Jimmy Fallon's Putin unveils Cold War Kickstarter on 'Tonight Show'
Tensions between Russia and the United States have been running a bit high with recent events in Ukraine, and two of the country's politicians have even demanded the U.S. be booted from the World Cup. Fortunately, Jimmy Fallon's around to lighten the mood.
During his "Tonight Show" monologue Wednesday, the comedian poked fun at President Vladimir Putin by doing what he does best — impersonating public figures.
Donning a blond hairpiece and a fake Russian accent, Fallon-as-Putin introduced his new venture from his lavish office.
"I'm here to talk to you about raising American dollars for new passion project of mine — it is new Cold War," the fake Russian leader revealed. For those unfamiliar with the conflict, fake Putin explained that it's "like when roommate eats your potato and you say, 'That is only potato I have for whole year!' and then you stare at each other angrily."
To fund his new project, fake Putin has a Kickstarter campaign, and is offering some pretty enticing rewards to funders. For instance?
"At $10, you will receive this, signed photo of me riding large stallion," the fake leader said, holding up the widely circulated 2009 photo of the Russian president riding a horse, but with Fallon's face Photoshopped in. "Oops! Did I forget shirt?" he added with a knowing wink.
For the more generous, a $1,000 donation would get contributors 10 whole minutes of personal time with him to do anything they desired. "The possibilities are endless," Fallon-as-Putin crowed before suggesting his favorite activities: "We could ride horse, fight bear. That is all."
And for the wealthy who really want to get on his good side and donate $10,000? You may want to reconsider.
"Why are you donating $10,000?!" Fallon-as-Putin screamed. "Are you trying to overthrow me?! Because I will crush you! I. Will. Crush. You!"
Fans were delighted by Fallon's latest bit.
This isn't the first time the funnyman has poked fun at the Russian leader. After Putin and his wife announced they were divorcing last year, Fallon offered a look at the pros and cons of dating the president during a segment on his former show, "Late Night."
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on NBC.
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