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(YouTube)   With MC Pinkeye still recovering, Brian Williams and Lester Holt take on the duties of Chief Olympic rappers with a callback to the Eighties and "Rappers' Delight"   (youtube.com) divider line 62
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2014-02-20 10:42:00 AM  
This is the best thing I've seen in months.
 
2014-02-20 10:42:14 AM  
Brilliant.
 
2014-02-20 10:45:46 AM  
 
2014-02-20 10:46:32 AM  
This was really slick. +1 to Jimmy Fallon!

But I have to wonder, just how did they find all the video samples? A comprehensive transcript of all newscasts?
 
2014-02-20 10:49:34 AM  

dj_spanmaster: This was really slick. +1 to Jimmy Fallon!

But I have to wonder, just how did they find all the video samples? A comprehensive transcript of all newscasts?


Yup. You get those, do a little ctrl+f, you're good to go. After that its just legwork.

I laughed quite hard. The "Say what?" was LULZ-y!
 
2014-02-20 10:50:11 AM  
old idea, good execution.
 
2014-02-20 10:50:14 AM  
How much time did this take?  Incredible.
 
2014-02-20 10:51:52 AM  
The inset with Williams drinking his coffee while Lester carried the load was brilliant.
 
2014-02-20 10:52:23 AM  
Outfarkingstanding.
 
2014-02-20 10:53:25 AM  

Langston: This is the best thing I've seen in months.


I agree - I loved this!
 
2014-02-20 10:55:12 AM  
And this is why Fallon will be sitting in that chair for 20 years.
 
2014-02-20 10:58:14 AM  

styckx: And this is why Fallon will be sitting in that chair for 20 years.


Gotta agree. I found his character-breaking tittering on SNL to be kinda annoying, but I've been impressed with his show. I didn't give him any credit and he's proved me wrong.
 
2014-02-20 10:58:49 AM  
And herein lies the difference.  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?
 
2014-02-20 11:00:18 AM  

LessO2: And herein lies the difference.  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?


With two videos

He also did Hashtag2 last night
 
2014-02-20 11:01:16 AM  

LessO2: And herein lies the difference.  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?


Both mornings after his "final" shows?
 
2014-02-20 11:08:02 AM  

dj_spanmaster: This was really slick. +1 to Jimmy Fallon!

But I have to wonder, just how did they find all the video samples? A comprehensive transcript of all newscasts?


There's a company called SnapStream that has a massive cluster of DVRs that record basically everything broadcast on TV and archive it on hard drives, with the closed captioning data put into a searchable database.

cdn.arstechnica.net

The producers of the show just type in the words they are looking for and a list of showsis displayed, and then they just set the in and out points for the clip and download it from SnapStream.

Here's a pretty in-depth article about how the system works.
 
2014-02-20 11:08:34 AM  
 
2014-02-20 11:11:21 AM  

Mad_Radhu: dj_spanmaster: This was really slick. +1 to Jimmy Fallon!

But I have to wonder, just how did they find all the video samples? A comprehensive transcript of all newscasts?

There's a company called SnapStream that has a massive cluster of DVRs that record basically everything broadcast on TV and archive it on hard drives, with the closed captioning data put into a searchable database.

[cdn.arstechnica.net image 640x515]

The producers of the show just type in the words they are looking for and a list of showsis displayed, and then they just set the in and out points for the clip and download it from SnapStream.

Here's a pretty in-depth article about how the system works.


So basically there is a tool to pull the clips but still requires a lot of work in the editing booth to make it all work right.
 
2014-02-20 11:11:42 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: He's done this before and each time has been awesome. Good luck to Fallon.

Brian Willaims sings part of "G-Thang".

Brian Williams sings part of "Straight out of Compton".

Brian Williams sings part of "Good Vibrations".



I liked Regulate.
 
2014-02-20 11:13:41 AM  

jdjoker: LessO2: And herein lies the difference.  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?

Both mornings after his "final" shows?


Yeah, so it takes Leno signing off for good after 22 years to make it, and Fallon does it on night number three with a 90-second bit.
 
2014-02-20 11:14:08 AM  

Mad_Radhu: dj_spanmaster: This was really slick. +1 to Jimmy Fallon!

But I have to wonder, just how did they find all the video samples? A comprehensive transcript of all newscasts?

There's a company called SnapStream that has a massive cluster of DVRs that record basically everything broadcast on TV and archive it on hard drives, with the closed captioning data put into a searchable database.

[cdn.arstechnica.net image 640x515]

The producers of the show just type in the words they are looking for and a list of showsis displayed, and then they just set the in and out points for the clip and download it from SnapStream.

Here's a pretty in-depth article about how the system works.


30 TB of storage seems insufficient for the task, but they probably get to skip the commercials.
 
2014-02-20 11:16:46 AM  
Or the 70's
/'79
//Old School Rap FTW
 
2014-02-20 11:21:17 AM  
Never saw this done before, so I was crying/laughing last night
 
JW
2014-02-20 11:21:17 AM  

LessO2: jdjoker: LessO2: And herein lies the difference.  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?

Both mornings after his "final" shows?

Yeah, so it takes Leno signing off for good after 22 years to make it, and Fallon does it on night number three with a 90-second bit.


To be fair, Facebook did not exist for 13 of those 22 years, Twitter for 15 of the 22 years, and neither of them have been all that big except for the past 5.  You're gonna hold it against Jay Leno that he did not trend on something that did not exist?
 
2014-02-20 11:22:20 AM  
I hate Brian Williams, but I loved this.
 
2014-02-20 11:22:34 AM  

dj_spanmaster: 30 TB of storage seems insufficient for the task, but they probably get to skip the commercials.


Yeah, that number seemed low. I'd think at least something in the PB range would be required to capture everything on TV in HD quality and archive it long term.
 
2014-02-20 11:23:04 AM  
And on what broadcast did Brian Williams say the word "boogie"?
 
2014-02-20 11:24:01 AM  

LessO2: Jim from Saint Paul: He's done this before and each time has been awesome. Good luck to Fallon.

Brian Willaims sings part of "G-Thang".

Brian Williams sings part of "Straight out of Compton".

Brian Williams sings part of "Good Vibrations".


I liked Regulate.


All of these are win.
 
2014-02-20 11:24:27 AM  
Brilliant bit/execution... but it was still probably pitched by a writer in a meeting and not by Fallon. (... and from 1979 as stated above.)

Am I the only one who finds him unfunny? I didn't think he was that great on SNL either. (I have the same thoughts on Will Ferrell.)
 
2014-02-20 11:25:13 AM  
Just found this on youtube.

Silent Library - Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.

Should be neat to watch on break...
 
2014-02-20 11:29:20 AM  

ERNesbitt: Brilliant bit/execution... but it was still probably pitched by a writer in a meeting and not by Fallon. (... and from 1979 as stated above.)

Am I the only one who finds him unfunny? I didn't think he was that great on SNL either. (I have the same thoughts on Will Ferrell.)


Highly doubt it.. Fallon completely `gets' what creates a buzz, he is completely in tune with online culture and on top of that he's a fantastic entertainer.

Take this for example from Night #2 - 

Fallon just `gets it' and always has if you ever watched his Late Show. His finger has been on the pulse of `what's cool' for years.
 
2014-02-20 11:33:14 AM  
How about Laurel & Hardy dancing to Santana ?

Sorry, its a facebook link/vid... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1311872815475
 
2014-02-20 11:34:20 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-20 11:38:52 AM  

JW: LessO2: jdjoker: LessO2: And herein lies the difference.  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?

Both mornings after his "final" shows?

Yeah, so it takes Leno signing off for good after 22 years to make it, and Fallon does it on night number three with a 90-second bit.

To be fair, Facebook did not exist for 13 of those 22 years, Twitter for 15 of the 22 years, and neither of them have been all that big except for the past 5.  You're gonna hold it against Jay Leno that he did not trend on something that did not exist?


Good point.

Still, take those five years and compare it with Fallon's third night.
 
2014-02-20 11:39:54 AM  

JW: LessO2: jdjoker: LessO2: And herein lies the difference.  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?

Both mornings after his "final" shows?

Yeah, so it takes Leno signing off for good after 22 years to make it, and Fallon does it on night number three with a 90-second bit.

To be fair, Facebook did not exist for 13 of those 22 years, Twitter for 15 of the 22 years, and neither of them have been all that big except for the past 5.  You're gonna hold it against Jay Leno that he did not trend on something that did not exist?


Leno also stole headlines from Fark shamelessly.
 
JW
2014-02-20 11:41:45 AM  

LessO2: JW: LessO2: jdjoker: LessO2: And herein lies the difference.  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?

Both mornings after his "final" shows?

Yeah, so it takes Leno signing off for good after 22 years to make it, and Fallon does it on night number three with a 90-second bit.

To be fair, Facebook did not exist for 13 of those 22 years, Twitter for 15 of the 22 years, and neither of them have been all that big except for the past 5.  You're gonna hold it against Jay Leno that he did not trend on something that did not exist?

Good point.

Still, take those five years and compare it with Fallon's third night.


Sure.  He wanted out in 2009 though, he was mostly done and past his time then.  Got it back because Conan wasn't bringing in ratings.    Hard to compare Leno's past 5 years to anything, it was the lowest point of his career and he'd lost whatever "it" factor he had.
 
2014-02-20 11:55:00 AM  

ERNesbitt: Brilliant bit/execution... but it was still probably pitched by a writer in a meeting and not by Fallon. (... and from 1979 as stated above.)


Even if he does that's how the pecking order works.  Everyone praises Steve jobs like he made the iPhone himself.  People at the top get all of the praise even though it's the people under them that do all the work.
 
2014-02-20 12:00:15 PM  

Banned on the Run: And on what broadcast did Brian Williams say the word "boogie"?


Brian actually says "booking" when talking about travel websites that were in the news. It's a stretch, but it's smooth enough that it sounds right.
 
2014-02-20 12:00:37 PM  
Before I clicked on this I thought it was going to be the two of them actually doing the rap themselves. Brian Williams has enough of a sense of humor that it's not out of the realm of possibility.
This was cool enough that I was not disappointed.
 
2014-02-20 12:15:28 PM  

JW: LessO2: jdjoker: LessO2: And herein lies the difference.  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?

Both mornings after his "final" shows?

Yeah, so it takes Leno signing off for good after 22 years to make it, and Fallon does it on night number three with a 90-second bit.

To be fair, Facebook did not exist for 13 of those 22 years, Twitter for 15 of the 22 years, and neither of them have been all that big except for the past 5.  You're gonna hold it against Jay Leno that he did not trend on something that did not exist?


Sadly, I'm old enough to remember when Johnny Carson still had the Tonight Show, and Leno was never as good as he was.

That said, Leno was never as good as this, either. This is the best thing I've seen in years, hands down. Fallon deserves the accolades for this because it's damned funny and plain awesome in a way that nothing Leno did ever was.
 
2014-02-20 12:16:38 PM  
Of all the videos linked here, I gotta say Rapper's Delight was the best.  Awesomely done, very funny.
 
2014-02-20 12:41:26 PM  
Fallons show is great, but his opening monologues are atrocious. Some guys just aren't meant for standup.
 
2014-02-20 12:57:24 PM  

styckx: ERNesbitt: Brilliant bit/execution... but it was still probably pitched by a writer in a meeting and not by Fallon. (... and from 1979 as stated above.)

Am I the only one who finds him unfunny? I didn't think he was that great on SNL either. (I have the same thoughts on Will Ferrell.)

Highly doubt it.. Fallon completely `gets' what creates a buzz, he is completely in tune with online culture and on top of that he's a fantastic entertainer.

Take this for example from Night #2 - 

Fallon just `gets it' and always has if you ever watched his Late Show. His finger has been on the pulse of `what's cool' for years.


*snert*

That was ...neat.
 
2014-02-20 12:57:38 PM  

dj_spanmaster: +1 to Jimmy Fallon!


styckx: And this is why Fallon will be sitting in that chair for 20 years.


LessO2:  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?
 Please stop giving credit to a talking face when the it's writers and artists out there that give the show, any show, its actual value.
 
2014-02-20 01:40:30 PM  
Well if THIS doesn't ensure that Jay Leno is never coming back, I don't know what will.
 
2014-02-20 01:43:22 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: dj_spanmaster: +1 to Jimmy Fallon!

styckx: And this is why Fallon will be sitting in that chair for 20 years.

LessO2:  When was the last time you ever saw Jay Leno trending on both Facebook and Twitter the morning after?
 Please stop giving credit to a talking face when the it's writers and artists out there that give the show, any show, its actual value.


The Writers Guild of America will not sleep with you.
 
2014-02-20 02:18:06 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Please stop giving credit to a talking face when the it's writers and artists out there that give the show, any show, its actual value.


You're not really winning points with anyone. I'm aware that Jimmy Fallon himself did not find the clips, edit them into the video, and play the bass and drums. But it's the Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show which created and hosted it. So, for your pedantic needs, I correct myself: "+1 to the Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show!"
 
2014-02-20 02:47:56 PM  

Langston: This is the best thing I've seen in months.


Yep, I think I've watched it 3 or 4 times today, re-shared it once, texted the link to a friend, and plan to show it to my wife when she gets home. THIS is the full extent of my social media life, I don't share stuff any more than this... This shiat was fun to watch, well put together, and funny as hell.
 
2014-02-20 02:59:27 PM  
The problem I've seen with both Fallon and Leno is that they won't STFU when interviewing people. They were always trying to interject something about themselves instead of letting the guest finish their stories.

Letterman is a better standup and better interviewer hands down.
 
2014-02-20 03:47:21 PM  

styckx: ERNesbitt: Brilliant bit/execution... but it was still probably pitched by a writer in a meeting and not by Fallon. (... and from 1979 as stated above.)

Am I the only one who finds him unfunny? I didn't think he was that great on SNL either. (I have the same thoughts on Will Ferrell.)

Highly doubt it.. Fallon completely `gets' what creates a buzz, he is completely in tune with online culture and on top of that he's a fantastic entertainer.

Take this for example from Night #2 - 

Fallon just `gets it' and always has if you ever watched his Late Show. His finger has been on the pulse of `what's cool' for years.


I just don't feel that being "in tune" with a culture of two minute YouTube clips and Buzzfeed headlines makes a great entertainer. I've caught his late show and been mostly unimpressed (more of a Craig Ferguson fan, I guess). Media has been degraded to sound bites and animated gifs with headlines like "Secrets to this Fukushima man's glowing complexion" and "19 unbelievable Ukrainian buildings"; I just don't see the entertainment in it. Not my cup of tea, I guess. But if other people like what he's doing... more power to him.
 
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