Jimmy Fallon Mocks Vladimir Putin, Begins Kickstarter for New Cold War (Video)

8:55 PM PST 03/12/2014 by Aaron Couch
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Jimmy Fallon as Vladimir Putin

UPDATED: The "Tonight Show" host impersonated the Russian President -- shirtless horse-riding and all.

Jimmy Fallon dusted off his Russian accent Wednesday to impersonate Russian president Vladimir Putin during Wednesday's The Tonight Show.

During his opening monologue, a wig-wearing Fallon presented a video from a fake Putin Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new Cold War. The prizes were true to Putin's tough-guy reputation.

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"At $10, you will receive this," Fallon's Putin said, holding up a signed photo of Putin shirtless, riding a horse.

"Whoops, did I forget shirt?"

For $100, donators would receive a beer koozie that says "I'd rather be drinking Vodka." A $1,000 donation would give backers 10 minutes of personal time with the Russian leader to do whatever they wanted. Fallon named off the not-so-endless possibilities: "We could ride horse. Fight bear. That is all."

As for people donating $10,000, Fallon's Putin became enraged by the possibility: "Why are you donating $10,000? You trying to overthrow me!?"

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NBC and Tonight Show executive producer Lorne Michaels already took a swing at Putin during last week's Saturday Night Live. The episode's cold open featured surprise guest star Liam Neeson, who told Putin to cease military action in Ukraine.

"Mr. Putin. Vladimir. I've never met you. I don't have experience in international diplomacy. But what I do have is a very particular set of skills. Skills that would make me a nightmare for someone like you," Neeson said, channeling his inner action-star. "By which I mean I'm an actor. In Hollywood. With a lot of connections."

See the SNL video below.

The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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