10 reasons why Jimmy Fallon should do #TONIGHTSHOWDETROIT

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19 February 2015
By Dan Criscenti

Detroit is pitching Jimmy Fallon to come to the Motor City for a weeklong taping of The Tonight Show. 

The push started with Greg Hummel, a Fallon fan and metro-Detroiter, who saw Jimmy recently taping a weeklong series of shows from Los Angeles. After watching The Tonight Show being taped in LA,  Hummel put up a Facebook page and started the hashtag #TONIGHTSHOWDETROIT.  Plenty of Detroiters and others have since chimed-in to convince Jimmy to bring The Tonight Show to Detroit.

Take a few minutes to watch our video, A Jimmy Fallon Drive Through Detroit.

Here are 10 reasons why Fallon should do #TONIGHTSHOWDETROIT:

1. Street cred. 
It's hard to imagine a better place to earn street cred than in Detroit. Come on out Jimmy and we'll get you some. 

Maybe we'll start you off with with a black hoodie like these fine gentlemen are sporting.  They're part of the Detroit Vs. Everybody song by Eminem, Royce da 5'9", Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf, and Trick Trick.

2. Take up our Fowling challenge.
Leave it to someone from Detroit to mix football and bowling and make it the next big thing. Chris Hutt did just that with his Fowling Warehouse.  We threw out a Fowling match challenge to you on Twitter a while ago, Jimmy. We asked Matthew Stafford and Jim Harbaugh to play on our TV Weekly team, along with me, Dan Criscenti. Here's a suggestion for who to invite to play on your team: Chris Hutt owner the Fowling Warehouse, Justin Verlander and Kate Upton.

3. You have unfinished business here Jimmy.
Jimmy, you can't stand in-between American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island and say "both." It doesn't work that way in Detroit. You need to get back here and choose. And if you go with Lafayette, we're buyin'.  If not, you're on your own, 'cause we're not settin' foot in American. And yeah, we know that American is "the leader" in this contest of the best coneys in Detroit, but we're goin' with the underdog -- and yes, we just said underdog.

4. Musical guests.
In addtion to the artists in our "A Jimmy Fallon Drive through Detroit" video, there's also Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Eminem, Aretha Franklin, Mayer Hawthorne and Uncle Kracker to consider. And don't overlook the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a very vibrant jazz community, DTE Energy Music Theatre (named by Billboard as the most sold out amphitheater for 21 years straight) and Movement - Detroit's electronic music festival. 

5. Because one tough nerd said so.
6. Fast cars.
At the end of May, the Grand Prix of Detroit will be held on lovely Belle Isle. I think we're talkin' celebrity race here Jimmy.

Photo: Ron Bijilsma, ZUMA Press/Newscom

7. More fast cars.
We'll call Bill Ford and ask him to pick you up at the airport in his new ride.

8. Dance with Joseph Fauria
You challenged NFL players to do one of the evolution of end zone dancing you did with Justin Timberlake. Naturally, Detroit Lion Josephy Fauria, our resident expert in touchdown dancing, took up your challenge. Now, here's a challenge right back at ya Jimmy -- come to Detroit and dance with Joseph Fauria.

9. To brag about taping your show north of Canada.
When we take the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit to Windsor (which we do often because we like our Canadian neighbors), we're heading south.  And that gives you one more thing to brag about when taping The Tonight Show in Detroit.

10.  Because it's time Jimmy.  It's time.

Use the message board below to let us know of other reasons why Jimmy Fallon should bring The Tonight Show to Detroit.

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