Over the years, the “Tonight Show” has been a major stepping stone for comedians from Jerry Seinfeld to Joan Rivers.
The dean of late-night television, Johnny Carson, was famous for introducing new comedians and it was a regular segment on his show. To win his praise was like the gold seal of approval for your Schick.
Among other comedians who earned their stripes on Carson were Roseanne Barr, Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Ellen DeGeneres and even David Letterman.
The whole bit got started when Madonna, 56, revealed that she has always been a “closet comedian.” She confessed, however, that she’d never done standup.
So Fallon invited her to do a bit and Madonna gamely agreed. She went back behind the curtain and Fallon introduced her as a comedian.
“Will you guys laugh if my jokes suck?” Madonna asked. It was good she did. Because her jokes did suck. But the audience was amused nonetheless.
The Material Girl kicked off her routine with a subject sure to titillate the audience: Why she dates younger men.
But it kind of fell flat from there. Her comedic timing was weak at best. But Madonna demonstrated at least one thing; stand up comedy, like almost every profession, is a lot harder than it looks.
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Warning! Painful to Watch