Andres du Bouchet, a writer for Conan O’Brien, landed in internet hot water (the hottest of all waters) earlier this spring when he went on a tirade about comedians relying on nostalgia, celebrity cameos and stunts in comedy. The since-deleted but forever-preserved rant was a thinly veiled attack on the comedic styling of Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, whose brand of humor is less about irreverence or insight, and more making the audience say, “Hey! I know that person/remember that thing!”
But I say Jimmy Fallon doesn’t do enough with celebrity cameos, and he certainly hasn’t reenacted enough great moments from the 1990s to suit my tastes. On the contrary, I demand more call-backs to the decade of my youth — specifically, I’d love to see Jimmy Fallon recreate great college football moments from the 1990s.
Remember Andy Katzenmoyer? Oh, man! What a great get the Big Kat would be for the Tonight Show. His NFL career didn’t pan out, but that only ups the nostalgia factor.
Seeing Jimmy Fallon play Corby Jones for Katzenmoyer would be late night TV’s greatest ’90s recreation since this year’s Saved By The Bell parody!
When people call Penn State “Linebacker U.,” ’90s kids rightly think of LaVar Arrington first and foremost. Arrington is a frequent guest on NFL Network these days, and he certainly looks capable of strapping on the blue-and-white once more to give the Nittany Lions’ defense a big boost.
Sadly, his eligibility has elapsed. But the NCAA can’t stop a reenactment of the LaVar Leap on the Tonight Show, can it? Take THAT, Mark Emmert!
Say, you saw Speed, right? Man, that movie was just so ’90s! Remember how Keanu Reeves sees Sandra Bullock’s Arizona football t-shirt and makes a comment about how good the Wildcats were?
You can thank the Desert Swarm defense for that sweet, sweet piece of pop culture lore. And Desert Swarm can thank its notoriety in part to College Football Hall of Famer Tedy Bruschi, who celebrates his birthday as of this writing (June 9).
After Bruschi relives a few of his greatest moments as a Wildcat before a surely raucous crowd, Jimmy Fallon can get a double-dip of nostalgia, playing Bullock in a call-back to that aforementioned Speed clip. Though, admittedly, Fallon has a high bar to meet Rich Rodriguez’s recreation of Speed.
How ’90s is Danny Wuerffel? Rhetorical question! The answer is so ’90s. Wuerffel was one of the best quarterbacks of the 1990s, so who better to don some Florida Gators gear than Jimmy Fallon?
Mr. Fallon…sorry, Mr. Wuerffel: Meet Mr. Peter Boulware.
Living out Boulware’s hit of Wuerffel works as some double-edged ’90s nostalgia: In 1993, the same season Boulware first arrived at Florida State, The Program hit theaters. The Program followed the exploits of a scandal-plagued college football team in a pivotal season. Because of its garnet-and-gold uniforms, “fictional” *wink*wink* ESU was obviously intended to be Florida State.
If Jimmy Fallon in an oversized set of pads and Florida Gators helmet doesn’t get you, just wait, because his reenactment of The Program‘s “place at the table” scene is guaranteed to get the whole family turnt!
Video games! Those were a big part of the ’90s.
Around 1991, the Console Wars were just getting underway. Nintendo dominated the video game market following the crash of 1983, and the NES was uncontested in its dominance of the home gaming market. The Super Nintendo was going to be a game-changer, but hold on: the Sega Genesis picked up steam in the American market in the early 1990s with its promise of Blast Processing.
None of us ’90s Kids knew what Blast Processing was, except that it was awesome. Hey, were you a Sega Kid or Nintendo Kid? Who cares, because both knew that GamePro was the best and Nintendo Power suuuuuucked.
Video game magazines! 16-bit systems! A bitter recession that deeply burdened the American middle class!
Where was I? Oh, yeah: Blast Processing. Well, it’s time for Jimmy Fallon to get to the bottom of Blast Processing with the man who lived it for Texas A&M: Quentin Coryatt.
Boom! Blast processing! Who says nostalgia is lazy?