Hillary Clinton has returned to late-night television. The Democratic presidential candidate made an appearance on The Tonight Show Wednesday, and was interviewed both by Fallon and by Fallon as Donald Trump. During these segments, Clinton absolutely shined as both a candidate and a comedienne. Clinton's best moments on The Tonight Show demonstrate exactly why she's been such a frequent late-night guest in the past.
Fallon's initial interview with Clinton began with a phone call. The comedian assumed the role of Trump, dialing the former secretary of state on a gold telephone. Aside from a fast jab at "Trump" on his many marriages, one of the most hilarious segments of the interview was when he gave Clinton campaigning advice. Fallon asked if she was writing everything down. She said she was about to grab a pen and instead reached for a wine glass, a fitting reaction to the boisterous, over-the-top impression of Trump that Fallon so expertly pulls off. Later, Fallon poked fun at Bernie Sanders' receding hairline: "I hate to say it, but I think he’s losing his hair." Clinton responded by taking a jab at Trump's own style:
Well, at least he doesn’t have just one strand that he twirls over his head like a soft serve at Dairy Queen.
The jokes about Trump didn't stop after Clinton had hung up her phone. She and Fallon further discussed the GOP frontrunner, as well as his hair. As a joke, Clinton let the host touch her hair after pulling off a fairly impressive Trump impression. Fallon played along by proclaiming "it's real!" after slightly tugging at her hair.
She delved deeper into her recent email controversy by describing what exactly was going on with that gefilte fish email. It turns out that Clinton was just trying to make sure the dish made it to Israel for Passover. Fallon joked that the scandal showed that "grandma knows how to use an email." Clinton responded by showing off her social media savviness. She's a big fan of Vine, and has even taken a selfie with Kim Kardashian. What truly stuck out as the biggest highlight of Clinton's appearance was her answer to Fallon's final question about the main issue that defines her campaign. Clinton said:
Raising Americans' income. Getting more money into your paycheck so that you can have a better chance.
The statement was a great way for Clinton to circle back to the more important issues of the day, especially when it comes to her campaign. The presidential hopeful can joke around with the best of them, but she doesn't shy away when pressed for answers on more serious topics. Clinton's adeptness at both comedy and campaigning makes her a treat on the late-night circuit and a definite highlight for any host booking her as a guest.
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