“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.