Justin Timberlake And Jimmy Fallon Are Having More Fun Than You Are : Monkey See Jimmy Fallon welcomed Justin Timberlake to his show to perform a marvelously joyful three-minute history of hip-hop.
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Justin Timberlake And Jimmy Fallon Are Having More Fun Than You Are

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake performed their history of hip-hop last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Lloyd Bishop/NBC hide caption

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On last night's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake (who's terrific in The Social Network, which opens tomorrow) did a three-minute "history of hip-hop" that, while extremely silly, is highly instructive if you're curious about why both of these guys have a lot of fans. Simply put, they're having a fantastic time, and there's no pretentiousness in it, and it's accompanied by The Roots — who continue to be Fallon's greatest asset.

Between this and the opening of the Emmys, Jimmy Fallon is fast becoming a veritable ambassador for good-natured, non-snarky, entirely joy-fueled entertainment — a niche that sorely needs filling.