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Posted on Sat. Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT


So far, Fallon isn’t making anybody miss Leno

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“The Tonight Show” airs way past my bedtime, but thanks to the magic of DVRs, now that new host Jimmy Fallon has had a few months under his belt, it’s time for a little criticism.

Actually, it is very little criticism. Jay Leno was a decent interviewer and stand-up comedian, but Fallon, in my opinion, is much more of an overall entertainer than Leno ever was. I can’t recall Mr. Leno ever doing a rousing dance number with the likes of Justin Timberlake or Kevin Bacon, who recently re-enacted scenes from that iconic ’80s movie “Footloose” — not to be confused with the Jennifer Beals movie “Flashdance.”

But I digress ...

For the most part, the new “Tonight Show” is a breath of fresh air. Occasionally, however, they break out a skit called “In Reply To,” where the host will read a response to a celebrity tweet and then read the (alleged) original question. Sample tweet: “8 in the morning and 10 at night.” Question: “How many people watch CNN?” (Cue the rim shot.)

I seem to remember another host with a cape and turban — and a lot more flair — doing a similar act decades ago. Remember? The questions were kept in hermetically sealed envelopes in a mayonnaise jar on Funk & Wagnalls’ front porch. Yes, the ghost of Johnny Carson’s Carnac the Magnificent lives on in Jimmy Fallon.

Do you remember any of these examples of Carnac’s legendary psychic ability?

•Three Dog Night: What’s a bad night for a tree?

•Hurry-Up: Name a drink made with 7-Up and prune juice.

•Catch-22: What will a New York Mets outfielder do with 100 pop flies? Disclaimer: That last one was from the early ’60s, when the Mets were just laughable losers, not the current team who ... uhh, never mind.

Mike Marin is a cranky curmudgeon who, when hes not yelling at kids to get off his lawn, likes to complain about the sad state of popular culture, especially as seen through a TV screen. His email address is This column is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of The News-Sentinel.

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