Kristen Wiig portrayed basketball great Michael Jordan in an interview segment on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” that was one of the oddest concepts we’d observed on a late-night show in a very long time.
Give the show — and Wiig — credit for trying something different in their ongoing attempt to keep the show fresh and comedic. But whether the plan actually worked is a matter of opinion.
The bit took place at the outset of Wiig’s guest appearance on “Late Night” Monday on NBC.
Jimmy Fallon made the startling announcement: Instead of Wiig, his scheduled guest, the show had suddenly slotted the NBA Hall of Famer in her spot after the show learned of his availability at the last minute.
The studio audience seemed to be fooled as they expected Jordan to emerge from backstage. Instead, it was Wiig wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey with Jordan’s number — 23 — plus a prop on her head — a “bald” skullcap.
Fallon then proceeded to interview her as if she was Jordan, and it soon became clear that she knew nothing about the basketball legend’s career.
Wiig came on for her second segment as just herself. She was on the show to promote her two summer movies — “Despicable Me 2,” in which she has a voice role, and “Girl Most Likely,” her new comedy co-starring Annette Bening.