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Jimmy Fallon Has a New Show and a New Health Regimen

The new Late Night host talks about being funny, being fit, and dealing with stage fright.
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How to avoid getting sick on vacation continued...

Take flight. On a positive note, Kozarsky tells travelers that today's airplanes may actually provide better air quality than our office conference rooms or even local movie theaters. "It's true that spending time in confined spaces can expose us to infection," she says. "But modern aircraft use excellent filters: 50% of the air is fresh, and the other 50% has almost all of the infectious particles filtered out. So while it might be bad news to sit right next to someone who is obviously sick, most of us will do just fine on the plane itself."

One more way to beat getting sick: Fallon can laugh at his own jokes. Laughter truly is good for us, according to new research from the University of Maryland Medical Center, which links giggling to the healthy function of blood vessels. Happily pumping vessels are a powerful tool for battling mental stress, as well as a great defense against developing cardiovascular disease. Just another reason to join the 2.1 million of us staying up late to catch Fallon's show.

Fallon's multiple talents

Voted in his high school yearbook "Most Likely to Replace David Letterman," Fallon prepped for his dream job by working smaller venues across the country and getting "the immediate results" that only stand-up comedy can bring. "If it's funny, they laugh. If it's not, they don't," he tells WebMD Magazine. "You just can't get that kind of feedback on a movie set."

Years of acting in Hollywood films such as Fever Pitch and Taxi removed that instant gratification. Fallon recently wrapped Whip It!, opening Oct. 9, which is directed by pal Drew Barrymore. Barrymore runs a production company, Flower Films, with Fallon's wife, producer Nancy Juvonen, 42, married to Fallon since December 2007.

Stand-up and acting aren't his only talents. Fallon also has musical chops. He sings in a hilarious MTV video, was nominated for a Grammy for a comedy album in 2003, and shines brightest when strumming his guitar or impersonating the industry's biggest pop stars. He even helped woo his musical heroes, The Roots, to be Late Night's in-house band.

Still, most performers know that live comedy takes extra guts. And Fallon is first to admit he's no born extrovert. "I get nervous all the time. I'm just as nervous before going on stage in a small venue in Nashville as I am doing my act for the first lady." He's referring to his recent emcee duties for the highly publicized Time 100 party celebrating the world's "most influential" people, including Michelle Obama. While he wasn't officially honored, he was invited to the gig and asked to amuse the intelligentsia. "There were physicists there," Fallon says, "Oprah … the Twitter guys … I did OK. It's never as bad as you think and never as good."

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