It’s 11:30 pm. The dinner dishes are done, the kids are settled, the dog’s been out for one last walk around the block. You’ve finally got a moment to sit back with your feet up, a cold drink in one hand and the television remote in the other. So, who are you gonna turn to: Jimmy… or Jimmy? We’re taking a look at some of Kimmel and Fallon’s funniest moments — both recent and classic — in an attempt to make that all-important decision.
Each host has given Canada some personal attention
Earlier this month Jimmy Fallon did a surprisingly great job standing in for Neil Young when Crosby, Stills, and Nash covered Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’. It was actually the host’s third time channeling Canada’s favourite folk rocker — he’d previously covered ‘Whip My Hair’ and the theme from Fresh Prince as Young. When the other Jimmy turned the spotlight on our country it was just as funny, if not as flattering. Kimmel was quite taken with the Rob Ford saga, going so far as to invite Toronto’s terrible mayor to be a guest on his show. Hilarity (and poor fashion choices) ensued.
They’ve show us a different side of celebs
Who knew that Miley Cyrus’s party anthem ‘We Can’t Stop’ could be so soulful and — dare we say it? — sweet. Take away the backing track, the terrible video, and the gold grillz, throw in Fallon’s house band The Roots (masters of the a cappella cover) and you’ve got a hit. Our only complaint? We can’t buy it on iTunes. As for Kimmel’s show, who knew that Matt Damon had so many four-letter words in his vocabulary?
They can both belt out a song with the best of them
While Fallon has the edge over Kimmel as far as his ability to carry a tune goes, Kimmel’s foray into song has a lot of heart, even if that heart is a broken one. (Curse you, Sarah Silverman!)
The Jimmys make social media funnier
Jimmy (Kimmel) had the foresight to know just how funny we’d find it to hear celebrities read aloud the awful (and semi-literate) things that strangers write about them on Twitter. Then he set their performances to R.E.M.’s ‘Everybody Hurts’, upping the funny factor by another 25%. Jimmy (Fallon)’s attempt at social media mockery was pretty funny too. As John Lennon, he beseeched ’60s-era Beatles fans to follow the band on Instagram, Vine, and, well, every other social media outlet. #hilarious
We love their long-running repeat segments
In a face-off between Kimmel’s Youtube Challenges and Fallon’s Lip Sync Battles, it’s really a matter of personal preference. If children crying over the idea of stolen Hallowe’en candy tickles your funny bone, you’re probably a Team Kimmel player. Spend your weekends at the local karaoke club? Fallon’s battles with the likes of Emma Stone, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Paul Rudd are probably more up your alley.
So who’s it going to be? Do your allegiances lie with Kimmel or do you like Fallon for the new king of late night? Cast your vote below and let us know which comedian’s team you’re on.