on The Tonight Show. I highly recommend you set your DVR for the series or stay up and watch. You Can Watch The First Episode Online, By Clicking Here.