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Screw it. I'll give Jimmy Fallon the benefit of the doubt - VIDEO

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 10th 2008 7:03PM
jimmy fallonEver since Jimmy Fallon was named Conan O'Brien's successor in a surprise move by NBC, the SNL alum has faced a ton of criticism. Just about everything I've heard has been along the lines of, "WTF, NBC?" and Jimmy Fallon sucks." It's easy to knock Jimmy Fallon. He's twitchy, he couldn't keep a straight face during an SNL skit to save his life, and his big post-SNL career move? Freakin' Taxi.

Yes, there's a lot of ways to make fun of Jimmy Fallon, and as he proves in his second webisode, he hears you loud and clear. He knows you think he's a douchebag who doesn't deserve the job, but that's not going to stop him from trying to leave his mark on late night. So maybe it's just the part of me that cringes at schoolyard bullying, but whatever. I'm going to give Jimmy Fallon the benefit of the doubt.

In watching his webisodes, I can't help but cringe at his dingy t-shirt and the way his neediness comes through my computer screen and whimpers into my ear. But you know what? I've always loved an underdog. Because that's what Fallon is. Few people outside of his immediate family expect him to be a success--but I think they're underestimating him.

Watch him for thirty seconds and it's clear that Fallon wants this so badly. It's obvious that he's put a lot of thought into the look and feel of his show, that he wants it to be different from the other late night chat fests. Fallon is also putting himself out there as much as possible, as if to say, "come on guys. If you give me a chance, you'll see that I'm not all that bad." His strategy seems to be that if you feel like you have access to him and the show, you're more likely to feel involved and give it a fair shake.

Why else would he join every social networking site known to man? Look, I don't know if this is going to work. All of the Facebook fan pages in the world may not be enough to make Fallon a success--especially when he's up against Craig Ferguson, who is steadily gaining viewers and doesn't have as much stacked against him. All I'm saying is I'm going to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. I'm following him on Twitter and I'll be tuning in to his show when it premieres, and if it's the funniest thing ever? I'm going to look like a frickin' genius.

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I really didn't know that everyone did love him. Everyone of my peers 25-30 are crazy excited.

For those who doubt him look how much work he is doing before the set is even built. It is incredible. He may be needy, but I see that as a positive thing right now. You can bet he is reading comments on blogs like this and will take the constructive criticism to heart and try to work on it.

I know the majority of the people in my hospital are gunna be tuning in. I really think its this demographic that is gunna make this show.

December 11 2008 at 12:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to j0phus's comment

* didn't know everyone didn't love him.

December 11 2008 at 12:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He mentioned having a laptop on his desk and doing Skype calls. Sounds to me like he's taking a lot of ideas from Tom Green's internet talk show "Tom Green's House Tonight" and bringing them to network tv.

I must admit, bringing the social internet into network talk shows is a brilliant selling point for this show and definitely interests me a lot more than Jimmy Fallon's personality currently. But if he ends up sucking as a host, no amount of show design will be enough to save him unless NBC gives him a lot of time to warm up.

December 10 2008 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

Eh. Tonight was certainly better than yesterday, as he actually tried that newfangled concept called "comedy" (and wasn't half bad). I almost felt sorry for him, too. I hope he isn't a complete failure (which is more than I hoped for yesterday, so he's improving!)

December 10 2008 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joey Geraci

I just watched his press conference and Conan clip, and he's not horrible. Apparently doesn't know how to pick a movie role to save his life, but funny.

December 10 2008 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"I'll be tuning in to his show when it premieres, and if it's the funniest thing ever? I'm going to look like a frickin' genius."

And if it's not, he'll fit right in with the other 5.

December 10 2008 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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