Jimmy Fallon spoofs ‘Empire’ on ‘The Tonight Show’ with ‘Jimpire’

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jimmy Fallon Enlists Terrence Howard, Donald Trump for ‘Empire’ Parody.

That soul patch, though! The show’s latest parody – “Jimpire,” a hilarious nod to Fox’s acclaimed music drama Empire – finds the host contemplating his options for a late-night successor, including Questlove, Tariq and a Cookie-styled Steve Higgins (“Higgy”). The late-night host played a version of Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon in the hilarious 10-minute video, complete with a slick suit, purple scarf, and some scruff.

The piece opens with Fallon walking back to his dressing room after an episode, revealing his true identity as “Juicy Jim,” with a haircut and clothes similar to Terrence Howard’s character, Lucious Lyon. “I’ve been tellin’ jokes since I was nine years old in Brooklyn,” Juicy tells his staff during a roundtable meeting. “It was these jokes, these funnies, these ‘ha ha’s, that kept me warm at night, growing up in the streets … It was jokes like these that made me the man I am today: Juicy Jim, head of the Tonight Show Jimpire.” The bit plays up Fallon’s real-life finger injury, explaining that the host needs to secure his replacement in case his health turns for the worst. “Now, I might not be around forever, what with my finger being in the condition it is,” he says. “Who knows what could happen tomorrow? I could stub my toe, I could bite my tongue, I could burn the roof of my mouth eating a hot microwave pizza.” Fallon enlisted his show’s band, The Roots, to fill out the rest of the Lyon family. And Questlove reveals a deep-burning secret: that he’s bald. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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