Steve Harvey’s had a pretty good summer. The man spent the warm months headlining Celebrity Family Feud, which has garnered huge ratings for ABC. This week, he popped up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to prove the concept. You can check out the amusing segment featuring Fallon, the Roots and Alison Brie, below.
In the lengthy 8-minute segment, we get to see Family Fallon—comprised of Jimmy Fallon, Alison Brie and Steve Higgens—compete against Family Roots—comprised of Questlove, Tarik Trotter and James Poyser. Harvey, just like on his own show, appears to host the video, and his rapport with both Fallon and the members of The Roots is hilarious to watch. Honestly, I’d watch any game show featuring Steve Harvey as the host, but this one is truly illuminating, especially considering it’s a Tonight Show segment and the cast members can get away with a whole lot of shenanigans.
At one point, Family Roots even attempts to cheat, feeding answers to Poyser, who comes up with “smoking” as an activity to do at a concert, thanks to some help from his bandmates. Fallon’s not too keen on the cheating, probably because his team is way worse than The Roots at playing “Family Feud.” In fact, Jimmy Fallon actually kicks off the game first by saying “Boo Boo Kitty” is a common nickname that spouses give each other, which should give you an idea about how adept he is at this game. (Harvey does give him “Boo” out of that, which is on the board, but the team still loses.)
This would have been a great episode of The Tonight Show to have attended as part of the studio audience. Just like a regular episode of Family Feud, those attending The Tonight Show episode were surveyed to determine the answers for the game, along with all of the other fun components of being a part of the audience of a late night TV show.
The Tonight Show segment is some solid advertising for Harvey and the celebrity version of Family Feud. Not that the show needs it. Viral videos featuring NFL players like Vernon Davis and more have kept Celebrity Family Feud in the news. Plus, Family Feud has quietly become TV’s most popular game show, edging out both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! in the ratings over the summer. (Amusingly, Fallon jokes about Jeopardy! in the segment).
Fallon’s NBC program has always been known for doing games, but this “Family Feud” segment is one of our favorites. You can catch more from the late night show on weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET, only on NBC.
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