12:44pm PT by Trilby Beresford
Jimmy Fallon "Breaks the Internet" as Beto O'Rourke in Parody Series
"Hey guys, it's my Beto O'Rourke," announces an excited Jimmy Fallon in the first episode of The Tonight Show's shortform parody series Beto Breaks the Internet.
"I'm so pumped to be on Facebook Live, chatting with you, the voters," he continues in character. "Now, I know there are a lot of questions out there about me like, what are your ideas? What do you bring to the table? And I'm going to answer them all right here, even if I have to miss my morning routine of drinking a bathtub full of 5-Hour Energy."
The new series sees Fallon's O'Rourke producing a video on every social media platform in order to get the word out about his presidential run in 2020 — including MySpace.
The first episode sees him taking questions from the public such as, "Hey Beto, if you couldn't be in public service, what would you do with your time? Fallon replies, "Well, if I couldn't be in public service, I'd probably just go back to my old job of being your aunt's hot boyfriend. You know, the one who makes everyone go, 'Damn, Aunt Rita. How'd you land that?'"
The comedian continues, "Or if that's not an option, I'd just star in commercials for Just for Men Touch of Gray. Man I'm aging...grays-fully."
The late-night host's impersonation of the Democratic candidate features an animated presence, fast-talking and a variety of hand gestures to get the points across. Behind him in the video, two "Beto for America" posters are visible on the wall.
In the second video, O'Rourke tries recording soothing ASMR sounds, speaking in a whisper because he's heard it "makes people feel at ease, calm." He goes on to admit, "This is the first time I've ever actually whispered in my entire life."
An Obama impersonator makes an appearance in the third video, where O'Rourke visits the dentist and makes a Snapchat video while the president is getting dental work performed. Fallon gets physical in the following episode, where O'Rourke "breaks the Internet" by showing off his workout routine on Instagram. "It's a quarter past noon, which means you're catching me during my 12th workout of the day." He later says, "The best part about coming to the gym is I get to stand on these things [motions to a stack of equipment below him] to practice my speeches...."
Appealing to his younger voters, O'Rourke exclaims, "I love TikTok, and I love TikTok challenges," in the next video, going on to set himself challenges like trying not to laugh and acting like a mannequin.
In the final episode, Beto's way of breaking the Internet is to jam out on MySpace. "It's Saturday afternoon and I had a little free time on my hands so I decided to throw together something a little fun in my garage. So, without further ado, the Beto O'Four."