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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Some 'Wicked' Advice For Weiner

By Anne Cohen

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Anthony Weiner can rest easy: Kristen Chenoweth has found a way to save his campaign.

Chenowith, best known for her Tony Award-winning performance in “Wicked,” the hit Broadway musical, gave the disgraced candidate a little advice during a parody rendition of one of the show’s hits, “Popular,” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

“Can’t you see it in my face, this is the toughest case I’ve had to face,” Chenoweth sang. “Don’t you worry, Carlos Danger is no more.”

In the original song, Chenoweth’s character — a pretty and popular teenaged Glinda the Good Witch — is giving advice to her outcast roommate Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West), on how to get in with the good crowd.

The parody gives Weiner some similar wisdom.

You will be pop-u-lar,” she chorused — “the right kind of popular./ I’ll teach you to zip your fly/ you won’t be that guy/ with a camera down his pants.”

“So let’s start,” she added, “’cause you’ve got an awfully long way to go. … Long? Well, mmm.”

Finally, she warned:

“There’ll be no more sexy texts

with your biceps flexed.

Your roaming eye will roam no more.

You want to be the mayor –

stop acting like a big ol’ whore.”

Learn the lyrics and sing along below:

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Eliot Spitzer vs. Bill Hader

By Anne Cohen

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Eliot Spitzer

WATCH Eliot Spitzer confront former “Saturday Night Live” double Bill Hader, right before an incredibly uncomfortable interview with Jay Leno.

As The Huffington Post pointed out, Hader used to play Spitzer back when he co-hosted (and then hosted) “Parker/Spitzer” on CNN. Sharing a moment, the two recounted how they first met during a White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

“You were shaking and quivering when I approached you,” Spitzer said.

“I’m shaking and quivering now!” Hader answered.

See the whole thing unfold below:

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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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