Donald Trump’s interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Friday marked the presidential candidate’s first late night appearance since announcing his campaign back in June, but a pre-interview sketch in which Fallon dressed up as Trump’s reflection may have stolen the show.
Before their actual interview, Fallon donned a wig and suit to imagine Trump pumping himself up in the mirror. After all, “the only one qualified to interview me is me,” as Fallon-as-Trump put it.
Like their real interview, the sketch combined goofy camaraderie (and Fallon’s love for Trump’s pronunciation of “huuuuuuge”) with legitimate policy issues – or at least, it tried to.
Early on, Fallon-Trump asked real Trump how exactly he planned to create more jobs for the middle class. “I’m just gonna do it” was Trump’s response. Fallon’s attempts at following up (“right, right, but how?”) were futile. “By doing it. It just happens,” said Trump.
Next, Fallon-Trump tried a different method, pressing Trump about his promise to make the Mexican government build a wall on the American border.
“Since I’m a genius, I’ll let me handle it,” Trump responded, tossing it back to Fallon. Fallon-Trump’s plan – convincing the Mexican government to play a giant game of Jenga – signaled the total descent into classic Fallon silliness.
During the next question, about how else Trump vaguely planned to help the economy, Fallon pulled a move out of Charlie Chaplin’s arsenal, comically trying to mimic Trump’s gestures. He got distracted during Trump’s answer (“look, I’m REALLY rich. I know how to run a business”) and blamed getting lost in “his” own reflection.
“I’m like a Greek god that just took a bath in a pumpkin spice latte,” Fallon-Trump mused.
The interview prelude sketch concluded by touching on that most important of topics: Kanye West in the White House. Fallon asked Trump if he would consider Gary Busey as his vice-president. “Look, I love Gary. He’s fantastic, more of a Supreme Court justice kinda guy,” Trump responded. “Vice president is a serious job. So I’ll probably go with Kanye West.”
The sketch ended just as it started to become impossible to tell the difference between the real Trump and his caricature.
“Alright, guess it’s time to go out and talk to that dopey goofball Jimmy Fallon, and give him the biggest ratings his pathetic show has ever seen,” Fallon-Trump declared. “How do you think it’s gonna go?”
In unison: “It’s gonna be huuuuuuuuuuge.”
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