The Tonight Show Star­ring Jimmy Fal­lon

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Guests: Will Smith, U2 Mon­day at 11 p.m. NBC Vat­i­can, but budget-wise, (New York) is just eas­ier. If you want to book any­one else but the Pope, you shouldn’t do your talk show in Italy.” The pon­tiff will not ap­pear on The Tonight Show any­time soon, but Fal­lon’s first week on the job will fea­ture a rather im­pres­sive ros­ter of guests — be­gin­ning Mon­day with Hol­ly­wood heavy­weight Will Smith and Ir­ish supergroup U2, and con­tin­u­ing through the next few days with Jerry Se­in­feld, Kristin Wiig and Lady Gaga (Tues­day); Bradley Cooper and Tim McGraw (Wed­nes­day); Michelle Obama, Will Fer­rell and Ar­cade Fire (Thurs­day); and fre­quent Fal­lon Late Night foil Justin Tim­ber­lake (Fri­day). “We were try­ing to get those guys for a long time,” he said of open­ing-night mu­si­cal guests U2. “When I first started ( Late Night), I tried to get U2 as a guest, and they didn’t want to tell me, but at the time, they had a se­cret thing with (David) Let­ter­man. They were do­ing a week on Let­ter­man, so I couldn’t get them. So in­stead, I got the next best Ir­ish­man, Van Mor­ri­son, and he was my first mu­si­cal guest. So hope­fully (with U2), I will have lucky times four.” Fal­lon said the em­pha­sis in his ver­sion of The Tonight Show will be on en­ter­tain­ment in the broad­est sense, and that he will bring to the 10:35 p.m. slot many of the run­ning gags and mu­si­cal-com­edy bits that were hugely pop­u­lar dur­ing his stint in NBC’s af­ter-af­ter-hours time slot. “I wish that (orig­i­nal host) Steve Allen (1954-57) and Johnny Carson were still around, just to see what we’re go­ing to do with the show,” said Fal­lon. “Be­cause I think, when they in­vented this show, it was all about be­ing fun and silly and goofy. Steve Allen was the first guy to sit in a plate with ice cream and pre­tend he’s a banana split and get choco­late syrup all over him and roll around. That’s what ( The Tonight Show) should be. It should be goofy and fun, and it should make ev­ery­one laugh. “Ev­ery­one works too hard all day, and we’re the first thing af­ter your lo­cal news. You watch us, you get a good laugh, and you go to bed with a smile on your face. That’s our job.”

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