Friday night, Jimmy Fallon hit the Whiskey River bar in Manhattan for one of five “Round on Jimmy” events held in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., meant to thank fans for tuning into Late Night and to support local drinking holes. PopWatch intended to get a few Beer Pong tips before challenging him to a match, but it seems his recent on-air losses to Serena Williams and Anna Kournikova have him doubting his technique. Instead, he told us a couple of classic “late-night” stories. One took place a couple years ago when he and his wife attended the Kentucky Derby. Leaving the Barnstable Brown party, he started talking to the kids working valet and found out they were from a fraternity. “I’m like ‘fraternity? Where’s the party?’ They’re like, ‘It’s two in the morning. There wouldn’t be a party.’ I’m like, ‘What kind of frat are you?’ They’re like, ‘Alright, we’ll throw a party, if you’re gonna come.’ I’m like, ‘I’ll come.’ So they started a party at 2 a.m., told all of their friends, sororities came over. We played beer pong until about five in the morning.”
The other story involved country singer John Rich, who guested on Late Night last Thursday and gifted Fallon a Gibson J-45 guitar. A mutual friend told Fallon that he should look Rich up when he had a stand-up gig in Nashville. “He pulls up in a Smokey and the Bandit Trans-Am, like one of the five they made for the movie. He parks in the middle of the street. The cops pull over. They’re like, ‘What’s going on? Why’s there a Trans-Am parked in the middle of the street?’ He goes, ‘Sorry, officers. It’s me, John Rich.’ ‘Oh hey, John. Everything’s cool?’ And they take off. Unbelievable. Then he takes takes me to his bar, and we jammed on-stage for about 2.5 hours. Thank god I had a flight the next day, or I would have died. I was that afraid. Do not go out drinking with John Rich if you don’t know what you’re doing.”
Before Fallon got pulled away to take photos with some sailors, we managed to get in one question about the show: He’s keeping details hush-hush, but he says he’s got another music legend booked. “He’s gonna do some old hits. I’m just psyched. I don’t think he’s been on TV in, I would say, 20 or 25 years. And he’s a legend. Like, you would be like, ‘Cool.’”
Who do you think it is?
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