Jimmy Fallon and the "Tonight Show" crew put on a rather amazing parody of hit FOX show "Empire" Tuesday (Sept. 22), featuring Fallon as a dead ringer for Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), right down to the particular cadence with which Lucious speaks.

The set up he's looking for his "Tonight Show" replacement, because with all the accidents he keeps having, who knows what shape Fallon is ever going to be in at any given time? His three "sons" are Questlove, Tariq and Andre, and his "Cookie Lyon" is none other than Steve Higgins, in what is quite possibly the funniest thing Higgins has ever done as Fallon's sidekick.

 

The best part, however, is when the real Cookie Lyon, Taraji P. Henson, joins in the fun and smacks Higgins around while throwing a drink in his face. There's also one more surprise guest that we did not see coming.

"Empire" returns at long last Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."