Jimmy Fallon never had a chance. The Tonight Show host predicted that his losing streak might continue when he went up against Night School star Tiffany Haddish in a Lip Sync Battle on Thursday night (Oct. 25) and boy was he right. Looking confident and poised, Haddish gladly took her spot in front of house band The Roots as Fallon swiveled his hips to the classic 1990 dance jam “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite.
It was pretty good. But Tiffany — looking ready for action in black leather pants and matching leather coat — had something for him. “When I was growing up in Los Angeles, this artist was one of my favorite female MCs and she still is today,” Haddish said before busting out some fierce moves for The Lady of Rage’s 1994 banger “Afro Puffs.”
Undeterred, but a little thrown off by The Roots singing along to Haddish’s performance, Fallon tried to regain his momentum with an homage to his new bestie, Post Malone’s “Psycho.” It was fine, if a bit predictable. Then Fallon stopped midway, had someone apply a face full of temporary tats to his mug, and he finally found his groove.
Haddish dropped the jacket, dug deep and asked producers to make it look like “old school TV,” as the screen switched to black and white and she set the stage on fire with James Brown’s “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” complete with the mid-song cape bit and ankle-breaking dance moves.
Watch the battle below.
Haddish also talked about her stand-up tour, her dating requirements, an upcoming Netflix special, her dream gig playing Whoopi Goldberg’s daughter in Nobody’s Fool and bonding with director Tyler Perry about living in a car.