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About (Late) Last Night: On second-anniversary show, Jimmy Fallon boxes with Mike Tyson, spoofs Charlie Sheen [Video]

March 3, 2011 |  8:57 am


Our little Jimmy has grown up so fast! Believe it or not, it's already been two years since "Saturday Night Live" alum Jimmy Fallon took over the reins of "Late Night." Since then, Conan, Jay and Dave may grab the headlines, but Fallon and his staff have been producing a reliably entertaining show.

For Wednesday night's anniversary episode, Fallon brought out the big guns -- literally. His second guest for the night was Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champ and current reality-show star. For whatever reason, Tyson was billed second, after "Little Miss Sunshine" star Abigail Breslin, which seemed an odd choice. No offense to Breslin, of course, but ... hello, Mike Tyson?! 

Tyson, who's had a long history of, ahem, acting up, was on his best behavior, chatting genially with Fallon about his favorite Albany haunts and his upcoming role in "The Hangover Part II." At the end of the interview, Fallon presented the boxer with a challenge. "I always wanted to beat you in a game of something," he explained. "How about marbles?" Tyson suggested. (Maybe comedy is Tyson's true calling.) What Fallon had in mind was something only slightly less juvenile: a game of "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots." The goal of the game? "You gotta knock the other dude's head off," Fallon declared. Tyson didn't bite anyone's ear off, but he did win the match with some unorthodox techniques.

But the real highlight of the episode may have been a spoof commercial for "Winning for Men," supposedly a new fragrance by Charlie Sheen. Sheen's antic ramblings have provided irresistible fodder for virtually everyone on late-night television, but Fallon's dead-on impersonation really stands out. It took me a second viewing to realize he wasn't lip-syncing. He even got the furrowed brow and taut upper lip just right. See for yourself:


How do you think Fallon stacks up against his peers?

-- Meredith Blake