One of my favorite creative processes that happen during political unrest is when comedy writers revisit and repurpose iconic characters of the past for present day hilarity.
And so it was last night when Mike Myers’ “Dr. Evil” made a guest appearance on The Tonight Show for an interview with Jimmy Fallon as the latest Trumper to be fired.
Even Fallon was taken aback by the discovery Evil had been in the White House.
Fallon: “I’ve got to say, I had no idea that you were part of the Trump administration. What exactly did you do there?”
Evil: “Well naturally, I was going to be secretary of evil. But Steve Bannon got that job,” Said Dr. Evil, bringing his pinky to his mouth for punctuation.
Evil admitted he was more of an “ideas man” taking credit for the border wall. “It was all me. But I wanted it to be a moat with spiky blowfish.”
According to Evil, his relationships in the White House were hit and miss.
“I got along swimmingly with Ben Carson. We were both evil doctors who didn’t know why we were there.”
Regarding Don Jr.: “That guy’s creepy AF. He looks like he’s missing a facial feature, you just don’t know which one.”
Great stuff. And great to see the evil Dr. Evil again 🙂
Jimmy Fallon’s “Donald Trump” gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the Trumpster’s prep before his first State of the Union address.
Along the way, he gets advice and support from “Kellyanne Conway” and “Barack Obama.”
Jimmy’s really mastered the way Donald takes a sip of water LOL.
With The Late Show with Stephen Colbert often surpassing The Tonight Show in the late night ratings race, host Jimmy Fallon tells The New York Times his softball interview of Donald Trump during the 2016 election was a “setback.”
In the aftermath of the interview, many folks felt the segment helped to “humanize” Trump.
The resurgent interest in left-leaning programming hasn’t helped Mr. Fallon, a former star of “Saturday Night Live” who has built his brand on his all-around entertainer’s skills and down-the-middle tastes.
And as Mr. Fallon is well aware, viewers haven’t seen him in quite the same light since an interview he conducted with Mr. Trump in September, which was widely criticized for its fawning, forgiving tone. In a gesture that has come to haunt the host, he concluded the segment by playfully running his fingers through Mr. Trump’s hair.
Mr. Fallon acknowledges now that the Trump interview was a setback, if not quite a mistake, and he has absorbed at least a portion of the anger that was directed at him by critics and online detractors.
“They have a right to be mad,” a chastened Mr. Fallon said in an interview this month. “If I let anyone down, it hurt my feelings that they didn’t like it. I got it.”
Mr. Fallon’s questions, however, were mostly innocuous; he asked Mr. Trump why children should want to grow up to be president and if his business background had helped him in the campaign. Their conversation concluded with Mr. Fallon fulfilling his longstanding wish of ruffling Mr. Trump’s hair.
“I didn’t do it to humanize him,” Mr. Fallon said, explaining this moment to me. “I almost did it to minimize him. I didn’t think that would be a compliment: ‘He did the thing that we all wanted to do.’”
But when the backlash did not subside, even after a few days, Mr. Fallon never addressed the controversy on air. “I didn’t talk about it, and I should have talked about it,” he said. “I regret that.”
You can watch the now infamous moment below:
The folks at Super Deluxe bring you their remix/re-edit of the now infamous Jimmy Fallon “softball” interview of Republican prez hopeful, Donald Trump, that ended in Fallon playfully humanizing Trump by mussing his hair.
Fallon has been taken to task for his fawning over the Trumpster throughout his last appearance on The Tonight Show. Super Deluxe takes the time to underscore Fallon’s adoration and flattering adulation.
Contrast this with Fallon greeting Hillary Clinton wearing a face-mask upon her subsequent visit.
Sen. Ted Cruz, making an appearance on The Tonight Show last night, played along for a “phone call” from faux “Trumpster” played by Jimmy Fallon.
During the call, “The Donald” inquires how Cruz won all of Colorado’s delegates without voting, and then offers Cruz advice on how to visit New York in advance of the GOP primary there next week.
I’m not sure comedy is Cruz’s strong suit, but I give him props for trying.
The cast of the new STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS joins Jimmy Fallon & The Roots for an a cappella medley of STAR WARS themes.
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford for an a cappella tribute to “Star Wars.”
They even get Harrison Ford to drop in for a bit. How about that?
And isn’t Carrie Fisher fab in everything she does lately?
As if her record-breaking sales and live appearances haven’t been enough, Adele sits down with Jimmy Fallon & the Roots for an acoustic/schoolroom instruments version of her now mega-hit “Hello.”
No wondering here – she kills it.
Note the “cameo” appearance of a bust of Lionel Richie upstage of the band. Clever, Jimmy Fallon. Clever.
Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton made her first late night talk show appearance on The Tonight Show last night, and showed good form doing a “pre-show interview” with Jimmy Fallon’s “Fake Donald Trump.
From NBC News:
Hillary Clinton stopped by NBC’s “Tonight Show” on Wednesday where she was interviewed by Jimmy Fallon twice — once as Donald Trump, and once as himself.
In what has become a trademark, Fallon donned the Donald’s signature hairdo and “called” Clinton at home to discuss women, immigration and Bernie Sanders.
Fake Trump opened with, “I haven’t seen you since my last wedding.” Clinton fired back, “Well, I’m sure I’ll see you at the next one.”
When Clinton asked “Trump” what his stance is on women’s issues, Fallon quipped, “I know a lot of women and they all have issues.”
Hillary added a light-hearted touch during her ‘actual’ segment with Fallon when asked what she thought of Donald Trump’s campaign: “I’m having a good time watching it.”
Jimmy Fallon faces off with Ellen DeGeneres in a fierce lip sync-off to songs like Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” and Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.”
I especially liked Ellen’s surprise choice of Diana Ross’ “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?”
Over 7 million views in three days.
Current front runner for the GOP nomination for president, Donald Trump, does his own late night comedy bit with Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show, in an attempt to show his humorous side.
In the clip, Fallon (as “Trump”) interviews himself in the mirror (Trump) to somewhat comedic effect. Trump is definitely Trump here, but the jokes run out of steam after a while.
Still, good on Trump for being game enough to do the bit.
“Me interviewing me? THAT’s what I call a GREAT idea.”