What does Jimmy Fallon have against the leaders of Ypsilanti?

Word on the street is that producers of NBC’s hour-long suckfest known as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon have been calling around Ypsi today in hopes of laying their hands on photographs of City Manager Ed Koryzno, City Council member Bill Nickles, and Augusta Township Supervisor Pete Hafler. According to what I’m told, when asked, Fallon’s people claimed that the photos were needed for a new local politics bit they’re working on. While I’m 90% sure it’s a prank, I love the thought that a national late night television show would attempt a segment on Ypsilanti politics so much that I just had to print it here.

Maybe folks in Hollywood have finally taken notice of this blog, and are looking to appropriate some Ypsi street cred for themselves. Maybe they’re going to an all-Ypsi format. How cool would it be if the whole Jimmy Fallon show just evolved into an hour-long, nightly puppet dramatization of life in Ypsi? I just hope that sometime soon there’s a puppet of me yelling about the City’s snow removal policies in front of Council.

On the off chance this isn’t a prank, one wonders what they could have in mind. Nothing even remotely interesting comes to mind when I think of Koryzno, Nickles and Hafler. (No offense intended.) One wonders if it might be personal. Did these three men perhaps do something a few months ago, when Fallon was here in town, shooting the Drew Barrymore film “Whip It”? Did they try to pass an anti-Fallon ordinance that I’m not aware of? Or, could it perhaps be retribution for that other Fallon – the former President of Eastern Michigan University – who got run out of town on a rail not so long ago? Could it be, perhaps, that the two men are related, and the former Saturday Night Live newsreader has sworn to avenge his scandal-tainted relative? If nothing else, it makes a nice diversion from everything else going on around us.

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  1. Brackinald Achery
    Posted May 5, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Guess you didn’t eat the poison mushroom afterall.

  2. turning to god
    Posted May 5, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one imagining a torrid three-way love affair?

  3. Burt Reynolds
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Ypsilanti on Jimmy Fallon. Uh oh…this doesn’t sound good. I read a an article somewhere of him trashing Ypsi during filming….Brace yourselves.

  4. West Cross
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    His show really is terrible. I watched a couple of times to see the bands he had on there. He wasn’t too bad for the interview sections but the monologue and the “funny” stuff was sooo bad. He seemed very uncomfortable.

  5. Curt Waugh
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Jimmy Fallon should be the one who has to stand in line to sell his plasma. How some people get work is beyond me.

    Bring it on, Fallon, ya puke! What? Ypsi didn’t have enough cameras pointed at you at all times so you could mug for them? Did you go to the mall and not get recognized? Or worse, you did but nobody cared?

    Unfunny wuss.

    (Although, if he takes our beloved city manager down a few pegs, that might be kinda fun to watch.)

  6. Posted May 6, 2009 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    This reminds me of the time when people kept commenting on the blog hoping that Drew Barrymore would see it and give them roles in the film. That was so hilarious.

    Jimmy, if you’re reading this, I would be happy to appear on your crappy show to represent Ypsi. If you pay me extra and promote my cd, I will trash talk my beloved Ypsi till the streets run with tears.

  7. Paw
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Can someone tape the show, and get the segment up on Youtube, if it does air?

  8. Leslie
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    did it air last night?

  9. Curt Waugh
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    The Ypsi Citizen twittered that it was on. Here is the hulu link to the episode:


  10. Curt Waugh
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    I’m horribly wrong, THIS is the correct link:


    The skit is at about 14:30. It is… not funny.

  11. ytown
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Here is another link, it starts at the ypsi part.


  12. Brackinald Achery
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    It wasn’t offensive. A little spit and polish and it could have even been funny.

  13. Kate
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Well, that just sucked balls. I was hoping for something substantive. I thought that he’d take some real shots. I was all ready to be indignant and write letters of complaint. This is worse. This is just nothing. What a disappointment. But I did like the nickname for Bill Nickels. I hope it sticks.

  14. ytown
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    When was the last time Ypsi made the national media without someone dying? It wasn’t bad and Ypsi could use the publicity.

  15. Robert
    Posted May 7, 2009 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    That could either have been an insult or a “shout-out”

    …maybe both.

  16. Posted May 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    It just verifies my stance that there’s NOTHING on TV.

  17. Posted May 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    The thing about local politics is that local politics can actually be *really* funny. I mean things like people getting into heated discussions about what side of the train tracks to put a platform are really funny or this thing I read recently about a couple suing the city of Keego Harbor because the guy across the street uses the city boat launch and revs his engine. Our own Shovelgate certainly would have seemed pretty funny to outsiders. And so on…

    I think Fallon could really do something with that segment.

  18. Casper
    Posted March 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    You need to get that clip for Dreamland Tonight, and have FIve Cent Willie on as a guest.

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