Jimmy Fallon’s visit to Delray Beach, when we became Fran Drescher’s wingman

Jimmy Fallon, seen with wife Nancy Juvonen

Jimmy Fallon, seen with wife Nancy Juvonen

“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, whose all over the Web today because of the currently trending video where “The Voice” judge/country superstar/country boy Blake Shelton tries to teach him the basics of cow milking, is no stranger to South Florida. In 2002, he was a pop-in commentator at the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic in Delray Beach. And later, he popped in to an interview I was doing with “The Nanny” star and cancer advocate Fran Drescher, up in the VIP area (I saw Alan Thicke! Jon Lovitz walked by and looked at me weird!) For a few moments, we wound up sort of being Fran’s wingman (wingmen?)

Here’s what happened – Fallon had been in town to play some shows with his band, and was walking around in the VIP section with his bass player, whose name I never got. In the middle of the conversation, Drescher pointed the guy out as cute. As they walked by the table, she flashed a wide smile and said hello, and the guy, because Fran Drescher is awesome, smiled back and stopped to chat. This left Jimmy Fallon and I in an awkward but familiar position – being suddenly left standing without anyone to talk to when you friends starts chatting up someone at a bar, leaving you no choice but to talk to his friend.

Fortunately, Jimmy Fallon is super gracious, and I am a reporter, so I got an impromptu interview with him about his music, about how he wound up at the tournament (I think someone just called him and said famous people were doing stuff nearby and he should go) and something something Florida. It was very brief and very pleasant, and I got to confirm that someone who always seemed cool actually was. It sucks when they’re not.