I'm doing something a little different this week. I'm going to toast some great posts…
It is often said that Sex and the City was a love letter to the great city of New York. It paid homage to the beauty of the city and all of the amazing things that make it so special–the people, the culture, the styles, the energy—always changing, always unique.
The newest love letter to The City comes in the form of a revamped late night talk show…maybe you’ve heard of it…The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon?
And unless you’ve been living under the Brooklyn Bridge, you’ve probably heard by now that Jimmy Fallon has brought The Tonight Show back to its roots…New York City. Like NYC, the new Tonight Show is fresh, funny, and always surprising. The opening credits were done by Spike Lee. Featuring highlights of the city, aglow in the bright lights of late night; it gears you up for the classic NYC evening–the kind that is full of electricity, you think you know what’s about to take place, but nothing can really prepare you for the full multi-sensory affront that is The City. And it’s nice, for all of us who love the place but just can’t get there often enough, to see a visual valentine, such as the one Jimmy Fallon sent on his premiere episode.
He began with a parade of classic New Yorkers all “payin up” for betting him $100 that he’d never host The Tonight Show. I loved seeing Joan Rivers back on The Tonight Show stage in NYC, as well as Sarah Jessica Parker (talk about I Heart NY), Lady Gaga, Robert DeNiro, Stephen Colbert (“Welcome to 11:30”), and of course Mayor Guiliani just to name a few.
Jimmy, with help from Will Smith, then continued with The Evolution of of Hip-Hop Dancing segment. (Hip Hop music originated in New York). One word: Hilarious!
A musical guest on TV is always enjoyable, and you know seeing U2 listed on the schedule is bound to be great. But nothing could prepare you for U2’s historic performance of “Invisible” which could only be described as epic. (No, I haven’t been watching too many X Games. This performance was epic in the truest sense of the word). Performing 70 stories above the street, Atop the Rock (as in 30 Rockefeller Center), U2 emitted the power, the energy, and the beauty of The City to all of us now sitting on the edge of our seats in awe. U2 was literally once again performing in front of a blood red sky (with bits of yellow and blue for good measure), yet another Valentine for this beloved city. And standing as if to be an honored guest, even the Empire State Building was dressed up for the occasion with red, white, and blue light blending into the all American sunset.
It’s a new beginning, a new era of late night, and as I always say when I see a beautiful sunset…Tomorrow’s going to be a beautiful day!
For video clips of all the funny and amazing moments from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, click below.
Buzzfeed has a pretty entertaining recap of the entire first week complete with animated gifs.
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HI! I’m a Shana, self-proclaimed Media Mixologist, wife, and mom to two little girls. I love to mix up cocktails of crafts, recipes, wellness, family and business with just the right amount of sparkle to help you shine everyday. So, grab a glass, and let’s celebrate the cocktail of life!