Meeting Jimmy Fallon
10/15/2013 6:40:00 AM
Jimmy Fallon was in town at the Peabody Opera House last night for his very small tour called "Clean Cut Comedy" alongside Julian McCullough, Nate Bargatze and Nick Thune. When this show was announced a good friend of mine at the Peabody let me in on it a day early saying, "You are such a big fan, so I thought you should know" -- or something like that...
I was elated! Just in the last few years did I start really watching Late Night Television (nowadays, the next day on my DVR...because I am asleep by the time Fallon comes on) and I really enjoyed the clever humor and innovative way Jimmy Fallon entertains us. Jimmy Fallon started on SNL - he has been part of some of the funniest and legendary skits of his tenure there, always being tagged and even disliked for this 'laughing in every bit' effect, which only makes me laugh harder.
Fast-forward to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, with Steve Higgins and the house band (one of the most talented and versatile bands) The Roots and you have late night genius. I understand that any sort of talk show must have charisma among all that share the camera angles, but honestly, Fallon and his team have innovated and awakened us of the late night hours. Bringing that SNL-skit energy to their guests both in the seats and those getting interviewed, it’s a fun way to see the ‘real’ side of the celebrities and make some fans dreams come true by playing Password with Betty White.
Now, it’s Jimmy Fallon’s time to take over for the Tonight Show and it’s so well-deserved. He is a positive, edgy, and enlightening person for those of us to look into, if we haven’t and to continue to watch him build another successful tenure in this new role. I am excited for him – for that and becoming a new dad. He and his wife Nancy just seem like great people who deserve good things, always.
With that being said – last night, I got to meet him with my fiancé, Tim. It was last-minute luck, and I was so excited. As I was getting ready, I was running through my head of KSHE paraphernalia around my house, quick-thinking about what I could possibly give to him without being uber-creepy and still give him something cool…and then, from the corner of my eye on a shelf…there it was: my copy of “KSHE and the 40+ Years of Rock in St. Louis” book written by John Nieman. That was it. I didn’t even care…I can buy a new copy. So I signed the inside of it to Jimmy Fallon congratulating him on all the successes so far. Tim reminded me to not get my hopes up because just like all meet and greets, the person of interest could be really cold, or won’t accept gifts…I somehow knew that would not happen.
Fast-forward to walking back by a kitchen at the Peabody Opera House with David Backes and his wife Kelly, standing in a room of maybe 13 people and in he walks, and he was just as friendly as he seems on tv. I introduced myself as “Lauren Colvin – KSHE radio” and he immediately wanted to know what kind of music we played, etc. I told him we are the oldest rock station in the world, and gave him the book – he flipped through it, and was so thankful. He said “I’ll have to tune in…this is so great.” And then he put it in his dressing room. Talking to him was natural, he was so warm and friendly and completely worth all the love and support his fans give him daily – I look up to him so much, and still glowing with happiness that I could shake hands with such a fabulous person. I hope to emulate him even more now.
The moral of all this recap from me to you, is: DREAM BIG. Things can really work out and happen, and meeting someone you really look up to can have such a positive effect on your whole world.
Also - Thanks to Darren Hall - you are awesome. And to Todd Morgan of KIHT and the Peabody Opera House for the photos. You all are great people.
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