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Jimmy Fallon takes on Vulcan gangsta rap

by Brad Trechak, posted May 21st 2009 7:01PM
Admittedly, I haven't been watching Jimmy Fallon's new late night talk show. I found this video segment from the show online and couldn't resist sharing. Fallon seems to be giving out a hipster geek vibe with his character of TuSpock (a combination of Tupac Shakur and Mr. Spock from Star Trek). That sort of humor is usually reserved for Mr. Fallon's alma mater of Saturday Night Live.

The make-up was excellent. Fallon even has the same look and body type as the original Spock (and wouldn't that have been a surprise piece of casting for the recent movie). The appearance of the rapper Tariq from the group The Roots as Captain Kirk was a nice touch.

Hopefully this sort of intelligent, subversive humor will be the rule for Fallon and not the exception. If he keeps up with sketches like this one, I may have to catch his show sometime (at least on Hulu).

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Fallon's taped sketches are really the best part of the show. He doesn't know how to sell his monologue jokes or the little fake jokey parts after the monologue, such as the iPhone apps bit he did last night. My god, that went over like a thud. And he doesn't have smooth patter with his guests; he mainly just giggles and repeats what they say. You have to hope that the guest has enough charimsa and humor and is gabby enough to carry the interview. It's early days yet, though. Maybe it'll get better after a few months.

May 22 2009 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If that's considered "intelligent, subversive humor" then the bar has been lowered to the sub-basement.

What a waste of 3 minutes time that could've been spent doing something more entertaining like staring at a rock.

May 22 2009 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fallon is no Andy Samberg.

May 22 2009 at 7:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wouldn't TuSpock also be a reference to Tuvok, the Vulcan character on Voyager?

May 21 2009 at 8:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jds65's comment

Only if Fallon were going for a really inside Trek joke which I don't think is the case.
Also that bit was very unfunny.

May 22 2009 at 6:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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