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Watch Stephen Colbert (and Taylor Hicks!) Sing 'Friday' With Jimmy Fallon (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 2nd 2011 10:00AM
Stephen Colbert and Taylor Hicks sing 'Friday' on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'
Last night, Stephen Colbert made good on his promise to cover Rebecca Black's YouTube sensation (some would call it an earworm) 'Friday' on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.' And it was epic.

Just a bit of the funny backstory: earlier this week, Colbert claimed that his "best friend for six months," Fallon, was going to match a $26,000 donation to DonorsChoose.org. Fallon said he promised no such thing, but in the spirit of saying your BFFSM will do something without consulting him first, he promised that Colbert would sing 'Friday' with the Roots if his audience could raise the $26,000 by Friday.

Well, they more than doubled that amount, and NBC Universal kicked in another 26 grand; more than $80,000 in contributions were made to this site, where educators solicit donations for school supplies and projects.

Colbert decided to not only come out in a tuxedo, but to also sing give the song a mournful, soulful vibe that Miss Black could have never touched in a million years. The Roots backed Colbert with their expert mix of hip hop and rock. Then Fallon came out and sang in an overly-modulated Auto Tune manner reminiscent of T-Pain. Add Taylor Hicks bursting out of a weekly calendar and the Knicks City Dancers, and you had the makings of a late night classic.

Before the epic performance, new AOL/HuffPost boss Arianna Huffington spoke to the two BFFSMs:

Tell us: Whose version of 'Friday' do you like better?

'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' airs weeknights at 12:37AM ET on NBC.

'The Colbert Report' airs Mon.-Thurs. at 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central.

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Friday makes me laugh,. What a performance and bringing in a sliding Taylor Hicks is genius. They all worked so well together. Love it. Fun, fun, fun!

May 28 2011 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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