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Jimmy Fallon's Top 10 'Late Night' moments before Feb. 7 farewell

Posted by Emily Wright  February 7, 2014 11:25 AM

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Bruce Springsteen, left, performed with Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night."

We don't have to stay up until 12:35 to catch the hilarity of Jimmy Fallon anymore? Score.

Jay Leno signed off from "The Tonight Show" on Feb. 6, and on the eve of Feb. 7 (technically Feb. 8 at 12:05 a.m.), Jimmy Fallon will do the same at "Late Night" before taking over Leno's late-night reigns Feb. 17.

Fallon has hosted "Late Night" on NBC at 12:35 a.m. since March, 2009. The former "SNL" cast member and star of the 2005 Boston-based film "Fever Pitch" has a slew of hilarious moments in his talk show repertoire, we took on the harrowing task of nailing down the best 10 moments from Fallon's "Late Night" career.

10. 'Call Me Maybe' with classroom instruments

June 12, 2012

"Call Me Maybe" was arguably one of the biggest (and most catchy) songs of 2012, so Jimmy and the tune's singer, Carly Rae Jepsen, joined the "Late Show" house band, The Roots, for a far from forgettable rendition. The entertainers used classroom instruments, including a triangle, color-coded xylophone, and bongos to remake this hit. Beat that -- pun intended.

9. The Chickeneers perform 'Ho Hey'

March 28, 2013

Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton, Nick Offerman, and one of the "Late Night" writers, Chris Tartaro, performed the Lumineers' radio hit "Ho Hey" on March 28 -- but not the conventional way. The quartet dressed as chickens, sang the song in clucks, and assumed the group named, "The Chickeneers." Genius.

8. Pictionary with Sofia Vergara

April 5, 2012

Jimmy and "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara team up with audience members to take part in a classic game of Pictionary. Vergara draws the first word and doesn't even know what it is (dog catcher). If you know how funny the lady is, you can only guess how funny the clip will be.

7. 'Whip My Hair' featuring Bruce Springsteen

Nov. 26, 2010

When Willow Smith's song "Whip My Hair" took over the airwaves, Jimmy Fallon couldn't resist a good parody. On Nov. 26, 2010, he dressed and performed as if he were Neil Young, and brought out a surprise guest -- none other than the Boss -- to make the slowed down version of the Top 40 smash unforgettable.

6. 'The Evolution of Mom Dancing' with Michelle Obama

Feb. 22, 2013

The first lady stopped by "Late Night" for one of Jimmy's most memorable dance collaborations, ever. The two dressed in mom duds -- cardigans and khakis -- and Jimmy even sported a wig while they danced some classic moves we've seen (or dreaded seeing) our moms pull out at parties.

5. 'Water War' with Robert Pattinson

Nov. 8, 2012

When Jimmy challenged Robert Pattinson to a water war (which he has done with other celebs, like Tom Cruise) we doubt he knew he'd be the epic loser -- but that's part of what makes this clip so great. The two duel in a game of War with a twist: whoever loses the round, gets splashed in the face with a glass full of water, and the ultimate winner gets to slug the other with a water cannon. To start the game off, R-Pat splashes his pants with water, giving himself the "Billy Madison" effect. Hilarity ensues.

4. Slow jamming the news with Barack Obama

April 24, 2012

What's better than watching Jimmy talk about the news? Watching Jimmy slow jam the news with President Obama. The Roots accompanied the two fellas for this soulful rendition of April 24, 2012's headlines and created a classic clip.

3. Jimmy Fallon and Channing Tatum do 'Ew'

June 28, 2012

Sara and Susie chat about all things "Ew" in this hilarious skit. Susie (Tatum) and Sara (Fallon) have a smile-off that sends the crowd into raucous laughter, but the best part: Susie showing off her hip-hop dance moves.

P.S. Tatum, who called himself fappy (fat and happy) on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week, is dressed in yellow tights a la "Step Up" and we love it.

2. 'Real people, fake arms' with Justin Timberlake and Steve Carrell

March 13, 2013

The addition of Steve Carell to the Timberlake/Fallon lineup makes this addition to the recurring "Real people, fake arms" sketch an undeniable gem. Fallon reprises his role on the fictional Canadian soap opera "Jacob's Patience," and visits Timberlake and Carell's characters at the Parvis & Lumberpond suit shop for a special occasion ensemble. This two-part clip would be funny on its own right with this trio of performers, but forcing the guys to use mannequin arms throughout makes it over-the-top hysterical. Watch. It.

1. 'History of rap,' parts 1-4


Jimmy Fallon Justin Timberlake History Of Rap... by PayeTaChatte

Part 1: Sept. 30, 2010; Part 2: July 21, 2011; Part 3: Nov. 25, 2011; Part 4: March 15, 2013

When Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon put their minds together, there is nothing they can't do. The pair recently joined forces for a week of "Late Night" shows, and performed a fourth "History of Rap" compilation. We don't know if the future will have a fifth mash-up in store, but we really hope so, because these things are pure TV gold. The second of the four happens to be our favorite and features verses from "Push It," "Ice Ice Baby," and "It Takes Two." It's okay if you dance in your cubicle while you watch this one. In fact, we dare you.


Emily Wright can be reached at emily.wright@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @missemilywright.

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