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.
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 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."