Jimmy Fallon had two guests on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show with jobs that require knowing how to get a crowd excited. WWE Superstar John Cena was a guest on the show to talk about his role in the upcoming film Sisters. Bernie Sanders was also on hand to talk about his Presidential campaign and to answer questions about GOP candidate Donald Trump.
— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) December 8, 2015
Given the well-known friendship that Jimmy Fallon has with fellow SNL alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, it should come as no surprise that Cena was there to promote the comediennes’ upcoming movie, Sisters. Apparently, Lorne Michaels complimented John Cena backstage on how funny he was in the film, as 411 Mania reports. In the movie, Cena plays the role of a drug dealer called upon by two adult sisters trying to throw a party in their childhood home.
— Inner Wrestling Nerd (@InnerN3rd) December 5, 2015
Currently on hiatus from WWE television, Fallon asked the 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion if he was taking time off to relax. Quite the opposite, Cena has been working on his new reality show, American Grit, in which “weekend warriors” compete in physical competitions against members of the United States military.
Not appearing on television last night was a segment Cena recorded for The Tonight Show YouTube page called Tales From Set. He was asked to tell a funny story from his time making Sisters. In the film, Cena’s drug dealer character gets into a fight with Bobby Moynihan’s character. As Cena explains, Moynihan is a big fan of WWE, so the experience of “wrestling” with one of the biggest names in the history of the sport was like a childhood dream-come-true. Noting that “Drunk Uncle” — a recurring character played by Moynihan as part of SNL‘s Weekend Update — is one of his favorite comedic characters, he says that Moynihan gets the better of him in their Sisters brawl, although Cena does end up carrying Moynihan to safety afterwards.
— Morris Grimlock (@morrisgrimlock) December 8, 2015
The most recent reports indicate that Cena will return to WWE on the January 4 edition of Monday Night Raw.
Just as John Cena is able to work up a crowd every time he enters an arena, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been the recipient of an equally enthusiastic crowd at each of his recent campaign rallies. Senator Sanders was the other guest to sit down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.
— WTHR.com (@WTHRcom) December 9, 2015
With The Tonight Show being recorded in front of a live audience in New York City, Fallon often panders to the crowd with strong New York sentiment. Bernie Sanders being born in Brooklyn and Donald Trump being born in Queens, Fallon proposed the possibility of the “Battle of the New York Boys” if Sanders won the Democratic nomination and Trump represented the GOP. After the Vermont congressman said he’d look forward to such a showdown, he told Fallon what he really thought of Donald:
“Jimmy, throughout history you have had demagogues trying to divert attention away from the real issues. This country today faces some enormous problems. We have a middle class that’s disappearing, we have almost all new wealth and income going to the top 1%. We have climate change. We have a corrupt campaign finance system. And what somebody like a Trump is trying to do is to divide us up. A few months ago, we were supposed to hate Mexicans and he thinks they’re all criminals or rapists. Now we’re supposed to hate Muslims. That kind of crap isn’t going to work in the United States of America. I think what the American people understand is — given the problems we face — we’ve got to stand together, come together and create a decent life for all of our people and stop this scapegoating of one people group or another.”
The host of The Tonight Show then asked the senator whether he’s more focused on beating Donald Trump or on beating Hillary Clinton.
“Well, I look forward to beating Donald Trump. I would enjoy that race very, very much. But first, we’ve got to get past Secretary Clinton, and I think we’re going to do that as well.”
According to the most recent polls at Real Clear Politics, Bernie Sanders trails Hillary Clinton, by 27 points. Donald Trump leads the Republican candidates by 10 points. The same USA Today survey has Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump by four points in a “Clinton vs. Trump” poll.
Tuesday night’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon — featuring musical guest Troye Sivan, in addition to John Cena and Bernie Sanders — will be available to stream in full and on-demand at NBC.com. The Tonight Show can be streamed via Hulu as well.
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