His show may last an hour, but Jimmy Fallon is living the late-night life 24/7.
“I can’t turn it off,” the Tonight Show host tells Esquire in their December/January issue. “I dream about ideas.”
Add to that,the pressure of filling those 60 minutes every night was recently emphasized by a comic titan and NBC legend.
Fallon recalled that “Jerry Seinfeld said, ‘This is it. There is no job after this. You understand that, Once you do this, that’s it. You don’t go back to doing anything. You do the talk show. You’re a talk-show host. You do it forever.’ ”
But Fallon reveals that he could have been a life in a much different occupation thanks to his parents insisting he put a safety net in place in case showbiz dreams didn’t work out.
“My parents made me take the postal exam,” Fallon, 41, says. “That’s how much they believed in my comedy.”
He continues, “I crushed [it]. I thought a mailman would be a great gig. ‘Oh my gosh, you get to wear shorts’ – that’s your uniform. It’s insane. Driving a special vehicle, the steering wheel’s on the other side? What is this?”
Something tells us that, with the holiday season fast approaching, the USPS would welcome an extra hand or two from Fallon any time.
The Tonight Show airs weeknights (11:35 p.m. ET) on NBC.