Jimmy Fallon’s Napkin Trick
Jimmy Fallon treated patrons at Rao’s restaurant in East Harlem to a high-spirited performance on Sept. 14 that included pulling a dinner napkin from his pants. The Tonight Show host engaged in an impromptu a cappella session with his dining companion, music-industry veteran Tommy Mottola and the owner of the fabled eatery — where reservations are virtually impossible to get for non-regulars — Frank Pellegrino. During an ear-splitting rendition of “Stand by Me,” Fallon flitted among tables, guzzling patrons’ drinks, sampling their overflowing pasta dishes and producing said napkin from his pants, which he draped around a woman’s neck. At that point Mottola wisely said, “We have to go, Jimmy,” and the duo left to raucous applause. In May, the media reported that Fallon — once again in attendance with Mottola — sang after diners’ cellphones were confiscated. On Sunday, however, a number of visible iPhones suggest that Fallon’s performance will soon be on the Net.
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This article first appeared in the Sept. 27th issue of Billboard.