Jimmy Fallon: Brits booed me for being American at London stand-up gig

Jimmy Fallon: Brits booed me for being American at London stand-up gig

01/08/2021

Jimmy Fallon has revealed that he was nearly booed off stage in a London comedy venue for being American.

The long-held and (somewhat) friendly rivalry between Brits and Americans came to a head for the US chat show host in the 1990s, as he revealed on The Graham Norton Show.

It was a case of late-night host meeting late-night host on the BBC One programme as Fallon appeared virtually for the filming of Friday’s show.

Speaking to Norton, Fallon said: ‘It was 1995 and I was there for a week on holiday. I went to the Comedy Store and asked to do a routine.’

‘I turned up at midnight and I was so excited, but the crowd was a bit rough and when I was introduced as being from America they just booed and booed before I had even said my name.’

Fallon revealed he was able to turn the crowd around though and ended up having a great routine: ‘I just thought, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I was so nervous and was shaking, but it was one of the best gigs of my life and I almost got a standing ovation!’

During the episode, Fallon also went into the history of The Tonight Show, which has been on air since 1954.

‘It’s an institution here and has probably been on air for 66 years. It’s something I never thought could be a job, I thought it was something that came with your TV set.’

Fallon took over hosting duties from Jay Leno on the talk show in 2014. Before that, Fallon had hosted the companion show, Late Night since 2009.

Fallon appearing on The Graham Norton Show is a mirror to mid-December when Norton appeared on The Tonight Show.

Regina King, Anya Taylor-Joy, David Mitchell, Mel Giedroyc, Olly Alexander and Yungblud also appear on Friday’s show.

The Graham Norton Show airs tonight at 10.45pm on BBC One.

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