Denzel Washington's dramatic performance in Fences might pull on your heartstrings, but his dramatic readings with Jimmy Fallon had the studio audience in stitches.
"Denzel, everybody knows you're one of the best actors out there. You really know how to make a script come alive," Fallon said. "So I wanted to see if you could reach that same level of emotional depth when you read something else -- greeting cards."
The Oscar winner was more than happy to accept the challenge, diving into the "Greeting Card Monologues" segment with the same vigor he's used to captivate moviegoers in his many pivotal roles.
"You make me so very happy," Washington sang boisterously before breaking character and dropping all inflection for the punchline: "I'll be honest, though. Cheese makes me pretty happy too."
The response from the crowd prompted Washington to discover a new celebratory gesture.
"I don't have a mic, so I'll drop the glasses," he said, letting his reading glasses fall to the floor.
Not to be outdone, Fallon took on an authoritative announcer voice for his dramatic card reading.
"Your attention, please: Christmas has been canceled," Fallon declared. "I told Santa you'd been good all year and he died laughing."
The Tonight Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.