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Watch Keri Russell Crush Jimmy Fallon at Flip Cup While Wearing Giant Inflatable Suits

The talk show host does not mess around when it comes to games

Jimmy Fallon never takes it easy on the celebrities that stop by The Tonight Show. Whatever game he has put together — be it arm-wrestling with Liam Neeson, playing Catch Phrase with Jennifer Lopez, waging a Water War against Chris Hemsworth or squaring off against Emma Stone in a Lip Sync Battle— Fallon is in it to win it.

It was no different last night when Keri Russell stopped by to talk about The Americans, her FX show that begins its new season Jan. 28 . Fallon challenged the actress to a round of frat house favorite game flip cup, but there was a twist. The two faced off over a row of beer-filled party props while wearing inflatable suits, leaving nothing but tears and a trail of flipped cups in their wake.

Russell was determined, but Fallon has a competitive streak.

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Watch Gwyneth Paltrow and Jimmy Fallon Sing Rap Songs Broadway Style

This is far from the first time Paltrow has demonstrated her singing voice

If you didn’t know that Gwyneth Paltrow could sing, you should now. The film star belted out rap songs in the style of Broadway show tunes on The Tonight Show Wednesday as Jimmy Fallon accompanied her on the piano.

This is far from the first time Paltrow has put her singing voice on display. She sang in Duets, a film about karaoke competitions, performed in the musical Country Strong and appeared multiple times on the musical comedy show Glee.

In the appearance with Fallon, Paltrow sings songs by artists Drake, Nicki Minaj and Big Sean.

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Watch Chris Hemsworth and Jimmy Fallon Essentially Have a Wet T-Shirt Contest

Hemsworth may have lost, but we all won.

Chris Hemsworth is a good sport. When the Blackhat actor stopped by The Tonight Show, Fallon challenged him to a card game called “Water War” and Hemsworth didn’t even blink when Fallon explained the premise: “We’ll play the card game war, but if you lose the hand, you get a pint of water in the face. The first to throw five glasses of water on their opponent wins, and gets to water cannon the loser.”

Hemsworth gamely went with it, playing cards and throwing water at Fallon’s face. But then Hemsworth’s luck went south (clearly, Loki is to blame) and he lost three hands in row and Fallon dumped an entire pint of water into his lap. At that point, Hemsworth accepted Fallon’s invitation to swap decks of cards. The result? Thor lost the next round, too. That’s when Fallon hosed him down with a water cannon resulting in a wet shirt contest that could double as a Magic Mike III audition tape.

While Hemsworth claims that he won their last game, the truth is that when these two face-off, there are no losers.


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Watch Jimmy Fallon Challenge Liam Neeson to an Arm-Wrestling Match

The Tonight Show host gets taken

Liam Neeson may have started out in Hollywood in sensitive art films like Ethan Frome and Husbands and Wives, but as the star of the Taken franchise, he is a bona fide action hero ready to take all comers at the drop of a hat or one cross word. So when Jimmy Fallon dares to insinuate that he could topple him in an arm-wrestling contest, Neeson has no choice but to pop a toothpick in his mouth and take him down.

While Neeson has a special set of skills that he can draw upon to take down his enemies and Fallon is, well, an affable talk show host, they do have one thing in common: In the throes of battle, they both like to recite what they will do when they win. For example, Fallon can’t wait to take Neeson down so he can get the Papa John’s slogan tattooed on his back, while Neeson wants to find 100 Jimmy Fallon lookalikes and throw Fallon the creepiest surprise party ever.

Those weren’t threats, though, they were promises and they were just the beginning. Watch the full challenge below:

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Watch Jimmy Fallon Realize He Once Had a Shot at Dating Nicole Kidman

He could've been a contender.

During a visit to the The Tonight Show Tuesday, Nicole Kidman and Jimmy Fallon quickly started chatting about their first interaction — but they have very different takes on that meeting.

Fallon recounted that a mutual friend brought Kidman to his apartment several years ago when they were both single, and he was very concerned with what type of cheese to serve the A-list star. Kidman’s version of the story was slightly different, though. Turns out she was actually interested in dating Fallon, but after an hour of him ignoring her and playing video games while she sat on the couch, she decided he just wasn’t interested.

Fallon’s reaction to the news makes it clear he had absolutely no clue she was interested in him. If you’ve ever wanted to see Fallon’s jaw drop to his knees, this is the clip for you. He gasps, “Wait, what?” and then falls over in horror in what is inadvertently one of the funniest clips of the year.

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Watch Bradley Cooper Show Off His Epic Air Guitar Skills on The Tonight Show

Wearing a wacky wig, he performs Neil Young's solo from "Down by the River" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The word “epic” gets bandied about a lot on the Internet, whether it’s describing a prank or a touchdown pass in a football game, or a battle between good and evil, but when you watch this video with Bradley Cooper playing air guitar on the The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, future generations will know what epic truly looks like.

The producer-film actor-Broadway star swung by The Tonight Show, and instead of promoting his Oscar-contender film, American Sniper, Cooper used the show to promote his incredible air guitar skills. His take on Neil Young’s shredder classic, “Down by the River,” is downright impressive. As Fallon and Tonight Show house band The Roots watch from the sidelines, Cooper takes over the spotlight, rising from his seat as the spirit moves him. His fingers fly over the invisible fretboard, his arms wail on the imaginary guitar and his very real wig bounces in time. It is completely silly and, yes, truly epic.

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Watch the 10 Most Popular Late-Night TV Clips of 2014

Featuring Emma Stone lip-synching, Daniel Radcliffe rapping and a whole bunch of other celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves

It’s almost 2015, which means now is the time to look back and reflect upon the past year. In this case, let’s look back and specifically reflect upon the past year in viral videos generated by TV shows — because you know you secretly love them.

The content analysts over at CrowdTangle combed through thousands of YouTube clips from late-night shows like The Tonight Show, Conan and Late Night, along with daytime talk shows like Ellen and The Wendy Williams Show, to determine which earned the most views this year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the top 10 results all came from late-night shows (with just one exception).

1. Jimmy Fallon’s lip-synch battle with Emma Stone

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This very spirited musical face-off managed to rack up more than 38 million views.

2. Celebrities read mean tweets about themselves

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

In the seventh installment of Jimmy Kimmel’s popular segment, we saw celebs like Sofia Vergara and Don Cheadle read nasty tweets about themselves — and the video ended up garnering 33.5 million hits.

3. Daniel Radcliffe raps Blackalicious’s “Alphabet Aerobics”

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This clip, which earned 31.6 million views, showed off the surprising (and rather impressive) rap skills of Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe.

4. Celebrities read mean tweets about themselves (again)

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The sixth mean tweets clip — this one featuring stars like Jon Hamm, Benedict Cumberbatch and Bill Murray — was another hit for Kimmel, racking up 28.9 million views.

5. Official trailer premiere for Dumb and Dumber To

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Back in June, The Tonight Show exclusively premiered the Dumb and Dumber To trailer, which earned 27 million hits. Not bad.

6. Will Ferrell and Chad Smith’s drum-off

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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is known for his striking resemblance to Will Ferrell, and in this clip, which has since gotten 26.3 million hits, the two go head-to-head in an elaborate drumming battle.

7. Parents tell kids they ate all their Halloween candy

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Kimmel’s annual Halloween prank — in which he encourages parents to tell their kids they ate all their candy and then film their reaction — proved popular once again, nabbing 25.2 million views.

8. Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Hart ride a rollercoaster

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While hanging out at Universal Orlando Resort, Jimmy Fallon challenged Kevin Hart to conquer one of his fears: roller coasters. Of course, hilarity ensued; the clip got 22.4 million streams.

9. Sia performs “Chandelier”

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Okay, so Ellen isn’t technically a late-night show because it airs in the afternoon, but you get the idea. Sia recreated the video for her smash hit “Chandelier,” starring then-11-year-old Maddie Ziegler — and the clip has since racked up 21.5 million views.

10. Celebrities read mean tweets about themselves (again)

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Yup, three separate videos of celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves — this last one with 21.2 million hits — landed in the top 10 most-viewed late-night clips of 2014. Because they’re really just that great.

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Watch One Direction Perform ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’ With Jimmy Fallon

One Direction: The TV Special airs Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. on NBC

Here’s an early Christmas present: One Direction, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots performing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” On classroom instruments. In ugly Christmas sweaters.

The British boy band performed the classic holiday tune on Monday’s episode of Late Night, fresh off their appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Seated on either side of Fallon, you’ll see Harry Styles on the drum and Niall Horan on some kind of musical banana. You’ll also notice Liam Payne on the coconuts and Zayn Malik on the triangle.

Merry Christmas indeed.

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Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Play Summer Camp Besties Who Can’t Stop Singing Third Eye Blind

"I would understaaaaaaand"

On Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake made really, really great use of their acting and singing skills.

In a sketch about summer camp, Fallon and JT play a pair of brace-faced pubescent boys who can’t fall asleep (as they ate too many Pop Rocks, obviously), so they stay up late talking about crushes and their changing bodies and other pubescent boy things. Eventually, the conversation turns to music, and they launch into a beautiful rendition of Third Eye Blind’s 1998 hit, “Jumper.”

Despite getting scolded several times, they’re just so overcome with emotion that they can’t stop singing. It’s beautiful.

Also, make sure to note how many times they break character. It manages to make the sketch even funnier.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon Sing Hilarious Hannukah Songs Written by Fans on Twitter

"All I do is spin, spin, spin, no matter what. Got dreidels on my mind, Manischewitz in my cup."

This week, Jimmy Fallon decided to play a little game and ask his fans to tweet song lyrics re-imagined as Hannukah tunes:

Well, the people really delivered. Watch as he sings his favorites on The Tonight Show with the help of the Roots. For example: “Hold me Kosher, tiny dancer and “Ra ra Hannukah, ra ma Menorah, Ga Ga yarmulke, don’t want your Christmas.”

Now, some of these lyrics reference Jewish holidays that are not Hannukah, but we’re feeling generous so we’ll let it slide.

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