Another year is in the books for Jimmy Fallon and NBC’s comedy staple The Tonight Show. Jimmy celebrated multiple Emmy nominations, with one win, as well as spending the entire year at number one in the late night ratings. This year had plenty of memorable moments. As a show that airs every week day, it wasn’t easy to narrow it down to just 18 clips. From January to December, here are the best moments from Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show this year.
Air Guitar with Bradley Cooper
It’s been a recurring bit that when Bradley Cooper stops by The Tonight Show the host and guest wear visor wigs. Bradley upped the ante earlier this year when he showed off some killer air guitar skills.
YouTube views: 4.3 million
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle has become big enough to stand as its own show, but Jimmy brings it back from time to time. During his week in California, he brought in longtime buddy Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart to throw down with their favorite songs.
YouTube views: 55.5 million
Fallon Fresh Prince Cold Open
Jimmy loves to play off of 80s and 90s nostalgia. He’s done numerous bits to recreate Saved By the Bell, and Kevin Bacon’s Footloose intro is one of his most viewed works. Earlier this year, Fallon kicked off his show by recreating the intro of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The attention to detail makes it.
YouTube views: 10 million
Harrison Ford Interview
It’s not easy getting Harrison Ford to come out of his shell. He’s probably done over 1000 interviews in illustrious career. While he was promoting the new Star Wars, Jimmy got him doing spit takes and playing with dolls. This video is just one of three clips from the interview. It was one of the best interviews from The Tonight Show this year.
YouTube views: 3.3 million
Wheel of Musical Impressions with Christina Aguilera
Jimmy’s musical impressions bit is only good if the guest is able to pull of the impressions that they are presented with. Who knew Christina Aguilera could do such a killer Britney Spears impression? The two were constantly compared in the 90s and early 2000s. I guess Christina picked up some of her singing habits in that time.
YouTube views: 48.9 million
Kid Theater with Tom Hanks
Kid Theater is one of my personal favorite bits from The Tonight Show. The bit calls upon children to write in what they think is the plot of an upcoming movie. In this case, it was Tom Hanks’ Bridge of Spies.
YouTube views: 2.7 million
Suspended Suspense with Bryan Cranston
In an occasional bit, Jimmy is able to get his guest to star in a fictitious show from Jimmy’s past. In this case, it was a soap opera that was directed by a near freak who insisted on suspending the cast with wires so that they didn’t mess up the floor. This clip hasn’t cracked the million mark, which is nearly criminal.
YouTube views: 930k
Wheel of Musical Impressions with Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is a super talent. From his acting, stand up and sketch comedy and musical talent, the guy is the perfect fit as a guest on The Tonight Show. Jamie did some musical impressions when he stopped by earlier this year.
YouTube views: 19.7 million
First Textual Experience with Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari has become a modern dating expert with his book called Modern Romance and his Netflix show Master of None. Jimmy and Aziz took turns reading introductory text messages that men have sent women, and the results were hilarious.
YouTube views: 3.3 million
Point Pleasant Police Department with Bill Hader
Fallon has done this bit before with other stars. Earlier this year, Bill Hader participated in one of Fallon’s grosser sketches. The bit involves Jimmy and his guest spitting food all over each other.
YouTube view: 1.8 million
Phone Booth with Kevin Spacey
It always amazes me how game Kevin Spacey is to do ridiculous bits on late night talk shows. The concept of Phone Booth usually ends with both Phone Booths crammed with people and costumed characters.
YouTube views: 4 million
Lip Sync Battle with Ellen DeGeneres
Lip Sync Battles continue to be one of Jimmy’s most successful segments. When Ellen Degeneres stopped by to participate in one, it was a huge deal and resulted in one of his most viewed videos of the year. Watching Ellen perform Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” is pure gold.
YouTube views: 20.1 million
Wheel of Musical Impressions with Ariana Grande
Much like Christina Aguilera with her Britney Spears impression, who knew Ariana Grande could do a killer Celine Dion impression, or even had a sense of humor for that matter?
YouTube views: 33.7 million
Good Burger Sketch
In one of the most buzz worthy moments of the year, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell reunited to bring back a new Good Burger sketch. The popular sketch from Nickelodeon’s sketch show All That involved two inept fast food employees. The new version hit all the same jokes from the original.
YouTube views: 9.3 million
Ragtime Gals with Joseph Gordon Levitt
It’s always a treat with the Ragtime Gals, Jimmy’s group of barbershop singers, sing the hits of today. Joseph Gordon-Levitt joined the group to sing Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.”
YouTube views: 3.3 million
Pop Quiz New York Comic Con
This clip has the lowest number of views on the list, but it still makes me laugh. Jimmy sent out one of his writers to New York Comic Con to ask them some questions about pop culture. Here were the results.
YouTube views: 317k
Jimmy and The Roots sing “Hello” with Adele
Adele’s “Hello” was one of the biggest cultural phenomenons of the year. So when Jimmy, The Roots and Adele joined forces to perform it with classroom instruments like kazoos, bongos and toy xylophones it was a huge hit.
YouTube views: 24.4 million
New Santa Claus
In one of Fallon’s final bits of the year, Will Ferrell stopped by to show off the modern version of Santa Claus equipped with Bluetooth earbud, board shorts, frosted tips and t-shirt cannon.
YouTube views: 2.9 million
So there you have it. Those are a handful of the best segments from Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show in 2015. Were there any that you love that didn’t make the cut? Let us know in the comments below. Happy holidays!