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A new day brings a new episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and each new episode invariably comes with an a-list celebrity playing games or getting up to other shenanigans. This week, Bradley Cooper headed to The Tonight Show, where he played the air guitar. Check out the rambunctious and fun performance, below.
During the episode, Fallon revealed that Bradley Cooper has “a little” musical talent. They joked around about it for a while, before Cooper revealed that his musical talent is actually playing air guitar. When he was a kid, he was weirdly obsessed with playing air guitar to “Down by the River” by Neil Young. He was super into Neil Young’s guitar playing as a whole and since he doesn’t actually play guitar, he learned how to play the air guitar along with the song instead.
Of course, that story was the perfect opportunity to catch the American Sniper actor in action. Fallon asked Cooper to share his air guitar magic with the audience. Cooper started out in sitting position with the air guitar solo, but as he noted at the beginning, it’s a pretty long piece of music, and eventually her got up and got into the air guitar gig a bit more. I especially liked the invested reactions of Jimmy Fallon’s house band, The Roots, to the faux musical gig. What was even more hilarious, however, was Cooper getting so into the air guitar that he started playing for one mortified but amused girl in the audience.
Jimmy Fallon has a knack for exploiting the weird talents of his celebrity guests. We’ve seen some obvious sketches on the show, including watching The Voice judges lip sync to show off their performance skills (which, come to think of it, would be a nice mash-up with Cooper’s air guitar prowess). However, who would’ve guessed that Channing Tatum would be so good at “Box of Lies” or Sofia Vergara would be so funny when flipping lips with Jimmy Fallon?
Fallon’s a huge fan of games and any weirdo sketch in general that can become a viral sensation on the Internet, but lately he has gone back to The Tonight Show comedic and talk-oriented routes, having Jerry Seinfeld on to do stand-up during what ended up being a pretty great episode. Obviously, the air guitar sketch is more of an example of Fallon’s ability to get wacky than his ability to go old school, but it’s also an example of how Fallon is bringing in his own personality and shaping The Tonight Show to be a great blend of new and old late night concepts.
You can catch NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET.