With Conan O'Brien moving to the helm of "The Tonight Show," SNL alum Jimmy Fallon took over the "Late Night" reins Monday. Even better, he's scheduled for a stop in the ATL later this month. Fallon will be headlining at "A Tony Evening," benefiting the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, on March 21 at the Midtown W hotel. (Tickets to the event, which benefits Alliance's programs for youth audiences, are $250 each, while patron reservations start at $1,000 per couple. Info: www.alliancetheatre.org.)
Fallon answered a few questions via e-mail.
Q: What are your thoughts about taking over "Late Night," and what should we expect: sketch comedy, comic impersonations?
A: I am more excited than nervous now. There's no sense in being nervous anymore — I've just got to get out there and try my best. As far as impersonations and sketch comedy, I might throw a few in the mix now and then, but basically, my job is to be host and make you laugh at 12:30 at night.
Q: Talk about your experience on "Saturday Night Live." The show became a factor in the political campaign last year, with Tina Fey's impersonation of Sarah Palin resulting in Palin appearing on the show. Were you watching?
A: Sure! Tina was knocking it out of the park! That was one of the best things to ever be on "Saturday Night Live." My experience on that show was fantastic. It definitely helped prime me for my new job as talk show host. Just doing the news segment on that show and intro'ing guests and reading jokes every week — it's kind of what I'll be doing now. Just five nights a week instead of one.
Q: Who will be your first guest?
A: Robert DeNiro
Q: Who are you going after?
A: The Queen of England (if you have her e-mail, please help).
Q: How did you get involved with the Alliance Theatre Gala?
A: I've always had a great time performing in Atlanta. So, I'm happy to help. I can't wait to come back for this event.
Q: Do you like grits? Do you know what they are? No Googling.
A: Yes. Grits are a great new indie band. We have them booked for our first week.
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