Mayor Rahm Emanuel will make good tonight on his promise to join funnyman Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in exchange for Fallon taking a dunk in Lake Michigan during Chicago's historically frigid winter.
Fallon invited Emanuel on the show shortly after he succeeded Jay Leno as host, but the mayor said he would do it only if Fallon came to Chicago to raise money for charity by taking part in the annual polar plunge.
Fallon jumped at the opportunity to get a little publicity and dove into the icy lake in a suit and tie in March.
For Emanuel, tonight's appearance will be the latest in a string of back-and-forths with late night comedy hosts.
Fallon isn't known for his probing interviews, so the mayor won't likely have to answer questions about Chicago's nationwide reputation for violent crime as he did while talking with David Letterman on The Late Show last fall.
And The Tonight Show appearance won't be starting off with the rancor of the twitter fight Emanuel got into with Comedy Central host Jon Stewart over the merits of Chicago-style pizza. That exchange ended with the mayor sending Stewart an anchovy-topped pizza in a send-up of the infamous story about Emanuel sending a dead fish to a pollster, an anecdote he sometimes embraces and sometimes rejects.
Emanuel is scheduled to join actor Jonah Hill and aging grunge rockers Soundgarden on tonight's program.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun