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.
Fallon's LASIK surgery continued...
What about contact lenses? WebMD theMagazine asks the
comedian. Or even glasses?
"Nooo, I can't do glasses," he says. "It started back on Saturday Night
Live." Fallon was a cast member on SNL from 1999 to 2004 and was
widely known for sharing the "Weekend Update" desk with his four-eyed friend
Tina Fey. "I tried to wear glasses, but Tina is so well-known for wearing hers,
and it was just too goofy, the two of us with our glasses, reading the news, so
I went without."
And the contact lenses? "I'm way too neurotic. The thought of putting
something onto my eyeball every day … ugh, I can just see myself crashing
through something, doing a funny bit for a scene, and the lens breaking into a
million trillion pieces into my retina," he says. "No, no, noooo" -- he's
mock hyperventilating now -- "can't do contact lenses."
And yet the comedian was game for getting LASIK, a surgery where fully alert
patients allow an opthalmologist to numb the eyeball and shoot a laser beam
into the cornea to reshape it for better vision.
He even asked his production team to videotape the entire procedure to post
on his Late Night blog. There, online, in all its eye-opening detail,
America's favorite new host goes from being a nearsighted joker to a guy with
near-perfect vision. As Fallon himself might say: "Cool."
Terrified of contact lenses but fearless when placed in the good hands of
his eye surgeon, he adds: "I trust science! I trust technology!" He cracks
himself up, then grows reflective. "No, but seriously, [afterward] my vision
was a little blurry. They prepared me for it, so I was expecting that, but it's
still nerve-wracking. … It took two and a half weeks, and then -- wow! I could
Jimmy Fallon's workout plan
Named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful" early this year,
Fallon is still not one to sweat a buff physique. If anything, he's never met a
piece of workout equipment he couldn't quip about. "I own a treadmill," he
cheerfully tells WebMD the Magazine.
"I've gone so far as to plug it in. I've never actually been on the
treadmill. I did try Wii Fit, though," he adds, referring to the popular
Nintendo video game where players practice yoga, strength training, and even
skiing -- virtually. "Is that exercise?"
Wii Fit may be better than nothing, but -- much like Fallon's dreaded green
juice -- it's only a start, says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, and author of Get
Smart: Samantha Heller's Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and
Optimizing Total Body Health, out in 2010 from Johns Hopkins University
Heller says the comedian needs "regular exercise, plus a balanced diet,
including many different fruits and vegetables, to boost stamina and keep his
immune system strong. I hope he isn't gulping down his green juice with a
cheeseburger and fries!" She adds: "Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils have
been shown to reduce inflammation from stress, and vegetable juices can add to
overall nutrition -- but these changes only help if he is adopting a healthy