Monday, July 30, 2007

Jimmy Fallon isn't funny

I don't know if this is true or not, but it comes from Studio Briefing so I'm assuming that it's fairly accurate. Trade publication Broadcasting & Cable reported that NBC and Jimmy Fallon were in talks to have him fill the shoes of Conan O'Brien once the funniest man on television takes over for Jay Leno on the Tonight Show in 2009.

No announcement will be made until early 2008, but the publication quoted NBC late-night chief Rick Ludwin: "I think he'd be terrific, and he is at the top of our short list." Fallon hasn't interviewed for the job, Ludwin said, "We know him from SNL and saw what he can do on-camera and off-camera, and I think he'd be terrific."

Yes, SNL. That's "Saturday Night Live." If anyone recalls, Fallon was a part of the group that has been unfunny for the last seven or so years. His only successful skit was the Weekly Update, where he spent most of the time laughing at Tina Fey's jokes, or his own. There is rarely a skit where he wasn't cracking up at himself; unfortunately, most of his skits weren't funny.

And, if anyone has paid attention, his movies have been downright stinkers. Fever Pitch was God-awful, and Taxi was one of the worst movies of the year. Shouldn't the host of Late Night have some sense of comedy?

Basically, Jimmy Fallon isn't funny, and I'm not laughing at the news that he may take over Conan O'Brien's spot. Those are huge shoes to fill anyway - and Fallon is just an ant.

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