Twenty years ago, I’m not sure anyone would have believed that The Tonight Show would find just as much success with viral videos as it does in late night ratings traffic. However, NBC’s latest host, Jimmy Fallon, has certainly brought his signature humor and gameplay to The Tonight Show, and last night The Voice mentor Adam Levine lent his voice to Fallon’s latest game. Take a look, below.
The game is called “Wheel of Musical Impressions.” The basic premise involves Fallon and Levine hitting a buzzer which generates a random artist and then a random song. Levine and Fallon then have to do an impression of that artist singing the listed song, which is how they end up with such weird amalgamations as Frank Sinatra singing “Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes.” Fallon also does a wicked impression of Bob Dylan before Levine hits the real pay dirt, getting Michael Jackson singing the Sesame Street theme song. Frankly, I’m a little startled that Levine knows all of the words to the Sesame Street theme song, but that’s neither here nor there.
Levine is remarkably good at this game, but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. The man has proven time and time again that he is a jack-of-all-trades. He’s a singer for popular band Maroon 5 and a mentor and judge on NBC’s hit singing competition program, The Voice. He’s also started acting in recent years, taking in roles as varied as the TV series American Horror Story and the movie Begin Again. This week, he’s added “television producer” to his resume after nabbing a script commitment from NBC for a new comedy called Kids in America that will be based on Levine’s life. Between all of these career pros and a killer Michael Jackson impression, I'm beginning to feel that Levine is successful at everything.
Not that Fallon is doing too badly. Over the last several weeks, the late night host has had a staredown with Jared Leto, has nabbed a creative Emmy Award and has helped Taylor Swift to get her inner nerd on. Not bad for a month’s work.
“Wheel of Musical Impressions” wasn’t the only important part of Levine’s visit to The Tonight Show. For stories on how he helped Gwen Stefani to pronounce Colbert and much, much more, you can head over to the Tonight Show page. Or, you can catch new episodes of NBC’s show on weeknights at 11:35 ET.
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