While Conan O'Brien has stolen most of the headlines regarding late night television of late, Jimmy Fallon continues to evolve into one of the more brilliant minds operating in the late night hours (much in the same way O'Brien did during his original run at 12:35). On Tuesday night's (November 16) episode of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," the host combined his love for music with his appreciation for meta-comedy and his ability to craft viral videos into one stunning sequence that saw him assume his Neil Young character (a stunning re-creation) and perform a Young-ified version of Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair."
The sketch got an extra kick in the pants when Bruce Springsteen (who was the show's only guest, in celebration of his recently-released anniversary edition of Darkness on the Edge of Town and the unearthed demos compilation The Promise) came out dressed as the '70s version of himself to provide backing vocals. It was funny on several different levels, but it was also a stunning performance (a testament to Fallon's abilities as both a comedian and a musician).
Springsteen's appearance was especially inspired, as the glue holding on his fake beard was clearly visible and he played up the inflated version of his '70s persona perfectly. The rest of Fallon's show was just as great for Springsteen fans, as it featured a prolonged conversation with Springsteen (as well as longtime sideman Steven Van Zandt) as well as Bruce's performances of "Because the Night" and "Save My Love" (backed, of course, by the Roots). It's the latest in a long line of late night musical stunts for Fallon, who also recently lit the Internet on fire with a collaboration between actor Jeff Goldblum and rapper Biz Markie on the classic "Just a Friend."