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My 5-year-old son might quite possibly be Jimmy Fallon's youngest fan.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Fallon, he is a 37-year-old actor, comedian, singer, musician and television host. He hosts Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a late-night talk show that airs Monday through Friday on NBC. He was also a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1998-2004, and he recently hosted SNL's Christmas episode. He's also appeared in several films.
Personally, I think Fallon is a comedic genius.
And so darn cute.
He also happens to be BFF's with my celebrity crush, Justin Timberlake.
But, I digress.
My fondness for Fallon began during his years on SNL, but I really began to appreciate him when I started recording and watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon every night. To be completely honest, I started recording Fallon's show to watch The Roots perform. I saw them perform at The Gorge in Washington State this past September and became an instant fan. Since then, I have watched Late Night with Jimmy Fallon faithfully. I can honestly say watching his show has improved my way of life. I'm not exaggerating, it's true. His show makes me happy. Every single show I find myself laughing out loud at least once.
He's just fun. I mean, what other late night show host plays beer pong with celebrities? None. And he isn't afraid to make fun of himself. I love people who are confident enough to make fun of themselves and not take themselves too seriously.
Some of my favorite segments on Fallon's show include "Pros & Cons," "How you like me now," "Celebrity whispers" and "The Real Housewives of Late Night." But, my all-time favorite is Fallon's "Thank you notes" he does each and every Friday night. It's my son's favorite, too. We love everything about this particular segment. From the "Thank you note writing music" to the way Fallon writes out his weekly thank you notes, which are witty and hilarious at the same time. Sometimes they are over my 5-year-old's head, but he laughs anyway. For instance, here are a few of Fallon's thank you notes from his final few episodes in 2011.
"Thank you, Google searches, for instantly making us all sound like Cave men."
"Thank you, winter hats that look like cute animals, for allowing the guys who wear you to stay warm and single at the same time."
"Thank you, broaches, or as I like to call you, grandmadallions."
"Thank you, oysters, for making me feel like I'm a contestant on Fear Factor when I eat you."
Funny, right? Insightful too, eh?
There were some even funnier ones, but they probably aren't appropriate for me to publish in the newspaper. Come to think of it, they probably aren't appropriate for my son, either. Here's hoping they went over his head and he didn't understand them.
Anywho, while watching Fallon's "Thank you notes" segment last week, my son and I decided to start writing some thank you notes of our own. We've come up with some clever ones. And, yes, all of them are age-appropriate. For instance, I thought of one last week when I was putting my son to bed. He has bunk beds and the bottom of the top bunk is covered with super hero stickers, which Owen likes to discuss before bed - trying to delay the inevitable - falling asleep. So, "Thank you, stickers, for being graffiti for 5-year-olds."
I think so. So does Owen. So there.
Do you have any clever thank you notes that you would like to share? If so, email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I might use them for a special project I have in mind for 2012. I'm not going to divulge the details of my plan yet, but it's big. So, stay tuned. And, do yourself a favor and tune into Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. You'll thank me.