About (Late) Last Night: Kevin James quarrels with his 'gorilla' costar on 'The Tonight Show' [Video]
If you're thinking about going to see the new Kevin James vehicle "Zookeeper" this weekend, you may want to watch this clip from "The Tonight Show" first. James stopped by Jay Leno's couch Thursday night to promote the inter-species comedy.
He started out doing the usual talk-show bit, telling a mildly amusing anecdote about playing rock-paper-scissors with Nick Nolte, but you'll never believe what happened next: Bernie, the "gorilla" who appears with James in the film, paid a "surprise visit."
There are few gags more reliably awkward than celebrities appearing alongside talking animals and/or animated characters (see: Rob Lowe and Snow White), and this surely was no exception. The joke was that Bernie the gorilla was jealous of James, who beat him out for a part in "The Dilemma." Maybe it could have been funny, were it not for James' overacting and Leno's clumsy cues, but probably not.
To see for yourself, watch (and wince at) the clip above.
-- Meredith Blake