The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Summary

  • The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon is 1.5 hrs long
  • 5 Taping(s) per week
  • Opened February 14, 2014
  • Show Closes: Open ended
  • Late Night Talk/Variety Show
  • TV Broadcast

The Tonight Show is a late night TV talk show hosted Jimmy Fallon, comprised of celebrity interviews, SNL style skits, on-screen games, and musical guests.

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Broadcast Time

The show airs weeknights 11:35 PM - 12:35 AM EST on NBC and NBC Affiliates across the US.

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Host Profile

The host of the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon is well-liked by Saturday Night Live fans who enjoyed his work on that TV show as a member of the cast and co-anchor of "Weekend Update" with Tina Fey and who also loved him as the host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On SNL he also played memorable original characters like sarcastic "computer guy" Nick Burns and The Leather Man. Jimmy Fallon is also a musician, and he would often play parody versions of hit songs.

Jimmy Fallon was on the cast of SNL for 11 years from 1998 to 2009, whereupon he began his first dedicated TV show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Background

Fallon took over NBC's Late Night when its longtime host Conan O'Brien took over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno. Though O'Brien's tenure at The Tonight Show was famously short-lived, Jimmy Fallon thrived at Late Night, proving himself to be a genial, funny talk show host who was adept at putting together hilarious comedic bits.

The show is a fast paced fun-by-the-minute sprint before the credits roll. Some of the guests end up slowing down the show, which could equally exist without them. Before long, the TV audience would bore of that format, so the guest format maintains a balance in the show.

Alongside his announcer Steve Higgins, Jimmy Fallon creates a fun and comfortable environment for his guests while discussing current topics. He also invites them to play games and participate in comedic sketches such "Ewwww", "Pros and Cons" and "Lip Sync". Mr Fallon's other regular bits on the show include "Thank You Notes" and "Fake Hash Tags."

Since its humble beginning with Steve Allen in June 1954, The Tonight Show has seen over 14 hosts in over the 60 years of its history. The host's with the longest reigns have been Jack Paar (5 years), Johnny Carson (30 years) and Jay Leno (17 years). These hosts were all consecutive from 1957 to 2009 a feat that is unlikely to be duplicated in the modern TV arena, where hosts are cut at a whim based on Nielsen viewer ratings.

Steve Allen's uncomfortable departure from the Tonight Show in 1957 was forced upon him by NBC execs that needed him to concentrate on NBC's Sunday night variety program that was supposed to combat Ed Sullivan's variety show on CBS, that was gaining ground with Elvis Presley's popular first appearance on TV, the year prior. The Tonight Show was taken over by Jack Lescoulie and transformed into a news program called Tonight! America After Dark. Al "Jazzbo" Collins was also a host later in that year. The whole project was ultimately a disaster and Jack Paar brought back the original format, albeit his own interpretation, in the latter part of 1957. It is that show format that continues to this day.

Jimmy Fallon's likable persona, improv skills, and stand-up comedy experience made him an ideal choice to take over the king of all late night shows, The Tonight Show. The youthful Fallon proved to be an accomplished impersonator, doing spot-on impressions of celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler as well as hilarious takes on everyone from Osama bin Laden to Barry Gibb.

The Tonight Show has a diverse following that covers multi generations of TV viewers. But despite its wide demographic skews, it generally skews relatively older than most other late-night talk shows. Nielsen data only allows live watching and views within twelve hours to count, which may be at odds with younger people who tend to watch the show later, or on the following day or even mobile, YouTube or Hulu where none of the views count.

NBC Studio 6B

30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York City NY, 10112
Directions: Take the B, D, F, or M train to the 47-50th Street - Rockefeller Center. Take the 1 train to the 50th Street stop and walk East on 50th Street.Take the 6 train to the 51st Street stop and walk West.Take the N, Q, or R train to the 49th Street stop and walk East.
Studio Information

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Ticket Information

Both in-advance and standby tickets are available for taping of the transmitted show of The Tonight show at 5PM daily
Tickets for the monologue warm-up show at 3PM daily are also available in advance, but not on the standby line

The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon Show Schedule

This show tapes on weekdays all year round. The show does go on a week hiatus every eight weeks to give Jimmy Fallon and the rest of the crew a break.

Cast Members

Host
Jimmy Fallon
Announcer
Steve Higgins
Band
Tariq Trotter
Band
Questlove
Band
James Poyser
Band
Kamal Gray
Band
Kirk Douglas

Past Cast Members

Host
Steve Allen
Host
Ernie Kovacs
Host
Jack Lescoulie
Host
Al "Jazzbo" Collins
Host
Johnny Carson
Host
Jack Paar
Host
Jay Leno
Host
Conan O'Brien
Host
Merv Griffin
Host
Bill Cullen
Host
Jerry Lewis
Host
Groucho Marx
Host
Mort Sahl

Producers

Executive Producer:

Lorne Michaels

Line Producer:

Brian McDonald

Supervising Producers:

Rob Crabbe

Jamie Granet

Katie Hockmeyer

Jim Juvonen

Brian McDonald

Producers:

Josh Lieb

Gavin Purcell

Production Credits

Production
Universal Television

Creative Team

Director
Dave Diomedi
Head Writer
A.D. Miles
Music Director
Questlove
Warm-Up Comic
Seth Herzog