One of the more random recurring bits on The Tonight Show is the fact that Jimmy Fallon’s announcer and sidekick, Steve Higgins, can do a pretty spot-on impression of the Jamaican singer Shaggy (not to be confused with the Scooby Doo character of the same name). Shaggy hasn’t really had a hit song since the early 2000s so it’s not the most current person to do an impression of, but Shaggy has such a distinctive voice and Higgins does such a solid job or recreating it that it is always funny whenever they trot it out, even if it is a little obscure and not necessarily a hot pop culture commodity at the moment.
Last night, they decided to finally catch in on what had previously been a mostly throw-away joke by actually having Shaggy on The Tonight Show and have him engage in a competition with Higgins to see who did the best Shaggy voice. It would have been tough for Shaggy to lose a “Shaggy-off” – I’d hate to think that there is someone out there that can do a better version of me than me – but Higgins definitely keeps it competitive:
The best part is what a kick Shaggy seems to be getting out of the whole thing. Watching Higgins impersonate him cracks Shaggy right up.
I’m guessing this is the most mileage that they are going to get out of this one obscure talent possessed by Higgins; I don’t expect the Shaggy impression to disappear completely, but this is probably the pinnacle of this particular bit. But it certainly paid off.
I’ve been swamped with holiday prep,battling a nasty cold and work related deadlines, so the blog posts are going to be pretty light until next week. I’m sure that you are all in the same boat. But to tide you over until tomorrow’s pop culture roundup, here’s the latest installment of one of my favorite segments on The Tonight Show – Classroom Instruments. I’m always impressed with what The Roots are able to do with the limited options and it gives the musical guest a nice opportunity to showcase their true vocal talents. It’s nice to see such a bare bones, but catchy musical performance and everyone always looks so damn happy to be doing it. I struggle with getting into the holiday spirit, but you can’t watch this an not have a big old smile on your face.
I am seriously over all the rain that we’ve been getting lately; it seems like every other day I’m getting notifications on my phone about the potential for flash floods in the area. While I don’t mind a little bit of rain – I do love a good thunderstorm – this is getting out of hand. I feel like we haven’t had much of a summer since there has been rain or a genuine threat of rain most days. It makes it hard to enjoy the warmer weather and do anything outside. My office picnic was derailed today because of the pending storms, which stinks because I was really looking forward to a half-day today. Instead, we’ll get to worry if the basement of our buildings will flood and if the road will close because of poor drainage. That isn’t relaxing for anyone. I feel the worst for kids who are on summer break – and the parents that have been forced to entertain them because of the crappy weather. That’s not what anybody wanted.
On the plus side – all this rain has made it easier for me to keep up with the pop culture roundups. Pending storms last night meant that I was in no mood to go out and the weather in Baltimore forced the postponement of the Yankees game so I had plenty of free time. Maybe Mother Nature really likes these weekly compilations. So if you are cooped up in the house facing yet another rainy day, here’s a look at some of the pop culture you might have missed in the last week to help occupy your time.