- Dating on the fly
Snow changes BSA’s itinerary
| Casey Matlock reporter |
The Black Student Association Date Auction turned into the Black Student Association Speed-Dating session due to a scheduling change.
Eleven students attended the association’s (BSA) rescheduled event on Wednesday, March 12, in the Governor’s Room of Overman Student Center.
“Originally we were going to have a date auction as one of our events in honor of Black History Month,” said Kimberlee Fields, sophomore in psychology and president of BSA. “Due to weather we re-scheduled and we decided to make it speed-dating instead of an auction.”
Three men and eight women participated in the event.
“It went much better than anticipated,” said Emely Flores, sophomore in broadcasting. “I’m glad we didn’t cancel. The attendees are enjoying everything and having fun, so it is a success.”
Each participant was given a nametag and asked to sit at one of three tables, men on one side, women on the other.
Paper and pens were also provided for note taking.
With the ratio off-balance, the men ended up speed-dating two or three women at a time, but none of the participants had any complaints.
Flores kept time and each ‘speed-date’ was allowed 10 minutes, at the end of which the women stood up and rotated to a new table.
Fluffy Pratt, freshman in psychology and member of BSA, says she was glad students had the opportunity to get out of their comfort zones and meet new people.
“It [the event] wasn’t one of those stiff events where you have to say your name, major, you’re in college, yadda-yadda,” Pratt said. “Everyone was very open and asked all kinds of questions. When time was called, everyone kept shouting, ‘No! Not yet! Give me another minute!’”
No questions were considered off-limits during the speed dating; participants could ask and answer whatever they wanted to.
“The point is to date,” Fields said. “Go through all the questions you would through your first few dates, in a short amount of time.”
Fields added she though the event was very successful.
- Next-generation’s Titan has arrived
| Jay Benedict reporter |
“Titanfall” is a fast-paced first person shooter (FPS) that is almost elegant in its simplicity and that’s also what makes it so damn fun.
There’s a game in every console generation that becomes the measuring stick that subsequent releases are compared against. Respawn Studios may have just given us that with “Titanfall.”
Fanboys and detractors have followed the hype-train that’s been behind this game since its reveal at the 2013 Electronics and Entertainment Expo (E3).
Questions and rumors actually started following it when two years earlier, “Call of Duty” (CoD) alums Vince Zampella and Jason West announced it was their first project after a bad break with the best-selling video game franchise of all time.
West ultimately left, but Vampella and a core team from Infinity Ward, the studio behind the Modern Warfare series of CoD, have finally released their first game. They bring all the talent and experience that created two of the most popular console first-person shooters (Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2) to the table.
What they’ve created is the biggest release of this young console generation. It’s also the biggest console exclusive thus far; meaning Microsoft has exclusive rights to “Titanfall.” While it’s available on PC, Microsoft is betting on it being the boost it needs for its Xbox One console to catch up with Sony’s PlayStation 4. In the four months since their releases, Sony has outsold Microsoft by more than 2 million units.
Microsoft is so focused on ensuring this is “the game” to have for Xbox One, that the Xbox 360 release feels like an afterthought. It’s coming out two weeks later and the port was farmed out to a different studio.
All things considered, though, it feels like a safe bet.
“Titanfall” breaks the mold of console-centric shooters. The game’s maps are large and intricately designed, but only allow for six players per team. It’s also lacking one of the most ingrained features in the FPS genre: the single-player campaign. The “Titanfall” team has elected to focus in multiplayer only, which is probably for the best, because the genre isn’t known for telling great stories. Games like CoD and the “Battlefield” series have campaigns that sometimes feel like tacked-on afterthoughts.
“Titanfall” pits the two six-man teams against one another as rival factions fighting over the remnants of a desolate, war-torn planet. Each player starts on foot as a “pilot.” They are given countdown until they can call in a “Titan.” Eventually, AI bots are thrown into the mix for each team. Killing other players and bots decreases the Titan countdown. When the Titan is ready, the player can call it in at any time.
At first glance, jumping into a hulking, 20-foot-tall mech warrior might seem like the ultimate advantage, but it’s not. That’s where part of the brilliance of “Titanfall” comes in. You feel like the ultimate badass taking down Goliath when you’re playing the part of David.
Pilots are quick, agile and can run and jump up walls, in and out of buildings and onto rooftops. Titans are slower, but can take and dish out more damage. The balance comes from the nimble pilot’s ability to sneak up on a Titan, jump on, and put a quick end to it.
There are three Titan classes. One is agile, yet weak. One is well-rounded. The last is slow, but is a sponge for damage. Pilots can play the parts of different classes and use anything from pistols, assault rifles, snipers and anti-Titan heavy weapons.
Players having trouble finding a load-out that works need only to wait to move up levels. Leveling doesn’t really make you more powerful; it gives you more options.
“Burn cards” are temporary power-ups that last for one life and are handy if you’re having a tough game.
The game types are the run of the mill. There are variations of death-match, capture the flag and “hold this point longer than the other team.” Game types are easy to create and implement, though.
Honestly, this game is not complicated.
Novice players could pick it up and start doing damage immediately. Everything feels balanced and players can go about destroying each other however the like. And, it regularly churns out moments that are worthy of boasting about.
There have been few moments in gaming that have left me in awe as much as leaping off a roof onto a death-dealing metal monstrosity, riding it like a bucking bronco until I caused enough damage to make the pilot to eject, then hopping off, calling in my Titan and watching it descend from orbit to crush my opponent and what was left of his Titan.
“Titanfall” is not your ordinary console FPS. In the past, multiplayer-only has existed mostly on PC. However, those games, like “Counter Strike” and “Team Fortress” are two of the most enduring online series. If that’s what Respawn and Microsoft were aiming for, they just might have hit the mark.
- Turn IT UP
Gorilla Radio seeks to expand recent growth
| Marcus Clem editor in chief |
A rapidly growing group of students are using a recent windfall to broadcast Gorilla Radio’s evolution.
The club’s members, all volunteers, are trying to figure out what to do with the more than $400 they just raised through this year’s radio-thon, a 24-hour pledge session.
“That’s more than we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Seamus Hamilton, Gorilla Radio president. “When I arrived, we had maybe $12 in our treasury.”
The money is used mostly for equipment and maintenance, because the station is free to play any music that its members happen to own, though efforts are still made to promote up-and-coming artists and bands for little or no cost.
A lot more people are involved in that too. For the first time there’s some competition for its 4 p.m. to midnight slots on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Using an old, empty can of Spaghetti-O’s as a gavel, Hamilton regularly presides over a full room during club meetings. Everyone has an idea and a new style to bring, everything from alternative rock to sports talk shows or heavy metal to country.
Dalton Gainer DJ’s the show “Alternate Takes” in partnership with Kat Bailey from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays.
“We’ve got like 15 new members this year,” said Gainer, junior in wood technology. “Our active membership has also stepped up. We’re starting to get a foothold.”
The station is limited to “listeners” of the TV channel CAPS 13, which also broadcasts its content through www.pittstate.edu.
Plans such as partnering with 89.9 KRPS or 860 AM KKOW have been explored, but formatting rules prohibit actively sharing content, says Kelsey Renfro, KRPS program director.
“We’re always looking to do internships, and I’ve asked myself why there isn’t more of an overlap between us,” she said. “But, we wouldn’t be able to change our format. If there’s an opportunity to have a Gorilla Radio person, we’d be open to it, but us playing what they play wouldn’t really be an option.”
Bailey, junior in graphic design, says that the way things are done now offers valuable freedom to Gorilla Radio’s artists.
“For me, it’s just about the idea that you have this freedom to make this connection through a shared music taste,” she said. “It gives you the opportunity to talk about what issues you want to talk about. You can put yourself out there as a playlist representing yourself.”
Still, the lack of knowledge about the fact that Gorilla Radio even exists is something that its members have to confront.
“The awareness of this campus has of us is basically zero,” Gainer said. “When I say I’m on Gorilla Radio, people ask, ‘What station?’
“We did think at one point that they were playing us in the Student Rec Center, but later found out that it was just a Pandora station called ‘Gorilla Radio.’”
Hamilton has big plans that he hopes his successors will follow to expand the station’s reach.
“I think we can be an established club that is self sufficient, mostly through online radio,” he said. “I don’t want this club to go down, and I don’t think it will, but I want to be able to use this momentum while we have it.
“I don’t know what we’ll do with a less handsome president, though.”
- This ‘ G I R L’ is not wild
Pharell plays it safe on second album
| Jay Benedict reporter |
Pharrell Williams’ first solo album in eight years is bound to frustrate fans of his previous releases, but will probably leave its mark on mainstream music.
“GIRL” is a departure from his previous releases, which were decidedly more hip-hop, rap, and R&B. His last solo album, “In My Mind,” received mediocre reviews and sales, but he’s coming off one of his most successful years ever as a producer and collaborator.
In the past year, 10 records he was involved with reached the Top 5 on Billboard. Those collaborations include Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, Beyonce’ and Jay-Z. He also spent time with Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and Miley Cyrus.
His work earned him three Grammy awards and four more nominations. Most recently, “Happy,” which is on this album, was nominated for an Oscar and performed by Pharrell, famous hat and all, at the Academy Awards on March 2.
That success spanned several genres, but the most recognizable offerings are of the pop and dance variety. It makes sense that “GIRL” falls into this category as well.
It’s light, fun and safer than “In My Mind,” and will appeal to a broader audience. It doesn’t even come with a “Parental Advisory” notice.
“GIRL” also draws much of its influence from 1970s and ‘80s funk and soul. It’s also full of collaborators. Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne make appearances.
The album is focused on its namesake. Pharrell has stated that he wants to clear up the confusion that arose after the controversy that surrounded the less-than-subtly sexual “Blurred Lines.”
It’s full of songs about girls, but they’re not heartfelt ballads or songs praising feminine strength. If anything, he’s being more up-front about what he wants from them instead of saying he knows what they want. Sometimes, it comes across as creepy.
During the chorus of “Hunter,” he croons “Because it’s the middle of the night, that don’t mean I won’t hunt you down,” and, “If I can’t have you nobody can.”
He even compares his conquests to taxidermied heads on his wall. Strangely, that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to listen to. The funk is here too, paired with his smooth vocals, and damn if it isn’t catchy.
“GIRL” is a good album, but not great. If anything, it shows that Pharrell is at his strongest when other creative minds are in the studio working with him.
“Gust of Wind” is the follow-up to the Grammy Record of the Year “Get Lucky,” and with Daft Punk’s help, it’s almost as much of an earworm. Its strings, funk and electronic sounds all blend into something that will have you tapping your feet and humming all day.
“Brand New,” with Timberlake, sounds like young Michael Jackson might join in any minute. “Come Get it Bae” lays down more funk with schoolyard chants and Miley Cyrus in the background.
He teams up with Alicia Keys in the reggae-inspired “Know Who Are.” “Happy” involved the “Despicable Me 2” team going through eight rewrites with him before getting to its final form, and its quality is evident.
Compared to these, most of his truly solo songs are just kind of “Meh.” That isn’t that bad because the album is only 10 tracks and runs just more than 46 minutes.
“GIRL” is Pharrell riding his recent pop collaborative successes to his own solo stardom. It sounds a lot like Timberlake’s 2013 “The 20/20 Experience,” but it’s musically better and lyrically inferior.
It’s not groundbreaking or innovative, which will disappoint some fans. However, this short album will turn out several singles. Listen to it now and be ahead of the game when they hit the radio.
- Big Event pancake feed
| Robin Siteneski reporter |
Applebee’s cook took a break from the grill and got sticky with syrup during the first Big Event Pancake Feed on Saturday, March 1. For $4, students and residents were invited to all-you-can-eat pancakes and coffee.
Three members of the Student Government Association (SGA) flipped pancakes to raise money for the Big Event, scheduled for April 14. Their efforts raised more than $350.
Lynzee Flores, sophomore in Spanish and political science, says about 45 people attended.
“We did very well on ticket sales,” she said. “It was a success and I hope SGA continues doing it because it’s such an easy way to raise money.”
Flores added that Applebee’s provided a cook and SGA members helped host and serve. Each SGA member was required to sell at least two tickets.
Jake Letner, junior in history and director of Big Event, says they were “extremely busy” with the breakfast. He added he hopes they’ll be just as busy on April 14, when about 800 volunteers are expected to perform odd jobs for Pittsburg residents.
Letner says that last year more than 600 students volunteered and two years ago that number was more than 1,000. Letner calls the Big Event the largest community project in Southeast Kansas.
“I know most of the residents and they love it; it’s their favorite time of year,” he said. “It is the biggest way Pitt State students give back to a community that gives us so much.”
Volunteers for Big Event will work in groups, size depending on the job assigned to them, with tools provided by the coordinators to accomplish the tasks residents need done. The event will start at 9 a.m. and is usually over around noon.
The deadline to register is Friday, March 14. Students may apply at pittstate.edu/bigevent.
- Stand-up in U-club
SAC hosts Stand-up for diversity’s Mal Hall
| Casey Matlock reporter |
Laughing at yourself is something many college students can easily do, and the university recently played host to an artist who is building his national talent on this fact.
“It’s fun to have people coming from different places sharing their personal lives,” said Aldo Cilliers, junior in mechanical engineering.
Mal Hall performed at the U-Club on Thursday, Feb. 27. Hall is an up-and-coming comedian from Los Angeles who was a finalist on NBC’s “Standup For Diversity.” Hall also performed his first television project for Fuse TV as a correspondent on the clip show “Off Beat.”
“I know that some comedians have a prepared show where they tell a joke, then move on to another, but that’s not how I do my comedy shows,” Hall said. “I like to tell real stories from my life, then do what is called a ‘sidebar’ where I’ll then talk straight to the audience.”
Much of Hall’s stand-up worked around race issues and teasing members of the opposite sex.
“I’m half-black and half-Asian, so a large amount of people ask me stereotypical questions of my origins because they think I know all the answers,” Hall said. “I like to rebuttal with an answer that confuses them and makes them realize how stupid the question is.”
Hall says he finds inspiration for his comedy show from his female friends’ lives.
“I like telling stories about women because no matter what women do, they can make anything hilarious,” Hall said. “I was sitting in the car with a couple of my girlfriends and they were fighting over the radio station, and it took all I had not to laugh.”
Sarah Williams, graduate student in engineering, says she was glad that Hall was not afraid to push boundaries.
“He wasn’t afraid of how the audience would react and made fun of everyone in his show,” Williams said. “I thought that it was a really good show because he had a variety of stories.”
Hall finished off the evening by telling a story of the time he got high on a marijuana candy bar while his mother was sitting in the car with him.
“I was trying so hard not to look high while my mother was asking me why I was staring at a bag of granola for five minutes,” Hall said. “I ate half the candy bar when the recommended dosage was supposed to be a quarter of the candy bar at a time.”
That story turned out to be Jacob Barkley’s favorite.
“I have some friends that could relate to the story so that is why the marijuana candy bar story was my favorite,” said Barkley, junior in automotive technology.
After the show Hall took pictures and signed postcards for fans.
“I love an audience that can laugh at the smart jokes and even laugh along with the dumb jokes,” Hall said. “It’s an incredible job getting to travel to places I never thought I would have and meeting new people on a daily basis.”
- One of the best shows on TV isn’t really on TV…
| Jay Benedict reporter |
“House of Cards” is a Netflix original series, meaning it’s only available via the streaming service. This also means Netflix dropped all 13 episodes of the second season simultaneously on Feb. 14. For those of you who haven’t binge-watched the entire season, I’ll do my best to keep spoilers out.
The first season was released to little fanfare, partly because it was one of Netflix’s first original series, and partly because another of their series, “Arrested Development,” was stealing most of the hype. “House of Cards” picked up over the next year, and this season is one of the most anticipated TV premieres of the year,
The plot follows Kevin Spacey’s Rep. Frank Underwood (D – SC) and his wife Claire’s (Robin Wright) ambitious rise from House whip to the executive branch. What that entails is a mix of “The West Wing” and “Game of Thrones:” part political drama and part cutthroat power struggle.
As season two begins, it picks up right where the previous left off.
When we first met Frank, literally in the first seconds of season one, he was strangling a dog that had been hit by a car and saying that sometimes you just have to do what has to be done, even if it does seem callous. He stuck with this through most of that season. He was a very good antihero. Frank values pragmatism, but as we learn more about him, we see that he only values it as long as it serves his end goal.
His actions at the end of season one transform him from anti hero to full-on villain, but we still root for him. That’s what makes this series different. We root for antiheroes because they have the same flaws that many of us do. Their motivations might be suspect, but they tend to do the right thing. That’s not Frank Underwood.
Season two starts with a shocker, keeps up the pace and ends with another one. We lose two main characters throughout the season, and have several more who leave the picture, but might not be truly gone. All the while, Frank makes his moves, sacrificing where he needs to. Everyone but Claire is fair game.
The fact that we root for Frank isn’t necessarily the problem. He’s a villain who’s also the protagonist. People root for protagonists, especially if they’re smart, charismatic and have an endearing Southern drawl; it’s just what we’re used to.
Claire fights for more virtuous causes, but ultimately follows Frank’s lead. In season two, she spins her own abortion story and a story about her sexual assault to take down a high-ranking military figure and draft anti-sexual assault legislation, but it’s really for her to save face.
The problem with “House of Cards” is that it really doesn’t give us a choice. Claire’s fortunes are tied to her husband’s, especially now, so she’s no threat. We’re introduced to Rep. Jackie Sharp (Molly Parker). She seems like she might have some teeth, but falls in line. It’s the same with Lucas Goodwin, Remy Danton, Raymond Tusk, Linda Vasquez and President Walker. Everyone who poses a threat is quickly undone by Frank’s web of lies, charisma and his ability to intimidate or call in favors.
The perception of Washington might not be great, but there are some smart people there. The fact that Frank is never confronted with a lasting adversary is a real detriment. He puts himself in the line of fire as his plans unfold and no one pulls the trigger on him.
Maybe it’s because, in spite of all his flaws and evil machinations, Frank still is likable, both by other characters and the audience. That’s why other characters help him and why the audience can’t help but root for him.
Season two of “House of Cards” gives us no other option than to root for the worst guy on the hill. It’s far-fetched at times, but it sure is fun to watch everything fall into place. Add this show to your instant queue or start your free trial. It’s definitely worth a watch.
- ‘Enemy’ of all
Student play reflects social issues with tragic elements
| Audrey Hucke reporter |
Although the show is set in the 19th century, those attending the performance of “An Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, will see a production filled with social messages relevant to today’s world.
The play will be presented at the same time again Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, in the Grubbs Studio Theatre. A final performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2.
A social drama with tragic elements, “An Enemy of the People” addresses various civic issues. The story line paints a picture of an 1880s Norwegian community endangered by the disturbing unethical practices of a corporation risking its well-being for financial stability and prosperity.
“Overall, the message of Ibsen’s play is about telling the truth and how that process is often complicated when the economy and money get in the way,” said Joey Pogue, associate professor in communication and first-time director at Pitt State.
“The producti on is very topical today. All around us we see ethical practices jeopardized by economic hardships,” he said. “These issues are still present in many forms, and often times people see these truths but don’t talk about them.”
The cast, which consists of 19 characters, is composed of actors from PSU as well as the community. In addition, students from the Department of Communication help run the behind-the-scenes work vital to the presentation’s success.
Individuals associated with the performance have been busy the last couple of months with five rehearsals a week being the norm.
“Those involved in the performance started rehearsing right after we came back from break, but the idea has been around for some time,” Pogue said. “When we began, we decided to link the play in with the Department of the Art’s upcoming Interdisciplinary Lecture Series.”
“We’re really encouraging participation from the public,” Pogue said. “We’ve gone out in the community to put on scenes for organizations. Not only that, but there are three lawyers and two children from the community involved in the production.”
In addition to the diverse cast, Pogue says that the characters’ wardrobes are something to look forward to as well. The costumes, which were designed by PSU’s costume designer Lisa Quinteros, seem to fit right into Ibsen’s Victorian, Norwegian community.
The director says he has high hopes for his directorial debut at Pitt State.
“At this point it looks like there’s been quite a bit of interest and we’re hoping for a good turnout,” Pogue said. “He added that to him the play will be an “opportunity to bring drama, artistic expression and the social sciences together.”
- Film educates, professor informs
| Audrey Dighans copy editor |
From Alaska to Florida to Hawaii to Pitt State, more than 200 universities joined San Francisco State University via live webcast Thursday, Feb. 20, to watch the documentary “Inequality for All.”
A short lecture and question-and-answer session followed afterward with Robert Reich, professor of public policy at the University of California-Berkeley and former secretary of labor in the Clinton administration.
“I thought the film did a great job of breaking down the inequalities and explaining what exactly those inequalities are,” said Jaci Gilchrist, junior in political science and vice president of Campus Democrats. “It was a great film.”
About 20 students and staff members attended the event, which was sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Student Activities Council and Campus Democrats.
“Inequality for All” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. The film examines the widening gap of income inequality in the United States in the wake of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. According to the film, the 400 wealthiest Americans own more of the country’s wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. “Inequality for All” also stresses that though the inequality affects all U.S. citizens, its strains on a now-frustrated middle class cause many of the current dilemmas society faces.
“It was exciting to know we were watching the film and the lecture with 200-plus universities all at the same time,” said David Adams, assistant director of campus activities.
Following the film, Reich welcomed a live audience in the auditorium of San Francisco State as well as online viewers. He began his lecture by summarizing the documentary, in which he himself participates.
“I want this to be an uplifting half hour,” Reich said. “I don’t want people leaving thinking these problems are too large to solve. Change is coming, but slowly.”
Reich says that when it comes to changing government policies, such as ones directly affecting the middle class in terms of finance inequality compared to the 1 percent, it is difficult to do anything with big money involved.
“ (No. 1) goal should be to get big money out of our government,” he said.
Questions submitted online to the forum were also answered. One asked: What can be done to reduce political inequality?
Reich responded problems will continue because people get frustrated when others say, “Oh it’s because of immigrants or it’s because of illegal aliens or whatever group.” Reich says it is easy to find a scapegoat and these problems will continue until people understand the real problem.
“Robert Reich is the most informed man to speak about these issues,” Gilchrist said. “He’s not biased, there is no slant in the documentary. He simply presents what the situation is.”
Much attention was given to the subject of minimum wage during the information session.
“There is no way to sustain our economy without a strong, vibrant middle class,” Reich said in the film.
Reich says that if we were to take inflation or productivity and adjust it as it has been done in the past, the minimum wage would be upward of $10.
“In 1966, minimum was $4.65 and I argued for it to increase to $5.25,” Reich said. “Someone said to me, ‘Well, why not $5.30?’ and I said: ‘Alright!’”
Students interested in seeing Thursday’s webcast for themselves will be able to view it on YouTube later this week. Information about the film is also available at www.inequalityforall.com.
- Changing of the guard
Jimmy Fallon takes over ‘The Tonight Show’
| Jay Benedict reporter |
As Jerry Seinfeld put it on Tuesday night, “The Tonight Show” is a “pope job.” You stay with it until you decide to quit or you die. At 39, Jimmy Fallon becomes the youngest host on early late-night TV and holds the potential for decades of his brand of comedy.
The premiere included a steady stream of celebrity cameos and big-name guests, such as Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Joe Namath, Rudy Giuliani, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers, one of the Kardashians, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga, and Stephen Colbert.
The show began with Fallon coming out and introducing himself to his new audience. His introduction was endearing, because he expressed his humility and joked about the drama that has surrounded “The Tonight Show” over the last few years, with Jay Leno leaving, Conan O’Brien taking over and then Leno coming back.
“I’ll be your host…for now,” Fallon said. “I’d like to thank my predecessors: Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien…and Jay Leno.”
Following the intro, the show fell into the usual late-night formula of monologue, bits, guests and music, with Fallon’s personality added to it all.
Fallon brought his show band, The Roots, with him from his last show. He also participated in several of the performances.
This is where Fallon differentiates himself from other late-night hosts. Fallon’s impressions and song parodies are what got him his part on “Saturday Night Live” in 1999, and he continues to do them.
However, it’s Fallon’s “jack-of-all-trades” abilities that help him bring in an audience. He can do everything that is asked of him, but he is a master of comedy.
Fallon laughs when things are funny, just like the audience does. He cracked up while talking about the Olympics with Jerry Seinfeld and when Kristen Wiig spent her entire interview in character as One Direction’s Harry Styles.
Fallon’s debut is the highest rated show for late-night since O’Brien’s finale and Leno’s first departure. Fallon drew 11.3 million people in the coveted 18-49 demographic, which is a 74-percent increase from his previous time slot.
He was a fresh face when he came to SNL. He killed it on that show because he changed things up, could do a ton of different things and wasn’t outwardly concerned with the consequences of any of his actions.
Fallon displays what he brought from SNL in late-night prime-time, and it pays off. He can do what he wants, when he wants. He ushers in a new era of late-night comedy because of his abilities and his charisma. Watch the new Tonight Show. You won’t be disappointed.