Last Week NBC Announced—as if we didn't know already—that Jimmy Fallon will succeed Conan O'Brien as host of "Late Night" when O'Brien kicks Jay Leno out of "The Tonight Show" next year. Fallon spoke to Brian Braiker:
Do you prefer Conan with the beard or without?
I liked Beardo Conan.
Are you tapping him for help?
Completely. I'm going to stalk him. Just sit in the crowd for as many shows as I can.
Are you prepared for a backlash?
I know I'm going to get hit. You can't please everybody and you shouldn't try to. There's people on the Internet who don't like Gandhi.
Who's your favorite latenight host?
Jack Paar, Jack Benny. I'm taking notes from everyone I can. I didn't realize how much I like Steve Allen. Letterman got a lot from him. He would lay in a bowl and have them make a banana split with him in the bowl; Letterman had the suit with all the Alka-Seltzer on it and jumped into the water.
Will you still do movies?
I don't want to do movies anymore, to be honest. I want to be able to have a life as well, but I don't think I will. I was talking to somebody and he said, "If you're really good at this job, you do it till you die." It's kind of like the pope: that last pope, it was like "Weekend at Bernie's."
You're back doing stand-up now.
It's not funny yet. I'm working on material and it's really hard. Right now I've got half an hour and I've got two songs. Each song is 10 minutes each. I really have 10 minutes of stand-up. Pretty sad. But it's fun to see the club owners I haven't seen in 10 years.
You're a newlywed. How's married life?
It's a cool thing. I'm wearing a ring now. I'm into jewelry. I'm gonna get into medallions. Eventually I'm, like, the Liberace of comedy.
Any kids on the horizon?
I was thinking of naming my kid Doctor if I have one. Doctor Fallon. Then whatever he does, he's set.
If I ever write a book, I'm going to call it "New York Times Best Seller."
Or "Oprah's Book of the Month." We should trademark that.
Tracy Morgan said it bugged him and other "Saturday Night Live" members when you broke character and laughed midsketch. Was there tension at all on the set?
No, I don't remember that at all. I don't think he really meant that. There was no tension at all. I was in really good years. I had good people around me: Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Molly Shannon. They were all really nice people.