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.”
Watch the full interview below:
Every once in a while Jimmy Fallon brings on a singer who has a huge hit and has her/him sing it with him and The Roots playing along on classroom instruments. Mariah Carey once sang “All I Want For Christmas,” Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines” and Madonna did “Holiday.”
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 Starring Jimmy Fallon, legendary singer-songwriter Art Garfunkel joined Philly’s Questlove and Black Thought (aka the Roots as Black Simon and Garfunkel) for a rendition of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” As Pitchfork points out, the breathy performance is worthy of classic Simon and Garfunkel, and they even throw in a little of 1970 S&G hit “The Boxer” at the end. Check it out above.
Sunday night, Justin Bieber grabbed the world’s attention when he shed tears on stage at the VMAs, but later in the week, he was making Questlove cry.
The Biebs stopped by the Tonight Show Wednesday to talk about his VMA performance and what he’s up to next. Before he left, host Jimmy Fallon reminded him of a drum-off he and Questlove had five years ago, in which the Philly-born drummer triumphed.
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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.
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If you tune in to The Tonight Show tonight, don’t be surprised if it’s an episode you’ve already seen. CBS News reports that this evening’s taping was cancelled after the show’s host, Jimmy Fallon, suffered a mysterious hand injury and had to be taken to the hospital.
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Madonna was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, and as you might expect she practically took over the whole show. Three Madge segments are making their way around the Internet this morning, including a performance of “Holiday” on toy instruments with Fallon and Philly’s The Roots. (What are those weird hand thingies Questlove is holding?)
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If you need a morning chuckle, this clip from The Tonight Show will surely give you one, even if your laugh is of the fake Mitt Romney type.
Last evening, Jimmy Fallon was joined by former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a sketch lovingly called “Mitt in the Mirror.” They joked about Clinton, Obama, and even Zayn Malik leaving One Direction.
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The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon put out a call to viewers to tweet him rap lyrics about their spring break adventures using the hashtag #SpringBreakRaps. On last night’s show, he showcased the best ones, and had the award-winning MC in his house band, Philly-bred rapper Black Thought, rap them with Questlove and the rest of The Roots playing backup. Check it out above.
On last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Wyomissing native Taylor Swift revealed her and Fallon’s bygone hobby of attending New York City sporting events and letting loose when they were featured on arena Jumbotrons. Of course it’s not true—considering it looks like they’re in the same arena the whole time—but it’s funny, nonetheless, and that’s why I’m dropping it here for you today. Check it out above.