Well, I guess you could call this an article and a review of the show as I fully intended to do an entire recap of the show based on some of the notes I took.
Honestly though, I’m going to make this brief.
First of all, I used to think Jay Leno was funny. Used to. Back in the late nineties and early 2000’s, I thought he was a decent choice for the host of the Tonight Show until his material just started getting stale and watered down. That’s when I yearned for Coco and couldn’t wait for him to take over.
Then you know what happened.
So, Jay’s back and was it worth watching his first episode back at all?
Well, the first thing they did was a Wizard of Oz parody involving Jay, Kevin Eubanks, Ross the Intern, and a surprise appearance from John Melendez and an even bigger surprise appearance by Betty White. Despite the presence of the great Betty White, this was a pretty lame way to start the show.
What followed was a ridiculously long standing ovation for Jay upon his arrival to the stage and then a ridiculously unfunny monologue peppered with a couple of “hilarious” videos. One involved a skiier punching Leno while he stood in the audience at the Olympics and the other one was the backside of a person wearing very tight pants. Oh-haha! Stop! My sides! They’re a-splitting!
Jay also showed a video later on about him finding the perfect desk for the Tonight Show. A couple of lame cameos from Adam Carolla and Randy Jackson later, the piece was thankfully over.
Jamie Foxx was his first guest of the night. Despite the fact that I enjoy Foxx and his energy, the obvious pandering to Jay during the entire interview and his chants of “Welcome back!” were a little too much for me. Foxx remained interesting throughout the interview though, so that’s more than Jay can say for himself.
Jay’s second guest was Olympian skiier (and HOTTIE) Lindsey Vonn, who came out with her gold and bronze medals and talked about stuff. Seriously, she was pretty dry and aside from her looks, most everything about her was boring.
Brad Paisley was the musical guest, but I turned the show off before that. I just couldn’t take anymore.
This whole debacle gets a D (would be lower if not for Foxx) and LIKES it.
PS: Jay Leno, RETIRE. NOW!