By Leisanne Smeadala (@abovetheyellow)
Wednesday, July 25, 2012, NBC aired Jimmy Fallon’s Prime Time Music Special. I should say that I have not been a huge Fallon Fan, but I am a complete and total pop music junkie so I decided to tune in. I am sooooo glad I did. I watched the show in my office so I could get on my computer and catch up with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Good choice!! Jimmy Fallon tweeted throughout the entire show!!! The tweeting seriously added to the viewing experience for me. I loved seeing him get all excited over what was coming up and what was happening; his enthusiasm was infectious and I found myself tweeting and retweeting more than ever before. At one point he tweeted “Tweetbot just broke on my phone!!! So fun!!! Ha!!!” He chided NBC a bit, “We are def trending. NBC too! (you guys owe me).” It was fantastic fun!!
My favorite sketch was the one pictured above. Jimmy Fallon harmonized with Paul McCartney and he did it really, really well. I tweeted [email protected] love the harmony!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you’re so fab!!!!!!!!!!!!” as soon as I heard it. He certainly wasn’t responding to me, but he did go on to tweet “I was so scared to harmonize with him. Ha. It worked out. He’s rad.” Remember in the first paragraph how I said I’m not really a Fallon Fan? I have to say that changed the moment I read the tweet where he said that he was so scared to harmonize with Paul McCartney. I mean, who wouldn’t be scared to harmonize with Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, Hon RAM, FRCM??? It was so humanizing and I started to wonder why I am not more of a fan. The other thing that happened during the sketch with Paul McCartney is the one thing that I do know and love about Fallon… sometimes he just can’t not laugh. Remember “More Cowbell,” (how could you forget) Fallon could not stop laughing. He did all sorts of things to try and hide it! During “Scrambled Eggs (Yesterday)” when they got to the part about the waffles, Fallon could not, not laugh. He was cracking up and I was cracking up and it just made me feel happy, and isn’t that the point of music and comedy and television and nerdom??? Good entertainment makes us forget our worries and feel happy. (As I write this I’m watching his show for the first time ever and he’s got Bill Cosby on and they are doing this bit with this album and Jimmy cannot stop laughing and neither can I and I love it!)
My second favorite sketch was the one in which Jimmy, Carly Rae Jepsen & The Roots sing “Call Me Maybe” with classroom instruments. It reminded me of an episode of Night Music where Marcus Miller (bass), Hiram Bullock (guitar), Omar Hakim (drums), Philippe Saisse (keyboard) and David Sanborn (alto sax), played toy electronic instruments to prove that they could groove no matter what, and groove they did. Same thing with the “Call Me Maybe” sketch, they killed it comically and musically using classroom instruments. I can’t stop watching it on YouTube.
Lastly, I have to mention the Slow Jam he did with POTUS a/k/a Barack Obama. It literally brought me to tears. You have got to go to “YouTube” and check it out for yourself. I will simply say that you should keep your ears peeled for “Pell no!” and “The Barackness Monster.”
Anyways, there were numerous musical sketches during the hour, including, but not limited to:
- “History of Rap” featuring Justin Timberlake
- “The Doors Sing “Reading Rainbow””
- “Balls in Your Mouth” featuring Eddie Vedder
- “Walk of Shame” featuring Dave Matthews
- “Neil Young Sings “Whip May Hair”” featuring Bruce Springsteen
Different people will have different favorites, but they were all stellar. Aside from being funny as hell, Jimmy Fallon is very musically talented.
I’ll let him close this one out, quoting one of his last tweets Wednesday night, “I love you guys. I love my fans. I love the internet. Thanks for a fun night.”
I truly think there is something here for everyone and it is something that I will re – watch/play again and again via the sketches on YouTube and I will indeed buy his new comedy album “Blow Your Pants Off” and listen to it over and over and over again.
Photo credit NBC