Jay Leno may have tossed "The Tonight Show" keys to Jimmy Fallon, but the comedian who hosted the late-night institution for two decades is hardly settling down.
Two days after his name flickered out on the studio marquee in Burbank, Calif., in February, Leno started kicking his late-night habit with a performance at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, which may be the strongest indication yet what the comedian's post-"Tonight Show" career looks like: standup, and more standup.
Leno is back in South Florida on Sunday for another night of mirth at the Adrienne Arsht Center, where he may lean on the material audiences witnessed at the Kravis. A Palm Beach Post review of the show reported that he cracked on A-Rod, America's obesity problem and Charlie Sheen. The person he won't be lampooning: his successor.
"If NBC didn't have Jimmy Fallon in the wings, would I be here a little longer? Probably. But you know, he's really good. I really like him," Leno told the Los Angeles Times in February. "When I see him do his musical numbers and stuff, I say, 'I can't do that. That music is not my music.' When people see you on TV, and you're making money, you can't be the hip, cutting-edge guy every single night of the week. It's not possible."
Leno also addressed why the best move after "The Tonight Show" was a relentless touring schedule: "It's what you have to do if you want to do comedy. You can't take a year off and come back. No one's ever taken time off as a comedian and come back and been better. It atrophies."
Jay Leno will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Tickets cost $75-$125. Call 305-949-6722 or go to ArshtCenter.org.
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