Questlove shares how Jimmy Fallon surprised him after winning awards
Jimmy Fallon is a supportive friend and goes out of his way for Questlove.
The Oscar-winning actor and bandleader of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ shared with TODAY how the late-night host surprises him with ‘life-size parade balloons’ whenever he wins a prize – and he has won a lot!
“Every accolade I’ve ever received — and there have been a lot — I get to my desk and there’s like 20 life-size parade balloons in my thing,” the artist told TODAY during the TIME 100 2022 gala in New York on Wednesday. “To make room for guests, I have to, like, kill these balloons.”
Questlove, real name Ahmir Khalib Thompson, won the Best Documentary Oscar for ‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised)’ at this year’s Oscars. The Roots drummer produced and directed the film.
After grabbing the golden statuette, and as usual, Fallon made sure he had plenty of balloons to celebrate.
“So this time I’m like ‘No more balls,'” he joked. “Jimmy sent me at least 70 balloons. But you know, we’re all big kids at heart. Jimmy supports me, The Roots, everyone, my whole family supports me.”
Upon returning to the “Tonight Show” after her Oscar win, Questlove shared a video on her Instagram Story of her work family applauding and cheering her on backstage.
At one point, Fallon serenaded him with “He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” as the audience sang along.
“We love you! We’re so proud of you!” Fallon exclaimed as he concluded the song. “Oh my God! You did it!”
Questlove’s Oscar win came immediately after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith. Questlove later joked about the incident in his Grammy acceptance speech after winning Best Musical Picture.
There has been a lot for Questlove to celebrate this year. The musician was also named one of the 100 most influential people of 2022.
“My year has not been bad. I couldn’t complain. Blessings abound,” the TODAY Grammy winner said at the event. “And more importantly, I can honor the Harlem community and bring back a story that has long been buried about this music festival and it really touches people.”
“I’m just honored to have been chosen to bring it to the people,” he added.
When the list was announced, he shared the news with his followers on instagramexpressing how he would continue to celebrate and appreciate his many accomplishments.
“See. It’s gonna be like this for a while. Celebrating me isn’t really my favorite thing in the world without at least one self-deprecating joke to justify ‘living in an undeserved city,'” he said. he writes in part, “So stopping this toxic behavior last year was hard enough. But you only live once.
Nicolette Richardson and Nicolette Richardson contributed.