Reblogged from julyshewillfly
Almost as soon as it aired, Late Night became one of the most buzzed-about shows on television. “Certainly greeted more warmly than my choice of Conan sixteen years earlier,” Michaels says. The show was loose, freewheeling, the first to embrace social media as a key element, and packaged lovingly with house band the Roots. Fallon offered a new mood for the post-irony crowd—a new generation with a taste for immediately streamable chunks of unabashed pop-culture sugar that didn’t pretend to be nutritious, symbolic, relevant, or important.
"I just feel like people like a little break," he says. "Especially at 12:37 at night, you go like, ‘I’m just tired of the snarky right now. I just want to lie down and have somebody make me laugh for an hour. Entertain me and then I’m going to sleep with a smile on my face.’ That’s my job, that’s what I do."
And he does it well.