Quick: When you hear the name Brian Williams, do you think of 1. the “NBC Nightly News” managing editor and news anchor or 2. the deadpan suit who does guest appearances on NBC sitcoms whom Jimmy Fallon has turned into a YouTube sensation?
We love the second guy. So does everybody else.
Williams was a guest on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” Monday, where Fallon debuted “Brian Williams Raps ‘Gin and Juice.’” It was the seventh installment of the viral video series, "Brian Williams Raps.” Each video uses edited footage of Williams from his news show set to the words and beat of popular rap songs.
The two-month-old“Brian Williams Raps ‘Rapper’s Delight,’”
is closing in on 9 million views; ‘Gin and Juice’ is already nearing 500,000 views.
“Twitter be gone crazy again,” Williams said to Fallon Monday night, with a straight face. “People like they’ve discovered water ... it’s unbelievable, and it’s all anyone mentions to me anymore.”
Williams said he wanted to be clear that he has not “colluded” in the making of these videos. “I’ve never said hippity,” he said (until now!). He also said he found it spooky that some guy has been “looking at images of me” for months to make these videos. Fallon clarifies that they come from 5 years of footage.
Williams also made some requests for future raps: “How about some early, pre-hearing loss Foxy Brown?” Also, “any Luda[cris] would be great, I’ll do ‘Roll Out.’”
Fallon shared some nicknames for Williams, including Honey Bri-Bri, Bri Will-I-Ams and Brizzle. The show’s favorite was B-Dubs.
Williams’ parting words to Fallon: “This has changed my life in ways that I’ll find a way to pay you back.”
And if you’re interested in the repartee between Williams and Fallon: