The Reader Interview: Jimmy Fallon

June 28, 2012 at 8:30 am , by

Every month an LHJ reader will get the chance to interview one of their favorite celebrities. This month, Deborah Chamberlain of Wisconsin quizzes the Late Night host Jimmy Fallon about his new comedy CD (Blow Your Pants Off), bucket list, and more.

It’s been ten years since your last comedy album—what made you decide to do another?

It’s been ten years since my last comedy album. MP3′s didn’t even exist. I really wanted to have an album out in this decade.

What’s your favorite track on Blow Your Pants Off and why?

My favorite track on the album is probably “Scrambled Eggs” with Paul McCartney. It wasn’t even supposed to happen really. I was doing the pre-interview with Paul up in his dressing room at Saturday Night Live, you know, just going over what we were going to talk about on our show, stuff like that. So I told him I had a bit if he’d like to do it. He politely declined. So I tell him that it’s based on “Yesterday” and how when he first wrote that song it was titled “Scrambled Eggs” and he told me that he knew that story because HE did it. I felt like Chris Farley. So he politely declines again. So I tried one more time. I started to sing our version of “Yesterday” called “Scrambled Eggs.” “Scrambled eggs, oh my baby how I love your legs, but not as much as I love scrambled eggs. Oh, have you tried scrambled eggs?” Cut to Paul’s head over my shoulder and he’s singing “… waffle fries.” He was in! I said, “You’ll do it?” and he said, “As long as you do it with me!” That’s when I fainted.

Do you feel like you’re doing your dream job as the host of Late Night?

I never thought I’d be a late night talk show host. But I’ve been doing it for over 3 years now and I love it. I love telling jokes and interviewing guests and playing games and making people laugh. I love the people I work with and couldn’t do it without them. It’s a lot of work. I knew it was going to be long days—it’s really loooooong days. But getting a laugh or good reactions to all of the work is the best. It’s a great feeling. The fact that we get to release an album on top of that is just icing on the cake.

You do a lot of celebrity impressions. Have any of the stars been offended?

No, because I’m not trying to be mean. But Bowie, The Doors and Neil Young have all heard my impressions and signed off. Some celebrities have actually helped me make my impression of them better!

Who does the best impression of you?

Justin Timberlake does a funny impression of me. He did it on Saturday Night Live but it never aired. Thank God.

What’s one of your favorite skits from your time on SNL?

You can usually tell which sketches I liked from which ones I laughed in. So basically every sketch with Will Ferrell.

What’s one thing you’d like to do before you die?

Be in Ladies’ Home Journal. [Jimmy: So happy to make your dreams come true. Love, LHJ]