Ever since his days at Saturday Night Live you could tell Jimmy Fallon was a good guy. Likable, charming, and often cracking up during skits or at the Weekend Update desk.
When he transitioned to late night talk show host he took that charm with him and brought a lot of his SNL experience too. From skits to digital shorts, Fallon has upped the late night game and brought a relevance back to it.
Fallon also seems to understand that a show that airs late at night isn’t always viewed in one sitting but is through clips the following day on the internet. Many of his videos have been shared millions of times across all social media outlets.
But I think the biggest change Fallon has brought to late night isn’t in content.
It’s in his character.
We have enough cynical people with a voice in the late night (or any time of day) market.
We have enough channels and shows dedicated to fear and scaring the public.
We have enough celebrities, blogs, and shows that profit off the worst in us.
And I think most of us now realize…
We’ve had enough.
And that’s why Jimmy Fallon is so popular.
He genuinely likes people. And people want to be around him because he wants the best for them. He likes them.
Even when he makes fun of someone, he’d do it to their face in a light hearted way because he is a good guy and that’s something that is hard to find anymore.
Jimmy is living out one of the great Christian virtues: love.
Sadly, when a lot of people think of Jesus they don’t think of love but bad music, worse movies, a political party, the stuff we hate, or the worst of all – someone who claimed to love Jesus and then wounded them.
Here’s just a few things the Scriptures teach on the subject of love:
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. – 1 Corinthians 13.1
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4.7,8
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13.34,35
That last quote is really powerful because it is from Jesus himself.
People are drawn to positive people who love and care about others. That’s why Fallon is so popular. His care and good guy personality is so uncommon today.
His personality and behavior makes me wonder: What would it be like if Christians became known again for the care and love? What if we were more known for this virtue instead of all the other negative things?
While we all consider that, here are a few clips from the first Late Night starring Jimmy Fallon show.
And again…how else could you explain this much star power without Jimmy being such a likable guy?
How do you raise the bar on musical guests? You put them on the roof and show off the city you love. I’m looking forward to a long run for Fallon and his team.