Appears 13 times on Saturday Nightlife made John Goodman the third regular entertainer to host an NBC variety show, but The Conners the star said that his audition was not one of history books.
While stopping Tonight’s Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday to promote his two shows, the award-winning actor talked about performing a monologue alongside the late-night host and SNL alum script written by Adam McKay and how the cast members will come to the floor to see Will Ferrell when a skit is bombed.
But Goodman also spoke briefly about his 1980 audition, explaining that it went up in smoke because he didn’t prepare properly. “It was the worst thing I’ve ever done in front of people in my life. I wrote something about 15 minutes before I got there,” he said. “Oh my gosh, that’s terrible.”
While smiling, he told Fallon, “It’s not like I have any material to show or anything. I just knew they would hire me… because I’m a nice guy. ”
During his appearance, Goodman also talked about the trauma he suffered while stunting for the season two premiere of his HBO comedy. Righteous Gems. The 69-year-old actor was filming his character’s fight in a parking lot.
“I tried to be a stunt boy. I’m not 69 years old. I’m 23 and I would do this all night if I had to. I will prove my worth,” Goodman joked, before getting serious. “But yeah, it’s always late and I’m really too tired to do this, so I slip in the gravel and fly straight into the back of a truck.”
In a recent interview with NewsweekGoodman explained that “the choreography was safe, everything was safe, but I slipped.”
The actor told Fallon that hitting his head on the back of a truck was “the loudest thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” further describing the experience as being like “your bell rings.”
“Went to the hospital. They gave me a bunch of screens. They couldn’t tell if I had a concussion or a concussion. So I guess I’m fine,” Goodman said.
When Fallon asked if they would use tape of his fall on the show, Goodman cheerfully replied to laughter from the audience, “They couldn’t tell if I had a concussion. So I guess I’m fine.