Dan Cashman really wants to get Jimmy Fallon’s attention. Not so much for the publicity, or so that he can appear on Fallon’s show, but so the NBC comedian might come to Maine and be a guest on Cashman’s weekly late-night talk show, which airs at 11:30 p.m. Saturdays on WABI-TV in Bangor, WPXT-TV in Portland, and WAGM Fox 8 in Presque Isle.
Cashman is determined to get Fallon, the host of “Late Night,” on his local show. Starting in February, Fallon will move to hosting duties at “The Tonight Show” after Jay Leno leaves. Cashman’s so determined that he and his band, the Jump City Jazz Band, are breaking into song.
“I think out of all the late night talk show hosts, we have the most in common with Jimmy,” said Cashman. “So we’re doing the things that he does, which is do our own parody versions of popular songs.”
Over the summer, Cashman and company debuted their version of the Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” titled “Hey Jimmy Fallon.” This week, they’ll tape their version of Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe,” titled, naturally, “Call Me Jimmy.” And this time, they’ll take it one step further, performing the whole song on children’s instruments, as Fallon frequently does with popular songs on his show.
“The first time we did it, to my surprise, we gained a little traction, because [Fallon’s people] responded to it — not with any promises, they just acknowledged it,” said Cashman. “And, I got this really cryptic email from an unknown address, that said ‘You’re closer than you think. Keep it up.’ That could just be a friend screwing with me, but who knows?”
Cashman will tape “Call Me Jimmy” with singer Christie Robinson at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer, and the episode will air on Saturday, Dec. 14.
“We try to have a handful of guests each year that are from out of the state, but Jimmy would be a huge get for us,” said Cashman. “He’ll be off for two weeks during the Olympics, before he leaves to take over for ‘The Tonight Show,’ so the timing would be perfect.”
“We’re pretty shameless,” added Cashman. “We’re sending him gifts. I made a bib for his daughter that says ‘I spit up while watching “The Nite Show.”’ I’m crossing my fingers that it works.”
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