Paul McCartney and The Roots Sing A Cappella ‘Wonderful Christmastime’

On a recent episode of The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon was joined by The Roots, the cast of the upcoming animated film Sing, and, incredibly, the one and only Paul McCartney to give a spirited a cappella rendition of “Wonderful Christmastime.”

Just to clarify – including the Sing cast in this number means such names like Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughy, and Seth MacFarlane made appearances onscreen.

The medley features each singer in a different moving tile – quite the accomplishment to put this entire thing together! We’d like to take a minute to thank the editing team behind this glorious vid, whomever you are.

Take a look below – if this doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit… well, other things still might. But this is pretty cool.

Jimmy Fallon Locks Down Leno Spot

The death of late-night talk-show television has been so slow, so painful, so very unfunny. Honestly it’s flabbergasting that David Letterman didn’t successfully sarcastify the genre into its grave twenty years ago—though god knows he has tried. But are we closer now to the sweet embrace of the pop-cultural crypt? 

Jimmy Fallon inking a deal to definitely, probably, eventually replace Jay Leno in NBC’s 11:35 PM slot, with Seth Meyers seen as the front-runner for Fallon’s current job, is a move in the right direction: just dump old “Weekend Update” anchors behind some fancier desks and have them participate in a terrible Harlem Shake type meme every now and then. Voilà! Instant non-entertainment.

Honestly I just feel bad for whoever ends up on this career track, it seems like a waking hell, and for what? So bloggers like me can make fun of you without ever bothering to watch your monologue? I think every comedian alive must have missed the point of The Larry Sanders Show. Get a new format, funnymen (and funnywomen, if and when you’re allowed a say in the matter). 

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The Reign of ‘Ho Hey’ Ends With a Cluck

The Lumineers’ "Ho Hey" is one of those songs that just gets under people’s skin. For a few months, fueled by its appearance in TV spots for Silver Linings Playbook, it was everywhere, and we were all sick of it. It’s not a particularly exciting or memorable song, and yet, its ubiquity was responsible for varying degrees of rage, from the boiling pot of all-caps blogging to the quiet, seething rage as the banjos waft through the taxi stereo.

And with The Lumineers, who I’m sure are very nice people, touring this summer and making some major festival appearances, including Lollapalooza (along with Mumford & Sons, just in case there weren’t enough banjos), "Ho Hey" will likely make its way into your earholes again, whether you want it to or not. But perhaps its reign as a parasitic earworm is almost ending, seeing as the song has finally entered the realm of all-clucking parody. Late last week, Jimmy Fallon, Nick Offerman and Blake Shelton took to the stage on Fallon’s late-night show as "The Chickeneers," performing an all-clucking version of the single. It’s pretty entertaining, but more so, once a song has a chicken-related parody, that means it’s run its course, right? Watch.

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Manage ‘History Of Rap, Part 4’

For the past couple of years everytime JT hits up Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the two of them perform a medley (is "medley" the right word?) of hip hop songs accompanied by The Roots.

JT just wrapped up a weeklong residence on Late Night as he promotes his new album, The 20/20 Experience, and dropped gems like his performance of Row Row Row Your Boat dressed as Michael McDonald and SexyBack as a barbershop quartet.

So it’s fitting he’d go out with a bang — History Of Rap: Part 4, this time celebrating everyone from Salt-N-Pepa to Biggie to the Beastie Boys. 

Enjoy.

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Michelle Obama & Jimmy Fallon Do “The Evolution Of Mom Dancing”

Just when you thought you couldn’t love Michelle Obama even more, she appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night for a segment called "The Evolution Of Mom Dancing."

 

The First Lady, touting her Let’s Move! campaign, joined a be-wigged Fallon for an encyclopedia of classic mom dance moves, like the sprinkler, the out-of-synch Electric Slide, and the lesser known "Where’s Your Father? Get Him Back Here!"

As goofy as the segment is, Michelle has got some real moves. It makes me wish the public got to see her do more than the occasional slow dance with her husband.

Watch "The Evolution Of Mom Dancing" video Mediaite blow: 

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‘Questions & Answers’ Informs, Illuminates

Benjamin Apple, when he’s not writing for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, is master of the dry-as-a-bone-in-the-desert comedy web series: check out the mercilessly deadpan Late Night Interview With Benjamin Forrest when you get a chance. Right now, though, Apple’s back with Questions & Answers, the most doggedly educational thing on the Internet right now.

Answering “questions” culled from “submissions” from “viewers,” Apple is in fact always responding to some infamous Jerry Seinfeld bit that professes ignorance as to how or why some state of affairs is the way it is. The result is a dementedly highbrow deconstruction of things we tend to laugh at unthinkingly.

Taking Seinfeld’s questions about dry cleaning at face value is only half of the joy of this show—you’ll want to watch more episodes just to find out why kamikaze pilots would have worn helmets or how glue doesn’t stick to the inside of the bottle. All the stuff you’d never bother to look up for yourself. Thanks, Benjamin. 

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Jimmy Fallon Returns With More ‘Downton Sixbey’ This Week

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’s star-studded Downton Abbey sendup, Downton Sixbey (named for the studio in which he films) has been surprisingly entertaining as of late, with special guest stars Whoopi Goldberg, Brooke Shields, Fred Armisen and Carson Daly, who keeps getting killed off by hot-air balloons, asserting ?uestlove as the heir to Downton Sixbey. Jimmy Fallon dons a rather unconvincing British accent and, as Lord Grantham, makes some unfortunate business decisions, including investing in something called the “Shake Weight” and a restaurant franchise called Thank Heaven’s It’s Friday.

This week, we were treated to two new episodes, chock full of dowager-spoofing bon mots (“heir today, gone tomorrow”) and scenes from the “downstairs” writers’ room, where crude puns about knob-polishing and recycling jokes (“Downton has fallen on hard times”) abound. Oh, and the Thomas and O’Brien avatars are nearly perfect. On Wednesday night, following Cousin ?uestlove announcing which of the lord’s daughters he has chosen to marry. The answer will be unsurprising here, and the wedding episode that ensues is equally amusing, especially for fans of the Edwardian melodrama. Here are both, for your mid-morning viewing. 

Check Out 35 Candid Shots From Last Night’s Golden Globes

Last night’s Golden Gloves solidified that yes, Hollywood is filled with beautiful faces and chiseled, well-crafted bodies of all shapes and sizes. But you know, behind that sheen of glamour and satin, everyone is still a little weird looking when you think about it—which only makes you love them more. And what a better way to capture that than with a candid post-award snapshot? The folks at Vulture have posted a series of 35 polaroids from last night, taken by photographer Lucas Michael, who had exclusive access to the hallway in which the stars cram into to retouch their makeup and compose themselves before sitting back down at their tables. 

Shot on the Big Shot, the same camera used by Andy Warhol in the 1970s, Michael awaited the stars entrance and captured some wonderful portraits of the stars on film. "While having his picture taken with Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno asked, "What is this, Mad Men?" The Magic Cube camera flash is much stronger than average, and after having her portrait taken, Claire Danes blinked and said, "I am actually blind right now." Check out some of our favorites below and click here for the full slideshow.

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Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Perform ‘Thrift Shop’ On TV For First Time Ever

Seattle rapper Macklemore and his collaborator Ryan Lewis have been in the eye of hip hop lovers for a few years. Shortly after they dropped The Heist back in October, they watched their album crawl up the Billboard charts to #2. This week, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed on TV for for the first time ever, courtesy of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Decked out in thrift shop couture (scent unknown) and obviously thrilled, they performed their feel-good single Thrift Shop with singer Wanz and a little help from The Roots.

Cheers to you, boys, for saying the words "skeet blanket" for perhaps the first time on TV ever!  The performance got even more fun when Macklemore ran into the audience with his mic and started tossing out clothes:

Earlier this week, the group also performed a concert in YouTube’s offices and did a Q&A. (And were paid in tube socks, apparently.) You can watch them perfom Thrift Shop, 10,000 Hours and Same Love and other songs.  

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