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Jimmy Fallon, less than 40, to become 'Tonight Show' host

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/5/2013 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Replacing Jay Leno, Fallon has fresh, irreverent comic style

Comedian Jimmy Fallon, a few months short of his fortieth birthday will replace 62-year-old Jay Leno as "Tonight Show" host in 2014. Many are quick to point out the vast comedic difference between Leno and Fallon. While Leno played it relatively safe with middle-of-the-road jokes, Fallon is keen and innovative. Analysts say he will appeal to younger viewers who crave mash-ups and memes.
 

Comic Jimmy Fallon, less than 40 years of age, is known of his irreverent, 'hip' style that producers hope will attract new viewers to the 'Tonight Show.'

Comic Jimmy Fallon, less than 40 years of age, is known of his irreverent, "hip" style that producers hope will attract new viewers to the "Tonight Show."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
4/5/2013 (4 years ago)

Published in TV

Keywords: HJimmy Fallon, Jay Leno, Tonight Show, comedic styles, memes, mash-ups


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Fallon is expected to have his challenges. "A problem a lot of 'cooler' comedians have is they play well on the coasts. Leno tours Middle America every weekend. He aims for people who aren't necessarily comedy fans," Adam Frucci, editor of the comedy website Splitsider writes.

It's popularly believed that Fallon is from a younger generation of comics who go for absurdity and satire. Still others point out that he's not as brainy as his "Late Night" predecessor Conan O'Brien.

Fallon demonstrates an old-fashioned sensibility with his skills as a mimic, and as a trained musician and "Saturday Night Live" veteran, Fallon has a wider skill set than Leno, who is purely a stand-up.

Fallon has injected a new energy into the hosting job since he began hosting "Late Night" in 2009. Backed by the house band Roots, Fallon has made music an essential element of the show and its online success. Their version of "Call Me Maybe" played on children's instruments has racked up more than 13 million views on YouTube.

As a host, Fallon gets celebrities to let down their guard with parlor games with such self-explanatory names as Egg Russian Roulette or Rock, Paper, Scissors, Pie.

Traditionally, the move from "Late Night" to an earlier time slot has required hosts to rein in their more eccentric impulses for a broader audience, but that may not be necessary for Fallon, whose material rarely crosses into questionable taste.

One of Fallon's recent comedic triumphs was when he dressed in a head-to-toe chicken costume he was wearing for an "all-clucking" version of the Lumineers' hit "Ho Hey."

The broadcast version of the song went viral when it hit the Web late last week. It was exactly the kind of musically driven, pop culture-savvy bit that has become Fallon's trademark in his four years at "Late Night" and one that hints at the changes ahead for the aging "Tonight Show" franchise when he officially replaces Jay Leno in 2014.

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