Jimmy Fallon and ‘The Tonight Show’: Is Jimmy Fallon Just Doing a Fake Laugh?

Jimmy Fallon might have redefined how late night shows are appealing to the new generation when he stepped in as the new host of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. However, the audience of the show seemed to have found a glitch in Jimmy Fallon’s hosting.

According to users, Jimmy Fallon has been fake laughing all of his interviews. Multiple Reddit threads points out to the possibility that he is actually forcing himself to laugh just so he can pacify his Hollywood guests.

The users commented saying he is “trying too hard” and he “makes such a performance out of fake laughing” instead of just smiling or guffawing.

“He can smile or guffaw, but he makes such a performance out of fake laughing. Burying his face in his hands? Silence for over five seconds with everyone just waiting for him to recover? Christ. He just treats every guest like the hot unfunny girl at a party whose jokes he laughs at because he wants to sleep with her. I really don’t like Jimmy Fallon. He’s a kiss**s with no personality because all he does is laugh and agree with everyone and call everything ‘fun.'”

Daniel Radcliff Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
Daniel Radcliffe Visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” at Rockefeller Center on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)

Interestingly, Seth MacFarlane was a guest together with Amber Heard. The fans noted that this was one of the special cases anyone can notice the Jimmy Fallon “fake laugh.” However, in a different video, Seth MacFarlane actually created a Jimmy Fallon skit on Family Guy where he imitated Fallon’s alleged fake laugh. If MacFarlane noticed this trait, there could be some reason why the audience have been pointing this out.

Check out the two videos below:

  1. Jimmy Fallon Interview with Seth Macfarlane and Amber Heard

2. Jimmy Fallon Skit Made by Seth MacFarlane on “Family Guy”


Is Jimmy Fallon Not Authentic Anymore?

Because of the backlash on Jimmy Fallon’s performance as host, he was asked by Bill Carter during a SiriusXM interview if he thinks he is being too “soft” on the guests to the point where he is “kissing their a***s.”

Jimmy Fallon quickly responded with an, “I do!”

Fallon said that Carter is probably right. He loves everybody, and his show will not be like any other shows. He will not do serious interviews just because that is not his brand.

“That’s not my job,” Fallon said. “It’s not Meet the Press. I’m not Face the Nation. You can watch those shows and see that. My job is, again, is to make everyone look good, no matter who it is, whether you’re a politician or whatever it is. We have people on that people don’t like. I know that. But that’s not my job. You make your own opinion. I can just show you the best person that they are and try to bring out their more personal side and play with them.”

Still, fans are skeptic that he is being authentic on the show. The Flama pointed out that Jimmy Fallon might just be overdoing his fake laughs. In every single interview, he would always appear with the exact same formula, “body-rocking guffaws while clapping and sheepishly shielding his face with his hands…or, you know, what do you do when your boss tells a very bad joke.”

Jay Leno Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

Comedian Jay Leno (L) answers questions from host Jimmy Fallon as he visits “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” at Rockefeller Center on June 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Whether Jimmy Fallon is faking his laugh or not, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is still performing well. With amazing ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, the show has started out good.

But, with more and more late night shows competing for the top spot, Jimmy Fallon’s show might be at risk. According to TV by the Numbers, Jimmy Fallon’s show has experienced a minor drop during April this year falling from 0.89 to 0.81 ratings for adults 18.49. Late Night with Seth Meyers also experienced the same thing.

Meanwhile, top competitors like Jimmy Kimmel Live went up from 0.43 to 0.50. Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden continues to rise.

Though the ratings slightly dropped, Jimmy Kimmel Live still has a 2.21 million average viewers per episode. The Late Late Show with James Corden has a 1.16 million average viewers, but it appears that Corden’s YouTube channel has been winning the race.

In terms of feedback for improvement, it would boil down to Jimmy Fallon’s sense of acting…or laughing in this case.

[Photo by Thomas A. Ferrara-Pool / Getty Images]

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