Jimmy Fallon Spoofs Empire With Jimpire—Watch the Incredible Parody Now!

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.

When the “Tonight Show” host adopts “Empire” antihero Lucious Lyon’s trademark turtleneck, paisley scarf and ruthless ambition, he’s no longer Jimmy Fallon — he’s Juicy Jim, head of the “Tonight Show Jimpire.” “I’ve been telling jokes since I was 9 years old in Brooklyn.

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.

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”). It was these jokes, these funnies, these ‘ha-has,’ that kept me warm at night growing up in the streets,” he begins a monologue about who will succeed him as the show’s host.

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. Now, with “Empire” set to premiere its second season on Fox tonight, Fallon and the “Tonight Show” team unveiled their latest TV parody, “Jimpire,” on Tuesday. “Jimpire” focuses on the drama within Fallon’s “Tonight Show” family, and his inner turmoil over who should succeed him in his late-night gig.

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. Higgie who was there to poke fun at Juicy Jim and his ‘Boo Boo Kitty’ bandaged finger. ‘That honestly makes me not be able to talk…or breathe,’ she sighed, while admitting that she was very intimidated by the Hollywood legend for the ‘first two weeks’ of filming. ‘It was hard at first, because I was making it hard, because I was scared of him,’ said the Devil Wears Prada star, who was wearing a sparkling black t-shirt dress and stilettoes. ‘But after, like the first two weeks, I was just like ”this is not helping anyone” so I just chilled out and we ended up really getting along,’ added the Interstellar actress. 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.

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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