Well, technically he won before Sunday night, because the Comedy Album category is one that's given out early during the non-televised portion of the awards. But the point is that Fallon won for his 2012 album Blow Your Pants Off, a collection of song parodies and bits originated on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon's competition in the category included Margaret Cho's Cho Dependent, Rise of the Fenix by Tenacious D, Lewis Black's In God We Rust, Seaman 1st Class by Kathy Griffin and Jim Gaffigan's Mr. Universe. Nothing against any of those comics, many of whom are talented, but this was not the strongest crop of nominees the category has seen. The fact that In God We Rust was nominated -- easily Lewis Black's weakest album in years -- suggests that the academy just didn't know what else to nominate this year.
The win is another validation for Fallon, whose late night talk show has turned into a critical darling and a cult phenomenon -- it's maybe the only late night talk show that's worth watching. Fallon and his group are doing something special, and this award recognizes that. It is a little strange, though, that Fallon has a whole team of TV writers and producers working for him on Blow Your Pants Off, while all the other albums are expressions of a single comic voice. Maybe it's not fair.
This was the first Grammy win for Fallon. Good for him. The move from SNL to failed movie star to late night talk show host was kind of a gamble, so it's great that it's paying off.
Photo courtesy The Syndicate