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Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is a talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon that aired on NBC from 2009 to 2014. The third incarnation of NBC's Late Night franchise, Fallon's show debuted on March 2, 2009 after previous host Conan O'Brien left Late Night to host The Tonight Show. Fallon ended his version of the show in February 2014 as he moved to host The Tonight Show; Seth Meyers took over as the new host of Late Night after Fallon's departure.


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March 20, 2009
Fallon and Jason Segel talk about their love for the Muppets, and Segel's script for The Muppets. Statler and Waldorf appear in the audience to heckle Fallon and Segel. (video)
April 15, 2009
Elmo appears to promote the new Sesame Street video Sesame Street: Being Green. He tells another guest, rapper Ice-T, that his rap name is "Wild Cherry". He tells another guest, video game columnist Morgan Webb, that the only video game his daddy lets him play is Pac-Man. He sings the Sesame Street theme song with the help of the house band, The Roots.
May 22, 2009
Jimmy showcased official entries in The Jimmy Fallon Dance Challenge submitted by Bunsen & Beaker, Animal, and Kermit. The videos (using recut footage from the Muppetism interstitials) featured a remixed version of the contest's song "The Late Night" with samplings of "Mah Na Mah Na". Although Fallon thanked "everyone at the Henson Company" for the videos on the air, the entries were actually produced and submitted (without solicitation) by the folks at The Muppets Studio. Of the videos, Fallon said, "that's the coolest thing ever! I love it! That's just so cool!" Show announcer Steve Higgins also commented on the videos stating that "You see the Muppets and you just feel good."
November 9, 2009
Elmo and Rosita promote the 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street with Laurence Fishburne. The Roots perform a cover of "Pinball Number Count."

December 23, 2009 - Kermit the Frog, Gonzo, Robin, Miss Piggy, Scooter, Fozzie Bear, Rowlf the Dog, Pepe the King Prawn, Sam Eagle, Rizzo the Rat, and Animal sing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with Fallon and The Roots. The performance is similar to the Muppets previous performance of the song from John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together, but with Pepe taking the place of Janice, Sam taking the place of Statler and Waldorf, Rizzo taking the place of Floyd, and Fallon taking the place of Denver. Although, like the original, Fozzie Bear comically struggles to remember his line throughout the performance.

The Muppets appeared again after the commercial break and danced through the end credits. Animal also appeared at the top of the show to call out the episode number (a task usually done by The Roots' drummer, Questlove).

A brief clip of this appearance was featured in a montage of the show's musical moments in the 2014 prime-time special, Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Aside from the six main Muppet performers, additional performers for this appearance include Kevin Clash, Martin P. Robinson, Peter Linz, Paul McGinnis, Pam Arciero and Joey Mazzarino.[1]

  • A behind-the-scenes bonus clip of an impromptu rendition of "One" was caught on camera during rehearsal, and posted online in January 2010.
September 24, 2010
Super Grover 2.0 appeared to promote Season 41 of Sesame Street. Jimmy shows Grover his copy of The Monster at the End of This Book, frightening him. Grover shows Jimmy shirts he made for him and The Roots, which depict the Sesame Street characters as Jimmy (Ernie) and The Roots (Grover, Big Bird, Bert, Oscar, Elmo, Cookie and Snuffy). Kristin Chenoweth was a guest earlier on the episode.
May 3, 2011
Elmo appeared to promote the DVD Elmo's Travel Songs and Games. Elmo references Jennifer Hudson (who had appeared earlier) and sings a couple lines of "His Eye is on the Sparrow," realizing afterwards that he said "me" and not "Elmo." The Roots begin to play "Go Before You Go," but Elmo doesn't remember the song. Elmo turns on Jimmy when he suggests "Elmo should've came to rehearsal." When uploaded to the Tonight Show YouTube channel in 2022, Elmo saying "Hubba hubba" when talking about Jennifer Hudson and Padma Lakshmi was edited out. (YouTube)
September 26, 2011
Elmo appeared to promote the 42nd season of Sesame Street. Elmo shared long stares with guest Andy Samberg and does a couple of Fallon's "Thank You Notes." An excerpt of Samberg's Sesame Street appearance is shown, and Fallon gives away Let's Rock! Elmo toys to his audience members.
November 16, 2011
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy appear to promote The Muppets. The pair play a game of "Password" with Martin Short and Michael Stipe. A clip of this appearance was featured in the 2014 prime-time special, Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
  • Before appearing, Kermit toured the Muppet Pipes in Studio 6B. A web-exclusive video of the event was posted the next day. (YouTube)
  • After appearing, Kermit answered a series of Twitter questions. A web-exclusive video was posted the next day.
November 18, 2011
Animal (and his drums) sits in with The Roots. The Muppets is plugged. Animal has a crush on guest Michelle Williams.
  • After appearing, Animal answered a series of Twitter questions. A web-exclusive video was posted the next day.
November 21, 2011
Jason Segel and Walter appear to promote The Muppets. (video)
  • After appearing, Walter toured the Muppet Pipes in Studio 6B. A web-exclusive video of the event was posted the next day. (YouTube)
December 22, 2011
On a segment called "Twas The Night Before Christmas", Jimmy plays Mad Libs with the help of some of his recent guests, including Walter and Segel. Segel inserts the adjective "sexy" into the poem. 
December 23, 2011
To celebrate Christmas, Kermit, Robin and Jimmy sing "When the River Meets the Sea".
September 19, 2012
Elmo appeared to promote the 43rd season of Sesame Street. A clip preview of Elmo the Musical was shown.
September 25, 2013
Elmo, Grover, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Murray, The Count, Big Bird and Snuffy appear, performing the "Sesame Street Theme" with Fallon and the Roots on classroom instruments. (YouTube)

A clip of this appearance was featured in the 2014 prime-time special, Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

February 7, 2014
The Muppets (including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Pepe the King Prawn, Rizzo, Walter, The Swedish Chef, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Scooter, Robin the Frog, Dr. Teeth, Floyd Pepper, Janice, Zoot, Animal, Lips, and some chickens) appeared on Fallon's final show, performing "The Weight" as the big finale.

In addition to primary performers Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Peter Linz, Matt Vogel, David Rudman, and Bill Barretta, additional performers for this appearance include, Marc Petrosino, Jennifer Barnhart, Alice Dinnean, Pam Arciero, Noel MacNeal, Martin P. Robinson, Joey Mazzarino, Julianne Buescher, Carmen Osbahr, Paul McGinnis, Haley Jenkins, Jim Kroupa, Lisa Buckley, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Michael Latini, Ryan Dillon, Tyler Bunch,[2] and Brian Henson.[3] The appearance was taped on January 29.[4]

February 2014 finale[]


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Miss Piggy on the November 16, 2011 episode of Late Night.


  • On the March 4, 2009 episode, Fallon talked with Cameron Diaz about their visits to the Sesame Street set. Diaz mentioned that everyone on the set loved Fallon, while Fallon expressed his admiration for the puppeteers and their talent, especially Elmo's performer, Kevin Clash.
  • In the opening monologue of the March 12, 2009 episode Fallon made several jokes about the then-recent layoff at Sesame Workshop - saying it will be hard for some of the characters to find work because it's been 40 years and they still don't know the ABC's. He also jested at unemployment slogans such as "will tickle for food" and "will eat cookies for food".
  • In a parody of Lost on the March 1, 2010 episode, one of the castaways hypothesizes that they are lost in Fraggle Rock. Another castaway says that it can't be true, because they haven't seen one Fraggle.
  • On the December 20, 2010 episode, Fallon talked with Jason Segel about his work with the Muppets. Segel expressed his admiration for the puppeteers and their talent, especially Walter's performer, Peter Linz. The band performed "Movin' Right Along" from The Muppet Movie when throwing to commercial after the Segel interview.
  • On June 8, 2012, Ben Stiller mentions that the Upper West Side in the 1970s was like a dangerous Sesame Street. He states that there was a lot of singing going on and a mean guy who was living in a trash can and was mainly trying to sell speed. Fallon believed it was a little different than Oscar.
  • During the monologue of the September 4, 2013 show, Fallon mentioned that the new season of Sesame Street would focus on problem solving. Specifically, that one problem: how to get there.
  • On September 25, 2013, Fallon says "#ImDaRealCookieMonster" and then eats a cookie in the style of Cookie Monster while saying #NomNomNom.



Fallon greets Bob McGrath

  • Sesame Street cast member Bob McGrath appeared in the audience of the December 19, 2012 episode. Fallon ran into the audience and greeted McGrath with an enthusiastic hug during the closing credits of the show.


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