Words are important. There are constant examples in the news that show how true it is, but The Tonight Show went all-in on proving it with a familiar Twitter challenge.
It all happened on a new installment of "Hashtags." The recurring segment asked fans to respond to a prompt on Twitter using a hashtag like #MyWorstCostume, #WeddingFails, or #TurkeyDayTraditions. This time it was a prompt to ruin a show in one word using the hashtag #AddAWordRuinATVShow.
The tweets read on the show added a word to familiar TV shows to totally change the vibe of the show. For instance, Nailed It is a show about people not nailing culinary creations. Nailed Cousin Itt would be a sexy spin-off of The Addams Family.
Among the faux shows read on-air, only "Tom and Jerry Seinfeld" was received with an awkward silence. It didn't even elicit a "What's the deal with mouse traps?" response. Fallon felt it was unfair to the tweeter, so they gave the joke a second try, and the show where a cartoon cat lives across the hall from a big, impolite doofus was met with raucous applause.
Who says you never get a second chance to make a first impression?