Stephen Colbert will sit down with Jimmy Fallon for an intimate conversation at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The event, on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m., is a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival (MFF), and the third time Colbert, a member of the Festival’s advisory board, has lent his talents to MFF.
Colbert and Fallon will provide a behind-the-scenes look at their careers and comedic genius, on the eve of Fallon’s move to the Tonight Show. (Maybe we’ll Get Lucky and they’ll dance to Daft Punk…)
Bob Feinberg, MFF chairman says not only has the Festival been incredibly lucky to have Colbert each year, but having him pair up with Fallon this year is very exciting.
“Fallon is on the cusp of becoming one of the most important comedic talents on television,” says Feinberg of the host of Late Night and future host of The Tonight Show.
Feinberg is equally excited about bringing the event, held in years past at the Wellmont, to a larger venue and broader regional audience.
NJPAC has developed expertise reaching out to fans of comedy, says Feinberg, and with last year’s show sold out, MFF is hoping that this, it’s one big fundraiser for the year, sells out, too — all 2,800 seats, which is over 1000 more than last year’s sold out Colbert/Jon Stewart pairing at the Wellmont.
Seats range from $59 to VIP tickets at $250. “We didn’t want something so pricey that people get shut out of attending,” says Feinberg.
As for what chemistry we can expect between Fallon and Colbert, “Maybe we can leave a couple guitars lying on stage,” says Feinberg of Fallon’s musical performannces with The Roots.
“It’s an unscripted evening. Stephen is himself, he’s not in character. The first year he sang a song acapella,” recalls Feinberg. “Other than being guests on each other’s shows, the two have never appeared together, so it’s a very unique experience.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m., at 1-888-GO-NJPAC, (members of the Montclair Film Festival can buy tickets early through 10/17) at njpac.org, and at the NJPAC Box Office, One Center St., Newark. Premium VIP seating at $250 per ticket can be purchased directly at the MFF site.
Photo: (Stephen Colbert) Neil Grabowsky