The Shmooze

Jimmy Fallon's Got Nothing On Paul Rudd's Lip Sync Skills

By Anne Cohen

Jimmy Fallon hosted his first lip sync battle on “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday. If you haven’t seen it, drop everything.

Paul Rudd, Jewish Mr. Nice Guy extraordinaire, gives us a glimpse of his true gift: not acting, but lip syncing — performing Tina Turner’s “Better Be Good To Me,” and Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” It’s a beautiful sight.

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Joan Rivers Makes Her 'Tonight Show' Comeback

By Jana Banin

(JTA) — Monday Night marked Jimmy Fallon’s debut as host of “The Tonight Show.” It was also the first time Joan Rivers, among the parade of stars who took the stage to settle a $100 debt, appeared on the show in over 25 years. Even more monumental: It was the 49th anniversary of her first-ever “Tonight Show” appearance, on Feb. 17 1965.

“It’s about time!” Rivers said in a statement of her return, per The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve been sitting in a taxi outside NBC with the meter running since 1987.”

Rivers was banned from the show by Johnny Carson after leaving her gig as his permanent guest host to helm Fox’s “The Late Show With Joan Rivers,” a competitor.

“Being in the studio brought back the most wonderful, wonderful memories of the night that jump-started my career,” she said. “So when people ask me, ‘Why was last night different from all other nights?’ I’ll tell them that it certainly beats Passover!”

See Rivers’ big comeback (plus Seth Rogen, Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, and many more) right here.

Photo credit: Getty Images.

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Billy Crystal's Jewish '(Schm)-uck Dynasty'

By Anne Cohen

Did you know that “Duck Dynasty” is actually a rip-off of a show Billy Crystal and his family created?

The comedian made his case for “Schmuck Dynasty” on Jimmy Fallon this week. Check it out:

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Seth Myers Makes 'Late Night' A Little More Jewish

By Anne Cohen

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“Late Night” just got a little more Jewish. A quarter Jewish, to be exact.

NBC has announced that “Saturday Night Live” writer-performer Seth Myers will be taking over the show next year after current host Jimmy Fallon moves over to “The Tonight Show.”

“I am aware of the history,” Mr. Myers told The New York Times before hosting “SNL” on Saturday. “Each chapter of my life has sort of been spent enjoying each of the guys who had the job. Letterman was sort of my first introduction to late-night television. And Conan was all through college and postcollege years. Jimmy, obviously, I think, does it as well as anyone could ever do it.”

Myers, 39, will be working with SNL producer Lorne Michaels, who will also be executive producer to “The Tonight Show,” CNN reported. All three shows will be reunited at NBC’s headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, a first since Johnny Carson moved “Tonight” to Burbank, California in the 1970s.

In an NBC press release, Myers joked: “I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car. 12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”

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