Jimmy Fallon and will.i.am are the world’s latest viral sensation as two nerdy, rapping, whiny teenage girls.
The two teamed up on Monday’s “Tonight Show” for an installment of Fallon’s recurring sketch starring the late-night host as Sara, a very opinionated tween who exclaims “Ew!” over anything that grosses her out, like her nerdy stepdad.
This time, Fallon and the Black Eyed Peas frontman (sporting a scary orthodontic torture device) made a music video, rapping about a new litany of gross-outs – Trapper Keepers, FaceTime, bread bowls, slow dancing, selfie duck faces, retweeting tweets.
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(On our list of things that make us go “Ew” — whiny teenagers.)
Within 24 hours the video had been seen more than 2.5 million times on YouTube; as of Wednesday morning it had racked up 3.8 million views.
Fallon told Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday how the video was created.
“So, we had will.i.am on the show about two months ago. Backstage we’re talking and he goes, 'I really like that sketch that you do, ‘Ew!,’ where you dress up as a 15-year-old girl and everything is like, ‘Ew!’ I said, 'You know, we're doing it with Taylor Swift this week, but next time you come back, I'll write you in and we'll do one,’” Fallon said on Seacrest’s radio show.
"In three days, before the writers (and I) could even write any lyrics, he sent me a full-on produced song. So then he flies to New York, I go to a recording studio, we tweak it a little, and I write some raps for myself. So this is me rapping, as well, which is sad.”
The song is available on iTunes, with sales proceeds going to the SeriousFun Children's Network and will.i.am's charity, the i.am.angel Foundation.