Jay Leno became the host of the top-rated “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” after hitting comedy clubs throughout the country. He opened for stars like Tom Jones and John Denver. After a move to Los Angeles, he began a career in television and film, including writing behind the scenes and making appearances on a varity of shows and films.
Jay made his first appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” on March 2, 1977 and was named permanent guest host in 1987. He took over hosting the show full-time in 1992, but never gave up touring on the comedy circuit.
As if all that wasn’t enough, Leno has authored two New York Times best-selling children’s books, “How to Be the Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World (or Just in Your Class)” and “If Roast Beef Could Fly” (both from Simon & Schuster), and “Leading with My Chin” (from HarperCollins) along with a variety of other books and calenders with proceeds to charities.
He has been proclaimed one of the nicest people in show business and most certainly the hardest-working.
Leno was born in New Rochelle, New York and raised in Andover, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Mavis, reside in Los Angeles. In his “spare time,” he indulges on his passion for collection of classic cars and motorcycles.
Emmy and Grammy Award winner, Fallon launched his TV career with “Saturday Night Live” in 1998 where he was known for his inimitable impressions, quiotix musical and comedy sketches and his role as co-anchor of “Weekend Update” with Tina Fey.
During his six-year run on “SNL,” Jimmy took on small roles in Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous” and Tom Hanks’ and Steven Spielberg’s “Band of Brothers” and starring roles in the feature films “Taxi,” with Queen Latifah, and “Fever Pitch” with Drew Barrymore.
Fallon has hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2001 and in 2005 and also received critical acclaim for his September 2002 hosting of the MTV Video Music Awards, featuring a musical opening where he parodied the year’s best videos by Eminem, Avril Lavigne, The White Stripes, Dave Matthews, Nelly, and Enrique Iglesias.
In March, 2009 Fallon premiered in “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The show was an immediate success for viral videos, audience games, A-list guests, and the house-band -The Roots selected by Fallon.
In the show’s hugely successful six years on the air, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” has amassed countless awards.
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” features a nightly monologue (the longest in late night), news-making guests, and ongoing comedy segments, including “Headlines,” “Jaywalking” and “Battle of Jaywalking All-Stars.” The result is a unique and humorous look at the daily happenings in the news and in pop culture.
The program is also a proven barometer of political clout. In 2009, the show made history by being the first late-night show to host a sitting president when Jay Leno welcomed President Barack Obama as a guest.
“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” is from Big Dog Productions in association with Universal Television. Debbie Vickers is the executive producer. -NBC