Fallon manages to get celebrities to perform some seriously silly antics on his show. He's done a duet with Bruce Springsteen, performed numerous lip-synch battles with Paul Rudd, and of course, Barack Obama slow-jamming the news with the Roots was an all-time great moment. Fans think the sketch comedy ethos he's brought to the "Tonight Show" is entertaining and original.
But writer Tim McCloskey disagrees, and has no idea why anyone finds Jimmy Fallon funny. He abhorred the comedian back during his "Saturday Night Live" days, when he famously could not keep a straight face during sketches, and thinks Fallon now resorts to scripted bits because he has no idea how to do an interview:
Fallon has so few ideas on what to ask his guests (even in the most puffy puff-piece interviews) that he resorts to playing parlor games like Beer Pong, Flip Cup and Air Hockey with them.
At Paste magazine, Bonnie Stiernberg argues Fallon is loved precisely because he lacks the anger and edge of many of his contemporaries:
Fallon’s killing it. He’s bringing in the ratings NBC had hoped for because he’s safe enough to appeal to the older Tonight Show audience but savvy enough to draw in younger viewers with Twitter-based bits, hip musical guests and healthy doses of well-placed ‘90s nostalgia....Sure, he asks softball questions. But hard-hitting journalism isn’t necessarily what America looks for in a late-night talk show. We want someone who will make us chuckle as we nod off to sleep, someone we can let into our homes every night, someone who will play beer-pong and charades with celebrities.
Fallon's hair-ruffling moment with then-candidate Donald Trump didn't go over well with many, who thought he should have asked the nominee some pointed questions, but instead played cute games. For Fallon's detractors, this interview was typical of how he sidesteps any controversy or issues and always chooses to play it safe.
People adore the Roots almost universally... the same cannot be said for their boss.
the only good thing about jimmy fallon is the roots being the band on the show, other than that he sucks