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Monday, July 15, 2013

Matt Harvey Interviews New Yorkers About Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey went undercover, asking fans about himself, during a segment for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” that will be televised tonight.



Edit: Embed added. Jim.

What advice would YOU give Matt Harvey?

jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 15, 2013 at 09:28 PM | 47 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. thetailor Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:32 AM (#4495451)
"He's a stud!"
"... thank you."
   2. Phil Coorey is a T-Shirt Salesman Posted: July 16, 2013 at 03:15 AM (#4495495)
Holy crap that was funny
   3. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: July 16, 2013 at 03:42 AM (#4495498)
Holy crap that was funny

Seconded.
   4. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 16, 2013 at 09:10 AM (#4495526)
Thanks for the embed Jim.
   5. Ravecc Posted: July 16, 2013 at 09:54 AM (#4495551)
That guy's favorite Met is Lucas Duda?

"She likes your butt." LOL

How did we get so lucky to get this guy?
   6. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM (#4495566)
The fat guy's double-take at 2:51 is awesome.
   7. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM (#4495578)
The kid near the 3:20 mark seems like he'd fit right in here.
   8. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: July 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM (#4495609)
this is excellent
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM (#4495635)
I never thought Jimmy Fallon would succeed in this role, but his show is the most consistently funny late night show on TV now. He can be a bit annoying with guests at times "wow! David Spade! I love your movies!" but overall he's a pretty likeable guy which makes his show easy to watch.


The kid near the 3:20 mark seems like he'd fit right in here.


Because he doesn't watch baseball enough to recognize Matt Harvey.
   10. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: July 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM (#4495686)
Because he doesn't watch baseball enough to recognize Matt Harvey.

I wouldn't have recognized him on the street.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM (#4495694)

I wouldn't have recognized him on the street.


What if he was naked in a hotel hallway?
   12. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM (#4495707)
Apparently lots of men can recognize him that way.
   13. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM (#4495742)
What if he was naked in a hotel hallway?

Still probably not.
   14. villageidiom Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM (#4495756)
I never thought Jimmy Fallon would succeed in this role, but his show is the most consistently funny late night show on TV now.
This.

Right now the other main show hosts are Letterman, Leno, Kimmel, and O'Brien. All of them originated with comedy writing or standup, and have expanded into... well, basic interviewing. Although Fallon ostensibly was writing on SNL, too, he is really the only performer among this group. This allows him to branch out well into other forms of entertainment, including song and dance, that the others can't do well.

There are four people aping Johnny Carson: monologue, "desk sketch" (top ten, headlines, etc.), interview, musical act, repeat tomorrow night. Fallon does that, too, but he goes well beyond that. Ultimately, Fallon's is more of a variety show than a late-night talk show. And it's consistently good.

I hated Fallon on SNL because he couldn't keep a straight face, and I didn't think he was that funny, either. He's been perfect in Late Night.
   15. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM (#4495766)
How is a stand-up comic (Leno, Letterman) not a performer?
   16. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM (#4495774)
I wouldn't have recognized Matt Harvey on the street either, but then again, I'm not a Mets fan. I'd recognize Jhoulys Chacin or Jorge de la Rosa on the street.
   17. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM (#4495784)
But when Dick Williams is naked in a hotel, somebody calls the cops.
   18. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM (#4495787)
They all have strengths and weaknesses.

Leno in the beginning was probably the strongest stand up comedian/monologue of the group. Letterman was strong behind the desk, sarcastic banter and so forth, Conan had generally the best scripted content, and Kimmel is probably the toughest to peg since he came so late to the party compared to the other guys. He is kind of a cross between David and Conan. Fallon has basically singing going for him and is a really friendly interviewer.
   19. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM (#4495796)
Still probably not.


How does Matt Harvey being naked improve your likelihood of recognition from "not" to "probably not"?

Does he have a penis tattoo that says "The Magnificent Harvey" or something?
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM (#4495797)
Kimmel is probably the toughest to peg since he came so late to the party compared to the other guys.


Kimmel has the best pre-taped material. Like his "Movie: the Movie" or "Celebrities Reading Tweets"

   21. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM (#4495798)
great bit

Harvey is a good looking young man

And love the name!
   22. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2013 at 01:02 PM (#4495806)
Does he have a penis tattoo that says "The Magnificent Harvey" or something?

Hopefully it doesn't say rabbit.
   23. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: July 16, 2013 at 01:04 PM (#4495811)
Right now the other main show hosts are Letterman, Leno, Kimmel, and O'Brien.

Is Ferguson that far down in the ratings? He is in the same time slot as Fallon. He doesn't do the skits that Fallon does (which I don't usually think are very funny). He does the format that you describe, but he's in a class of his own at most of those things. His monologue is stream-of-consciousness moreso than setup-punch line. His interviews are phenomenal. You can tell that Leno (for example) has a list of things he's supposed to ask the guest. Ferguson just goes off on anything.
   24. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 16, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4495818)

My exposure to the late night shows is generally whatever my friends post on Facebook, so I can't objectively judge one host against another. That said, it seems like Fallon consistently gets very good guests and gets them to do fun/wacky things (this being a great example, but I'm also thinking of Stephen Colbert singing "Friday", President Obama Slow Jamming the News, etc.). My only conclusion is that celebrities in real life actually like Jimmy Fallon.
   25. McCoy Posted: July 16, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4495819)
Ferguson was beating Fallon in terms of ratings. Which basically meant a lot more older people were watching him than they did Fallon. Fallon has the young crowd and has a lot more "youtube" moments than Ferguson. But about a year after Fallon started he caught up with Ferguson and has been beating Ferguson in the ratings ever since though by a slim margin and both ratings are extremely small.

   26. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: July 16, 2013 at 01:12 PM (#4495822)
Fallon and Kimmel and maybe O'Brien have the best material for the youtube age. Kimmel's rise has been really impressive, especially considering how much he was crapped on in the early days, but it also speaks to the fact that the audiences for late night comedy shows are dwindling. The Late Night battles just don't really have the same stakes as in the past.
   27. Vogon Poet Posted: July 16, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4495876)
I have nothing against Fallon as a host, but I can't watch any late night show besides Craig Ferguson's anymore. I'm so used to his completely improvised interview style that I can't handle other hosts working off the pre-interview questions. It's jarring how different they are.

Do wish Ferguson would use the puppets more though. More Wavy, less Geoff.
   28. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: July 16, 2013 at 02:05 PM (#4495878)
I like the Chris Gethard show on Public Access. Best late night host currently going.
   29. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: July 16, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4495882)
Fallon has basically singing going for him and is a really friendly interviewer.


I also think he has the best band.
   30. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: July 16, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4495883)
Do wish Ferguson would use the puppets more though. More Wavy, less Geoff.

He does move on from stuff, which I respect. He used to have a sound effects machine with about a dozen sounds that he could play. The puppets were on probably 3 times a week at one point, and now it's what, once a month?

He's kind of locked into Secretariat now with the new studio. I wonder if he'll regret that at some point.

Disagree completely on Geoff, though. Whoever does the voice is pretty funny, and he cracks Ferguson up a lot. I wish they'd have Grant Imahara expand what Geoff can do, though. Like give him a second working arm.
   31. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: July 16, 2013 at 02:19 PM (#4495891)
Is Ferguson that far down in the ratings?


I'm pretty sure he beats Fallon most nights these days.

I think he's the best, too. I don't watch must late night, but if I happen to be poking around the TV at that time, I usually land on Ferguson. Whenever John Malkovich is on the show, something amazing happens.
   32. Vogon Poet Posted: July 16, 2013 at 03:40 PM (#4495998)
Disagree completely on Geoff, though. Whoever does the voice is pretty funny, and he cracks Ferguson up a lot. I wish they'd have Grant Imahara expand what Geoff can do, though. Like give him a second working arm.


Geoff can be very, very funny but there are also way too many "stereotypical sidekick" moments. He's almost as bad as Paul Shaffer with laughing at jokes.
   33. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: July 16, 2013 at 03:56 PM (#4496034)
Fallon's head writer A.D. Miles is a funny man.
   34. squatoh Posted: July 16, 2013 at 04:09 PM (#4496048)
Ferguson's monologue about why he regretted going after Britney Spears was pretty remarkable.

I'm not a fan, but Justin Timberlake's appearance on Fallon was pretty damned good. His and Fallon's "History of Rap" was fantastic. Fallon's Game of Thrones send up was amusing as all hell, too.

I've seen more of the late night talk shows in the past nine months than I have in years. Of the big 4, I'd rank them

Fallon
Letterman
Really big gap


Seriously, the gap is huge.

Splat.
   35. Jose Molina wants a nickname like "A-Rod" Posted: July 16, 2013 at 04:26 PM (#4496072)
Ferguson by a mile, IMO.

My opinion of Fallon is clouded by the fact that I was sitting next to him in a dive a few years ago and he was a complete prick to the bartender and was in the bathroom every 15 minutes (I've got nothing wrong with that, but I can't imagine it was helping with his amazingly shitty demeanor at that point.)
   36. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 16, 2013 at 04:28 PM (#4496077)
I used to be a huge Letterman fan and I find him unwatchable now. He really phones it in most night, and the comedy is just utterly flat and dated.

I think Conan is in decline phase too. Admittedly, I haven't watched him much since moving to TBS, but when I do watch the sketches don't really work for me. Still, the Conan playing video games bit is hilarious, and Deon Cole is pretty good for the most part. So the show still has its moments.

I like Jimmy Kimmel in small doses. I think he's kinda smug and smarmy, but not unlike Letterman in his heyday. Like I said, his pre-taped bits are usually hilarious and he's willing to do more creative out-of-the-box shows than Leno or Lettermna, like when Matt Damon took over an entire show with a tied-up Kimmel. Conan excelled at this back in the day, and of course, Letterman was the king of this.

Fallon is the most creative, and consistently funny, and he's pretty endearing. That's actually pretty important. Comedy is pretty dominated by pessimists who tear things down - which is fine - but its refreshing to have someone who is likeable and wants to be liked and thinks everything is awesome. Its post-irony.

I honestly have never watched Ferguson.

I'd rank em:

1. Fallon
2. Kimmel
3. Conan
4. Letterman

That's all as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't call what Leno does "comedy."
   37. squatoh Posted: July 16, 2013 at 04:31 PM (#4496084)
I should mention that my big 4 are Fallon, Letterman, Leno and Conan. I haven't seen enough Ferguson to rank him meaningfully. Kimmel's completely off my radar.
   38. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: July 16, 2013 at 06:01 PM (#4496168)
Geoff can be very, very funny but there are also way too many "stereotypical sidekick" moments. He's almost as bad as Paul Shaffer with laughing at jokes.

I don't know about that. It seems like he's over the top in agreeing sometimes, but it's really poking fun at the Paul/Ed/Kevin sidekick. In fact, quite often, Craig will make a point of saying that Geoff has to agree with everything he says. Other times, you can tell that the guy voicing Geoff is stifling a real laugh. He's on the record as saying that his stuff is 100% improvised. I assume he means the chatter and not the "send to commercial" and "what time is it Geoff" things.
   39. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: July 16, 2013 at 06:08 PM (#4496177)
The other thing about Ferguson is that you see guests go out of their way to compliment him. I mean, there's the Stephen Fry kind of compliment where they're obviously friends, but what really gets me is the older folks who go out of their way to say that he's a great host. Off the top of my head, he's received that kind of statement from: Regis Philbin, Smothers Brothers, Don Rickles, Dame Edna. These are people who went on Carson in his prime and they go out of their way to say nice things about Ferguson. They don't do that when they're on the other shows.

Dame Edna was on and telling a story about her "husband". She said something like (she's Australian, remember) "He had the first prostate replacement in the Southern Hemisphere". Craig pipes in quickly with "Well, where else would you have it, really...". She cracks up laughing and actually makes a point of saying "There's not another talk show host, dead or alive, who would have come up with that". Now, whether that's true or not, you have a show biz veteran singing Ferguson's praises.

Anyway, with his interviews being completely unscripted and no pre-distributed questions, he's the one to watch if you want to really see what a guest has to say.
   40. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 16, 2013 at 06:43 PM (#4496210)
One of the things that (IMO) made Carson so great is that I don't think he phoned in his job, even after years of being a late night host.

In contrast, Letterman - who I loved in the 80s and early 90s - have been phoning it in for many years now. I wonder how the late night TV scene would have looked if Letterman had gotten The Tonight Show gig instead of Leno.

Also, if you haven't seen Ferguson, you really should DVR it. I don't watch him often, but he is so different from the other hosts in this conversation that you really can't even rank him on a "late night" list. Ferguson lays it all out there for the viewers. He's honest, no pretense, off-the-cuff, very comfortable. I wish he had a louder megaphone from which to broadcast, but when you watch him, you get the feeling that this is an off-the-record conversation among friends.

Finally: I think Conan O'Brien's material on TBS is a big step down from his Late Night show on NBC. I thought O'Brien was poised to be the dominant late night personality on TV for the next generation, but he is in the wilderness...big time. Hope he comes out of it.
   41. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: July 16, 2013 at 09:18 PM (#4496446)
I've only seen Ferguson a couple of times, and both times it was wildly underwhelming. One of the times was when he was in Paris. People were raving about how great the week was, so I tuned in. And after fifteen or so minutes, nothing at all had happened and I gave up.

I might have just hit bad nights.
   42. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: July 17, 2013 at 03:19 AM (#4496891)
The thing about Ferguson that I've noticed -- other than the obvious fact that he's actually just chatting with his guests, as opposed to hitting preplanned talking points -- is that he's capable of getting sincere and principled in a way that is both funny and deeply touching. If you've seen his monologues after the deaths of his parents or (weirdly) during Britney Spears' weird baldness period, you can see that, above and beyond a great comedian, what he really is is a mesmerizing storyteller, a raconteur of the first order. He can hold your attention with just about anything, a compelling presence that is hard to replicate. A great, great entertainer, really.
   43. villageidiom Posted: July 17, 2013 at 09:27 AM (#4496980)
How is a stand-up comic (Leno, Letterman) not a performer?
I was using the term in a general sense. Fallon's range of what he can do as a performer is far wider than stand-up.

And as someone else mentioned earlier, yes, he has the best band.

Totally left out Ferguson before. I agree with y'all that he does the best interviews.
   44. Ace of Kevin Bass Posted: July 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM (#4497148)
Craig Ferguson's interviews are amazing. And I second everything Voxter said in #42.
   45. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: July 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM (#4497172)
I've only seen Ferguson a couple of times, and both times it was wildly underwhelming. One of the times was when he was in Paris. People were raving about how great the week was, so I tuned in. And after fifteen or so minutes, nothing at all had happened and I gave up.

I might have just hit bad nights.


In thinking about it, the Paris episodes were probably not the best. I think you have to be familiar with the show to appreciate those. I also think that there are more running gags than with a normal talk show. Like I can tune into Jay Leno once every other week and be fine. But Ferguson often references "last night" or "last week". Or will have the same sound effect or picture for a week or so at a time.
   46. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: July 17, 2013 at 11:39 AM (#4497178)
Dame Edna was on and telling a story about her "husband". She said something like (she's Australian, remember) "He had the first prostate replacement in the Southern Hemisphere". Craig pipes in quickly with "Well, where else would you have it, really...". She cracks up laughing and actually makes a point of saying "There's not another talk show host, dead or alive, who would have come up with that".

Graham Norton! Graham Norton!
   47. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: July 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM (#4497181)
Its post-irony.

Agreed. He seems to approach the talk-show role as a host of a party who makes sure everyone has a good time. I don't see a lot of snark or even sarcasm when I watch his show. I've heard my share of "Jimmy Fallon is a dick" stories, but he seems to be popular in Hollywood circles for the right reasons; everyone likes him because he seems to genuinely like everyone.

And I hated Fallon before he got his own show. I hated his stand-up, I hated him on SNL, and I hated him in movies. But he's pretty much the perfect host for a variety show.

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