10:54am PT by Katherine Schaffstall
Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen and Jimmy Fallon Do Impressions of Each Other
Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen joined Jimmy Fallon in showing off their best impressions on Monday's episode of The Tonight Show.
"For as long as I've known these guys, we do this thing where we just say a random person and the other person has to do an impression as best as you can do it," Armisen explained to the viewers.
Rudolph went first and gave her best impression of Fallon. "Best movie ever," she began as she held her hands in front of her face to emphasize each syllable she said. "Best, best lasagna ever. Best, unbelievable. Come on." Following the impression, Fallon doubled over from laughing. "It's an "e" for effort," said Rudolph.
Fallon then said he would do an impression of Armisen. Before he could even begin, the two men broke out into laughter. "Oh, hi, Jimmy," Fallon began in a high pitched and soft voice. "Have you heard the song … Do you know the Black Seeds? Did you ever hear of the Black Seeds? Do you know like Carl strums on the bass? No? It's really, really good."
Throughout the impression, the camera showed Armisen laughing. "I'm getting tingles," he said. "I feel like that's a Fred that still lives with his mother," Rudolph joked.
"That's an odd version of Fred," admitted Fallon. "But I don't do a Fred."
Rudolph concluded that the impression was "enjoyable," while Armisen said it was "really trippy."
Armisen then showed off his impression of Rudolph. "Why am I cold?" he asked after perfecting his tone. "Why? Don’t give me that. No, I don’t want … No, I don’t want that."
"That's an extremely personal, personal impression," Rudolph said. "That's like a 9 p.m. Maya." She asked Armisen if he could do an impression of The Tonight Show announcer Steve Higgins, to which Armisen said in a deeper voice, "Or … or the joke," mimicking a hand gesture of Higgins.
The Forever co-stars revealed that while they enjoyed doing impressions of each other on set of their new show, one of their favorite games is doing impressions of Sting singing other musicians' songs. "We'd do an impression of Sting singing a song that he did not ever perform or write," Rudolph explained.
Armisen gave an example of his Sting impression by singing the Bob Seger hit "Old Time Rock and Roll." Rudolph joined in by performing what she imagines a Sting rendition of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" might sound like.
Fallon concluded the game by performing a Sting-like rendition of Queen's "We Will Rock You." After messing up and laughing while only two lines into the song, Rudolph and Armisen joined in and the three ended the segment by singing and playing the air bass.
Watch the full clip above.