Jimmy Fallon chooses a new heir to his comedy throne in Empire parody

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Empire state of play! Jimmy Fallon parodies hit series with cameos by Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Donald Trump.

The action in season 1 of Empire kicks off when Lyon family patriarch Lucious discovers that he is gravely ill, and that he must choose a replacement to take over the wildly successful record label that he built from the ground up. Ever since he hosted “Late Night,” Jimmy Fallon has been very good about showing the audience what really happens behind the scenes when the cameras shut down.’I might not be around forever, what with my finger being in the condition that it is,’ Fallon told his boardroom, with a nod to the bizarre accident that injured his ring finger earlier this year. ‘Who knows what could happen tomorrow.Even Jimmy Fallon isn’t immune to “Empire” fever — the “Tonight Show” host celebrated the Sept. 23 return of the record-breaking Fox drama with a new digital original spoof, “Jimpire,” which saw the late-night host channeling Terrence Howard in an impression that was half Lucious Lyon and half Tony Stark. In Jimmy Fallon’s Empire parody, called “Jimpire,” the story beats are similar: Fallon, with his busted-up finger, must find an heir to the Tonight Show empire, and spends the 10-minute segment deciding on the right person for the job.

There was “7th Floor West,” a parody of MTV‘s “The Hills“; “Downton Sixbey,” which imagined Fallon as an English lord and his writing staff the lowly estate servants; and “Joking Bad,“(where Fallon would slip into his more comfortable, Walter White-inspired look of bald head, glasses and goatee post-show. But naturally, there’s another fur-wearing, insult-slinging figure who wants to get their hands on the Jimpire — Higgy (Steve Higgins) — who believes he’s entitled to half of Juicy’s kingdom. The short manages to cram in references to memorable “Empire” song “Drip Drop,” Boo Boo Kitty and Andre’s bipolar disorder, as well as weighing in on the presidential debate and squeezing in some memorable cameos from “Empire” stars Howard and Taraji P. Fallon, 41, then allowed the Roots bandleader Questlove and its head MC Tariq, to play the monologue, which centered around the Republican race for President. ‘I should call you Little Debbie,’ she told Steve Higgins, a.k.a. Henson — along with current pop culture lightning rod Donald Trump. “Empire” season two premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. on Fox. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on NBC.

Fallon’s musical interludes came from New York City-based pop duo A Great Big World who sang Hold Each Other along with rapper Futuristic who is featured on the single. Oh, and don’t forget the-newly-returned-from-”hiatus” sidekick, “Higgie” — a fur-coated announcer Steve Higgins hamming it up as Taraji P.

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