Ben Simmons, the presumptive first pick in tomorrow’s NBA draft, got a taste of what Philly might (will) be like if (when) the Sixers select him. Simmons dug into a Delassandro’s cheesesteak with host Jimmy Fallon (a known Dalessandro’s fan) on the Tonight Show last night.
As everyone knows, Philly’s most famous musical export The Roots are the house band on Fallon’s show. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the drummer and bandleader for The Roots posted a selfie with Simmons on Instagram yesterday, captioned “So… welcome to Philadelphia or nah?” with a slew of quintessential Philly hashtags (#hoagies; #Cheesesteaks; #Krimpets).
When asked about where he will end up, Simmons said that we’ll find out on Thursday, despite a prompting drum roll from Questlove. That being said, reports surfaced yesterday that the Sixers alerted Simmons that he will be their first pick. He worked out for the team this week, and posted a pic on Instagram with injured center Joel Embiid. Another picture was simply captioned “Trust the process.”
We’re long past the old discussions about whether The Roots are slumming it by appearing on TV every night with Jimmy Fallon. What’s clear now is this: They add an indispensable dimension to his show that benefits him, and he provides a showcase for their talent and creativity that’s been a boon to Philly’s favorite sons.
It’s with that in mind that we present … this:
As Vulture says, it’s mesmerizing, impressive, and weirdly wonderful. Enjoy!
Last night, British songbird Adele stopped by to sing her current hit that has changed the way we’ll greet people for years to come: “Hello.” As you can probably imagine, she tears it up. Check it out below. You’ll love it — even if you’re sick to death of hearing the song.
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Last night on The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon could barely contain himself when he announced to the audience that a new The Tonight Show-themed thrill ride will open at NBCU’s Universal Orlando Resort in 2017. It’s called “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on stage at the Fillmore. | Photo by HughE Dillon
JimmyFallon made an appearance last night at the Fillmore in Fishtown for the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s sold-out gala to induct The Roots and a handful of other local musical talents into the 2015 Walk of Fame.
The local-celeb-studded night was hosted by Saturday Night Live alum JoePiscopo and honored seven musical inductees, including disc jockey HarveyHoliday, glam rock band Cinderella and Asleep at the Wheel frontman RayBenson.
When it was time for Fallon to take the stage, he presented The Roots – his house band on The Tonight Show — with a plaque of their platinum albums and delivered a heartfelt speech about his journey with the band since their first meeting in 2008. He even tried out some Philly slang: “I don’t just see a band, I see my family,” Fallon said. “We’ve had some great times together. They can do anything. The Roots are my jawn.”
The Tonight Show host JimmyFallon will zip down to Philly after a taping of his show on Monday to speak at a special ceremony inducting his house band, the Roots, into the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s Walk of Fame. The sold-out gala is taking place on October 26th at the Fillmore.
Fallon’s participation in the event has become somewhat of a Tonight Show tradition. JohnnyCarson was here in 1989 when EdMcMahon was inducted, and, in 2010, Jay Leno‘s longtime music director KevinEubanks scored a plaque along the Avenue of the Arts.
Legendary comedian Don Rickles has made a career out of ribbing people—so much so that, in the comedy world, it’s considered a badge of honor to take an insult from the 89-year-old funny man. But his no-holds-barred jabs aren’t restricted to comedians. Last night, before he even got comfortable in his seat on the Tonight Show, he went straight for house drummer and Philly native Questlove, who had just finished playing Rickles’ intro music with the Roots.
Director Judd Apatow is everywhere lately, making the media rounds to promote his new Amy Schumer-starring film (and from what I hear a must-see) Trainwreck. Last night he stopped by Fallon, where he got a chance to show off the trade that got him started in show business: standup. His 4-minute set is pretty great — especially the moment where he does his Bill Cosby impression and confronts the allegations against the legendary comedian.