‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ writers Q&A
During our recent webcam chat (watch above), “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” writer Mike DiCenzo describes his boss as “a wellspring of ideas.” And he explains, “As writers it’s great because you’re getting a vibe or sense of a seed of an idea, but it’s always coming from this weird, brilliant place. You then have an inspiration to carry that out and fulfill that idea.” DiCenzo was joined by head writer A.D. Miles and Gerard Bradford who all dish their current jobs on “Tonight” and previous work on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
On the subject of Fallon, Bradford says, “The show is really a true reflection of who he is. He’s also an incredibly hard worker.” And Miles adds, “The energy we get from the show comes from him. In a weird way, he’s like a solar power plant. I can be tired or feel the grind a little bit and the meeting will end up making me laugh and I’ll walk out (saying) ‘Things are pretty good’.”
All three have been part of the Fallon team for the past seven years on both of his NBC late-night talkers. They were part of the team of scribes nominated at the 2011 and 2014 Emmy Awards and the 2012 Writers Guild Awards.
And they wrote for Fallon when he hosted the Emmy Awards in 2010. As Miles recalls, “That was the first time I ever saw something that was such a high-wire act. That opening number (with a ‘Glee’ theme) had a pre-tape element that dovetailed into him coming into the studio, and there were pyrotechnics and he was doing costume changes. Watching it actually happen and watching him pull it off with ice cold veins and just doing it. I was truly in awe of it in that moment.”