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Watch Jamie Foxx Play Wheel of Musical Impressions With Jimmy Fallon

His take on Jennifer Hudson singing "On Top Of Spaghetti" is truly something

Jimmy Fallon made the most of having a multi-hyphenate talent on his show when actor-singer-comedian Jamie Foxx stopped by The Tonight Show Tuesday night. Fallon challenged Foxx to a game called “Wheel of Musical Impressions,” where each person is assigned a random singer and nontraditional song at the push of a button.

Foxx started strong with his version of Mick Jagger singing The Lion King‘s “Hakuna Matata,” complete with, ahem, moves like Jagger. Fallon came back by giving Barney the Purple Dinosaur’s “I Love You” the Bee Gees treatment.

But Foxx won the night with his impressive takes on John Legend singing the Toys ‘R’ Us theme song and Jennifer Hudson warbling “On Top Of Spaghetti,” which must be heard to be believed.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon’s Heartfelt Tribute to David Letterman

"He's always just there when you need him"

Jimmy Fallon got serious for a moment Monday night, delivering a heartfelt message to the retiring David Letterman: “Like every kid who grew up watching him, [I] will miss him.”

Fallon became particularly emotional as he remembered Letterman’s reaction following 9/11.

“He’s always just there when you need him. I remember after 9/11, we needed somebody,” Fallon said. “The city was in shock. We’re all looking for answers. We wanted to see what Dave had to say and we looked at him to say something.”

“He said, ‘There is only one requirement for any of us and that is to be courageous, because courage, as you know, defines all other human behavior.’ We needed that. David Letterman is courageous. Have a nice retirement, Dave.”

Letterman, whose last show will air May 20, was the first late-night host to return to air after the terrorist attacks, for a somber taping of his show that featured Paul Shaffer leading the CBS Orchestra in a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.


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Watch Snoop Dogg and Jimmy Fallon Make Cookies with Fake Arms

Things get messy in the kitchen

Snoop Dogg swung by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to talk about his new album, Bush, and things got interesting. Fallon resurrected a clip from one of Snoop’s moments on the (fake) 90s Canadian soap opera Jacob’s Patience, which has a roster of impressive stars like Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Justin Timberlake, Steve Carrell, and Will Ferrell.

While the show’s plot may not be memorable, its special effects are well known, because one of the show’s stars (Snoop, supposedly) refused to show his arms on camera. To show support, the director insisted the entire cast use fake arms. “I have to say it was pretty inconvenient,” noted Fallon.

Watch the clip from Jacob’s Patience, where the two make their best attempt at baking cookies with fake arms.


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Watch Anna Kendrick and Jimmy Fallon Play ‘Egg Russian Roulette’

“The first to smash two raw eggs on their head is the loser”

Pitch Perfect 2 is a movie that takes a relatively low-stakes situation — collegiate a capella — and makes it feel like the most urgent matter in the world. “I find that really charming!” Anna Kendrick told TIME recently. “It doesn’t have to be like, the city’s going to blow up if we don’t defuse the bomb.” So when the actress stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show to promote the sequel, in theaters Friday, it was only right that she made a silly, pointless game feel as tense as a riff-off.

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Watch Charlize Theron and Jimmy Fallon Dress Up in Silly Outfits

Charlize Theron looks like a cross between Stevie Nicks and MC Hammer

Meet Rosetta and Bonanza, a.k.a. Jimmy Fallon and Charlize Theron.

During Theron’s appearance on The Tonight Show Monday, the Mad Max star dressed up in an outfit chosen by Fallon, while Fallon appeared in a get-up of Theron’s choosing. The two ended up looking positively ridiculous, their looks akin to something out of Julie Taymor’s Across The Universe.

Theron got a mess of curls, a tiny hat, and some gold Hammer pants to transform into the character Fallon named “Bonanza.” Fallon, meanwhile, got a ginger bowl cut, a pink jump suit, and some cheetah-print shoes with dice in the clear heels as Theron’s creation, “Rosetta McClintock.”

Bonanza once played bass for Prince, according to Fallon, so the segment ended with a jam session. Naturally.


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Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black Did a Shot-For-Shot Remake of Extreme’s ‘More Than Words’ Video

Wigs, for the win

Jimmy Fallon has a knack for making viral videos out of celebrity game nights, but on Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show he took a sharp left turn into unknown territory and the results are kind of amazing. With the help of Jack Black, Fallon orchestrated a shot-for-shot remake of the 1990 music video for Extreme’s “More Than Words.”

Normally one would say, “Well, someone had to do it,” but in this case that’s not true — no one had to do a shot-for-shot remake of the “More Than Words” video, but it’s great that they did. The recreation is intimate, heartfelt and completely, hilariously bizarre. Black and Fallon are truly committed to taking their jobs very seriously and, for once, Fallon managed not to break character.

Extreme won a Grammy for the song (really!) and hopefully The Tonight Show can get some accolades for this feat. Please, give the wig department all the Emmys.

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Watch Kristen Wiig Play Daenerys Targaryen on The Tonight Show

Khaleesi could not keep a straight face

Jimmy Fallon got a surprise guest Wednesday night when the Mother of Dragons stopped by The Tonight Show.

Game of Thrones dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen, played by Khaleesi Kristen Wiig, came on the show and deigned to be interviewed by Fallon, while her beloved dragon perched politely on her shoulder. Needless to say, neither Fallon nor Wiig could keep themselves from cracking up.

During the course of their chat, it was revealed that the Khaleesi’s real name is Karen and she lives in a dome in the forest with her shoulder dragon, Carl. Then, in a rapid-fire round of questions, Khaleesi claimed her favorite food was meat and delved into her hobbies, including mandolin playing and a yen to do stand-up comedy.

The only thing that became clear during the interview was that there’s a very good chance that Wiig has never actually seen the HBO show. That didn’t stop her from performing an ad lib song (no, not “That’s When You Break”) in a bit that was reminiscent of her Saturday Night Live act, Garth and Kat.


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Watch Robert Downey Jr. Get All Emotional Over Bacon

Mmm, bacon.

Robert Downey Jr., is an emotional chameleon, if he does say so himself — and he does in this clip from The Tonight Show.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron star stopped by the show and proved his acting chops in a round of “Emotional Interview.” In the challenge, the two actors have a conversation while shifting from one emotional extreme to another at the sound of a bell. Fallon and Downey show off their inner “annoyingly philosophical” guys before perfectly becoming two A-list stars desperately fishing for compliments. Then Downey smoothly segues into a man who really, really smells bacon and likes it.

It’s the perfect combination of Inside the Actors Studio and The Manchurian Candidate with some big laughs along the way.

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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.

Read next: Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain the Meaning of Life

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