Jimmy Fallon has turned the spit-take into an art form on The Tonight Show. On Thursday night, the host teamed with fellow SNL alum Bill Hader for “Point Pleasant Police Department,” an Eighties cop show parody which found the two comedians projectile-spitting food at each other’s faces as they pronounce words beginning with “P.”
Hader was ostensibly promoting Trainwreck, his new film with Amy Schumer, but in honor of “Throwback Thursday,” Fallon reminisced about his glory days with Hader on “Point Pleasant,” a show about “two detectives who couldn’t see eye to eye” and “always end up in messy situations.” “Most people probably think of us as comedians, but this was a very intense show – a drama,” Hader adds.
The P-driven dialogue becomes nonsensical throughout, as the duo take turns hurling various snacks. “I was pruning my petunias, accidentally punctured my pinky,” Fallon says in the first segment, filled with coffee and crackers. “We speak politely to our peers, capiche?” Hader interjects. The bit proceeds in that format, with Hader and Fallon cutting back and forth between fake “clips” – which they create in real-time – and desk banter.
Later, the pair debate the merits of Pepsi and Perrier, and Hader warns of a “particular problem with predatory poultry.” And the food grows messier, as they spit various milkshakes, apples, potato chips and chocolate pudding – barely controlling their laughter. Hader evens sneaks in a spit-take for his old SNL pal, Tonight Show announcer Steve Higgins.