The Irish in America

Day Twelve of Irish American Favorites: Jimmy Fallon

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Jimmy Fallon, of NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallonis the funniest person on TV. And he is a proud Irish American. A list of Irish American Favorites would not be complete without Jimmy.

Jimmy has cracked me up for years, first it was once a week on Saturday Night Live, and now I get to watch him all week ong on his nightly show. I love everything about Jimmy’s show – awesome music with The Roots, great interviews, hilarious comedy, and the quintessential (I suspect also Irish American) side-kick, Steve Higgins. On Friday nights, Jimmy gets caught up on his correspondence with his “Thank You Notes” segment. Here’s a sample…so funny:

In October 2012, Jimmy received a Spirit of Ireland award at the 13th annual Irish Arts Centre gala. Check out his performance following his acceptance:

Even though I know I should go to bed, I can’t help but stay up late for Jimmy. It is a great way to end the day!


Author: Aine

I live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My heritage pretty much covers the map of Ireland: great-great-grandparents from Cork (Crowley, Foley, Regan), a great-great-grandmother from Clare (Quinn), a great-great-grandfather from Fermanagh (McMahon) and his wife's parents from Mayo (McAndrew), a great-grandmother from Connemara (Hannon) married to my great-grandfather from Laois (McCormack), great-grandparents from Sligo (Flannery), and a great-grandmother from Kildare (Hill). All of those people ended up in Minnesota, where my four grandparents were born. Three and four generations after my people left Ireland for America, I retain all Irish heritage. So much for the melting pot...

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