Matthew McConaughey and Jimmy Fallon Bring “The Tonight Show” to University of Texas
Chip and Joanna Gaines and Gucci Mane are also guests on the show’s first-ever taping from a college campus
By Derek Van Wagner
Photographs by Andrew Lipovsky/NBC
The horns flew up as Jimmy Fallon and the Roots graced the stage for a live taping of “The Tonight Show” at the Bass Concert Hall on the University of Texas campus.
They really went all out on this one. If you do one thing tonight, catch the introduction of the show where they start with a skit inside the Hole in the Wall, break out into song, ride scooters down the strip and end in a Broadway fashion with the UT marching band on stage. Confetti and all, its a grandiose gesture that really hits home.
Fallon catered to Austin’s local audience and even donned an outfit that he says “started out as Johnny Cash but suddenly became Woody from ‘Toy Story’.” His guests included local legend and newly-minted UT professor Matthew McConaughey, Chip and Joanna Gaines and trap rap star Gucci Mane.
Per usual, McConaughey imparted his wisdom and described Austin as a diverse place where “nobody’s too good, but everybody’s good enough.” The show also gave viewers a look behind the curtain of McConaughey’s Script to Screen class that he’s currently teaching on campus.
Any Texan will appreciate this episode of “The Tonight Show” – they even trash talk rivals OU.
“This was one of the best shows we have ever filmed!” Fallon’s stage manager told the crowd. “Thank you!” You know what? I believe her.