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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 12
    More: Amusing, Lester Holt, Chief Olympic, sketch comedy, NBC Nightly News  
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2014-02-20 11:16:46 AM  
3 votes:
Or the 70's
/'79
//Old School Rap FTW
2014-02-20 10:55:12 AM  
3 votes:
And this is why Fallon will be sitting in that chair for 20 years.
2014-02-20 12:15:28 PM  
2 votes:

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 11:39:54 AM  
2 votes:

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.
2014-02-20 04:03:51 PM  
1 votes:

SafetyThird: 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.


Abso-farkin-lutely. Letterman has no equal, past or present. And before the amateur talk show historians try to deny that, think about how he handled these major events: not getting the Tonight show, the first live show post 9/11, his heart surgery, and most incredibly, his intern scandal. The scandal alone would have crippled the career anyone from Jack Parr to Steve Allen to Leno (Carson possibly being the only exception). Letterman not only survived it, but he made it funny as hell while being contrite taking full responsibility, AND simultaneously nullified the blackmail attempt. No one but Dave could have pulled that off.

But that said, Fallon is a huge improvement over Leno in every possibly way.
2014-02-20 12:41:26 PM  
1 votes:
Fallons show is great, but his opening monologues are atrocious. Some guys just aren't meant for standup.
2014-02-20 11:29:20 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:08:02 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:58:49 AM  
1 votes:
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 10:58:14 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:51:52 AM  
1 votes:
The inset with Williams drinking his coffee while Lester carried the load was brilliant.
2014-02-20 10:49:34 AM  
1 votes:

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!
 
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