We’ve seen him impersonate Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and the Boss with uncanny accuracy. On his show Friday night, Jimmy Fallon debuted his latest classic-rock icon: Jim Morrison. He fronted a Doors tribute band through, as always, a brilliant novelty cover: the theme from Reading Rainbow.
We’ve seen Friday reimagined as a dark narrative about loneliness. We’ve seen it parodied in songs like Thursday. We’ve even seen it played by an orchestra. Leave it to Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon to pay homage by doing the craziest thing of all: adding more fun.
The back story is slightly complicated, but the important thing is that Fallon’s fans were able to raise $26,000 for charity, forcing Colbert to come on the show and sing the maligned Rebecca Black “song.” Colbert starts by crooning alone, on a pitch black stage, his voice choked with emotion. This is the performance one might expect – as it seems completely unexpected. Of course Colbert would come on the show and totally make fun of the song by turning it into a broken-hearted, country-tinged love song.
After Jimmy Fallon’s Neil Young impression earned him a duet with Bruce Sprinsgteen, it seemed there was nowhere else for him to go with it. Instead of rehashing the Young, then, Fallon debuted a new impression for his latest novelty cover: Bob Dylan. Filmed in the grainy black-and-white style of Dylan doc Don’t Look Back, the clip shows Fallon can keep a straight face on an impression far better than he ever did on Saturday Night Live.