Jimmy Fallon does Neil Young doing the 'Fresh Prince' theme song: If you enjoy any of those three things, you must watch this clip

So, Late Night personality Jimmy Fallon does an amazing Neil Young impression. I mean, really uncanny. Dude sounds exactly like north Ontario‘s finest. This is a cool talent to have, if perhaps not a hugely useful one in most situations. Last night, though, Fallon entered transcendent comedic territory by going into character as Neil Young…and covering the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

No, I don’t know why Neil Young would be covering the Fresh Prince theme song, either. But I am very glad that this completely random idea suggested itself to Fallon. Turns out the old “Innnnn West Philadelphia born and raised…” works pretty well as a haunting falsetto folk song! Watch the clip after the jump. You will not be sorry. Then let us know if there are any other classic sitcom themes you’d like to see Fallon-as-Young cover. (Full House, anyone?)

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  • maiv

    holy crap! i didn’t realize it was jimmy at first (didn’t read the post that closely lol). I love him even more! sad i missed this when it aired

  • Pennyforyourthoughts

    I love Jimmy Fallon. I think he’s Conan of our generation. Conan’s first season on air wasn’t a gigantic success either, I think with time Fallon will more college and high school students will favor Fallon. Suggestion: more Housewives of Late Night episodes. Those are Hilarious .

  • Bernadette

    Way to go after that young demo. Imitate a singer famous 40 years ago doing a theme song from the early 90s. I seriously get why no one cares about this guy.

    • maiv

      ummmmm i’m 20 and i remember this show clearly….if he did a show even later, that’d be too young of a demographic….don’t be a troll

    • John

      As an intelligent male in the covetted 18-39 demo, I thought this was brilliant.

    • Matt

      Fresh Prince is still very well remembered among young adults, specifically for the theme song. (Just go on any internet message board frequented by this age group if you don’t believe me.)

      If anything, this sketch shows how *IN* touch Fallon is with this demographic, not out of touch.

    • seabass

      have you paid attention to music in the past decade? neil young is still around (“living with war” came out in ’07) and still has his signature sound…Im 17 years old and i listen to neil young so his music, even his older stuff reaches the younger generations, hell, if it reaches me, whether im the exception or not, then it definately reached the 18-49 demo. Also, although i only have seen the reruns, i was too young to watch it while it was still on, i still knew the theme to the fresh prince… most kids did as a matter of fact. so he is definately connecting with those who remember neil young in his height, or DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince… I see no problem with it

  • bcmom

    Jimmy was fantastic! He could do any of the classic tv show themes like The Adam’s Family, Gilligan’s Island, All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, or get the lyrics to the theme from Mash (Suicide is Painless). Jimmy should make it a weekly segment.

  • Rebecca

    I was totally impressed and amazed when I watched it last night. It was random but awesome.

  • ABC

    this is pretty awesome.
    he should do the The OC theme song.

  • mark in nyc

    damn it, I hate Jimmy Fallon. But I admit that was pretty good.
    First funny thing on his show since it started.

  • Lucy

    I don’t watch the show but it was worth while watching this clip!!

  • Elizabeth

    Small Wonder, he MUST to the theme song to Small Wonder!

  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    Bernadette, kill yo self

  • Jamini

    Awesome! Close your eyes and it could be NY though why he would do that song?? I think Jimmy has a good chance at ANY theme song!

  • charles

    The best theme song is charles in charge

  • Trinity

    Brilliant!

  • T

    22 yo, loved it!

  • babalooie

    I’m a 57 year old retired teacher – not quite the target demographic, and I don’t miss an episode of this show. The Neal Young was perfection!

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