Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island comedy ensemble were on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. Samberg and Fallon reminisced about how Fallon sort of discovered the group (awww) when he was hosting the MTV Movie Awards — which Samberg is hosting this year. Torch passing! (Then they made my day and aired the classic SNL male synchronized swimming short from the ’80s.) But the real point of the segment was the first-ever live performance from Lonely Island, there to pimp their debut album Incredibad.
“I’m on a Boat” isn’t my favorite digital short, and a lot of what makes those videos funny on SNL is the sharp tonal contrast between them and the rest of the show. On Late Night or any other nighttime talk show, though, flashy live musical numbers, complete with gyrating back-up dancers, are de rigeur. That said, the song is funny, and inflatable dolphins = win.
I’m in the minority with this belief, but…I’m starting to really like Fallon on Late Night. Yeah, he’s still sort of a goofy interviewer — most of the questions seem awkwardly placed and inorganic — but there’s no one on TV having more fun than he is, and for me, that enthusiasm goes a long way.
What’d you think, PopWatchers?