What can one say about Jimmy Fallon’s first episode as host of the Tonight Show? It was pretty similar to Fallon’s Late Night, except for significantly more A-list guests, a gaudier set and, well, lots of references to it being Fallon’s first night hosting the Tonight Show.
What the show did boast, though, was an infectious energy, as well as a whole lot of bits that were certain to go viral.
After the show started, oddly enough, at midnight, there were the opening credits- directed by Spike Lee!- and then the traditional monologue. The monologue, from a joke perspective, was a bit lackluster, but it really did come through that the man is fulfilling a lifelong dream:
Then there was another of Fallon’s signature “evolution of” bits, this time featuring hip-hop dancing and Will Smith in his old Fresh Prince garb:
Then there was the evening’s signature bit, a seemingly endless parade of celebrity cameos that included the long-exiled-from-the-Tonight-Show Joan Rivers, Robert De Niro, Seth Rogen, Stephen Colbert and numerous others:
The show also featured a chat about Olympic curling between Fallon and Smith, and a pair of performances by musical guest U2.
At any rate, America seemed to like the first show- it equalled the ratings of Conan O’Brien’s first Tonight Show, back in 2009, gaining 11.3 million total viewers.