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The Late Movies: Jay Leno Impersonations

The Late Movies

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, the late-night world is up in arms about NBC’s decision to reshuffle its late-night lineup — affecting Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Fallon. People across the nation, and indeed the world, are joining Team Conan, Team Jimmy, or Team Jay (actually, mostly everyone is just joining Team Conan — does anyone really care about the other teams?). Lending his part to the cause, comic genius John Merriman has begun collecting impersonations of Jay Leno. I have selected some favorites here; check out Merriman’s site for a bunch more.

Chris Elliott on Letterman

He’s got the full-on Mask face prosthesis.

Jimmy Kimmel

Kimmel strapped on the fake chin as well, for his entire show last night. Where do they get these things?

Dana Carvey & Friends

From The Dana Carvey Show. Also includes impersonations of Quentin Tarantino, Anthony Hopkins, Rip Torn, Beau Bridges, Rich Little, and Richard Nixon. Check out a very young Steve Carell!

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Congress and sex. Yep, sounds about right.

David Letterman

See also this clip from the other night, with some history and a brief Leno impersonation in the middle.

Got Any More?

Check out Merriman’s Collected Leno Impressions for more, and post your own finds in the comments.


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