Last week, "Late Night" talk show host Jimmy Fallon by chance met up with teen heartthrob Justin Bieber in the hallway at NBC's Rockefeller Plaza. In fact, he captured what would devolve into a battle royale between himself and Bieber as testosterone quickly clouded the duo's collective judgment, where natural competitiveness took over and the two convinced themselves that the only way to determine who was the best man (or most "awesome") would be through a series of one-on-one contests.
Oh, it started out innocent enough. Two friends meeting in front of the elevators, exchanging copies of their news CDs (with obligatory shameless plugs for the new releases), one of them (Bieber) tossing the other's CD in the trash right under his his nose. But Fallon's insecurity got the better of him and he couldn't stop himself from telling the just-turned-18-year-old pop star that he wasn't intimidated by him and that even though his album, Blow Your Pants Off, probably would sell less than Bieber's Believe, he could beat the teen at "tons of other stuff." The conversation got testy. Bieber called Fallon "grandpa." The battle was on.
After several different manly challenges (push-ups, video games, seeing who could hold their breath the longest, rock-paper-scissors) ended in a virtual tie -- although it could be argued that Bieber getting Fallon in a headlock and forcing him to say "I've got Bieber fever" was enough for a Bieber victory -- they needed something conclusive to act as tie-breaker and decide just which one was most awesome. The realization hit them both at the same time: "Sudden death dance-off."
If your imagination cannot supply a victor in this contest, suffice it to say that sometimes comedy is not pretty -- but can remain funny nonetheless -- and Bieber could have won by default.
Although all end's well and the two remain fast -- if competitive -- friends, it certainly is a good thing that they didn't agree to allow the performance of the two albums decide who could beat whom. Fallon's album debuted at No. 25 the same week Usher bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Blow Your Pants Off, which is a collection of novelty songs and parodies and includes such gems as "The History of Rap" (with Justin Timberlake), "Scrambled Eggs" (with Paul McCartney), "Slow Jam The News (with Brian Williams), and "Neil Young sings 'Whip My Hair'" (with Bruce Springsteen), sold a respectable 15,000 copies its first week. It also topped the Comedy Albums chart.
It remained at the top of the Comedy Albums chart when Justin Bieber's Believe jumped to the top of the Billboard 200 with sales of 374,000 units, becoming the biggest-selling entry for 2012.
Maybe Fallon learned his lesson. Maybe his next album will include a collaboration or two with "awesome" Justin Bieber.
Check out the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" video where Fallon and Justin Bieber go mano-o-mano for the "awesome" title:
(photo credit: Adam Sundana, Creative Commons)