Eric Perkins goes behind the scenes with Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night'

11:07 AM, May 4, 2011   |    comments
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NEW YORK -- Eric Perkins recently got a chance to hang out with Jimmy Fallon on the set of his late night talk show in New York.

Fallon, host of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" sat down with Perk in his office for a little one-on-one conversation.

But Perk soon discovered that even he had a hard time keeping up with the hyper host. Fallon immediately launched into song, taking Perk with him.

"It's Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday. Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend, weekend," Fallon and Perk sang. "Friday, Friday. Gettin' down on Friday. Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend. Partyin', partyin', yeah! Partyin', partyin', yeah! Fun, fun, fun, fun!"

Now in its second year, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" is hitting a serious stride. Joined by his house band The Roots, who almost single handedly upped the show's cool quotient, the show has become the place to be late night.

"When you start a talk show you don't know what you're doing. When you start in the business, you don't know what you're doing. You went to college, of course, but you did what ever you could. But when you come out you're still nervous." Fallon said, and then continued by using Perk as an example. "I mean, you don't know how to dress, now look at you man. You're unbuttoned, your collar. You're loose, you're cool, you're purple. Minneapolis. Prince. Hanging with Fallski."

It's a comfortable spot for Fallon, whose career was launched in the same building on Saturday Night Live. On SNL, many times he stole the scene. There, he also had the opportunity to fine tune his  improv chops.

Fallon has actually given Minnesota a lot of love lately, with guests such as Joe Mauer and Brock Lesnar appearing on his show.

Fallon knows and respects the legends who have treaded the same turf before him, like Johnny Carson and David Letterman. But, Fallon is paving his own path, one that is quick to embrace social media as well. He offers a weekly hashtag segment where viewers can contribute via Twitter.

One of Fallon's strongest suits is his well-known ability to do impressions. Charlie Sheen is a current favorite. He also showed us samples of a few others he can do, like Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Christopher Walken. And, even Perk wasn't safe.

"Hey it's Eric Perkins," Fallon mimicked as he rolled his eyes.

Impressions are what he does, and impressions are what he hopes to continue to make on the late night TV landscape.

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