Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Jimmy Fallon Explains It All For You

When I go back to Ohio, people hold hands a lot at Mass, especially during the Lord's Prayer. Then for the "big finish," they all raise up their hands while still holding on. Somehow it's not complete without getting a "Spirit-filled" jolt out of it.

But not everybody's gettin' on board the Love Train.

Besides the obviously antediluvian types like yours truly, there's the host of a late night variety show and former cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon. We have a link to a transcript from a recent interview on National Public Radio's Fresh Air with Larry Gross, on how, growing up Catholic in Brooklyn, Fallon wanted to be a priest. Eventually he shares his experience with trying to return to the faith of his childhood.

GROSS: Do you still go to church?

Mr. FALLON: I don’t go to – I tried to go back. When I was out in L.A. and I was kind of struggling for a bit. I went to church for a while, but it’s kind of, it’s gotten gigantic now for me. It’s like too ... There’s a band. There’s a band there now, and you got to, you have to hold hands with people through the whole Mass now, and I don’t like doing that. You know, I mean, it used to be the shaking hands piece was the only time you touched each other.

GROSS: Mm-hmm.

Mr. FALLON: Now, I’m holding hand – now I’m lifting people. Like Simba.


Mr. FALLON: I’m holding them (Singing) ha nah hey nah ho.

(Speaking) I’m doing too much. I don’t want – there’s Frisbees being thrown, there’s beach balls going around, people waving lighters, and I go, ‘This is too much for me.’ I want the old way. I want to hang out with the, you know, with the nuns, you know, that was my favorite type of Mass, and the grotto, and just like straight up, just Mass Mass.

Simba??? Wow, hadn't thought of that one.

You'll find my comment scrolling down on the linked page somewhere. It's hard to miss since it's one of the more intelligent ones, especially with reference to one combox trend in particular. Maybe you can spot it. (It's a dirty job but ...)

To catch the audio interview, click here.

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