Beginning Feb. 17, 2014, Emmy Award and Grammy Award winner Jimmy Fallon will bring NBC's "The Tonight Show" back to its New York origins when he launches "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" from Rockefeller Center. Fallon will put his own stamp on the storied NBC late-night franchise with his unique comedic wit, on-point pop culture awareness, welcoming style and his impeccable taste in music with the award-winning house band, The Roots.
Fallon began his TV career with "Saturday Night Live" in 1998, where he quickly became an audience favorite. Known for his spot-on impressions, hilarious sketches and his stint with Tina Fey as co-anchor of "Weekend Update," Fallon spent six successful years on the show. In March 2009, he returned to NBC and took over the "Late Night" legacy with "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." The show consistently garners attention for its viral videos, celebrity games and A-list guests.
Since the show's 2009 debut, Fallon and the "Late Night" team have earned much acclaim, including three consecutive Emmy nominations for outstanding variety series (2011-13). "Late Night" received a nomination for best talk show at the 2013 Critics' Choice Television Awards, having won the category in 2012. In 2013, Fallon was honored with his second consecutive People's Choice Award for favorite late-night talk show host and received a nomination in the same category for the 2014 event. Fallon and the "Late Night" writing team received an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy series in 2011. He won an Emmy in 2010 for the show's website in the interactive media category and received the Webby Person of the Year Award in 2009. Fallon has also been recognized with several nominations at the Teen Choice Awards throughout his career.
In May 2011, Fallon and the writers of "Late Night" released the New York Times best-seller "Thank You Notes," based on the popular show segment in which he addresses more than 150 subjects in need of his undying gratitude. "Thank You Notes 2," published in May 2012, hit the No. 1 spot on the New York Times best-seller list in its first week on sale. On June 12, 2012, Warner Bros. Records released "Blow Your Pants Off," a musical comedy album featuring Fallon's collaborations with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Justin Timberlake and more. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's comedy album chart and won the 2013 Grammy for best comedy album.
Additionally, Fallon returned to his "Saturday Night Live" roots when he hosted both the 2013 and 2011 Christmas episodes of the legendary sketch comedy show to widespread critical praise. His first "SNL" hosting effort earned him a 2012 Emmy Award for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series. He also received rave reviews for his stint hosting the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. Most notably, he opened the show with a star-studded performance of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run."
Fallon and his wife, Nancy, live in New York with daughter Winnie Rose and the family's female golden retriever, Gary Frick.
Steve Higgins is the announcer for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." He was previously the announcer for the entire run of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" where he introduced sketches, participated in celebrity games and took on memorable roles in the show's celebrated Digital Originals, including "Joking Bad" and "The Real Housewives of Late Night."
Higgins is also a longtime producer and writer for "Saturday Night Live." His work on SNL episodes and specials has garnered an Emmy Award and 20 additional nominations, as well as five Writers Guild Awards. He is also Emmy-nominated for his contribution to the 2009 ESPY Awards.
Higgins was previously a writer, producer and cast member for the comedy show "The Higgins Boys and Gruber," a cable television show that aired weekday afternoons on The Comedy Channel from 1989 to 1991. He was also the head writer for "The Jon Stewart Show" from 1993 to 1995.
Higgins lives in New Jersey with his family.
Josh Lieb is the producer of NBC's upcoming "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," which premieres Feb. 17, 2014. Lieb currently serves as producer of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
Lieb began his career as a staff writer for "The Jon Stewart Show" and has since worked as a writer and producer on shows including "NewsRadio," "The Simpsons," and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He shared in seven primetime Emmys as writer and executive producer of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." In 2009, he released the best-selling young adult novel "I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President." He is a native of South Carolina and a Harvard graduate.
Named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone Magazine, the legendary Roots Crew have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys over the course of their career. The ensemble most recently received a “Best Rap Album” nomination for their last studio release undun, which brings their GRAMMY nomination count to twelve. Additionally, The Roots have also become the faces of Philly’s “Fourth of July Jam,” an annual concert held during the holiday weekend featuring some of the biggest names in music, and “The Roots Picnic,” a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, that has become a celebrated institution during summer festival season. The Roots are also the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where Questlove also serves as the show’s Musical Director.
Lorne Michaels is an Emmy Award-winning producer and writer, best known as the creator and executive producer of "Saturday Night Live." Currently in its 39th season, "SNL" is the longest running, most Emmy-nominated and highest rated weekly late night television program in history. Michaels is also executive producer of the Emmy-nominated "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and IFC's Peabody Award-winning "Portlandia." Beginning in 2014, Michaels will serve as executive producer of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on NBC.
In addition to executive producing the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning "30 Rock," Michaels' previous television credits include "Up All Night," "The Kids in the Hall," "Night Music" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," as well as specials with Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, The Rutles, Flip Wilson, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Neil Young and Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park. On Broadway, he produced and directed "Gilda Radner - Live from New York" and produced the subsequent motion picture "Gilda Live."
Michaels' motion picture credits as a producer include "Mean Girls" starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Tina Fey, "Baby Mama" starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and "MacGruber." Other films include "Wayne's World," "Tommy Boy" and "Three Amigos," which he produced and co-wrote with Steve Martin and Randy Newman. His most recent film, "The Guilt Trip," starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, was released in December 2012.
Michaels began his career in Toronto, where he attended the University of Toronto. He started as a writer and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and starred in the comedy series "The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour." In 1968, he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a writer for NBC's "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In." He left for New York in 1975 to begin "SNL" and in 1979, founded his production company, Broadway Video.
Michaels has personally won 13 Emmys as a writer and producer of television. He was inducted into the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004, he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In Canada, he was awarded the Governor General's Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2006 and had previously been inducted into the Order of Canada in 2002. In 2008, he was named one of Time Magazine's "Time 100," a list of the most influential people in the world. In 2013, Michaels received the Distinguished Collaborator Award from the Costume Designers Guild and also earned the rare honor of an individual Peabody Award.
The Tonight Show
Beginning Feb. 17, 2014, "The Tonight Show" returns to its New York origins when "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" makes its broadcast debut from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center. Emmy Award- and Grammy Award-winning comedian Jimmy Fallon will bring a high-tempo energy to the storied NBC franchise with his welcoming interview style, love of audience participation, spot-on impersonations and innovative sketches.
An American television institution for almost 60 years, "The Tonight Show" will continue to be a home to big-name celebrity guests and a stage for top musical and comedic talent. Taking a cue from his unforgettable predecessors, including hosts Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, Fallon will carry on the tradition that audiences know and love - kicking off every show with the iconic "Tonight Show" monologue. Known for his huge online presence, Fallon will also bring along with him many of the popular segments, celebrity sketches and musical parodies that fans have grown to love on "Late Night," including #Hashtags, Thank You Notes and Slow Jam the News.
Critically praised Grammy winners The Roots will serve as "The Tonight Show" house band.
From Universal Television and Broadway Video, "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Josh Lieb. Gavin Purcell produces. "The Tonight Show" tapes before a live studio audience.
New York City
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