American talk shows are a huge part of becoming a successful stand-up comedian.
A lot of the late night talk shows usually hold a spot for a stand-up comedian and a lot of the time it’s their debut on television. These shows include Conan, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. The Tonight Show is a huge opportunity for any comedian to perform.
Now, Sean Finnerty is going to be the first ever comedian to perform on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Other comedians that have filled this slot include Jim Gaffigan, Jimmy Carr, Jack Whitehall, Jerry Seinfeld and even Madonna.
Sean Finnerty chatted to FM104 to talk about the opportunity:
Which is where Sean Finnerty comes in, who was recently interviewed on FM104 to talk about his huge achievement:
“I’m pretty sure I’ll be the first ever Irish comedian to perform on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. It started with Johnny Carson, and then Jay Leno, and now it is Jimmy Fallon.”
“What happened was, I was invited to take part in this competition called Stand Up NBC, which was a diversity showcase here in America. So I was basically the white guy in this diversity showcase! So I flew to Houston, did a two-minute audition set, and then I moved on to the semi-finals.”
“Then I was asked to take part in an audition showcase for Fallon, and I found out they only host that once a year!”
Finnerty has performed at Electric Picnic, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, and Laugh Your Asheville Off.
You can listen to his interview with Cormac Moore on FM104 right here.