Read our lips: Jimmy Fallon’s lip syncing battles are getting their own show.
The popular segment on his late night talk show that pits him and other celebrity guests against each other in epic lip syncing battles has just been picked up by Spike TV for a full season order.
The show will continue the tradition of seeing celebrities embarrass and outdo themselves while singing popular songs, we would imagine, in front of a live audience.
Although there aren’t many details of the show yet, Fallon, Stephen Merchant, and John Krasinski will be producing it.
In lieu of the upcoming show, we’ve put together our five favourite lip sync battles that have aired since Fallon started hosting them.
Paul Rudd vs Jimmy Fallon:
Paul Rudd’s innocent demeanour certainly helped him out in his battle with Jimmy Fallon. Acting coyly while belting out tunes like Tina Turner’s, “You Better be Good to Me,” and Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” gave him the upper hand, but it was his comedic timing and various hand gestures that made it one of the most memorable.
Emma Stone vs Jimmy Fallon
This was one of those rare instances where both Fallon and Stone brought their A-game to the party. Fallon kicks off the soirée with a poor (but hilarious) interpretation of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” that blows Emma Stone’s retaliating “Hook” by Blues Traveller out of the water. Ding ding ding, however, and Stone comes walloping back in round two with a killer rendition of DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win.” She definitely won that round.
Stephen Merchant vs Jimmy Fallon vs Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Three competitors meant three times the laughs, and oh boy did all three ever deliver. It’s hard to declare a winner out of these three since each one was better than the last. Perhaps the fairest way to break down this legendary lip sync battle is to just list each actor’s best song.
Merchant: “Single Ladies” by Beyonce. Reason? The little dips he does while flailing his hands is both adorable and downright funny.
Fallon: “Don’t You Want Me?” by The Human League. Reason? He may not be singing it, but he still manages to bring the passion tenfold with this track.
Gordon-Levitt: “Superbass” by Nicki Minaj. Reason? He manages to find an action for every single line Minaj raps, and incorporates Fallon’s tie in the process. That’s comedy gold.
Gwen Stefani vs Jimmy Fallon
Gwen Stefani’s performance isn’t necessarily the best one the show’s ever seen, but when Stefani starts grinding up on Fallon, his face is priceless. You just can’t script that kind of comedy. Unless this was scripted. Then you certainly can script this type of comedy.
John Krasinski vs Jimmy Fallon
One of the all time greatest lip sync moments occurred when John Krasinski seemingly transformed into Katy Perry and delivered one of the greatest imitations in comedy history. From the doe eyes to tilting his head back as he hits the chorus of the song, no one performs “Teenage Dream” quite like Krasinski. Not even Katy Perry.