We can all exhale — fall is here!

I don’t think there is any change of season that gets people more excited than summer to fall.

Winter to spring is pretty good too, but it doesn’t have the same perks that come with this time of the year. The start of football season. Pumpkin spiced lattes. Crisp weather. Colorful foliage. Flannel shirts.

I for one will not miss stepping outside and sweating through my shirt within a matter of seconds.

There’s always that one day each year when you go outside, pause for a moment, breathe in the cool, fresh air and say, “fall has come.” Today may have very well been that day.

But whatever you do, please refrain from calling it “autumn.” That word is reserved for college students studying postmodern literature who won’t realize how douchy they are for another six years. It’s fall.

Autumn woodsThe list of awesome things really doesn’t end: the return of popular television shows; the release of quality, Oscar-bait movies, the prospect of Thanksgiving; postseason baseball.

It begs the question — why is there no fall Olympics? I’d be absolutely thrilled to see a leaf blower competition between countries, or a fencing match using rakes instead of swords. I think I’m onto something here. We can call it the Falympics.

What can I say — it’s a slow news days. There’s only so many humorous spins you can put on the migrant crisis, and I certainly don’t care enough about model Chrissy Teigen’s declaration that she would never hire a “hot nanny” to babysit her children.

Seriously, what is the purpose from a male’s perspective of even having a baby if you’re not going to hire a hot nanny?

So let’s all revel in the awesomeness that is fall. Although there is one seasonal cliche that I have long criticized, and still find a hard time buying into — apple picking.

That this is an activity people enjoy doing still boggles my mind. I don’t mean to sound misogynistic, but I feel like there’s some inferior gene in women’s brains that causes them to enjoy apple picking. As in, it’s not really their fault. It’s just a genetic defect.

And if any one knows about genetic defects, it’s me.

But hey, at least I’ll forever be known as the man who coined the Falympics.

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Finally, an intelligent mind returns to the late night TV scene

Without a doubt, the late night television scene has changed.

It’s more interactive now. There’s more action, and less interview time. It caters perfectly to this generation’s limited attention span. Every bit in late night TV is just short enough to be made into a viral video.

In that regard, Jimmy Fallon is absolutely killing it. He’s brought games and skits to the Tonight Show, and it’s made him extremely popular.

But as much as I love Jimmy, there’s something lacking in his show — intelligence. Jimmy’s brand of comedy does not involve much thinking. Nor are his interviews hardly thought provoking.

Stephen ColbertAnd that’s why I appreciated Dave Letterman so much. He could tell a stupid joke with the best of them, but he also could have a serious, smart conversation as well. His show featured not only actors and musicians, but politicians, CEOs, Purple Heart winners, authors and documentarians. They were knowledgeable people, and it was brought out by Letterman in the interviews.

Jimmy Fallon had Chris Christie on his show a few months ago, and I’m pretty sure all they talked about was ice cream.

Now that John Stewart has also left the scene, who will fill that void left by Letterman?

Enter Stephen Colbert. The man has proven his intelligence during his nine-year run on Comedy Central. He won’t be covering strictly politics anymore, but he already has shown his desire to accommodate his guests to his eclectic tastes — his first week of guests will include not only actors George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson, but presidential candidate Jeb Bush, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and author Stephen King.

You see, now that’s interesting. I want to hear what these people have to say. Sure, it’s fun to watch Bradley Cooper and Wiz Khalifa square off in a game of Pictionary, but every now and then, I like to be intellectually stimulated.

So I plan to give Colbert an extended look. I’ll still tune into Fallon — don’t get me wrong, the dude is funny as hell — but beginning Sept. 8, my first inclination will be to turn to CBS.

Conan O’Brien is a smart dude — a Harvard grad, in fact — but the man is doomed to TV purgatory on TBS. Even one of his longtime lead writers jettisoned his show to join Colbert.

It’s the same goal I have with this blog. Make people laugh and learn at the same time.

Or cry. Mostly just cry.

This Jimmy Fallon-Nicole Kidman interview is so genuine and authentic, it’s no wonder it’s captured America’s hearts

A recent Tonight Show interview between Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman has spread rapidly throughout the Internet, accumulating more than 20 million views in less than two weeks.

These interviews typically net a lot of views, because they tend to contain humor and because Fallon is a great conversationalist, but this one has gained attention for a different reason.

Most variety show conversations are rehearsed, and the host and guest know exactly what topics are going to be 1420811056_nicole-kidman-jimmy-fallon-zoomdiscussed before the cameras begin rolling. Kidman had never appeared on either show Fallon has hosted before, and it was clearly planned that they’d bring up their one shared story of a previous meeting some 10 years ago.

But what happened next, neither of them saw coming.

The story is that they once hung out together in Fallon’s New York City apartment, a meeting Fallon thought an innocuous one motivated by the fact that Kidman wanted him to be in her upcoming movie.

But when Kidman reveals the true nature of the meetup, hilarity ensues.

Lo and behold, the truth is she was attracted to him, and arranged for a mutual friend to set them up to see if there was chemistry.

Ten years later, Fallon never knew this, and found out in one of the most awkward ways possible. On television. His reaction is so genuine, so identifiable, that it’s clearly struck a chord with the general public.

Here was Jimmy Fallon, a relatively well known name from Saturday Night Live — but by no means an A-list celebrity — given the opportunity to date a gorgeous international celebrity whom every cold blooded male could only dream of dating.

And he had no fucking clue.

Watch it yourself. It contains the hilarious retelling of their approximate 90 minute “hangout,” and afterwards, the tension and awkwardness in the room is so great that they can barely even talk about anything else without becoming embarrassed. The interaction is priceless because it’s so real, and is something that has happened to so many people before.

It also helps that Fallon and Kidman are two endearing, attractive people with bubbly personalities.

Both are married now with kids, so that obviously is what enabled the story to be brought up in the first place. Not only can you sense the deep regret Fallon has that he missed an opportunity to hook up with Nicole Kidman, but I feel like, we, the viewer, sort of regrets that the two didn’t end up together. It’s like a romantic comedy wrapped in an interview, and it’s great.

But it also preaches important lessons. For men, it shows that just because we consider a woman to beautiful, and “out of our league,” that we shouldn’t immediately discount the notion that she may have interest in somebody like us. Sometimes we need to give ourselves more credit.

For women, the lesson here is that men are not mind readers. We can’t see what you’re thinking. If you are interested in dating us — say something. Don’t assume that, because you’re alone in a room together, the guy is going to make a move. And more importanly, never assume that because he didn’t make a move, that it means he’s not interested.

Let me tell you something ladies, men may talk a big game, but when it comes to the time to make a move, we become petrified.

So when Jimmy has that moment of realization, regret and shock at the fact that Nicole Kidman was once tried to date him, it creates a sequence of events that’s so authentic that it couldn’t have been rehearsed. And it’s all on camera.

And not only that, but all men of the world are right there with Jimmy. For all of us, there’s a time in our life involving a woman that we constantly look back to and say, “Man, if I only did things differently, then who knows what might have happened.”

Likewise, I’m sure all women relate with Kidman’s dilemma, and have their own similar stories.

So not only did this interview thoroughly entertain, but it likely also rekindled in people the memories of our own mistakes. Thank you Jimmy and Nicole for this great conversation that’s so steeped with humanity.

I also couldn’t agree more with Jimmy — the New York side of Niagara Falls sucks.