Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Roots on Jimmy Fallon — quite good, actually

Stayed up for the opening monologue of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" last night (couldn't make it past the intro, too tired).

I mainly watched to check out The Roots, my favorite band of all-time. Lots of critics and bloggers etc. have been questioning their move to a late-night talk show, but I think it's great. The band is actually fit for such a gig, given their versatility (not just hip-hop, these guys can do jazz, funk, even hardcore). Plus, Dave Chappell's ex-writing partner, Neal Brennan, helped get them on the show, so that's a plus-plus.

The band sounded good, dare I say great, but really showed their potential during the closing bit in the monologue called "Slow Jamming The News." Dropping a thick love jam, Fallon gave a faux-R&B treatment to a joke on the stimulus package, while Black Thought crooned/testified ala Teddy Pendergrass in the background. It may take a few more tries, but that could become a fun running bit.

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