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|Volume 68, Issue 4, Thursday,
August 29, 2002
Arts & Entertainment
SNL comedian adds to comedic repertoire with album
By Geronimo Rodriguez
Jimmy Fallon is the latest comedian from Saturday Night Live's endless
ensemble to branch into other forms of entertainment, with hopes of
Saturday Night Live's Jimmy Fallon's first album, The Bathroom Wall, combines funny lyrics with an array of sounds.
But whether it's playing host to one of MTV's award shows or plugging in the electric guitar, Fallon is one of the funnier comedians in today's
Already into his fourth season as the sometimes bumbling, always funny,
player, Fallon entertains with talents ranging from mimicry to wry
Instead, he's poked his head into the limelight for a few appearances;
check out the hilarious American Idol pseudo-commercial or tonight's
But, as is proven on his album debut, The Bathroom Wall, the messy-haired,
slightly built entertainer takes chances by penning a few lines of
Following in Adam Sandler's footsteps, Fallon relies on childish quips
to add laughs to the background vocals, a number of instruments and
From the disco feel of the opening track, "Idiot Boyfriend," to the
twangy harmonica in "Drinking in the Woods," Fallon shows he can at least
After five tracks of giddy humor, Fallon walks away from the recording studio and onto a place more comfortable for a comedian: the stage.
In front of a young crowd, Fallon goes into his stand-up mode and flaunts just about everything in his comedic repertoire.
He begins with an impersonation of John Travolta selling a Troll doll,
going off on a tangent about the Troll's hair, with a few of Travolta's
The track goes stale for a while as Fallon rambles on about college
life (bad roommates, sharing showers, finding the perfect fake ID, etc.).
After more moments of drivel, listeners find laughs when the comedian
starts again with the guitar and mimics artists like R.E.M., Counting
These are, by far, some of the more entertaining moments in the album.
It makes one wonder why Fallon stopped with the music only five tracks
In "Idiot Boyfriend," for instance, Fallon jabs about a boyfriend who
screws everything up, going on with the lines, "Hey baby, you like fine
This is followed by a fast-paced romp about how bad he is in basketball
by belting, "Wear my socks high/ Cause it makes me feel cool/ Don't
Rounding out the music-filled tracks are "Road Rage," "Snowball" and
"Drinking in the Woods," where he warbles reasons why he doesn't want
As mentioned before, the lyrics are good enough for a giggle here and
there, but only when coupled with mixes and earnest attempts at singing
Next time, if there is one, Fallon should stick to the musical mimicry and save the stand-up for some teen-targeted awards show.
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