Jimmy Fallon is a few months away from the biggest moment of his career when he takes over the “Tonight Show” from Jay Leno. Lesser performers might have pulled back a bit in preparation for the move. No one would be shocked if Jimmy rested his fastball until he then, but that’s not how Fallon operates. His show is a viral video machine, and last night he hit another one out of the park.
He had the perfect guest to help him comment on the Chris Christie “Bridgegate” scandal in Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen was on promoting his new studio album “High Hopes”. Fallon and Springsteen sported classic “Boss” attire in sleeveless denim, aviator glasses, and a red bandana holding back a mountain of curls. Their version of the Springsteen classic “Born to Run” captured the ridiculous nature of the George Washington Bridge closures.
Here’s the clip of Fallon and Springsteen from last night’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC.
Both of the Jimmy’s in late night, Fallon and Kimmel, have discovered the power of viral video segments. They craft their bits more for the web than for the actual audience, and created the success model for future late night shows. Fallon will take the mantle of the “Tonight Show” without the baggage Conan carried, and much of that is due to the countless viral videos the show has pumped out.