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Jimmy Fallon's First Night -- How'd He Do!?

Jimmy Fallon's First Night -- How'd He Do!?

Jimmy Fallon premiered his late night talk show host on Monday, interviewing Robert De Niro and Justin Timberlake (he impersonated John Mayer).

The Roots jammed all night as Jimmy‘s house band and rocker Van Morrison was the musical guest for the evening.

EW said, “[Jimmy] did an ultra-ordinary monologue — one liners about President Obama and the deficit that sounded like material Jay Leno‘s writers had faxed over from L.A.”

THR added, “He tried too hard, stumbled over his punchlines and struggled to make Robert De Niro seem interesting.”

After the show taped, Jimmy expressed how overjoyed and relieved he was. He blogged, “1st show done. I was a bit nervous. But overall really happy. Phew!”

If you missed the first episode, watch it at

WHAT DID YOU THINK of Jimmy Fallon’s first night as a talk show host — YAY or NAY?

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P.S. The Roots were great! And so was Van the Man! What a huge contrast in quality between the musicians and the host.

i only watched it for Justin, and i loved it….only when he was on tho

<3 u Justin!!!

Only Justin saved a very bad show.

He was fine but Robert De Niro was boring.

I enjoyed it a lot. Jimmy’s performance wasn’t necessarily all nerves…he’s naturally a sort of fidgety/awkward performer. I liked his wide eyed eagerness. He had a good rapore with his guests. I’m kind of surprised at all the negativeish reviews.

sunnydayz @ 03/03/2009 at 4:45 pm

Much of the show was just stupid, adolescent stuff, like that “game” licking things…. and the amateurishness of the DeNiro skit made me cringe. If I wanted to watch childish TV, I’d watch reality TV. I can forgive some fluffed lines, etc, but not an entertainment show aimed at 11 year olds. The only saving grace is Jimmy’s band… wow… give them their own show.

I smell an NBC pink slip for him. His one-liners don’t work in this format.
He’s not original for god’s sake. We continue to reward mediocrity in this type of business. Go back to SNL.

lakers fan in boston @ 03/03/2009 at 7:27 pm

i didnt watch it
but that justin timberlake part was funny, loved how he tried 2 impersonate john mayer

He was stuttering and saying “uhh” a lot. It was obvious he was very nervous. The only reason I watched was for Justin Timberlake.

Always loved him!!!!!!!!!
best in Taxi! super funny!!
i thnk he is a good host so farrr
keep it going

I loved it ! He seemed awkward and a tad uncomfortable, but I found it to be hysterical, I think he did a great job for a virgin. I’ll definitely watch again.

Megan fox rocks @ 03/03/2009 at 10:13 pm

he suck big time , trying to hard to be funny

His monologue sucked and it went downhill from there. He’s not delivering the jokes, he’s just saying them. He’s too nervous to have any confidence. He needs to try and relax and just go for it. He’s trying too hard to make people laugh, but that has the opposite affect. The DeNiro interview was possibly the worst interview I’ve ever seen. He had no idea how to talk to him and it was just painful. Granted, it was his first night and he’ll probably improve in time, but I have zero interest in watching again until he does.

I am relieved and proud to say I went to sleep and missed the whole mediocre thing.

I am shocked that it was formulaic and redundant. Just shocked.

Timberlake saved the show…or atleast made me not want to fast forward my DVR so much. I’m hoping he’ll get better…afterall…watch Seinfled’s first SEASON- timing was WAY off- now it’s A1 classic TV!

Jimmy did amazing!! He is soo funny and cute.

hiro_protagonist @ 03/05/2009 at 1:23 am

i love jimmy! his material was both smart and hilarious. i almost shot my beverage through my nose a couple times i was laughing so hard.
oops wrong jimmy. i thought we were talking about kimmel.

as far fallon’s show, well, saying it was painful to watch would be a huge understatement. the whole thing seemed really awkward.

whatthehell @ 03/05/2009 at 5:11 am

he sucked man, he just sucked! i’m gonna miss conan days!

So I dont think Ive ever heard him talk for a period of time, and I noticed he talks kinda funny!!….is that real or is he beng funnny??

Jimmy was ok. A little too talkative, boring, and jumpy. He also was too obvious that he was reading a teleprompter. And i HATED the lick or tell sketch. I was trying to had 2 be SNL and it was boring, lame, and easy.

Fallon doesn’t have a funny bone in his body. It is painful to watch and listen to him. He is a lousy talk host, too, cutting off the guests and interrupting them with inanity. I can’t imagine how a waste of human flesh like Jimmy Fallon got this gig.

I can’t justify staying up late anymore. It’s not worth it by a long shot.

With all the talent in America that could have come in and make the show as good as Conan’s or better, why Fallon? It’s an insult to the audience.


Victoria Fuller @ 03/25/2009 at 12:54 am

Jimmy Fallon sucks. He is not Funny and does not have the Charisma to be a good host. He has no confidence and can’t tell Jokes; they fall flat. I hope that they replace him soon.

Victoria Fuller @ 03/25/2009 at 12:54 am

Jimmy Fallon sucks. He is not Funny and does not have the Charisma to be a good host. He has no confidence and can’t tell Jokes; they fall flat. I hope that they replace him soon.

It seems that he is trying to hard with the jokes.
It looks like he is trying to be just like Conan O’brien.
And occasionally mixing in snl type comedy.
I like him in snl better.

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