News Round-Up: December 9, 2020

(Via Stephen Amell’s Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

KIT212: Kenneth wonders as to how much ‘seasonal sentiment’ is really attached to some InstaHunky posts like the above pic from Arrow star Stephen Amell?

Boy Culture: Matt Rettenmund’s list of his ‘Top 50 Sitcoms’ is pure gold – I especially agree with his Top 10.

The Tonight Show: Jimmy Fallon and Andrew Rannells recap the year 2020 through Broadway songs like “Defying Gravity” from Wicked, “Memory” from Cats, and “My Shot” from Hamilton.

Orlando Sentinel: Florida man coughed, sneezed, spit throughout a Best Buy after refusing mask. He told the police he’s “been going through a lot this year and got carried away.”

World Of Wonder: Porn performer Reno Gold donated a week’s worth of his online earnings – over $27,000 – to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which is awesome. p.s. if you do the math, Reno makes over $1 million a year, so, wow…

Instagram: A 21-year-old fashion/lifestyle photographer in Mexico City shared the emotional moment he told his mother he was marrying his boyfriend and his religious mother denounced him for being gay. The video quickly went viral.

“The day I die you are gonna be the one who kills me because I’m always thinking about all the stuff you’ve done wrong,” she told him. “You do wrong. You sin. Think really hard about what you’re doing. Think about it and don’t sin for Satan.”


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Sen. Kamala Harris ‘Slow Jams The News’ On The Tonight Show

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) becomes the first woman to ‘slow jam the news’ on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (above).

Via StereoGum:

Jimmy Fallon’s longest-running comedy bit is Slow Jam The News, the thing where he and the Roots bust out Barry White impressions and attempt to make jokes out of topical subjects. Brian Williams used to do the sketch all the time, and Barack Obama did it a couple of times as president — including, most recently, in the summer of 2016. And now Harris, one of several Democratic primary hopefuls attempting to bring back that old Obama magic, took part in it.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg ‘Slow Jams The News’ On The Tonight Show

Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, and took part in one of the best recurring segments on the late night talker, 'Slow Jam the News.'

Democratic presidential contender Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, and took part in one of the late night talker’s recurring segments, ‘Slow Jam the News.’

Mayor Pete mainly stuck to introductory campaign info with Fallon and Tariq Trotter of the Roots serving up the one-liners.

Although, in one exchange, Buttigieg shared his recent appearance on Fox News Sunday was meant as a gesture of inclusivity wanting “everyone to join this campaign, Democrats and Republicans.”

“Democrats and Republicans?” queried a honey-voice Fallon. “So what you’re saying is – you go both ways?”

“No, I’m just gay,” Buttigieg responded simply.

And the crowd goes wild…

Watch the clip below.

Breaking: Dr. Evil Fired From Trump Administration

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 🙂

Watch below.

Jimmy Fallon Has “Regrets” About Donald Trump Interview

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:

Funny: Céline Dion Plays “Wheel of Musical Impressions” On The Tonight Show

Céline Dion, currently promoting her new French language album Encore un soir which drops August 26, showed that she’s game for a good time as she took part in one of Jimmy Fallon’s favorite Tonight Show games “Wheel of Musical Impressions.”

As a “random generator” came up with famous singer/song combinations, Céline delivered her impressions of Cher, Rihanna, and Sia with abandon.

The best moment came as she pulled her hair over her face to deliver a Sia inspired “Hush Little Baby,” and then thanked the audience with her back facing the audience.

The Canadian diva also dropped by The Today Show on Friday, belting out several of her hits. But this beautifully subdued version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” was particularly artful.

(h/t NewNowNext)

President Obama: I’m “Worried” About The GOP

President Obama visited Jimmy Fallon last night on The Tonight Show where he chatted on the end of the primary season, Hillary Clinton’s historic candidacy and some light moments about The Donald.

At one point, Fallon asks Obama if he thinks the Republicans are happy with their candidate. Obama responded, “We are … I don’t know how they’re feeling.”

Speaking a little more seriously, Obama opined that what has happened this year in the Republican Party “is not actually good for the country as a whole. It’s not something Democrats should wish for.”

“You want the Republican nominee to be somebody who could do the job if they win. And you want folks who understand the issues. And where you can sit across the table from them and you have a principled argument. And ultimately can still move the country forward.”

“At the end of the day, what you want is a healthy two-party system,” Obama said.

Ted Cruz Takes A Call From “Donald Trump” During Tonight Show Appearance

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.

Lin-Manuel Miranda of Broadway’s HAMILTON Kills Freestyle Rap Challenge

Seriously quick-minded, uber-talent Lin-Manuel Miranda of the current smash Broadway hit Hamilton throws down off the cuff freestyle rap on The Tonight Show.

He kills this.

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Wheel of Freestyle with Lin-Manuel Miranda (from “Hamilton”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (star of Broadway’s ‘Hamilton the Musical’) and Black Thought from The Roots are given three random words they’ve never seen before and have to work them into a freestyle rap.
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