Jimmy Fallon & The Chickeneers Cluck “Ho Hey”
Jimmy Fallon may soon be hosting the most prestigious gig in late night, in large part due to his “youth appeal.” And Fallon showed this week that he’s in touch with what the kids like by… putting on a chicken suit and clucking with Blake Shelton?
Along with Nick Offerman (and Late Night regular Chris Tartaro), they were The Chickeneers, performing an all-clucking version of The Lumineers’ top ten hit, “Ho Hey.”
Fallon is already pretty famous for his musical sketches and impressions. He made waves as David Tebowie, a hybrid of the androgynous rock star and pious quarterback, and brought down the house as a dead-on Neil Young performing “Sexy And I Know It” with Bruce Springsteen (the real one).
In fact, The Chickeneers might represent Fallon’s greatest appeal: talking to younger viewers, but in a safe way that everyone can appreciate. Shelton’s pop country and Offerman’s wry comedy probably have different fan bases, and The Lumineers are part of the cutting edge resurgence of folk rock; but everyone can laugh at the pure silliness of guys in chicken suits. Even more than Johnny Carson, this reminds me of another widely popular variety show:
I’d say, as long as Fallon’s not just brushing off popular culture for a cheap laugh, he should be fine.
What do you think?