Jimmy Fallon Wants Johnny Carson’s Late-Night Record

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Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, is about to have fun his tenth anniversary fronting a franchise that first started with Steve Allen behind the desk in 1954, adopted by Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien (and Jay Leno once more) — and he’s eager to maintain it going.

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Speaking about Carson’s document because the longest-running (and most-identifiable) host of this seminal late-night present, Fallon mentioned throughout a panel at Deadline’s Contenders Television occasion, “I’m gonna go, you guys want me? Let’s break the record, let’s go, let’s do 30 years!”

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Fallon himself has already spent 25 years at NBC in numerous incarnations. He began on Saturday Night Live in 1998 (“thinking that’s the goal”) and has now “for more than half of my life been at the same building.”

Fallon’s Tonight Show incorporates extra than simply speak, and Deadline’s Pete Hammond requested him whether or not Tonight now’s extra of a range present than a talker. “Yeah, may be considered a talk show, but it’s really a variety show,” Fallon mentioned. He added that he had gotten recommendation from Conan O’Brien who had gotten recommendation from Carson who advised him, “With this job, you’ll do everything you’ve ever learned. Everything.”

That was true, Fallon mentioned, “I can barely tap dance, I can do impressions… I’ve done all of them numerous times on the show” after which, what number of occasions can he mimic John Travolta or Adam Sandler? Fallon added that he was so excited by being referred to as up for one sketch on SNL — “That was a big deal” — however now he’s in a job “where I’m in every sketch every night… This is like for a kid when I’m 12 years old, in my bedroom looking in the mirror lip-synching Steve Martin bits; to see that I got this job it feels so lucky — it’s the best word I can think of; it feels so lucky to made people laugh.”

Speaking about how social/digital media is bringing the present to the world, Fallon mentioned,  “I wish that Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny were here to see where i’m taking their show.”

Check again Monday for the panel video.

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