“This is our second night in L.A., and good news — we just found a parking spot,” Jimmy Fallon said during his opening monologue Tuesday night on the Universal lot where he’s filming “The Tonight Show” this week.
The weeklong stay marks Fallon’s second time bringing the late-night show to Los Angeles, the former home of “The Tonight Show” for over four decades.
Fallon, who just completed his second year trumping all other late-night ratings, brought his signature viral flare out west for the show, staging a “Full House” reunion in the studio that has remained empty year-round since Fallon’s 2015 L.A. visit, just waiting for him to return back from Rockefeller Center.
While the “Full House” skit was a hit, of course Fallon didn’t leave any election commentary to the wayside, as the host played Donald Trump during the piece that taped in front of a live audience, including Variety, ahead of the normal run-of-show.
“I have to go get all the under eye makeup off. I’ll be right back,” Fallon told the audience — in which exec producer Lorne Michaels was seated — referring to his Trump face paint, which was taken off (along with the comb-over wig) before his suited-up monologue and celebrity interviews began.
Besides a pseudo Trump, plus the entire “Fuller House” cast — Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, Lori Loughlin — and scheduled guests Ronda Rousey (pictured) and Zach Galifianakis, Tuesday’s “Tonight Show” was jam-packed with surprise guests including Bill Maher, who joined Galifianakis and Fallon for a round of True Confessions, plus Joe Perry, Robin Thicke and Travis Barker, who joined musical guest Pitbull for their song “Bad Man,” which followed their day-before performance at the Grammys.
The Grammys were a hot topic during Fallon’s monolgue, in which he joked about Adele’s audio troubled performance and her In-N-Out visit, garnering much laughter from the audience. He also poked fun at the campaign trail’s most recent woes with jokes about Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
When asked by an audience member to what other city he’d like to take his show, Fallon responded that L.A. is probably the only travel stop for now, as the entire production and the crew picks up to mobilize, which is tougher than it looks by the time the brightly colored L.A. set seamlessly makes its way to air. When Fallon took over “Tonight” in 2014, he moved the show back to New York City, but prior to that, Jay Leno hosted for more than two decades from NBC Studios in Burbank, Calif., where Johnny Carson also hosted for 20 years after his 10-year stint in NYC. Conan O’Brien’s brief season also taped in California.
Like Tuesday’s show, the entire west side week will be filled with a slew of guests including Jennifer Lopez, Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn, Ryan Seacrest, Bryan Cranston, Demi Lovato and musical guests Zayn, the Weeknd and Dead & Company.