Will Smith + Jimmy Fallon in a sing-along =
This Tonight Show segment just took “Flashback Friday” to the next-level. And these two buddies may have inadvertently created a new sitcom in a matter of minutes by simply singing together:
Thankfully, Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon aren’t strangers. If they were, the “History of TV Theme Songs” would have never happened.
But they are friends, pals, and even a confidant when needed.
Will there or won’t there, Will?
With everybody fondly remembering how awesome sitcoms were from the mid-’80s through the first several years of the 21st century, “renewal” and “reboot” have become certifiable buzz words in today’s popular culture. From the writing to the casting to the sets to the clever laugh-out-loud humor to the heartwarming moments wrapped in subtle life lessons, it seems that virtually any show with most of its primary cast living these days is being asked about bringing their show back on primetime TV.
Enter Will Smith and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
While The Fresh Prince will remain in reruns (that’s still a plus), that photo of Will Smith looking exactly like James Avery (Uncle Phil) is enough of a gift for fans. It’s a sign of the true specialness and staying power of that sitcom. A unique sign of that once-in-a-lifetime television era.
Like this heartfelt moment between Will and Uncle Phil.
Trust me, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will live on forever.
“Throwback Thursday” got a little jazzy today.
Nostalgia has a very special place in all of our hearts and the past few years has been glorious/surreal in celebrating the 20th, 25th and 30th anniversaries of amazing films and television shows that made up a golden era of funny and witty entertainment.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a prime example and Smith’s announcement is great news that DJ Jazzy Jeff will be known to multiple generations as “their DJ.” The positive feelings and memories towards this show and characters is great. Kids who grew up with the series are now showing their kids the reruns cleverly filled with humor, life lessons and the official dance moves to Tom Jones.
The good news for Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff is that parents today just may understand what they’re singing about.
Yes, yes and yes!
Jimmy Fallon is not a stand-up king like Jay Leno, but he carries the shining torch of The Tonight Show with creativity, perspective and, above all, laughs. His stand-up is funny, but still not to Leno’s level. To be fair though, Leno is on an island when it comes to his jokes and delivery written for late night television.
Instead, Fallon complements his short stand-up at the top of the show with hilarious sketches and character performances (usually with willing celebrity guests), which continues to solidify his connection and comedic expertise with his audience. Many of his viewers, like myself, feel like Jimmy and I (my name’s also Jimmy) are thinking exactly the same as to what would be amazing to see each weekday night. Plus, his love for ’90s nostalgia is an alley-oop of awesomeness!
Case and point:
Just as Will Smith connected with viewers with his sitcom sensation The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Jimmy Fallon continues to prove he gets it as host of The Tonight Show.
(Insert the coolest handshake in history)