Jimmy Fallon steps up with Tonight Show home edition for charity

Jimmy Fallon (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
Jimmy Fallon (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for The New Yorker) /

Jimmy Fallon and family put together a special edition of The Tonight Show in support of the charity Feeding America.

Late night hosts have been trying to find creative ways to bring content to fans during the time of social distancing. Jimmy Fallon is taking things one step further by not only putting on a comedy show but raising money for some very important charities.

We have seen Stephen Colbert bring The Late Show to his bathtub and backyard. Conan O’Brien is making videos at home with escalating absurdity. And now Jimmy Fallon has joined the mix in another noble effort to bring humor and good vibes to the masses.

As if that wasn’t enough of a public service, Fallon also announced that he would be highlighting different charities each night. Tuesday night’s special “At Home” edition of The Tonight Show put the spotlight on Feeding America, a network of food banks that serves over 46 million people.

Fallon got an assist from his wife and kids in putting together the show. Check out his monologue and see how the Tonight Show host celebrated St. Patrick’s Day as part of #QuarantineLife:

The production was a real team effort with a lot of people deserving credit. Tonight Show writers sent in jokes for Fallon’s monologue, his wife Nancy acted as the camera operator, his two daughters served as the graphics department and temporary audience, and Gary the dog also made an appearance.

Whether it is Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, or Jimmy Fallon, there is something a little surreal about watching comedians deliver jokes without hearing an audience reaction. You can tell there is a bit of an adjustment that needs to be made and Fallon has fun with it from the start. It’s important to remember that the enjoyment of thousands of people watching from home is worth a few seconds of awkwardness from a punchline hitting an empty room.

Like any holiday edition of a late night show, Fallon also has a cooking segment…sort of. His St. Patrick’s Day meal consists of a Guinness, soda bread, and butter. It may not have been put together by a celebrity chef but it gets the job done here.

The “At Home” edition of The Tonight Show also means that Fallon serves as his own musical guest. His St. Patrick’s Day song is reminiscent of his “Weekend Update” spots and was a nice day of getting a laugh out of social distancing and self-quarantining.

It can’t be said enough how much late night fans appreciate gestures like this from Jimmy Fallon. The Tonight Show and others are a major part of people’s daily routines but there is nothing routine about life right now. Hearing a few jokes from Fallon can provide a bright spot for so many people. Add in the charity efforts and Fallon deserves a lot of praise.

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You can help out Feeding America by visiting their website or by clicking the donate button on the Tonight Show‘s YouTube channel. Keep checking Last Night On for more from Jimmy Fallon and the rest of late night television.