Opening week of Fallon's Tonight Show a resounding success

US chat show host Jimmy Fallon is having a good week.

Having taken over from long-time host Jay Leno, Fallon’s newTonight Show has gotten off an impressive, star-studded start.

The show kicked off with its new host at the helm on Wednesday night and a whole host of famous faces came out to help get the ball rolling.

Robert de Niro, Mariah Carey, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga and our very own U2 were all present and correct for the launch.

The Irish rockers performed their new single ‘Invisible’ atop the iconic Rockefller centre - with the Manhattan skyline providing an incredible backdrop to their performance.

Hollywood A-lister Will Smith also joined Fallon for the grand opening and, with the host, treated the audience to an enterprising and brilliantly choreographed performance explaining the evolution of hip-hop dancing.

Smith, of course, is no stranger to chatshow dance-offs after teaming up with old pal DJ Jazzy Jeff on The Graham Norton Show last year.

Tuesday night saw Fallon keep the momentum up with a pitch-perfect barbershop quartet re-imaging of R. Kelly’s 2003 single “Ignition”.

Fallon was joined by The Ragtime Girls quartet for the rendition which we have to say, we quite liked!

Perhaps the pièce de résistance of the week arrived when some unfortunate member of Fallon’s production team spent what must have been weeks pasting together this truly fantastic mash-up of NBC newsanchor Brian Williams quotes to re-create Sugarhill Gang’s iconic 1979 hit ‘Rapper’s Delight’.

As if that wasn’t enough, two final celebs teamed up to round out the week with a sketch poking fun at the lives of teenage girls, where everything is just a bit “ew”!

Fallon and Anchorman star Will Ferrel opened the sketch salivating over One Direction star Harry Styles, before pulling themselves together for the arrival of the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

From there, further hilarity ensues and we have to say Mrs Obama acquitted herself rather well.

On the evidence of this week, it appears The Tonight Show is in very capable hands.


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