When Jimmy Fallon’s team picks 2 “Tonight Show” audience members to write a song in less than an hour, the result is usually impressive.
Last night, it was Ryder Chasin turn. The result was brilliant.
The 2014 Staples High School graduate — sporting a Staples baseball cap, no less — was given his title: “I Bought an Off-Brand Rapid Test.”
You or I might be intimidated. Ryder was confident.
For one thing, he’s a writer at Sesame Workshop. For another, he majored in journalism, and minored in film, media studies and creative non-fiction at Northwestern University.
For a third, he’s used to performing (as a member of the Players drama troupe) and pressure (as a baseball player). He’s also multi-talented: In high school he worked on radio and TV production, and was a Top Hat tutor and National Honor Society student.
Oh, yeah: He’s done improv, too.
Ryder looked completely confident as he joked with Fallon. He sauntered over to the electric organ — not a piano, as he corrected the host — smiled, and belted out a very clever tune.
His hour’s work earned him $1,000. Plus a “Tonight Show” notebook to write more songs in.
And the applause of a grateful audience, which has had far too little to laugh about where COVID is concerned.
Click below for the entire clip:
(Hat tips: Dan Donovan, John McCarthy and Beth Cody)
I hardly ever click on videos, especially from late night comedy shows, which are not to my liking. But, for some crazy reason, I clicked on this one. Surprise — this guy is SO good that it makes you wonder if it’s a hoax, and he actually had a team of musician/writers working on it for days. Amazing how much talent we have around here.
OK that was really effing cool
That was the best !!!!
Holy Mackerel that was amazing! Ryder representing! My money says that the Jimmy Falon show offers him a job!
Dan! Mondo cool! Go Ryder Chasin!
Ryder has always been multi-talented. What a performance—I’m blown away!!!
Big bunch of talent there that is – good on Ryder —- and yet, had the Roomba been a Rumba….
That was amazing! So clever! I had the same thought that Jimmy Fallon might offer him a job.
The output of the keyboard was more of a Fender Rhodes than an organ. :^)
So much talent. Encore!! Congrats Ryder!!