It's not every day you get to see a guy in drag dance with the First Lady of the United States, but comedian Jimmy Fallon did just that with Michele Obama on his show Friday night (Feb. 22). In a tribute to the the First Lady's health initiative, "Let's Move," Fallon put together a dance routine designed to inspire parents -- moms in particular -- to get up off the couch a move (dance, whatever). And in typical Fallon fashion, the performance (and the subsequent video) for "Evolution of Mom Dancing" is hilarious.
We already knew Fallon could rock a brown wig (see: Neil Young skits), so the hairpiece (which made him look like that hateful computer nerd chick on "24," Chloe) was nothing we knew he couldn't pull off. The highwater Mom pants and pink sweater were a nice touch, though. And he doesn't seem to be all that bad a dancer, either. He's no Michele Obama, however, as she proved by joining him in the half-moon spotlight. The two thrilled the the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" audience with such time-honored dance moves like the "Go Shopping, Get Groceries" and the "Hip Bump," the "Pulp Fiction" fingers-across-the-eyes move and the "Where's Your Dad? (Get Him Back Here)"/"Reel It In" classics.
But there seemed to be a competitiveness about the performance which only got worse with the "Out Of Sync Electric Slide." Fallon/Mom did great until the caption the "Dougie" hit the screen. He/Mom attempted it, hesitated, watched Mrs. Obama do it for a second, then simply threw up his hands and walked off, leaving Mrs. Obama doing "The Dougie" to her heart's content (and to the delight of the late show crowd).
The Fallon and Obama piece is also an homage to the outrageously successful viral video, "Evolution of Dance," by comedian Judson Laipply. The video is a 6-minute interpretation of dance from the beginning of rock 'n roll to the present. Originally posted to YouTube in April 2006, the video has garnered over 210 million views to date and was once featured on Comedy Central's "Tosh.0."
But "Evolution Of Mom Dance" isn't Fallon's first shot at parodying Laipply's viral masterpiece. Last year in June, in a tribute to Father's Day, Fallon presented "Evolution of Dad Dancing."
Whether or not the "Evolution Of Mom Dancing" inspires more people active and exercising remains to be seen, but it certainly will have them moving at least to the nearest computer to watch the video.