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The last week of March 2011 could not have been a good one for Rebecca Black, being as she was the most vilified pop star on all the Internet. The amusingly amateurish clip for the 13-year-old’s song “Friday” – an out-of-nowhere, Auto-Tuned sensation featuring feel-good lyrics about the day between Thursday and Saturday – had just overtaken Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as the most hated YouTube video of all time, registering nearly 1.2 million dislikes. By then, numerous bloggers already had dubbed “Friday” “the worst song ever” – a downright polite assessment in light of some of the vitriol directed at Black – and the video had been mercilessly parodied online.
At the end of that same week, comedian Jimmy Fallon had friend and fellow late-night host Stephen Colbert on his show to perform “Friday” with Fallon’s house band, The Roots. But it’s not Jimmy Fallon’s style to pile on, to kick people when they’re down. If Rebecca Black was watching Late Night With Jimmy Fallon that Friday night (or afterward, on the Internet), she ought to have been heartened by what she saw. Everyone involved in the production – and it was nothing if not a production – took the song’s “fun, fun, fun, fun” lyric to heart. “The performance was so balls-to-the-wall,” Colbert says, “just throwing everything at the canvas.” Jackson Pollock would be so dizzied: “Everything” included (but was no means limited to) onstage pyrotechnics, a surprise appearance by former American Idol Taylor Hicks, and for good measure, somebody boogieing in a yeti costume. Oh, did we mention that the Knicks City Dancers showed up, too?
“One of the things we talked about beforehand is that we didn’t want to mock the song,” Colbert recalls. “We wanted to do the song like it’s never been done before. Sometimes in parody, when you do somebody else’s material for comedy, you can feel the ‘knife’ in it. There’s no knife in Jimmy Fallon’s hand, and I really like that.”
Full Article: American Songwriter.
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Blow Your Pants Off Track List:
“Neil Young Sings ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’”
“History of Rap” (feat. Justin Timberlake)
“Scrambled Eggs” (feat. Paul McCartney)
“The Doors Sing ‘Reading Rainbow’”
“Balls In Your Mouth” (feat. Eddie Vedder)
“My Upstairs Neighbors Are Having Sex (And Listening to the Black Eyed Peas)”
“Bob Dylan Sings ‘Charles in Charge’”
“Walk of Shame” (feat. Dave Matthews)
“Slow Jam the News” (feat. Brian Williams)
“New French Girlfriend”
“Cougar Huntin’” (feat. Big & Rich)
“You Spit When You Talk”
“Friday” (feat. Stephen Colbert)
“Neil Young Sings ‘Whip My Hair’” (feat. Bruce Springsteen)
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Best Late Night Talk Show
- The Colbert Report
- The Daily Show
Best Comedy Show
- The Daily Show
- Steve Carell (The Office)
Best Guest Star
- Amy Sedaris (Raising Hope)
Best Musical Moment on a Scripted or Reality Show
- Cee Lo Green sings “Fox News” (The Colbert Report)
- Stephen Colbert sings “Friday” (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)
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