tv The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon NBC January 23, 2015 11:34pm-12:37am EST
musical guest, maddie and tae and featuring the legendary roots crew. >> questlove: 201 jersey! >> steve: and now, here he is, jimmy fallon! ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: hot crowd! hot crowd! hey, welcome! [ cheers and applause ] thank you! thank you so much. welcome to "the tonight show," everybody. thank you for being here. [ cheers ] are you ready? are you ready? welcome, welcome. good-looking crowd. here's what people are talking about. you guys, president obama is riding high this week.
a lot of people thought he did a pretty good job with his state of the union address on tuesday. but not everybody's happy. in fact, sarah palin said the republican congress has to be more aggressive with obama. and she added, "it's not just only the new england patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now." [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: come on. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: then john mccain was like "i told you that in confidence." [ laughter ] very awkward. very awkward. i thought this was interesting here. in a recent interview, president obama said if he could have any superpower he would choose the ability to speak any language. then they asked putin what superpower he would want and he said "america." [ laughter ] that's right, obama said if he could have any superpower he would want the ability to speak any language. you know, so everyone in the world could tell him he picked the lamest possible superpowers -- [ laughter ] that's what you picked? i can understand you, citizen. [ laughter ] this comic book is awful, mom.
i want to put this in the basura. [ laughter ] this week joe biden spoke about the difficulties of sitting behind the president during the state of the union address. [ laughter ] >> steve: oh, my god. come on, man. it keeps on giving. he's a gift that keeps on giving. >> jimmy: what is he talking about? the difficulties of sitting behind the president during the state of the union address. he said it's hard to keep the appropriate look. >> steve: really? >> jimmy: yeah. it's hard, man. >> steve: it's hard, man. >> jimmy: let's see how he did, though. oh, not bad. [ laughter ] no, no. still got one more year to get it. he'll figure it out. yeah, that's right, joe biden said it's difficult to sit behind the president during the state of the union and he said it's hard to keep the appropriate look. which i can understand, because joe biden has so many faces he makes. check out what i mean. ♪ happy biden somber biden intense biden
shark teeth biden hugging biden ♪ ♪ strugling biden flirting biden singing biden drinking, winking ♪ ♪ shushing biden baby biden waving biden misbehaving biden ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] i saw that four-time nascar sprint cup champion, our pal jeff gordon announced yesterday that this will be his final season of racing. you could tell it was time for him to retire, because during his last race he had his blinker on the whole time. and he -- [ laughter ] just go around. i'll just go around. some business news. skymall's parent company has filed for bankruptcy. which could mean the end of the catalog. airline passengers are really upset. they're like, "now what am i going to spit my gum into?" [ laughter ] got to put it somewhere. [ laughter ] where am i going to put my gum?
[ laughter ] i've been taking acting classes. [ laughter ] >> steve: fantastic. i can tell. >> jimmy: how to sell a joke. yeah. >> steve: i thought it was watching a movie -- about a guy who wanted to put his gum somewhere. >> jimmy: bad robert klein impression. this week -- somewhere to put my gum! [ laughter ] this week's cover of "business week" -- everyone reads "business week"? focused on the -- [ cheers and applause ] ♪ i have nothing to do with that magazine. i have no affiliation. anyway, the cover of "business week" if you saw, it they focused on the struggling teenage retailer abercrombie & fitch. they are saying that they are getting too old. and they used a pretty interesting model. take a look. [ laughter ] geraldo rivera said, "i'm happy to help in any way i can." he's a team player. can we see that again?
[ laughter ] that looks like -- that looks like a justin bieber album cover from the year 2045. it's like -- [ cheers and applause ] ♪ baby oh, oh baby baby oh, oh baby ♪ [ laughter ] this is interesting news here. i saw this footage. russian president vladimir putin took a look at his country's progress in military technology this week and one of their newest gadgets is a robot that can ride a a four-wheeler. check it out. there it is. [ laughter ] look at putin's face. watch putin. [ laughter ] russia looks really fun, guys. doesn't it look fun? >> steve: what's the fire behind him? burning tires. >> jimmy: that robot's on a a jazzy. you know those things that go down the stairs.
you know what i'm saying? [ laughter ] actually, i think that clip was missing something. can we show that again? ♪ [ russian accent ] >> sometimes i feel like robot. robot who want to love. we make love. i want to make love to robot. [ applause ] >> jimmy: why would he say that? that doesn't make any sense. that doesn't make any sense. >> steve: i don't understand that. >> jimmy: oh, this wasn't good. the other day espn analyst jerry hamilton sent a tweet or a link or something like that. he tweeted out a link about a a football recruit and accidentally used a link to a a porn website instead. [ light laughter ] though to be fair, that's how the packers ended up drafting haha clinton-dix. [ laughter ] it's not that bad. [ laughter ] and finally according to a new poll, more than half of new jersey does not think their governor chris christie should be president. while the other half of new
jersey is chris christie. [ laughter ] we have a great show. give it up for the roots! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: whoa! he looks good. he looks good. [ cheers and applause ] guys i'm very excited for this. one week from sunday, february 1st, after the super bowl we're going live from phoenix, arizona. we're going to be there. >> steve: whoa! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: i'm so psyched. big names for our show. will ferrell, kevin hart will be there. [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: whoa. [ applause ] >> jimmy: they're the best. and we're going to have a a three-way lip-sync battle. >> steve: ooh. >> jimmy: yeah. that's right, yeah. >> steve: battle royale. >> jimmy: plus we have one of our favorites. she's amazing right now. she just got nominated for two grammys. ariana grande will be there. super bowl. [ applause ] that's bigger than the super bowl.
and then that kicks off a whole week of west coast for us. we're going to stay out there. we're going to go to los angeles. we're bringing "the tonight show" on the road. this is really exciting for us. we've got michael keaton, gwen stefani, ellen degeneres, [ cheers and applause ] neil young, vin diesel, will smith. >> steve: wayland flowers? >> jimmy: wayland -- the ventriloquist puppet? >> steve: yeah. >> jimmy: ah man, you booked the show. >> steve: i did, i booked the whole week. you don't got to worry about nothing. >> jimmy: you know, we have professional bookers -- >> steve: yeah, i thought they'd be busy. i figured i'll take care of it. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: what music did you book for it? >> steve: what music you ask? perhaps you've heard of a-ha. [ laughter ] i have an a-ha tribute band. >> jimmy: wait, wait -- what are they called? >> steve: uh-oh. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: it's an a-ha tribute band called uh-oh. >> steve: yep. >> jimmy: i don't know. we should get better names than that. ariana grande's a big name. >> steve: yeah, that's ture, that's a big name. but you've got to fill it out. >> jimmy: that leaves four
other slots. >> steve: four other slots. >> jimmy: you have ariana grande. then you have uh-oh, the ah-ha tribute band. >> steve: right, sure. >> jimmy: then you have three more nights left. >> steve: yes. one is a person i know you love. >> jimmy: oh, i do. i love a lot of people. >> steve: you may know him as klinger. >> jimmy: jamie farr? [ laughter ] >> steve: for two nights. >> jimmy: he sings? >> steve: well, i don't know. i'm going to have to find out. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: steve higgins, ladies and gentlemen. right there, he's a good man. [ applause ] ♪ we have a fantastic show tonight, you guys. he's a very busy man. from "american idol" he's one of our pals. ryan seacrest is here. [ cheers and applause ] plus she stars in the new fox series "empire." taraji p. henson is stopping by! [ applause ] that show is off the chain. i love taraji. ryan, taraji, tariq and i are playing a game of charades later in the show. that's going to be fun. can't wait for that. [ applause ] plus we have great, great music. maddie & tae are here, you
guys! oh, you're going to love them. [ applause ] guys, today's friday and that's usually when i catch up on some personal stuff. check my inbox, return some e-mails, and of course send out thank you notes. i was just wondering -- [ cheers and applause ] i was running a bit behind today so i thought if you guys wouldn't mind, i'd just like to write out my weekly thank you notes right now. is that cool? [ cheers and applause ] roots, can i get some thank you note writing music, please? ♪ looks like he did something wrong. >> steve: something real wrong. he looks guilty. >> jimmy: he looks intimidating now. scaring me. >> steve: looks like he's got vulcan ears on too. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: no that's the -- that's the in-ear -- >> steve: oh, okay. ear stuff. >> jimmy: like as a joke he's putting on vulcan ears. [ light laughter ] >> steve: yeah. >> jimmy: like a black spock? >> steve: yeah. tuspock. >> jimmy: tuspock? [ cheers and applause ]
>> steve: yeah. live large and prosper. live large and prosper. >> jimmy: live large and prosper. tuspock says -- i never heard of -- never heard of tuspock. >> steve: you've never heard of tuspock? he was on the whole holideck or whatever you know? >> jimmy: i've never -- well, i know "star trek" a a little bit. and i know hardcore rap music. >> steve: guess what? you'll be listening to him in l.a. >> jimmy: oh really? >> steve: tuspock's showing up. >> jimmy: you booked -- last night, you booked tuspock? >> steve: yep. >> jimmy: the rapper? >> steve: tuspock the rapper. the vulcan rapper. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i've got to say -- i've got to say, i'm kind of excited about that. >> steve: what's there not to love? >> jimmy: i really appreciate, it buddy. you're the best. thank you so much. ♪ thank you, the new england patriots, for being accused of playing with deflated balls. or as hugh hefner's wife put it, "been there, done that." [ laughter and applause ]
>> steve: she's football player? wow. >> jimmy: yes. she's a football player. >> steve: i did not know that. ♪ >> jimmy: thank you, secretary of energy ernest moniz, for looking like the love child of ernest borgnine and the quaker oats guy. [ laughter ] [ applause ] he doesn't leave the house. you have to forgive him. he doesn't leave the house. >> steve: he's never left the house before -- >> jimmy: he doesn't have a a television -- >> steve: last time he left was 1790. last time he left the -- >> jimmy: we found him in the time capsule, buried -- >> steve: you're lucky he has modern clothes on. usually he's wearing a a crevasse. he looks like a dickens character. can you make the hair like curl under? >> jimmy: oh, my lord. ♪ thank you, new study that says young children in america are eating too much pizza. for explaining why my baby's
first words were "pa-pa. john's." [ laughter ] >> steve: that's cute. ♪ thank you, netflix's 15-second countdown between the end of one episode and the start of the next one, for basically saying we know you're going to keep watching but we want you to take this moment to recognize the fact that we control you. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] you're in charge. ♪ thank you, seven-layer dip. for being the turducken of snacks. everything shoved in to it. >> steve: shove it right in there, man. >> jimmy: yeah. [ laughter ] >> steve: it's called dip, not scoop. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: watching the game, what did you say, man? >> steve: i said -- [ talking over each other ] >> steve: you took a lot of that stuff there, it's called
dip, not scoop. >> jimmy: yeah, but i'm watching them enjoying the super bowl. >> steve: there's a bunch of people at the party. it's not a single. you're taking a lot of dip there. i'd appreciate it if you put some of it back. it's called a dip, not scoop. [ laughter ] i don't mean to be a dick about it but -- >> jimmy: you don't mean to be? >> steve: i know it's your house. >> jimmy: i made this dip this morning -- >> steve: i know, i know. i just see there's a lot of people around. >> jimmy: i just missed a big play. >> steve: what's that? >> jimmy: could you pause? do you guys mind if we -- everyone's mad. they don't want to pause the super bowl. you're getting in an argument about dip. >> steve: i just want to make sure there's not enough dip for everybody. >> jimmy: there's a whole bowl of it. >> steve: did not see that. i'm sorry. [ laughter ] my bad. my bad, man. >> jimmy: would you please leave? >> steve: where's your restroom? >> jimmy: we don't have one here. [ laughter ] ♪ thank you, scaffolding on a a building, for giving me the chance to feel like i'm walking under a level in donkey kong. [ laughter ]
very fun. very fun. there's an ape up there. ♪ thank you, jiffy pop for allowing me to eat popcorn out of a robot afro. there you guys go right there. those are my thank you notes. [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with ryan seacrest! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ how do you turn an idea into something real? ♪ it takes passion... ♪ innovation... ♪ and most importantly, ♪ an after-party. ♪ the 2015 corolla. toyota. let's go places.
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>> yes, yes. >> jimmy: and you're fantastic at that. >> thank you. thank you very much. i love that show. >> jimmy: i love it, too. i used to listen to it growing up all the time. casey kasem? >> well, yeah, casey. i used to pretend i was casey kasem, by the way. so, i used to -- i was such a a radio geek. i used to set up a radio shack mixer after mowing lawns and earning money to buy it in my bedroom and making tapes of me pretending to be casey kasem when i was like 9, 10, 11 years old. >> jimmy: and playing -- and playing music, too? >> well, i was playing -- i had ca-singles. so, it was kind of hard to sync up ca-singles. >> jimmy: ca-singles. >> i had, like, tony! toni! tone! ♪ it feels good >> jimmy: oh, that's a great jam. >> and like, yeah. >> jimmy: i like tony and toni. i don't like -- >> you don't like the third tone? >> jimmy: i don't like tone. >> he's not such a bad guy. >> jimmy: well, i got to get to know him. >> open up to triple-t. and i had a little paula abdul "rush rush." ♪ rush rush yeah, so. >> jimmy: yeah, i remember that. >> anyway, somehow -- somehow it worked out. >> jimmy: and you were doing -- did you do impressions of casey? >> i mean, i've heard him. you do casey like brilliantly.
i would kind of -- i was -- casey interviewing me, asking me to do number one song. so, it would be like, "okay, and we're up to the number one song today. ryan, would you like to do the honors?" "yes, sir, i would, casey." "okay, go ahead and do it." >> jimmy: oh, my gosh. [ laughter ] >> up three notches to be the number one song in the land is richard marx, "right here waiting for you" on "american top 40." "good job, son." >> jimmy: no way, come on. that's so fun. >> but i mean, your's is so much better. your's is so much better. >> jimmy: no, no, no. >> come on. give us a little. give us a bit. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: we're counting down, so keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars." >> i don't know. i can't really do it. oh, wait, you -- hold on. [ cheers and applause ] so, the last time i was here in the commercial break, we talked about "american top 40." then, the next time i spoke with you, you had a hit on the top 40 with "ew!" >> jimmy: ew! yeah, i know. [ cheers and applause ] would you ever -- would you ever have imagined in your whole life -- >> never in a million years. it was hysterical. >> jimmy: -- that i would be -- you would have to play my song on your show? [ laughter ] i hit the top 40! >> you hit the top 40. and it was funny because you just, like, edged out
nick jonas that week. >> jimmy: i really did. oh, he was so mad. >> he was like -- he was a a little -- his chin music was up. he was a little pissed. >> jimmy: it was bad. when he came on the show, he was really mad. but this is for real. number 26. >> look at that. >> jimmy: no, that's not me. there. this over here. [ laughter ] >> that's jason derulo. >> jimmy: yeah, this is -- look at this. hot shot debut. >> look at that and there's "jealous" right there. which is now i think the number one song in the land. >> jimmy: oh, is that right? is it really? i was so excited. >> i never thought that would happen. that was amazing. it was amazing. >> jimmy: it was unbelievable. i mean, you know, i loved that and i love the show. and you let me host it a couple times. i had the best time there. >> you could tell that you had listened to it as a kid growing up by the cadence in which you hosted the show. >> jimmy: but also, i listen to you all the time. you got a good crew of people over there. >> it's so fun. >> jimmy: everyone's great. you do a good job at everything you do. now, i always joke around about you and say you have too many jobs, and you know, you don't. i want you to have more jobs. >> me too. >> jimmy: yeah. [ light laughter ] i feel like michael strahan has too many jobs. >> you know what?
>> jimmy: he's the new you. >> he's starting to get under my skin a little bit he's taking whole thing. >> jimmy: i know! >> that's my n >> jimmy: i watched i watched the r coverage. giuliana. >> you, by the way, i wasn't there for the emmys because i was shooting "american idol" last emmys. and you were there and i watched back the tape of you making fun of my highlights. you brought a highlight reel of my hair highlights. like, you walked up with a a video >> jimmy: you kept peroxid business. what are you talki [ laughter ] no, but i always like goofing around with you. i thought you were going to be there, so i was going to do it to your face. you weren't t >> it was great, watch from des moines or something during idol auditions. >> jimmy: but this year was my favorite, man. because how many times do you say "watch the steps" to people? >> at t >> you go, "watch your step, watch your step." >> we're on these ridiculously high -- >> jimmy: but why build them? >> i don't know! >> jimmy: every interview, you're like, "be careful on the steps." >> who are you wearing? good luck tonight with that. >> jimmy: thank you. >> but watch your step. my nightmare is that the women are standing there right at the edge of this steep staircase. and they're in a heel and a a dress.
it's a bad combination. i think they're just going to tumble backwards and it's going to be my having to catch. >> jimmy: yeah, that's scary. >> and so, being from the south, you just say things like, "watch your step as you exit." >> jimmy: oh, you're very polite, yeah. but i wanted to e-mail you because, at the beginning of the globes, you did this thing. you started with like a selfie stick and you had a gopro camera and you thought you were going to be mr. cool. [ laughter ] >> not the first time. >> jimmy: and get a really good, a really cool camera shot that no one's going to get. and it just didn't work at all. and then you're like, "yeah, here we are from the globes. it's so exciting." >> 120 -- >> jimmy: 120, yeah. you couldn't -- you really didn't get a good angle. then, you just immediately figured it wasn't working. you put it down. and then the camera angle's so much better and so much crisper and clearer. and i was like, oh, my gosh, it so didn't work. we have a clip. i just want to remind you of it. >> of course, of course. >> jimmy: here it is. >> this is the golden globes. you're looking behind me at the path all the stars will tak over here, you' photographers who will snap all the candid shots of everybody as they arrive. the biggest names in movies and television are on their way. >> there's that moment -- [ cheers and applause ]
>> jimmy: i loved it. i loved it. i loved it. >> there's that moment on live television when you know it's just sucking. >> jimmy: it's just not working. >> and you're trying to figure out what's the bail? >> jimmy: this is offering me nothing. this is offering me nothing. >> how about that was literally sam rubin from channel 5 in l.a. that walked by. so, i figured, all right, we've got to get rid of this. that was the only thing i could think of to get out of it. >> jimmy: it was brilliant. well, it was great. "american idol," congrats on this. again, in its 14th season now and it's just getting better. the talent's getting better. the judges are top-notch. >> just phenomenal, yeah. >> jimmy: jennifer lopez, harry connick jr., keith urban. they're fantastic. >> they're so good they're so charming, and it's contagious. and more people are watching each week, so we're super psyched about that. it's actually growing and but -- what was i going to say? last night, i watched. >> oh, yes. >> jimmy: and jennifer saw this guy auditioning. and she said you look like -- me. >> yes. you remind -- they were reminded of you by this guy who kind of resembled you actually. >> jimmy: harry said it as well. but we have the clip of that guy too. >> let's see him. >> do you ever get that you look like jimmy fallon? >> like, no. >> because it's freaking me
out. >> but i am kind of silly like jimmy fallon. >> maybe, yeah. >> it's me with a wig. [ laughter ] >> that's pretty funny. >> he really smiles like him too. >> i think it's pretty close. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: first of all -- >> where was the facial hair? >> jimmy: first of all, i don't -- i didn't go, "hey!" i've never done that in my life. that was his impression of me? >> it was pretty close. >> jimmy: hey! this the second time i've done it in my life. >> he said he was a big fan, watches every show. hey. >> jimmy: yeah, he does that. i've never done that. all right, let's see if this works. >> oh, you're going to become adam? >> jimmy: yeah. what's his name? >> i think his name's adam. >> jimmy: adam. >> what is it? adam. good, the whole crew knows. i host the show. you guys know. it's perfect. [ laughter ] it's getting -- it's getting really good. you know this is going to be close. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i look like dave grohl. [ cheers and applause ] >> the foo fighters, ladies and gentlemen. the foo fighters are here. >> jimmy: i look like dave grohl. i should do a foo fighters impression. >> bro, it's pretty damn close. >> jimmy: really? [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: not bad? >> now, do you. >> jimmy: hey.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: welcome back, everybody! tariq and i are here are ryan seacrest, and we're about to play a game of charades. i'm playing with ryan, but tariq needs a partner. and we found him a good one. she's the star of fox's new hit show "empire." please welcome taraji p. henson. ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
>> jimmy: taraji, you're awesome. now, look, everyone knows how to play charades, right? each player gets a turn. you give silent clues to your teammates. 45 seconds on the clock per turn. we'll go four rounds, one point each. fifth round is a charade showdown. each team gets the same clue to give at the same time. whoever gets there first gets 120 points. >> 120,000 got it! >> jimmy: no, no, no, no. points, points, points. >> that's the showcase showdown. >> jimmy: yeah, it's showcase showdown. taraji, start us off tonight, and you'll be giving to tariq who will be sitting there. >> we're here? all right, got it. >> i'll go first? you would, jimmy. >> jimmy: this is ladies first. i told you, i'm being polite. >> okay, give me a number. five. >> jimmy: one person yelled five. not fair. >> oh, okay. okay. okay. >> song. dad. queen. she's a dancing queen. ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
>> jimmy: i don't like this, yeah. >> you ready to go? >> yeah. >> jimmy: okay. technically, it's called dancing queen. but she is a dancing queen. it's okay, it's okay. we got it. we got it. it's okay, jimmy. >> jimmy: that's the way we play in your house. >> where do i go? what should i go? what do i go? [ yelling ] >> i can't hear a word. all right. let's do this. okay. here we go. it is a song. >> jimmy: running. two words. second word. running. devil. running with the devil. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] that was faster, and it was the correct title and it was also -- >> okay. okay. okay. we can't. that's not gonna break too soon. >> jimmy: the difference between us and you guys is we actually said the right word. >> that's okay. >> jimmy: 11! 11! 12! >> okay. got to look very confident. song. >> jimmy: that's how you sing?
he saluted. >> he's smooth with it. sexy smooth. sexy silky smooth. >> jimmy: yeah. >> singing. all to the world. >> jimmy: you're moving your lips. stop, it tariq. >> beat. beat. boom ba-boom-boom bass. nicki minaj. bass. feel the bass. >> jimmy: stop saying uh. you're making sounds. >> bass. >> jimmy: he's moaning. >> how many words? song. sounds like. >> jimmy: how many words? >> sounds like what? sounds like ten songs. phone call. call. call bass. bass call. bass line. bass the call. call the bass! call the drummer! the bass! the bass guy! the drummer is the bass guy! >> jimmy: all about that bass? >> all about that bass! >> jimmy: i know, i know. >> ooh, jimmy. >> you should have just done no treble. just go no treble. no treble. >> jimmy: you were saying um, um. >> all right, here we go.
>> jimmy: getting yelled at. >> thank god. >> i don't like that face. >> that looks hard. i hope you lose, jimmy. >> okay. three words. [ laughter ] three. three blind mice. three stooges. three mikes. three little pigs. yes. yes! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: that was what i'm talking about. ♪ three little pigs three little pigs three little pigs ♪ ♪ superbass superbass ♪ >> that's okay, jimmy. that's okay, jimmy. that's okay. it's your show. it's okay, i understand. >> jimmy: oh, come on. >> all right, here we go. >> jimmy: ooh. >> all righty now. >> jimmy: all right. >> okay. >> jimmy: less confident than
before. third look is the charm -- >> all right. >> shark. shark tank. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh, my gosh. that was good right there. >> let me rub it in your face. >> wow, that was good. >> jimmy: it's a showdown. it's a showdown. taraji, you and ryan. you go do the showdown. pick the same clue. whoever gets there first is the winner. >> okay. here we go. >> okay. >> you pick. you pick. eight? ocho. >> let's go. >> okay. we got it, okay. >> jimmy: movie? oh my god. okay. >> tariq: the elephant man. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: the elephant man? >> how did you get that so quickly? >> jimmy: i'm so mad. >> you were -- >> taraji p. henson will now being taking over for jimmy fallon. >> does that mean they won? >> all right. all right. all right. all right. >> good comeback. >> jimmy: taraji p. henson
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: our next guest is an oscar and emmy award-nominated actress who stars on the hit new fox series "empire," which airs wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. she's one of our favorites. please welcome taraji p. henson. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: taraji p. henson, how are you pal? >> hey, jimmy. >> jimmy: it's so great to see you. thank you for doing charades. i appreciate that. >> that was so much fun. >> jimmy: you're so fun to hang out with. >> bow down to me. >> jimmy: oh, my goodness. don't rub it in. don't be a sore winner. >> you would rub it in if it were you. >> jimmy: i would. but it wasn't. >> you're not, so, take it. >> jimmy: do you remember the last time i saw you? >> yeah. you tried to get me and mary j.
to pay your bill at del frisco. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: yeah. >> yeah, he comes up. he's like oh, jimmy said to send this bill over. and mary and i are like, what? >> jimmy: no. i don't think we sent it from us. >> no. you didn't say it was from you. you sent him over just with this random bill. >> jimmy: i went out to dinner with higgins and i saw you eating dinner with mary j. blige. so i said "can you -- they said they're gonna take care of our bill." i don't know why, but they said that. i go that's pretty cool. the guy said are you sure? >> and he's like shaking with the bill like uh-huh. >> jimmy: so i was watching you guys. just watching your confused faces. you were sitting far away and you were like -- >> huh what? what i actually said to mary is you're an artist. you guys get like more money than me. see, the way my account is set up. >> jimmy: you can pay this. >> my residuals, you know, they kind of come in at the end of the year. >> jimmy: so she can pay for it? >> yeah. exactly. >> jimmy: that made me laugh. and then you were like "ha-ha." you just looked at me and higgins and go "hi, guys." you posted this on instagram.
>> i did, are you sure? >> jimmy: throwback thursday. this is you in high school? >> yeah, that's me. >> jimmy: look at this one. i mean that's -- you're super cute. that's a hairstyle i've never seen before. [ laughter ] >> that's very -- >> jimmy: what do you call that? >> yeah, i tried to see how many hairstyles i could fit on one head. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: it's a mixture of three or four different hairstyles. >> it's four. it's four. and in the back, there's a a rattail. >> jimmy: no, there is not. >> oh, yes. so that actually makes five. >> jimmy: it is unbelievable. that is a fantastic -- >> we use to stop traffic in the mall. >> jimmy: did it become a trend setter right there? >> yeah. if you flip through that yearbook, you would see other girls failing epically at times to recreate that hairstyle. >> jimmy: what does your quote say down there? but i'm the real tip. >> that's what we used to say in the '80s -- '90s. >> jimmy: well done. well done. '80s -- uh, '90s.
>> just last year. >> jimmy: congratulations. >> but i said to become famous. and i was scared to say to become a famous actress, because i had auditioned for duke ellington's school of the fine arts in washington, d.c. and they didn't accept me. so i just knew i was going to be famous because my friends kept calling me hollywood. but look at that hair. i was bound to do something. >> jimmy: yeah. come on, something's going to happen with this. absolutely. >> i stopped mall traffic. that's a start. >> jimmy: that's a start. >> eat your heart out, rihanna. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i have to say congrats. congrats, congrats on "empire." >> oh, my gosh. thank you. >> jimmy: it couldn't happen to a cooler person. you know we love you so much. but this show started, premiered. crazy unbelievable numbers. and then, oh, my gosh, next week they re-air it, the numbers are bigger. then the second episode airs and the numbers are bigger than that. the third episode -- >> but who's counting? >> jimmy: well, yeah. the numbers, they climb up. >> they keep growing. >> jimmy: that hasn't happened. we researched this.
that hasn't happened to a tv drama in 23 years. [ cheers and applause ] >> that's amazing. >> jimmy: that's awesome. that's so great. >> are we talking about my show? >> jimmy: this is your show. >> i have to do it -- i feel like we're in a dream. >> jimmy: oh, my gosh. you're fantastic in it. terrence howard. explain what the show's about for people who haven't seen it. >> basically, long story short, this is how i describe it. it is "dynasty" meets "sopranos" meets hip-hop version of "glee." >> jimmy: yes. [ laughter ] that's really what it is. >> isn't that what it is? you have a high fashion and drama of "dynasty." >> jimmy: it really is a little "dynasty." >> it very is. the music. even the look. >> jimmy: it's very -- oh, it's great. >> the champagne is done. i do not sleep in, near, or with my clothes. i asked for two junior bedroom suites. yeah, i do this at home. >> jimmy: i asked for two junior bedroom suites. but you play -- >> cookie. >> jimmy: but what's terrance, what's his -- >> lucious. >> jimmy: lucious. >> lucifer. >> jimmy: lucifer.
you just came out of jail. >> i just came out of jail. i did 17 years because we lived in the hood. and i don't condone selling drugs, but at the end of the day they had three sons, really, really young. and at that time, you know, in the '80s, i remember this time. i remember when crack was introduced. and i was looking at the tv like "what's that?" mom was like "stay away from it!" some of my friends didn't. and a lot of people sold drugs, because they felt that was their only way out of the hood. it was a horrible thing to do. but she saved her three sons from a generation of poverty. and she served her time. she manned up. and she did what all mothers do. she sacrificed. if lucious had gone to jail, who was going to provide for the children? he was the talent. she took the bullet for the fam and now they're filthy rich. >> jimmy: and now she's coming back. >> she's coming back to get what's hers, honey. she's been in jail for 17 years watching it all brew. and you will not leave the cookie out. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: do not leave the
cookie out. >> do not leave the cookie out. >> jimmy: no, exactly, and it's fun, but it's also. it's timbaland, is that right? >> timbaland does all of the music. it's amazing. >> jimmy: it's original songs. >> original songs. what i love about the music is it's not like scene, scene, scene, cut. okay, musical. like it's organically woven into the story. so you're watching the scene and then all of a sudden the storm creeps up on you and it's like oh, a song. >> jimmy: it's good, and you're fantastic. and it couldn't happen to a a better person. i fixed your yearbook quote. there you go. right there. taraji p. henson became famous. there you go. >> i love you, jimmy. thank you so much. >> jimmy: you're the greatest, pal. thank you. taraji p. henson "empire" airs wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on fox. check it out. stick around, maddie & tae perform next. there they are in the x-box green room. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ at t-mobile, you can hook up the whole family for a $100 a month. get 4 lines with unlimited talk, text, and up to 10 gigabytes of 4g lte data.
♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: our next guests scored single of the year in "nashville scene"'s prestigious year-end critics poll for their chart-topping hit "girl in a a country song." tonight, they're here to perform their new single "fly" on tv for the first time. please welcome maddie & tae. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ baby blue staring in the window pane
just counting drops of rain ♪ ♪ wondering if she's got the guts to take it running down her dreams in a dirty dress ♪ ♪ now her heart's a mess praying she will find a way to make it ♪ ♪ so keep on climbing though the ground might shake just keep on reaching though the limb might break ♪ ♪ we've come this far don't you be scared now cause you can learn to fly on the way down ♪ ♪
♪ searching for a sign in the night even like a lonely string of lights ♪ ♪ that'll burn just long enough for you to see it ♪ ♪ the road's been long and lonely and you feel like giving up ♪ ♪ there's more to this than just the breath you're breathing ♪ ♪ so keep on climbing though the ground might shake just keep on reaching though the limb might break ♪ ♪ we've come this far don't you be scared now cause you can learn to fly on the way down ♪ ♪ on the way down
♪ ♪ you won't forget the heavy steps it took to let it go ♪ ♪ close your eyes and count to ten hold your breath and fly ♪ ♪ keep on climbing though the ground might shake just keep on reaching though the limb might break ♪ ♪ we've come this far don't you be scared now cause you can learn to fly on the way down ♪ ♪ ♪ fly
♪ ♪ fly [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: oh, my gosh. fantastic. oh, it's awesome. thank you, thank you, thank you. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> jimmy: hey, how are you? maddie & tae! check out their self-titled ep in stores now. we'll be right back with more "tonight show." that was fantastic. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: my thanks to ryan seacrest, taraji p. henson, maddie & tae, everybody! fantastic. [ cheers and applause ] and the roots right there, ladies and gentlemen. [ cheers and applause ] stay tuned for "late night with seth meyers." thank you for watching. have a great weekend. hope to see you again next week. bye-bye. [ cheers and applause ] ♪