Jimmy Fallon spotted, ‘Tonight Show’ set now on UT campus ahead of taping


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Jimmy Fallon was spotted on the University of Texas at Austin campus Tuesday and again on Wednesday, just days before his scheduled all-student show taping of the “Tonight Show.”

Pictures from Tuesday showed Fallon posing outside of the UT architecture school and students who were there told KXAN he was filming an introduction for Thursday’s taping.

He was also spotted out and about around Austin, trying out some of the local cuisines. The owners of the Veracruz All Natural Food Truck spotted Fallon and couldn’t help but ask him for a photo.

On Wednesday, UT Austin president Greg Fenves presented Fallon with a #19 (for 2019) football jersey.

Fallon also spent some time with KXAN’s Jim Spencer Wednesday morning.

  • Use the hashtag #IFoundFallon if you spot Jimmy Fallon around Austin!

The ‘Tonight Show’ set was also being installed in the Bass Concert Hall this week. It’s custom-built and was brought from New York in 22 semi-trucks. More than 100 workers have been working to assemble the set, cameras, lights and audio equipment — plus a giant video screen stretching the length of the stage which weighs more than 30,000 pounds. The production requires two miles of cable for the audio equipment alone.

In October, students were eligible to enter a lottery to win free tickets to the show taping at Bass Concert Hall, which is expected to have 2,500 students in attendance.

The show is expected to have celebrity guest and UT professor Matthew McConaughey, Chip and Joanna Gaines and music guest Gucci Mane.

The public can watch the UT Austin show on TV Thursday night on NBC after KXAN News at 10 p.m.

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