“The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon returned to upstate New York over the weekend and surprised fans with a musical performance.
The Iron Smoke Distillery in Fairport, NY, shared a photo of the former “Saturday Night Live” star visiting Saturday with his close friend, Fairport resident Damien Mulconry. The couple also stopped at Mulconry’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, just outside Rochester.
According to the Democrat & Chronicle, Mulcorny suggested that he, Fallon and local musician Tommy Brunett, co-owner of Iron Smoke Distilling, stop by the nearby Iron Smoke. There was no live music scheduled that night, so Fallon and Brunett picked up acoustic guitars and started jamming to Van Morrison’s “Gloria”, Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and even the song ” Happy Birthday” for one of the bartenders.
- See video of Fallon performing at Iron Smoke on Instagram
“Big whiskey and thanks to Jimmy Fallon and the band for the songs, laughs and kindness they shared with us here at Iron Smoke this weekend. Had an absolute blast. Until next time,” a writes Iron Smoke Distillery on Instagram and Facebook.
Fallon and Mulconry are said to be friends for more than 20 years, since Mulconry left Ireland for New York, where he worked as a bartender at Gaf West, one of Fallon’s favorite bars. Fallon helped celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mulconry’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in 2018, playing the role of guest bartender at the Fairport Bar.
Brunett told the D&C that Fallon stayed at Iron Smoke for about an hour on Saturday.
“He’s a really talented guy,” Brunett told the newspaper. “We were having so much fun.”
Fallon, who was a cast member of “SNL” from 1998 to 2004, has hosted “The Tonight Show” since 2014. He grew up in Saugerties and often shouts his upstate New York roots on television, encouraging Syracuse basketball and referencing locations. as Oneonta in the late night skits.