After “Taxi” and “Fever Pitch” tanked at the box office, putting his nascent career as a comedy leading man in serious jeopardy, could you have guessed that, less than a decade later, Jimmy Fallon would not only host a hip and successful late night talk show, but that he would have as his guest a sitting president of the United States?
That unlikely scenario will indeed come to pass Tuesday, as President Barack Obama appears on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. It’s not only the president’s first time on Fallon’s show, but the first time a sitting president has visited any incarnation of the NBC’s Late Night franchise. Ronald Reagan never came by when David Letterman hosted, nor did Bill Clinton or George W. Bush ever appear on the show when it was hosted by Conan O’Brien, unless you count their lips in his old “Clutch Cargo” bit.
Obama will tape a segment with Fallon at the University of North Carolina on Tuesday, with the segment airing that night. It is unclear if the president will sing with Fallon, as guests on the show often do, but Dave Matthews is scheduled as the show’s musical guest.