Jimmy Fallon brought the Tonight Show to the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix on Sunday night for a special post-Super Bowl episode.
Fallon was joined by guests Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, who were in town for the game but on the show to promote their upcoming film, Get Hard, due in theaters March 27. The trio were joined by New England Patriots’ players Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola, and LeGarrette Blount as well as musical guest Ariana Grande. A special cameo featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, who took the TV audience to the first commercial break by delivering the classic line, “We’ll be back.”
Host Jimmy Fallon delivered an upbeat monologue with quick-witted one-liners, mostly at the Seattle Seahawks expense. The audience was up for it all, often unable to contain their cheers and elation, and Fallon was sure to acknowledge the amount of “energy” coming from the crowd’s Super Bowl excited vibe.
Fallon, Ferrell, and Hart went on to compete in an epic lip sync battle that resulted in the kind of hilarious performances only three comedians could pull off.
Ferrell performed songs by two of music’s most powerfully voiced women, Beyoncé and Idina Menzel, which he delivered by flitting around like his character Frank the Tank in the gymnastics competition in the movie Old School. Fallon, who is notorious for breaking down in laughter on the Saturday Night Live set, couldn’t contain his amusement.
Hart went on to perform a love ballad by John Legend, in which he serenaded Will Ferrell, eliciting even more laughter from Fallon, and paid tribute to Katy Perry’s halftime show with his rendition of “Roar.”
But it was Jimmy Fallon who most likely took the crown during this battle. In his first song, Jimmy belted out Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone” like a rock n roll mime. But it was his second song, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” from the film Dirty Dancing, that got the crowd worked into a frenzy as a special guest came out to be the “Baby” to his “Johnny Castle.”
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This wasn’t Fallon’s first lip sync battle. Fallon has taken on Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Stephen Merchant, and last April, Jimmy faced off against actress Emma Stone. That video has had more than 40 million views on YouTube.
Who do you think took the trophy in this battle of the lips? Fallon, Ferrell, or Hart?
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