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Interview with Jimmy Fallon
Aired August 26, 2010 - 21:00 ET
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LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight, Jimmy Fallon. The late night laugh man is turning primetime Emmy host. He wants your help. We'll find out why. And then, his take on the new cast of "Dancing with the Stars," his old stomping ground "Saturday Night Live." Plus Jay versus Dave versus Conan. What's it like to play beer pong with Betty White? Jimmy Fallon, keeping it real, even when he imitates other people. He's next on "LARRY KING LIVE."
I love our openings. Thank you, folks. Good night. We're out of time. Jimmy Fallon is here. He's host of the double-award Emmy winning "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." He's hosting the 62nd annual primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday night on NBC.
JIMMY FALLON, COMEDIAN: By the way, don't make that be confusing, because it's not the 60 second annual primetime -- it's longer than 60 seconds. I don't want people thinking that it's 60 seconds only--
KING: I meant the annual, I meant the show is 62nd years.
FALLON: It's longer than 60 seconds.
FALLON: A lot of people have been asking me about that. It will be longer than a minute.
KING: And I have in front of me an Emmy I won.
KING: Yes. So I thought it would be appropriate that we display this in your honor.
FALLON: That's a beautiful award.
KING: Yes, well, you have gotten them.
FALLON: You have probably many awards. Yes, I just got one recently, but I think they mail them to you. I haven't got mine Fed Ex'd to me yet. But that's a beautiful--
KING: How did they ask you to host this? How'd that come about? FALLON: Well, it's on NBC this year. So I think they run down their NBC list of like who -- so I was right under "The Biggest Loser." And then it was me. And they go -- "Biggest Loser" said no. And I said, yeah, absolutely. But I did the Emmys last year, actually. Neil Patrick Harris did a great job hosting. And I did--
KING: You were a presenter?
FALLON: I was a presenter. And I did some bit where I came out with auto tune mike. So he sounded like it was rapper T-Pain. So I came on and I was like party, everybody ready to party. And I slipped and I fell and I pretended to hurt my back. And then I was just screaming in pain, but auto tuned. So it was like -- help me. And so, I did that for a while. And then I said, just roll the clip. Roll the clip. And then so asked me, they said would you want to host? Maybe think about it for next year.
KING: I mean, who in your family knocked the crib over?
FALLON: Hey, we didn't have a crib. I was raised by wolves.
KING: Let's take a look at one of his Emmy promos. Watch.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
FALLON: What's on the schedule for today?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: 10:00 staff meeting. 1:00 drinks with the clients. And tonight, you'll be hosting the Emmy awards.
Can I get you a drink?
FALLON: A drink? It's 10:00 in the morning.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KING: A take-off on the "Mad Men." Funny, funny.
FALLON: Yeah, yeah.
KING: The preparation for this kind of show, what do you have to go through? Like you're on tape all this week, right?
FALLON: Yeah. I'm on repeats all this week in New York. So I'm out in L.A. I got a tan. Well, this is what I call a tan. This is pretty good for an Irishman. I burn first. And then it takes -- the burn goes away and they turn like a cinnamon colored, but I come out here. As soon as I heard that, I was hosting, we started writing. I worked with my writers on "Late Night." And we came up with like 200 great ideas. And then, you know, honestly probably 50 ideas. And then the producer, we gave it to the producer. He goes these are all great. Tom (INAUDIBLE) is a great producer. He goes these are all great. He goes but we do have to give out awards at sometime. So we can't do -- this is too many bits. We can't. So we whittled it down. We have a really good opening, a strong opening, I think. And then--
KING: That's the key to those shows, that opening though?
FALLON: It is, right.
KING: You got to grab them.
FALLON: You got to have a good opening.
KING: Can you give us a hint?
FALLON: I can't give you a hint. It's--
KING: Just a hint.
FALLON: --a lot of celebrities are helping me in the opening.
KING: Oh. They've rehearsed it and all with you?
FALLON: Uh-huh, uh-huh.
KING: Are they going to tape the opening or you do it live?
FALLON: You asked for one hint, Larry.
FALLON: This is sane. This is getting ridiculous.
KING: You're having a Twitter contest regarding the Emmys. Explain it for our fans.
FALLON: Okay. So what we're going to do -- nbc.om/Imontheemmys. What you're going to do is you're watching the Emmys. And you have your computer, your laptop next to you, your mobile phone. You look at the presenters that are on that list. And you go, Jon Hamm. And you go, my grandma should leave my grandpa for Jon Hamm. And you Tweet that out. And then I get it. And I select from the different -- all amounts of Tweets. And I could use your tweets to intro a presenter Jon Hamm on the Emmys. So and you could type out any intro you want as many times as you want.
KING: Do I get something if you use my Twit?
KING: Your name?
FALLON: Fame, yes.
FALLON: Yes, your name is on the Emmys. And your Twitter address. So you'll probably get followers. I guarantee at least five followers. Yeah.
KING: This bizarre -- but this is modern -- this is social media, right? FALLON: I figured this is -- yes, I mean, this -- you couldn't do this last year. I figure this is just something -- who knows if it'll work? It might now work, but it's something different. And it's something to keep you watching the Emmys. You're like, well, why not? I'm here. I got my phone with me. I might as well try it.
KING: This is only Thursday, but being honest are you nervous?
FALLON: Yes, a little nervous.
KING: It's a big platform.
FALLON: I've thrown up a couple of times. More for weight loss but, you know, you know, because you lose weight faster if you throw up your food.
KING: And you know the critics watch this and on Monday morning you get reviewed..
FALLON: Yes, I know that. And it's usually-- the reviews are never that good. They never--
KING: They don't laugh. Critics don't laugh.
FALLON: They (INAUDIBLE), yes. So I'm not really looking for good critics. I was thinking about that, because Neil Patrick Harris did pretty well last year. So I was going to do what he did word for word. I figured if I do half as good as he did, I'll be happy.
KING: You won a couple Emmys this week, right?
KING: Oh, yes--
FALLON: Who won?
KING: You won this week on the--
FALLON: Oh, I did? I won one for editing, because we do these pretapes. We spoof "Real Housewives." We spoofed "Lost." We did a series called "Late," where an elevator crashes on the floor and we didn't know how to get off. We have no budget on our show, Larry. You have to understand. We have to use an abandoned floor at NBC. And we made it work. So we got nominated, yes. And so we won for a "Glee" spoof we did called "6-B," because that's where our studio is. And so like we did like a sing thing, a song thing. And it was really funny. And then we also won for best website. Latenightwithjimmyfallon.com.
KING: Website is now an Emmy?
FALLON: Yes, of course. What are you talking about? It's always been.
KING: When -- FALLON: I don't -- no, I mean, I don't know if it's a new -- I'll take it. It's an Emmy.
KING: Did you jump up and shriek with glory and glee?
FALLON: Yes, I cried, yes, I cried. And that's just what happens in my bedroom every night. I just -- I have problems. I got to take an Ambien or something, because it's just -- these nightmares I have are just awful. I could get into detail with you, but it would just -- it would blow your mind.
KING: Do you want to keep doing this late night thing forever? Do you have a goal beyond this like--
FALLON: Good question.
KING: --Leno out, you in?
FALLON: No. Well, I'm happy where I am. At 12:30, it's like if you get, you know, the viewers, the ratings, they're happy. The network's happy. I'm happy. So so far, so good. So I'm really happy--
KING: You don't look beyond it?
FALLON: No. I said this on the show and the whole late night thing went down, I said the one thing I've learned from hosting late night from David Letterman and from Conan O'Brien, is that it's a one way ticket to not hosting "The Tonight Show". If you want to not host "The Tonight Show," host late night for a couple of years. See what happens.
KING: That's right. You're doomed.
FALLON: Yes, exactly. Yes, so maybe I'll get into like the perfume business.
KING: Now there's a rumor spreading here that you -- now you're a big shot host.
KING: Are you thinking of getting this job? And want to check this out, were you sitting in this chair earlier?
FALLON: Was I sitting in that chair?
KING: Yes, did you sit in this chair, my chair?
FALLON: I don't -- I don't think so. I mean, I don't know what you're talking about?
KING: No, are you denying it?
FALLON: I don't know what you're getting at, Larry.
KING: Watch this, Jimmy.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
FALLON: Sheboygan, Wisconsin, you're on the air.
CALLER: Hey, Jimmy Fallon, I just want to say you were great, man. I'm so glad you replaced Larry King. You are the funniest. You're better than Larry himself.
FALLON: Well, that is nice. But without Larry, I wouldn't be here. But please, Nashville, Tennessee, talk to me.
CALLER: Man, Jim Fallon, woo, you are funny, man. You're like the greatest ever. You're the greatest in country music, too. I just want to say you're like three-alarm chili funny.
FALLON: That is so nice. Thank you. I'm honored to hear that. Thank you so much. Brockton, Massachusetts, you are on the air.
FALLON: Fallon, you are working funny, buddy. You have done it again. Oh my God. I have never laughed so hard in all my life. Every time I watch CNN, I watch you, buddy.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
FALLON: Hey, I apologize was -- I guess I was here.
KING: Were you comfortable in this chair?
FALLON: It was a very comfortable chair, actually. It really is.
KING: It is nice, isn't it?
FALLON: It's worked in, yes. Has that been here for the whole time?
KING: Well, you lied to me, though.
FALLON: Now it's turning into the godfather. Are you going to put an orange peel in your mouth and--
KING: You have relatives in New Jersey?
Jimmy got his start on "Saturday Night Live." We'll take a look at some of his greatest moments and ask what he thinks of that show now and what's ahead for that show. And we'll talk, of course, about late night wars. Don't go away.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tonight, on Horatio's Show -- see what I did there? Pretty cool, right? He's gone from Saturday night to late night, please say hello to my white knight, who gets it right, the not uptight, Jimmy Fallon.
FALLON: You look like you're dressed exactly like Larry King.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE Yeah.
FALLON: Just be you. Just be yourself and--
UNIDENTIFIED MALE I want to make a smooth transition into the job. You know what I mean? I don't want to shock old people.
FALLON: This is just--
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KING: Okay. Jimmy Fallon, he hosts "Late Night." Now, you've got your show.
KING: Because Conan was replacing Jay.
KING: So they need someone at 12:30.
FALLON: That's right.
KING: And then do you feel any guilt that you suddenly have a show that Conan didn't have until he signed with TBS and Conan mentioned you, that he wouldn't quit because they were going to -- he wouldn't stay because they were going to move you to 1:00 a.m.
KING: So you changed the face of late-night television. Do you think about that? Think about it.
FALLON: You put it that way, I'm thinking about it, yes.
FALLON: Yes, thank you, yes. I got it. Yes. I -- you know what?
KING: We're live now, Jimmy.
FALLON: I actually got this -- I know, well, when I got this -- when I got "Late Night," everything was fine. I was doing "Late Night," it's good. Conan was there. And Jay was -- Jay, we didn't know what Jay was up to.
KING: Somewhere at 10:00. FALLON: Yes, Jay ended up at 10:00, but we didn't know what he was going to do at 10:00. Then he 10:00. And then it became like the biggest story in the business. And I'm just sitting there like, I just got here. Like I don't know -- and I got here at the most exciting time in late night. And I'm friends with Jay. And I'm friends with Conan. And I'm friends with Dave. I mean, I'm friends with all those guys because as an actor, you go on all the shows. So I know all of them. So I was like I'm just going to keep doing my job and keep my head down and just try to make people laugh.
KING: What did you make of the wars?
FALLON: You know, it's tricky. It's difficult stuff. And you go, like, I don't know -- I don't know what the real story is. I don't know what they've dealt with, but I know that it's -- it was crazy.
KING: What was NBC thinking, your network--
KING: --about a 10:00 script show?
FALLON: Another talk show. Well, I thought you do Jay Leno's talk show. Then you do the news. Then you do Conan's talk show. And I think at that point, everyone in America's just ready for one more talk show.
KING: That was the thinking.
FALLON: Yes -- that -- they're just primed up. Like, let's go. More talk. This is fantastic.
KING: All right, how do you think Conan's going to do at 11:00 on TBS?.
FALLON: I think TBS -- TBS is very lucky to have Conan O'Brien, I think. I think he's a funny, funny guy. I know him. He's great. So I think it's -- he's going to change the face of their late night structure, absolutely because--
KING: You ever get to see Craig Ferguson?
FALLON: Yes, I talked to him on the phone.
KING: You do?
KING: He's a funny guy, too.
FALLON: He's a really funny guy. He's a charming guy, a smart guy. We have totally two different shows, which I love, because I love being up against that because it's like--
KING: Yes, night-- FALLON: --apples and oranges.
FALLON: Yes, and I called him and he goes, listen, Jimmy Fallon, we're shouldn't have the late-night wars. I go, yes, no late-night wars. But he was actually really funny. And he did a thing where he waved to me on -- from his show with the big Mickey Mouse hand. He goes, no late-night wars. And he goes, if you don't want me to wave back. And I was like -- so we got a Mickey Mouse hand. And I waved back across the country there. Just being buddies. And I've talked to him since.
KING: You got this whole gig. You came to comic, "Saturday Night Live."
KING: Did you -- were you comfortable in the fact of hosting a show, interviewing people, doing bits?
FALLON: Not at first. It's not easy. It's tricky. I mean, I got used to it. I mean, when I first started, I didn't have the air conditioning where it should be in my studio. I was sweating, flops sweat (INAUDIBLE) Deniro cross-eyed. Like so what are you like, raging bull? You're in a movie? How's the movie? What's a movie? Go to commercial. Like what's a movie? Like he was confused. And now, I'm much better.
KING: You're comfortable?
FALLON: I used to worry about time. Do we have enough time? We got to go to commercial? Now I don't care. It's like let's just talk. Because I would talk and the conversation would get good and they go, we got to go to commercial. It's like, what are you doing? Shut up and let them talk.
KING: Secret is the world ain't going to change. Right?
FALLON: Yes, sir, that's good.
KING: It ain't brain surgery.
FALLON: I love this. Well, I'm going to -- we're going to miss you when you go eventually.
KING: I'll be around.
FALLON: Now you're going to be around longer I heard. Rumors are around you're staying longer. You're doing a show with Kate Gosselin? It's going to be amazing.
KING: He'll never be back. We'll be back with Jimmy Fallon.
FALLON: Fallon, that's what it was.
KING: After this.
FALLON: My turn. Here we go. Didn't even bounce, yeah. Drink it up, yeah. Oh my God.
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FALLON: Maybe I'll sniff it.
KING: Is she a hoot?
FALLON: Man, what a great person.
KING: Great guest. And her career is alive again.
FALLON: Yes, yes, I just--
KING: Because of Snickers.
FALLON: Yes, exactly. That's what it was. It was a Snickers commercial.
KING: Superbowl commercial.
FALLON: Yes, she's coming the Emmys. And just--
KING: What's she going to do? Is she going to do a thing on the show?
FALLON: Dear Lord, I just hope she's not drunk. I just pray--
KING: Could be, it's late afternoon.
FALLON: --it's just tough. It is just tough. It -- getting her in the limo. And that is the hardest part, you know? We can prop her up in the chair, you know?
KING: But you're going to be on the show?
FALLON: Yes, almost like a "Weekend at Bernie's" thing. We're attaching the strings to her arms. We're going to clap and stuff like that.
KING: Well, let's hope she lives. Okay? All right. How did you -- how did you get "Saturday Night Live"? What were you doing at the time?
FALLON: I was doing stand-up comedy out in Los Angeles, out here. I got my start at the "Improv" on Melrose, Bud Friedman (ph). When I was in New York, I grew up in upstate New York. Socrates, New York. My mom-- KING: Socrates?
FALLON: Socrates, no, Socrates, that was my nickname.
FALLON: Socrates, New York. It's by Woodstock, Poughkeepsie. And my mom heard about an impression contest on the radio. And so she told me, she goes you're doing voices up in your room. And so why don't you, you know, go after this contest? And I went out. It was at Bananas Comedy Club and I won first place. And I think it was like $500. I was 16 years old. And I was like, $500 for one minute of comedy? This is my career.
KING: That's a good gig.
FALLON: This is a good gig.
KING: How did you get "Saturday Night Live"?
FALLON: So I went out to L.A. I did Groundlings. And I just -- I took acting lessons. And I got an audition for the show. I went and performed in front of Lorne Michaels.
KING: Just him sitting there?
FALLON: It's a dark room.
KING: What did they have you do?
FALLON: They have you do impressions and the original characters and if you do any music, do musical impressions. And I was an impressionist. I just wanted to do just different characters and voices. And everyone tells you Lorne's not going to laugh. He won't laugh. So the guy's putting the microphone on and he's like, hey, good luck, dude. Lorne's not going to laugh. What do you mean? He goes Mr. Michaels (INAUDIBE) so don't worry about it. If he doesn't laugh just -- it's like okay, no problem.
So then I go into the make-up room. And the girl's like, oh, you look great but Lorne's not going to laugh. Just know that he doesn't laugh. He's seen it all. And so I go, okay, okay, that's great. And then I go into wardrobe. And he was like here you go. You look great. And Lorne doesn't like to -- I go, no, he doesn't like to laugh. I heard you. What is this guy's problem?
So anyways, I go out. And I do this. I'm so scared. Everyone tells me he's not going to laugh. And I do impressions. And at one point I do Adam Sandler. And he starts laughing. And he puts his head in his hand. And he starts laughing. No one had done Adam Sandler. And I was like, wow. It was my moment. I go this is just the coolest thing.
KING: Hire you right there?
FALLON: No, but I just felt it right there. I'm like that's like my "Wonder Years" moment.
KING: Well, how did they get--
FALLON: No, they makes you wait for like three months. This is true. They make you wait. Your agent is calling every day. You don't hear anything. I'm like I didn't get it. I'm a loser. This is over. You know, my career's done. You know, I don't know what to do. I was going to have eight babies with somebody and start a reality show. I didn't know what was going to happen.
So then what I was -- he calls and I met him. And I was in California out in Paramount Studios. And I met him in a room that was all white. It was very heavenly. It's like cream colored and white. It was like a Calvin Klein obsession ad. And the wind was blowing. And he had his shirt off. No, just kidding. But he was sitting there. And he had his feet up. And he goes, do you wear wigs? This is the first question. I was like, oh, I do this to my hair. He goes, no, no. I'm asking if you've ever done characters and wore wigs, he goes, because we want you for the show.
FALLON: And then everything was in slow motion.
KING: Let's take a look at some of Jimmy's greatest "Saturday Night Live" hits. Watch.
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FALLON: This is Pat Sullivan coming at you from Fenway Park. I'm here with my girl Denise.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE).
ROBERT DENIRO: That's not what I do.
FALLON: Yes, you do.
DENIRO: Oh. That's -- that's not what I do.
FALLON: Yes you do. You do that.
FALLON: Oh, by the way, you're welcome.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KING: What a lot of fun that was.
FALLON: It was the best job in the whole wide world.
KING: I'll bet.
FALLON: It was the greatest and all the history there. And--
KING: How many years were you on?
FALLON: Six seasons. So I think it was almost seven.
KING: What -- I hear Will Forte's not returning next year?
FALLON: Yes, it's a bummer.
KING: He's a movie star now, right?
FALLON: Yes, I guess so. I don't know. I haven' talked to him about why--
KING: So you became a star. A lot of stars came from that show.
FALLON: I left -- I wanted to do what Belushi did. He was in three years and left. But it just -- things don't work like that anymore. Like do you know Chevy Chase was only on one season?
KING: What? Who?
FALLON: He was only on for one season, Chevy Chase.
KING: One year?
FALLON: That's it.
KING: Falling down.
FALLON: Falling down. That's it. Big star, movie star. I mean, but everyone thinks Chevy Chase must have been on for ten seasons.
KING: What do you make of the show now?
FALLON: It's great. It's the best show on television besides "LARRY KING LIVE."
FALLON: Because it's live. It's live and to do all that--
KING: Risk taking?
FALLON: It's all that work, the hard work. Just the lighting is hard work. The makeup, the hair, the costume changes. I mean, do you know how many times we spoof "LARRY KING LIVE" on the show? It's not easy to build the little dots behind here.
KING: One night you came on, you know, you breathe cold. You don't say anything. It's just cold -- the first bit is always cold.
KING: And I'm watching. I was at Disneyworld for an award show. I was a presenter to Ted Turner. He was going on television hall of fame. And it was Saturday night. And I turned on TV. And I see my set and I -- and the first thing I said was, they're running a tape.
FALLON: You thought, did I do that?
FALLON: When did I do that?
KING: They do great things.
FALLON: They do great work. And it's like live every week. And it's like what people don't know going to commercial break, you know, you're at home watching a commercial, but they're running around. There's people under the bleachers.
KING: Now they show them running around.
KING: Then they do a -- where they show--
FALLON: A quick little bumper.
FALLON: It's magical show. And Lorne Michaels is brilliant and all the people that work there, brilliant.
KING: Jimmy's imitated some of the biggest names out there. Seinfeld, Cosby and as you saw earlier, even me. We'll get a sampling of some of his voices next. He's hosting the Emmys.
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FALLON: I'm such a fan of yours.
STEVE CARREL: Likewise.
FALLON: We were just yelling locations. It's fantastic.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KING: We're back. What happened there?
FALLON: Well, you know what it is? I'm wearing a heart -- a heart thing.
FALLON: So if I get too close to a microwave or a clip of my show, things go screwy.
KING: Let's take a call. Bergenfield, New Jersey, hello. CALLER: Hi. Jimmy, I'm a huge, huge fan of yours.
CALLER: What I wanted to know is how hard is it to try to keep a straight face when you're working with these people that are obviously so talented?
FALLON: I have the worst time at that. Thank you for asking. I really break up in sketches. I'm very unprofessional actor. But I've worked with -- we did a sketch called -- I think it was called -- everyone calls it Cow Bell now or I Need More Cow Bell. It was with Will Farrell and he was a cow bell player in the band. And he played it so loud that the band couldn't hear any of the instruments. They have the amplifiers and he's hitting this cow bell really loud.
And then the producer comes in, Christopher Walken -- he would come in and go, "what was wrong with that take? It was great." He goes, "I got to have more cow bell, though." You know? So he kept doing this. Will Farrell's like, that's what I'm trying to say. That's what I'm saying. We have to have more. And so he did this bit dress rehearsal and then on air, he came on with a smaller shirt. And so when he lifted the cow bell, his gut came out the bottom. I couldn't -- then the glasses fell off at one point. He was running around kicking things.
KING: You had to laugh.
FALLON: I couldn't -- it was looking in the eyes of a lunatic. He's the funniest man on Earth. It was fantastic.
KING: Did you see the other guys? Three times I saw it. You can't stop laughing.
FALLON: -- when they had the silent fight at the funeral? They're whispering fighting like, I'm going to kill you. They start fighting each other but quietly.
KING: Bed, Bath and Beyond.
FALLON: Oh my gosh. Great.
KING: Mark Wahlberg.
FALLON: He was fantastic. Michael Keaton, they got his back.
KING: Lorana, Texas, for Jimmy Fallon. He'll host the Emmys Sunday night. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Jimmy. Who's your favorite person you ever worked with on "Saturday Night Live"?
KING: That's hard.
FALLON: I probably would say Lorne Michaels as far as people.
KING: I guess she means in skits.
FALLON: I'd say they're all good. They're all cast members. But me and Tina Fey had a good ride.
KING: She's doing OK.
FALLON: What is she up to?
KING: What is she doing?
FALLON: I think she's doing a show with Kate Gosselin.
KING: Do you have a fixation on Kate Gosselin? Do you have something for Kate Gosselin? You've mentioned her three times already.
FALLON: Look, I'm just saying, if this show doesn't work out for me, Kate, I can dance. I can be a dancing partner. I have seen you dance.
KING: I know you can dance.
KING: OK. Let's do some imitations, all right? We don't have to go long.
FALLON: Do you do imitations?
KING: No, I just do me.
FALLON: You do a pretty good you, by the way.
KING: Jerry Seinfeld.
FALLON: OK, people, what is this place? What kind of countries are these colors, different colored dots?
FALLON: You know, the people, they come on Larry King with the lip and --
KING: Chris Rock!
FALLON: LARRY KING LIVE. LARRY KING LIVE. LARRY KING LIVE.
KING: Robin Williams.
FALLON: Oh, it's a beautiful thing, yes, thank you. The kids at home going, (INAUDIBLE) -- where's Larry? What's up? Kick and chain and hello. Hi. Oh yes. Thank you.
KING: You know the thing about Robin Williams? You can never remember anything he did. You try to repeat the next day Robin Williams' jokes. FALLON: It's just 100 of them.
KING: I know. Let's do one more, Adam Sandler, the one you did.
FALLON: OK. He has like three levels, Adam Sandler. He does the mumbling Adam, where he's like, hi, how you doing, Larry. Good to see you, buddy. All right. How are you doing, pal?
Then he does the crazy voice and he's like (INAUDIBLE).
And then he does the screaming where he goes shut up!
KING: Was that -- you said your mother liked the way you did that?
KING: Did that happen when you were a kid? Did you imitate family members? Did you do your aunt?
FALLON: Yeah. I would just do -- like I think I would be up in my room and I used to do impressions. My dad would do impressions. My grandpa would do impressions. My dad was very -- my mom, very -- they're performers in the house. They have house parties and we're Irish, so that's what Irish people do. They get together; they have a good time and then someone sings a sad song where you all cry and then go to sleep. Maybe there's a fight.
KING: That's in the other room.
FALLON: Yeah, in the bar. My dad would do like James Cagney and stuff like that. And I think I learned from my dad to do impressions. When I was a kid, I would do like Rodney and James Cagney and those guys.
KING: You did Dangerfield?
FALLON: Yes. It was like, all right. I can't do it right now, by the way. I tell you, right, my wife's cooking's so bad, since when does toast have bones? OK? She said, take out the garbage; I said you cooked it, you take it out. All right? He's the greatest.
KING: He was funny.
FALLON: Man, No Respect was great. My dad had the No Respect album. They were very Irish Catholic raised kids. My dad would take a key and scratch out the curse words on the album, so it would skip over the curse words. so I'd miss half the joke. I tell you, the guy walked in and he was -- my wife said -- and then he said -- and you go, OK, this is -- I'm not getting this joke.
KING: Is there any famous performer that you couldn't catch? A guy you couldn't imitate that you wanted to imitate? Is there an un- imitatable person? There must be some.
FALLON: Yes. I've done some where I just go, that was just bad. I remember I did the dad from Punky Brewster. That took a while. George Gaynes -- do you know George Gaynes?
FALLON: He was in "Police Academy" movies. He had a really neat voice like this. I had to do him for a sketch once, and I couldn't get him well. I used to practice over and over again to try to get these different voice.
KING: Do you do Pacino?
FALLON: I don't do a Pacino. I don't know. He just puts emphasis on the wrong words. It is getting late! I'm here with LARRY KING LIVE. I don't know. That's kind of like that.
KING: We'll be right back with Jimmy Fallon. He is hosting the Emmys Sunday night. President Obama, Sarah Palin, the cast of "Jersey Shore." We'll get Jimmy's take on what's in the news next.
KING: Earlier this year, we had Mick Jagger on the show. And of all the topics to cover, we discussed you. Watch.
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MICK JAGGER, SINGER: Jimmy Fallon.
KING: Explain it to a logical person.
JAGGER: Well, what do you mean what --
KING: He does you, right?
JAGGER: Lots of people do me. Jimmy does his version of me, which, of course, is nothing like me. But Jimmy does a funny version of me.
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KING: Do you do Jagger?
FALLON: I do -- I do like that's a fake version of Mick. The real version of Mick is like yelling and clap -- random clap out of nowhere. Yeah. Pointing at you and mad at you. Hey! What are you doing sitting over there, right? I'm over here! Yeah. That's the we do it, a rooster like that.
That's the Mick Jagger we want. That's not Mick Jagger. That's Mick Jagger on sedatives. Yeah. He is just going -- that's not me. I don't do that. I don't talk like that at all.
KING: Political questions. What do you make of Sarah Palin?
FALLON: Sarah Palin. Well, I'm actually supporting Levi Johnston right now because -- yeah. This is serious. He's running for president of Haiti. KING: Mayor of -- he's running for mayor of a city in Alaska.
FALLON: I think he should be the president of Haiti. I mean, the guy's got a lot going for him. He should just consider it.
KING: What do you think of the president of the United States?
FALLON: I like him. I think he's cool. He's very well spoken. He should just speak. He just speaks a lot.
KING: Don't do anything else, just speak?
FALLON: Just look, look. No, look. Look. Look. No, look.
KING: He does that a lot.
FALLON: Look. No, look. It's like, we're looking. What is going on? What do we have to look at?
KING: What do you make -- the recall of eggs -- by the way, are you eating eggs?
FALLON: I do eat eggs, yeah. I'm not afraid. I don't think the places I go have weird eggs. Where is this recall?
KING: It's in restaurants.
FALLON: I don't go to restaurants, Larry.
KING: Where do you eat?
FALLON: Space. My friend's Richard Branson. We fly out to space. Oh, yeah. Earth eggs? I guess Earth eggs. You didn't specify the egg.
KING: What do you make of the "Jersey Shore" phenomenon?
FALLON: Phenomenon. I love it. I'm obsessed. I think it's great. This season is better than the first. This season -- do you know the Situation? He's the guy -- he calls his the ABS the Situation because they're just -- he calls it a situation when he shows people his abs. The new thing this season, they cut to him any time something happens for a reaction shot. He is like Mr. Furley from "Three's Company." like something happens -- Snookie drops a chicken, he's like -- what? And then someone gets in a fight and slaps somebody, he's like -- pulls the sunglasses.
It is like the best. It is just the best season so far. I love "the Jersey Shore."
KING: So you are a fan. What do you make of the Jetblue flight attendants? Whatever --
FALLON: Statlin -- one of the Statlin Brothers. The Gatlin brothers? Larry Gatlin? What do I think? "All the Gold in California," great song.
KING: They say Jetblue should do a commercial to show that their chutes work.
FALLON: Steven Slater. Oh yes, Jetblue, our chutes work. Exactly. That's the best way to quit your job ever. Are you kidding me? Get on, curse everybody out over a PA system; grab two beers -- Not one, two beers -- and jump out the window. That guy is a legend. He's fantastic. I love that he got suspended, too, from Jetblue. It's like what do you have to do to get fired from Jetblue? What has gone wrong with these people? Suspended from -- really? Suspension. OK. Good for you, guys.
KING: We have a Twitter question to Kings Things. You Twitter. You're a --
KING: You're a fanatic.
FALLON: Twit. Thank you. Get that tattooed on my shoulder: Larry King, you're a twit. Larry King, thank you so much.
KING: The Twitterer asks -- is that correct? Who's been your favorite person to interview so far?
FALLON: Gosh. I did like interviewing Robert Deniro.
KING: You liked him?
FALLON: I loved him.
KING: He's a tough guest.
FALLON: He had nothing to promote. He came on because he's a New Yorker and he likes me. And that meant the world to me. And that -- when you are starting a show, it's not easy to book guests. The fact that he did that was like -- I love him.
KING: Tough to draw out though, right?
FALLON: One-word answers.
KING: I know. How do you do Deniro?
FALLON: Nope. Yep. I don't know. What? I don't even take, huh? That was a good -- you know the question is good when he asks you to repeat it. My mom said -- she's deaf in one ear. I'm not sure if this is true, but it's her new thing. She's deaf in one ear. I don't know what happened, but she doesn't hear in one ear.
She goes on Letterman. Letterman has all the mothers, famous mothers on the show to do the top ten lists. Every mother comes out and does a joke. It's like Beyonce's mother, Lance Armstrong's mother. So my mom comes out and her joke was like, "stay away from that Paris Hilton" or something. It was a funny joke. And then she went back in line with all the other mothers.
So Letterman is going by and he's giving a rose to all the mother that came on the show. Here you go. Thanks for coming on. Thanks for coming on. He goes up to my mother, thanks for coming on. My mother goes, what? And it's like -- really, mom? He goes, thanks for coming on. She goes, oh, OK. And he gives her another rose. He gets to his mother, he's out of roses because he gave my mom two roses. I can't believe it. You're doing this. It is unbelievable.
KING: Jimmy Fallon, he'll host the Emmys Sunday night. He'll be back. Don't go away.
KING: Let's take a call for Jimmy Fallon. Long Island, New York, hello.
CALLER: hi, Larry.
CALLER: Jimmie, my question is, if a movie of your life were to be made, what actor would you like to see portraying you?
FALLON: Huh. If George Clooney and Brad Pitt can't do it --
KING: One or the other. Clooney has darker hair.
FALLON: He got darker. We can dye his hair any color. Then probably I'd have to say Clay Aiken.
KING: Clay Aiken? Interesting choice. You sing, right?
FALLON: Absolutely. I try to sing all the time.
KING: More from Twitter. "Jimmy always does male voices. I'm not a feminist, but I would love to know if Jimmy can do any chick voices."
FALLON: I can do Clay Aiken. I can try -- I used to do Alanis Morissette in my act.
KING: Alanis Morissette --
FALLON: I was doing the thing -- I don't know if I can hit the note anymore, because I had to practice. It's hard to hit those high notes when you're a guy. The older you get, too, the deeper your voice gets. I can do -- excuse me. It was -- God, it was a song about Halloween, Trick or Treating, and I said -- so I go, "thank you, Mike and Ikes. Thank you, Candy Corn. Thank you Smarties.
That was off-key and awful. But if you can auto-tune it, call T- Pain.
FALLON: Can you do Chris Walken?
FALLON: I don't do him that well.
KING: He's hard to do?
FALLON: Actually, I think he's pretty easy to do, but there are guys that do him great. there are too many guys that do him good.
KING: He's in a play where he has one arm.
FALLON: Yeah. Is it still on Broadway?
KING: I don't know if it's still running.
FALLON: He's fantastic. I love the guy. He's like I'm the Merchant of Venice. There you go. Anyone buying this? He's the best, though. He's one of the nicest guys. He came on to host the show. I was afraid. I was like oh, my god, it's Christopher Walken. He's like, where's my mark. Just tell me where my mark is. I'll hit my mark. I'm like, OK. I'm like, I'm telling Christopher Walken what's going on? Like, who am I to tell this guy?
Then he was like, hey, Jimmy Fallon -- Jimmy Fallon, let's do a song and dance.
KING: He's a great dancer.
FALLON: He's the greatest dancer And I was as like what a fun guy to hang out with. I love him.
KING: Las Vegas, hello.
CALLER: Hi, Larry. Thank you for taking my call. I have to say that I am going to miss you so much. But my question for Jimmy is, Jimmy, who makes you laugh? Which comedian makes you laugh?
KING: You just met Rickles.
FALLON: Just met Don Rickles and Bob Newhart.
KING: Who didn't know who you were, right?
FALLON: He does the best thing. It turns out he does know -- but he does the whole bit. Bob Newhart is sitting with him, with their beautiful wives. I go up to meet him. I said hey, Bob. He goes, Jimmy, how are you. He goes, Don, do you know Jimmy Fallon. And Don Rickles goes, who? Who? Are you famous? Who is this guy?
He goes, Bob, I know who this kid is. This is the kid you spin the bottle, you win a prize. I'm just kidding, Jimmy, how are you doing? You're doing great. You're doing really. He goes, congratulations on the Emmys. He's actually a really nice guy. He's got to stick in the burn, you know. You're friends with him a long time.
KING: A hundred years. FALLON: He wrote you a letter once.
KING: He wrote me a letter when he was doing "Young Warriors." They -- I think they changed the title, with Clint Eastwood from Yugoslavia. And in the letter, he said "you know how boring it is here if you're getting a letter from me."
FALLON: Come on. That's your friend. That's a classic. You should frame that, it's so good.
KING: Tito, of course. Young people will not remember, but Tito was president of Yugoslavia for many years. And Rickles said "I don't want to say this country is poor. We were going to go out last night, but Tito had the car."
FALLON: Those things like that, you go this guy is brilliant, right? Did you see the Joan Rivers movie?
FALLON: God, that was a great movie.
KING: By the way, you're married three years now. You want to be a father?
FALLON: Yeah. Married three years, yeah. I would love to have kids, yeah. So would my wife.
KING: You have to tell her.
FALLON: See, hopefully, she's watching. This is the way I want her to find out. Honey, when I get home tonight -- no, she's a producer, works with Drew Barrymore at Flower Films. They started that company together. We met doing the movie "Fever Pitch" in Boston.
KING: Is she out here with you this week?
FALLON: She is, yes. She's staying at the hotel.
KING: Are you telling her you want her to get pregnant now? Go ahead, say it.
FALLON: Not to create a reality show. I don't want to do it here. I have rose pedals.
KING: Oh, the right way?
FALLON: Yeah, the right way. She's the greatest. I love her so much. We're going to have kids.
KING: We'll be back with our remaining moments with James Fallon after this.
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FALLON: Thank you, Television Academy, for allowing me to host the 62nd Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards on August 29th. It is such an honor and it makes me want to thank all the people who made it possible for this day to come. My parents, Lorne Michaels, my trainer, my nutritionist, my agent. No, no, no. Who am I forgetting? My agents over at -- Dan Thurman, Steve Bluman --
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KING: OK. That's one of his regular bits, Thank You Notes.
FALLON: I'm sorry, Larry. I'm sorry to do this to you. Is it live tonight? Are you doing LARRY KING LIVE? Anyway --
KING: I hope we are.
FALLON: I just -- I have to write out some thank you e-mails. I got to send them out right now. I was wondering if I could just do that.
KING: Go ahead.
FALLON: Thank you, micro breweries, for making my alcoholism seem like a neat hobby. Send. Thank you, cotton candy, for making my grandma's hair seem delicious. Send.
Thank you, the name Lloyd, for having two Ls in the beginning of your name. If you didn't have that second L, I probably would have just called you Loyd. Send.
Thank you, Chile's for putting the calorie amounts next to your food on your menus. I'm at Chile's. What part of I don't give a crap do you not understand?
Finally, thank you, slow-walking family walking in front of me on the sidewalk. No please, take your time. Definitely spread out too, so you can create a barricade of idiots. I'm so thankful that you're forcing me to walk on the street and risk getting hit by a car in order to pass you, so I can resume walking at a normal human pace. Thank you. Send.
Sorry about that. Thank you, Larry.
KING: That's a great bit.
FALLON: We love to do that bit. I have great writers.
KING: You lucked into it? They came up one night, let's do a Thank You Notes?
FALLON: Yeah. You always hope as a talk show host to get those bits like the top ten or Leno's headlines. They're great bits. And so we tried -- this guy Jeremy Bronson wrote this. It was just a one off thank you note thing. We were laughing so hard that we do it every Friday.
KING: We're almost out of time. Is your plan --
FALLON: Why were you smiling after you said that? Let's do another half hour. Come on. After Larry.
KING: Are you going to get Leno's job? Are you going to perform a coup of some kind?
FALLON: No. That's not my bag.
KING: Spread rumors?
FALLON: No, I don't do that.
KING: Call tabloids?
FALLON: I'm happy to be where I am. I'm happy following Leno. I'm having a good time.
KING: You're happy?
FALLON: Yes, I'm enjoying everything. I'm really having a good time.
KING: One more clue on the Emmys Saturday night -- Sunday night. One more clue.
FALLON: One more clue, some music.
KING: Music will be on the show?
FALLON: There you go.
KING: There you have it, folks. When you hear music on the Emmys, you heard it hear. He'll be all right. The white wagon is out front.
FALLON: Thank you, sir. Betty, Betty? There she is. Betty White is here. Betty?
KING: -- tomorrow night.
FALLON: Betty, get over here.
KING: Time now for Anderson -- time now for AC.