PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA, THE: PALEYFEST 2011: 28TH ANNUAL WILLIAM S. PALEY TELEVISION FESTIVAL: AN EVENING WITH JIMMY FALLON (LONG VERSION ANAMORPHIC)

Summary

One in a series of evenings and special screenings presented as part of The Paley Center for Media’s 28th William S. Paley Television Festival in Los Angeles. Held this year at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, the festival celebrates the excellence and diversity of American television and is dedicated to television’s creative community. This evening honors comedian Jimmy Fallon, host of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”

Host Betsy Scolnik (vice president, The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles) offers opening remarks and acknowledges William C. Paley and Albert Paley, son and grandson of the festival’s namesake, in the audience. Scolnik then brings moderator Chris Hardwick (comedian and TV host) to the stage. Hardwick sets up a brief clip package of “Late Night” highlights before introducing Fallon.

The two then address topics which include: how Fallon's celebrity impressions, performed at age 17, began his career in comedy; an early appearance at The Improv in Los Angeles in which he went onstage directly after Jerry Seinfeld; the audition process to become a "Saturday Night Live" regular; his six seasons on "Saturday Night Live" and decision to leave while “at peace” with the show; his interest in hosting a talk show after a career in movies “didn’t really work out”; SNL creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels’ suggestion that he take over the “Late Night” slot from Conan O’Brien; the large number of women on the "Late Night" writing staff; the usefulness of Twitter for gaining viewers' “instant feedback”; the relatively low budget for "Late Night"; an odd gift from O’Brien; the writing and scheduling process for the show; how he acquired his in-house band The Roots; Fallon's goal for “loose and fun” non-scripted interviews with guests; his nerve-wracking debut show featuring the non-chatty Robert DeNiro; advice from Stephen Colbert about hosting a talk show; and the process that led to his hosting of the 2010 Emmy Awards.

Questions from the audience then lead to a discussion of the following: Fallon's secret for getting guests to join him in potentially embarrassing "Late Night" games; his notoriety for laughing during “Saturday Night Live” sketches; the surprising viral success of various “Late Night” sketches; his friendly relationship with timeslot competitor Craig Ferguson; whether he wants to host “Saturday Night Live” in the future; and his “Thank You notes” Friday segment for "Late Night," composed of nonsensical letters written to culturally relevant figures.

Clips featuring Fallon's comedic bits are interspersed throughout the program, including: interviews with Zach Galifianakis, Benicio Del Toro, and Betty White; parodies of teen heartthrobs Robert Pattinson and Justin Bieber; a fake commercial for Charlie Sheen’s new fragrance, Winning For Men; a “Jersey Shore” parody entitled “Jersey Floor”; a “Real Housewives of New Jersey” parody entitled “Real Housewives of Late Night”; a Neil Young impression and duet with Bruce Springsteen of Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair”; a “Glee”-like sing-off pitting the "Late Night" crew against the cast of “Parks and Recreation” to Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”; and the 2010 Emmy Awards performance of Springsteen’s “Born to Run” featuring the cast of “Glee,” Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, and Joel McHale.

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  • DATE: March 11, 2011 7:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:52:38
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: 104750
  • GENRE: Seminars
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CREDITS

    • Betsy Scolnik … Host
    • Chris Hardwick … Moderator
    • Jimmy Fallon … Guest
    • Justin Bieber
    • Stephen Colbert
    • Benicio Del Toro
    • Robert DeNiro
    • Craig Ferguson
    • Tina Fey
    • Zach Galifianakis
    • Jon Hamm
    • Joel McHale
    • Lorne Michaels
    • Conan O'Brien
    • Albert Paley
    • William C. Paley
    • Robert Pattinson
    • The Roots
    • Jerry Seinfeld
    • Charlie Sheen
    • Willow Smith
    • Bruce Springsteen
    • Twisted Sister
    • Betty White
    • Neil Young