I’m sure I’ve mentioned, at least in passing, that The Tonight Show pretty much ceased to exist for me after Johnny Carson left the air. I don’t know; it’s not that I particularly idolized Johnny, or anything, but I did grow up with him, and I did feel like he somehow got shafted in the whole deal, which I thought was pretty sucky. Anyway, not only did I watch significantly less than I had before, but I never really even called the show by name anymore. It became “The Jay Leno Show”, or, for a very brief time, “Conan”, but it never really was “The Tonight Show” for me.
Now that Leno has moved on—seemingly for good this time—I still haven’t really watched the show too much, but I have to say that I’ve really liked what I’ve seen. Jimmy Fallon has brought with him a sense of humble jocularity that I haven’t seen in a really long time. I think that’s a good thing, and it’s possible he’s even brought a return of The Tonight Show.
And so, I’m a little bit disappointed that I did not see either of these following clips live, but they did pop up several times on my Facebook feed over the past week, and they made me smile, so I’m going to share them with you today. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.