By at 10:51 AM Friday, March 6th 2009


Finally, Jimmy Fallon Gets Something Right

The Roots, Music


I don’t know if you’ve been watching the slow-motion car crash that’s been Jimmy Fallon’s first week as the new host of Late Night, but suffice to say he’s having a hell of a hard time filling even one of Conan’s shoes, let alone both. Lucky for him that he also happens to have the most badass house band ever- The Roots- because they’ve already saved his ass from the fires of Fail more than once.

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Last night’s show was no exception; after a painfully awkward interview with the hulk of a man lady that is Serena Williams (what kind of fratty bullshit is beer pong? Come on), Fallon introduced Ludacris, who was joined by The Roots for a medley of songs (Last Of A Dying Breed and I Do It For Hip-Hop) from his Theater Of The Mind album. And it killed.

Admittedly, seeing Black Thought as a hype man is strange- the impression that The Roots might just be too good for this gig never quite leaves the room, but I suppose that’s just something we’re going to have to get used to. Jimmy could lend a hand with that by stepping up his game a good three or four notches, because as it stands he’s being consistently outshined by the people who are supposed to keep the crowd amped during the commercials.


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  1. zoopster says:

    The Roots are being wasted on this idiot’s show. How did we go from Conan to this? Are we to believe there was NO ONE funnier out there to take the mantle?

  2. We didn’t go from Conan to this. Conan’s moving, and his audience will move as well. Fallon’s got a lot of work to do, for sure, but none of these hosts ever come out strong. Conan’s first few weeks on the job were a mess. Besides, JF’s made a world of progress in four shows’ time, so there’s hope. He’s a quick study.

  3. zoopster says:

    I admit the idiot tag was unfair. And true, Conan is still gonna be on, and I remember his first few weeks were pretty awful at times to watch. I just meant the change in the level of competence. I know Jimmy’s still working out the kinks, and don’t get me wrong, he can be funny, I just think there’s a difference between doing a straight sketch comedy show and doing the late night talk thing, and I don’t see him as the host type. If he can do stuff like some of the wacky shit that made him funny on SNL(if they let him) and still keep up his end of a conversation, he might make it.

  4. hairboy says:

    did you know that the saggy pants trend began in prison?

  5. Hm. Wonder if that’s where forcible sodomy came from too.

  6. h a i r b o y says:

    biblical prisons

  7. sounds like an anti-evangelical group

  8. Marcio says:

    Hi, first I want to congratulate on his blog.
    I love the heart of Rock and learned that you put songs from Guns n Roses (Chinese Democracy disk) on your blog down.
    Please, I do not see the songs in your blog, please, how can it?
    You send me by email ([email protected]) or tells me how to download?
    Attended several tours of Guns in Brazil.
    Help me find the songs leaked to the net.
    Thanks, waiting for their response, and will visit your blog often.
    Márcio Santos
    Blumenau – Brazil

  9. Super Nintendo Chalmers says:

    As much as I like “Seed 2.0,” I recently learned that the Roots give money in support of Mumia Abu Jamal, and I just can’t get down with that. They have gotten some cash from me in the form of ticket sales, though, as I saw them as part of a bill a few years back.

  10. Skwerl says:

    i’m from philly, and know all about the mumia thing… i can’t get down with him either. if you’re uneducated, mumia abu jamal is a black man that didn’t get a fair trial after “allegedly” shooting a white cop. and “free mumia” sounds like a reasonable shout, and donating money to help the guy get a fair trial sounds like a good idea.
    but then i did a little research, and mumia wasn’t picked out of a lineup. in front of witnesses, he walked up to daniel faulkner, shot him like five times, and took a shot in the leg from the cop’s gun. in the hospital, he admitted to shooting faulker, hoping out loud to witnesses that “the mother fucker dies.”
    he’s a cop killer, plain and simple.
    it makes sense that the roots would donate to his support being black dudes with a little money from philly. and i personally dig their music (and music in general) too much to let it deter me from appreciating it. but that’s a valid beef.

  11. Valid Beef is also a good name for something, I believe. Maybe a debate team or something…ha.

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