Jimmy Fallon takes over the ‘Late Night’ throne

John Sturgeon

Taking over as host of “Late Night” after Conan O’Brien left for “The Tonight Show,” Jimmy Fallon was put in a no-win situation.

O’Brien was so different and entertaining that comparisons were bound to be made immediately. As a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and movie star, Fallon has a lot of experience in front of the camera. However, the talk show genre is a different beast and, after a week of shows, Fallon seems like an entertaining interviewer but must work with his writing staff on some of the comedy bits.

The monologues were rough and short all week, but it was enjoyable that when a joke garnered positive response, Fallon pretended to bowl a strike.

Having the Roots as his house band is incredibly awesome as they play a diverse array of music and helped on one of the more unique bits of the week: when Fallon “Slowjammed the news.” With that bit, he went over news highlights in a song.

Comedy bits that did not work were “Lick it for 10,” a reality show Fallon did about his first days in his new office, making an audience member president of the audience, a Facebook status segment and scripted skits with Robert Deniro and Donald Trump. “Lick it for 10” was one of the worst ways to kill ten minutes of his first show, as the whole thing consisted of people in the audience licking clean office products for $10. There was nothing funny or worthwhile about it.

Fallon shined in the first week with his interviews. Following a debacle of a first night where Fallon and Robert Deniro had one of the more uncomfortable interviews in television history, Fallon improved.

Examples of the fun included Fallon and Tina Fey reminiscing over past hairdos they had, dancing with Cameron Diaz, singing with Justin Timberlake, beer pong with Serena Williams and the conversation with his close friend Drew Barrymore.

With the interviews, it could be seen that Fallon has a knack for making witty remarks, telling funny stories and knowing when to let his guest speak and not talking over him or her.

Ratings were high for the first week, a sign that Fallon has fans willing to give him a shot.

As he continues tweaking the comedy bits and gaining more experience, it is only a matter of time before “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” is an excellent program.