Alicia Keys went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Did she perform one of her biggest hits? No. She performed the theme to the 1980s animated television show, Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears. And she did it as Alicia Keys.
In one of the most random and bizarre instances of celebrity appearances this year, the always lovely Tom Hanks went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform slam poetry. But what would he slam about? Politics? His recent curse-slip on morning television? Promote his new film, Cloud Atlas? No, the 1980s/90s ABC family sitcom, Full House. Because, well, obviously.
Oh, Jimmy. We appreciate your silly song stylings. We especially enjoy them when it means we get to wake up to you singing one of our favorite childhood theme songs in a changed-up style. Of course, we can never hear this song without thinking of this scene, but we’ll also be adding this one to our roster of favorite Reading Rainbow covers.
While promoting her fitness initiative for kids, Let’s Move, First Lady Michelle Obama mentioned that it was time to get kids off the couch and away from the TV. Jimmy Fallon, who is from the TV, took umbrage at this remark, packed his finest spandex, and made a little trip to the White House to challenge the First Lady to a round of physical activities. Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy. Have you not seen Michelle Obama’s arms? Did you really think you could beat her at push-ups? Either way, we are happy that this happened for entertainment purposes, so we’ll let you watch Obama and Fallon settle this like professionals.
If the thing that bothers you the most about the holiday season is the neverending background music of songs we’ve heard over and over and over again (I’m looking at you, “Jingle Bells”), then Jimmy Fallon has solved your problem. He got some famous friends together — Patton Oswalt, Maya Rudolph, Jesse Eisenberg, Martin Short, T.I., Brian Williams, Jack McBrayer, Zac Efron, Howie Mandel, Jason Segel, and Walter the Muppet — to give the classic poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” the Mad Libs treatment to change things up a bit. And now it has nipples in it.
One of the best things that Jimmy Fallon (aka The Most Popular Boy in School Who Talked to Us That One Time) does on his late-night show is continue to play characters and do impressions, including musical ones. And when he does Jim Morrison (backed up by some excellent Doors impersonators), singing a badass version of the Reading Rainbow theme song, we pay attention. And then we realize what a great Doors song it might be. And how incredibly Gen-X-y this all is.
Cartoon Network’s ThunderCats reboot won’t grace our television screens until late July, but, there has been an epidemic of ThunderCats mania clawing its way through geekdom. With a sneak-peek of character designs surfacing online, an impressive list of the show’s voice actors popping up and a very rare appearance by everyone’s favorite nunchuck-wielding ThunderCat Panthro performing his cabaret number on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week, people can’t seem to wait for this memorable 80s cartoon to make its long overdue comeback.
Whoa! Jimmy Fallon totally mentioned The Mary Sue in his monologue Monday night, (right around 2:10 in this video). We missed it the first time around because when it aired some of us were performing a dramatic reading of a pornographic TMNT fanfiction in Chinatown, then went home and watched Metalocalypse instead. And others of us just moved and have no television.
But there are so much more lady nerds than you think, Jimmy! Unless this is just payback for that time I chased you down the street …