Tonight will be Jimmy Fallon's first night as host of NBC's "Late Night." He is replacing my favorite red-headed, marionette-looking man, Conan "the cone-bone" O'Brien, who has moved to LA to replace Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show."
Fallon reported to the NY Times that he's super-duper nervous, even when he received the gift of a plastic pickle from O'Brien, welcoming him as the next host. O'Brien received the plastic pickle from Letterman in 1993, and has now bestowed the ornament to the newbie.
Tonight's guest list on the show includes Robert De Niro, Justin Timberlake (who isn't singing) and Van Morrison (who is singing).
Even though he was chosen as the next host of "Late Night" in May of last year, Fallon has been gearing up for the gig by maintaining a video blog, in which he gives viewers a peek at what goes on behind the scenes at an NBC show.
Personally, I find Fallon adorable. He's always slightly uncomfortable with himself, which I find totally endearing. I was a huge fan of cone-bone, so I'm definitely anxious to see how Fallon will do.
Fallon receiving the big pickle:
and this oldie but goodie of De Niro and Fallon on SNL: