Best late-night TV show band: The Roots or Stay Human? | The Tylt
Best late-night TV show band: The Roots or Stay Human?
The Roots changed the whole idea of what a late-night TV band could be. They are essential to the sketches, comedy, and success of "The Tonight Show." Some would even argue they are funnier than Fallon.
Before Jimmy Fallon became the world’s most plugged-in talk show host, a house band on late-night TV wasn’t expected to be anything other than mildly entertaining for an hour each night. Of course, that changed when “The Tonight Show” tapped hip-hop legends The Roots to play alongside Fallon five nights a week, making David Letterman‘s main music man Paul Schaffer look like, well, Facebook in a world of Instagram and Snapchat.
I don't think the Tonight Show is aware of how lucky it is to have The Roots every night. They are the best part of the show
Although he and his band were not household names like the Roots, Jon Batiste has been called "the country’s most visible preservationist and celebrator of jazz." After all, he's Juilliard-trained jazz musician whose instrument of choice is the melodica. Batiste and Stay Human bring a quirky, surrealist and hippie sensibility that balances Colbert's brainy weirdness perfectly.
Stephen Colbert and Jon Batiste and Stay Human are the BEST late night talk show host and band! They're helping me maintain my sanity and sense of humor during these alternative times! Thank you!
On November 22, 2011, US Congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was a guest on Late Night. For her entrance, the Roots controversially played a snippet from Fishbone's 1985 song, "Lying Ass Bitch," resulting in apologies from Fallon, Questlove, and NBC. The incident nearly resulted in the Roots being dismissed from the show, but the timing of the Thanksgiving holiday and a national security gaffe by Bachmann shortly after helped defuse the situation in the media. As a result of the incident, NBC approves all walk on songs prior to filming each show.