23 February 2012

The Jimmy Fallon Experience (not so late at night, too)

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J: Welcome to The Julia Musings where I endorse Jimmy Fallon, beloved American funny man and host of his own late night talk show. And for those of you who are wondering, I'm not being paid by NBC to say good (or bad) things about the darling comedian.

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the taping of 'Late Night' with a couple of friends and it was a fantastic experience. This seems like an extremely covert secret among producers and the like, but truth be told, 'Late Night' doesn't actually take place late at night. (cue melodramatic gasp) It's more like evening; 5:00 to be exact. In fact, it doesn't even air at night! Every day, Fallon's show graces the televisions of Americans at 12:37 AM into the wee hours of the morning. (cue even more melodramatic gasp- if at all possible)

Aside from the secrets of the television industry, tonight's guests included William Shatner promoting his one-man Broadway show, Padma Lakshmi the beautiful host of cooking show Top Chef, the cast of the revival of Anything Goes featuring Sutton Foster, and Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad of The Book of Mormon. Any theatre buffs or pretty much anyone who follows the news may have noticed that the majority of the guests hail from Broadway (no, not the street). Well to confirm your suspicions, it's Broadway Week at NBC which, unfortunately, does not entitle half-off tickets to popular shows (darn!).

Guest appearances were accompanied by the Roots band and a performance of Pearl Jam performed by the one and only JFallon. What I loved most was perceiving everyone on the show as actual human beings. That's right, I said it. They're not robots or puppets, and they're not missing any organs unlike the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Seeing Jimmy in his natural surroundings was a breath of fresh air as his sense of humour echoed upon the audience.

This was such a great experience and has well earned the hours and hours that we spent waiting and waiting.  But at the end, who cares how long we waited! The tickets were free and each audience member left with a CD of the Anything Goes soundtrack. Not to mention we all had the chance to be on TV and, oh yeah, see the hilarious Jimmy Fallon.

Until next time,

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