From Tim Burton to John Landis: Jimmy Fallon lists his top 5 favourite comedy films
Jimmy Fallon, the actor and comedian who is best known as a leading television host, has created a list of his top five comedy films.
At the age of 21 and fascinated with the world of comedy, Fallon made the bold decision to move to Los Angeles with the ultimate goal of making it onto the NBC’s coveted show Saturday Night Live.
After working the improv comedy circuit for a number of months, Fallon finally landed an audition with Saturday Night Live but his efforts proved unsuccessful. Not deterred by his setback, Fallon continued to work on his skills and, at the age of 23, landed his second audition which finally proved successful. “This was my ultimate goal,” he once said in reflection. “If I ever cut into a birthday cake and made a wish, I would wish to be on SNL. If I threw a coin into a fountain, I would wish to be on SNL. If I saw a shooting star, I would wish to be on SNL.
“I remember saying to myself, ‘If I don’t make it on [the show] before I’m 25, I’m going to kill myself.’ It’s crazy. I had no other plan. I didn’t have friends, I didn’t have a girlfriend, I didn’t have anything going on. I had my career, that was it.”
With his career in comedy and hosting hitting the high notes, Fallon turned his attentions to the big screen and, in 2004, signed on for his first lead role when he agreed to appear in Taxi, a remake of a French film directed by Tim Story and starring Queen Latifah. From there, Fallon would appear in films such as Almost Famous, Fever Pitch, Factory Girl and more as he cemented himself as part of the comedic elite.
Now, as part of a feature on Rotten Tomatoes, Fallon has picked out five of his favourite comedic pictures to have inspired his view. Kicking things off with a big one, Fallon mentioned a Tim Burton classic: “My personal favourite comedy growing up, and something that really influenced me, was Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” he said.
“I love this movie because Paul Reubens is just brilliant; [he] plays this character Pee-wee Herman, and the creativity that’s put into this movie, it was like, what else can you add to make this movie [funnier]? It’s a movie, to me, about how far can you dream.”
See the full list, below.
Jimmy Fallon’s 5 favourite comedy films:
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure – Tim Burton, 1985.
National Lampoon’s Animal House – John Landis, 1978.
Bridesmaids – Paul Feig, 2011.
Airplane! – David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, 1980.
American Movie – Chris Smith, 1999.
“Animal House is a classic,” Fallon added of his second choice. “You should have a DVD copy of it, you should stream it, you should just have it always. You should get the celluloid, and have it playing in your backyard. It is brilliantly written, based off of a National Lampoon article about college life.
“There are so many subtle jokes. It makes you cheer. You see a young Kevin Bacon, [he] makes a cameo. There’s great music. There are so many quotable lines, and it is definitely a go-to comedy for me.”