Back to IndieWire

The New Heisenberg: Jimmy Fallon Does ‘Joking Bad’ (Video)

The New Heisenberg: Jimmy Fallon Does 'Joking Bad' (Video)

Now down to its final episodes, Breaking Bad gets darker, wilder, more go-for-broke. The lighter
side? That would be Joking Bad, the
latest pop-cult parody from Late Night
with Jimmy Fallon.   

Fallon has done some amazing parodies, from spoofs of Jersey Shore to Downton AbbeyNext to them Joking Bad seems too much of a fan’s
homage, more fun-house mirror than satire, even though Fallon looks pretty laughable in Walter White’s nerdy-suburban-Dad
clothes. Steve Higgins is the Jesse Pinkman
character, an improbable sidekick selling jokes — it’s what they do instead of
dealing meth — and calling everyone bitch. And A.D. Miles captures the part-smart, part-stupid
look that is Hank; he knows what’s up, or does he really?  

 The writing may not be Late
Night’s
best, but the fandom has its payoff in some cameos, including one
from Bob Odenkirk (just in time for AMC’s announcement that his character will
get a spinoff, a one-hour prequel Better
Call Saul
).  

 Take a look, and then decide which is better: Joking Bad, or Breaking Downton , with actors from Downton Abbey (including Jim Carter as Carson and Hugh Bonneville, Lord Grantham himself) doing Breaking Bad on The Colbert Report

This Article is related to: News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,