My favourite part of Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night and The Tonight Show is getting its own spin-off show and I couldn’t be more delighted. The Lip Sync Battle, possibly the best thing on late night television (except for John Oliver’s Salmon Cannon), is going out on its own on Viacom-owned network Spike.
Fallon, along with epic syncer Stephen Merchant and The Office alum John Krasinski (who can do a mean version of “Teenage Dream”) will produce – and appear – in the new series, which is due to air in April.
For those of you who don’t know what Lip Sync Battle is, it’s quite simple; celebrities lip-sync to songs whilst leaping around, flailing, pulling the most ridiculous faces they can and generally being silly. As we know, celebrities making fools of themselves is wonderfully watchable, especially when they’re trying to show off to others. It’s absolute joy.
Stephen Merchant, a British comedian/writer/actor and collaborator with Ricky Gervais on just about everything, gave us my favourite sync-off together with Fallon and Jonathan Gordon Levitt (he also epically dissed JGL’s handshake, which was hilarious).
Merchant synced to “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé (sadly without hip shaking a là Kurt Hummel), Fallon attempted “Don’t You Want Me” by Human League but little JGL killed them all with “Superbass” by Nicki Minaj. It was the best performance of “Superbass” ever, Jane Sylvester of Glee notwithstanding.
With the popularity of both Fallon and the battles, it’s no wonder that Viacom wants a piece of NBC’s action. Casey Patterson, Executive Vice President of Viacom Entertainment Group, said to The Hollywood Reporter, “lip sync battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge fan base thanks to the amazing talent involved…we’re thrilled to in business with producers as talented as Jimmy, John and Stephen as Spike broadens its programming in new and exciting ways”.
The new show will be directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller, who has worked on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and Modern Family.
Lip Sync Battle premieres on Spike on April 2, 2015.