Tonight Show Highlights

Here were my favorite monologue jokes from last night’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

Last night was the State of the Union address. Everyone’s really excited about this huge special appearance by a guy we haven’t seen in a really long time: 2008 Barack Obama.

After Republicans in the crowd applauded when President Obama said he had no more campaigns to run, he quickly added “Well I know cause I won both of them.” I’m not saying Obama was throwing shade, but that insult just solved global warming.

During his speech, President Obama also discussed the economic turnaround, and credited much of it to improvements in robotics, which were actually on display later when Joni Ernst gave the Republican response.

The comedy segment bit was “Mets Bucket Hat Guy Returns.” It was ok, but I don’t think you need to worry about missing it.

Jennifer Aniston was the first couch guest. She is in the new film Cake. The interview was fine. Jennifer was friendly, modest and shared some amusing tidbits. Overall I’d have to say that the interview wasn’t very deep, which was disappointing. If you’re going to be the first guest, ya gotta be willing to do more than provide surface-level life updates. Here’s my favorite part of the interview, but only because I thought it was cool that Fallon brought up Kimmel. I wish more late-night hosts would recognize each other in creative ways.

After a break Jimmy and Jennifer played a game of “Lip Flip.” It was two things: a complete waste of time, time that could have been better spent actually talking about something productive, and proof that improvisation is a skill that most actors shouldn’t attempt willy-nilly.

Bill Gates was the second couch guest. He co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The interview was great. Bill was intelligent, funny and uplifting. The only other thing I need to say is that I highly recommend watching the interview.

Mario Batali was the cooking guest. The segment was entertaining, but too short. I wish late-night talk shows would understand that cooking segments require, and deserve, more time than music segments.

Good show. I give it:


– Woody

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