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.
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.