A trip to the Queen City might be in the works for late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon.
Last week, Fallon played the city’s beloved 2008 parody promotional video, Experience Regina, on the Tonight Show’s Do Not Play segment, prompting Mayor Michael Fougere to tweet out an invitation for Fallon to visit.
Let’s talk. Looks pretty. https://t.co/OSOyxQnYuT
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) June 23, 2018
“I thought he might (respond). I mean, he’s a busy guy and he has lots of followers and he’s busy doing things, but I thought, ‘maybe if I hear anything at all, it would be in the next couple days,'” Fougere said, adding he’s a fan of both Fallon and the Tonight Show.
Two days later, Fallon responded to Fougere’s invitation, tweeting “Let’s talk. Looks pretty.”
Since then, Fougere said he’s had his office reach out to Fallon’s people to see if together they can set something up.
Fougere said he’s not sure where he’d take Fallon, should he make the trip to Regina, but he’s open to see what Fallon wants to do.
“Having been contacted by the mayor, (Fallon’s) likely done some preliminary looking around so to speak, and so I think part of my reaching out is (asking him), ‘what would you like to do?'” Fougere explained. “All he’s said is he’d like to talk, and I think that’s a great idea.”
While Fougere emphasized he’d never use the parody video to promote Regina, he said it’s a way to add some liveliness to the city.
“We have to laugh at ourselves here and this is important that we have a sense of humour. It’s a fictitious video; I’ve seen it, I’ve heard the song — there’s no such thing as the Tourist Board of Saskatchewan,” he said with a chuckle.
“It’s all about Regina, so this is about promoting our city in a way that’s with a sense of humour and some levity, and having a chance to say, ‘what a great city we have.'”
Over the weekend a new parody video popped up on the Meanwhile in Saskatchewan Facebook page. Facebook live hosts Justin and Greg took a cardboard cutout of Jimmy Fallon sightseeing around the city.