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Late Night: Jimmy Fallon premieres 'Downton Abbey' spoof

April 13, 2012 |  9:15 am


If you, like so many of us, are currently suffering acute symptoms of "Downton Abbey" withdrawal, then you may want to take a few minutes to watch "Downton Sixbey," Jimmy Fallon's spot-on spoof of the dishy costume drama. 

The joke of the sketch is that the behind-the-scenes drama at "Late Night" -- "Sixbey" is a reference to Studio 6B, where the show tapes -- is not unlike the intrigue at "Downton Abbey." Fallon, of course, stars as a Lord Grantham-esque nobleman, alongside show announcer Steve Higgins as his loyal, if not exactly nimble, valet and A.D. Miles in a cross-dressing role as the Dowager Countess. There's even a scheming Irish maid and an aspirational cue-card writer who bears a striking resemblance to Thomas. 

We could tell you who appears in cameos as Edith and Cora, but we'd hate to spoil the fun. Readers, take note: "Downton Sixbey" starts at the 6-minute mark in the video above. Or you can watch an unedited version of the spoof, with adult language intact, here.


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