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Jimmy Fallon Impersonates Neil Young Singing 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' On Letterman

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | September 28, 2012 | Comments ()


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Last night, Jimmy Fallon appeared on Letterman's show, and in the process, did an impersonation of Neil Young singing "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," which he did on his own show in full a while back (there's only a verse included in this clip from Dave's show). But more than the song, I just kind of appreciate the momentous collision of new and nostalgia: A guy I grew up idolizing chatting with the third guy to host "Late Night," and by my account, anyway, Fallon is the best thing going on late night right now, an infection, over-zealous, earnest little puppy who will lick your face until you completely give in. There could not be two more guys further on the opposite ends of the spectrum, Cranky vs. Exuberant, and yet they both epitomize all it is I love about late night.

Check the clip.


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  • ,

    He nails Jim Morrison. I was just showing that clip to a co-worker this week.

    It's been stuck in my head too ... "A READING RAINBOOOOOW"

  • ,

    "Fallon is the best thing going on late night right now, an infection"

    Harsh.

    IIIIIIIIII think I'll stay away from late night. I've already had herpes and testicular cancer, thankyouverymuch.

  • googergieger

    Someone doing this on late night t.v.="charming and genius."

    Someone doing this outside the street of that store you always go to="alright seriously dude, either get a real job or let me buy my novelty porn in peace."

    I guess perspective really is everything.

  • $27019454

    I'm a Craig Ferguson die-hard, and a Letterman fan 4evah, but I have to doff my cap (where the fuck did that even come from...?) to JF's impression of Neil. As a Neil-shipper, I appreciate that his um uniqueness can be a point of humor (I'm looking at you with the big side-eye Mrs. Julien), but anything that keeps him on the current radar is fine by me. Right Paddydog? Yes. I am.

  • Mrs. Julien

    //arms crossed, chin held high//

  • wsapnin

    My favorite of Fallon's songs is his christmas song with John Rich. It has become a family classic. Even my kids sing it. http://www.latenightwithjimmyf... But his History of Rap with Justin Timberlake is genious.

  • Neil Fan

    He only sounds like Neil Young to people who don't listen to a lot of Neil Young. And so what if he has good comedic bits, his interviews are horrible.

  • Ghisent

    Gosh, you're fun.

  • Strand

    Couldn't stand him at first, but he keeps trying and I realised I can't judge a man's talent for hosting a talkshow by how many women want to fuck him. That said, I know plenty of young, nubile women who'll be all over Letterman. Leno? Zee-ro.

  • Not taking anything away from Fallon (though his interviewing skills're weak), but my vote goes to Craig Ferguson. He's crafted a fresh and original take
    on late night television -- a mix of homage, deconstruction, and
    outright letting his freak flag fly, that entertains and impresses night
    after night.

  • Anne At Large

    All the upvotes. Also, he has puppets.

  • anikitty

    and robots

  • Vi

    and Kristen Bell

  • TK

    Fuck Jimmy Fallon. Fuck him all over, and everywhere, and in all the in-between places as well. Little fucking shit. You think you're oh so adorable and plucky? Do you? Dickhead? Huh? Let me ask you something, Fallon... DO YOU THINK YOUR ADAPTATION OF FEVER PITCH IS SOMETHING I CAN JUST FORGIVE? DO YOU?

    Asshole.

  • Yeah, if Fallon showed up on my doorstep, abandoned by his owners, dressed up as Neil Young and sang this tune to me, I'd allow him to lick my face in a nano-second.
    If he could do it as Will Smith's I Am Legend dog doing an impression of that retriever from Homeward Bound I'd probably let him stay in the spare room too.

  • Snath

    I think the turnaround on Fallon has been kind of epic. WE ALL HATED HIM for so long, but, goddammit, he just keeps plugging away and suddenly he's not so bad. He keeps plugging away some more and it's funny, then he's good, then he's great.

    What the hell, Fallon. Keep up the good work.

  • Arran

    I think the nicest thing is that once he found his feet on his show, he's really been trying to do his own take on things rather than just trying to ape someone else. The early shows were pretty awkward (and people who wrote him off at that point had probably forgotten that Conan started awkwardly as well), but he found his groove pretty quickly and it's become a great showcase for the particular talents of both him and The Roots.

    And the fact that he just seems so perpetually delighted to have the job is really quite endearing.

  • wsapnin

    What's this WE shit? You got a turd in your pocket? (says my gradeschool self). I have always been a fan of Jimmy Fallon. I love his show and always enjoyed him on SNL. While he wasn't the greatest actor to come out of 30 Rock, he always made me giggle. And isn't that the point?

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