It’s not uncommon for comics to be influenced by depression, anxiety or troubled childhoods, but Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon insists his comedy doesn’t come from a dark place.
“I was always a happy kid,” Fallon says. “I remember there was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much,’ which was very interesting. … I think I would smile even when I was getting yelled at.”
That tendency to smile has stayed with Fallon. On The Tonight Show, his brand of humor is decidedly upbeat — even during tragic news cycles.
“We follow the news on most channels … and then it’s our job to make fun of whatever we can make fun of, and just make you laugh as you doze off,” Fallon says. “That’s kind of my goal: My goal is that you have sweet dreams.”
Fallon also has a new children’s book, Everything is MAMA, which is a follow-up to his 2015 book, Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA. The father of two says he loves being a dad and especially enjoys reading with his young daughters: “It’s really interesting. I’m literally watching someone learn how to read in front of me.”