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Watch Jimmy Fallon and Chris Evans Play Flip Cup With Their Siblings

Guess who won?

There’s nothing like a casual game of flip cup between friends. Or family. Or stars of what’s surely going to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, hosts of long-running late-night television institutions, and their siblings.

That was the premise of this segment of The Tonight Show Thursday, which saw Chris Evans, Jimmy Fallon, and their siblings Scott and Gloria (respectively) play a game of that old college warhorse, flip cup.

Scott Evans actually isn’t a stranger to The Tonight Show – the former One Life to Live star once told Fallon about how Chris convinced him to uh, wet himself once while they were playing outside, which was surely a proud moment for the Evans’ parents.

And Gloria Fallon is a showbiz pro like her brother: She’s a contributor to Someecards and Fashion Police.

But in the end, all that matters is the cups, and how they’re flipped. Sadly, the Fallons did not impress: Watch Gloria not even bother to wait for Jimmy to successfully flip his cup before she starts drinking. The Evans brothers triumph, and live to flip another day.

Jimmy, Gloria: Better luck next time, and we hope this doesn’t make the next family gathering awkward.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Can Science Conquer Late-Night TV?

Smart talk: Tyson and guests in a season one episode
National Geographic Channels/Scott Gries Smart talk: Tyson and guests in a season one episode

A new talk show starring Neil deGrasse Tyson makes a play in an unlikely time slot

Carl Sagan had it easy. The famed astronomer, author and TV host, who died in 1996, may have mastered one of the most head-crackingly complex disciplines in all of the sciences, but when it came to explaining its mysteries to everyone else, he didn’t have to look hard for an audience. Space is intoxicating, Sagan was engaging and there just weren’t that many distractions that would keep people from tuning into his Cosmos series or reading his books.

Not so today. With 500 cable channels and an infinity of Internet options all vying for attention, customers are harder to come by. And too many of the ones who are left are being picked off by the forces of informational darkness—the anti-vaxxers and climate change deniers and moon-landing hoaxsters all peddling their chosen rubbish.

It’s those challenges that astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium and host of the 21st-century reboot of Sagan’s Cosmos, must face every day. He’s done an impressive job so far, wooing science lovers with his books and TV appearances and Star Talk radio show. Now he’s stepping up his game, bringing Star Talk to TV in a frank bid for the minds and eyeballs of science’s non-lovers, non-believers and can’t-be-bothereds too.

Everything about the new Star Talk—which premiered on April 20 on the National Geographic Channel with a first-season, 10-episode run already in the can—breaks the science show rules. It ditches the familiar format of smart guy prowling a set with zillions of special effects to make the technical stuff go down easy in favor of a talk show recorded before a live audience in New York City’s Rose Center for Earth and Space, home to the Hayden. His co-host is a rotating cast of comedians, and his guest is typically a non scientist—Star Trek‘s George Takei, sex columnist Dan Savage, Interstellar director Christopher Nolan, President Jimmy Carter.

Much more daring—or much more reckless, depending on how you look at these things—is the show’s time slot: Monday nights at 11 p.m. EDT, when both basic cable and the broadcast networks bring their comedic sluggers to the plate. But the audience for the likes of Jon Stewart and Jimmy Fallon is exactly the demo Tyson is after, even if he’ll have to work hard to win them.

“We recognize candidly that a scientist alone would not have served as a draw for the audience to come to the show,” he says. “The icon or the celebrity is the excuse to talk about the science and we try to blend that with the pop culture and the comedy.”

It’s a mix that can work in both predictable and unpredictable ways. No surprise if you find Nolan talking wormholes and time dilation and the other cosmological puzzlers that made Interstellar go. No surprise either if Takei talks about the science of Star Trek and how much of it can—or already has—come true. But it’s refreshing if Carter does not have to talk about the Middle East peace process and instead can be allowed to show off the nuclear engineering cred he earned in the Navy. Something similar is true of Savage talking sex while constrained by the guardrails of an academic anthropologist who specializes in the neuroanatomy of love appearing with him.

The premiere episode, with Takei, also featured a scientist, astrophysicist Charles Liu of the State University of New York College of Staten Island. Judging by that first installment, the show could use a little tweaking—or perhaps relaxing—with everyone on the panel working a little less hard to fill their assigned roles and instead just allowing the conversation to go wherever it wants to go.

Future episodes could push the envelope of the new format further—perhaps even until it rips. Tyson speaks openly about the possibility of having both Charlie Sheen and, discomfitingly, Jenny McCarthy on the show. “Sheen was in the museum and asked some very deep philosophical questions about the universe,” he says. “Jenny McCarthy had me on her show and has a very curious mind about the universe. If she brings up vaccines I’d be all over her, but only if it goes there.”

Guests like that may just be a ratings play. Nothing could make Sheen’s gyros go haywire like talking cosmology—and you wouldn’t want to miss that. But there may be tactical genius behind bringing on someone like McCarthy. Scientific know-nothingism is a modern scourge, and an inquisitive but academically rigorous interlocutor like Tyson might be the kind of person who can school McCarthy in the difference between finding things out and making things up.

“Is science a satchel of facts that is poured into your head or is it an understanding of emergent truths?” he asks—clearly knowing his answer. “Science literacy is not just what you know but how your brain is wired for thought. If you can achieve that, you never have to ask if the moon landings are real again.”

Tyson is willing to take a flier on the possibility that viewers in the playtime slot of late-night TV might be willing to invest an hour in getting smarter. If he doesn’t succeed, it may say more about us than him.

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Watch Anna Kendrick Lip Sync Her Love for Emily Blunt

Before none other than Blunt's husband John Krasinski

Ever feel envious of John Krasinski? Anna Kendrick knows the feeling.

On an upcoming episode of the Spike show Lip Sync Battle, the Pitch Perfect actress lip syncs a love song dedicated to Krasinski’s wife, her former Into the Woods co-star Emily Blunt, while the former Office star looks on. The song she chooses, One Direction’s “Steal My Girl,” is performed in front of a cheering crowd and images of Blunt.

During the performance, Krasinski laughs while Kendrick points to him and lip syncs, “Everybody wanna take her heart away,” before unzipping her jacket to reveal a T-shirt of Kendrick and Blunt framed in a heart.

Lip Sync Battle might be a new series – the episode with Kendrick and Krasinski, due to air Thursday, is only the show’s fourth episode – but it’s received attention for its pitting of celebrities against each other, such as Blunt vs. Anne Hathaway and Jimmy Fallon vs. Dwayne Johnson. Hosted by LL Cool J, Lip Sync Battle premiered April 2.

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Watch Madonna and The Roots Play ‘Holiday’ on Classroom Instruments

Take a holiday, right in your cubicle

One of the best bits that Jimmy Fallon and The Roots regularly engage in is taking mega-hits and playing them on classroom instruments. They’ve done it with Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”, performed “Let it Go” with Idina Menzel and made One Direction (back when Zayn Malik was still in the band, of course) sing along to “Santa Claus is Coming To Town.”

Last night they outdid themselves, though, conscripting none other than Madonna to perform one of her classic hits on classroom instruments. The OG Material Girl sat front and center, singing along and manning the whistle, while helping the Roots and Fallon transformed her poppy song into an even sunnier tune. Give yourself a little holiday at work by checking out their performance, because it’s downright fun and less frightening than her new “Ghosttown” video.

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Watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus Try to Get Jimmy Fallon to Say ‘Uptown Funk You Up’ Without Getting Censored

The Veep star plays a mean game of telephone

If you ever wanted to see the (fictional) President of the United States shout “Sausage penis!” on television, then this clip is for you.

To promote the upcoming premiere of Veep‘s fourth season, Julia Louis-Dreyfus stopped by The Tonight Show Wednesday to play a game called “The Whisper Challenge” with host Jimmy Fallon. For the exercise in PG-rated silliness, the actress donned headphones blaring loud music and had to guess what unlikely phrase Fallon was whispering to her. The results were suitably ridiculous, as Fallon cracking up while Louis Dreyfus blurted out quasi-inappropriate phrases. It got even funnier when the roles were reversed, and Louis-Dreyfus had to try and get Fallon to guess the phrase “uptown funk you up” without using the f-word on network television.

This sketch will tide you over until Veep returns to HBO on Sunday, April 12 at 10:30 p.m.

 

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Watch Louis CK Admit He Ruined Jimmy Fallon’s Chance to Be on The Dana Carvey Show

All's well that ends well

Before Jimmy Fallon was host of The Tonight Show, and even before he was cast on Saturday Night Live, he was a struggling young comic trying to find work. His job search led him to try out for a spot on former SNL star Dana Carvey’s brand new show, The Dana Carvey Show, and he thought he rocked the audition, but they never called. Last night on The Tonight Show, Louis CK finally gave him an explanation: He personally torpedoed Fallon’s chance at getting the job.

Turns out Louis CK was working on the show and when Fallon came in, he could tell he was talented and ambitious and was definitely going places. He was also young and attractive and may have been shaking his rear end during the audition. For Louis CK, that was a package he didn’t want delivered on a daily basis, so he set about making sure Fallon never got hired. Luckily things have worked out well for Fallon or else Louis CK might feel a little more than a little guilty.

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Watch The Rock Crush Jimmy Fallon With His Lip-Sync Cover of ‘Shake It Off’

The Rock's got moves

Lip Sync Battle, the Tonight Show sketch turned Spike TV show, premiered last night and featured a thrilling throwdown between Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The Rock, fresh off his fantastic Saturday Night Live hosting gig, opened the show with a spirited take on Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.” The Furious 7 star put his massive frame to use while shaking it off to the music and in a move straight out of the WWE taunting playbook, wagging his finger in Fallon’s face.

The best part of the performance might be the realization that there is no way The Rock got this good at this song without engaging in a lot of Taylor Swift car karaoke. Of course he’s not the only celebrity caught singing along to the earworm. (Check out TIME’s list of the six best celebrity covers of “Shake It Off.”)

Round two featured Fallon tackling Madonna’s “Like A Prayer” with a full choir, while Johnson delivered a dazzling, hip-swiveling version of the Bee Gee’s “Staying Alive.”

 

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Watch Ethan Hawke and Jimmy Fallon Sing Lullabies in the Style of Bob Dylan

Just sleep tight, it's alright

He wowed critics in Boyhood and just directed a documentary, but now Ethan Hawke is showing off another, completely different talent: impersonating Bob Dylan on The Tonight Show.

Hawke, like host Jimmy Fallon, is a father to young children. And sometimes, when your kids don’t go to sleep when they’re supposed to, you have to get a little creative—perhaps by singing classic songs in the style of the folk icon. “I’ve heard there’s scientific research that points to this,” Fallon says. “Oh, it’s proven,” Hawke answers before the two break out their guitar gravelly-voiced renditions of “Rock-a-bye Baby” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

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Watch Helen Mirren Accept a Fake Award After Inhaling Helium

Helen Mirren deserves all the awards

Dame Helen Mirren may not have known what she was getting into when she stopped by The Tonight Show, but that didn’t stop her from participating when Jimmy Fallon handed her a helium balloon and asked her to inhale.

The 69-year-old Woman in Gold star told Fallon she hadn’t sucked on a helium balloon since she was 12 years old, but she quickly got the hang of it. The Academy Award-winning actress then asked Fallon to give her a prize so she could make an acceptance speech.

The actress is a true professional, and even when she started to get light-headed, she continued to play, struggling to rush oxygen to her brain before proudly answering Fallon’s question by loudly declaring, “Spotted dick!”

 

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Jimmy Fallon Singing With Five Wax Dummies of Himself Is the Stuff of Nightmares

"Barbara Ann" never sounded so creepy.

On The Tonight Show Thursday night, thanks to what looks like an accident in the laboratory of an Internet-savvy mad scientist, host Jimmy Fallon sings with five wax copies of himself.

While, theoretically, it should be entertaining to watch the comedian sing the Beach Boys’ classic “Barbara Ann” alongside the wax doppelgangers borrowed from Madame Tussauds, the result is unsettling and just plain creepy.

That said, it’s also hard to look away. But when Questlove crashes the singing party, he speaks for us all when he shakes his head and walks away.

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