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Old 06-07-2017, 07:34 AM   #16
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well, I am willing to agree that Jimmy IS better than A Carson - Ronnie Carson; he's a kid I knew back in fifth grade that used to eat paste.
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Jimmy Fallon finds himself flirting with a fate that not long ago would have seemed unthinkable: third place

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I completely disagree. Jay Leno was better than Johnny Carson but Jimmy Fallon's just an annoying idiot. And that's all I've got to say about that.

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Whatever. You like what you like and I'll like what I like. And either Fallon's announcer guy is dumb or a big fat suck up and just doesn't want to lose his job.

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On Wednesday night, in response to President Donald Trumpís threats to pull NBC and other networksí broadcast licenses for negative coverage that he deems ďfake news,Ē Jimmy Kimmel said that the time to pull those licenses is ďNever. Because thatís what dictators do.Ē On The Tonight Show, which airs on NBC, Jimmy Fallon sidestepped the terrifying issue of a President trying to silence the free press and instead cracked a joke about people being upset over the loss of This Is Us if NBC lost its license.

Chaotic times like these often call for voices that speak with passion, clarity, and authority ó even in comedy. Jimmy Fallon canít deliver that kind of product and it might be hurting his showís ratings. Once the late-night king, Fallon is in danger of falling to third place in total viewers (he still holds the lead in viewers under 50, though thatís slipping as well) behind Stephen Colbert (who seized first place earlier this year) and Kimmel.

Itís hard to consider Fallon a mere victim of changing cultural tides, though. Nobody put his hand on Donald Trumpís head and told him to tousle the polarizing future Presidentís hair in an epic misread of the cultural ďroom.Ē But while that moment made it hard to take any of his efforts to mock the Trump presidency seriously, itís not the only reason that his show is falling in the ratings race and out of relevancy.

Even if Fallon hadnít legitimized Trumpís effort to try and seem human, his natural comedic tendency toward silliness and half-hearted monologue jabs would have made it hard for him to take on the Trump presidency with the vigor that his competitors have brought to the task. Itís not that Fallon is waving pom-poms when Trump plays the part of the bully, punches down, or threatens free speech. He came out swinging in response to what may be Trumpís most troubling moment (the divisive and despairing ďmany sidesĒ response to Charlottesville), but he knows heís not Seth Meyers or Stephen Colbert. Jimmy Fallonís brand is fun and games, and in a way, thatís fine. Late night shows are formulaic enough. Not everyone likes to feel as though the nightly news is bleeding into their late-night comedy and not everybody likes goofiness when it seems like the world is melting.

Where Fallon is at a disadvantage, however, is that while many people still enjoy his show (on TV and via YouTube clips), the buzz in the zeitgeist now seems to be with those shows that traffic in substance. Or the shows that manage to do fun bits that feel unique, like Conan OíBrienís field-skewering car ride/kidnapping with Tom Cruise or Larry David basically doing a Curb Your Enthusiasm short in Meyersí writerís room. Thatís what sites are looking to highlight the next morning and what people are talking about on social media. And that might be a bigger problem for Fallon than the crystallized image of him humanizing Donald Trump, because when was the last time one of his segments or games felt fresh or got the internetís full attention?

That kind of attention used to be a constant for Fallon, who established himself using those common party games and goofy premises to focus on celebrity antics when he took over Late Night from Conan and then when he replaced Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show. I donít want to take away from how important this was. Fallon was partly responsible for keeping late night relevant by connecting with a younger audience through YouTube clips (where heís still king, though Kimmel has pulled in more new subscribers over the last three months) and Twitter hashtags. Like David Letterman in the í80s when he stood in contrast to Johnny Carsonís buttoned-up late-night style, Fallon was there for an audience that maybe felt as though they werenít represented by the old guard of Leno and, well, Letterman in the 2010s.


Most late-night hosts outlast their original shtick. By the end of his legendary run, Letterman had morphed into a wizened crank after spending decades as the smart-assed ringleader of a weird circus. Jon Stewart went from being a comedian on an actual fake news show to ďAmericaís most trusted news anchor.Ē Maybe itís time for Fallon to shake things up and embrace the creativity that helped establish him as a vibrant populist force in late night, setting aside Thank You Notes, Password, and other such things that have gotten a little bit stale. The challenge of reinvention might do him some good. Look at Conanís second act on TBS where he more fully embraced remotes and splashy travel episodes, eschewing most of the beloved bits from his NBC days after laying down a self-imposed block on carrying them over.

Resisting the call to evolve and challenge himself is, of course, an option as well. Even though he seems to be trending in the wrong direction (or, at least, standing still), Fallon is still doing comparatively well and these things can come back around. Maybe at some point, Colbert and Kimmelís viewers will start to crave the distinctly different brand of late night fun that Fallon offers. But itís a gamble that could maroon Fallon on a path toward an uninspiring and creatively bare future where people watch the show out of habit more than excitement. And if that happens, thatíll be how Jimmy Fallon becomes Jay Leno, a late night host who stubbornly refused to change with the times or stray from the formula that had made him the technical king of late night even though he lost the critics and the zeitgeist a long time ago.

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