This week, EMPT interviewedÂ SNL starÂ Jimmy Fallon in preparation for his new talk show â€œLate Night with Jimmy Fallon,â€ slated to debut on March 2nd from 12:30-1:30 AM. Whatâ€™s more exciting is that the show will play host to Fallonâ€™s new house band:Â The Roots.
Though Fallon is not a direct â€˜replacementâ€™ forÂ Conan Oâ€™Brien (who took over Jay Lenoâ€™s seat on The Tonight Show) thereâ€™s been quite a stir over the fact that Fallon bumped him into the 11:30 time-slot thus alienating loyal fans.
Nevertheless, these past few months leading up to his debut, Fallon has successfully produced and hosted a video blog (aka: â€œv-logâ€ â€¦sounds dirty, no?) that runs nightly onÂ NBC.com at 12:30 am. In our interview he said the v-log has been a great tool for him because heâ€™s been able toÂ â€œTry out skits and ideas on the website first and then use that information to appeal more to what the fans want.â€
Ironically, this isnâ€™t the first time Fallonâ€™s stepped into the strange world of â€˜vlogging.â€™ Do any of you guys remember the SNL skit â€œJarrettâ€™s Roomâ€ where Jimmy played â€œJarrettâ€“the college bloggerâ€ ? Well, it seems like his â€˜vlog-lifeâ€™ has manifested itself in a whole new lightâ€¦
â€œFallon as the host of Jarrettâ€™s Roomâ€
Hereâ€™s a brief recap of our interview. It isnâ€™t word for wordâ€¦ but just go with itâ€¦
Jimmy on The Roots:
Q: How did you choose The Roots as your house band? Did you have to convince them to join you?
A: Honestly, I was in the car with a buddy of mine right around the time when we were starting to come up with a gameplan for the show. We were talking about how much we loved The Rootsâ€“ in fact, I think they were on in the background? Joking around I goâ€“ â€œGod- how cool would it be if I could get them to be my house band ?â€ And then I kinda got hung up on it. Iâ€™ve always been a big fan of them. The thing about The Roots isâ€“ theyâ€™re so diverse and talented. On any given day you can see them playing one night with Tony Bennett and then the next with Jay-Z. They are true musicians. Plusâ€“ theyâ€™ve been playing together for so long so itâ€™s not like I would just be hiring some session folks to come in and try to get along with each other every night. These guys know each otherâ€¦ in factâ€“ they know EVERYONE! Plus- they live in Philly and its like 2 hours via Acela so that makes it easier for them.
So, even though I figured it would never happen, I took a chance and put in a call to their manager. A month or so went by and no word. Then one day I get a random call from ?uestâ€™s manager. I figure he was calling to thank us for the offerâ€¦ but no thanks.
Instead, he goes â€œHey Jimmyâ€“ I have ?uest on the other lineâ€¦ about that show of yoursâ€“ he just has one question.â€ Obviously I thought he was going to ask â€œhow much you payin me?â€ but instead, he goes â€œWellâ€“ if I have some friends in town, likeâ€“ if Herbie wants to come on stage with me or somethinâ€“ can they come on?â€
And my jaw dropped. That was kind of how it went down..
Jimmy on Van Morrison:
Q: So we hear that Van Morrison is your first musical guest. Tell us a little more about thatâ€¦
A: Van Morrison is a classic but itâ€™s going to be interesting because our lineup is so diverse. We have Van one week and then Santogold the next. And whatâ€™s cool about the way weâ€™re setting it up is that our audience can actually get tickets to come and watch just the music performance. So say youâ€™re a huge Santogold fan, you can get special tickets for these rafters behind the stage where you can squish in and watch the artist perform. I am just trying to decide if I think itâ€™s appropriate for Van Morrison to have like 200 screaming young fans behind himâ€“ what do you think?
Q: Wellâ€“ i think heâ€™s such a well respected artist & his music translates to all different generations. I think kids in raftors would be cool! It kind of give him that x-factor, donâ€™t you think?
A: I guess soâ€“ I am still deciding what to do. Weâ€™ll figure it outâ€¦
Jimmy on The Queen Of England:
Q: What guest would you love to interview?
A: Hmmmâ€¦. Iâ€™d really love to â€œSkype [with] the Queen of Englandâ€ I think thatâ€™s when Iâ€™ll know Iâ€™ve made it.
Jimmy on Getting Advice:
Q: Has anyone given you any good advice about your next step into the world as a talk-show host.
A: Wellâ€“ actually,Â Stephen Colbert said something really cool to me that was apparently passed down to him from Conanâ€¦ which he got from Carson. He said â€œWith this show, youâ€™ll use everything you know.â€ I thought that was really cool.
Jimmy on iPods:
Q: So, what songs do you have in rotation on your iPod right now?
A: Uhhhâ€¦.Youâ€™re never going to believe this but I havenâ€™t had my iPod in over THREE MONTHS! I lost it the last time I was in LA and I so havenâ€™t gotten it back or bought a new one. I am so bad at keeping track of themâ€¦ i lose them all the time & then you have to fill them up again with new songs, etc. Itâ€™s a mess.
Q: Okay, so what were you listening to right before you lost it?
A: Hmmâ€“ I love a lot of music which is one of the main reasons I am so excited about The Roots (like we talked about) but lets see? Hmmâ€“ the Ting Tings, Al Green, Mick Jagger, Ludacrisâ€“ I have a really diverse collection.