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Jimmy Fallon to release comedy album with 'Late Night' songs

December 2, 2011 |  6:20 pm

Jimmy Fallon to record second comedy album, guest host  American Top 40 and 'Saturday Night Live'Jimmy Fallon is getting back behind the mike to record his second comedy album.

The "Late Night" host has inked a deal with the Nashville-based Warner Music Records; the album is to be released next summer.

"Having a new album coming out soon on Warner Bros. means so much to me," Fallon said in a statement. "Mostly, it means I should probably start writing some songs."

The "Saturday Night Live" alum has had success performing catchy parodies and getting his late-night guests — Justin Timberlake, Mick Jagger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Springsteen among them — to sing duets with him and show off their musical stylings. Recently on "Late Night," Fallon performed the theme from "Reading Rainbow" as Jim Morrison.

His upcoming album "will include music, parodies and other impresario compositions that became instant classics after performances by Jimmy and his guests on the 'Late Night' show," according to a statement from Warner. It will also feature never before released material from NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."

The music label boasts other comedians including Bob Hope, Steve Martin, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Katt Williams and Lisa Lampanelli.

Fallon's first album, "The Bathroom Wall" (2002) earned him a Grammy nod in the spoken comedy album category.

The increasingly busy comedian will also be filling in for Ryan Seacrest on the radio broadcast of "American Top 40" this weekend. Then, he'll be returning to "Saturday Night Live" on Dec. 17 to host for the first time.  

Guess he'll have to be writing those songs while he's on the road.


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Photo: Jimmy Fallon at his office at NBC Studios in Manhattan. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times