Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fallon Off to a Great Start

Steve Higgins and Jimmy Fallon on the set of the new
Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Photo: NBC

Last night Jimmy Fallon tried out his new digs at the newly built Tonight Show set located in Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center in New York and no doubt nailed his first performance. Always the professional and already well-known, Fallon began the show introducing the audience to who he is as well as the show’s band and announcer. He appeared genuinely humbled and perhaps even a bit nervous.

NBC’s Tonight Show has been on the air for almost 60 years and last night the show went through a number of transformations with new host Jimmy Fallon at the helm. First, last night’s show marked its return to New York after many years being broadcast from Burbank, CA. The show originally aired from New York from 1954-1957 where it made a brief stop in Chicago and was re-named Tonight! America After Dark! Then moved to Los Angeles before quickly coming back to New York, re-branded as the Tonight Show once again and stayed there until 1972.


U2 performing on top of Rockefeller Center
Second, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian Jimmy Fallon is the show’s 9th host. Steve Allen was the show’s original host from 1954-1957. Ernie Kovacs hosted during 1956-1957. Jack Lescoulie hosted the first half season of the newly branded Tonight! America After Dark! In 1957 while Al Collins hosted the second half. Jack Paar hosted the show from 1957 to 1962. Johnny Carson hosted the show the longest from 1962 to 1992. Jay Leno took over in 1992, stepped down in 2009 to make room for Conan O’Brien but came back in 2010. Fallon made a couple mentions about the O’Brien debacle including announcing that he would be the new host for the Tonight Show…for now.

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