On March 5, 2009, the Saturday Night Live alum known for cracking up during sketches began his new late-night talk show on NBC, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. During the last four years, Fallon’s delightful charm, the show’s musical tributes and recurring comedy sketches are all reasons why people tune in each night to see what’s going to happen next.
Celebrating the cameos as well as the immense talent of the show’s staff, we’ve collected a list of the 10 best sketches from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check out our favorites below.
5. Downton Sixbey
Late Night’s most recent sketch, Downton Sixbey parodies the widely popular British drama Downton Abbey. Jimmy Fallon, his family and show writers are all the current residents and workers within Studio 6B. In this sketch series, Fallon serves as the Earl of Downton Sixbey with announcer Steve Higgins as his head (lead) footman, head writer A.D. Miles ludicrously playing the Dowager Countess and Questlove named as the rightful heir. Episode 1 is available above to introduce the cast of characters that also includes Fred Armison as Fallon’s youngest (and strangest) daughter. Watch all episodes of Downton Sixbey here.
4. 7th Floor West
Inspired by MTV’s reality-esque drama The Hills, 7th Floor West documents Jimmy’s transition into his job as Late Night host through his struggles with coworkers and stressful decisions about which tie to wear for the first show. Premiering on the first episode of Late Night, this inaugural TV parody series spawned two seasons with 16 total episodes over a year and a half. Watch the first episode above and visit the Late Night website for more.
3. Real Housewives of Late Night
Real Housewives of Late Night features Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgins, A.D. Miles, writer Bashir Salahuddin, and Roots bassist Owen Biddle as extremely over-dramatic “wives.” Played in drag by their male counterparts, Denise Fallon has a fierce rivalry with Yvonne Salahuddin. In the first episode of season two available in the video above, insults and name-calling (of course) result when Denise does not invite Yvonne to the brunch with the other Late Night wives.
2. Slow Jam the News
NBC longtime news anchor Brian Williams (also known as Bri Will.i.Ams) regularly appears on the recurring musical sketch Slow Jam the News where Jimmy and The Roots sing about current newsworthy topics by crooning to slow R&B music. Last April, President Barack Obama appeared on the show during Late Night’s special broadcast from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On the topic of asking Congress to not double interest rates on student loans, the Barackness Monster, as Jimmy refers to him in the sketch, joined the group to slow jam the news. In the video above, watch the POTUS with the mostest drop the mike. Literally.
An admitted Lost fanatic, Fallon could not resist parodying the ABC hit drama. With seven episodes total, Late tells the story of 12 Late Night workers who survive an elevator crash that leaves them on an abandoned floor of 30 Rock with no apparent way out. Fans of Lost will appreciate the specific similarities the characters of this sketch share with the original island refugees. The second episode is available above with the crew determining how to survive and Jimmy giving his version of Jack’s “Live Together Die Alone” speech.