Jimmy Fallon dresses up as Donald Trump’s reflection in Tonight Show sketch

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Donald Trump & Jimmy Fallon talk Kanye West, 9/11, and apologies on The Tonight Show.

It took a comedian to ask Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump some hard truths about his improbable rise to front-runner status in the nominating contest. “Here we are.Donald Trump’s Tonight Show interview with Jimmy Fallon on Friday — his first late-night appearance since announcing his bid for president — fell on the anniversary of the Sep. 11 attacks.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s first late-night TV appearance as a presidential candidate was, predictably, as colorful as the man himself.In an absurd sketch that wasn’t so absurd, Fallon played Trump’s doppelganger, while Trump contemplated maybe, someday, apologizing for being wrong. I’m the host of the ‘Tonight Show’ and you are the front-runner, by far, for the Republican Party to be president of the United States,” said NBC late night host Jimmy Fallon to Mr. Consequently, the interview started off a more somber note than the goofy pre-interview sketch, which saw Fallon pretending to be Trump’s reflection. “In a certain sense it means strength, because the way the city bounced back. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump may have given his most detailed and substantive policy statement yet on Friday’s installment of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Trump, his guest Friday night. “When did this happen?” In the businessman’s first late night show appearance since declaring his presidential bid in June, Mr. Thing is, it came in the form of a scripted comedy sketch in which the actual Trump faced off against his Fallon-esque doppelganger, but delivered specific answers to challenging questions about the American economy, tax policy, the proposal for a wall on the Mexican border, and other pressing issues. (However, there was no mention of the withdrawal of Rick Perry from the presidential race; the show was taped just as Perry was announcing the suspension of his campaign.) If Trump’s answers were played for laughs and patently absurd, they were arguably no more absurd than a great deal of the verbiage emanating from both sides of the aisle in what is shaping up as one of the more bizarre and surprising presidential campaigns in modern history. Trump took shots at Democratic front-runner Hilary Clinton for forwarding her State Department emails to a private server while Secretary of State, saying that “a lot of bad stuff” will turn up in her correspondence. “She’s got her server in her bathroom in the place Denver.

Asked how he’d do that, the real Trump shot back at his reflection, “Since I’m you, why don’t you tell me?” “How am I going to get Mexico to build the wall?” Fallon-as-Trump retorted. “Easy: I’ll challenge them to the biggest game of Jenga ever. In what looked like an homage to the famous scene from Duck Soup in which Groucho and Harpo Marx mimicked each other across a non-existent mirror, the red-tied, dark-suited candidate and his similarly attired alter-ego (who, like the genuine article, sported a wispy bouffant the color of spun gold) sat in their dressing room, on opposite sides of a makeup table, and prepped themselves to be grilled by a certain “dopey,” “pathetic” talk show host. Like their real interview, the sketch combined goofy camaraderie (and Fallon’s love for Trump’s pronunciation of “huuuuuuge”) with legitimate policy issues – or at least, it tried to. Early on, Fallon-Trump asked real Trump how exactly he planned to create more jobs for the middle class. “I’m just gonna do it” was Trump’s response.

Was it always real?” “People are tired in this country of being ripped off,” Trump responded, citing the Iran deal and veteran health issues as prominent government failures. “I’m an efficient guy, I’ve built a great company, and this is the kind of mindset we need now in this country. We need to become rich again, and we’re gonna be great again.” Earlier in the show, during his Friday “thank-you notes” segment, Fallon thanked Trump not only for coming on the show in person but also for appearing “in every monologue from the past few months.” Fallon asked Trump about making the transition from joke fodder to serious contender. “I’m a comedian, I come out here every night, I have to make jokes about everybody,” he told Trump. “I gotta say, probably eight months ago if I said your name as running for president, it would get a laugh. I’m like a Greek god who just took a bath in a pumpkin spice latte.” Asked whether he would chooseGary Busey as his vice president, Trump responded that the actor was more Supreme Court justice material. “Vice president’s a serious job,” Trump said. “I would say maybe Kanye West.” The rapper recently announced he plans to run for president in 2020. During the next question, about how else Trump vaguely planned to help the economy, Fallon pulled a move out of Charlie Chaplin’s arsenal, comically trying to mimic Trump’s gestures. He said competitor Carly Fiorina was “a nice woman,” but said the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive had experienced rough patches in her business career.

Wasn’t that a great show?” He then declared that he would love networks like CNN and Fox to donate any profit gained by his debate appearances to charity (specifically, to “the vets”). It will be fascinating to see how or whether Stephen Colbert—whose comic sensibility is more cerebral than Fallon’s—tries to puncture the balloon when the candidate visits with the freshly minted CBS late-night host on Sept. 22. Now, more than ever, the road to the White House passes unavoidably through comedy and entertainment, and aspiring presidents who can’t or won’t participate will do themselves no favors. David Petraeus, who pled guilty to a misdemeanor and paid a $40,000 fine for his own mishandling classified material, “did five percent of what she did.” “It’s gonna be very tough for her—a very, very bad time,” Trump said about Clinton. “I feel terribly about it,” he added, prompting Fallon to laugh along with the audience. So I’ll probably go with Kanye West.” “Alright, guess it’s time to go out and talk to that dopey goofball Jimmy Fallon, and give him the biggest ratings his pathetic show has ever seen,” Fallon-Trump declared. “How do you think it’s gonna go?”

As for Republican rival Carly Fiorina, whose face Trump made fun of to a Rolling Stone reporter, The Donald dripped insincerity as he told Fallon: “I think she’s a very nice woman. If you’re reading a speech, it’s much easier, but you don’t get the reading,” Trump said, noting that a recent rally in Alabama was like a “love-fest.” “When you do it just off the cuff, it’s a riskier thing, but when you get it right, it’s a thing of beauty.” “I think apologizing’s a great thing, but you have to be wrong,” Trump replied. He brought up his offensive comments about illegal immigration in his initial campaign speech – “those first two weeks, boy did I take heat” – but said that he was “right on it.” “Kanye has been so nice to me.

I love people who are nice to me,” said Trump, who has built a reputation for viciousness against anyone who says “not-nice” things about him. “Kanye is actually, I know him a little bit, he’s actually a much nicer person than people think. When Fallon asked what Trump believed had brought his candidacy to its current advantageous position, Trump launched into a crazy-quilt of free-association that somehow concluded in crowd counts in various arenas and stadiums where his rallies had been held. “What question did I ask?” Fallon mused. “Did I ask about stadiums?

I couldn’t even remember what the question was.” “Maybe what’s refreshing,” Fallon observed, “is that you get yourself in trouble sometimes.

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