Fallon Fails

Well Jimmy Fallon has finally arrived to Late Night. I miss Conan O'Brien. I never watched his show so that should give you an idea of how bad Fallon was on his first time out. Granted, it is his first show. He has been his a website to gear up for this night for months though. I know it will take some time for him to relax and settle into doing the show but I think tonight showed why many were concerned about NBC choosing an unproven talk show host.

Despite his months of practice, he still looked nervous and his eyes locked onto the cue cards more frequently than at us. He did an ultra-ordinary monologue. You'd think he'd have had some kick ass stuff to start out with. One thing I will say is that you cannot say he wasn't energetic - unfortunately it might have been too much. Hopefully, he will learn to relax as he gets more shows under his belt.

There were a lot of problems with this first show. First, I don't think choosing Robert De Niro as the first guest was such a bright idea. De Niro is well known for being a tough interview - as he is a man of few words. In fact, Fallon attempted - miserably - to play off this notion by asking questions with one-word answers. Way too scripted - and if it wasn't, ouch. He tried audience participation with a segment called "Lick it for Ten" - he clearly didn't have a good rapport with the audience members participating.

The good news? They picked a great house band for the show - a band called The Roots.

In the end - Fallon's days could be numbered. Somewhere Carson Daly is laughing hysterically.

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