It's fun to make fun of people, and comedians have made a pretty nice living doing so for a few centuries now. But the Late Night host prefers a different game entirely: Jimmy Fallon celebrates pop culture and all its personalities, taking pleasure in their eccentricities where others might tear them down for quick giggle. The resulting softer-yet-still-edgy approach has brought a new order to the world of late night, leading the baby-faced wonder to the Tonight Show chair once occupied by Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, and Jay Leno. Now he has set about changing the comedy tour game too by among other things, extending his coattails. At his concert shows, ticket buyers can expect a raft of up-and-coming comedians cut from a similar cloth opening for the well-mannered former SNLer.
While Fallon first gained renown for his impressions (his Mick Jagger is every bit as sharp as his Jerry Seinfeld), it was the New York native's fortuitous discovery of the guitar at age 14 that has lead him to make his biggest mark in comedy. As a musical comedian, Fallon has few peers outside of perhaps Adam Sandler, who he impersonated at his original Saturday Night Live audition in 1998. Anyone who has seen Fallon performing the history of hip hop with frequent collaborator Justin Timberlake, or playing the latest hits with house band The Roots on instruments that belong in a preschool, knows that this is a comedian who has a rock star's knack for bringing it most when the lights are hottest.