Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to the late Prince in the April 25 broadcast of The Tonight Show. On the program, Fallon recalled a story about how Prince crushed him in a game of ping pong.
Questlove narrated that he received a message from Prince telling him that he wants to challenge Fallon to a ping pong match which occurred around the time Fallon’s daughter Winnie was born. The host-comedian accepted the challenge and he met the music icon at Susan Sarandon’s ping pong club called Spin in New York.
Upon arriving at the venue, Fallon recalled that he saw Prince standing behind the curtain wearing a “double-breasted crushed blue velvet suit, holding a ping pong paddle, and he goes, ‘You ready to do this?'”
The fellows proceeded with the match. Fallon, who claims to be competitive, was crushed by the music legend. The latter ended the game by having the ball hit the edge of the table “at that perfect part where it’s unhittable.”
“[The ball] goes flying but he scores the point,” Fallon recalled, as quoted by Entertainment Weekly.
In related news, Questlove also wrote a piece about the music icon in Rolling Stone. Questlove, who is an avid Prince fan since 1982, shared how Prince has inspired him and how he has transcended the boundaries of music in his own flair and style.
“Prince was singular in his music. He was his own genre. That same singularity extended to everything,” Questlove wrote. “Prince was a great drummer, and he was always marching to his own beat.”
He also revealed that the Purple Rain singer kept a curse jar, and every curse word cost a dollar.
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Prince was 57 years old when he was found dead in an elevator in his Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota. The cause of his death has not yet been confirmed.
Questlove and Jimmy Love join the many celebrities, colleagues, and fans who mourn the death of one of music’s brightest, most influential stars.