Just after the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII and Justin Timberlake delivered an unforgettable halftime show performance Sunday night (Feb. 4), Jimmy Fallon went live from the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis for a special edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The hour-long show featured fun interviews with Fallon’s best bud Timberlake fresh off the Super Bowl field, the This Is Us cast and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. As those who tuned in live saw, Timberlake performed his Man of the Woods tracks “Supplies” and “Say Something” (with his pal Chris Stapleton) for the first time, also taking part in a “songversation” for another JT/Jimmy sketch — all of which made for a fun way to wrap what was another memorable Super Bowl night.
After checking out Timberlake’s halftime show in person, Billboard hopped over to the Orpheum to catch all the Fallon action. While the broadcast was live for all to see, there was still plenty that happened off camera, especially after cameras were done rolling. Take a look at all the behind-the-scenes happenings below.
– To help pass the time while This Is Us played on NBC, audience members were treated to a montage of some of Fallon’s funniest Tonight Show moments, including the classroom instruments version of Adele’s “Hello,” Cardi B’s hilarious interview, “Two James Taylors on a Seesaw,” Ariana Grande’s Celine Dion impression, Will Ferrell’s “Drunk In Love” and Emma Stone’s Ludacris lip syncing and more.
– Timberlake’s dancers huddled prior to him taking the stage for “Supplies” — which was taped before the live show for timing purposes — and did a “Man of the Woods!” cheer.
– After the “Supplies” pre-taping, the energy in the room was so high that Timberlake couldn’t help gushing over the performance. “That felt good, right?” he said after a joking mic drop. “I don’t know how we beat that.”
– Upon The Roots taking the stage after Timberlake’s “Supplies” performance, and before going live, the Philadelphia-born group celebrated the Eagles’ Super Bowl win by waving a rally towel. “They were laughing and crying like a half hour ago,” the Tonight Show’s pre-show comedian joked.
– The music of choice during commercial breaks and prior to going live was fitting to the location: Prince, naturally, with most being deep cuts other than the Purple Rain smash “Let’s Go Crazy.”
– While the “songversation” bit was playing for TV audiences, Fallon bounced along to most of the singing parts, and lost it during the “setting up a play date with another dad” part.
– Although Fallon’s Bob Dylan segment was a pre-taped portion, the Orpheum audience loved it so much that they jumped to their feet.
– Following Timberlake’s interview with Fallon, where JT mentioned that he hopes he has Questlove’s approval on his halftime show tribute to Prince, the singer ran over to the Roots drummer to chat and shake hands (after JT and Fallon shared a bro hug, of course).
– Once The Rock’s trailer for Skyscraper began, Fallon and Johnson each took a bite of the popcorn the host had brought out before the clip, but then proceeded to catch up with each other through the whole thing.
– During one commercial break, Fallon was talking to the audience when he noticed a fan wearing a “Fallon Timberlake” campaign shirt. “Fallon Timberlake, nice,” he said, adding with a laugh. “Yeah, that’s never gonna happen.”
– When a fan asked if another Camp Winnipesaukee sketch is in store with Timberlake, Fallon said, “He might be back,” sharing some kind words for his BFF. “Justin’s such a good guy, I can’t tell ya enough. He says ‘hi’ to everyone backstage… I like when good things happen to good people.”
– Fallon revealed during a break that The Roots’ lead MC Tariq Trotter was missing from the night’s show because he has strep throat.
– After the live show wrapped, Prince’s “When Doves Cry” played over the speakers, as Fallon, Timberlake and Stapleton chatted.
– Almost as soon as the producers announced the show was done, the audience started a “one more song” chant, which Fallon further ensued by throwing up a “1” and hyping the crowd — and Timberlake didn’t take long to oblige. “I mean shit, y’all came here,” he said, taking off his jacket while discussing with his band about a song to do.
– Before Timberlake performed “Drink You Away” with backing band The Tennessee Kids, Fallon came up to the mic and started singing the intro from their “Barry Gibb Talk Show” Saturday Night Live bit, which made the crowd go crazy. Timberlake quickly jumped in, and the two sang the entire thing together, while Questlove captured it on Instagram Live from side stage.
– Once Timberlake was done performing his roaring rendition of “Drink You Away” — with a song-closing kick jump from Timberlake and Fallon, who rejoined JT at center stage for the end — a guy in the crowd that had served as a stand-in for rehearsals confirmed that the performance was 100 percent impromptu. “That was definitely not planned, that was awesome.”