Jimmy Fallon brought the holiday spirit Thursday night when he and “Parks and Recreation” star Rashida Jones gave fans the gift of parodying pop hits by Ariana Grande, Sam Smith and Nicki Minaj, among others.
On “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the host joined Jones and The Roots in a powerhouse medley that began with a take on Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” (It's a song Fallon and The Roots are already familiar with, as they performed it in September with its original lyrics, Trainor and classroom instruments.)
“Because you know I'm gonna gain some weight, gain some weight — need sweatpants,” they sang.
The medley continued with a take on Smith’s “Stay with Me,” perhaps inspired by relatives who all but require a little liquid courage to endure.
“Oh, won’t you / drink with me?” Fallon and Jones sang. “I hate my family / They’re insane, it’s plain to see / So, won’t you / drink with me?”
The tandem honored adult beverages a second time when they tweaked “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.
“I’ve got a special thing I like to drink / when I get thirsty and it’s Christmas time,” Jones sang. “Just take some nutmeg and some cinnamon / and then you mix it up it tastes so fine.”
Fallon and The Roots chimed in for the chorus: “Egg nog / into your mug / just add some whiskey / Egg nog / getting you drunk / I’m feelin’ tipsy.”
In a second homage to Minaj — and, to be fair, Sir Mix-A-Lot, too — Fallon and Jones insisted “My Secret Santa don’t want none / unless you got gifts, hon!”
Other parodies included “Turducken for What?” (DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What?”), “Dreidel” (Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle”) and “Mistletoe” (Idina Menzel’s “Let it Go”).
For the big finale, a jolly special guest made a cameo while Fallon and Jones surged into the audience for a holiday-infused version of “Fireball” by Pitbull.
“He had a big red suit with a sack full of loot / with eight reindeers and a sleigh,” sang The Roots’ Black Thought. “Had a big round belly like a bowl full of jelly / and he came around on Christmas Day / Santa Claus!”
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