Alanis Morissette may be known for her angsty rock anthems and ethereal pop ballads, but she can also sing a killer version of The Little Drummer Boy. The Canadian music icon went undercover busking in the New York subway system with Jimmy Fallon for an episode of The Tonight Show, which aired last night on CTV. Decked out in sunglasses, an oversized hat and blonde wig, a scarf with serious Where’s Waldo vibes, and a very furry vest, Morisette belted out the holiday classic while Fallon tapped along on a tiny red drum.
Commuters reacted in both confusion and excitement, some catching on sooner than others as Morissette’s distinctive voice rang out through the subway. A small crowd had gathered by the time the song ended, with both stars still in character as buskers. “Happy, happy, happy holidays, everyone!” Fallon bellowed in a gruff voice, his face hidden by a lengthy beard. “My name is Jimmy Fallon,” he continued, removing his disguise and returning to his normal speaking voice. “And this is Alanis Morissette right here!”
The platform erupted in cheers as Morissette took off her wig, beaming as she launched into fan favourite “You Oughta Know”. Fallon played hype man with a tambourine, encouraging the crowd to clap along as dozens of subway patrons quickly ran over to join the crowd. What followed was the most cheerful version of “You Oughta Know” ever played, with Alanis smiling brightly as fans sang along, cheering and dancing as Fallon joined in with background vocals. Best commute ever? Probably.
Morissette recently announced a new world tour celebrating the 25 year anniversary of her epic first album, Jagged Little Pill. The tour starts in June 2020 and runs through late July 2020. Morissette will be joined by alternative pop band Garbage as well as singer Liz Phair. Only one Canadian date has been announced at this time.